2016 Award Contenders: Documentaryby IMDb-Editors | created - 13 Oct 2016 | updated - 20 Oct 2016 | Public
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2. O.J.: Made in America (2016)
TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.
3. Cameraperson (2016)
Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary
Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.
Votes: 2,271 | Gross: $0.10M
5. Gleason (2016)
R | 110 min | Documentary
After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.
Votes: 2,489 | Gross: $0.58M
6. Life, Animated (2016)
PG | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.
Votes: 5,540 | Gross: $0.24M
7. Tickled (2016)
R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery
Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
Votes: 15,866 | Gross: $0.61M
8. Tower (2016)
TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime
Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.
Votes: 7,148 | Gross: $0.09M
9. Weiner (2016)
R | 96 min | Documentary
An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.
Votes: 9,547 | Gross: $1.61M
10. The Witness (I) (2015)
89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.
Unrated | 106 min | Documentary, Music
A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.
Votes: 10,952 | Gross: $2.93M
12. Hooligan Sparrow (2016)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, AKA Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary ... See full summary »
13. The Eagle Huntress (2016)
G | 87 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport
Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.
Votes: 3,409 | Gross: $3.17M
16. Amanda Knox (2016)
TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary, Crime
American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.
17. Before the Flood (2016)
PG | 96 min | Documentary
A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
18. Holy Hell (2016)
Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama
An inside look at Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.
Votes: 4,882 | Gross: $0.02M
21. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)
TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary, Biography
An examination of the life and work of the revered and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
24. Mavis! (2015)
TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples' message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.
25. My Beautiful Broken Brain (2014)
86 min | Documentary, Biography
MY BEAUTIFUL BROKEN BRAIN is 34 year old Lotje Sodderland's personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of her own brain following a life changing hemorrhagic stroke. ... See full summary »
91 min | Documentary
A documentary that follows the struggle for exoneration of four Latina lesbians who were wrongfully convicted of gang rape against two young girls.
Director: Deborah S. Esquenazi
27. Team Foxcatcher (2016)
TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary
Come one, come all to THE CIRCUS. This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the Trump era of presidential politics, revealing the stories behind the headlines.
29. The Eighties (2016)
A documentary series focusing on the Reagan presidency, the AIDS crisis, the end of the Cold War, Wall Street corruption, the tech boom, the expansion of television, and the evolving music industry.
31. Jackie Robinson (2016– )
TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary chronicles the personal and professional life of Jackie Robinson from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972. Robinson's rise from humble beginnings to became an American hero and pivotal figure in American history are detailed.
Documentary, History, Music
Soundbreaking explores the history of recorded music. Featuring more than 150 original interviews, the series charts a century's worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds.
33. 30 for 30 (2009– )
60 min | Documentary, Biography, History
ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »
37. P.O.V. (1988– )
POV, a cinema term for "point of view," is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented more than 300 of the best, boldest and most... See full summary »
30 for 30 (2009– )
102 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary examination of the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Duke University lacrosse team that were ultimately found to be baseless
40. Dark Horse (2015)
PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama
An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse
41. Keepers of the Game (2016)
82 min | Documentary
Lacrosse was born in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory as a sacred game, traditionally reserved for men. Just off the reservation at Salmon River High in Fort Covington, NY an all-Native girls ... See full summary »
43. Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)
Unrated | 93 min | Documentary, Music
Miss Sharon Jones: Dreams never expire but sometimes they are deferred. Miss Sharon Jones follows the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy nominated R&B band "Sharon Jones and ... See full summary »
Votes: 538 | Gross: $0.12M
PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Music
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other international artists of The Silk Road Project discuss their philosophies on music and culture.
Votes: 646 | Gross: $1.16M
45. Presenting Princess Shaw (2015)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary on the collaborative relationship between New Orleans based songwriter/YouTube star Samantha Montgomery and composer/video artist Ophir Kutiel.
Votes: 546 | Gross: $0.06M
46. We Are X (2016)
R | 93 min | Documentary, Music