Archive footage movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant archive footage movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, suspense, clever and contemplative films and TV shows about / with archive footage, society, world war two, reenactment, nazi, danger, family relations, investigation, ambition and survival plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as archive footage: United Red Army (2007), Speer und er (2005), Neapolitan Songs (2010), Moonshot (2009), How We Got Here (2015), Erebus: Operation Overdue (2014), Autopsy: The Last Hours Of (2014), Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe (2013), 30 for 30: Soccer Stories (2014), The World Wars (2014).

List of archive footage movies

United Red Army (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: The film is told in three acts, beginning with a historical background of Japan's student movement of the 1960s and early 1970s, mostly using archive footage and a narrator. The second act follows the formation of the group to their mountain ...
Style: atmospheric, rough, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: rebellion, revolution, idealism, archive footage, life is a bitch, society, military, isolation, confined, radical, danger, hostage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1970, year 1968 ...
Place: japan, asia
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 7.5
 729
Speer und er (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: A reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing many of the Third Reich's buildings and for being ...
Style: sincere, contemplative, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, post war, delusion, anti semitism, war criminal, archive footage, holocaust, german, dictatorship, haunted by the past, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: berlin germany, germany
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Neapolitan Songs (2010)
Genre: Documentary, History, Music
Country: Italy, USA, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: John Turturro tells, shooting alleys and testimonies of real neapolitan people, the history and musical culture of Napoli, attending every event and tale with a song.
Style: sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: mafia, archive footage, musician's life, city life, society, music, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, performer's life, folk, urban, cityscape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, naples italy, europe
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 6.4
 510
Moonshot (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Man's landing on the moon was our greatest technological achievement. The Apollo 11 mission was truly the stuff of dreams. For the first time, our species walked on another celestial body. Even more remarkable was their ability to make it back. ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: outer space, nasa, moon, heroic mission, space travel, human spirit, spacewalk, escapades, heroes, archive footage, landing, heroism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s
Place: usa
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How We Got Here (2015)
Genre: History
Country: USA
TV show
Story: A series examining entrepreneurship and technological advances in the U.S.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, clever
Plot: rise to the top, inventions and discoveries, americana, reenactment, society, archive footage, ambition, media
Time: 20th century, 19th century
Place: usa
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Erebus: Operation Overdue (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 70 min.
Story: On 28 November 1979, an Air New Zealand jet with 257 passengers went missing during a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. Within hours 11 ordinary police officers were called to duty to face the formidable Mount Erebus. As the police recovered the ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: investigation, investigative, survival, uncover truth, danger, heroic mission, dishonesty, escapades, catastrophe, archive footage, forces of nature, reenactment ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 70s, contemporary
Place: antarctica, new zealand
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Autopsy: The Last Hours Of (2014)
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Revealing the truth behind the controversial deaths of some of the most famous celebrities. Crucial medical evidence gained from the actual autopsies explains what killed the stars and reveals how they died, finally putting an end to the speculation.
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, realistic, clever
Plot: uncover truth, addiction, investigative, investigation, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, reenactment, archive footage, death, medication, british, pop star ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe is a British television review programme created and presented by Charlie Brooker. It is the most recent addition to Brooker's Wipe series, and the first to be broadcast in HD. The programme is an amalgam of ...
Style: humorous, talky, realistic, suspense, cynical ...
Plot: media satire, media circus, tv show, satire, archive footage, society, media, advertising, power of media, ratings, politically correct
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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30 for 30: Soccer Stories (2014)
Genre: Sport
Country: USA
TV show
Story: ESPN Films, creators of the critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, will premiere a new series in April surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN. 30 for 30: Soccer Stories will include a mix of standalone feature-length and 30-minute-long ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: soccer, rise to the top, rivalry, athlete's life, ambition, athlete and trainer, rising to stardom, rise and fall, sport team, sport, contests and competitions, society ...
