Best Documentary Movies of 2015

1.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

5.6

GOING CLEAR intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion.

Starring: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Sherry Stringfield
Directed by: Alex Gibney
Release date: 2015-01-25
2.

Amy

5.6

A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Starring: Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett, Pete Doherty, Blake Fielder
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Release date: 2015-07-03
3.

Cobain: Montage of Heck

5.4

The authorized documentary on late Guitar/lead singer Kurt Cobain from his early days in Aberdeen Washington to his success and downfall with Grunge band Nirvana.

Starring: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic
Directed by: Brett Morgen
Release date: 2015-03-23
4.

Cartel Land

5.3

In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," shepherds a citizen uprising against the Knights Templar, the violent drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley—a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley—Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to halt Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border.

Starring: Robert Hetrick, José Manuel Mireles Valverde
Directed by: Matthew Heineman
Release date: 2015-07-03
5.

Making a Murderer

5.2

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Viewers are taken inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.

Release date: 2015-12-18
6.

The Wolfpack

5.0

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed ‘The Wolfpack’, the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate home-made props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.

Starring: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Narayana Angulo, Krsna Angulo
Directed by: Crystal Moselle
Release date: 2015-06-12
7.

The Hunt

4.9

The contests between predators and prey are the most critical events in nature. The outcome of these interactions is seldom a foregone conclusion. For both sides, it is a matter of life and death. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, this series takes an intimate look at the remarkable strategies of hunters and, in some cases, the hunted, exploring the challenges animals face and the tactics they employ. It is how animals respond to a particular challenge that determines whether they are successful. The strategies of both predators and prey are shaped by where they live, so each episode focuses on one principal habitat, whether savannah, jungle or ocean.

Release date: 2015-11-01
8.

Meru

4.9

Meru is the electrifying story of three elite American climbers—Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—bent on achieving the impossible.

Starring: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin, Amee Hinkley, Renan Ozturk
Directed by: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Release date: 2015-01-25
9.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

4.7

The film chronicles Nina Simone's journey from child piano prodigy to iconic musician and passionate activist, told in her own words.

Starring: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Dick Gregory, Stanley Crouch, Elisabeth Henry-Macari
Directed by: Liz Garbus
Release date: 2015-01-22
10.

Ronaldo

4.6

Filmed over 14 months with unprecedented access into the inner circle of the man and the sport, this is the first official and fully authorised film of one of the most celebrated figures in football. For the first time ever, the world gets vividly candid and un-paralleled, behind-closed-doors access to the footballer, father, family-man and friend in this moving & fascinating documentary. Through in-depth conversations, state of the art football footage and never before seen archival footage, the film gives an astonishing insight into the sporting and personal life of triple Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo at the peak of his career. From the makers of ‘Senna’ and ‘Amy’, Ronaldo takes audiences on an intimate and revealing journey of what it’s like to live as an iconic athlete in the eye of the storm.

Starring: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Dolores Aveiro, Hugo Aveiro, Georgie Bingham
Directed by: Anthony Wonke
Release date: 2015-11-09
11.

Be Here Now

4.6

An inspiring feature documentary and love story, about the overnight sensation, actor and international sex symbol, Andy Whitfield, who put the same determination and dedication that he brought to his lead role in "Spartacus" into fighting life-threatening cancer.

Starring: Andy Whitfield, Jai Courtney
Directed by: Lilibet Foster
Release date: 2015-06-13
12.

Soaked in Bleach

4.6

Twenty years ago, Kurt Cobain was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The world was told it was a suicide, but evidence would lead many people to believe it might be otherwise. The film investigates the possibilities that exist that Kurt Cobain's death might not have been a suicide, that the Seattle Police Department rushed their verdict, and the global media perpetuated lies and misinformation fed to them by Courtney Love that created the belief in many that Cobain killed himself, but when revealed to be lies, lead many to now question what happened.

Starring: Kurt Cobain, Daniel Roebuck, Sarah Scott, August Emerson, Kurt Loder
Directed by: Benjamin Statler
Release date: 2015-06-09
13.

Hitting the Apex

4.4

'Hitting the Apex' is the inside story of six fighters – six of the fastest motorcycle racers of all time – and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport. It’s the story of what is at stake for all of them: all that can be won, and all that can be lost, when you go chasing glory at over two hundred miles an hour – on a motorcycle.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo
Directed by: Mark Neale
Release date: 2015-09-02
14.

Hot Girls Wanted

4.3

A first-ever look at the realities of the professional “amateur” porn world and the steady stream of 18-to-19-year old girls entering into it.

Starring: Ava Taylor, Alli Rae, Lucy Tyler, Dillion Carter, Carrie Brooks
Directed by: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus
Release date: 2015-05-29
15.

Requiem for the American Dream

4.3

Through interviews filmed over four years, Noam Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality – tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority – while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. He provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time – the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy.

Starring: Noam Chomsky
Directed by: Jared P. Scott, Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks
Release date: 2015-04-18
16.

Deep Web

4.3

Deep Web gives the inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century -- the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur convicted of being 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. As the only film with exclusive access to the Ulbricht family, Deep Web explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology, with our digital rights hanging in the balance.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ross Ulbricht, Andy Greenberg, Nicolas Christin, Christopher Soghoian
Directed by: Alex Winter
Release date: 2015-03-15
17.

India's Daughter

4.3
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The story of the short life, and brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi in December 2012 of an exceptional and inspiring young woman. The rape of the 23 year old medical student by 6 men on a moving bus, and her death, sparked unprecedented protests and riots throughout India and led to the first glimmers of a change of mindset. Interwoven into the story line are the lives, values and mindsets of the rapists whom the film makers have had exclusive and unprecedented access to interview before they hang. The film examines the society and values which spawn such violent acts, and makes an optimistic and impassioned plea for change.
Starring: Asha Devi, Badri Singh, Satendra, Mukesh Singh, M.L. Sharma
Directed by: Leslee Udwin
Release date: 2015-03-08
18.

Bitter Lake

4.2

An experimental documentary that explores Saudi Arabia's relationship with the U.S. and the role this has played in the war in Afghanistan.

Starring: Adam Curtis
Directed by: Adam Curtis
Release date: 2015-01-24
19.

Racing Extinction

4.2

An unlikely team of activists and innovators hatches a bold mission to save endangered species.

Starring: Elon Musk, Jane Goodall, Louie Psihoyos, Leilani Munter, Charles Hambleton
Directed by: Louie Psihoyos
Release date: 2015-01-24
20.

B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin

4.2
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Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything seemed possible. B-Movie is a fast-paced collage of mostly unreleased film and TV footage from a frenzied but creative decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade, in a city where the days are short and the nights are endless. Where it was not about long-term success, but about living for the moment - the here and now.
Starring: Mark Reeder, Gudrun Gut, Blixa Bargeld, Nick Cave, Tilda Swinton
Directed by: Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange, Klaus Maeck
Release date: 2015-02-05

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