Best Documentary Movies of 2011

1.

Samsara

6.0
8.4/10 IMDB

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Starring: Marcos Luna, Putu Dinda Pratika, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika, Marcos Luna, Hiroshi Ishiguro ..
Directed by: Ron Fricke
Release date: 2011-09-16
2.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

5.7
7.8/10 IMDB

Revered sushi chef Jiro Ono strives for perfection in his work, while his eldest son, Yoshikazu, has trouble living up to his father's legacy.

Starring: Jiro Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Yoshikazu Ono, Daisuke Nakazama, Hachiro Mizutani, Harutaki Takahashi, Hiroki Fujita, Tsunenori Ida ..
Directed by: David Gelb
Release date: 2011-06-11
3.

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

A further investigation into the arrest of three teenagers convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas who spent nearly 20 years in prison before being released after new DNA evidence indicated they may be innocent.

Starring: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., John Mark Byers, Gary Gitchell, Terry Hobbs, Lorri Davis, Don Horgan, Johnny Depp ..
Directed by: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Release date: 2011-10-10
4.

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

5.5
8.1/10 IMDB

A presentation of a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical 'life ground' attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a 'Resource-Based Economy'.

Starring: Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Maté, Richard G. Wilkinson, James Gilligan, John McMurtry, Michael Ruppert, Max Keiser, Jacque Fresco, Adrian Bowyer, Behrokh Khoshnevis ..
Directed by: Peter Joseph
Release date: 2011-01-15
5.

Forks Over Knives

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Starring: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Joey Aucoin, Connie Diekman, Pam Popper, Doug Lisle, Terry Mason ..
Directed by: Lee Fulkerson
Release date: 2011-05-06
6.

Life in a Day

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.

Starring: Cindy Baer, Moica, Caryn Waechter, Drake Shannon ..
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald, Zillah Bowes
Release date: 2011-01-27
7.

Frozen Planet

5.4
9.0/10 IMDB

Frozen Planet takes you on the ultimate polar expedition. This landmark 7-part series brings to the screen the two most remote and least hospitable areas on the planet: the frozen wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic. And yet, despite environments where temperatures reach minus 70 degrees Celsius and the sun doesn't shine for half the year, life flourishes. Prime attention is given to seals, penguins, and polar bears, but there's a great deal more: from slugs, snails, and caterpillars to minke whales, beluga whales, and narwhals, from seabirds and cod gathering by the millions to wolves tracking bison and caribou. There are breathtaking shots of the landscape as well, and portraits of the human element.

Release date: 2011-10-26
8.

Bully

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground. The Bully Project opens on the first day of school. For the more than 5 million kids who'll be bullied this year in the United States, it's a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown.

Directed by: Lee Hirsch
Release date: 2011-04-23
9.

Into the Abyss

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

We do not know when and how we will die. Death Row inmates do. Werner Herzog embarks on a dialogue with Death Row inmates, asks questions about life and death and looks deep into these individuals, their stories, their crimes.

Starring: Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog, Michael Perry, Jeremy Richardson, Kristen Willis ..
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 2011-11-11
10.

Queen: Days of Our Lives

5.1
8.4/10 IMDB

In 1971, four college students got together to form a rock band. Since then, that certain band called Queen have released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is stronger than ever 40 years on. But it was no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise. Queen had their share of kicks in the face, but they came through and this is how they did it, set against the backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe. In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Featuring brand new interviews with the band and unseen archive footage (including their recently unearthed, first ever TV performance), it is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humor and painful honesty.

Starring: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Roy Thomas Baker, Jim Beach, Paul Gambaccini, Peter Hince, Rosie Horide, Harvey Kubernik ..
Directed by: Matt O'Casey
Release date: 2011-05-29
11.

The Art of Flight

5.0
8.2/10 IMDB

Iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new tricks are landed and new zones opened, alongside the lows, where avalanches, accidents, and wrong-turns strike.

