Most Popular Social Documentary Movies and TV Shows
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1. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War
Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Votes: 124,012 | Gross: $119.19M
3. The Girl Next Door (1999)
Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary
A documentary about the rise to fame of adult movie star Stacy Valentine. Starting out as an under-confident woman pushed into entering a Hustler Magazine contest by her domineering husband... See full summary »
Votes: 780 | Gross: $0.51M
4. The Leather Boys (1964)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance
An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend.
5. American Dream (1990)
PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary
Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »
Votes: 694 | Gross: $0.27M
6. The Swedish Theory of Love (2015)
90 min | Documentary
Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a role model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish... See full summary »
7. Objectified (2009)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary
A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.
Votes: 3,315 | Gross: $0.01M
8. Pervert Park (2014)
77 min | Documentary, Crime
Pervert Park follows the everyday lives of the sex offenders in the park as they struggle to reintegrate into society.
11. Louis and the Nazis (2003 TV Movie)
70 min | Documentary
Louis Theroux travels to California to meet the man dubbed "the most dangerous racist in America"; Tom Metzger, his family and his publicity manager. Louis also meets 'Prussian Blue' an American white-nationalist preteen musical sibling duo.
13. Sex: My British Job (2013)
Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary
Nick Broomfield met Hsiao Hung Pai, a journalist who was working for the Guardian, when making his feature film 'Ghosts' (about the Morecambe Bay Chinese Cockle Pickers ). As an experiment ... See full summary »
14. Checosamanca (2006)
98 min | Documentary
From a Calabrian river to a night in Catania where stray dogs roam the city aimlessly: between these two extremes "full of emptiness" is built Checosamanca , a collective work, born with ... See full summary »
Directors: Chiara Bellosi, Marco Berrini, Enrico Cerasuolo, Francesco Cressati, Andrea D'Ambrosio, Sergio Fergnachino, Martina Parenti, Alice Rohrwacher, Andrea Segre, Nicola Zucchi | Stars: Clelia, Consiglia, Daniele, Donato
15. A Call to Arms (2009)
85 min | Documentary, History, War
The eyewitness story of the illegal U.S. and U.K. military anthrax vaccination programs, which is recommended by Montel Williams as the Must-See Documentary of the Year. Because of the ... See full summary »
17. Forbidden Lie$ (2007)
Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Drama
A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.
18. Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2005)
88 min | Documentary
"Homeland" tells the stories of five remarkable Native American activists in four communities who are fighting these "new Indian Wars" - each in his own way passionately dedicated to ... See full summary »
19. LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001 TV Movie)
89 min | Documentary
This documentary follows a Mississippi Delta school district and a single Delta family as they struggle against the crippling effects of poverty in the wake of more than one hundred years of slavery.
20. Tehran Has No More Pomegrenates! (2007)
Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Comedy, Musical
This is the story of Tehran from the Qajar time (middle of 19th century) to today. Tehran has become a metropolis from a small village, now a developed city with many social problems.
21. Out in the Silence (2009)
Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family
The announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small hometown and a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school.
22. The New Americans (2003)
Not Rated | 411 min | Documentary
The New Americans follows a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.
27. Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer (2010)
PG | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama
This feature length documentary, Mzungu, is our story about personal change, sacrifice, adventure, and ultimately the power of love and community. You will embark on a journey into the ... See full summary »
28. Libby, Montana (2004)
Not Rated | 124 min | Documentary, History
Nestled below the rugged peaks of the Northern Rockies and along the crystal-clear Kootenai River lies the small logging town of Libby, Montana - an ironic setting for a town where many ... See full summary »
29. Shangku Shelter (2018)
54 min | Documentary
Zanskar is a remote kingdom in the northwest Indian Himalaya, where local people are snow-bound for six months of the year. About 10,000 Zanskaris live in the isolated valley. In winter, ... See full summary »
30. Uprising (2012)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Action, History
The inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall of... See full summary »
31. 68 (2008 TV Movie)
110 min | Documentary, History, War
From Washington to Saigon, Rome to Mexico, Paris to London, a wave of demonstrations shakes the world. 68 travels back in time to war torn Vietnam, freed and occupied Prague, Paris demonstrating, revolution in the Americas.
32. It's Still Elementary (2007 Video)
48 min | Documentary
This moving story and political drama revisits the students and teachers from the original groundbreaking film, It's Elementary, and discovers the profound impact of using film as a tool for social change.
15 min | Documentary, Short
In July 2000, WHO (the World Health Organization) urgently appealed to the UN administration in Kosovo to close their three Roma (Gypsy) IDP (internally displaced peoples) camps in the ... See full summary »
36. Tumaranké (2018)
A participatory film realized through a one year visual storytelling workshop, dedicated to minor migrants based in Siracusa. The film is entirely made by the videos shot by the young participants using with their own smartphone.
37. Enquête au Paradis (2017)
135 min | Documentary
This documentary interweaves in-person interviews with a dramatized road trip as a pair of journalists travel throughout Algeria asking their fellow citizens about the meaning of paradise that promises men 72 virgins after death.
43. Crying Earth Rise Up (2015)
57 min | Documentary, News
Crying Earth Rise Up is a compelling story of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on the water, land and people of the Great Plains.
48. Our Story Our Voice (2007)
77 min | Documentary
Our story our voice engages the diverse voices of the dis-empowered in a multi-cultural world that has no multi-culture voice. Beyond the mainstream media and politics of newspapers Our ... See full summary »
50. Crossroad (2008)
54 min | Documentary
Different forms of seeing the world. The boundaries formed between social and cultural differences. Religion, politics and behavior on the day to day basis through the eyes of political analysts and chosen individuals.