HIV/AIDS Documentaries

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1. No Sad Songs (1985)

63 min | Documentary

Jim Black, a 37-year-old Canadian talks about the AIDS that is killing him. He talks about his life and his friends and how his brother's family has rejected him. Catherine Hunt is a ... See full summary »

Director: Nik Sheehan | Stars: Martha Cronen, David MacLean, David Roche, David Sereda

Votes: 7

2. Bright Eyes (1984)

85 min | Documentary

One of the earliest documentaries to deal with AIDS.

Director: Stuart Marshall | Stars: Michael Callen, Stuart Marshall

3. Tongues Untied (1989)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

A documentary about the experiences of black homosexual men living in the United States of America.

Director: Marlon Riggs | Stars: Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell, Kerrigan Black, Blackberri

Votes: 914

5. Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Sara Lewinstein, David Mandell, Suzi Mandell, Sallie Perryman

Votes: 583

7. Over Our Dead Bodies (1991)

74 min | Documentary

This film documents the origins of the AIDS activist movement in the US and the UK and the gay community's growing anger and frustration with the totally in adequate response of the US ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Marshall

9. America Undercover (1983– )
Episode: The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter (1993)

TV-MA | Documentary

America Undercover presents the video diary of Peter Jepson-Young a Vancouver physician who is dying from AIDS. It shows Dr. Peter's slow deterioration from disease, but also displays his ... See full summary »

Director: David Paperny | Star: Peter Jepson-Young

12. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Positive: A Journey Into AIDS (1995)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Documentary following two actors from General Hospital as they research and talk to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Directors: Eamon Harrington, John Watkin | Stars: Kimberly McCullough, Michael Sutton, Francesca James, Steven Miles

Votes: 10

13. One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave: Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room (1994)

79 min | Documentary

A group of AIDS patients share their stories in the doctor's office.

Directors: Juan Botas, Lucas Platt | Stars: Jonathan Demme, Juan Botas, Bernard Morisset, Daniel Chapman

Votes: 41

14. Life and Death on the A List (1996)

50 min | Documentary

A look at the life and death of Tom McBride, All-American Boy, A-List gay, and an early victim of the AIDS epidemic.

Director: Jay Corcoran | Star: Tom McBride

Votes: 35

15. Battle for the Tiara (1998)

Short, Documentary

Chronicle of one of Hollywood's hottest amatuer drag shows.

Directors: Charley Lang, Eric Schiff

16. Lifecycles: A Story of AIDS in Malawi (2003)

56 min | Documentary

Lifecycles: a Story of AIDS in Malawi is a new hour long documentary film shot over an eight month period on location in Malawi, Africa. Malawi won't perish, but must grow with the virus as... See full summary »

Directors: Sierra Bellows, Doug Karr | Stars: Aleke Banda, Kondanani Kaluwa, Victor Kamanga, Stefan Luftl

17. State of Denial (2003)

86 min | Documentary

An unprecedented and unflinching look at how the citizens of South Africa are living with the AIDS epidemic, given the climate of governmental confusion and neglect.

Director: Elaine Epstein | Stars: Adurrazack Achmat, Joseph F. Lovett

Votes: 13

18. A Closer Walk (2003)


This documentary examines the world AIDS crisis. The camera travels to Africa, where infections overwhelm the public health system and orphans face their own deaths, central Europe, where ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bilheimer | Stars: Glenn Close, Will Smith, Kofi Annan, Bono

Votes: 72

20. The Gift (II) (2003)

62 min | Documentary

Controversial documentary about gay men purposely contracting the AIDS virus.

Director: Louise Hogarth | Star: Doug Hitzel

Votes: 199

21. The Other Side of AIDS (2004)

87 min | Documentary

A controversial documentary look at the arguments suggesting that HIV is NOT the cause of AIDS.

Director: Robin Scovill | Stars: Margaret Heckler, Robert Gallo, Christine Maggiore, Frank Sontag

Votes: 153

22. Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal (2005)

91 min | Documentary, Crime, History

A shocking expose of a prison blood donor program during the Clinton governorship in Arkansas. Infected prisoners slipped through the cracks and tainted blood made it into pharmaceuticals ... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Duda | Stars: Edwin Barron Jr., John Byus, Kelly Duda, Hezile Earl

Votes: 45

23. Ending Aids: The Search for a Vaccine (2005)


For the past 20 years, scientists around the world have been confronting one of the greatest medical challenges in human history: the search for an AIDS vaccine. Like detectives on the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schwarz | Star: Richard Gere

Votes: 11

24. To Touch the Soul (2007)

70 min | Documentary

CSULB Professor Carlos Silveira, an artist educator and social activist, wants to bring a sense of joy to impoverished children in Cambodia who are affected by HIV/AIDS. He has recruited 27... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Goble | Stars: Cassandra Hepburn, Saneya Bair, Heather Hamilton, John Lachey

Votes: 6

25. Sex Positive (2008)

R | 75 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

Explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay S&M sex worker turned AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe sex has has never been aptly credited.

