Top 50 documentaries you will not want to miss. These documentaries challenge your ideas and what is real and what is possible. I can confidently recommend them all. Yes, they are really all that good. I have done all the hard work for you and hand-picked the topnotch documentaries regardless of there box-office earnings. So let’s dive in and start viewing!
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
The fans have a film honoring the "Godfather of Soul" with "Mr. Dynamite: Rise Of James Brown." Directed by Alex Gibney, Oscar ® and Emmy ® nominee, and co-produced by the remarkable Mick Jagger, "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brun" explores the life of a leading music and culture icon through fresh interviewings with band members and contemporaries.
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco
Wilco entered the studio in the autumn of 2000 to record its highly anticipated fourth album. The band's credibility as one of the big American rock bands was strengthened with the three critically acclaimed albums and the success for spectacular live shows. So how did the band end up rejecting its record label and missing two of its original members one year later and with a record in hand? This tumultuous period in the history of Wilco was chronicled by the first-time filmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones. There is always pressure in the recording process. This is particularly to be anticipated when the band is as enthusiastic as Wilco. The real surprise when the band sends Reprise the final album and the answer is two weeks of ominous silence. Soon deals will be broken and relationships cut off, when Jones learns that he had a much more dramatic story to say than he initially thought. Throughout the movie, Jones tempers the tensions behind the scenes and exciting company shenanigans with live performances, as front man Jeff Tweedy and his company play songs from an acclaimed, recently released "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" album, already considered a modern classic. I AM TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART is a sweeping portrait of a band making their careers ' best music, shot in luminous black and white. Director: Sam Jones, Starring: Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Leroy Bach
The free solo climber Alex Honnold is getting ready to fulfill his dream of a lifetime of 3200-foot El Capitan scaling without a cable in Yosemite National Park.
POV Minding the Gap
Filmmaker Bing Liu seeks to link the turbulent upbringings and complexities of contemporary manhood of his skateboarding friends.
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Hale County This Morning, This Event, is the perfect and intimate moment for people in the community, allowing viewers to get an emotional picture of the historical South – trumpet the beauty of life and the impact of racial social construction, while at the same time bearing witness to dreams, despite their uncertainties.
A controversial yet comedical insight into the Trump Era, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9 answer questions: How did we get here and what do we get out?
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
For over thirties, in his beloved Mister Rogers ' Neighbourhood show Fred Rogers, an unchanged minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, has been beamed to homes across America.
Three Identical Strangers
A stupendous meeting of the same triplets, divided between three different families, unveils an incredible dark mystery at birth. Since born the same threefold ages, separated by birth and adopted by three different families, three strangers come together in unexpected coincidence. Nonetheless, the mid-airy reunion begins a chain of events that reveal an incredible mystery, deception and revolutionary ramifications for us all. They're suddenly becoming a global phenomenon full of popularity and notoriety.
They Shall Not Grow Old
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Peter Jackson unveiled an extraordinary new piece of work, the world premiere, that revealed the Great War as never before.
When he was 84, the United States. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, has built a stunning legal legacy and has become an iconic pop culture icon. But without a definitive biography by Ginsburg, even some of their biggest fans have not heard about the extraordinary journey of this diminutive, cool fighter to the highest court of the nation. RBG is a revelatory film about Ginsburg and Betsy West's remarkable life and career, created jointly by Storyville Films and CNN Films and co-producedby Julie Cohen.
The postcard of Lauren Greenfield on the American Empire shows a portrait of an obsessive materialistic, workaholic society. The movie attests to the international boom-bust economy, bankrupt US delusions and the personal cost of late stage capitalism and narcissism and greed, while also autobiographical and historical essays.
The Biggest Little Farm
The Biggest Little Farm follows a couple's crazy 8-year journey to an ambitious farm.
Discover the public and private sectors of Gloria Allred, a female firebrand attorney, who has fought for some of the biggest political and business names.
