100 best documentary movies

A list of the best documentary films, selected by visitors to our site: Великая война, Home, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Earth: The Power of the Planet, MythBusters, Eddie Murphy: Delirious, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, Zeitgeist: Addendum, Interreflections, Senna, Triumph Over Violence, Top Gear, Earthlings, Everybody's Everything, This Is It, Man with a Movie Camera, That Sugar Film, The Secret, National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe, Human
Великая война (2010)
Markimdb: 8.7
Genredocumentary, military, history
CountryRussia

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Home (2009)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredocumentary
CountryFrance
Duration01:53

With aerial footage from 54 countries, Home is a depiction of how the Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, documentary, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:27

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.

Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, family, documentary
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Spain, USA, United Arab Emirates, Monaco
Duration01:30

In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it shapes planet earth itself and influences life on it, often in conjunction with other natural forces, and sometimes with lifeforms, as in the 'apocalyptically' grave case of global warming.

MythBusters (2003)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredocumentary, detective, reality TV
CountryUSA

MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The show's hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories.

Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrecomedy, documentary
CountryUSA
Duration01:09

Taped live and in concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. in August, 1983, Eddie Murphy: Delirious captures Eddie Murphy's wild and outrageous stand-up comedy act, which he performed in New York and eighteen other cities across the U.S. to standing-room-only audiences. Eddie's comedy was groundbreaking, completely new, razor sharp and definitely funny.Eddie Murphy pontificates in his own vulgarly hilarious fashion on everything from bizarre sexual fantasies to reliving the family barbecue, and is peppered with Eddie's one-of-a-kind wit. Laugh along as Eddie reminiscences of hot childhood days and the ice cream man intermixed with classic vocal parodies of top American entertainers.Experience Eddie Murphy at his best, live and red hot! Delirious! Uncensored and Uncut!

Interreflections (2020)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredocumentary, history
CountryUSA

In a quest for a new, more humane society, a counter-culture revolution takes the world by storm. In the first of the InterReflections Trilogy, we look back to the modern world and wonder how it was we managed to survive as long as we had.

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredocumentary, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:41

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy".

Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genredocumentary, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:03

Zeitgeist: Addendum premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival. Director Peter Joseph stated: "The failure of our world to resolve the issues of war, poverty, and corruption, rests within a gross ignorance about what guides human behavior to begin with. It address the true source of the instability in our society, while offering the only fundamental, long-term solution."

Senna (2010)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredocumentary, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration02:42

Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend's years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.

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Triumph Over Violence (1965)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genredocumentary, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:10

Romm's "Ordinary Fascism" pulls out all the stops in its selection of documentary material to draw the viewer not only into absolute horror about fascism and nazism in the 1920s-1940s Europe, but also to a firmest of convictions that nothing of the sort should be allowed to happen again anywhere in the world.

Top Gear (2002)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom

The hosts talk about the latest cars and its specifications. They review the performance of the car and also find out if it is as good as the manufacturers claim. The current hosts are Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc with The Stig.

Earthlings (2005)
Markimdb: 8.7
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration01:35

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Everybody's Everything (2019)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, music
CountryUSA

The story of artist Lil Peep (Gustav Åhr) from his birth in Long Island and meteoric rise as a genre blending pop star & style icon, to his death due to an accidental opioid overdose in Arizona at just 21 years of age.

This Is It (2009)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, documentary, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:51

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

That Sugar Film (2014)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary
CountryAustralia
Duration01:43

One man's journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as 'healthy'. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genredocumentary
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:08

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

The Secret (2006)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genredocumentary
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration01:29

Interviews with leading authors, philosophers, scientists, with an in-depth discussion of the Law of Attraction. The audience is shown how they can learn and use 'The Secret' in their everyday lives.

National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:31

In one single, epic camera move we journey from Earth's surface to the outermost reaches of the universe on a grand tour of the cosmos, to explore newborn stars, distant planets, black holes and beyond.

Human (2015)
Markimdb: 8.7
Genredocumentary
CountryFrance
Duration02:35

A combination of first-person stories and exclusive aerial images, HUMAN is a unique documentary. This sensitive experience is an introspection into whom we are today as a community but also and most importantly as an individual. Through wars, inequalities, discriminations, HUMAN confronts us with the realities and the diversity of our human conditions. Beyond this darker side, testimonies show the empathy and the solidarities which we are capable of. All these contradictions are ours and HUMAN leads us to reflect about the future we wish to give to people and the planet today. Filmed in 60 countries during two years, HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand draws a portrait of nowaday’s Humanity.

Samsara (2011)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration01:42

Samsara is a word that describes the ever turning wheel of life. It is a concept both intimate and vast - the perfect subject for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, whose previous collaborations include Chronos and Baraka, and who, in the last 20 years, have travelled to over 58 countries together in the pursuit of unique imagery. Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world as they are swept along a journey of the soul. Through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

QT8: The First Eight (2019)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryUSA

A detailed account of the life and artistic career of legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, from his early days as a video club manager to the scandalous fall in disgrace of producer Harvey Weinstein. A story about how to shoot eight great movies and become an icon of modern pop culture.

The Imposter (2012)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, documentary, crime, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:39

It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.

Chronos (1985)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Amy (2015)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:16

A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:00

The authorized documentary on late Guitar/lead singer Kurt Cobain from his early days in Aberdeen Washington to his success and downfall with Grunge band Nirvana.

Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, documentary, cartoon, detective, military, biography, history
CountryIsrael, France, Germany, USA, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Australia
Duration01:30

Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on animation enabled Folman to illustrate their personal memories and dreams.

With Closed Windows (2019)
Mark
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryRussia

A biographical film about the popular rap artist Detsl, whose real name is Kirill Tolmatskiy. The rap artist passed away at the age of 35 in 2019.

Naqoyqatsi (2002)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredocumentary, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:29

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

Citizenfour (2014)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, documentary, biography
CountryUSA, Germany, United Kingdom
Duration01:54

In June 2013, Laura Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion.




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