Top 20 Documentary Filmmakers of the 21st Century!by shaunaksinha | created - 22 Dec 2016 | updated - 22 Dec 2016 | Public
Ranked, the best documentary filmmakers from 2000 to present day.
1. Alex Gibney
Producer | Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Alex Gibney was born on October 23, 1953 in New York City, New York, USA as Philip Alexander Gibney. He is a producer and director, known for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) and Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015). He has been married...
Must Watch: Zero Days Going Clear Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God Casino Jack and the United States of Money Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Taxi to the Dark Side Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Director | Fitzcarraldo
Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...
Must Watch: Into the Inferno Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World Into the Abyss Cave of Forgotten Dreams Encounters at the End of the World Grizzly Man The White Diamond
Director | Bowling for Columbine
Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry.
Moore studied ...
Must Watch: Where to Invade Next? Capitalism: A Love Story Sicko Bowling for Columbine
4. Errol Morris
His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003's "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards.
Morris' first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven (1978) and Vernon, Florida (1981)). In the second movie, ...
Must Watch: The Unknown Known Tabloid Standard Operating Procedure The Fog of War
5. Kirby Dick
Director | The Invisible War
Kirby Dick is a two time Emmy-award winning and two-time Academy award-nominated documentary film director. His most recent film, The Hunting Ground (2015), a monumental exposé about sexual assault on college campuses, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was released by Radius/The ...
Must Watch: The Hunting Ground The Invisible War This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Producer | Food, Inc.
Robert Kenner has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work on a wide range of social and environmental issues. His latest film Command and Control opened theatrically to critical acclaim. His Academy Award-nominated film Food, Inc. had a monumental impact on how our...
Must Watch: Command and Control Merchants of Doubt Food Inc.
7. Gary Hustwit
Producer | Helvetica
Must Watch: Urbanized Objectified Helvetica
8. Asif Kapadia
Director | The Warrior
Academy award and four time BAFTA award winning Director / Writer / Producer Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films exploring characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving landscapes. His films have been box office successes around the world as well as being critically ...
Must Watch: Amy Senna
Director | Racing Extinction
Louie Psihoyos was born on April 15, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, USA.
Must Watch: Racing Extinction The Cove
10. Charles Ferguson
Producer | Inside Job
Charles Ferguson was born on March 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California, USA as Charles Henry Ferguson. He is a producer and director, known for Inside Job (2010), No End in Sight (2007) and Watergate (2018).
Must Watch: Inside Job No End in Sight
11. Kevin Macdonald
Director | The Last King of Scotland
Must Watch: Marley Touching the Void
12. Luc Jacquet
Director | La marche de l'empereur
Luc Jacquet was born on December 5, 1967 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France. He is a director and writer, known for March of the Penguins (2005), Antarctica: Ice & Sky (2015) and Il était une forêt (2013).
Must Watch: Ice and the Sky March of the Penguins
13. Jehane Noujaim
Producer | Control Room
Must Watch: The Square Control Room
14. Rory Kennedy
Producer | American Hollow
Rory Kennedy was born on December 12, 1968 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy. She is a producer and director, known for American Hollow (1999), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007) and Last Days in Vietnam (2014). She has been married to Mark Bailey since August 2,...
Must Watch: Last Days in Vietnam Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
Director | Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
Charles Wilkinson is a multi award-winning documentary and dramatic film and television director, and published author. His credits include numerous dramatic features, TV movies and episodic titles like Highlander. His more recent titles include documentary features, Peace Out, Oil Sands Karaoke, ...
Must Watch: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World Oil Sands Karaoke
16. John Landis
Director | The Blues Brothers
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...
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18. Chris Bell
Director | Bigger Stronger Faster*
Must Watch: Trophy Kids Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
19. Peter Joseph
Writer | Zeitgeist
Peter Joseph (Winston-Salem, NC, USA) inadvertently became globally acclaimed after a private performance work called "Zeitgeist" went viral online in 2007. This highly controversial art piece was artlessly placed online after a short performance run in Manhattan.Peter is/was a solo percussionist/...
Must Watch: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward Zeitgeist: Addendum Zeitgeist: The Movie