Documentary filmmaking movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant documentary filmmaking movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out documentary filmmaking, realistic, suspense, humorous, tense and serious films and TV shows about / with filmmaking, documentary filmmaker, mentor, camera, interview, society, runaway, catastrophe, satire and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as documentary filmmaking: While We're Young (2014), The Fighter (2010), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Sound of My Voice (2011), Keep the Lights On (2012), Even the Rain (2010), It Must Be Heaven (2019), Real Life (1979), Geek Charming (2011), Sweet Home (1989).

List of documentary filmmaking movies

While We're Young (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple.
Style: humorous, documentary filmmaking, ironic, witty, psychological ...
Plot: couples, hipster, friendship, introspection, marriage, couple relations, husband wife relationship, childless couple, midlife crisis, friends, middle aged, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
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The Fighter (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being ...
Style: sincere, inspirational, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, boxer, underdog, athlete's life, training, sport, loyalty, arrest, addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1993
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, new hampshire, london ...
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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
Style: thought provoking, talky, cynical, witty, humorous ...
Plot: murder, mistress, adultery, professor, infidelity, blackmail, crimes, crime, loveless marriage, couple relations, moral dilemma, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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Sound of My Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, tense, ambiguous ending, enigmatic ...
Plot: manipulation, cult leader, journalist, uncover truth, working undercover, religions or cults, manipulations, cult, exploit, filmmaking, haunted by the past, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Keep the Lights On (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emotionally and sexually charged journey through the love, addiction, and friendship of two men. Documentary filmmaker Erik and closeted lawyer Paul meet through a casual encounter, but they find a deeper connection and become a couple. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, documentary filmmaking ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, addiction, coming out, coping, romance, workaholic, gay relationship, gay love, lgbt, couple relations, open relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 2006, year 2003 ...
Place: new york, usa
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Even the Rain (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain, Mexico, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Focuses on Sebastian and Costa, obsessive filmmakers who, in their quest to uncover the myth of Christopher Columbus and resistance to colonial power by Indian rebel Hatuey, ultimately end up embroiled in a modern revolt against Western ...
Style: talky, serious, thought provoking, realistic, documentary filmmaking ...
Plot: filmmaking, audition, demonstration, protest, native americans, culture clash, society, director, bribery, film within a film, exploitation, political protest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2000, 70s
Place: bolivia, latin america, california, spain, south america
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It Must Be Heaven (2019)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Qatar, Germany, Canada, Turkey
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Filmmaker Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine.
Style: sentimental, touching, melancholic, sincere, documentary filmmaking ...
Plot: adventure, getting home, palestinian, actor playing himself, drinking wine, hunter, running from police, military parade, religious procession, filmmaker, neighbor neighbor relationship, short skirt ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: palestine, france, israel, paris france, new york
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Real Life (1979)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family".
Style: humorous, satirical, funny, witty, suspense ...
Plot: family relations, family life, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, tv show, society, nothing goes right, disorder, satire, husband wife relationship, suburbs, reality tv ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, california, hawaii
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Geek Charming (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dylan Schoenfield is the pink princess of the upscale Los Angeles Woodlands Academy. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new it bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her Serge Sanchez bag into a ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teenage love, opposites attract, teenage life, popularity, youth, friends, love and romance, social relations, high school, high school life, friendship, peer pressure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Sweet Home (1989)
Genre: Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A TV production crew are making a documentary about the infamous painter Mamiya Ichiro. When they start filming at his old home, they come under attack from the ghost of the painter's wife.
Style: stylized, suspenseful, tense, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: haunted house, graphic violence, gory, supernatural, filmmaking, ghost, deadly, artists and showbiz, mansion, murder, evil spirit, darkness ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: asia, japan
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Surviving Evil (2009)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A TV documentary crew arrive on a remote island in the Philippines to film a survival special. Their back-to-the-wild adventure proves to be more terrifying than they ever could have imagined
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: jungle, survival, creature, island, guide, chase, danger, escapades, deadly, murder, filmmaking, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, south africa
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An American Carol (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In An American Carol a cynical, Anti-American Hollywood filmmaker sets out on a crusade to abolish the 4th of July holiday. He is visited by three spirits who take him on a hilarious journey in an attempt to show him the true meaning of America.
Style: parody, humorous, not serious, light, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: politics, ghost, nothing goes right, state affairs, disorder, goofy hero, lifestyle, celebrity culture, americana, religions or cults, satire, farce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1940, year 1968
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, afghanistan, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york ...
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Lux: Warrior of Light (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The shy late twenties Torsten tile lives with his mother in a bleak Berlin slab. In the guise of his alter ego "Lux - Warrior of Light" he tries to make the world a little bit better. He distributes food to the homeless and helps out on ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, unusual plot structure, captivating, tense ...
Plot: masked superhero, superhero, fight for justice, masked vigilante, heroes, secret identity, fighting crime, martial arts, justice, vigilantism, tragic hero, fight scenes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: berlin germany
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The Sacrament (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A fashion photographer is traveling to meet his sister at Eden Parish. Once there, his friends begin to film interviews with the Eden Parish inhabitants, all of whom speak of the commune in glowing terms. However, they soon discover that there is a ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, suspense, macabre ...
Plot: brainwashing, cult leader, isolation, massacre, mysterious character, religions or cults, escape attempt, missing person, murder, cult, manipulation, commune ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city
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The Devil Inside (2012)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.
Style: rough, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, demonic possession, exorcism, possessed girl, death, uncover truth, investigation, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, deadly, danger, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, year 2009, year 1989
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, vatican
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Very Big Shot (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Lebanon, Qatar
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A dark comedy about brothers running a drug-dealing business out of their takeout pizzeria.
