Best Documentary Movies of 2018

1.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

6.1
8.4/10

Fred Rogers used puppets and play to explore complex social issues: race, disability, equality and tragedy, helping form the American concept of childhood. He spoke directly to children and they responded enthusiastically. Yet today, his impact is unclear. Have we lived up to Fred's ideal of good neighbors?

Starring: Fred Rogers, François Scarborough Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, Kailyn Davis
Directed by: Morgan Neville
Release date: 2018-06-08
2.

They Shall Not Grow Old

6.0
8.3/10

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day, and the end of the war.

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2018-12-17
3.

Free Solo

5.9
8.2/10

Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Starring: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Sanni McCandless, Mikey Schaefer
Directed by: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Release date: 2018-10-12
4.

Three Identical Strangers

5.5
7.7/10

New York, 1980. Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they're identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives – and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

Starring: David Kellman, Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland, Lawrence Wright
Directed by: Tim Wardle
Release date: 2018-06-29
5.

American Animals

5.1
7.0/10

Lexington, Kentucky, 2004. Four young men attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in the history of the United States.

Starring: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd
Directed by: Bart Layton
Release date: 2018-06-01
6.

Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour

5.0
8.2/10

Taylor Swift takes the stage in Dallas for the Reputation Stadium Tour and celebrates a monumental night of music, memories and visual magic.

Starring: Taylor Swift, Tiffany Haddish, Camilla Cabello, Charli XCX, Camila Cabello
Directed by: Paul Dugdale
Release date: 2018-12-31
7.

Fahrenheit 11/9

5.0
6.8/10

Michael Moore's provocative documentary explores the two most important questions of the Trump Era: How the fuck did we get here, and how the fuck do we get out?

Starring: Michael Moore, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Roseanne Barr, Stephen K. Bannon
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release date: 2018-09-10
8.

RBG

4.9
7.5/10

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg now 84, and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, steadily fighting for equal rights for all citizens under the law. Through intimate interviews and unprecedented access to Ginsburg’s life outside the court, RBG tells the electric story of Ginsburg’s consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty—and of a life’s work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest court in the land.

Starring: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane C. Ginsburg, James Steven Ginsburg, Nina Totenberg, Clara Spera
Directed by: Betsy West, Julie Cohen
Release date: 2018-05-04
9.

Period. End of Sentence.

4.8
7.4/10

In an effort to improve feminine hygiene, a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads is installed in a rural village in Northern India. Using the machine, a group of local women is employed to produce and sell pads, offering them newfound independence and helping to destigmatize menstruation for all.

Starring: Arunachalam Muruganatham, Ajeya, Anita, Gouri Choudari, Shabana Khan
Directed by: Rayka Zehtabchi
Release date: 2018-04-05
10.

Dominion

4.8
9.2/10

Exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, hidden & handheld cameras, the feature-length film explores the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom.

Starring: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Sia, Sadie Sink, Katherine von Drachenberg
Directed by: Chris Delforce
Release date: 2018-03-29
11.

Do Women Have a Higher Sex Drive?

4.4
7.0/10

For years men have thought women had a lower sexdrive? Can men be proven wrong again? The film explores the the scientific, historical, biological and social aspects behind the female sex drive and female gaze.

Directed by: Jan-Willem Breure, Anouk Pluijm
Release date: 2018-06-05
12.

McQueen

4.3
7.9/10

Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.

Starring: Alexander McQueen, Bernard Arnault, Joseph Bennett, Magdalena Frackowiak, Jodie Kidd
Directed by: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
Release date: 2018-06-08
13.

The Dawn Wall

4.3
8.1/10

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
Directed by: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Release date: 2018-10-04
14.

Active Measures

4.3
8.1/10

Russian president Vladimir Putin attacks the 2016 American Presidential Election in collaboration with The Trump Campaign.

Starring: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Jeremy Bash, Nina Burleigh, Alexandra Chalupa
Directed by: Jack Bryan
Release date: 2018-04-30
15.

The Farthest

4.2
8.1/10

The captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity's greatest achievements in exploration: NASA's Voyager mission.

Starring: Carl Sagan, Frank Drake, John Casani, Lawrence Krauss, Carolyn Porco
Directed by: Emer Reynolds
Release date: 2018-03-15
16.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

4.2
8.0/10

A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams, told largely through his own words. Celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.

Starring: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Pam Dawber, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait
Directed by: Marina Zenovich
Release date: 2018-01-19
17.

Jane Fonda in Five Acts

4.1
7.9/10

Girl next door, activist, so-called traitor, fitness tycoon, Oscar winner: Jane Fonda has lived a life of controversy, tragedy and transformation – and she’s done it all in the public eye. An intimate look at one woman’s singular journey.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin, Ted Turner
Directed by: Susan Lacy
Release date: 2018-01-21
18.

Quincy

4.1
7.7/10

An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.

Starring: Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, John Legend
Directed by: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones
Release date: 2018-09-21
19.

Whitney

4.1
7.2/10

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald examines the life and career of singer Whitney Houston. Features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances and interviews with the people who knew her best.

Starring: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston, Clive Davis, L.A. Reid
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Release date: 2018-07-06
20.

Above & Beyond: Giving Up the Day Job

4.0
9.0/10

In 2016, GRAMMY-nominated trio Above & Beyond left the electronic world behind, risking it all to go acoustic. Their new film Above & Beyond Acoustic - Giving Up The Day Job, follows the group's unlikely journey from the DJ booth to the Hollywood Bowl.

Starring: Paavo Siljamäki, Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, Justine Suissa, Zoë Johnston
Directed by: Myles Desenberg, Paul Dugdale
Release date: 2018-02-02

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