Documentariesby dsensNWN00 | created - 09 Jul 2013 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
"If this species is to survive indefinitely, we need to become a multi-planet species" - Charles F. Bolden, NASA
"If we die we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us, it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life." - Gus Grissom
"When I am getting ready to cross a street, I look both ways before crossing." - Buzz Aldrin
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves." - Edward R. Murrow
"I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We're still just a child creature, we're still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We're growing up, we're moving into adolescence now. When we grow up – man, we're going to be something!" - Gene Roddenberry
Lifetime achievement goes to Michael Moore.
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4. Countdown to Zero (2010)
PG | 91 min | Documentary
A documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification.
Votes: 2,083 | Gross: $0.27M
5. 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: 31,987 | Gross: $0.49M
6. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
PG | 100 min | Documentary, History
The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.
Votes: 6,336 | Gross: $1.13M
- filmed on location.
8. Failure Is Not an Option (2003 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History
A history of the U.S. manned space program from Mercury to Apollo 17, as seen by the men of Mission Control.
9. The Wonder of It All (2007)
82 min | Documentary
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." These words spoken by... See full summary »
Votes: 190 | Gross: $0.78M
12. 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: 12,684 | Gross: $9.04M
* haven't seen yet.
13. First Man (2018)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Votes: 138,928 | Gross: $44.94M
* haven't seen yet.
15. 102 Minutes That Changed America (2008 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History
The morning of September 11, 2001 is shown through multiple video cameras in New York City, from the moment the first WTC tower is hit until after both towers collapse.
- the ultimate in found footage horror, documentary, mockumentary, desaster movie, blockbuster and action movie in general (sorry to say, but that's a fact).
16. The House I Live In (2012)
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
Votes: 5,049 | Gross: $0.21M
17. Lessons of Darkness (1992)
Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, War
This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it.
- there's no way this is even possible.
18. My Best Fiend (1999)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography
In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »
Votes: 9,707 | Gross: $0.10M
* As bad evil unfair smear campaigns go, it's delicious. File it under unstoppable force meets unmovable object, or abusive sadomasochistic marriage. And it might just be the old germany vs. the new.
19. Restrepo (2010)
R | 93 min | Documentary, War
A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.
Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell
Votes: 21,145 | Gross: $1.33M
22. 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: 31,914 | Gross: $4.59M
- see also: The Beckoning Silence (2007).
Think about mountain climbing what you will (or 'Man on Wire' for that matter), but it makes for nice photography.
24. The Square (2013)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, News
A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.
Votes: 8,156 | Gross: $0.12M
America Undercover (1983– )
The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer
Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary
Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, loving father--and ruthless killer of over 100 people. You'll meet him in this powerful documentary that features one of the most vivid and ... See full summary »
27. The Atomic Cafe (1982)
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History
Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.
Votes: 3,735 | Gross: $0.02M
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Votes: 21,996 | Gross: $4.20M
29. Collapse (II) (2009)
Unrated | 82 min | Documentary
A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.
Votes: 6,737 | Gross: $0.05M
30. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
PG | 96 min | Documentary, News
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
Votes: 78,198 | Gross: $23.81M
31. Obedience (1962)
45 min | Documentary
Documents the famous Milgram experiment, which measured the willingness of test subjects to obey authority in ways contrary to their own judgment and conscience.
- shocking. Careful, you can never un-see this.
32. The Specialist (1999)
128 min | Documentary
The incredible trial of an appallingly ordinary man. Drawn entirely on the 350 hours of rare footage recorded during the trial of Adolf Eichmann, in 1961, in Jerusalem, this film about ... See full summary »
Votes: 318 | Gross: $0.02M
33. Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)
PG | 91 min | Documentary
A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron's diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible.
Votes: 1,486 | Gross: $0.15M
- excellent use of 3d, excellent as a documentary. Excellent as engineering, I guess.
34. Black Sky: The Race for Space (2004 TV Movie)
90 min | Documentary
The remarkable story of Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne. Only three of the most powerful governments in the world have achieved what they set out to do from a garage in the Mojave desert: to put a man in space.
- Congratulations are in order.
35. Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space (2009)
Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary
When a war starts in space, can anyone really win?
- 85 minutes runtime.
R | 84 min | Comedy
Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.
Votes: 337,314 | Gross: $128.51M
- life-threatening. Satire is only when it hurts.
37. The Ambassador (2011)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.
Votes: 3,699 | Gross: $0.03M
- I would have stayed in diamond trade, though' (if it wasn't so d-mned dangerous...)