Director: Daryl Wein | Stars: Don Adler, Richard Berkowitz, Susan Brown, Demetre Daskalakis

Votes: 180 | Gross: $0.01M

26. I Am Because We Are (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A look into the lives of Malawi's 1 million plus orphans in the wake of the AIDS pandemic. It offers hope and real solutions to the challenges that people face living in extreme poverty.

Director: Nathan Rissman | Stars: Bill Clinton, Paul Farmer, Madonna, Jeffrey Sachs

Votes: 366

27. House of Numbers: Anatomy of an Epidemic (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

What is HIV? What is AIDS? What is being done to cure it? These questions sent Canadian filmmaker Brent Leung on a worldwide journey, from the highest echelons of the medical research ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Leung | Stars: Luc Montagnier, Francois Barre-Sinnousi, Anthony Fauci, Kenneth Cole

Votes: 546

28. HIV/AIDS in Arkansas (2009 TV Movie)

26 min | Documentary

Each year, AETN airs 'HIV/AIDS in Arkansas' to dispel the myths and uncover the facts about HIV/AIDS transmission including statewide updates from local experts. The program details how the... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Duda

29. To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey (2010)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The definitive and true-life story of Nancy Kwan who as a young Eurasian girl from Hong Kong captured the hearts and minds of cinemagoers around the world in her stunning motion picture ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Jamieson | Stars: Sandra Allen, Marciano Batista, Joan Chen, Edward S. Feldman

Votes: 30

30. The Lazarus Effect (2010)

32 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Lance Bangs

Votes: 32

31. Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale (2010)

TV-PG | 83 min | Documentary

From PBS - BAD BLOOD chronicles how a "miracle" treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans.

Director: Marilyn Ness

Votes: 76

32. Tapestries of Hope (2009)

Unrated | 78 min | Documentary

Tapestries of Hope is the story of filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley who traveled to Zimbabwe to document the work of Betty Makoni and the Girl Child Network. The film exposes an issue ... See full summary »

Director: Michealene Cristini Risley | Star: Betty Makoni

Votes: 27

33. Inside Lara Roxx (2011)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

In the Spring of 2004, an ambitious and naive Montreal girl named Lara Roxx headed to LA and tried her luck in the adult movie business. Within two months of working in this industry she ... See full summary »

Director: Mia Donovan | Stars: Darren James, Ron Jeremy, Lara Roxx

Votes: 45

34. We Were Here (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

94 Metascore

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber | Stars: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer

Votes: 1,907

35. Vito (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, George Bancroft, Richard Barrios, Edmund Bergler

Votes: 478

36. 30 Years from Here (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 51 min | Documentary

The Emmy Award-nominated 30 Years from Here examines the AIDS pandemic over the past 30 years. Activists and medical experts that share stories include Terrence McNally, Larry Kramer, ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Rosenzweig | Stars: Regan Hoffman, John Knoebel, Frank Spinelli, David Drake

Votes: 12

37. United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012 Video)

93 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Hubbard | Stars: David Barr, Ken Bing, Gregg Bordowitz, Jim Eigo

Votes: 108

38. Deepsouth (2012)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, News

A documentary about the new American South, and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners.

Director: Lisa Biagiotti

Votes: 20

39. Fire in the Blood (2013)

87 min | Documentary, History

68 Metascore

An intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice", FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the... See full summary »

Director: Dylan Mohan Gray | Stars: Zackie Achmat, Peter Mugyenyi, Bill Clinton, William Hurt

Votes: 579 | Gross: $0.03M

40. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,614 | Gross: $0.13M

41. Who's Gonna Love Me Now? (2016)

84 min | Documentary

At 21, Saar was expelled from his religious kibbutz and fled to the UK. There he created a new family with the London Gay Men's Chorus and now, after 19 years, Saar reaches out to his old family in the hope of a reconciliation.

Directors: Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann, Alexander Bodin Saphir | Stars: Saar Maoz, Alon, London Gay Men's Chorus Band, Elimelekh

Votes: 275

42. Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016)

TV-14 | 69 min | Documentary, Family

Twenty-five years after Miguel died of AIDS, his niece tracks down his estranged lover and cracks open a Pandora's box of unresolved family drama.

Director: Cecilia Aldarondo

Votes: 62

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