Best Documentaries Ever Made

List by john Last updated April 21, 2017

Documentary filming has been around for nearly 100 years, and since then lot of powerful messages have been conveyed to audiences who are looking for factual information. Documentaries are becoming ever more popular around the world thanks to people like Werner Herzog, Michael Moore and Leonardo Dicaprio. This list features many of the best documentaries ever made, rated for the importance of the subject and the quality of the film. Of course there are countless tv-release documentaries that could well have been on this list, especially some of BBC ones however we are sticking to cinema release ones here.

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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Documentary
One nation under the gun.
Vote count 379 Vote avg 7.3/10 Watch trailer

-1

Man on Wire (2008)

Thriller Documentary Crime
1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.
Vote count 235 Vote avg 7.5/10 Watch trailer

1

Super Size Me (2004)

Documentary Comedy Drama
The first ever reality-based movie ... everything begins and ends in 30 days!
Vote count 435 Vote avg 6.6/10 Watch trailer

0

Sicko (2007)

Documentary
This might hurt a little.
Vote count 202 Vote avg 7.2/10 Watch trailer

0

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Documentary
Controversy... what controversy?
Vote count 317 Vote avg 6.8/10 Watch trailer

0

Inside Job (2010)

Documentary
The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make.
Vote count 238 Vote avg 7.7/10 Watch trailer

0

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Documentary
By far the most terrifying film you will ever see.
Vote count 214 Vote avg 6.6/10 Watch trailer

0

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Documentary
The world's first Street Art disaster movie
Vote count 279 Vote avg 7.7/10 Watch trailer

0

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Documentary Music
Great Art Always Survives
Vote count 249 Vote avg 7.9/10 Watch trailer

0

Blackfish (2013)

Documentary
Never capture what you can't control.
Vote count 400 Vote avg 7.9/10 Watch trailer

0

March of the Penguins (2005)

Documentary Family
In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way.
Vote count 308 Vote avg 6.9/10 Watch trailer

0

Senna (2010)

Documentary
The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived.
Vote count 242 Vote avg 8/10 Watch trailer

0

Food, Inc. (2008)

Documentary
You'll never look at dinner the same way again.
Vote count 194 Vote avg 7.3/10 Watch trailer

0

Grizzly Man (2005)

Documentary
One man spent the last 13 years of his life crossing them.
Vote count 167 Vote avg 7.2/10 Watch trailer

0

Zeitgeist (2007)

Documentary History
Vote count 153 Vote avg 7/10 Watch trailer

0

The Cove (2009)

Documentary
Shallow Water. Deep Secret.
Vote count 214 Vote avg 7.9/10 Watch trailer

0

Citizenfour (2014)

Documentary
Vote count 452 Vote avg 7.9/10 Watch trailer

0

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Documentary
Ask not what your C.E.O. can do for you, but what you can do for your C.E.O.
Vote count 143 Vote avg 7/10 Watch trailer

0

The Imposter (2012)

Documentary Drama
There are two sides to every lie.
Vote count 233 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

Catfish (2010)

Documentary
Don't let anyone tell you what it is.
Vote count 178 Vote avg 6.5/10 Watch trailer

0

Amy (2015)

Documentary Music
The girl behind the name.
Vote count 405 Vote avg 7.5/10 Watch trailer

0

This Is It (2009)

Music Documentary
Like You've Never Seen Him Before
Vote count 205 Vote avg 6.7/10 Watch trailer

0

The King of Kong (2007)

Documentary
Don't get chumpatized
Vote count 121 Vote avg 8.1/10 Watch trailer

0

Baraka (1992)

Documentary
A world beyond words.
Vote count 136 Vote avg 8/10 Watch trailer

0

Touching the Void (2003)

Documentary Action Adventure
Vote count 114 Vote avg 7.6/10 Watch trailer

0

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

Documentary
Vote count 268 Vote avg 7.8/10 Watch trailer

0

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Documentary
Fall in love with your work
Vote count 214 Vote avg 7.8/10 Watch trailer

0

The Act of Killing (2012)

Documentary
A story of killers who win, and the society they build
Vote count 173 Vote avg 7.6/10 Watch trailer

0

Samsara (2011)

Drama Documentary
Vote count 135 Vote avg 8/10 Watch trailer

0

Roger & Me (1989)

Documentary History
Vote count 79 Vote avg 7.3/10 Watch trailer

0

Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

Music Documentary
Vote count 248 Vote avg 7.5/10 Watch trailer

0

Jesus Camp (2006)

Documentary
America is being born again.
Vote count 93 Vote avg 6.5/10 Watch trailer

0

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Documentary
Who do you believe?
Vote count 89 Vote avg 7.5/10 Watch trailer

0

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Documentary
An Extraordinary True Story.
Vote count 77 Vote avg 7.5/10 Watch trailer

0

The Fog of War (2003)

War Documentary History
Vote count 56 Vote avg 7.5/10 Watch trailer

0

Home (2009)

Documentary
A Stunning Visual Portrayal of Earth
Vote count 153 Vote avg 7.9/10 Watch trailer

0

The Corporation (2003)

Documentary
The corporation as psychopath...
Vote count 63 Vote avg 7.5/10 Watch trailer

0

Restrepo (2010)

