Documentary movies are different from fiction because they possess an indexical bond, a referent, to the historical real. Thus documentaries are unique in engaging, a pleasure in knowing about the real world. Watch best documentary movies of all time!
#1 Senna 2011
The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived.
Director: Asif Kapadia. Cast: Reginaldo Leme, Richard Williams, John Bisignano, Pierre van Vilet, Alain Prost, Ron Dennis, Frank Williams, Nevde Senna, Viviane Senna, Sid Watkins, Ayrton Senna.
Overview: A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Genre: Documentary. Countries: France, United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 46m. Rated: PG-13.
#2 Night and Fog 1955
Director: Alain Resnais. Cast: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler, Julius Streicher.
Overview: The documentary film from French director Resnais set ten years after the Second World War depicts the problems of Auschwitz with shocking images from the concentration camps.
Genres: Documentary, History, War, Indie, Foreign. Country: France. Runtime: 32m.
#3 Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008
Director: Kurt Kuenne. Cast: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby, Shirley Turner, Zachary Andrew Turner.
Overview: In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child.
Genres: Crime, Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#4 Presumed Guilty 2011
Directors: Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith.
Overview: Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent.
Genres: Documentary, Foreign. Runtime: 1h 27m.
#5 Sigur Rós: Heima 2007
Director: Dean DeBlois. Cast: Jon Thor Birgisson, Orri P. Dyrason, Georg Holm.
Overview: On the heels of their 2006 concert tour, Icelandic alternative rockers Sigur Ros return to their picturesque homeland for a series of free, unannounced concerts. Follow the band as they perform their mesmerizing brand of hypnotic pop at such unconventional venues as an abandoned fish factory, a small-town coffee shop, and a protest site at a controversial dam. Candid interviews with the band find the performers discussing what it's like to return home after an extended tour, and what it's like to perform for their fans around the world.
Runtime: 1h 37m.
#6 The Cove 2009
Shallow Water. Deep Secret
Director: Louie Psihoyos. Cast: Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Richard O'Barry, Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter, Louie Psihoyos.
Overview: The Cove tells the amazing true story of how an elite team of individuals, films makers and free divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate the hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The shocking discoveries were only the tip of the iceberg.
Genres: Documentary, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 32m. Rated: PG-13.
#7 Puskás Hungary 2009
Director: Tamás Almási. Cast: József Gyabronka, György Bodnár, Franz Beckenbauer.
Overview: This is a spectacular, exciting and emotional portrayal of Ferenc Puskas, the kid from Kispest who became the brightest star in the footballing galaxy.
Genres: Documentary, Drama. Runtime: 1h 56m.
#8 No Direction Home 2005
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Bob Dylan.
Overview: A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.
Genres: Documentary, Music. Countries: Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 3h 28m.
#9 Earthlings 2005
Make The Connection
Director: Shaun Monson. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix.
Overview: 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.
Genre: Documentary. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#10 Home 2009
A Stunning Visual Portrayal of Earth
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Cast: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close.
Overview: With aerial footage from 54 countries, Home is a depiction of how the Earth's problems are all interlinked.
Genres: Documentary, Drama, Indie. Runtime: 1h 58m.
#11 The Sorrow and the Pity 1969
Chronicle of a French City under the Occupation
Director: Marcel Ophüls. Cast: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Jacques Duclos, Anthony Eden, Pierre Mendès France, Emmanuel d'Astier de La Vigerie, Maurice Chevalier, Marcel Ophüls, André Harris.
Overview: From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand. They comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, "The Collapse," includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, "The Choice," is an interview with Christian de la Mazière, one of 7,000 French youth to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms.
Genres: Documentary, History, War. Countries: France, Switzerland, Germany. Runtime: 4h 11m.
#12 Zeitgeist: Moving Forward 2011
This Shit's Got to Go!
