Documentaries That I've Seen

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1. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 80,259 | Gross: $23.81M

2. Dinosaur Planet (2003– )

50 min | Documentary, Animation, Family

A four-episode animated series charting the adventures of four dinosaurs - each on a different continent in the prehistoric world: a lone female Velociraptor in Asia; a young male ... See full summary »

Stars: Christian Slater, Scott Sampson

Votes: 432

3. Who Killed Nancy? (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music, Mystery

35 Metascore

On October 12th 1978 New York Police discovered the lifeless body of a 20 year-old woman, slumped under the bathroom sink in a hotel room. She was dressed in her underwear and had bled to ... See full summary »

Director: Alan G. Parker | Stars: Alan Jones, Steve Dior, George Slattery, Peter Gravelle

Votes: 493

4. Super Size Me (2004)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 100,993 | Gross: $11.53M

5. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 139,621 | Gross: $21.58M

6. Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women (2010)

46 min | Documentary

Jean Kilbourne discusses the representation of women in advertisements.

Director: Sut Jhally | Star: Jean Kilbourne

Votes: 210

7. Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (2008)

66 min | Documentary, Family, Fantasy

Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and ... See full summary »

Directors: Adriana Barbaro, Jeremy Earp | Stars: Daniel Acuff, Enola Aird, Michael Brody, George W. Bush

Votes: 557

8. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 9,826 | Gross: $30.58M

9. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,817 | Gross: $4.04M

10. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 126,271 | Gross: $119.19M

11. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 49,328 | Gross: $4.42M

12. Devil's Playground (2002)

77 min | Documentary

Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose.

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Velda Bontrager, Mark Bontrager, Dewayne Chupp, Dylan Cole

Votes: 2,521

13. The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (2013)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Aliza Sommer-Herz, aged 109 and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards.

Director: Malcolm Clarke | Stars: Aliza Sommer-Herz, Zdenka Fantlova, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Malcolm Clarke

Votes: 891

14. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 6,311 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 15,224

16. J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

An insight into what life is like for well-known "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling as she finishes the final book in the series.

Director: James Runcie | Stars: James Runcie, J.K. Rowling, Sarah Beal, Neil Murray

Votes: 444

17. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 9,807 | Gross: $0.31M

18. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, News

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 61,749 | Gross: $2.07M

19. In a Town This Size (2011)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

Members of an affluent Oklahoma community speak out in the aftermath of emotional devastation perpetrated by a prominent and highly regarded pediatrician.

Director: Patrick Viersen Brown

Votes: 217

20. Farmageddon (2011)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, News

62 Metascore

Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son healed from all allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk, and real food from farms. It depicts people all over the country who formed food ... See full summary »

Director: Kristin Canty | Stars: Linda Faillace, Adam Helfer, Mark McAfee, Joel Salatin

Votes: 543 | Gross: $0.06M

21. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early '60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through ... See full summary »

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Stars: Thea Spyer, Edea Windsor

Votes: 372

22. Question One (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

61 Metascore

A film chronicling the 2009 Maine state referendum campaign on same-sex marriage on both sides.

Directors: Joseph Fox, James Nubile

Votes: 22

23. Super High Me (2007)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy

Stand up comedian and marijuana user Doug Benson documents thirty days of pot free living and thirty days of non-stop use to compare the effects of both.

Director: Michael Blieden | Stars: Brian Unger, Gary Cohan, Robert Gore, Sean Tabibian

Votes: 12,697

24. Addicted to Plastic (2008)

85 min | Documentary

A Canadian documentary on modern society's 'addiction' to plastic; our prolific use of this product, its effects on the earth and on us, and where our unwanted plastic ends up.

Director: Ian Connacher

Votes: 325

25. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 7,698 | Gross: $0.05M

26. Shenandoah (2012)

98 min | Documentary

A documentary on the hate crime assault and subsequent death of a Latino man in Shenandoah Pennsylvania, including the alleged cover-up and shocking court verdicts.