Style: suspense, exciting, contemplative, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: drug traffic, brother brother relationship, drug smuggling, cocaine, religion, politics, drugs, lebanese, family business, manslaughter, gangsters, social satire ...
Time: 2010s
Place: syria, beirut lebanon, lebanon
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The Triangle (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three filmmakers receive an unsettling postcard from an estranged friend living in a secluded commune. The filmmakers take their cameras into the wilderness of Montana to document the mysterious inner workings of the group. On their disconcerting ...
Style: documentary filmmaking, psychotronic
Plot: found footage, toilet, dog, filmmaker, postcard, nude, community, male nudity, generator, nudity (full frontal - brief)
Place: montana
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Their Finest (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Sweden, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the Blitz of World War II, a female screenwriter (Gemma Arterton) works on a film celebrating England's resilience as a way to buoy a weary populace's spirits. Her efforts to dramatise the true story of two sisters (Lily Knight and ...
Style: humorous, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, propaganda film ...
Plot: filmmaking, war propaganda, world war two, screenwriter, lie, friendship, london blitz, journalist, romance, agent, female director, workplace romance ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: united kingdom, england, america, london, britain
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Madrid (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Hans, a German director, is in Madrid to film a television production about the capital and the Civil War, 50 years after it occurred. Accompanied by Lucía, his editor, and Goyo, his cinematographer, he films shots of the modern city, searching for ...
Style: documentary filmmaking
Plot: spanish civil war, archive footage, male female relationship, german, newsreel footage
Place: spain, madrid
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Idol (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Farce about the casting of a gay actor in a gay role on a television series which had previously been played by a straight man. When the original star of a fictional gay-themed action series called "Espionage" unexpectedly dies, network ...
Style: light, feel good, semi serious, humorous, documentary filmmaking ...
Plot: satire, celebrity, actor, fame, farce, gay, talent agent, film within a film, gay interest, cyclist, interview, talking to the camera ...
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The Veil (2016)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story springs from the real-world headlines of religious cults and mass suicides. With Veil, it begins 30 years ago, when members of a religious cult known as Heaven's Veil take their own lives. The truth behind what really happened remains ...
Style: captivating, bleak, suspense, exciting, psychotronic ...
Plot: cult, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, supernatural, suicide, murder, possession, sole survivor, childhood memory, abandoned house, female protagonist, hallucination ...
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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Finland, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Summer 1962 and Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. From the Finnish countryside to the bright lights of Helsinki, everything has been prepared for his fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight ...
Style: factual, captivating, exciting, touching, rough ...
Plot: boxing, love, athlete, boxing match, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, training, marriage proposal, publicity, pressure, doctor, girlfriend, wedding ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: finland, helsinki finland
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Getting Go, the Go Doc Project (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Too shy to make a proper introduction, a recent college grad devises to shoot a documentary about the NYC nightlife scene in order to meet the go-go guy he’s cyber-obsessed with.
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, rough, sexy ...
Plot: gay, nightlife, obsession, gay relationship, gay sex, strong sexual content, filmmaking, go go dancer, gender, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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John Ford Goes to War (2002)
Genre: Documentary, Action, Biography, War
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: When World War II broke out, John Ford, in his forties, commissioned in the Naval Reserve, was put in charge of the Field Photographic Unit by Bill Donavan, director of the soon-to-be-OSS. During the war, Field Photo made at least 87 documentaries, ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing, documentary filmmaking
Plot: military, filmmaking, military life, lifestyle, state affairs, wartime life, battle zone, showbiz, politics, society, war, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, usa, maine
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Little Sister (1995)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After several years without contact, Martijn visits his sister Daantje, who just started to live on her own in Amsterdam. He tells her he is going to make a documentary from her life, and enters her home life with a video camera.
Style: witty, humorous, offbeat, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: incest, sex with brother, sex with sister, brother sister sex, forbidden sex, love and romance, parents and children, siblings relations, obsession, haunted by the past, forbidden love, family life ...
Time: 90s
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Two Days (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Paul Miller (Paul Rudd - Friends, The Cider House Rules) has struggled as an actor in Hollywood for years, and now he's had enough. But not just of show business-of life. In two days, he's going to kill himself. But in true Hollywood ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: filmmaking, introspection, actor's life, change of heart, lifestyle, showbiz, death wish, direction and purpose, breaking point, life is a bitch, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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Sex, Politics & Cocktails (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Latin American filmmaker Sebastian Cortez (Julien Hernandez) is unable to commit to his girlfriend and, at age 30, finds himself alone and never in love in this irreverent comedy. On a mission to find the love of his life, he solicits help from his ...
Style: witty, humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: coming out, looking for love, opposites attract, culture clash, friendship, fall in love, romance, love and romance, best friends, society, couples, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, latin america, cuba
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The Last Exorcism (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After years of performing “exorcisms” and taking believers’ money, Reverend Marcus travels to rural Louisiana with a film crew so he can dispel what he believes is the myth of demonic possession. The dynamic reverend is certain that this will ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, macabre, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: exorcism, supernatural horror, ghost, satanic cult, religion, evil spirit, human sacrifice, satanic ritual, preacher, supernatural, good versus evil, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, new orleans, california
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Camera Buff (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first ...
Style: biting, suspense, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: factory worker, factory, bus, politics, polish, movie camera, film festival, friendship, family relations, couples, friends, performer's life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland, new jersey, california
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Man Bites Dog (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The activities of rampaging, indiscriminate serial killer Ben are recorded by a willingly complicit documentary team, who eventually become his accomplices and active participants. Ben provides casual commentary on the nature of his work and ...
Style: disturbing, rough, humorous, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: brutality, serial killer, sexual abuse, murder, crimes, crime, robbery, ambition, satire, social decay, disorder, media ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, brussels, belgium, brussels belgium
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