Director: Peter Joseph. Cast: Robert Sapolsky, Gábor Máté, Richard G. Wilkinson, James Gilligan, John McMurtry, Michael Ruppert, Max Keiser, Jacque Fresco, Adrian Bowyer, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Roxanne Meadows, Colin Campbell, Jeremy Gilbert.
Overview: 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".
Genres: Documentary, History. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 4h 21m.
#13 Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills 1996
Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky. Cast: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky, Jessie Miskelly, Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols.
Overview: A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.
Genres: Documentary, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 30m.
#14 The Union: The Business Behind Getting High 2007
Director: Brett Harvey. Cast: Chris Bennett, George Bush, George W. Bush.
Overview: The Union: The Business Behind Getting High is a movie about the big industry that creates and selling illegal Cannabis.Cannabis is still illegal most parts of the world,despite that cigarettes and Alcohol is taking more life's then Cannabis. The illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC Bud' being exported to the United States, the trade has become an international issue. Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground market and brings to light how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business - an industry that may be profiting more by being illegal.
Genres: Comedy, Documentary. Country: Canada. Runtime: 1h 44m.
#15 Living Russia, or The Man with a Camera 1929
Director: Dziga Vertov. Cast: Mikhail Kaufman.
Overview: This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film. Even the editing of the film is documented. We often see the cameraman who is purportedly making the film, but we rarely, if ever, see any of the footage he seems to be in the act of shooting!
Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 1h 8m.
#16 Hearts and Minds 1974
Director: Peter Davis. Cast: Georges Bidault, Clark Clifford, George Coker.
Overview: This film recounts the history and attitudes of the opposing sides of the Vietnam War using archival news footage as well as their own film and interviews. A key theme is how attitudes of American racism and self-righteousness militarism helped create and prolong this bloody conflict. The film also endeaveors to give voice to the Vietnamese people themselves as to how the war has affected them and their reasons why they fight the United States and other western powers while showing the basic humanity of the people that US propaganda tried to dismiss.
Genres: Documentary, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m.
#17 My Flesh and Blood 2003
Director: Jonathan Karsh. Cast: Susan Tom, Anthony Tom, Faith Tom.
Overview: My Flesh and Blood is a 2003 documentary film by Jonathan Karsh chronicling a year in the life of the Tom family. The Tom family is notable as the mother, Susan, adopted eleven children, most of whom had serious disabilities or diseases. The film itself is notable for handling the sensitive subject matter in an unsentimental way that is more uplifting than one might expect.
Genre: Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 23m.
#18 The Two Escobars 2010
Sometimes it really is a matter of life and death.
Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist. Cast: María Ester Escobar, Francisco Maturana, Alexis García V..
Overview: Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellнn Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably-and fatally-intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned Andres' national team into South American champions, favored to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. It was there, in a game against the U.S., that Andres committed one of the most shocking mistakes in soccer history, scoring an "own goal" that eliminated his team from the competition and ultimately cost him his life. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics.
Genres: Documentary, Sports Film. Runtime: 1h 40m.
#19 Lake of Fire 2007
Exploring the Issue that Divides the World
Director: Tony Kaye. Cast: Noam Chomsky, Bill Baird, Flip Benham.
Overview: An unflinching look at the how the battle over abortion rights has played out in the United States over the last 15 years
Genre: Documentary. Runtime: 2h 32m.
#20 Concert for George 2003
Director: David Leland. Cast: Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Ravi Shankar, Tom Petty, Anoushka Shankar, Joseph Roger Brown, Albert Lee, Marc Mann, Andy Fairweather-Low, Dhani Harrison, Gary Brooker, Jools Holland, Chris Stainton, Billy Preston, Paul McCartney.
Overview: As a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his passing, The Concert for George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 29 November 2002 . Organized by Harrison's widow, Olivia, and son, Dhani, and arranged under the musical direction of Eric Clapton and Jeff Lynne.
Genre: Music. Runtime: 2h 20m.
