Best Documentary Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Documentary Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, talky, humorous, suspense, disturbing and not serious. Plot: society, artists and showbiz, art, runaway, profanity, mentor, drinking alcohol, life philosophy, filmmaking and nudity (full frontal - brief). Genre: Documentary, Comedy and Sport. Country: USA, UK and Canada.
Best Documentary Movies
Best Documentary Movies
TOP Movies: Project Nim (2011), The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006), Born in China (2016), Capsized: Blood in the Water (2019), City of Ghosts (2017), 42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2005), The Fluffy Movie (2014), Tom Segura: Completely Normal (2014), 89 (2017), Sleepless Nights Stories (2011), Bianca Beauchamp: All Access (2007), Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010), Jackass 3.5 (2011), Hamilton, One Shot to Broadway (2017), Russell Peters: Outsourced (2006), Jackass 2.5 (2007), Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018), Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002), I Am Bolt (2016), Peace One Day (2004).

List of Best Movies

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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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Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
Story: In her first comedy special post-health scare, Sarah Silverman shares a mix of fun facts, sad truths and yeah-she-just-went-there moments.
Style: toilet humor, topical humor, live comedy
Plot: christianity, liberalism, hospital bed, left wing, twitter, pun, sperm, satire, stand up special, abortion, sexual humor, rape ...
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The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK, Austria, Netherlands
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Pervert's Guide to Cinema offers an introduction into some of Žižek's most exciting ideas on fantasy, reality, sexuality, subjectivity, desire, materiality and cinematic form. Whether he is untangling the famously baffling films of ...
Style: psychological, humorous, captivating, intellectual, talky ...
Plot: filmmaking, cause and meaning, social relations, artists and showbiz, society, philosopher, monologue, archive footage, sexual tension, couples, sexual exploration, sexual relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century
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Born in China (2016)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK, China, USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Venturing into the wilds of China, "Born in China" captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.
Plot: panda, nature, animals, birth, wildlife, wild animal, vulture, leopard, monkey, animal, rainbow, autumn ...
Place: china
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Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine (2017)
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A look at the rise and fall of the subversive skateboarding magazine Big Brother, which rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and had a profound effect on the skating subculture with its unfiltered approach.
Plot: skateboarding, skateboard, alcohol, defecation, female nudity, jackass, urination, publishing, pornography, male nudity, feces, drug use ...
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Capsized: Blood in the Water (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Based on the harrowing true story of an October 1982 shark encounter. After a yacht bound for Florida capsizes during an unexpected storm, its crew is left to drift for days in the chilling waters of the Atlantic where they become prey to a group of ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, intense, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: shark attack, killer shark, shark, survival, struggle for survival, storm, animal attack, blood, fear, water, hallucination, yacht ...
Time: year 1982, 20th century
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Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008)
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Duration: 225 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: film industry, actress, movie business, looking at the camera, filmmaking, movie actor, writers, entertainment industry, bespectacled male, movie actress, film history, movie making ...
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City of Ghosts (2017)
Genre: Documentary, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: With unprecedented access, this documentary follows the extraordinary journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—a group of anonymous citizen journalists who banded together after their homeland was overtaken by ISIS—as they risk their ...
Style: semi documentary, disturbing, tense, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: journalist, life risking, investigation, youth, deadly, escape, investigative, society, exile, rivalry, runaway, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s, 21st century
Place: turkey, germany, syria
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42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2005)
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: DVD consisting of only movie trailers (grindhouse, horror, kung-fu, etc...)
Plot: compilation, exploitation
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The Fluffy Movie (2014)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Stand-up comic Gabriel Iglesias delights audiences during his sold-out "Unity Through Laughter" tour, which spans more than 400 cities in 23 countries. During his set, Iglesias -- nicknamed "Fluffy" -- pounces on topics like ...
Style: concert film, realistic, humorous, witty, not serious ...
Plot: performer's life, artists and showbiz, society, friends, on the road, theater, cross country, profanity
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Tom Segura: Completely Normal (2014)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: An original stand-up comedy special written and performed by comedian Tom Segura.
Plot: stand up comedian
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89 (2017)
Genre: Documentary, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 89 tells the incredible story of one of football’s greatest triumphs: when against all odds Arsenal snatched the Championship title from Liverpool at Anfield in the last minute of the last game of the 1988/89 season. It’s a universal tale of a ...
Style: light, sincere, exciting, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soccer, sport team, football team, football, football player, playing football, sports history, archive footage, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, soccer fan, celebrity interview ...
Time: 20th century
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Sleepless Nights Stories (2011)
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Director Jonas Mekas travels through New York nights, through apartments, studios, backstage rooms, galleries, bars, and clubs. Encountering old acquaintances like Ken and Flo Jacobs, Yoko Ono, friends, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Mr. ...
Plot: tree, poetry, wine drinking, camera, drinking, lizard, drinking alcohol, drinking wine
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Bianca Beauchamp: All Access (2007)
Genre: Documentary
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Documents the sub-culture of latex fetishism. ALL ACCESS offers a visit inside the private and public circles of a fetish icons. It follows Bianca Beauchamp through three days and three nights during one of the Montreal Fetish Weekend. A party at ...
