TOP DOCUMENTARY MOVIES: 2000-2019by Dr-Faustus | created - 10 Dec 2017 | updated - 1 day ago | Public
Thought-Provoking. Provocative. Controversial. Fascinating.
A choice of 465 outstanding feature-length documentaries, released between 2000 and 2019.
This list is in random order and purely subjective.
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1. The War You Don't See (2010)
97 min | Documentary, War
Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it.
2. 9/11 (2002 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 112 min | Documentary
A real life documentary following the events of September 11 from an insider's view, through the lens of James Hanlon and two French filmmakers who were in Manhattan that one day.
3. 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: 123,303 | Gross: $119.19M
4. Man on Wire (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".
Votes: 50,111 | Gross: $2.96M
5. The World Before Your Feet (2018)
PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary
For over six years, and for reasons he can't explain, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every block of every street in New York City - a journey of more than 8,000 miles. THE WORLD BEFORE ... See full summary »
Votes: 414 | Gross: $0.27M
7. Valley Uprising (2014)
Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary
In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service.
9. Sea of Shadows (2019)
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Crime, History
The vaquita, the world's smallest whale, is near extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, the "cocaine ... See full summary »
10. Apollo 11 (2019)
G | 93 min | Documentary, History
A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
Votes: 12,604 | Gross: $9.04M
11. Over the Limit (2017)
74 min | Documentary, Sport
An intimate portrait of the world's most outstanding rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun who needs to overcome mental fragility to take part in the Olympic Games.
Votes: 511 | Gross: $0.00M
TV-MA | 88 min | Documentary
In 2016, USA Gymnastics was rocked by the revelation that national team doctor Larry Nassar had been abusing young athletes for decades. Tribeca alum Erin Lee Carr's unflinching documentary... See full summary »
15. The River and the Wall (2019)
97 min | Documentary, Adventure
The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on ... See full summary »
Votes: 150 | Gross: $0.17M
16. American Factory (2019)
TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary
End 2008, GM closes a plant in Ohio. A Chinese billionaire/Fuyao Glass buys the plant 2014 and invests in auto glass production. There are 2000 jobs there by late 2016. USA meets PRChina.
17. On the President's Orders (2019)
TV-PG | 72 min | Documentary, Crime, Thriller
The searing story of President Duterte's bloody campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines, told with unprecedented and intimate access to both sides of the war - the ... See full summary »
19. The Silence of Others (2018)
96 min | Documentary
The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film ... See full summary »
Votes: 729 | Gross: $0.07M
20. Who Will Write Our History (2018)
95 min | Documentary, History
Who Will Write Our History tells the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, ... See full summary »
Votes: 96 | Gross: $0.14M
22. The Act of Killing (2012)
Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
Votes: 31,964 | Gross: $0.49M
24. One Child Nation (2019)
R | 88 min | Documentary, History
After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.
Votes: 630 | Gross: $0.18M
25. The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017)
91 min | Documentary, War
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. The film follows the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout a year, witnessing the gradual ... See full summary »
28. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)
94 min | Documentary
An exploration of the history and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery.
31. Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019)
PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary
The origin story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.
Votes: 114 | Gross: $0.34M
TV-MA | 142 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.
33. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)
115 min | Documentary, Music
Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles' original paintings, to explore the man behind the music.
Votes: 328 | Gross: $0.19M
34. Amazing Grace (2018)
G | 89 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.
Votes: 2,020 | Gross: $4.45M
35. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)
PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.
Votes: 224 | Gross: $0.88M
36. Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me (2018)
TV-MA | 106 min | Documentary, Biography
This documentary explores the rise of Teddy Pendergrass, the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums against the backdrop of 1960s America, and his comeback after a life-changing accident.
37. Hesburgh (2018)
Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary
Amidst some of the most tumultuous times in our nation's history, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh finds himself in the eye of the storm as he works to advance the causes of peace and equal rights.
Votes: 63 | Gross: $0.20M
39. Street Fight (2005)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary
This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which a City Councilman, Cory Booker, attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James.
41. Charm City (2018)
TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary
During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, CHARM CITY delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of those left on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion... See full summary »
Votes: 130 | Gross: $0.03M
43. Weiner (2016)
R | 96 min | Documentary
An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.
Votes: 9,205 | Gross: $1.61M
44. Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019)
93 min | Documentary
RAISE HELL: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her ... See full summary »
Votes: 102 | Gross: $0.22M
45. Midnight Traveler (2019)
90 min | Documentary, War
When the Taliban puts a bounty on Hassan Fazili's head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two daughters. Capturing the journey, Fazili shows the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.
46. Under the Wire (2018)
R | 95 min | Documentary
On 13 February 2012, two journalists entered war-ravaged Syria. One of them was celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent, Marie Colvin. The other was photographer, Paul Conroy. Their aim ... See full summary »
Votes: 417 | Gross: $0.00M
47. The Deminer (2017)
83 min | Documentary