Director: David Turnley | Stars: Brian Scully, Julie Mickalowski, Ron Mickalowski, Danny Merva

Votes: 503

27. American Promise (2013)

TV-PG | 135 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.

Directors: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson

Votes: 266 | Gross: $0.09M

28. The Water Front (2007)

53 min | Documentary

Follows the heated struggle between residents, water workers and corporate managers in Highland Park, Michigan to spotlight what many of us take for granted - the right to affordable water.

Director: Liz Miller

Votes: 26

29. Tar Creek (2009)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

Some environmental disasters get attention. Others get fixed. This is America's oldest and worst. And it looks like a third world country.

Director: Matt Myers | Stars: John Frazier, Earl Hatley, Matt Myers, Bob Nairn

Votes: 71

30. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 40,892 | Gross: $3.23M

31. Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Vartek | Stars: Jim Olson, Tony Clarke, Maude Barlow, Octavio Rosas Lando

Votes: 1,141

32. Jonestown: Paradise Lost (2007 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass-suicide.

Director: Tim Wolochatiuk | Stars: Ted Biggs, Stephan Jones, Vernon Gosney, Tim Reiterman

Votes: 998

33. The Pig Farm (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Crime

Award-winning investigation into the crimes of Robert Pickton. This documentary explores why it took so many years to capture and convict Canada's most prolific serial killer. Troubling revelations about who knew what, and when.

Stars: Maggie Huculak, Vicki Gabereau, Tamara Hamilton, Renee Olbert

Votes: 142

34. Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy

A documentary horror film about the environmental devastation left in the wake of the giant toads' unstoppable march across Australia.

Director: Mark Lewis | Stars: Henry Richards, Neil Young

Votes: 427

35. Mission Blue (2014)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

77 Metascore

Feature documentary about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle , and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.

Directors: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens | Stars: Barbara Block, James Cameron, Michael deGruy, Sylvia Earle

Votes: 1,641

36. Vanishing of the Bees (2009)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, History

This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current ... See full summary »

Directors: Maryam Henein, George Langworthy | Stars: Elliot Page, Bret Adee, Dennis Cardoza, Henri Clement

Votes: 1,081

37. Eyes of the Mothman (2011)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary

Feature length documentary of the real story behind the legend of The Mothman.

Director: Matthew J. Pellowski | Stars: Mothman, Richard Pait, John H. Sauer, Helen H. Tanner

Votes: 311

38. After Tiller (2013)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves... See full summary »

Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson | Stars: George Tiller, Warren Hern, Leroy Carhart, Susan Robinson

Votes: 1,008 | Gross: $0.07M

39. One Nation Under God (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

Question everything, live for something.

Director: Will Bakke | Stars: Michael B. Allen, Will Bakke, Lawson Hopkins, Austin Meek

Votes: 73

40. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary, Romance

73 Metascore

An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

Director: Daniel G. Karslake | Stars: Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson, Gene Robinson, Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel

Votes: 4,328 | Gross: $0.31M

41. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 26,348 | Gross: $0.90M

42. GMO OMG (2013)

90 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Seifert | Stars: Jeremy Seifert, Vandana Shiva, Cary Fowler, Dennis Kucinich

Votes: 1,422 | Gross: $0.04M

43. Race to Nowhere (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

A silent epidemic, cheating, has become commonplace in our schools; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and workplaces unprepared and uninspired.

Directors: Vicki Abeles, Jessica Congdon

Votes: 197

44. Bottled Life: Nestle's Business with Water (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there's a company which has developed the art to perfection - Nestlé. This company dominates the global... See full summary »

Director: Urs Schnell | Stars: Peter Brabeck, Res Gehriger, Hanspeter Müller

Votes: 806

45. The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia (2012)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Successful leaders reflect on their Dyslexic experiences, as a high school senior must overcome the challenges of Dyslexia to achieve his dream of getting into a competitive college.

Director: James Redford | Stars: David Boies, Richard Branson, Sheree Carter-Galvan, Toby Cosgrove

Votes: 77

46. Virunga (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, War

8.2