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1. Black Harvest (1992)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Joe Leahy is the half-caste son of one of the first explorers of the Papua New Guinean interior. His relations with the local Ganiga tribe who work his coffee plantation on their land are ... See full summary »

Directors: Robin Anderson, Bob Connolly | Star: Joe Leahy

Votes: 353

2. Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint (1992 TV Movie)

23 min | Documentary

A 30-minute follow-up piece for Roger & Me, this was first shown when that film was broadcast as part of the PBS series P.O.V. Moore briefly re-examines the economic collapse of Flint and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Rhonda Britton, Michael Moore, Janet K. Rauch, Fred Ross

Votes: 586

3. Comedian (2002)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

62 Metascore

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.

Director: Christian Charles | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Greg Giraldo

Votes: 6,821 | Gross: $2.74M

4. Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary, History, War

Robert Greenwald's gripping and controversial documentary, detailing the administration's march to war, as seen through the eyes of countless experts. 2004 National Theatrical Release.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: David Albright, Robert Baer, Milton Bearden, Rand Beers

Votes: 601 | Gross: $0.03M

5. 30 Days (2005–2008)

60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

An unscripted, documentary-style program where an individual is inserted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession for 30 days.

Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Alexandra Jamieson, Scott Bridges, Ryan Hickmott

Votes: 1,951

Seen Series 1 only. Seen first 20 minutes of Season 3, Episode 3: Animal Rights

6. The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, War

The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil, when the automobile became the center of the way people ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Greene | Stars: Barrie Zwicker, James Howard Kunstler, Peter Calthorpe, Michael Klare

Votes: 1,007

7. Submariners (2005– )


This is a six-part documentary series which followed the crew of HMAS Rankin, a Collins-class submarine manufactured in Australia. The series was devised to give insight into life on board ... See full summary »

Star: Hugh Piper

Votes: 9

Is at Warringah Shire Library - 156min but don't know which branch?

8. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stew Albert, Tariq Ali

Votes: 5,529 | Gross: $1.10M

9. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 27,936 | Gross: $0.30M

10. God on My Side (2006)

76 min | Documentary

Journalist Andrew Denton travels to the National Religious Broadcasters' Convention in the Bible Belt of the USA.

Director: Andrew Denton | Star: Andrew Denton

Votes: 122

11. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, War

A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war.

Director: Kazuo Hara | Stars: Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi, Toshio Hara

Votes: 1,711

Recommended by John Safran - Michael MOore style doco

12. Strange Culture (2007)

75 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary in which actors interpret the legally touchy subject of artist Steve Kurtz, who is being held as a suspected terrorist because of his work.

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson | Stars: Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote, Josh Kornbluth

Votes: 397

recommended by john safran

13. The War on Democracy (2007)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

Venezuela, Guatemala, Cuba, Chile, Salvador, Bolivia: people's struggle for democracy versus US imperialism in Latin America since the 1950s, backing coups and supporting dictatorships.

Directors: Chris Martin, John Pilger, Sean Crotty | Stars: John Pilger, Philip Agee, Salvador Allende, George Bush

Votes: 2,395

14. Control Room (2004)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Samir Khader, Josh Rushing, George W. Bush, Hassan Ibrahim

Votes: 5,097 | Gross: $2.59M


15. Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

48 Metascore

This documentary compiles a series of Noam Chomsky's interviews and lectures that address the events of 9/11.

Director: John Junkerman | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky

Votes: 604 | Gross: $0.29M

16. Slacker Uprising (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

Footage from Michael Moore's 60-city tour of college campuses and other venues showcases what the filmmaker calls "the birth of a new political generation.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Eddie Vedder, Robert Ellis Orrall, Steve Earle

Votes: 2,801

17. Marjoe (1972)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

This Oscar-winning documentary explores the life of one-time child evangelist and faith healer Marjoe Gortner. The son of professional evangelists, Gortner was preaching on the Southern tent-revival circuit by the age of 3.

Directors: Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Sarah Kernochan

Votes: 1,538

Evangelist doco - recommended by J Safran

18. Run Granny Run (2007)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Doris "Granny D" Haddock is the nation's oldest political newcomer. At 90, she laced up her sneakers and walked across America to rally against the influence of big money in ... See full summary »

Director: Marlo Poras | Stars: Craig Benson, Dennis Burke, George W. Bush, Burt Cohen

Votes: 144


19. Bustin' Down the Door (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

61 Metascore

This documentary tells the story of a group of Australian and South African surfers who revolutionized their sport in Hawaii during the winter of 1975.

