Movies in the Documentary genre

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated

It's long past time that a filmmaker has shown the courage to expose the MPAA Ratings Board for what they are: censors working under the guise of servants to the public good. For those who have followed the ins-and-outs of the MPAA over the years,...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2006-09-01
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Sexual Situations, Nudity, Violence, Profanity)
Director: Kirby Dick
Cast: Kirby Dick, Mary Harron, David Ansen, ...
Touching the Void

Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction… and also potentially more nail-biting and harder to believe. Touching the Void is an extreme example of this - a man versus nature epic so amazing that, if it was presented in a strictly narrative forma...

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Cast: Joe Simpson, Simon Yates, Brendan Mackey, ...

During the latter years of the 20th century, no sports figure was more compelling and controversial than Mike Tyson, who scaled the heights of unifying boxing's heavyweight championships and descended into the hell of scandal and crime. With Tyson...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2009-04-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Director: James Toback
Cast: Mike Tyson
U.S. Versus John Lennon, The

As a snapshot of the U.S. cultural scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s, The U.S. Versus John Lennon is a success. As an opportunity to hear some of Lennon's solo songs within a political context, the movie works. Unfortunately, as a piece...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Release Date: 2006-09-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Violence, Drugs)
Director: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Cast: Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Walter Cronkite, ...
Unknown White Male

A phrase I remember from a long-ago TV show argued: "A person is the sum of his memories." If that's the case, what's to be said about an adult man who loses his entire past in the span of one night? Does a loss of memory equate to a loss of iden...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 2006-02-24
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Director: Rupert Murray
Cast: Doug Bruce
Up Series, The

"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Michael Apted's The Up Series is not only documentary filmmaking at its finest, but it is an important sociological study. How many movies can make that claim? Starting in 1964,...

Run Time: 9:49
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity, Mature Themes)
Director: Michael Apted, Paul Almond (Seven Up)
Cast: 14 British Individuals
Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

Often, one of the most overlooked elements of a film is its cinematography. Paradoxically, it is also the most important, whether specifically noticed or not. Movies are a visual medium where the pictures shoulder the lion's share of the bu...

Run Time: 1:31
U.S. Release Date: 1993-04-23
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Nothing Objectionable)
Director: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, and Stuart Samuels
Cast: n/a
War Room, The

The War Room is the story of James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, and their efforts on behalf of Bill Clinton throughout the 1992 Presidential campaign. From the New Hampshire primary to election night, The War Room depicts Carville and Steph...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity)
Director: D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
Cast: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Backel, ...
When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings, a documentary about the Muhammad Ali/George Forman heavyweight "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match, is a wonderfully nostalgic, and occasionally insightful, window into an event nearing its 50th anniversary. By nature, ho...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 1997-02-14
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Documentary
Director: Leon Gast
Cast: Muhammad Ali, George Forman, Don King, ...
Wild Man Blues

If I didn't know this was a documentary, I might easily mistake it for the latest feature offering from Woody Allen – that's how interchangeable the public personae of the director has become with that of the nebbish screen character he always po...

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Director: Barbara Kopple
Cast: Woody Allen, Soon-Yi Previn, Letty Aronson, ...