Best Documentary Movies of 2017


The Dawn Wall

8.1/10 IMDB

In the middle of Yosemite National Park towers El Capitan, a huge block of granite whose smoothest side, the Dawn Wall, is said to be the most difficult rock climb in the world. Tommy Caldwell didn’t see inhospitable terrain, but rather a puzzle almost a kilometer tall. In The Dawn Wall, we follow him and Kevin Jorgeson in their historic ascent to the summit.

Starring: Tommy Caldwell, John Branch, Kevin Jorgeson, Beth Rodden, Becca Pietsch ..
Directed by: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Release date: 2017-11-01

I Am Not Your Negro

7.9/10 IMDB

Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Shumerria Harris, Cathy Salvodon, James Baldwin ..
Directed by: Raoul Peck
Release date: 2017-02-03


7.9/10 IMDB

While investigating the furtive world of illegal doping in sports, director Bryan Fogel connects with renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.

Starring: Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov, Nikita Kamaev, Dan Cogan, Victor Webster, Don Catlin, Scott Brandt, Ben Stone, Richard Pound, Richard McLaren ..
Directed by: Bryan Fogel
Release date: 2017-06-03

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

7.6/10 IMDB

Offbeat documentarian Chris Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Miloš Forman, Judd Hirsch, Peter Bonerz, Randall Carver, Andy Dick, Paul Giamatti, Hugh Hefner, Elton John ..
Directed by: Chris Smith
Release date: 2017-09-05

Gaga: Five Foot Two

7.0/10 IMDB

Go behind the scenes with pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show.

Starring: Lady Gaga, Bobby Campbell, Mark Ronson, Florence Welch, Donatella Versace, Joe Germanotta, Barbara Bush, Tony Bennett, George H.W. Bush ..
Directed by: Chris Moukarbel
Release date: 2017-09-08

What the Health

7.2/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation's leading health organizations doesn't want people to know about it.

Starring: Kip Andersen, Larry Baldwin, Neal Barnard, Tia Blanco, David Carter, Jake Conroy, Garth Davis, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Mike Ewall, Alan Goldhamer ..
Directed by: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn
Release date: 2017-03-16

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

8.2/10 IMDB

Comic Hasan Minhaj of "The Daily Show" shares personal stories about racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors and more in this stand-up special.

Starring: Hasan Minhaj ..
Directed by: Christopher Storer
Release date: 2017-05-23


7.8/10 IMDB

Drawing from never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives, director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.

Starring: Jane Goodall, Hugo van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick ..
Directed by: Brett Morgen
Release date: 2017-12-28

Avicii: True Stories

7.6/10 IMDB

Documentary about the arena-packing Swedish DJ, chronicling his explosive rise to fame and surprising decision to retire from live performances in 2016.

Starring: Avicii, David Guetta, Tiësto, Mike Einziger, Nile Rodgers, Wyclef Jean, Chris Martin, Aloe Blacc, Barack Obama ..
Directed by: Levan Tsikurishvili
Release date: 2017-10-26
Best Documentary Movies of 2017 : The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

9.1/10 IMDB

Epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in history as never told before on film. Visceral and immersive, exploring the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses.

Release date: 2017-09-17

Earth: One Amazing Day

7.8/10 IMDB

An astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles.

Starring: Robert Redford, Jackie Chan, Diego Abatantuono, Lambert Wilson, Lee Je-hoon ..
Directed by: Peter Webber, Lixin Fan, Richard Dale
Release date: 2017-08-04
Best Documentary Movies of 2017 : John Wick Chapter 2: Wick-vizzed

John Wick Chapter 2: Wick-vizzed

7.8/10 IMDB

A candid look at rehearsal footage in support of a focus on pre-viz.

Starring: Pedro Hollywood, J.J. Perry, Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, Chad Stahelski ..
Directed by: Josh Oreck
Release date: 2017-06-13

Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated

7.4/10 IMDB

A personal and intimate look into Demi Lovato's life as not only a regular 25 year old, but also one of the biggest pop stars in the world.

Starring: Demi Lovato, Jonas Jeberg, Dallas Lovato, Madison De La Garza, Phil McIntyre, Oak Felder, Daniel Leith, Sibah, Cameron Okubo, Lovethpatra Young ..
Directed by: Hannah Lux Davis
Release date: 2017-10-17


7.7/10 IMDB

A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.