#21 The Times of Harvey Milk 1984
Director: Rob Epstein. Cast: Harvey Milk.
Overview: A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.
Genres: Documentary, Indie. Runtime: 1h 30m.
#22 Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2010
The band you know. The story you don't.
Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen. Cast: Sebastian Bach, Jack Black, Jimmy Chamberlin, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson, Taylor Hawkins, Terry Brown, Gene Simmons.
Overview: An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style
Genres: Documentary, Music. Runtime: 1h 47m.
#23 Harlan County U.S.A. 1976
Director: Barbara Kopple. Cast: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks.
Overview: A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.
Genre: Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 43m.
#24 No End in Sight 2007
The American Occupation of Iraq. The Inside Story From the Ultimate Insiders.
Director: Charles Ferguson. Cast: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Robert Hutchings.
Overview: Chronological look at the fiasco in Iraq, especially decisions made in the spring of 2003 - and the backgrounds of those making decisions - immediately following the overthrow of Saddam: no occupation plan, an inadequate team to run the country, insufficient troops to keep order, and three edicts from the White House announced by Bremmer when he took over.
Genres: Documentary, Indie. Runtime: 1h 42m.
#25 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream 2007
Director: Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: Tom Petty, Ron Blair, Mike Campbell, George Drakoulias, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Rick Rubin, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Nicks.
Overview: Directed by Peter Bogdanovich and packed with rare concert footage and home movies, this documentary explores the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including Petty's famous collaborations and notorious clashes with the record industry. Interviews with musical luminaries including Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Roger McGuinn, Jeff Lynne, Dave Stewart and Petty himself shed some revelatory vision.
Genres: Documentary, Music. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 3h 59m. Rated: NR.
#26 Promises 2001
Directors: Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro. Cast: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Sanabel Hassan.
Overview: Documentarians Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg traveled to Israel to interview Palestinian and Israeli kids ages 11 to 13, assembling their views on living in a society afflicted with violence, separatism and religious and political extremism. This 2002 Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary culminates in an astonishing day in which two Israeli children meet Palestinian youngsters at a refugee camp.
Genre: Documentary. Runtime: 1h 46m.
#27 Baraka 1992
A world beyond words.
Director: Ron Fricke.
Overview: This is a paralyzingly beautiful documentary with a global vision: an odyssey through landscape and time, that is an attempt to capture the essence of life.
Genres: Documentary, Indie. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: G.
#28 Before Flying Back to Earth 2005
Director: Arunas Matelis.
Overview: A short documentary about a hospital ward for children with leukemia in Lithuania.
#29 Isle of Flowers 1989
A place where there are very few flowers.
Director: Jorge Furtado. Cast: Paulo José, Júlia Barth, Luciane Azevedo, Ciça Reckziegel, Igor Costa, Douglas Trainini, Irene Schmidt, Gosei Kitajima, Takehiro Suzuki, Antônio da Silva, Marcos Crespo.
Overview: The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato from the plantation.
Genre: Documentary. Country: Brazil. Runtime: 13m.
#30 Foo Fighters: Back and Forth 2011
Director: James Moll. Cast: Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Foo Fighters.
Overview: FOO FIGHTERS BACK AND FORTH chronicles the 16 year history of the Foo Fighters: from the band's very first songs created as cassette demos Dave Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer, through its ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.
Genre: Music. Runtime: 2h 30m.
#31 Triumph Over Violence 1965
Director: Михаил Ромм. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Josef Goebbels, Михаил Ромм.
Overview: 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.
Genres: Documentary, History, War. Runtime: 2h 18m.
#32 The T.A.M.I. Show 1964
Director: Steve Binder. Cast: The Beach Boys, The Barbarians, Chuck Berry.
