Movies in the Documentary genre

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20 Dates

20 Dates purports to be a documentary - a real life romantic comedy about how an aspiring film maker set out to chronicle the role of dating in modern American culture and wound up discovering true love. However, like Michael Moore, whose behind-t...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 1999-02-05
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
Director: Myles Berkowitz
Cast: Myles Berkowitz, Elisabeth Wagner, Robert McKee, ...
42 Up

42 Up is the latest, and perhaps final, installment in Michael Apted's long-running Up series. When the filmmaker began this project in 1964, he came armed with a simple concept: interview 14 British children, all age seven, representing a wide ra...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 1999-11-17
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Mature Themes)
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: 11 of 14 Original Interview Subjects
49 Up

49 Up continues Michael Apted's extraordinary Up Series, which began 42 years ago in 1964 with Seven Up and has continued every seven years since. The latest (and hopefully not the last) installment progresses as expected, with updates on the live...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 2006-10-06
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity)
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: 12 of 14 original interview subjects
63 Up

“Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” This Jesuit motto became the driving force behind The Up Series, a nine-volume (thus far) documentary that has spanned fifty-six years. Begun in 1964 under the direction of P...

Run Time: 2:30
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-27
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Documentary
Director: Michael Apted
Cast:
Act of Killing, The

Rarely have I felt as conflicted as I did while watching Joshua Oppenheimer’s 2012 documentary, The Act of Killing. Over the course of its nearly three-hour running time, the movie does many things, some of which are wrenching, some of which...

Run Time: 2:46
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-03-29
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Cast: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto
American Teen

American Teen, which has captured audience awards and drawn standing ovations at film festivals from coast-to-coast, is the latest example of a growing genre called "DINO" (Documentaries In Name Only). Combining candid footage with staged events,...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2008-07-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
Director: Nanette Burstein
Cast: Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens, Megan Krizmanich, ...
Aristocrats, The

According to several of the roughly 100 talking heads in The Aristocrats, The Joke has been around for a long time, dating back to the days of vaudeville. In addition to being called "The Aristocrats," it has other names, like "The Sophisticates."...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2005-08-12
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Profanity)
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
Director: Paul Provenza
Cast: George Carlin, Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, ...
Ask Dr. Ruth

For anyone who doesn’t remember the media popularity of Dr. Ruth Westheimer during the 1980s, Ask Dr. Ruth (a documentary made for the Hulu platform) may be little more than a curiosity – a competently mounted film providing insight into a...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2019-05-03
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Ryan White
Cast: Ruth Westheimer
Bears

The first two Disneynature documentaries, 2007's Earth and 2009's Oceans, were visual feasts - amazing experiences made all the more remarkable when blown up for big screen viewing (they were distillations of TV miniseries). Since then, the label h...

Run Time: 1:17
U.S. Release Date: 2014-04-18
MPAA Rating: "G"
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
Director: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Cast: John C. Reilly (narrator)
Bowling for Columbine

While there will always be a debate about the authenticity of Michael Moore's documentary techniques, there's no arguing that Bowling for Columbine succeeds equally well as a provocative essay on gun violence in America and an opportunity for the w...

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2002-10-11
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
Director: Michael Moore
Cast: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, ...