Starring: Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Richard Dreyfuss, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Hanks, J.J. Abrams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Drew Barrymore ..
Directed by: Susan Lacy
Release date: 2017-10-05
Best Documentary Movies of 2017 : The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones

8.5/10 IMDB

A four-part documentary series that tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre -- one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - -- and their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Release date: 2017-07-05
Best Documentary Movies of 2017 : Training 'John Wick'

Training 'John Wick'

7.6/10 IMDB

A look at the fight choreography being developed for the film.

Starring: Keanu Reeves ..
Directed by: Josh Oreck
Release date: 2017-06-13

Mommy Dead and Dearest

7.4/10 IMDB

Child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare.

Starring: Gypsey Rose, Jim Arnott, Kristy Blanchard, Rod Blanchard, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard, Rod Blanchard, Kristy Blanchard, Jim Arnott, David Blanchard ..
Directed by: Erin Lee Carr
Release date: 2017-03-11

I Am Heath Ledger

7.3/10 IMDB

The life and career of an actor, artist, and icon. His own journey through his own camera.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Kate Ledger, Kim Ledger, Olivia Ledger, Ben Mendelsohn, Naomi Watts, Djimon Hounsou, Catherine Hardwicke, Ang Lee, Christina Cauchi ..
Directed by: Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray
Release date: 2017-04-23

Long Shot

7.4/10 IMDB

When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he insists he didn't commit, he builds his case for innocence around unexpected raw footage.

Starring: Juan Catalan, Larry David, Todd Melnik, Tim Gibbons, Kym Whitley, Robert Gajic, Larry David, Tasha Boggs, Melissa Catalan, Miguel Catalan ..
Directed by: Jacob LaMendola
Release date: 2017-09-03


7.3/10 IMDB

The most famous murder scene in movie history comprises 78 camera settings and 52 cuts: the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. 78/52 tells the story of the man behind the curtain and his greatest obsession.

Starring: Emilie Germain, Oz Perkins, Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Jamie Lee Curtis, Aaron Moorhead, Elijah Wood, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Barnette ..
Directed by: Alexandre O. Philippe
Release date: 2017-10-13

David Lynch: The Art Life

7.2/10 IMDB

An intimate journey through the formative years of David Lynch's life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors.

Starring: David Lynch, Lula Lynch, Edwina Lynch, Donald Lynch, Peggy Reavey, Jack Fisk, Bushnell Keeler ..
Directed by: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Release date: 2017-02-15

Team Thor: Part 2

7.4/10 IMDB

A continuation of the documentary spoof of what Thor and his roommate Darryl were up to during the events of "Captain America: Civil War". While Cap and Iron Man duke it out, Thor tries to pay Darryl his rent in Asgardian coins.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daley Pearson, Daley Pearson, Susan Gillias ..
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Release date: 2017-02-14

Get Me Roger Stone

7.3/10 IMDB

From his days of testifying at the Watergate hearings to advising recent presidential candidate Donald Trump, Roger Stone has long offended people on both sides of the political fence as a force in conservative America. Outspoken author, pundit, ahead of his time election strategist, this is his story.

Starring: Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Jeffrey Toobin, Tucker Carlson, Jane Mayer, Wayne Barrett, Harry Siegel, Alex Jones, Matt Labash ..
Directed by: Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme, Dylan Bank
Release date: 2017-04-23

Conor McGregor: Notorious

7.1/10 IMDB

Conor McGregor is the biggest star in the history of Mixed Martial Arts. Filmed over the course of 4 years, Notorious is the exclusive, all-access account of Conor’s meteoric rise from claiming benefits and living in his parents' spare room in Dublin to claiming multiple championship UFC belts and seven figure pay-packets in Las Vegas.

Starring: Conor McGregor, Dee Devlin, John Kavanagh, Owen Roddy, Artem Lobov, Audie Attar, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, Margaret McGregor, Tony McGregor ..
Directed by: Gavin FitzGerald
Release date: 2017-11-03

Long Strange Trip

8.2/10 IMDB

The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead.

Starring: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron McKernan, Brent Mydland, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Vince Welnick ..
Directed by: Amir Bar-Lev
Release date: 2017-05-25

Jerry Before Seinfeld

7.0/10 IMDB

Jerry Seinfeld returns to the club that gave him his start in the 1970s, mixing iconic jokes with stories from his childhood and early days in comedy.

Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Johnny Carson, Mark Schiff, Jimmy Brogan, Andy Kaufman, Ed Koch, Jay Leno, Jay Leno ..
Directed by: Michael Bonfiglio
Release date: 2017-09-19

Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All

7.8/10 IMDB

"Hare Krishna!" is a documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada, the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrives in America without support or money and ignites a worldwide spiritual phenomenon, now known as the Hare Krishna Movement.

Starring: Mahatma Gandhi, George Harrison ..
Directed by: John Griesser
Release date: 2017-06-16

One of Us

7.0/10 IMDB

Penetrating the insular world of New York's Hasidic community, focusing on three individuals driven to break away despite threats of retaliation.

Starring: Etty, Chani Getter, Ari Hershkowitz, Luzer Twersky, Yosef Rapaport, David Mandelbaum ..
Directed by: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Release date: 2017-09-10


6.8/10 IMDB

This documentary follows three women -- a fire chief, a judge and a street missionary -- as they battle West Virginia's devastating opioid epidemic.

Directed by: Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Release date: 2017-09-03

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

6.6/10 IMDB

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Starring: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton ..
Directed by: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Release date: 2017-07-28

Five Came Back

8.3/10 IMDB

The extraordinary story of how Hollywood changed World War II – and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the interwoven experiences of five legendary filmmakers who went to war to serve their country and bring the truth to the American people: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. Based on Mark Harris’ best-selling book, “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.”

Starring: Meryl Streep, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass, Guillermo del Toro, Lawrence Kasdan, John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra ..
Directed by: Laurent Bouzereau
Release date: 2017-03-31

LA 92

8.2/10 IMDB

Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, LA 92 immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage.

Starring: Rodney King, Tom Brokaw, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ted Koppel, Edward James Olmos, Maxine Waters, Tom Bradley, Danny Bakewell Sr., Soon Ja Du ..
Directed by: T.J. Martin, Daniel Lindsay
Release date: 2017-04-28

Tickling Giants

8.2/10 IMDB

The Arab Spring in Egypt: From a dictator to free elections, back to a dictatorship. One comedy show united the country and tested the limits of free press. This is the story of Bassem Youssef, a cardiologist turned comedian, the Jon Stewart of Egypt, and his show "The Show".

Starring: Bassem Youssef, Jon Stewart, Shadi Alfons, Khaled Mansour, Ayman Wattar, Mohamed Andeel, Hend Radwan, Miral El Desoki, Tarek AIQazzaz ..
Directed by: Sara Taksler
Release date: 2017-03-15

Chasing Coral

8.1/10 IMDB

Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.

Starring: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin, Phil Dustan, Ruth Gates, Manuel González-Rivero, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Joanie Kleypas, Justin Marshall, Trevor Mendelow ..
Directed by: Jeff Orlowski
Release date: 2017-03-16

Cuba and the Cameraman

8.2/10 IMDB

This revealing portrait of Cuba follows the lives of Fidel Castro and three Cuban families affected by his policies over the last four decades.

Starring: Jon Alpert, Fidel Castro, Angél Borrego, Cristobal Borrego, Gregorio Borrego, Luis Amores ..
Directed by: Jon Alpert
Release date: 2017-09-08


7.0/10 IMDB

An exploration of the Alien presence on Earth and the reality of suppressed free energy technology.

Starring: Giancarlo Esposito, Steven M. Greer ..
Directed by: Michael Mazzola
Release date: 2017-05-23

Whitney: Can I Be Me

6.8/10 IMDB

The life and tragic death of Whitney Houston.

Starring: Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Bobby Brown, Robyn Crawford, John Russell Houston Jr., Cissy Houston, David Roberts, Johnny Carson, Serge Gainsbourg, Mike Tyson ..
Directed by: Rudi Dolezal, Nick Broomfield
Release date: 2017-04-24

Cries from Syria

8.3/10 IMDB

An attempt to re-contextualize the European migrant crisis and ongoing hostilities in Syria, through eyewitness and participant testimony. Children and parents recount the revolution, civil war, air strikes, atrocities and ongoing humanitarian aid crises, in a portrait of recent history and the consequences of violence.

Starring: Hadi Al Abdullah, Raed Al Saleh, Helen Mirren ..
Directed by: Evgeny Afineevsky
Release date: 2017-01-22


7.5/10 IMDB

Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures.