Overview: Hailed by one music reviewer as "the grooviest, wildest, slickest hit ever to pound the screen," "The T.A.M.I. Show" is an unrelenting rock spectacular starring some of the greatest pop performers of the 60s. These top recording idols - representing the musical moods of London, Liverpool, Hollywood and Detroit - packed the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with 2,600 screaming fans and virtually brought down the house. This is the cinematic record of that electrifying event.
Genre: Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 3m.
#33 Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii 1972
More Than a Movie! An Explosive Cinema Concert!
Director: Adrian Maben. Cast: Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason.
Overview: Stylish film of the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd in 1971 performing a concert with no audience, in the ancient Roman Amphitheatre in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Songs are interspersed with interviews, and footage of Pink Floyd in the studio working on their next album, the legendary Dark Side of the Moon.
Genres: Music, Documentary. Countries: Belgium, Germany, France. Runtime: 1h 25m.
#34 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara 2003
Director: Errol Morris. Cast: Robert McNamara, Barry Goldwater, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Errol Morris, Fidel Castro.
Overview: Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the eighty-five-year-old Robert McNamara, The Fog of War depicts his life, from working as a WWII Whiz Kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company's president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
Genre: Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 35m.
#35 White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2007
Director: Steven Okazaki. Cast: Harold Agnew, Shuntaro Hida, Kiyoko Imori, Morris Jeppson, Lawrence Johnston, Pan Yeon Kim, Etsuko Nagano, Keiji Nakazawa, Chiemi Oka, Shigeko Sasamori, Sakue Shimodaira, Yasuyo Tanaka, Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman.
Overview: Steven Okazaki presents a deeply moving look at the painful legacy of the first -- and hopefully last -- uses of thermonuclear weapons in war. Featuring interviews with fourteen atomic bomb survivors - many who have never spoken publicly before - and four Americans intimately involved in the bombings, White Light/Black Rain provides a detailed exploration of the bombings and their aftermath.
Genres: Documentary, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 26m.
#36 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 2007
Director: Seth Gordon. Cast: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Mark Alpiger, Greg Bond, Craig Glenday, Brian Kuh, Robert Mruczek, Todd Rogers, Steve Sanders, Doris Self, Roy Shildt, Mike Thompson, Derek Wiebe, Jillian Wiebe.
Overview: Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games.
Genre: Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 19m. Rated: PG-13.
#37 Once Brothers 2010
Dreams brought them together. Reality tore them apart.
Director: Michael Tolajian. Cast: Kenny Anderson, Larry Bird, Vlade Divac.
Overview: Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to USA where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic's Croatia and Divac's Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to face each other on the basketball courts of the NBA, no words passed between the two. Then, on the fateful night of June 7, 1993, Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident. This film will tell the gripping tale of these men, how circumstances beyond their control tore them apart, and whether Divac has ever come to terms with the death of a friend before they had a chance to reconcile.
Genres: Documentary, Sports Film. Runtime: 53m.
#38 Life in a Day 2011
Director: Kevin Macdonald. Cast: Cindy Baer, Moica, Caryn Waechter, Drake Shannon.
Overview: A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.
Runtime: 1h 35m.
#39 Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson 2004
Director: Ken Burns. Cast: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson.
Overview: The story of Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion.
Genre: Documentary. Runtime: 3h 34m.
#40 Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! 1994
Directors: Kevin Kerslake, Mark Racco. Cast: Kurt Cobain, David Grohl, Krist Novoselic.
Overview: Originally conceived by Kurt Cobain, Live ! Tonight ! Sold Out !! is a video document of Nirvana's rise from scruffy trio out of the Pacific Northwest into one of the most iconic and important bands in the history of rock music. Combining live material from their 1991-92 Nevermind tour, Live ! Tonight ! Sold Out! has long been the holy grail for Nirvana fans; and one that has never been available
Genre: Documentary. Runtime: 1h 30m.
#41 Iron Maiden: Flight 666 2009
Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen. Cast: Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers, Ronnie James Dio, Lars Ulrich.
Overview: A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band's front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans.
