Check out the recommendations for the best documentaries of all time below. It could be your reference, documentary film fans!
There are various kinds of interesting film genres that people usually watch, one of which is documentaries. Well, if you really like the documentary type, you must check out the 11 best documentary film recommendations of all time in this article!
Movies have become the favorite entertainment consumption of humans today. In order to unwind after a tired work, one of the best alternatives is to watch a movie.
Various genres of films have sprung up in the world of cinema. Maybe you've often watched movies with action, horror, romance, and other general genres.
But, have you ever watched a movie with this genre? documentary? Films with this genre are no less exciting than other genres, you know. In fact many will open your mind and touch your heart.
The Best Documentary Films That Move the Heart and Mind
Documentary film is a non-fiction film that "documentes" the reality or reality that happens to a person, society, and environment.
There are so many people who fall in love with documentaries because the genre is able to open their eyes to the reality that is happening around them.
In addition, there are also many documentaries that tell tragic stories that can make a tough man like Jason Statham cry.
So that you are not even more curious, check out Jaka's article about the 10 best documentaries that can open your mind and touch your heart.
1. The Act of Killing (2012)
The Act of Killing documenting the perpetrators massacre of suspected PKI in the city of Medan from 1965 to 1966.
This massacre is recorded to have killed the lives of 400 thousand to 3 million victims, whether guilty or innocent, men or women, even adults and children.
Joshua Oppenheimer, a foreign director and his team, made this documentary to open your eyes and your mind about the cruelty of the people who killed suspected PKI members.
For those of you who want to see historical films like the G30S PKI film, you really have to watch this film to know that the history of our beloved country is not always beautiful.
|Information||The Act of Killing|
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||8.2 (31.193)|
|Duration||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Release Date||November 1, 2012|
2. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck tells the other side of the life journey of Kurt Cobain, the icon of Grunge music in the 90's.
The uniqueness of this film lies in its unusual angle. Many films focus more on the career and success of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.
However, one of the best documentaries is more about Kurt Cobain's mental condition, drug abuse, and the love-hate relationship between Kurt and his wife. Courtney Love.
|Information||Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck|
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||7.5 (26.134)|
|Duration||2 hours 25 minutes|
|Genre||Documentary, Animation, Biography|
|Release Date||May 4, 2015|
3. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the story of an elderly sushi master chef named Jiro Ono who owns the Sukiyabashi restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.
This restaurant has a very high reputation for having 3 Michelin stars. This film focuses on Jiro Ono who continues to hone his skills in serving sushi even though he is already 85 years old.
Jiro also tries to give confidence to his children to continue the legendary restaurant he owns so that it will continue to prosper in the future, really exemplary.
|Information||Jiro Dreams of Sushi|
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||7.9 (30.867)|
|Duration||1 hour 21 minutes|
|Genre||Documentary, Animation, Biography|
|Release Date||March 15, 2012|
4. The Overnighters (2014)
The Overnighters documenting about a small town in North Dakota named Williston whose population has increased dramatically due to the discovery of oil sources there.
Newcomers hope to find decent jobs there, given the massive economic downturn in the United States.
However, the locals hated and rejected the newcomers, except Jay Reinke, a Pastor who accepts these people to stay temporarily in the Church where he serves.
Apart from that, The Overnighters is one of the best documentaries of all time with a story that really touches the hearts of the audience. Must watch!
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||7.5 (2.224)|
|Duration||1 hour 42 minutes|
|Release Date||October 31, 2014|
5. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
The Thin Blue Line reconstruct the story Randall Dale Adams who was arrested and sentenced to death at the age of 26 for the murder of a police officer in 1976.
However, Randall did not commit the murder. The director tried to lift this story and interviewed various people involved, including Randall.
This film is about a flawed justice system very well. A year after the documentary was released, Randall's sentence was suspended by a judge.
|Information||The Thin Blue Line|
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||8.0 (19.853)|
|Duration||1 hour 41 minutes|
|Genre||Documentary, Crime, Drama|
|Release Date||August 25, 1988|
6. Capturing The Friedmans (2003)
Andrew Jarecki the director originally made a touching documentary about birthday party clowns.
However, when researching the sources, David Friedman, he found a surprising thing.
David Friedman's brother and father are suspected of sexual abuse of minors. The film then focuses on the investigation of Friedmans . family.
From interviews with the victim and the police, and coupled with evidence from video recordings of the Friedman family, the Friedmans were found guilty and then tried to get the punishment they deserve.
|Information||Capturing The Friedmans|
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||7.8 (22.416)|
|Duration||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Release Date||July 18, 2003|
7. Gleason (2016)
Steve Gleason is a former football player as well as an icon who has played for New Orleans Saint in the United States NFL.
At the age of 34, Gleason suffered from ALS or commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, the same disease suffered by Stephen Hawking.
This film tells the story of Gleason's life who continues to survive and endure his illness for the sake of his wife and child who was not yet born, at first glance similar to the film Clouds. There are many life lessons that we can take from this one of the best documentaries.
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||8.4 (2.184)|
|Duration||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Release Date||29 July 2016|
8. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
A man named Andrew Bagby died after being killed by his own girlfriend, Shirley Jane Turner. Shirley was pregnant with Andrew's child at the time of trial.
Director Kurt Kuenne collect memories of Andrew dedicated to Zachary, Andrew's unborn child, to show that his late father was deeply loved.
In addition, this film also raises about the struggle for custody of Zachary between Andrew's parents and Shirley, Andrew's girlfriend. Beautiful and touching, Dear Zachary deserves to be on the list of the best documentaries of all time.
|Information||Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father|
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||8.6 (29.448)|
|Duration||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Genre||Documentary, Biography, Crime|
|Release Date||January 2008|
9. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
People who suffered from AIDS in the 80's were people who were excluded and ignored by society, even the government.
Hospitals also used to refuse to treat AIDS patients. Anyway, the ancient AIDS sufferers were completely excluded and ostracized, gang.
How to Survive a Plague documenting the struggle of the organization ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) to grow awareness about AIDS and humanizing AIDS sufferers.
You can see the results now. AIDS sufferers can get treatment and special attention from all walks of life.
|Information||How to Survive a Plague|
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||7.6 (3.508)|
|Duration||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Genre||Documentary, History, News|
|Release Date||November 8, 2013|
10. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Harvey Milk is the first San Francisco politician in California history to publicly say he is gay.
Milk did not serve until the end of his term because his life was killed by his colleague, Dan White. Even so, his struggles brought results that Americans can now feel.
The Times of Harvey Milk tells the story of Milk's struggle that helped lift the spirits of LGBT people in America, even though Milk died almost 40 years ago.
|Information||The Times of Harvey Milk|
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||8.3 (5.222)|
|Duration||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Genre||Documentary, Biography, History|
|Release Date||20 September 1985 (Finland)|
11. Miss Americana (2020)
Miss Americana is one of Netflix's best documentaries that tells about the twists and turns of Taylor Swift's life. In this film, you can see all of Taylor's struggles in her life.
Starting from his efforts to be himself without thinking about other people's opinions, to the hectic case involving Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
This documentary pegs the crisis of his life after the release of the 1989 album which continued until he released the album Reputation in 2017. Taylor Swift fans must watch this documentary!
|Reviews (Number of Reviewers)||7.4 (15,381)|
|Duration||1 hour 26 minutes|
|Release Date||January 31, 2020 (USA)|
This is an article about the 11 best documentaries of all time that have moved Jaka's heart and mind. Hopefully the list above can be a recommendation for those of you who are looking for the best movies to watch.
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