Top Documentary Movies


The Top Documentary Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top Documentary List". Lists are calculated daily.

11. Richard Pryor ...Here and Now

Year of Release: 1983
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Documentary
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Richard Pryor
Actors: Richard Pryor
Plot: A combination stand-up special and documentary that follows Richard Pryor on one of his later tours. Still as foul-mouthed as ever - he never shies away from speaking his mind.

12. Word Wars

Year of Release: 2004
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary/Comedy
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo
Actors: Mike Birbiglia, Joe Edley, Stefan Fatsis, Matt Graham
Plot: People compete in Scrabble tournaments around the world.

13. The Thin Blue Line

Year of Release: 1988
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary/Crime
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Errol Morris
Actors: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson
Plot: Using interviews and re-enactments, the film examines the 1976 murder of a Dallas policeman, and the wrongful conviction of one of the two men implicated in the killing.

14. March of the Penguins ( marche de l'empereur, La )

Year of Release: 2005
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Luc Jacquet
Actors: Morgan Freeman
Plot: The documentary of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica.

15. Inside Job

Year of Release: 2010
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Charles Ferguson
Actors: Matt Damon, Daniel Alpert, Jonathan Alpert, John Campbell
Plot: Documentary that examines the factors and fault that led to the recent financial meltdown.

16. The Act of Killing

Year of Release: 2013
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: Other
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer,Christine Cynn
Actors: Safit Pardede, Anwar Congo, Yapto Soerjosoemarno, Syamsul Arifin
Plot: A group of the Indonesian death squad leaders - who helped purge communists in the violent 1965-1966 Indonesian killings - are given a chance to re-enact their most brutal killings in a Hollywood style of their choosing.

17. Bowling for Columbine

Year of Release: 2002
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Michael Moore
Actors: George W. Bush, Charlton Heston, Dick Clark, Michael Moore
Plot: Gun Violence in America is shown as Michael Moore looks for causes and answers from some of America's top opponents of gun control.

18. Baraka

Year of Release: 1992
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: Other
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Ron Fricke
Plot: Ron Fricke presents this silent documentary, a collection of expertly photographed scenes from tribal villages to strip mining operations, that carries an environmental theme throughout.

19. The Salt of the Earth

Year of Release: 2015
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary/Biography
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders
Actors: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Hugo Barbier

20. Tower

Year of Release: 2016
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary/Animation
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Keith Maitland
Actors: Violett Beane, Josephine McAdam, Reece Everett Ryan

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