Starring: Travis Rice, Nicolas Muller, Mark Landvik, Jake Blauvelt, Pat Moore, David Carrier-Porcheron, Scotty Lago, Eero Niemela, John Jackson, Jeremy Jones ..
Directed by: Curt Morgan
Release date: 2011-09-08
12.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Starring: Morgan Spurlock, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Ralph Nader, Brett Ratner, J.J. Abrams, Donald Trump, Quentin Tarantino ..
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Release date: 2011-04-22
13.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

4.8
7.6/10 IMDB

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

Starring: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Barretta, Frank Oz, Fran Brill, Joan Ganz Cooney, Arsenio Hall, Jim Henson, Hugh Jackman, Kermit Love ..
Directed by: Constance Marks
Release date: 2011-10-21
14.

African Cats

4.7
7.5/10 IMDB

African Cats captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson ..
Directed by: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Release date: 2011-04-21
15.

Jackass 3.5

4.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Johnny Knoxville of 'Jackass' releases unused material of stunts, tricks, antics and shenanigans shot during the production of 'Jackass 3D' that didn't make it into the film, as well as the hilarious outtakes.

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Ryan Dunn, Dave England, Preston Lacy, Bam Margera, Ehren McGhehey, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason Acuña, Andy Bell ..
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2011-04-01
16.

Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Experience the show that quickly became a national phenomenon. Get an up-close and personal look at Kevin Hart back in Philly where he began his journey to become one of the funniest comedians of all time. You will laugh 'til it hurts!

Starring: Kevin Hart, Na'im Lynn ..
Directed by: Leslie Small, Tim Story
Release date: 2011-09-09
17.

Woody Allen: A Documentary

4.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert B. Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. "Woody Allen: A Documentary" chronicles Allen's career - from teen writer to Sid Caesar's TV scribe, from stand-up comedian to award-winning writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years. Exploring Allen's writing habits, casting, directing, and relationship with his actors first-hand, new interviews with A-listers, writing partners, family and friends provide insight and backstory to the usually inscrutable filmmaker.

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Sean Penn, Chris Rock, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest, Owen Wilson ..
Directed by: Robert B. Weide
Release date: 2011-11-20
18.

Adele - Live at the Royal Albert Hall

4.5
8.6/10 IMDB

Live At The Royal Albert Hall was recorded on September 22nd. 2011 at the height of what has been an amazing year for Adele. This concert video features vocalist Adele's groundbreaking performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Set-List: 1. Hometown Glory / 2. I'll Be Waiting / 3. Don't You Remember / 4. Turning Tables / 5. Set Fire to the Rain / 6. If It Hadn't Been for Love / 7. My Same / 8. Take It All / 9. Rumour Has It / 10. Right as Rain / 11. One and Only / 12. Lovesong / 13. Chasing Pavements / 14. I Can't Make You Love Me / 15. Make You Feel My Love / 16. Someone like You / 17. Rolling in the Deep.

Starring: Adele, Ben Thomas, Tim Van Der Kuil, Miles Robertson, Sam Dixon, Derrick Wright, Jo Allen, Stephanie Cavey, Rosie Danvers, Sarah Chapman ..
Directed by: Paul Dugdale
Release date: 2011-11-27
19.

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

4.4
8.4/10 IMDB

The story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation. Covering six continents and 12 decades, showing how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other.

Starring: Mark Cousins, Jean-Michel Frodon, Cari Beauchamp, Agnes de Mille, Lars von Trier, Ky?ko Kagawa, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd, Paul Schrader, Haskell Wexler ..
Directed by: Mark Cousins
Release date: 2011-09-03
20.

Project Nim

4.4
7.4/10 IMDB

From the team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

Starring: Bob Angelini, Bern Cohen, Reagan Leonard ..
Directed by: James Marsh
Release date: 2011-07-08
21.