Director: Jeremy Gosch | Stars: Reno Abellira, Clyde Aikau, Eddie Aikau, Ben Aipa

Votes: 303

20. The Man Inside Dame Edna (2008 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary

A character portrait of the enigmatic comedian Barry Humphries on his most recent Australian tour and an examination of the connections to his two most famous alter egos, Dame Edna and Sir ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Sibley | Stars: Barry Humphries, Toby Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Holly Johnson

Votes: 22

Fell asleep whilst watching

21. Love the Beast (2009)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Sport

What if you were a Hollywood movie star with an obsession for cars and racing? You would probably read every script with even the tiniest link to the subject matter, in the hope that you ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bana | Stars: Eric Bana, Jeremy Clarkson, Steve Coad, Grant Denyer

Votes: 2,129

22. One Track Mind (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary, Short

One Track Mind, the fifth Woodshed production, is the much anticipated latest addition to an already impressive library of surf films which includes A Brokedown Melody, Thicker Than Water ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Malloy | Stars: Kolohe Andino, Wayne Bartholomew, Tom Curren, Jon Jon Florence

23. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

Votes: 6,704 | Gross: $1.13M

see in HD

24. Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 15,971 | Gross: $0.67M

Available at WSC library Belrose

25. Yellowstone (2009– )

50 min | Documentary

Filmed over the course of a year in Yellowstone, this documentary tracks the area's wildlife as they grapple with life and death within one of America's last remaining wilderness regions.

Stars: Peter Firth, Jeff Henry, Dick Powell, Mary Beth Schwartz

Votes: 1,783

26. Winnebago Man (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

71 Metascore

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Steinbauer | Stars: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Keith Gordon, Nick Prueher

Votes: 4,780 | Gross: $0.18M

27. 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: 449

available at WSC library Belrose

28. Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)

47 min | Documentary, Comedy

A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.

Director: Mark Lewis | Stars: Tip Byrne, H.W. Kerr, Glen Ingram, Bill Freeland

Votes: 1,225

29. Videocracy (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A look at segments of the Italian population who are consumed with celebrity worship.

Director: Erik Gandini | Stars: Silvio Berlusconi, Flavio Briatore, Fabio Calvi, Riccardo Canevali

Votes: 1,850 | Gross: $0.02M

30. John Safran: Media Tycoon (1998 TV Movie)

26 min | Documentary

In this pilot which was never aired on Australian television, John Safran demonstrates the innovative talent he is capable of. The program is essentially a magazine-style presentation of ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Melville | Stars: John Safran, Ray Martin, Shane Paxton, Bradley Hulme

Votes: 56

31. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

79 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Jocelyn Pickett

Votes: 3,681 | Gross: $2.93M

available at WSC library - forestville

32. 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: 42,379 | Gross: $3.23M

Recommended by Marc Fennel JJJ

33. How to Start Your Own Country (2010)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, News

How to start your own country, you can have one too.

Director: Jody Shapiro | Stars: Kevin Baugh, Patri Friedman, Dean Kamen

Votes: 84

doco was on sunday night safran

34. Craigslist Joe (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure

45 Metascore

In a time when America's economy was crumbling and sense of community was in question, one guy left everything behind to see if he could survive solely on the support and goodwill of the 21st century's new town square: Craigslist.

Director: Joseph Garner | Stars: Joseph Garner, Kristos Andrews, Gina Keatley, Michael T. Kuciak

Votes: 3,805

35. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 13,604 | Gross: $1.41M

available at WSC library - forestville

36. The Four Year Plan (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Sport

The story of Queens Park Rangers FC's comeback from the brink of bankruptcy in 2007.

Director: Mat Hodgson | Stars: Alejandro Agag, Gareth Ainsworth, Amit Bhatia, Flavio Briatore

Votes: 930

37. Tim Cahill: The Unseen Journey (2010 Video)

92 min | Documentary, Sport

With unprecedented access, this documentary chronicles a year in the life of Australian sporting superstar, Tim Cahill, in the lead up to one of the biggest events on the planet - the ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Sander | Stars: John Aloisi, Neil Breen, Chris Cahill, Kyah Cahill

Votes: 13

38. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,278 | Gross: $0.21M

39. The Battle of the Sexes (2013)

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

A look at the events leading up to the 1973 tennis match between retired men's champ Bobby Riggs and the current women's Wimbledon winner Billie Jean King.

Directors: James Erskine, Zara Hayes | Stars: Billie Jean King, Virginia Wade, Lornie Kuhle, Bobby Wilson

Votes: 687

40. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

Motorcycle racers reveal their motivation to participate each year in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the most dangerous and deadliest event in the sport.

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 6,370

41. (2001)

R | 107 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Traces the birth and failure of new media company

Directors: Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, Tom Herman, Kenneth Austin, Tricia Burke

Votes: 3,378 | Gross: $1.28M

42. Deep Blue (2003)

G | 83 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Join a voyage through aquatic realms where humans have rarely dared to go. Waddle with playful penguins, dart with lightning speed through schools of sharks, ride over stormy waves with massive whales and view rare alien-like creatures.

Directors: Andy Byatt, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Michael Gambon, David Attenborough, Frank Glaubrecht

Votes: 2,958 | Gross: $0.13M

43. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock

Votes: 5,826 | Gross: $0.61M

available at WSC library - forestville

44. The Yes Men (2003)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy

68 Metascore

Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization.

Directors: Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith | Stars: Andreas Bichlbauer, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore

Votes: 6,416 | Gross: $0.20M

45. The Take (2004)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The film in not about auto-parts workers in suburban Buenos Aires, but about workers of a ceramic floors factory in Neuquen, several hundred miles southward, in Argentinian Patagonia.

Director: Avi Lewis | Stars: Matilde Adorno, Michel Camadessus, Bill Clinton, Gustavo Cordera

Votes: 1,195