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ctferrarajr's avatar

What are good documentary movies?

Asked by ctferrarajr (270 points ) August 11th, 2009

I just watched some of Michal Moore Documentary (Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Bowling for Columbine) and was wondering if there are any other good,eye-opening movies I should check out.

links would be appreciated

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PerryDolia's avatar

OutFoxed
Fog of War
Man on Wire

sjmc1989's avatar

The 11th Hour

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

FACES.OF.DEATH

martijn86's avatar

Two free Zeitgeist docu’s:
http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

And what about: This Film Has Not Yet Been Rated?

They should make one about the Mafia called the music industry with al the MPAA RIAA and BREIN crap!

ctferrarajr's avatar

@Harp if I MUST then I shall. I will check them out.

one question….is it Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia Part I and II?

Harp's avatar

No, there’s no subtitle. Just “Why we Fight”.

CMaz's avatar

The Devil in Miss Jones.

MagsRags's avatar

In the movie theaters right now, Food Inc.

Harp's avatar

Oh, and for “eye opening”, it’s hard to beat The Century of Self, a BBC production. You can find this one on Youtube but the episodes need to be watched in order.

DeanV's avatar

Can’t believe nobody’s said An Inconvenient Truth yet. Extremely eye-opening, even if you don’t agree with Al Gore.

kenmc's avatar

Calling Zeitgeist a documentary is a big stretch.

The Corporation was great. Very long, but great.

ctferrarajr's avatar

@harp I think you got your link wrong with the century of self

MagsRags's avatar

Paradise Lost – it’s an older one about the murder of several children in a small Arkansas town and the three teenage boys who are convicted, perhaps in part because of their goth appearance and “satinism”.

ctferrarajr's avatar

@martijn86 I could only find on Zeitgeist movie.
Also, what is it about?

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

@ctferrarajr It’s about the truth!

Harp's avatar

@ctferrarajr Crap! Sorry, here it is.

MagsRags's avatar

@perrydolia mentioned Fog of War – almost anything by Errol Morris who directed that movie. One of my favorites is his first, Gates of heaven, about the pet cemetery business.

martijn86's avatar

@ctferrarajr Zeitgeist 1 is about religion and how banks profit from wars.
Zeitgeist 2 is about how we could fix this world. Waht would be a better society.

Mind you, it’s all facts.. no speculations or unclear thingy’s.. just summing up facts. 1+1=2 stuff..

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

I think it was called grizzly man or something with that guy with bears and after the documentary he gets killed by one.
And The Devil’s Playground. Oh those Amish kids….

hearkat's avatar

Food, Inc. (not on video yet – just released this summer).

Touching the Void (not political, but an amazing story).

jca's avatar

i just saw a good one called Prom Night in Mississippi. It’s about a small town in Miss. that always had a black prom and a white prom. Efforts to change that have failed. in 2008 they were going to try to have an “Integrated Prom.” it’s about race relations, high school, change.

MagsRags's avatar

@jca, You reminded me of another good one, Paper Clips. It’s about a rural school project that involved collecting a single paperclip for each person who died in the Holocaust.

filmfann's avatar

The Zeitgeist movies are garbage. Crazy-man propaganda.
Good documentaries:
The Fog of War
The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt
The Battle of Citizen Kane
Hearts of Darkness (the making of Apocalypse Now)
The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Supersize Me

Blondesjon's avatar

American Movie.

sjmc1989's avatar

@filmfann I can’t believe I forgot about Supersize Me. Loved it.

Bri_L's avatar

Spinal Tap

A Mighty Wind

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Born into Brothels

aprilsimnel's avatar

Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a doc celebrating the guys who were the funk behind the Motown sound, and until now no one had given them their due.

Repsect Yourself: The Stax Records Story is a doc about the 60s Southern soul label Stax. They were the anti-Motown, with records that had that real gut-bucket soul going on as opposed to the polished mainstream work from Motown.

Trance24's avatar

@teh_kvlt_liberal The documentry you are referring to is The Grizzly Diaries.

Ailia's avatar

Future of Food is a great one. It makes you think and it inspired me to become aware of what I eat. Man on Wire is very good. Inspiring, entertaining, just loved it. Bigger, Stronger Faster is a good one too; talks about steroid use and its interesting. And God Grew Tired of Us is another good one.

jonsblond's avatar

@Blondesjon you stole my answer! :P

ctferrarajr's avatar

Thanks guys for all the imput. my list currently is as follows

To Watch
▪ Taxi to the Dark Side
▪ An Inconvenient Truth
▪ Adam Curtis BBC
⁃ The Century of the Self
⁃ The Power of Nightmares
⁃ The Trap
⁃ The Mayfair Set
⁃ Who Pays Wins
⁃ Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.
⁃ Destroy the technostructure
⁃ Twilight of the Dogs

• Michael Moore
⁃ Farenhight 9/11
⁃ Bowling for Columbine
⁃ Sicko
⁃ Roger and me
• This Film has not yet been rated
• Why We Fight
• The Corporation
• Esoteric Agenda
Watched
• Michael Moore
⁃ Farenhight 9/11
⁃ Bowling for Columbine
⁃ Sicko
• Zeitgeist

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