Best Documentary Movies of 2010

1.

Senna

6.1
8.5/10 IMDB

The remarkable story of Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, charting his physical and spiritual achievements 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, Milton da Silva, Neide Senna, Jackie Stewart, Sid Watkins, Galvão Bueno ..
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Release date: 2010-10-07
2.

Inside Job

5.8
8.2/10 IMDB

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, Christine Lagarde, Ann Curry, Daniel Alpert, Sigridur Benediktsdottir, Gylfi Zoega ..
Directed by: Charles Ferguson
Release date: 2010-10-08
3.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

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, INVADER, Debora Guetta, Monsieur André, Zeus, Ron English, Swoon ..
Directed by: Banksy
Release date: 2010-01-24
4.

Jackass 3D

5.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Wee Man and the rest of their fearless and foolhardy friends take part in another round of outrageous pranks and stunts. In addition to standing in the path of a charging bull, launching themselves into the air and crashing through various objects, the guys perform in segments such as "Sweatsuit Cocktail," "Beehive Tetherball" and "Lamborghini Tooth Pull."

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason Acuña, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England, Phil Margera ..
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2010-10-15
5.

Restrepo

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Directors Hetherington and Junger spend a year with the 2nd Battalion of the United States Army located in one of Afghanistan's most dangerous valleys. The documentary provides insight and empathy on how to win the battle through hard work, deadly gunfights and mutual friendships while the unit must push back the Taliban.

Starring: Juan "Doc" Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell, Aron Hijar ..
Directed by: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Release date: 2010-06-25
6.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

5.4
7.3/10 IMDB

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
7.

Gasland

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

Starring: Josh Fox ..
Directed by: Josh Fox
Release date: 2010-01-24
8.

Waiting for "Superman"

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

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
9.

Catfish

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, has no idea what he's in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on Facebook, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby's family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby's attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.

Starring: Megan Faccio, Melody C. Roscher, Ariel Schulman, Angela Wesselman-Pierce, Nev Schulman, Henry Joost ..
Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Release date: 2010-09-17
10.

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

5.1
8.6/10 IMDB

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, John Saxon, Clu Gulager, Alice Cooper, Monica Keena, Renny Harlin ..
Directed by: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch
Release date: 2010-05-04
11.

Oceans

4.8
7.7/10 IMDB

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jacques Perrin, Rie Miyazawa, Aldo Baglio, Matthias Brandt, Lancelot Perrin, Manolo Garcia, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jiang Wen ..
Directed by: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
Release date: 2010-01-22
12.

When You're Strange

4.6
7.6/10 IMDB

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: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison, Jim Ladd, Johnny Depp ..
Directed by: Tom DiCillo
Release date: 2010-04-09
13.

Life Cycles

4.4
8.4/10 IMDB

Life Cycles tells a spectacular story of the bike, from its creation to its eventual demise. A visually stunning journey, with thought provoking narration, Life Cycles uses Ultra HD to document the many stories surrounding the mountain bike and its culture. Ride along into breath taking natural settings, as we battle the elements, showcase the progression of riding, take a road trip, fix the bike, and show the destruction and eventual creation of trails. Semenuk, Hopkins, Schwartz, McIntosh, McCaul Agassiz, Hunter and Vanderham guide you through this wonderful story. Life Cycles is a celebration of the bicycle, and is sure to entertain anyone who has ever ridden one.

Directed by: Derek Frankowski
Release date: 2010-10-02
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
14.

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

4.3
8.6/10 IMDB

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
15.

Waste Land

4.2
7.8/10 IMDB

An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

Starring: Vik Muniz ..
Directed by: Lucy Walker
Release date: 2010-01-24
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe
16.

National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe

4.2
8.4/10 IMDB

In one single, epic camera move we journey from Earth's surface to the outermost reaches of the universe on a grand tour of the cosmos, to explore newborn stars, distant planets, black holes and beyond.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Sean Pertwee ..
Directed by: Yavar Abbas
Release date: 2010-02-25
17.

The War You Don't See

4.2
8.4/10 IMDB

This film investigates how the media has reported war, from the First World War to the present day.

Directed by: John Pilger, Alan Lowery
Release date: 2010-12-14
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals
18.

Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals

4.2
8.3/10 IMDB

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
19.

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

4.2
8.3/10 IMDB

An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style.

Starring: Sebastian Bach, Jack Black, Jimmy Chamberlin, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson, Taylor Hawkins, Terry Brown, Gene Simmons, Trent Reznor ..
Directed by: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Release date: 2010-06-29
20.

Once Brothers

4.2
8.5/10 IMDB

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 Petrovi?, Kenny Anderson, Larry Bird ..
Directed by: Michael Tolajian
Release date: 2010-10-12
21.

The Weight of Chains

4.2
8.2/10 IMDB

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, Michael Parenti ..
Directed by: Boris Malagurski
Release date: 2010-12-17
22.

The Making of The Walking Dead

4.2
7.9/10 IMDB

The Making of the TV Series The Walking Dead

Starring: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Denise M. Huth, Gregory Nicotero, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun ..
Directed by: Constantine Nasr
Release date: 2010-07-31
23.

