Documentariesby kaada1 | created - 18 Jan 2014 | updated - 21 Apr 2018 | Public
*in no particular order *list contains spoilers!
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1. My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
PG-13 | 82 min | Documentary, Family, Mystery
A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Votes: 3,074 | Gross: $0.23M
Spoilers: The film documents the rise and fall of four-year-old wunderkind Marla and (in the process) scrutinizes the nature of filtered truth in documentary filmmaking.
2. Touching the Void (2003)
R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
Votes: 32,191 | Gross: $4.59M
A beautifully shot, edge-of-your-seat, climbing adventure. (I usually avoid reenacted documentaries but it works perfectly here.)
3. Blue Eyed (1996)
90 min | Documentary
In only 15 minutes with some 30 people Jane Elliott manages to build up a realistic microcosmos of society today with all its phenomena and feelings. As already known from the ill reputed ... See full summary »
How does racism work? In Jane Elliott's workshop white, blue eyed Americans are the target of discrimination for a single day - with lasting consequences. Informative, evocative and suspenseful.
4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »
Votes: 60,000 | Gross: $3.29M
Spoiler warning: Starts out as a run-of-the-mill street art documentary but quickly blossoms into a satirical study of the battle between art and commerce.
5. Newswipe (2009–2010)
29 min | Documentary, Comedy
Hosted and written by Charlie Brooker, this sardonic series follows and critiques both current news stories and the way television portrays them.
"The news itself is becoming less of an easily digestible summary of events and more of a grotesque entertainment reality show with heavy emphasis on emotion and sensation and a swaggering, comically theatrical sense of its own importance. Well, this show is gonna put an end to all of that for ever (or at least 29 minutes)." ~ Charlie Brooker 2009
6. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
Spoiler alert: Koko, a Talking Gorilla: an ethically questionable experiment with findings that remain controversial to this day. Whatever the good intentions somehow no one comes out of this looking very good.
TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime
8. How TV Ruined Your Life (2011)
30 min | Documentary, Comedy
A comedic documentary series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.
"A cynical and humorous look at how TV has ruined your life. Don't say it didn't! It did.
9. Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007– )
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary
In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it ... See full summary »
Visually stunning, informative and presented with an evident passion for the subject.
10. The Corporation (2003)
Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History
Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.
Votes: 19,875 | Gross: $1.88M
11. Sound and Fury (2000)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary
If you could make your deaf child hear, would you? Academy Award-nominated Sound and Fury follows the intimate, heart-rending tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing... See full summary »
Votes: 921 | Gross: $0.11M
14. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Votes: 22,965 | Gross: $3.12M
17. The Gruen Transfer (2008–2011)
The Gruen Transfer (TGT) is a show about advertising, how it works, and how it works on us. Hosted by the inimitable Wil Anderson, TGT decodes and defuses the commercial messages that swirl... See full summary »
19. Seven Up! (1964 TV Short)
40 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted plans to reinterview them at seven-year ... See full summary »
1964: First part of a groundbreaking documentary series that follows 14 children (from different social and economic backgrounds) as they grow up and find their way in life. New episodes are filmed every seven years (7 Up!, 7 Plus Seven, 21 Up...). The latest episode 56 Up aired in 2012 and featured 13 of the original 14 participants.
21. Making a Murderer (2015– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime
Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.
Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.