1985 Documentary Movies

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| 9h 26min | Documentary, History
4.2/5 (with 78 votes)

Various aspects of the Holocaust, as told entirely through interviews with survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis.

Directed by Claude Lanzmann - With Raul Hilberg, Claude Lanzmann, Jan Karski, Szymon Srebrnik, Mordechaï Podchlebnik, Rudolf Vrba, ...

A. K.(1985)

| 1h 15min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 15 votes)

In 1985, Chris Marker traveled to Japan to attend the filming of Ran, directed by Akira Kurosawa. Marker analyzes the progress of filming; the infinite patience of a team under the orders of a meticulous director down to the smallest detail; the antithetical mixture of the modern with the traditional; of the real with the fictitious; of life with cinema… and literature.


| 1h 32min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 30 votes)

German director Wim Wenders made this documentary in which he tries to explore the Tokyo that was depicted in the films of Yasujiro Ozu. When Wenders visits Tokyo for the first time, he finds a very different city, one with a booming fascination with technology that often clashes with the traditional elements of Japanese culture. Wenders also interviews Ozu's cinematographer, Yuharu Atsuta, and Chishu Ryu, an actor who frequently collaborated with Ozu.

That's Dancing!(1985)

| 1h 45min | Documentary, Music
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s.


3.5/5 (with 6 votes)

An entertaining documentary look at dinosaurs with Emmy Award-winning special effects, feature film clips and stills, commentary by leading paleontologists of the time, and an on camera as well as voice-over narrative by Christopher Reeve. Shot on location in Los Angeles and New York at the American Museum of Natural History.

Directed by Robert Guenette

The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal(1985)

1h 33min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Among the legends of Hollywood, George Pal takes his place as a true visionary, an innovator and a showman who profoundly shaped the art of motion pictures. A peer of Walt Disney, Pal pioneered stop motion animation and went on to virtually invent the modern science fiction and fantasy film genres. Pal's extraordinary genius molded a dazzling array of films, which earned an incredible total of eight Academy Awards and left a cinematic legacy that served as formative inspiration for the movies of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Gene Roddenberry.

Directed by Arnold Leibovit - With George Pal

The Dark Glow of the Mountain(1985)

45min | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 13 votes)

Werner Herzog follows mountaineers Hans Kammerlander and Reinhold Messner during their expedition into climbing the Gasherbrum mountains, which has some of the most difficult peaks to be conquered, and they'll do it without the use of oxygen tanks. Herzog also takes some time to hear about their past experiences with other mountains, their personal tragedies and the reasons why they are so involved with such activity.

Directed by Werner Herzog - With Reinhold Messner, Hans Kammerlander, Werner Herzog

B.B. King: Into the Night(1985)

4.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A short documentary about B.B. King and his time working on the score for the 1985 movie "Into the Night" starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Ornette: Made in America(1986)

1h 18min | Documentary, Music
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Shirley Clarke's frenetic documentary about multi-talented musician Ornette Coleman.

Pumping Iron II: The Women(1985)

1h 47min | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 4 votes)

PUMPING IRON II: THE WOMEN, a film that is changing the way the world views the female physique-creating "a new definition of the female form." Join four women as they prepare for the 1983 Caesars Palace World Cup Championship: the sultry and curvaceous Rachel McLish, the current champion; the almost manly, super-muscular Bev Francis, Rachel's toughest competition; and newcomers Lori Bowen and Carla Dunlap.

Directed by George Butler - With Bev Francis, Rachel McLish

16 Days of Glory(1986)

4h 44min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

The definitive photographic record of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, told "from the inside" through the lives of the participants, the words of David Perry, and the singing voice of Placido Domingo. From the opening to closing ceremonies, this unique style of storytelling shows a side of the Olympic Games not seen by television audiences.

Directed by Bud Greenspan - With Carl Lewis, Daley Thompson, Jürgen Hingsen, Mary Lou Retton, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Michael Gross, ...

The Dream Is Alive(1985)

37min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 4 votes)

The Dream Is Alive takes you into space alongside the astronauts on the space shuttle. Share with them the delights of zero gravity while working, eating and sleeping in orbit around the Earth. Float as never before over the towering Andes, the boot of Italy, Egypt and the Nile. Witness firsthand a tension-filled satellite capture and repair and the historic first spacewalk by an American woman.

Directed by Graeme Ferguson - With David Leestma
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The Statue of Liberty(1985)

3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Featuring rare archival photographs, paintings and drawings, readings from actual diaries, letters and newspapers of the day, the fascinating story of this universally admired monument is told. In interviews with Americans from all walks of life, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the late congresswoman Barbara Jordan and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, The Statue of Liberty examines the nature of liberty and the significance of the statue to American life. Nominated for both the Academy Award ® and the Emmy Award ®, The Statue of Liberty received the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle, the Christopher Award and the Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival.

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti(1985)

52min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

This intimate ethnographic study of Voudoun dances and rituals was shot by Maya Deren during her years in Haiti (1947-1951); she never edited the footage, so this “finished” version was made by Teiji Ito and Cherel Ito after Deren’s death.

Directed by Maya Deren


1h 35min | Drama, Documentary

When Anna, a twenty-eight-year-old photographer, is put in charge of a report on the restoration works at The Ostend Museum of Modern Art, she discovers by chance five paintings signed Constant Permeke, whose power and mystery move and fascinate her.She decides to embark on a quest to find out about who Permeke actually was, the places where he lived, how he worked, what experiences he went through.