Genres: Documentary, Musical. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m.
#42 Atatürk: Founder of Modern Turkey 1999
Director: Tarquin Olivier. Cast: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Nigel Hawthorne.
#43 Inside Job 2010
The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make.
Director: Charles Ferguson. Cast: Matt Damon.
Overview: A film that exposes the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.
Genre: Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: PG-13.
#44 Sicko 2007
This might hurt a little.
Director: Michael Moore. Cast: Michael Moore.
Overview: Sicko is a Michael Moore documentary about the corrupt health care system in the United States who's main goal is to make profit even if it means loosing peoples lives. -The more people you deny health insurance the more money we make- is the business concept for health providers in America.
Genre: Documentary. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m.
#45 The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu 2010
Director: Andrei Ujica. Cast: Nicolae Ceausescu, Elena Ceausescu, Leonid Brezhnev.
Overview: The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives.
Genres: Documentary, Foreign. Runtime: 3h.
#46 Pour la suite du monde 1963
Directors: Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière, Pierre Perrault. Cast: Léopold Tremblay, Alexis Tremblay, Abel Harvey.
Overview: At the instigation of the filmmakers, the young men of the Ile-aux-Coudres in the middle of the St-Lawrence River try as a memorial to their ancestors to revive the fishing of the belugas interrupted in 1924.
Runtime: 1h 45m.
#47 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 2003
Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain. Cast: Hugo Chávez.
Overview: Hugo Chavez, Elected president of Venezuela in 1998, is a colorful, unpredictable folk hero, beloved by his nation’s working class – and a tough-as-nails, quixotic opponent to the power structure that would see him deposed. Two independent filmmakers were inside the presidential palace on April 11, 2002, when he was forcibly removed from office.
Genre: Documentary. Countries: Ireland, Netherlands. Runtime: 1h 14m.
#48 My Voyage to Italy 1999
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Martin Scorsese.
Overview: "I saw these movies. They had a powerful effect on me. You should see them." That's Martin Scorsese's message for this documentary. We meet his family on Elizabeth Street in New York; he's a third generation Italian with Sicilian roots. Starting in 1949, they watched movies on TV as well as in theaters, lots of Italian imports. Scorsese, with his narration giving a personal as well as a public context, shows extended clips of these movies. Films of Rossellini and De Sica fill part one; those of Visconti, Fellini, and Antonioni comprise part two. Scorsese takes time with emotion, style, staging, technique, political context, and cinematic influence. It's his movie family.
Genre: Documentary. Runtime: 4h 6m.
#49 Bowling for Columbine 2002
One nation under the gun.
Director: Michael Moore. Cast: Michael Moore, George Bush, George W. Bush, Dick Clark.
Overview: Michael Moore tries to find more information on the Columbine shooting incident and the larger picture of arms control in the USA.
Genres: Action, Documentary, Drama, Indie. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h. Rated: R.
#50 Louis C.K.: Hilarious 2010
Director: Louis C.K.. Cast: Louis C.K..
Overview: With a simple “Hello, everybody,” television writer and stand-up comedian Louis C.K. opens his latest live show, Hilarious. This harmless salutation is the least-controversial thing that comes out of Louis C.K.’s mouth as he turns rants on everyday subjects (impatient people, his weight, fatherhood) into hilarious, expletive-laden diatribes where nothing is sacred—not even (gasp!) his children. Who else can name-check Ray Charles and Adolph Hitler in the same breath and elicit a chorus of raucous laughter? Louis C.K. says what’s on his mind, even at the risk of offending, but his “I don’t give a f**k” attitude makes his irreverent brand of humor especially endearing and relatable. His self-deprecating style elevates his filmed live show to a form of therapy, where we, too, can get comic relief from some pretty warped subjects. At one point, Louis C.K. asks, “Where do you draw the line?” With him, there is no line.
Genre: Comedy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 24m.
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