While Hal Ashby led a remarkable string of renowned classics in the 1970s, he is often overshadowed by his generation of luminaires. The exuberant portrayal of Amy Scott investigates the curious supervision of a committed obsessed artist using rara archival material, interviews, personal letters and audio recordings.
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In rural India, where menstrual prejudice remains, women use a modern machine to make cost-effective sanitary pads and move towards financial independence.
In 2017 in the old copper-mining city of Bisbee, Arizona, just miles from the borders of Mexico. The nearby town prepares for the centenary of darkest time in Bisbee: the infamous 1917 Bisbee Deportation, during which 1,200 striking miners were taken away from their homes, banished and killed in the middle of the desert.
1992 in the streets of Singapore Sandi Tan and his friends filmed a strange video.
Bad Reputation 2018
Joan Jett is the leader and cornerstone of hard rock legend The Runaways, his life and career from his very early years and a lifelong influence as a pioneer and mentor of rock'n'roll.
After a thorough 1961 test, when only the men were chosen for spaceflight, a small group of skilled pilots will be asked to step back.
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
Actors, staff and other participants addressed Orson Welles ' turbulent production "The Other Side of the Wind," the last unfinished film.
Active Measures is the chronicle of Russia's most successful spying operation, the 2016 presidential election. Filmmakers reveal Putin's sinister scheme to influence and monitor events around the world.
As Elan and Jonathan Bogarín conducted archeological excavations in the house of their late grandmother, they set out on a mystical and practical voyage looking for what is left of life in the items that they left behind. The dusty scraps of a life without expectations were turned by Hollywood into an elaborate tale of memory, time, and history.
Studio 54: The Documentary
This documentary tracks the rapid rise and fall of the Manhattan disco and the sparkling debauchery that attracted the excentric and elite of the city.
Amazing Grace 2018
A film performed in the New Temple Missionary Baptists Church of Watts in Los Angeles in January 1972, with a live recording of Aretha Franklin's album, Amazing Grace.
Love, Gilda is a rare Gilda Radner portal into the future. Director Lisa D Apolito distributes her upbringing, humor, connections and her experiences with cancer through a series of diary and audio, social and videotapes.
United Skates 2018
Over the past years, roller skating rinks have been a constant feature of African American communities all over the United States, serving as a meeting place, an entertainment spot, and an incubator for the iconic skills and talent of hip hops like the Queen Latifah and the N.W.A.
Crime + Punishment
The movie chronicles the true experiences of a group of whistleblower cops in NYC in their fight against unconstitutional arrest quotas.
Bathtubs Over Broadway
A David Letterman comedy writer discovers a hidden world of hilarious, odd music that turns into an obsession with the teaser.
America to Me
Nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) examines issues of race, economy and education in contemporary US education in a documentary series "America to Me" that is not written in multiple parts.
Steve Loveridges Sundance Award winner MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A, drawn from a video cache, is the artist's stunningly personal profile, revealing her remarkable journey from a refugee to a pop star.
Tea with the Dames
Enjoy a perfectly sumptuous afternoon with four British stage and film stars. Life, love and art are all spilled by Dames Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright.
The Dawn Wall
Cameras take Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson to the breathtaking task of the most daunting rock formation in free-climbing Yosemite.
Dark Money 2018
Dark Money explores one of America's largest challenges to democracy today – the impact on our elections and elected officials of untraceable corporate funds.
Science Fair 2018
In their quest for international glory at the prestigious International Science and Technology Fair nine high school students from around the world experience rivalries, bumps, and hormones.
The film offers an unprecedented access to Quincy Jones ' music and culture pioneer and his unparalleled career stories and private lives.
On Her Shoulders
23 years old, Nadia Murad, a woman of age once normal, has become an implacable beacon of hope for her people as he survived the 2014 Yazidis genocide in northern Iraq who fled sexual slavery by ISIS. This strongly-willed young woman stands on Her shoulders as she fights for the freedom of ISIS and the safety of her people.