Directed by Patrick Conrad, Henri Storck - With Henri Storck, Hugo Claus, Jan Decleir, Jean-Michel Arnold, Gert Portael

Final Offer(1985)

1h 19min | Documentary

The filmmakers were given remarkable freedom to record the historic 1984 contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Corporation. Bob White, labour leader of the Canadian branch of the UAW, must also confront his American counterpart from Detroit and succeeds in arriving at a contract that is significantly Canadian. His members had already given him a mandate to fight for independence from the American union. This is an invaluable document for anyone interested in the complexities of United States-Canada relations. It's an extraordinary film about revolutionary events.

Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson

Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate(1986)

1h 15min | Documentary
1.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A documentary following a sex surrogate and two of her clients.

Directed by Kirby Dick

What Sex Am I?(1985)

1.0/5 (with 1 vote)

"What Sex Am I?" follows a group of Transgender individuals struggling to make their way in every strata of 1980s America. From finding employment to finding acceptance, the first question the world forces them to ask is always, "What Sex Am I?".

Directed by Lee Grant

The Wizard of the Strings(1985)

27min | Documentary
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Profiles Roy Smeck, a former vaudeville star known as "The Wizard of the Strings" because of his virtuoso talents on the guitar, banjo, ukelele and Hawaiian guitar, and who is shown to be still active, in his mid-80s, teaching students and giving occasional public performances.

Directed by Peter Friedman

The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo(1985)

1h 4min | Documentary, History
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

1985 Argentine documentary film directed by Susana Blaustein Muñoz and Lourdes Portillo about the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

God's Country(1985)

1h 35min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 8 votes)

In 1979, Louis Malle traveled into the heart of Minnesota to capture the everyday lives of the men and women in a prosperous farming community. Six years later, during Ronald Reagan's second term, he returned to find drastic economic decline. Free of stereotypes about America's "heartland," GOD'S COUNTRY, commissioned for American public television, is a stunning work of emotional and political clarity.

Directed by Louis Malle - With Louis Malle

Sting: Bring on the Night(1985)

1h 37min | Music, Documentary
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Bring on the Night is a 1985 documentary film, that focuses on the jazz-inspired project and band led by the British musician Sting during the early stages of his solo career. Some of the songs, whose recording sessions are featured in the film, appeared on his debut solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Each musician in the band through the course of the film is interviewed.

Directed by Michael Apted - With Sting, Omar Hakim, Darryl Jones, Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis

In the Name of the People(1985)

1h 13min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

In the Name of the People is a 1985 documentary film directed by Frank Christopher about the Salvadoran Civil War. The film follows four filmmakers who secretly entered El Salvador, marched with guerrillas across the country, and followed them into combat against government forces in San Salvador. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Directed by Frank Christopher

Divine Waters(1985)

1h 50min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

This documentary focuses on the careers of influential partners in trash film, John Waters and Divine. The film includes interviews with Waters' parents and sister, actress Edith Massey sings two songs (Punks, Get off the Grass and Fever), as well as a live performance of Divine performing his song Born to be Cheap.

Directed by Vito Zagarrio - With Divine

Horowitz: The Last Romantic(1985)

1h 28min | Music, Documentary

A stimulating study which features concert footage and interviews with the master pianist. Includes many of his favorite pieces.

Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles - With Vladimir Horowitz, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz

The Tale of the Wonderful Potato(1985)

The history of the potato through the ages—with a focus on European history and a twinkle in its eye.

Directed by Anders Sørensen

Soldiers in Hiding(1984)

53min | Documentary, War
3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

A portrait of several Vietnam War veterans living "off the grid." Upon returning home from the war, these men found themselves unable to exist in normal society due to the lasting psychological scars from Vietnam, and, subsequently, chose to live a life of solitude and survival in the American wilderness.

Directed by Malcolm Clarke

Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age(1984)

3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

All interviews in this documentary were shot over a long weekend at a 1984 hacker conference by the Whole Earth Catalog editors Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelley in Sausalito, California. The event itself (the hacker conference) was inspired by Steven Levy's classic book "Hackers - Heroes of the Computer Revolution".

Directed by Fabrice Florin - With Steven Levy, Steve Wozniak, Richard Stallman, Andy Hertzfeld, Lee Felsenstein, Bill Atkinson, ...

Shocking Asia II: The Last Taboos(1985)

1h 31min | Documentary
2.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Venture, if you dare into the alluring mysteries of the Far East where centures-old traditions remain shrouded in superstition and fear. Bizarre rituals and unbridled morals walk hand in hand and unbelievable and shocking truths lie in wait for the unsuspecting. See the merciless therapies of the Brown Monks, learn the truth about the Phillipine faith healers, witness the 1001 wanton and exotic pleasures of Asia's nightlife and visit the City of the Dead with its secretive spiritual cults.

Directed by Rolf Olsen - With Rolf Olsen

My Kingdom For...(1985)

1h 25min | Documentary

When Robert and Rosemarie Stack (Robert starred in Boetticher's "The Bullfighter and the Lady") visit Mary and Budd Boetticher to attend the Boettichers' showing of their exquisite Portuguese Lusitano and Spanish Andalusian horses, Budd Boetticher takes the opportunity to narrate the proud history of these outstanding horses and their centrality to the development of the "rejoneador" (a bullfighter on horseback) and the kind of demanding training necessary to bring both horses and riders to performance perfection.

Directed by Budd Boetticher
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