Time: 20th century
Place: chile
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The World Wars (2014)
Genre: Documentary, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: The World Wars tells the story of three decades of war told through the eyes of various men who were its key players: Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and MacArthur. The documentary examines the two wars as one ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, disturbing
Plot: soldier, world war one, war, infantrymen, historical character, politics, military, state affairs, dictatorship, army, leadership, head of state ...
Time: 1920s, 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: europe, usa
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A Room and a Half (2009)
Genre: Animation, Biography
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A semi-fictional account of Russian poets Josef Brodsky, who was forced into American exile in 1972.
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, realistic, surreal, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family life, rebelliousness, introspection, writer's life, hopes, homecoming, archive footage, cold war, leaving home, artists and showbiz, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: usa, russia
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Queens of the Ring (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: More than anything, 30-year-old Rose longs to be reunited with Mickaël, her estranged 11-year-old son who has been placed with a foster family and blames his mother for their long separation. When she discovers that Mickaël is crazy about ...
Style: realistic, humorous, feel good, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: wrestling, contests and competitions, redemption, rivalry, best friends, parents and children, estrangement, hopes, family problems, friends, partners, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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Raise the Song: The History of Penn State (2008)
Genre: History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: This 60-minute documentary produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU-TV) examines the people and events that have taken the Commonwealth's land-grant university from its humble roots as the Farmers' High School to an internationally ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: ambition, americana, state affairs, teachers and students, college life, student life, dedicated educator, society, hopes, university, archive footage, research ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 19th century, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 6.4
 4K
Resistance (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.
Plot: french resistance, french, secret, archive footage, love, occupied france, world war two, bravery, revenge, hate, refugee, pursuit ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941, year 1943, year 1945, year 1939 ...
Place: europe, geneva switzerland, munich germany, france, berlin germany ...
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Death of a Pilgrim (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland
Duration: 233 min.
TV show
Story: A Nordic crime mini-series on the murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and the fall of the welfare state.
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, murder, archive footage, multiple time frames, secret police, police protagonist, special unit, murder mystery, uncover truth, minister, danger, homophobe ...
Time: 2010s, year 1985, year 1986, 80s
Place: stockholm sweden, eastern europe
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The Eichmann Show (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Lithuania
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The behind-the-scenes true life story of a groundbreaking producer, Milton Fruchtman, and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war's most notorious Nazis, Adolf ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: media, trial, war criminal, nazi germany, tv show, archive footage, judge, genocide, television, television crew, holocaust survivor, producer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel, jerusalem
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 7.6
 3K
Nanking (2007)
Genre: Biography, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of this horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspense, touching ...
Plot: atrocity, rescue, world war two, massacre, rape, testimony, war crime, invasion, daring rescue, sexual abuse, against humanity, survival ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, japan, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
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 6.6
 975
Beefcake (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, France, Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thom Fitzgerald's (The Hanging Garden) provocative blending of fiction and documentary, tells the story of Bob Mizer, the pioneering founder of the Athletic Model Guild, a company which produced still photographs and short films extolling the ...
Style: realistic, stylized, factual, controversial, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), physical appearance, gays and lesbians, against the rules, media, muscleman, homosexuality, male prostitute, prostitution, model, archive footage ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: san francisco, california, venice beach california
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 7.4
 8K
Project Nim (2011)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: From the team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, captivating, psychological, sad ...
Plot: chimpanzee, fish out of water, animal life, experiment gone awry, teaching the ways of the world, captivity, human nature, confined, society, power relations, animal training, human animal relationship ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary ...
Place: usa, new york
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The Color of War (2001)
Genre: History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 780 min.
TV show
Story: A series featuring actual color footage of World War II.
Style: disturbing, serious, thought provoking, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: wartime life, military, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, journalism, battle zone, world war two, archive footage, media, society, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s
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 7.0
 181
Hide and Seek (1996)
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Mixes documentary interviews of memories of lesbian adolescence with the story of the 12-year-old girl Lou discovering her sexuality in 1960s America.