We Are Not Done Yet
In support of US military efforts, 2,77 million U.S. service members have deployed since 2001. Approximately 14 to 20% of Iraqi and Afghan veterans have PTSD and 32.4% of female veterans say that they have experienced military sexual trauma. We are not finished Yet profiles a group of veterans and active service members as they come together to combat traumas in the previous and current times through written form, sharing their experience in a United Service O, directed by Sareen Hairabedian and produced by Jeffrey Wright. He is a HBO's Angels ' winner in America, a twice Emmy recipient for HBO's Westworld and David Holbrooke. Participants from various backgrounds and military branches, including the army, the air force, the navy and the police, express in the poem their fears, insecurity and victories. In workshops and reheards, men and women face up to the best of their militant life, to the challenges of re-adjustment to civilian life and the ongoing struggles with PTSD. Each veteran and active servant brings to scene unique experiences and difficulties, but through their difficult work they have common understanding and hope. The project evolved through workshops lead by poet Seema Reza, President of the Community Building Art Works organization that cares for veterans and their communities and develops art programs. Since consulting with Theater of War, an organization addressing social issues through dramatic readings of the Greek classics, Wright participated in the campaign in 2016. In tandem with his exposure to a war zone in Sierra Leone, he was more aware of the war repercussions and the symptoms of PTSD. Wright was introduced to Reza and finally took part in the creation of collective poetry by veterans. They decided to be more involved. Sareen Hairabedian directed We Are Not Done Yet; Jeffrey Wright produced David Holbrooke; Abhay Sofsky's editor, Patti Bonnet's co-production; Wytold's music. Nancy Abraham, managing director of HBO.
Yayoi Kusama, the world's leading female artist, faced unlikely chances of taking her revolutionary artistic vision to the international stage. People experience their Infinity Mirrored Rooms installation, while it continues every day to create new work.
The Devil We Know
DuPont's alleged decades-long cover-up of possible harms caused by chemicals to produce popular Teflon products is explained in this documentary.
A deep glimpse into Alexander McQueen's extraordinary life, career and music. "McQueen" is an authentic celebration and exciting portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, restored photos, stunning visuals and music.
John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Arizona Sen. John McCain's insightful profile, whose recent battle against cancer is indicative of the resilience and strength of the man who spent 5 years as a Vietnamese POW, followed by a 31-year illustrative Congressional career.
Echo In The Canyon
A look at the LA Laurel Canyon music in the mid-60s, where people electrically turned and the California Sound was born.
What Haunts Us
49 boys were enrolled in the 1979 Porter Gaud School in Charleston. Six have committed suicide since then. If Paige Goldberg Tolmach discovers that another former high school student has died in the past, she reveals the shocking reality of a sexually abusive professor who is seeking to free her home town from the hallucinations that haunt it.
The documentary lifts the curtain on a decades-long political movement to undo Roe v. Wade through interviews with proponents of abortion rights and opponents.
Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane
Two priests one from Dunblane, Scotland and the other from Newtown, Connecticut bind themselves in 16 years ' separation on school tragedies.
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
In 1984, at the French Open in the París Roland Garros Stadium, he revisited the rich 16-mm movie of the revolutionary star of tennis, John McEnroe, at the time the top player in the world, playing.
Pick of the Litter
Five spirited Labrador puppies set off on an epic adventure to become blind guides. Who's going to have what it takes?
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable
Garry Winogrand has taken advantage of the serendipity of the streets, described as a "poet," an "athlete" or a "philosopher" of Photography to capture the American 1960s and 70s. His Leica M4 took a picture of everyday people spontaneously, from Mad Men in New York throughout the Women's Movement's early days to the Hollywood post-Golden Age.
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes, friendly fox news Mughal and the democratic king-maker, are rising and falling. Ailes would fire amid scandal, parania, and numerous accusations of sex-bullying, one of the most powerful and divisive figures in the media.
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
A complete feature documentary re-writing movie history that shows the full life and work of Alice Guy-Blaché's first female director, screenwriter, producer and studio owner.
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