Video game documentaries

by patseitz | created - 22 Sep 2015 | updated - 20 Jul 2017 | Public

Documentaries about the video game industry and gamers.

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1. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 33,607 | Gross: $0.68M

2. Atari: Game Over (2014)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary

A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Zak Penn, Joe Lewandowski, Robert Rentschler, Paul Sanchez

Votes: 5,390

3. Minecraft: The Story of Mojang (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

The first year in the life of independent game studio "Mojang" following the landmark success of their debut title, "Minecraft."

Director: Paul Owens | Stars: Jens Bergensten, Jonathan Blow, Lewis Brindley, Brent Copeland

Votes: 1,097

4. Grounded: Making the Last of Us (2013 Video)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Go behind-the-scenes to learn about the dogged development and unique philosophy at work in the making of the universally acclaimed, hit video game, The Last of Us. The Last of Us is available now.

Directors: Jason Bertrand, Matt Chandronait, Jeffrey Keith Negus, Ryan O'Donnell, Cesar Quintero | Stars: Christophe Balestra, Jacob Minkoff, Anthony Newman, Ricky Cambier

Votes: 542

5. Video Games: The Movie (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Animation, History

40 Metascore

Learn how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers.

Director: Jeremy Snead | Stars: Sean Astin, Al Alcorn, Peter Armstrong, Cliff Bleszinski

Votes: 5,227 | Gross: $0.02M

6. The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Beginning with Space Invaders in 1978, arcade games began to appear everywhere. By 1982, there were 13,000 dedicated arcade locations across North America. It was the Golden Age of Arcade ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Von Ward | Stars: Chris Alcott, Pete Ashdown, Jean Baudin, Deb Bazzano

Votes: 109

7. Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007)

R | 90 min | Documentary

1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.

Director: Lincoln Ruchti | Stars: Walter Day, Ben Gold, Steve Sanders, Kent Farries

Votes: 1,284

8. The Art of the Game (2014)

Documentary

The Art of the Game documents a cultural shift in the entertainment people enjoy by following a group of college students as they compete for a job in the increasingly influential video ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Davis Walker

Votes: 13

9. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,739

10. From Bedrooms to Billions (2014)

150 min | Documentary

'From Bedrooms to Billions' is a 2 and a half hour feature length documentary movie telling the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present day. ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield | Stars: Shahid Ahmad, Nigel Alderton, Nick Alexander, Chris Anderson

Votes: 441

11. Nintendo Quest (2015)

TV-PG | 91 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

In this all-encompassing documentary on Nintendo, gaming enthusiast Jay Bartlett hits the open road with best friend Rob McCallum in hopes of buying the 678 official retail-licensed ... See full summary »

Director: Robert McCallum | Stars: Thor Aackerlund, Jay Bartlett, Syd Bolton, Joe Bonasia

Votes: 822

12. Free to Play (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Action

Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever.

Stars: Benedict Lim, Danil Ishutin, Clinton Loomis, Toby Dawson

Votes: 12,777

13. Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution (2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

From "Pong" to "Pac Man" and "Super Mario" to "Lara Croft", "Doom", "Grand Theft Auto" and everything in between - it's the story of the videogame revolution.

Votes: 76

14. Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

A documentary that captures the greatest world record Tetris players as they prepare for the Classic Tetris World Championship. From the days of Thor Aackerlund and his historic victory at ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Cornelius | Stars: Thor Aackerlund, Pat Contri, Harry Hong, Jesse Kelkar

Votes: 1,367

15. Second Skin (2008)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

An intimate, fascinating look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging, hugely popular genre of computer games.

Director: Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza | Stars: Dan Bustard, Ashley Esqueda, Andrew Monkelban, Nick Yee

Votes: 724

16. King of Chinatown (2010)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary

King of Chinatown takes an in-depth look at the culture of video games, an industry that has evolved into a worldwide, multi-billion dollar phenomenon. Filmmaker Calvin Theobald follows ... See full summary »

Directors: Jordan Levinson, Calvin Theobald | Stars: Justin Wong, Isaiah TriForce Johnson, Daigo Umehara, Ryan Gutierrez

Votes: 119

17. Get Lamp (2010)

78 min | Documentary

With limited sound, simple graphics, and tiny amounts of computing power, the first games on home computers would hardly raise an eyebrow in the modern era of photorealism and surround ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Scott Sadofsky | Stars: Ernest Adams, Scott Adams, Hollywood Anderson, Jim Aspnes

Votes: 738

18. High Score (2006)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

Although technology continues to evolve, a group of die-hard gamers refuses to abandon the classic arcade games of yesteryear. The 80's live on for these enthusiasts, who compete against ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Mack | Stars: Bill Carlton, Robert Mruczek, Terry Nelson, Todd Rogers

Votes: 255

19. Race to World First (2013)

68 min | Documentary

'Race to World First' documents the struggles, triumphs, and frustrations of the 25-man World of Warcraft guild Blood Legion as it prepares to beat the newest bosses released within the ... See full summary »

Directors: Zachary Henderson, John Keating | Stars: Scott Johnson, William Gregory, Mark Turpin, Sabina Hemmi

Votes: 283

20. Moral Kombat (2009)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

Moral Kombat takes a look into the controversial subject of violence in video games. Director Spencer Halpin shows the constant conflict between the game creators' first amendment right to ... See full summary »

Director: Spencer Halpin | Stars: Greg Ballard, Vince Broady, Pamela Eakes, Jeff Griffiths

Votes: 68

21. Playing Columbine (2008)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

Chronicles the history of the game "Super Columbine Massacre RPG!." The film traces back the 16-bit role-playing game to its inception, through the 2006 shooting at Dawson College in which ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Ledonne | Stars: Albert Art, Peter Baxter, Ian Bernard, Ian Bogost

Votes: 163

22. The King of Arcades (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Follow the rise and fall of the King of Arcades as one man pursues his dream against all odds.

