Top Documentary Movies


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

21. 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

22. Zero Days

Year of Release: 2016
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Alex Gibney
Actors: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev
Plot: A documentary examining the origins of the Stuxnet computer malware and the effects it has had on the geopolitical climate.

23. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Year of Release: 2011
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: David Gelb
Actors: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
Plot: 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono works in the basement of a Tokyo office building, meticulously crafting the perfect pieces to present at his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. The documentary explores the relationship between him and his son (and sushi heir) Yoshikazu, as well as his life-long quest to develop the perfect piece of sushi.

24. One More Time with Feeling

Year of Release: 2016
Overall Rating: 3.6 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Andrew Dominik
Actors: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Plot: Explores the creative process of Nick Cave and his band as the singer struggles an
unspoken personal tragedy.

25. The Cove

Year of Release: 2009
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Actors: Richard O'Barry, Hayden Panettiere, Isabel Lucas, Louie Psihoyos
Plot: A group of activists infiltrates the waters off Taijii, Japan to expose the slaughter of thousands of bottlenose dolphins by local fishermen.

26. Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Year of Release: 2002
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Paul Justman
Actors: Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan, Joan Osborne, Ben Harper

27. Red Obsession

Year of Release: 2013
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary/Historical
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: David Roach, Warwick Ross
Actors: Debra Meiburg, Russell Crowe
Plot: Bordeaux has always been a rare, prized wine among connoisseurs but the long-standing French label finds itself stretched to the brink after China makes the expensive wine their new status symbol.

28. Chasing Coral

Year of Release: 2017
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Actors: Zackery Rago, Andrew Ackerman, Trevor Mendelow, John 'Charlie' Veron

29. Tickled

Year of Release: 2016
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve
Actors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Hal Karp

30. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

Year of Release: 2008
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Kurt Kuenne
Actors: Kurt Kuenne, Zachary Andrew, David Bagby, Dr. Andrew Bagby
Plot: Being released theatrically in a limited market tomorrow, will open to more theaters soon.

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