Top Documentary Movies


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

81. Sans Soleil

Year of Release: 2003
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Chris Marker
Actors: Florence Delay, Kim Novak, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda

82. West of Memphis

Year of Release: 2012
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Amy Berg
Actors: Jason Baldwin, Lorris Davis, Julie Ann Doan, Damien Wayne Echols
Plot: An in-depth examination of the Arkansas case of the West Memphis Three - gaining access to the investigation and research behind the scenes in an attempt to free the men from a notorious case of injustice.

83. Samsara

Year of Release: 2012
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Ron Fricke
Plot: Five years - 25 countries - from sacred ground to disaster zones - Samsara is a visual experience like no other.

84. Lessons of Darkness ( Lektionen in Finsternis )

Year of Release: 1995
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Documentary/Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Werner Herzog
Actors: Werner Herzog
Plot: Werner Herzog's documentary about the burning of the Kuwaiti oil fields eschews formal interviews and commentary and lets music and striking visuals tell the tale.

85. Earth

Year of Release: 2009
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Actors: Patrick Stewart, James Earl Jones

86. Exit Through the Gift Shop

Year of Release: 2010
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary/Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Banksy
Actors: Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Thierry Guetta, Rhys Ifans
Plot: The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.

87. Searching for Sugar Man

Year of Release: 2012
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Actors: Rodriguez, Malik Bendjelloul, Steve Segerman, Dennis Coffey
Plot: For two South Africans, Rodriguez became an unlikely inspiration in the 1970s. In Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul sets out to find out what happened to the obscure, mysterious rocker.

88. The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

Year of Release: 2001
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary/Historical
MPAA Rating: G
Director: George Butler
Actors: Liam Neeson, Simon Prebble, Paul Ricketts, David Cale

89. Dont Look Back ( Don't Look Back )

Year of Release: 1967
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Actors: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez
Plot: D.A. Pennebaker's documentary that follows Bob Dylan, 23, on a three-week tour of England in 1965. From airport to hotel to concert - this is the period Dylan was transitioning from acoustic to electric - and not everyone was happy about the chance. Joan Baez and Donovan make an appearance.

90. Gimme Shelter

Year of Release: 1970
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Actors: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor
Plot: Follows the Rolling Stones on their 1969 tour, mainly focusing on their free concert at Altamont Speedway in California where the decision to use Hell's Angels as security leads to tragic consequences.

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