Documentary War
One platoon, one valley, one year
Vote count 100 Vote avg 7.3/10 Watch trailer

0

Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Documentary
Vote count 181 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

Room 237 (2012)

Documentary
Some movies stay with you forever... and ever... and ever.
Vote count 189 Vote avg 6.2/10 Watch trailer

0

Pumping Iron (1977)

Documentary
Vote count 114 Vote avg 6.9/10 Watch trailer

0

Where to Invade Next (2015)

Documentary
Prepare to be liberated
Vote count 130 Vote avg 7.3/10 Watch trailer

0

Before the Flood (2016)

Documentary TV Movie
The science is clear, the future is not.
Vote count 149 Vote avg 7.9/10 Watch trailer

0

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Documentary
Off the map, things get strange.
Vote count 72 Vote avg 7.1/10 Watch trailer

0

Cartel Land (2015)

Drama Documentary
Vote count 141 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Documentary
It's Just Business.
Vote count 63 Vote avg 7.1/10 Watch trailer

0

The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard (2013)

Documentary
Vote count 114 Vote avg 7/10 Watch trailer

0

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Documentary Family
Humanity's Lost Masterpiece... in 3D
Vote count 71 Vote avg 7.1/10 Watch trailer

0

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

Documentary
There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other. But no one wants to talk about it...
Vote count 91 Vote avg 7.7/10 Watch trailer

0

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

Documentary
The human side of the digital revolution.
Vote count 60 Vote avg 6.4/10 Watch trailer

0

Marley (2012)

Documentary
Vote count 98 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

Action Documentary
How Miami became the cocaine capital of the United States!
Vote count 47 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Documentary
Vote count 44 Vote avg 7/10 Watch trailer

0

Gasland (2010)

Documentary
Can you light your water on fire?
Vote count 48 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

Documentary
Vote count 54 Vote avg 8.6/10 Watch trailer

0

Murderball (2005)

Documentary
Vote count 20 Vote avg 7/10 Watch trailer

0

Bully (2011)

Drama Documentary
It's time to take a stand.
Vote count 54 Vote avg 7.1/10 Watch trailer

0

Gimme Shelter (2013)

Drama
Sometimes you have to leave home to find your family.
Vote count 75 Vote avg 6.3/10 Watch trailer

0

My Best Friend (2016)

Family TV Movie
Vote count 0 Vote avg 0/10 Watch trailer

0

Dirty Wars (2013)

Documentary Drama War
A secret army. A war without end. A journalist determined to uncover the truth.
Vote count 53 Vote avg 7/10 Watch trailer

0

When You're Strange (2009)

Documentary Music
A film about The Doors
Vote count 43 Vote avg 7.5/10 Watch trailer

0

No End in Sight (2007)

Documentary
The American Occupation of Iraq. The Inside Story From the Ultimate Insiders.
Vote count 22 Vote avg 7.3/10 Watch trailer

0

My Scientology Movie (2016)

Documentary
What Hollywood didn't tell you about one of the world's most secretive religions
Vote count 80 Vote avg 6.6/10 Watch trailer

0

Weiner (2016)

Documentary
Vote count 39 Vote avg 7.8/10 Watch trailer

0

Deep Web (2015)

Documentary
The Crime Saga of the Digital Age
Vote count 70 Vote avg 6.8/10 Watch trailer

0

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Documentary Music
Bob Dylan. Songwriter. Rocker. Rebel. Legend.
Vote count 29 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

Chasing Ice (2012)

Documentary
Vote count 59 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

An Honest Liar (2014)

History Comedy Documentary
Vote count 57 Vote avg 7.2/10 Watch trailer

0

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

Documentary
Vote count 50 Vote avg 6.1/10 Watch trailer

0

Helvetica (2007)

Documentary
Vote count 54 Vote avg 7/10 Watch trailer

0

Shoah (1985)

Documentary
Vote count 31 Vote avg 8.5/10 Watch trailer

0

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

Documentary
Vote count 44 Vote avg 7/10 Watch trailer

0

The Invisible War (2012)

Crime Drama History
The Battleground Is Your Barracks
Vote count 31 Vote avg 7.3/10 Watch trailer

0

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)

Documentary
Vote count 17 Vote avg 6.9/10 Watch trailer

0

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

Documentary
Vote count 28 Vote avg 7.6/10 Watch trailer

0

Loose Change: 2nd Edition (2006)

Documentary
What really happened on 9/11?
Vote count 13 Vote avg 6.5/10 Watch trailer

0

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

Documentary
Bold. Brilliant. Brutal.
Vote count 122 Vote avg 6.4/10 Watch trailer

0

Hearts and Minds (1974)

Documentary War
The Forever War. Goes On
Vote count 24 Vote avg 7.7/10 Watch trailer

0

The Pixar Story (2007)

Documentary
Documentary about the history of Pixar animation
Vote count 57 Vote avg 7.6/10 Watch trailer

0

Sharkwater (2006)

Documentary
The truth will surface.
Vote count 17 Vote avg 7.6/10 Watch trailer

0

The Crash Reel (2013)

Documentary
The mind has mountains
Vote count 27 Vote avg 7.9/10 Watch trailer

0

A Brief History of Time (1991)

Documentary
Vote count 33 Vote avg 7.4/10 Watch trailer

0

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