Style: sexy, sexual, realistic, serious, educational film
Audience: girls' night
Plot: archive footage, family relations, school, adolescence, sexual relations, coming out, teenage life, high school, gender bending, boarding school life, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: africa
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The Restaurant (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Monday May 7, 1945 – the Second World War finally comes to an end and a new, brighter future beckons. In the midst of central Stockholm celebrations, two strangers come together with a quick kiss, parting company immediately after. Upper-class ...
Style: family saga, captivating, contemplative, light, stylized ...
Plot: family business, restaurant kitchen, brother brother relationship, male female relationship, class differences, mother daughter relationship, sexism, anti semitism, restaurant, archive footage, post world war two, family relations ...
Time: 50s, 1960s, 70s, 60s, 1940s ...
Place: stockholm sweden, eastern europe
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 4.6
 1K
Paris Is Us (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dreams and reality collide as a young woman navigates a tumultuous relationship amid rising social tensions, protests and tragedies in Paris.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, unusual plot structure, contemplative ...
Plot: fear, teenager, terrorist attack, struggle, terrorism, non professional cast, economic crisis, blonde girl, youth, police, french, riot ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: paris france
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Rabin, the Last Day (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Itzhak Rabin's murder ended all efforts of peace, and with him the whole left wing of Israel died. The movie shows the last of his days as prime minister, and what led to his murder.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, unusual plot structure, political, visually appealing
Plot: assassination, politics, soldier, hate, archive footage, bandit, secret service, political rally, patriotism, prime minister, assassin, crime investigation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: israel
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Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Karen is on first visit to new boyfriend's parents when she discovers something odd about his eating habits.
Style: humorous, feel good, light, contemplative, entertaining
Plot: joke, comedian, parody, entertainment, social satire, irreverence, celebrity impersonation, celebrity, pop culture, archive footage, satire, compilation ...
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Der Fall Barschel (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 177 min.
Story: The Barschel case is one of the most important political scandals in recent German history. Not least because it has remained unsolved. Countless speculations and conspiracy theories have grown up to the present day to the dramatic death of the ...
Style: feel good, twists and turns, psychological, disturbing, suspense
Plot: mysterious death, german politics, german history, investigative journalism, crooked politician, conspiracy, husband wife relationship, corrupt politician, marital problem, female reporter, political scandal, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1987
Place: west germany, berlin germany, hamburg germany, beirut lebanon, geneva switzerland ...
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 6.7
 646
The Fourth Man (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland
Duration: 174 min.
TV show
Story: The year is 1975, and the West German embassy in Stockholm is occupied by German terrorists. It's an attack not only on the embassy, but on Sweden's long-standing pride as a peaceful nation. In the aftermath of the violent occupation, the ...
Style: captivating, psychological, tense, suspense
Plot: cold case, investigation, murder, occupation, archive footage, embassy, politics, terrorism, evidence, danger, crimes, crime investigation ...
Time: year 1989, year 2011, year 1975
Place: stockholm sweden, eastern europe
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Bruce Lee in G.O.D. (2000)
Genre: Biography
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Bruce Lee in G.O.D. is a "docudrama" about the filming of Game of Death. The first 40 minutes of the film is a dramitisation of events before Lee dropped filming for GOD to do Enter the Dragon, interspersed with interviews with people ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, captivating
Plot: martial arts, bruce lee, actor, martial artist, tough guy, warrior, archive footage, asian, kung fu master, master warrior, wing chun, barefoot ...
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What War May Bring (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A theater projectionist's daughter is involved in the Resistance in WWII, but she doesn’t share his political involvement & only believes in passion. She follows the men she loves unconditionally, suffering betrayal and hardship.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, contemplative, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, strong female presence, haunted by the past, saving a life, concentration camp, d day, deportation, world war one, cabaret, autobiography, nazi officer ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: france, paris france
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The Call of the Toad (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A Polish woman and a German man fall in love against the odds and decide to set up a cemetery for exiles. But can their daring venture survive the call of the toad? Adapted from Gunter Grass’ novel.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, humorous ...
Plot: fascism, love and romance, romance, society, family relations, stereotypes, nazi germany, archive footage, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, poland
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