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions.

Starring: Werner Herzog ..
Directed by: Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov
Release date: 2010-09-03
24.

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

4.1
7.6/10 IMDB

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, Van Dyke Parks, Una Nilsson, John Lennon, Randy Newman, Mark Hudson ..
Directed by: John Scheinfeld
Release date: 2010-10-26
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Van Gogh: Painted with Words
25.

Van Gogh: Painted with Words

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

A drama-documentary presented by Alan Yentob, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle, Christopher Good, Rowena Cooper, Daniel Weyman, Ferdinand Kingsley, David Baron, Stephanie Jacob, Katherine Kanter ..
Directed by: Andrew Hutton
Release date: 2010-04-05
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
26.

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks

4.1
8.1/10 IMDB

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, Marv Albert, Greg Anthony, Bill Benner, Ira Berkow, Mark Boyle ..
Directed by: Dan Klores
Release date: 2010-03-14
27.

Marwencol

4.1
7.5/10 IMDB

After a vicious attack 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, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer, Julie Swarthout, Janet Wikane, Mark Wikane, Bert, Lisa Bruck, Colleen Vargo ..
Directed by: Jeff Malmberg
Release date: 2010-03-12
28.

Lemmy

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

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, Mikkey Dee, C.C. DeVille, David Ellefson, Jason Everman, Lars Frederiksen ..
Directed by: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
Release date: 2010-03-15
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Everything In-Between: The Story of Ellipse
29.

Everything In-Between: The Story of Ellipse

4.0
9.2/10 IMDB

Imogen Heap decamps to Maui, Hawaii in spring 2007 to start writing her third solo album. With only a video camera for company, she begins documenting its progress and doesn't stop until she's collected a Grammy Award for it. Aided by friend and film maker Justine Pearsall, every moment in the life cycle of the album is captured. From the writing trip; to her return to her family home to build a state of the art studio in her childhood playroom; to the songs themselves, their origins and journey to completion, This is an intimate and comprehensive portrait of the album and the artist. Including interviews with the people who know her best and appearances by Jeff Beck, Nitin Sawhney and Mika, Everything In-Between is part making of, part intimate diary confessional. A rare and inspiring insight into the life and work of a unique and exceptional artist and the creation of an acclaimed album. Filmed over three years and compiled from 374 hours of footage.

Starring: Imogen Heap ..
Directed by: Justine Pearsall
Release date: 2010-11-02
30.

The Two Escobars

4.0
8.1/10 IMDB

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
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Blur: No Distance Left to Run
31.

Blur: No Distance Left to Run

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

A documentary film about the British rock band Blur. Following the band during their 2009 reunion and tour, the film also includes unseen archive footage and interviews.

Starring: Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree, Graham Coxon ..
Directed by: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern
Release date: 2010-01-14
32.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat's rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame.

Starring: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Bruno Bischofberger, Fab 5 Freddy, Becky Johnston, Michael Holman, Larry Gagosian, Tony Shafrazi, Jeffrey Deitch, Glenn O'Brien ..
Directed by: Tamra Davis
Release date: 2010-01-25
33.

The Tillman Story

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev's riveting and enraging documentary.

Starring: Pat Tillman, Richard Tillman ..
Directed by: Amir Bar-Lev
Release date: 2010-08-22
34.

442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity

3.9
8.4/10 IMDB

Medal of Honor Recipient George Sakato said with tear, ' I am not a hero. I just killed a lot of people. It's not good. This medal is for the people who couldn't return their homes, not for me.' Even many soldiers who received the decoration still have deep scars in their hearts now. He is the veteran of 442nd Regimental Combat Team in WW2 composed of Japanese Americans, who were at first seen as the problem because of their race, but later seen as problem solvers because of their splendid achievements on the battle field. They had to fight not only the enemy but also prejudice. This is the story of the 442nd and their veterans now and then.

Starring: Daniel Inouye ..
Directed by: Junichi Suzuki
Release date: 2010-11-13
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : The Arbor
35.

The Arbor

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. Andrea Dunbar wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing on the notorious Buttershaw Estate in Bradford and was described as ‘a genius straight from the slums.’ When she died tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, Lorraine was just ten years old. The Arbor revisits the Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up, thirty years on from her original play, telling the powerful true story of the playwright and her daughter Lorraine. Also aged 29, Lorraine had become ostracised from her mother’s family and was in prison undergoing rehab. Re-introduced to her mother’s plays and letters, the film follows Lorraine’s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced.

Starring: Christine Bottomley, Manjinder Virk, Natalie Gavin, George Costigan, Monica Dolan, Neil Dudgeon, Jimi Mistry, Robert Emms, Kate Rutter, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Clio Barnard
Release date: 2010-10-22
36.

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

3.9
8.6/10 IMDB

The Emmy-winning story of how an American treasure hunter and a Mexican artist transformed a dying desert village into a home for world-class art.

Starring: Spencer MacCallum, Juan Quezada, Diego Valles ..
Directed by: Scott Petersen
Release date: 2010-09-01
37.

Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

"Wishful Drinking" is based on Fisher's memoirs of the same title. The stage adaptation had its world premiere in 2006 at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. It later played at Berkeley Repertory before opening on Broadway in October at Studio 54. The show takes audiences on a comic tour of Fisher's messy personal life and career. The actress-writer recounts stories about her work on the "Star Wars" series as well as her relationship with her parents Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She also discusses her much-publicized problems with alcohol and drugs.

Starring: Carrie Fisher ..
Directed by: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Release date: 2010-12-10
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America
38.

Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

3.9
8.6/10 IMDB

When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African-Americans and the sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of radio announcer Don Cornelius, the show’s producer and host, Soul Train featured a diverse range of stars, from James Brown and David Bowie to Christine Aguilera and R. Kelly; Marvin Gaye and Elton John to the New Kids on the Block and Stevie Wonder.

Release date: 2010-02-05
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide - The Final 39
39.

Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide - The Final 39

3.9
8.5/10 IMDB

Every Video Nasty from the DPP list of 39 is critiqued and explored, followed by the original trailers.

Starring: Stephen Thrower, Alan Jones, Patricia MacCormack, Xavier Mendik, Marc Morris, Kim Newman, Julian Petley, Brad Stevens, Emily Booth, Allan Bryce ..
Directed by: Jake West
Release date: 2010-10-11
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
40.

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was awarded for Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus. Beyond John Huston's The African Queen and King Vidor's War and Peace, the films of the British-Hungarian creative duo (The Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death too) guaranteed immortality for the renowned cameraman whose career spanned seventy years.

Starring: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Charlton Heston, Kevin McClory, Moira Shearer, Alan Parker, Thelma Schoonmaker, Freddie Francis ..
Directed by: Craig McCall
Release date: 2010-05-05
41.

Public Speaking

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the effect is a portrait of Fran's worldview and experiences.

Starring: Fran Lebowitz, Martin Scorsese, Toni Morrison, Charlie Rose, Alex Trebek, Conan O'Brien, James Baldwin, William F. Buckley ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2010-11-22
42.

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.

Starring: Andy Nyman, Christopher Smith, Neil Marshall, Julian Petley, Marc Morris, Xavier Mendik, Stephen Thrower, Kim Newman, John Hayward, Martin Barker ..
Directed by: Jake West
Release date: 2010-08-30
43.

Hubble

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio ..
Directed by: Toni Myers
Release date: 2010-03-19
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : The Art of the Steal
44.

The Art of the Steal

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

A gripping tale of intrigue and mystery in the art world, this film traces the history of a collection of Post-Impressionist paintings - worth billions - which became the subject of a power struggle after the death of its owner. Dr. Albert Barnes.

Starring: Julian Bond, Richard Feigen, Richard H. Glanton, Christopher Knight, John F. Street, Robert Zaller ..
Directed by: Don Argott
Release date: 2010-02-26
45.

Reel Injun

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

The evolution of the depiction of Native Americans in film, from the silent era until today, featuring clips from hundreds of movies and candid interviews with famous directors, writers and actors, Native and non-Native: how their image on the screen transforms the way to understand their history and culture.

Starring: Adam Beach, Charlie Hill, Chris Eyre, Clint Eastwood, Graham Greene, Jim Jarmusch, John Trudell, Norman Cohn, Robbie Robertson, Robert Tree Cody ..
Directed by: Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes
Release date: 2010-02-19
46.

180° South

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

Starring: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Makohe, Timmy O'Neill ..
Directed by: Chris Malloy
Release date: 2010-02-10
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : The Rise of Black Wolf
47.

The Rise of Black Wolf

3.8
9.0/10 IMDB

In Yellowstone National Park, several wolf packs reside, competing for territory etc. Successful wolf packs survive by keeping order, but a black wolf is about to challenge the definition of this "normal" behaviour.

Starring: Craig Sechler ..
Release date: 2010-11-25
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics
48.

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

A look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

Starring: Neil Gaiman, David Cronenberg, Zack Snyder, Frank Miller, Dwayne McDuffie, Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Bryan Singer, Marv Wolfman, Dan Didio ..
Directed by: Mac Carter
Release date: 2010-11-09
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Winnebago Man
49.

Winnebago Man

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and made him an internet superstar. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer journeys to the top of a mountain to find the recluse who unwittingly became the "Winnebago Man".

Starring: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Nick Prueher, Joe Pickett, Douglas Rushkoff, Charlie Sotelo, Alan Berliner, Alexsey Vayner, Keith Gordon, Mike Mitchell ..
Directed by: Ben Steinbauer
Release date: 2010-07-09
Best Documentary Movies of 2010 : Corporate Fascism: The Destruction of America's Middle Class
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Corporate Fascism: The Destruction of America's Middle Class

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7.7/10 IMDB

Corporations have hijacked congress and are running roughshod over Americans, especially the Middle Class.

Starring: Ted Baehr, Pat Buchanan, G. Edward Griffin, Ron Paul, Edwin Vieira ..
Directed by: James Jaeger
Release date: 2010-01-01

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