Nirvana : Live at the Paramount

4.4
8.6/10 IMDB

Recorded in Seattle, WA on Halloween Night, 1991, Live at the Paramount is the only known Nirvana live show recorded on 16mm film. Now released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's watershed album.

Starring: Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana ..
Directed by: Mark Racco
Release date: 2011-09-26
22.

Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden

4.4
8.3/10 IMDB

Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden is a 2011 concert special documenting the February 21 and 22, 2011 shows of Lady Gaga's The Monster Ball Tour. It features concert footage as well as pre-concert and backstage content.

Starring: Lady Gaga ..
Directed by: Laurieann Gibson
Release date: 2011-05-07
23.

How to Die in Oregon

4.3
8.2/10 IMDB

In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had legalized the practice. 'How to Die in Oregon' tell the stories of those most intimately involved with the practice today -- terminally ill Oregonians, their families, doctors, and friends -- as well as the passage of an assisted suicide law in Washington State.

Starring: Harry Bruton, Ray Carnay, Cody Curtis, Paul Darley ..
Directed by: Peter Richardson
Release date: 2011-01-23
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Bill Cunningham New York
24.

Bill Cunningham New York

4.3
7.9/10 IMDB

Doubling as a cartography of the ever-changing city, Bill Cunningham New York portrays the secluded pioneer of street fashion with grace and heart.

Starring: Bill Cunningham, Tom Wolfe, Anna Wintour, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Iris Apfel ..
Directed by: Richard Press
Release date: 2011-03-16
25.

Pearl Jam Twenty

4.2
8.2/10 IMDB

Carved from over 1,200 hours of footage spanning the band’s career, Pearl Jam: Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam. Part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music.

Starring: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Kevin Shuss, Cameron Crowe ..
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 2011-09-20
26.

Undefeated

4.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s documentary UNDEFEATED is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field. For players and coaches alike, the season will be not only about winning games — it will be about how they grapple with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life.

Starring: O.C. Brown, Bill Courtney, Chavis Daniels, Montrail 'Money' Brown ..
Directed by: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
Release date: 2011-12-12
27.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

4.2
8.3/10 IMDB

A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines we have built. Although we don't realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.

Release date: 2011-06-06
28.

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth

4.2
8.2/10 IMDB

FOO FIGHTERS BACK AND FORTH chronicles the 16 year history of the Foo Fighters: from the band's very first songs created as cassette demos Dave Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer, through its ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.

Starring: Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Bob Mould ..
Directed by: James Moll
Release date: 2011-04-05
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Prohibition
29.

Prohibition

4.2
8.2/10 IMDB

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Release date: 2011-10-02
30.

Glee: The Concert Movie

4.1
5.5/10 IMDB

A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live! In Concert! summer 2011 tour, featuring song performances and Glee fans' life stories and how the show influenced them.

Starring: Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Gwyneth Paltrow, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Kevin McHale, Chord Overstreet ..
Directed by: Kevin Tancharoen
Release date: 2011-08-11
31.

The Last Lions

4.1
8.2/10 IMDB

In Botswana's Okavango Delta, an ostracized lioness and her two cubs must fight alone to survive - overcoming all manner of hazards. Their only defense is to escape to Duba Island -- and with that, an unknown future. The setting for this epic tale is one of the last regions where lions can live in the wild. Faced with dwindling land and increasing pressure from hunting, lions - like our lone lioness and her cubs - are approaching the brink of extinction.

Starring: Jeremy Irons ..
Directed by: Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert
Release date: 2011-02-11
32.

TT3D: Closer to the Edge

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary discovers why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world's most dangerous race. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It's also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win.

Starring: Jared Leto, Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop, Keith Amor, Bruce Anstey, John Barton ..
Directed by: Richard De Aragues
Release date: 2011-04-22
33.

Buck

4.1
7.6/10 IMDB

An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.

Starring: Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford, Scarlett Johansson ..
Directed by: Cindy Meehl
Release date: 2011-06-17
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Talking Funny
34.

