Movies in the Documentary genre

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Mad Hot Ballroom

Mad Hot Ballroom is about ballroom dancing in the same way that Spellbound is about spelling bees and Hoop Dreams is about basketball. That is to say, tangentially. Although ballroom dancing forms the backdrop against which this uplifting documen...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2005-05-13
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Nothing Objectionable)
Director: Marilyn Agrelo
Cast: The classes of PS 150, PS 115, and PS 112
Man on Wire

Man on Wire is a fascinating time capsule: a combination of talking-head interviews, actual footage, and re-creations that evokes a kinder, gentler world and provides insight into one of the most audacious stunts of the 20th century. Pieced togeth...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2008-08-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations, Drugs, Nudity)
Director: James Marsh
Cast: Philippe Petit
March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins does what all good National Geographic documentaries do: it informs and entertains while providing interesting wildlife footage. Unfortunately, it's not cinematic. The issue isn't whether the film is worth seeing, but whethe...

Run Time: 1:20
U.S. Release Date: 2005-07-08
MPAA Rating: "G" (Nothing Objectionable)
Director: Luc Jacquet
Cast: Morgan Freeman
Margaret Cho: Assassin

Apparently, I approached this production with a misapprehension. I was under the impression that Margaret Cho: Assassin was intended to be a filmed comedic performance. What I got instead was an 85-minute political rant from a liberal Asian Ameri...

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2005-09-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Director: Kerry Asmussen
Cast: Margaret Cho

As a tale of human courage and personal triumph, Murderball works. As a sports documentary, it falls short of the mark. Fortunately, Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's crowd-pleasing movie (it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at ...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 2005-07-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Director: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Cast: Mark Zupan, Joe Soares, Keith Cavill
My Date with Drew

If one had to classify My Date with Drew, it would fall under the documentary umbrella. A more honest appraisal, however, would be to call it "reality TV" for the big screen. After all, it has the same quintessential appeal: an "everyman" as the p...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2005-08-05
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Nothing Objectionable)
Director: Jon Gunn, Brian Herzlinger, Brett Winn
Cast: Brian Herzlinger, Drew Barrymore
O.J.: Made in America

O.J.: Made in America, an epic documentary from Ezra Edelman, explores not only the rise and fall of one of football’s iconic players, but the status of race relations in America and the impact of celebrity-worship on modern culture. Althoug...

Run Time: 7:47
U.S. Release Date: 2016-08-04
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity, DIsturbing Images)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Ezra Edelman
Cast: O.J. Simpson, Mark Furhman, F. Lee Bailey, ...
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Someone once said this about the United States' justice system: "If ten guilty men must go free to prevent one innocent man from falsely going to prison, so be it." This philosophy explains why, at least in theory, every accused criminal is presu...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Director: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Cast: Jessie Misskelly, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin

There are three kinds of documentaries: those that lionize their subjects, those that attack their subjects, and those that attempt to provide a balanced, objective perspective. RBG, a cinematic biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gi...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2018-05-04
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Documentary
Director: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Cast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Religulous is the much-anticipated collaboration between one of the guys responsible for Borat and Curb Your Enthusiasm (Larry Charles) and the Politically Incorrect stand-up comedian (Bill Maher). The problem with the movie, whose title compresse...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2008-10-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Director: Larry Charles
Cast: Bill Maher