documentaries (watched)

by noahashleyw | created - 23 Apr 2017 | updated - 27 Feb 2018 | Public

A list of the documentaries i have watched (some may not be on IMDB, so there will be some missing. *DISCLAIMER* WHEN I SAY THAT I ENJOY THE DOCUMENTARY, I DO NOT ENJOY THE LOSS OR THE SADDNESS OR THE ACTUAL EVENTS, by enjoy i mean interesting and put together in such a way it was interesting. MANY of these subjects make me VERY UPSET, it is the learning (about the events and analysing and understanding ect. that i enjoy. neither do i feel influenced by the events to do something stupid. i simply want to learn and understand about these things, they are often interesting or sad and i want to be able to understand and learn them, they inspire me to want to document things myself and become a documentary maker myself. also these arent listed in any particular way. thank you

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1. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, 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: 60,280 | Gross: $2.07M

very very good I often find myself rewatching it. its very cinematic and well put together. obviously had a big budget and the cinema release was to be expected with such budget. wish there were more incidents featured, however i am aware of time restraints, there were enough stories to give a good understanding. all in all amazing documentary. 8/10

2. Oklahoma City (2017)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Crime, History

74 Metascore

Documents the beliefs and experiences of Timothy McVeigh in the lead-up to his bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which claimed 168 lives.

Director: Barak Goodman | Stars: Janet Beck, Alan Berg, Jim Botting, Bill Buford

Votes: 2,522

this documentary was amazing and very emotive, i love the way it is put together and how it takes you way back showing events that lead to mcveighs motives. the events are VERY WELL described and shown, in great detail and almost like mini documentaries within one big one. there wasn't one point in the documentary when i skipped (for something like it felt like it was dragging on). great documentary, will rewatch. 9/10

3. Tower (2016)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Keith Maitland | Stars: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir

Votes: 7,100 | Gross: $0.09M

4. Newtown (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History

87 Metascore

A look at how the community of Newtown, Connecticut came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history.

Director: Kim A. Snyder | Stars: Gene Rosen, Syeda Suriya Ahmed, Abbey Clements, Sally Cox

Votes: 1,611 | Gross: $0.01M

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: 138,237 | Gross: $21.58M

6. Tyke Elephant Outlaw (2015)

78 min | Documentary

This is the gripping and emotionally charged story of Tyke, a circus elephant that went on a rampage in Honolulu in 1994, killed her trainer in front of thousands of spectators and died in ... See full summary »

Directors: Susan Lambert, Stefan Moore | Stars: Bryan Akita, Pam Burns, Cathy Goeggel, Sally Joseph

Votes: 608

7. The White Helmets (2016)

TV-14 | 41 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel | Stars: Khalid Farah, Mohammed Farah, Abu Omar, Raed Saleh

Votes: 6,770

8. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

A documentary about a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Marilyn Bartoli, Deb Biggins, Michael Daluz, Jeremiah Donovan

Votes: 1,961

9. Amanda Knox (2016)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

Directors: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn | Stars: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Giuliano Mignini

Votes: 19,798

10. 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: 26,053 | Gross: $0.90M

11. Captive (2016– )

60 min | Documentary

Documentary series that depicts hostage negotiations, the stories are told by the victims themselves.

Stars: Camilla Carr, Paul Chandler, Eami Hacham, Mike Hensley

Votes: 493

12. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

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.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 15,704 | Gross: $0.61M

13. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 27,395

14. My Scientology Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Louis Theroux, Tom Cruise, Marty Rathbun, Paz de la Huerta

Votes: 11,627 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Casting JonBenet (2017)

TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

In the months following the unsolved murder of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, responses were elicited from her Colorado hometown community, creating a work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

Director: Kitty Green | Stars: Hannah Cagwin, Aeona Cruz, Liv Bagley, Shylee Sagle

Votes: 4,636

16. Little Boy Blue (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The story about the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007 and his parents, Melanie's and Steve's ordeal, and how Rhys's murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.

Stars: Sinead Keenan, Brían F. O'Byrne, Matthew Roberts, Stephen Graham

Votes: 2,746

17. Kidnapped for 18 Years: The Jaycee Dugard Story (2009 TV Movie)

Documentary

Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old when she was abducted. After being held captive for 18 years by a convicted child molester, Jaycee Dugard appeared to be alive and kicking, when police investigation closes in on her kidnapper.

Director: Boris Ivanov | Stars: Jaycee Dugard, Karen Gillis-Tinlin, Sue Bush, Amelia Edwards

Votes: 195

18. The Witness (I) (2015)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

79 Metascore

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.

Director: James D. Solomon | Stars: William Genovese, Shannon Beeby, Kitty Genovese, Winston Moseley

Votes: 3,857

19. Audrie & Daisy (2016)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community.

Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk | Stars: Robin Bourland, Daisy Coleman, Charles Coleman, Melinda Coleman

Votes: 5,172

20. The Keepers (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 436 min | Documentary, Crime

A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Stars: Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber, Jean Hargadon Wehner

Votes: 16,657

21. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jim Arnott, David Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Votes: 7,192



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