Talking Funny

4.1
7.9/10 IMDB

What does it mean to be a successful comedian? How far can the boundaries of taste be pushed to get a laugh? Four top comics, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, discuss and debate their craft.

Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C. K., Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais ..
Directed by: John Moffitt
Release date: 2011-04-22
35.

One Life

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

One Life captures unprecedented and beautiful sequences of animal behaviour guaranteed to bring you closer to nature than ever before, as well as a second disc packed full of never before seen extras including an exclusive making of featurette narrated by Daniel Craig.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Anouk Grinberg ..
Directed by: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes
Release date: 2011-07-19
36.

Five Broken Cameras

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Five broken cameras – and each one has a powerful tale to tell. Embedded in the bullet-ridden remains of digital technology is the story of Emad Burnat, a farmer from the Palestinian village of Bil’in, which famously chose nonviolent resistance when the Israeli army encroached upon its land to make room for Jewish colonists. Emad buys his first camera in 2005 to document the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. Over the course of the film, he becomes the peaceful archivist of an escalating struggle as olive trees are bulldozed, lives are lost, and a wall is built to segregate burgeoning Israeli settlements.

Starring: Emad Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Soraya Burnat ..
Directed by: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Release date: 2011-11-23
37.

6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Viewers will get a look at Parker and Stone's thought process as they approach a new episode and the 24/7 grind they subject themselves to each time the show is in production. The documentary also includes in-depth interviews with Parker and Stone about their working partnership and reflections on highlights from their careers.

Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Bill Hader, Anne Garefino, Frank C. Agnone II, Vernon Chatman, Susan Hurwitz Arneson, Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Jack Shih ..
Directed by: Arthur Bradford
Release date: 2011-10-09
38.

Born to Be Wild

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

Born to Be Wild observes various orphaned jungle animals and their day-to-day behavioural interactions with the individuals who rescue them and raise them to adulthood. The film unfurls in two separate geographic spheres. Half of it takes place in the rain forests of Borneo, where celebrated primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas assists baby orangutans; the other half takes place on the arid savannahs of Kenya, where zoologist Dame Daphne Sheldrick works with baby elephant calves.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick ..
Directed by: David Lickley
Release date: 2011-04-08
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : We Were Here
39.

We Were Here

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

'We Were Here' is the first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco, and how the City's inhabitants dealt with that unprecedented calamity. It explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all - the parallel histories of suffering and loss, and of community coalescence and empowerment.

Starring: Ed Wolf, Paul Boneberg, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer ..
Directed by: David Weissman, Bill Weber
Release date: 2011-09-09
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
40.

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

There’s only one person who so accurately personifies movie magic in the history of film, and that man is special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen. Focusing on the man behind the landmark effects on films like Clash Of The Titans, One Million Years B.C., Jason And The Argonauts and many more, this in-depth film features interviews with the great man himself, and with an array of animators and directors influenced by his work including Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Terry Gilliam, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg. The film also features unseen footage of tests and experiments recently uncovered.

Starring: Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Phil Tippett, Henry Selick ..
Directed by: Gilles Penso
Release date: 2011-11-27
41.

The Interrupters

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters — former gang members who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once caused.

Starring: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams, Gary Slutkin, Caprysha Anderson, Eddie Bocanegra, "Lil' Mikey" Davis ..
Directed by: Steve James
Release date: 2011-07-29
42.

First Position

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Starring: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty, Jules Jarvis Fogarty, Michaela DePrince, Gaya Bommer Yemini, Derek Dunn ..
Directed by: Bess Kargman
Release date: 2011-09-11
43.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

Examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in US society from 1967 to 1975. It features footage of the movement shot by Swedish journalists in the United States during that period and includes the appearances of Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and other activists, artists, and leaders central to the movement.

Starring: Abiodun Oyewole, Talib Kweli, Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Stokely Carmichael, Erykah Badu, Sonia Sánchez, Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Robin Kelley ..
Directed by: Göran Olsson
Release date: 2011-09-09
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : These Amazing Shadows
44.