Plot: fetish, party, backstage, fetishism, female nudity, breasts, bondage, sex, nudity (full frontal - brief)
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Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010)
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A drama-documentary presented by Alan Yentob, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: painter, art, painting, famous painting, obsession, semi autobiographical, loneliness, depression, mental illness, genius, anguish, artist
Time: 19th century
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Jackass 3.5 (2011)
Genre: Documentary, Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Jackass 3.5 is a 2011 sequel to Jackass 3D, composed of unused footage shot during the filming of Jackass 3D and interviews from cast and crew
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, funny, talky ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: stupidity, danger, prank, goofy hero, buddies, young people, vandalism, disorder, friends, chaos, adaptation, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
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Hamilton, One Shot to Broadway (2017)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It’s the hit musical that changed Broadway forever and brought the genius of Lin Manuel Miranda to the attention of legions of fans across the world. A story of how a group of mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history to create ...
Style: educational
Plot: broadway, playwright, music history, music, historical figure, theatre play
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Russell Peters: Outsourced (2006)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Russell’s last DVD and CD, Outsourced, was taped before a sold out audience at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, and gives viewers and listeners an excellent overview of Russell’s comedic genius.
Style: canadian humor
Plot: comedian, stand up special, live performance
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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Review (2009)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 69 min.
Story: Created by Mike Stoklasa of Red Letter Media, "The Phantom Menace Review" is a thoroughly informative, in-depth look at George Lucas's "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace", told from the perspective of an elderly ...
Plot: essay, serial killer, titanic, prostitute, filmmaker, internet, absurd humor, obsessed fan, parody, star wars
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Jackass 2.5 (2007)
Genre: Documentary, Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 64 min.
Story: The crew have now set off to finish what as left over from Jackass 2.0, and in this version they have Wee Man use a 'pee' gun on themselves, having a mini motor bike fracas in the grocery mall, a sperm test, a portly crew member disguised ...
Style: humorous, not serious, idiotic, funny, light ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: profanity, chaos, danger, disorder, extreme sport, irresponsible, buddies, stupidity, nudity (full frontal - brief), prank, trick, parody ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, india, canada, tokyo
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Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 69 min.
Story: The Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby is taking an anti-comedy stance in her newest special.
Plot: sexual identity, lgbt, female director, art, anger, comedian, lesbian
Place: australia
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Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Town Hall, New York City, 26 June 2000. An evening with Eddie Izzard in which he moves back and forth in time, with religion as the loose but constant theme.
Style: talky, realistic, not serious, witty, concert film ...
Plot: transvestism, performer's life, physical appearance, gender bending, society, artists and showbiz, theater, space travel, cross dressing, gender, catholicism, the beatles ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, renaissance
Place: new york, greece, persia, amsterdam, spain ...
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I Am Bolt (2016)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fully authorized, access-all-areas feature doc on the hugely charismatic and globally adored Usain Bolt – officially the fastest man alive. With never-before-seen archive footage of his youth in Jamaica, through to original footage that will be ...
Plot: track and field, jamaican, olympic athlete, world champion, training, rivalry, olympic gold medalist, physical therapy, olympics, runner, game, race ...
Time: 2000s, year 2002, year 2015, year 2008, 2010s ...
Place: rio de janeiro, jamaica, beijing china
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The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan (2004)
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Everyone has a skeleton or two in his or her closet, but what about the director behind some of the most successful thrillers ever to hit the silver screen? Could M. Night Shyamalan be hiding a deep, dark secret that drives his macabre cinematic ...
Style: serious
Plot: interview, uncover truth, showbiz, filmmaking, conspiracy, supernatural, artists and showbiz, legends and myths, screenwriter, alien, backstage, aliens ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania
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Peace One Day (2004)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story of Jeremy Gilley's attempts to persuade the global community via the United Nations to sanction officially a day without conflict; a ceasefire day; a global day of Peace.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: against the odds, politics, state affairs, obsessive quest, hopes, society, follow your dream, lobbyist, anti war, 9/11, battles, pacifism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: africa
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Peter Kay: Live at the Top of the Tower (2000)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Peter Kay's hilarious stand up show. This is a live recording of his show in Blackpool which is one of the fastest selling comedy titles ever. Filmed in front of a packed, partisan crowd, Live At The Top Of The Tower is the freshest most ...
Plot: stand up comedian, nostalgia, stand up
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He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life (1986)
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A film collage tracing the story of the lives, loves, and deaths within the artistic community surrounding Jonas Mekas.
Style: underground film, avant garde
Plot: artist, autobiography
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Polar Bears: Ice Bear (2013)
Genre: Documentary
Country: Canada
Duration: 51 min.
Story: An enthralling look at the Arctic's biggest predator on ice, capturing rarely-seen behavior, and featuring breathtaking cinematography shot over 12 months in the Canadian Arctic.
Plot: polar bear, arctic, bear, bear cub, killing an animal, abandoned, family abandonment, abandonment, abandoned by mother, abandoned baby
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Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (2014)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Performing for a packed house at Spreckels Theater in San Diego, comedian Patton Oswalt delivers a blistering stand-up set in his trademark blend of acerbic wit and unabashed silliness. His topics include a wide array of modern issues, from the ...
Style: witty, sincere, humorous, dark humor, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: showbiz, introspection, family life, silly humor, human nature, theater, performer's life, comedian, live audience, parents and children, artists and showbiz, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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Tigers of the Snow (1997)
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: There are only about 300 remaining Siberian Tigers in the wild, restricted to a section of far Eastern Russia, near the coast. Wildlife biologists risk life and limb to track the tiger and research its movements and habits. They sedate the animals ...
Plot: conservation, tiger, captivity, animal death, tranquilizer dart, russian, endangered species
Place: siberia, russia
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