Favorite documentaries

by guisreis | created - 28 May 2014 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

In Alphebetic order.

Add: "Preto contra branco": https://youtu.be/r_xkDHHGWx8 "A linha imaginária": https://youtu.be/uY4CN1H7z0g Add: "Que tal a vida, camaradas", by Luis Felipe Labaki

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3. Afrique 50 (1950)

17 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about the living conditions in a small Ivorian village during French colonization.

Director: René Vautier | Star: René Vautier

Votes: 215

4. Andre the Giant (2018 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A look at the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as Andre the Giant.

Director: Jason Hehir | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Rob Reiner

Votes: 4,750

5. Undergångens arkitektur (1989)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, History

An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Cohen | Stars: Rolf Arsenius, Bruno Ganz, Sam Gray, Martin Bormann

Votes: 905

6. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: Bad Boys (2014)

TV-G | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early '90s seemed willing to do anything to win. That characteristic made them loved -- and hated. It earned them the title: Bad Boys.

Director: Zak Levitt | Stars: Kid Rock, Mike Abdenour, Mark Aguirre, Marv Albert

Votes: 1,185

7. Super Power Beat Down (2012– )
Episode: Batmobiles Racing (2012)

10 min | Short

Which Batmobile is the best? The Adam West or the Michael Keaton? Lets find out as we put them to the test.

Director: Aaron Schoenke | Stars: Marisha Ray, Damian Beurer, Andy Liegl, Mark Towle

Votes: 20

Although the series is composed mostly of short action ficional films, this first one was a documentary. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/6m3jcBMI9WU

8. Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied! (2017)

Documentary, Short

In Honduras, the most dangerous country in the world to be a land defender, Berta Cáceres' death has not silenced the many campesinxs fighting for justice and Indigenous Sovereignty. They ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Vinal

10. Les Bleus une autre histoire de France (2016 TV Movie)

104 min | Documentary, History, Sport

This documentary follows the French national team for 20 years, from 1996 to 2016. Successes and setbacks that mirrored the French Society.

Directors: David Dietz, Sonia Dauger, Pascal Blanchard

Votes: 711

11. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, News

78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 15,254 | Gross: $3.41M

12. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 136,066 | Gross: $21.24M

13. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Octavio Calderon

Votes: 15,603 | Gross: $7.00M

14. Twenty Years Later (1984)

119 min | Documentary

Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar

Votes: 881

15. Campo de Jogo (2015)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

In the shadow of Rio's Maracana Stadium, a "favela league" of 14 teams compete in soccer. The film shows the importance of soccer in Brazilian culture.

Director: Eryk Rocha

Votes: 47

16. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Charles Dickens: A Tale of Ambition and Genius (1995)

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

A painful childhood fuels the ambition of the author.

Director: Milton Lage | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Mark Gerald Charles Dickens, W.C. Fields, Fred Kaplan

Votes: 69

17. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: Chasing Tyson (2015)

Documentary, Biography, History

Explores the years that Evander Holyfield spent trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson.

Director: Steven Cantor | Stars: Seth Abraham, Steve Albert, Teddy Atlas, Al Bernstein

Votes: 612

19. Cidadão Boilesen (2009)

92 min | Documentary

A documentary about the controversial businessman Henning Boilesen Jr. and his involvement with the military regime as one of its most enthusiastic supporters, financing it and ... See full summary »

Director: Chaim Litewski | Stars: Hennig Boilesen Jr., Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jarbas Passarinho, Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns

Votes: 113

20. City of God: 10 Years Later (2013)

PG-13 | 70 min | Documentary

A film documentary about the fate of the young actors of the award winning film City of God by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund. It shows how their lives unfolded after the film's worldwide success.

Directors: Cavi Borges, Luciano Vidigal | Stars: Alice Braga, Darlan Cunha, Renato de Souza, Leandro Firmino

Votes: 901

21. 108 (2010)

93 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Of all my uncles, Rodolfo was the only one who didn't want to be a blacksmith like my grandfather: He wanted to be a dancer. The search for the traces of his life leads to the discovery ... See full summary »

Director: Renate Costa | Stars: Miguel Auad Petunia, Nancy Baruja, Renate Costa, Manuel Cuenca

Votes: 107

23. The Cola Conquest (1998)

50 min | Documentary

The Cola Conquest tells the story of Coca-Cola - the 'sublimated essence' of all that American stands for - and the century-long competition with its rival, Pepsi-Cola. Challenging, ... See full summary »

Director: Irene Lilienheim Angelico

Votes: 91

24. A Copa do Mundo no Recife (2015– )

15 min | Documentary, Short

Recife, the hometown of football legend Rivaldo, is overrun by the 2014 World Cup, but also faces enormous social problems. This documentary provides a fascinating insight into the events and inhabitants of the town during the tournament.