Starring: Richard Turner, Max Maven, Armando Lucero, Bob Gebert, Ivan McCormick, Johnny Thompson ..
Directed by: Luke Korem
Release date: 2017-10-20

The Work

7.8/10 IMDB

Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Directed by: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
Release date: 2017-03-11
Best Documentary Movies of 2017 : George Michael: Freedom

George Michael: Freedom

7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary covers the span of George Michael's entire career, concentrating on the formative period in the late Grammy® Award winner’s life and career, leading up to and following the making of his acclaimed, best-selling album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” and his subsequent, infamous High Court battle with his record label that followed, while also becoming poignantly personal about the death of his late partner and first love, Anselmo Feleppa.

Starring: George Michael, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Linda Evangelista, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rodgers ..
Directed by: David Austin, George Michael
Release date: 2017-10-16
Best Documentary Movies of 2017 : On The Record: Niall Horan – Flicker

On The Record: Niall Horan – Flicker

9.3/10 IMDB

Through candid interviews and studio footage, this exclusive film looks at the making of Horan’s first solo album.

Starring: Niall Horan ..
Release date: 2017-10-20

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

7.9/10 IMDB

An intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty featuring Debbie Reynolds, Todd Fisher, and Carrie Fisher.

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Todd Fisher, Eddie Fisher, Griffin Dunne, Billie Lourd ..
Directed by: Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens
Release date: 2017-01-11


7.8/10 IMDB

The ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. Yet in 2016, Google's DeepMind team announced that they would be taking on Lee Sedol, the world's most elite Go champion. AlphaGo chronicles the team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly-evolving AI technology. The film pits man against machine, and reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI.

Starring: Lee Se-dol, Demis Hassabis, David Silver, Fan Hui, Frank Lantz, Cade Metz, Martin Rees, Aja Huang, Maddy Leach, Nam Chi Hyung ..
Directed by: Greg Kohs
Release date: 2017-04-21

Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show

7.7/10 IMDB

It had all the makings of a huge television success: a white-hot comic at the helm, a coveted primetime slot, and a pantheon of future comedy legends in the cast and crew. So why did The Dana Carvey Show—with a writers room and cast including then unknowns Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Charlie Kaufman, and more— crash and burn so spectacularly? TOO FUNNY TO FAIL tells the hilarious true story of a crew of genius misfits who set out to make comedy history… and succeeded in a way they never intended.

Starring: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Bill Hader, Jon Glaser, Robert Carlock, Spike Feresten ..
Directed by: Josh Greenbaum
Release date: 2017-10-20

Here's To Life: The Story of the Refreshments

9.2/10 IMDB

A documentary about a band that had a hit in the mid 90's and then seemingly disappeared... only to rise again as an independent band in a new era of music.

Starring: Roger Clyne ..
Directed by: Taylor Morden
Release date: 2017-03-15

Batman & Bill

8.0/10 IMDB

Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth. One author makes it his crusade to make it known that Bill Finger, a struggling writer, actually helped invent the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.

Starring: Michael Uslan, Roy Thomas, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Thomas Andrae, Benjamin Zaido Cruz, Athena Finger, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Travis Langley, Althea Mariotta ..
Directed by: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce
Release date: 2017-05-06
Best Documentary Movies of 2017 : Movie Musical Greats with Hugh Jackman

Movie Musical Greats with Hugh Jackman

7.7/10 IMDB

The Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman joins Alex Zane to discuss his career on stage and screen, as well as his favourite movie musicals of all time.

Starring: Gina Beck, Hugh Jackman, Robert Lindsay, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Alex Zane ..
Directed by: Tim Postins
Release date: 2017-12-22

Strong The Wind Blows

8.9/10 IMDB

For ten years Canadian Paraglider pilot Benjamin Jordan had dreamt of flying like an eagle, across the entire span of South Western Canada's mountain ranges. He imagined soaring over glaciers, landing high in the alpine, bathing in turquoise waters, then flying on as he made his way from Vancouver to Calgary. But there was a catch. Nobody had ever done it before, and for one, very good, reason. Join this unprecedented, Aerial and Mountain Adventure as you soar across British Columbia & Alberta's most incredible landscapes. And brace yourself for the darkness, as Jordan reveals the inner struggle, mindset and motivation, required to push forward in the face of such risk.

Starring: Benjamin Jordan ..
Directed by: Benjamin Jordan
Release date: 2017-05-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2017 : Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

6.5/10 IMDB

A celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse. This film examines all that occurred to prepare the world that stands before us now: science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet. (Wide release version with narration by Cate Blanchett.)

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Theo Bongani Ndyalvane, Brad Pitt ..
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 2017-03-10

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