Director: Sean Tiedeman | Stars: Ralph H. Baer, Tim Balderamos, Greg Bond, Jerry Buckner

Votes: 469

23. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience (2012)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

100 Yen is a historical documentary about the evolution of arcades and the culture surrounding it - from the birth of arcades to the game centers that still thrive today.

Director: Brad Crawford | Stars: Brian Ashcraft, Daigo Umehara, Aaron Chmielowiec, Mike Ross

Votes: 133

24. GTFO: Get the F&#% Out (2015)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

A documentary about women in gaming.

Director: Shannon Sun-Higginson | Stars: Leigh Alexander, Jenny Haniver, Robin Hunicke, Rhianna Pratchett

Votes: 428

25. The Video Craze (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A documentary on classic video arcade collectors across North America. Those who were the first to look into the neon haze of a vector/raster screen and fall in love. The first quarter poppers, the "vidiots" who never grew up.

Director: Dave Danzara | Stars: Bryan Armitage, Nathan Barnatt, Chris Connally, Dave Danzara

Votes: 93

26. Once Upon Atari (2003 Video)

120 min | Documentary

Story of Atari after its fall from the mouths of the people who created and escalate Atari to the top of the computer world, the video game designer and programmers.

Director: Howard Scott Warshaw | Stars: Jerome Domurat, Tod Frye, Rob Fulop

Votes: 98

27. Frag (2008)

88 min | Documentary

Below the surface of a simple game is an underbelly of corruption, money, partying, drugs, and even death.

Director: Mike Pasley | Stars: Michal Blicharz, Rafik Bryant, Walter Day, Sassan Dibadj

Votes: 246

29. Tetris: From Russia with Love (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

The story behind the fiendishly addictive game, a tale of high stakes, intimidation and legal feuds set against the backdrop of Cold War tensions between East and West.

Director: Magnus Temple | Stars: Phil Adam, Evgeni Nikolaevich Belikov, Randy Broweleit, Dervla Kirwan

Votes: 176

30. Beyond the Game (2008)

75 min | Documentary

Documentary about Worldchampionship 2007 WarcraftIII players, leading roles for Dutch player "Grubby" and Chinese player "Sky".

Director: Jos de Putter

Votes: 243

31. The Video Game Revolution (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

A light-hearted look at the worldwide phenomenon of video games, and how they have revolutionized technology and forever changed popular culture.

Stars: Greg Palmer, Seamus Blackley, Nolan Bushnell, Megan Gaiser

Votes: 78

32. Beyond the Game (2008)

75 min | Documentary

Documentary about Worldchampionship 2007 WarcraftIII players, leading roles for Dutch player "Grubby" and Chinese player "Sky".

Director: Jos de Putter

Votes: 243

33. Gamer Revolution (2007 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Special documentary look at how pop culture's 'new dark continent,' video games, are changing the world.

Directors: Marc de Guerre, Ian Hannah | Stars: Clive Thompson, Henry Jenkins, Robert Kozinets, Brenda Braithwaite

Votes: 39

34. Focus: A Documentary (2010)

71 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

FOCUS is a documentary about Mike Ross, an average 26-year-old African-American, unemployed college graduate, who happens to be one of the world's best video game players. The documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Hwang | Stars: Ryan Gutierrez, Eliver Ling, Jonathan Ross, Jonathan Marcus Ross

Votes: 44

35. I Got Next (2011)

97 min | Documentary

I Got Next" is a documentary on the fighting game community. It follows four prominent players, Justin Wong, Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez, Joe "iloveu" Ciaramelli and Mike Ross through their ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cofino | Stars: Ryan Gutierrez, Joe Ciaramelli, Justin Wong, Mike Ross

Votes: 92

36. Bang the Machine (2002)

80 min | Documentary

A documentary of an exhibition tournament in Japan showing the difference between American and Japanese gaming cultures.

Director: Tamara Katepoo | Stars: John Choi, Joey Cuellar, Jason Apoc Gonzalez, Seth Killian

Votes: 38

37. Infinite Lives: The Road to E3 (2010)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Adventure

Infinite Lives: The Road to E3 is an independently-produced documentary that follows four friends from the American Midwest in their 2300-mile, week lon road trip to the mecca of all things... See full summary »

Director: N. Pfeifer | Stars: Susan Arendt, Blair Herter, Kelly Karnetsky, Scott Lydon

Votes: 9

38. The Smash Brothers (2013)

258 min | Documentary

A brief history of a subculture dedicated to competitively playing the video game "Super Smash Bros. Melee".

Director: Travis Beauchamp | Stars: Azen, Ken Hoang, Isai, Wife

Votes: 252

39. The Lost Arcade (2015)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The story of Chinatown Fair, the legendary arcade located in the heart of New York's Chinatown. This documentary explores how the arcade became a shelter to a community as diverse as the ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Vincent | Stars: Anthony Cali, Henry Cen, Akuma Hokoru, Seth Killian

Votes: 181 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed (2016– )

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary

Unlocked is a groundbreaking 8 part documentary series that provides firsthand stories by industry icons, celebrities, consumers, and field experts on the culture, technology, history, and future of the video game industry.

Stars: Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Alison Haislip, Penn Jillette

Votes: 24

41. Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

If you ever played the game "Snake" on your early model Nokia cellphone, then you're familiar with "Nibbler," the original "snake" game. MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey (the gamer... See full summary »

Directors: Tim Kinzy, Andrew Seklir | Stars: Tim McVey, Dwayne Richard, Enrico Zanetti, Tina McVey

Votes: 2,251



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