These Amazing Shadows

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Starring: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek, Charles Burnett, Jay Carr, Martin Cohen, Arlene Damron, Julie Dash, Peter Coyote ..
Directed by: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton
Release date: 2011-01-22
45.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Featuring never before seen footage uncovered from the archives and interviews with Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee and others, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is the first documentary to take viewers inside the complex mind of rock's great icon.

Starring: Geezer Butler, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Kelly Osbourne, Bill Ward, Henry Rollins, Tommy Lee, John Frusciante ..
Directed by: Mike Fleiss, Mike Piscitelli
Release date: 2011-04-24
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Louis Theroux: America's Most Hated Family in Crisis
46.

Louis Theroux: America's Most Hated Family in Crisis

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Following up on his 2007 documentary, The Most Hated Family in America, Louis Theroux returns to Topeka, Kansas, for a week-long visit with the Westboro Baptist Church. He again joins the Phelps family on their controversial pickets where they try to antagonise communities with offensive slogans and anti-gay placards. But four years on from Louis's last visit, there are signs of disarray in the Phelps clan. A series of defections of family members has shaken up the church.

Starring: Louis Theroux, Fred Phelps, Shirley Phelps-Roper, Lauren Drain, Steve Drain, Betty Phelps, Jael Phelps, Libby Phelps, Sara Phelps, Grace Phelps-Roper ..
Directed by: Emma Cooper
Release date: 2011-08-14
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon
47.

Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

See Michael Jackson, one of the most recognizable and popular entertainers of all time, like never before in the feature-length tribute Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon. Known to millions of fans worldwide for his record-breaking albums, groundbreaking music videos, mesmerizing dance moves and humanitarian efforts, his true story has never really been told...until now. This unprecedented look into the King of Pop's fascinating life includes all-new interviews with his mother Katherine Jackson as well as siblings Tito and Rebbie Jackson, family, friends and music legends such as Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and many more.

Starring: Michael Jackson, David Gest, Tito Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Frank DiLeo, J. Randy Taraborrelli, Whitney Houston, Freda Payne, Thomas Mesereau ..
Directed by: Andrew Eastel
Release date: 2011-11-02
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements
48.

Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements

3.9
8.6/10 IMDB

If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a bold measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, a clash of marching bands, a riff of rock, the pizzazz of the Klopse, some driving primal beat, and a lot of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema Goema Goema! Weaving together the ancient, the traditional, and the classical into the contemporary universal sound of Cape Town, Mac MacKenzie, musical mastermind and founder of The Genuines and The Goema Captains of Cape Town, puts together the final touches to the culmination of his life’s work: Goema in Five Movements. Musicians and musical commentators Hilton Schilder, Neo Muyanga, Iain Harris and Graham Arendse, and new kids on the block, Kyle Shepherd and Shane Cooper, add a contemporary context to Goema, while the orchestra rehearses for its premiere performance at the SABC studios.

Directed by: Angela Ramirez, Sara CF de Gouveia
Release date: 2011-06-11
49.

Miss Representation

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

The film MISS REPRESENTATION exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. It’s time to break that cycle of mistruths.

Starring: Cory Booker, Margaret Cho, Katie Couric, Candy Crowley, Geena Davis, Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Paul Haggis, Catherine Hardwicke, Dolores Huerta ..
Directed by: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Release date: 2011-01-20
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Hitler's Children
50.

Hitler's Children

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Their family name alone evokes horror: Himmler, Frank, Goering, Hoess. This film looks at the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that indelibly associates them with one of the greatest abominations in history. What is it like to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of genocide? How do they live with the weight of their ancestors' crimes? Is it possible to move on from the crimes of their ancestors?

Starring: Bettina Göring, Katrin Himmler, Monika Hertwig, Rainer Höss, Eldad Beck, Niklas Frank, Yael Bedarshi ..
Directed by: Chanoch Ze'evi
Release date: 2011-11-21

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