Votes: 21

25. Crônica da demolição (2015)

90 min | Documentary, History

At the heart of Rio de Janeiro's downtown, an empty square with a dry fountain and an underground parking. There was located the Monroe Palace, that once housed the Senate, and was ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Ades | Stars: Humberto Barreto, Margareth da Silva Pereira, Ernesto Geisel, Cesar Maia

Votes: 29

26. Dancing with the Devil (2009)

105 min | Documentary

Rio de Janeiro. September, 2008. Three men stalk the gloomy back-alleys of the city's notorious slums. Spiderman, a 28-year-old drug lord, embarks on a routine patrol through the shadowy ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Blair

Votes: 157

27. Danger: Diabolik - From Fumetti to Film (2005 Video)

20 min | Short

Famous comic book artist Stephen R. Bissette, creator of DC Comic Book character "The Swamp Thing" and co-creator of the comic character "Constantine" teaches film appreciation and the art ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Bissette, Adam Yauch, John Phillip Law, Dino De Laurentiis

Votes: 46

28. Daybreak Express (1953)

5 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Set to a classic Duke Ellington recording "Daybreak Express", this is a five-minute short of the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue elevated subway station in New York City.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker

Votes: 810


29. The Day That Lasted 21 Years (2012)

77 min | Documentary, History, Thriller

Provides evidence of manipulation and investment funding from the U.S. government to carry out the Brazilian military coup that occurred in 1964.

Director: Camilo Tavares | Stars: Auro de Moura Andrade, Robert Bentley, Júlio de Sá Bierrenbach, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco

Votes: 357

31. Do Luto à Luta (2005)

75 min | Documentary

A documentary on Down Syndrome patients

Director: Evaldo Mocarzel | Stars: Carlos Ebert, Ariel Goldenberg

Votes: 51

32. The Dominican Dream (2019)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

In the early 1990s, the future of basketball belonged to a young Dominican immigrant named Felipe Lopez. Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of 17, Lopez's story is the ultimate profile of the American dream.

Director: Jonathan Hock | Star: Johnny Solo

Votes: 33

35. Edifício Master (2002)

110 min | Documentary

The daily lives and routine of 37 families living in a huge 12-story building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: their drama, aspirations, intimate revelations, loneliness, dreams...

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Star: Fernando José

Votes: 1,071

36. Ex-Shaman (2018)

81 min | Documentary

Ever since their first contact with the Western world in 1969 the Paiter Suruí, an indigenous people living in the Amazon basin, have been exposed to sweeping social changes. Smartphones, ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Bolognesi | Star: Perpera Suruí

Votes: 179

37. Facing Ali (2009)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier

Votes: 3,193

38. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,333 | Gross: $119.19M

39. The Fighting Cholitas (2006)

20 min | Documentary, Short

The Fighting Cholitas is a documentary short about a group of bold and fierce female Bolivian wrestlers. These indigenous Indian women jump into the ring every Sunday in their traditional ... See full summary »

Director: Mariam Jobrani

Votes: 48

41. Forever Pure (2016)

85 min | Documentary

One season and one football team in crisis, as power, money and politics fuel a club spiralling out of control.

Director: Maya Zinshtein | Stars: Eli Cohen, Arcadi Gaydamak, Ariel Harush, Dzhabrail Kadiyev

Votes: 686

42. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

Director: Shola Lynch | Stars: Angela Davis, Eisa Davis

Votes: 501

43. Geral (2010)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: a roller-coaster of ecstasy and drama, violence and passion. A theater performance. Football supporters christened 'geraldinos'.

Director: Anna Azevedo

44. Geraldinos (2015)


Maracanã was built for the first World Cup in Brazil in 1950. Initially, it had a democratic space called General. The record analyzes the recent works in the stadium and shows classic fans.

Directors: Pedro Asbeg, Renato Martins

Votes: 22

45. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )
Episode: Great Power, Great Responsibility (2013)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary, History

With Cold War America finding its self-identity challenged, the superhero genre is reinvented with more complex characters and storytelling artistry.

Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Stan Lee, Len Wein, Mark Waid

Votes: 60

46. Defamation (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?"

Director: Yoav Shamir | Stars: Yoav Shamir, Abraham Foxman, Bob Wolfson, Notav

Votes: 1,322 | Gross: $0.01M


47. Histories of Hunger in Brazil (2018 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, History | Completed

Histories of Hunger in Brazil is a documentary that sets a timeline of hunger in the country. From Colonial Brazil, where the seeds of social inequalities were planted, to the recent public... See full summary »

Director: Camilo Tavares

48. A History of Christianity (2009)


Diarmaid McCullough, an Oxford history professor, travels to historical points of interest relevant to Christianity discussing the origins and spread of Christianity in a span of 6 episodes.

Star: Diarmaid MacCulloch

Votes: 178