Best Documentary Movies of 2015


Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

8.0/10 IMDB

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, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Katie Holmes, Nancy Cartwright, Kirstie Alley ..
Directed by: Alex Gibney
Release date: 2015-01-25


7.8/10 IMDB

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, Juliette Ashby, Salaam Remi, Yasiin Bey ..
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Release date: 2015-07-03


7.7/10 IMDB

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, Renan Ozturk, Jon Krakauer, Jenni Lowe-Anker, Jeremy Jones ..
Directed by: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Release date: 2015-01-25

Where to Invade Next

7.5/10 IMDB

To understand firsthand what the United States of America can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades” some to see what they have to offer.

Starring: Michael Moore, Jón Gnarr ..
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release date: 2015-12-23

Cobain: Montage of Heck

7.5/10 IMDB

Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only ever fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon. Academy Award nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain's personal archive of art, music, never seen before movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends.

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

Cartel Land

7.4/10 IMDB

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

Soaked in Bleach

7.4/10 IMDB

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

Making a Murderer

8.6/10 IMDB

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

Requiem for the American Dream

8.1/10 IMDB

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

Racing Extinction

8.3/10 IMDB

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, Heather Dawn Rally, Joel Sartore, Paul Hilton, Austin Richards, Travis Threlkel ..
Directed by: Louie Psihoyos
Release date: 2015-01-24

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