Best Documentary Movies of 2010

1.

Senna

6.1
8.6/10

Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend's years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.

Starring: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Viviane Senna
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Release date: 2010-10-07
2.

Inside Job

5.9
8.2/10

A film that exposes the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

Starring: Matt Damon, William Ackman, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Jonathan Alpert
Directed by: Charles Ferguson
Release date: 2010-10-08
3.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

5.7
8.0/10

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.

Starring: Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Thierry Guetta, Rhys Ifans
Directed by: Banksy
Release date: 2010-01-24
4.

Restrepo

5.5
7.5/10

Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary, Restrepo chronicles the deployment of a U.S. platoon of courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.

Starring: Juan "Doc" Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell, Aron Hijar
Directed by: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Release date: 2010-06-25
5.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

5.4
7.4/10

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.

Starring: Werner Herzog, Dominique Baffier, Jean Clottes, Jean-Michel Geneste
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 2010-09-10
6.

Jackass 3D

4.9
7.0/10

Jackass 3D is a 3-D film and the third movie of the Jackass series. It follows the same premise as the first two movies, as well as the TV series. It is a compilation of various pranks, stunts and skits. Before the movie begins, a brief introduction is made by Beavis and Butt-head explaining the 3D technology behind the movie. The intro features the cast lining up and then being attacked by various objects in slow-motion. The movie marks the 10th anniversary of the franchise, started in 2000.

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Chris Pontius
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2010-10-15
7.

Waiting for "Superman"

4.6
7.5/10

Gripping, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Waiting for Superman is an impassioned indictment of the American school system from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim.

Starring: Michelle Rhee, George Reeves
Directed by: Davis Guggenheim
Release date: 2010-09-24
8.

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

4.4
8.7/10

For decades, Freddy Krueger has slashed his way through the dreams of countless youngsters, scaring up over half a billion dollars at the box office across eight terrifying, spectacular films.

Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Wes Craven, Robert Shaye, Lisa Wilcox
Directed by: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch
Release date: 2010-05-04
9.

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

4.3
8.6/10
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking is a science documentary mini-series written by British physicist Stephen Hawking. The series was created for Discovery Channel and features computer generated imagery of the universe. In the United Kingdom the series has a modified title, Stephen Hawking's Universe.
Release date: 2010-04-24
10.

Bill Cunningham New York

4.3
7.9/10
Bill Cunningham New York
Chronicles a man who is obsessively interested in only one thing, the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. The 80-year-old New York Times photographer has two columns in the paper's Style section, yet nobody knows who he is.
Starring: Bill Cunningham, Tom Wolfe, Anna Wintour, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Iris Apfel
Directed by: Richard Press
Release date: 2010-03-24
11.

Once Brothers

4.2
8.5/10

Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to USA where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic's Croatia and Divac's Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to face each other on the basketball courts of the NBA, no words passed between the two. Then, on the fateful night of June 7, 1993, Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident. This film will tell the gripping tale of these men, how circumstances beyond their control tore them apart, and whether Divac has ever come to terms with the death of a friend before they had a chance to reconcile.

Starring: Vlade Divac, Dražen Petrović, Kenny Anderson, Larry Bird
Directed by: Michael Tolajian
Release date: 2010-10-12
12.

Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals

4.2
8.3/10
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals is a 2010 television documentary film broadcast on HBO. The film chronicles the rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird that begin with the 1979 NCAA Basketball Championship Game and lasted throughout their lengthy, Hall of Fame careers in the NBA. The film makes an argument that without the massive media attention that was placed on the rivalry that Magic and Bird had, the NBA might not have made through the 1980s following the merger with the ABA, among other things.
Starring: Larry Bird, Liev Schreiber, Magic Johnson, Arsenio Hall, Bryant Gumbel
Directed by: Ezra Edelman
Release date: 2010-03-10
13.

The Weight of Chains

4.2
8.3/10

The Weight of Chains is a Canadian documentary film that takes a critical look at the role that the US, NATO and the EU played in the tragic breakup of a once peaceful and prosperous European state - Yugoslavia. The film, bursting with rare stock footage never before seen by Western audiences, is a creative first-hand look at why the West intervened in the Yugoslav conflict, with an impressive roster of interviews with academics, diplomats, media personalities and ordinary citizens of the former Yugoslav republics. This film also presents positive stories from the Yugoslav wars - people helping each other regardless of their ethnic background, stories of bravery and self-sacrifice.

Starring: Rade Aleksic, James Bissett, Michel Chossudovsky
Directed by: Boris Malagurski
Release date: 2010-12-17
14.

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks

4.2
8.0/10
Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. With moments to go in Game 1, and facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit of 105-99, Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to give his Indiana Pacers an astonishing victory. This career-defining performance, combined with his give-and-take with Knicks fan Spike Lee, made Miller and the Knicks a highlight of the 1995 NBA playoffs. Peabody Award-winning director Dan Klores will explore how Miller proudly built his legend as "The Garden's Greatest Villain".
Starring: Reggie Miller, Cheryl Miller, Spike Lee, Patrick Ewing, Donnie Walsh
Directed by: Dan Klores
Release date: 2010-03-14
15.

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

4.2
7.7/10

The documentary explores the enigmatic life and music of Harry Nilsson in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is Harry Nilsson?" The film includes new and archive audio and film including interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz. "Who is Harry Nilsson?" uses promotional films, music videos, and home movies; segments from the unreleased documentary made during the recording of Son of Schmilsson (Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?); and excerpts from Nilsson's rare TV appearances in his BBC specials, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", "Playboy After Dark", and in an episode of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir".

Starring: Harry Nilsson, Richard Perry, Doug Hoefer, Jimmy Webb, Micky Dolenz
Directed by: John Scheinfeld
Release date: 2010-10-26
16.

The Two Escobars

4.1
8.2/10

Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellin Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably-and fatally-intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned Andres' national team into South American champions, favored to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. It was there, in a game against the U.S., that Andres committed one of the most shocking mistakes in soccer history, scoring an "own goal" that eliminated his team from the competition and ultimately cost him his life. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics.

Starring: María Ester Escobar, Francisco Maturana, Alexis García V., Jaime Gaviria Gómez
Directed by: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Release date: 2010-06-22
17.

Van Gogh: Painted with Words

4.1
8.0/10
Van Gogh: Painted with Words
A drama-documentary presented by Alan Yentob, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle
Directed by: Andrew Hutton
Release date: 2010-04-05
18.

Marwencol

4.1
7.6/10

After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Starring: Mark Hogancamp
Directed by: Jeff Malmberg
Release date: 2010-03-12
19.

Lemmy

4.0
7.8/10

Over four decades, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has registered an immeasurable impact on music history. Nearly 65, he remains the living embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle, and this feature-length documentary tells his story, one of a hard-living rock icon who continues to enjoy the life of a man half his age.

Starring: Dave Brock, Phil Campbell, Fast Eddie Clarke, Jarvis Cocker, Alice Cooper
Directed by: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
Release date: 2010-03-15
20.

When You're Strange

4.0
7.7/10

The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists —drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Kreiger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison— made The Doors one of America's most iconic and influential rock bands. Using footage shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison's death in 1971, it follows the band from the corridors of UCLA's film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met, to the stages of sold-out arenas.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Jim Ladd, Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek
Directed by: Tom DiCillo
Release date: 2010-04-09

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