1990s Documentary Movies

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Hoop Dreams(1994)

| 2h 54min | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 107 votes)

Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years.

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills(1996)

2h 30min | Documentary, Crime
3.9/5 (with 59 votes)

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky - With West Memphis Three


1h 20min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 81 votes)

A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.

When We Were Kings(1996)

1h 29min | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 80 votes)

It's 1974. Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Foreman is ten years younger and the heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a willing backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire, and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set, including a musical festival featuring some of America's top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King.

My Best Fiend(1999)

1h 35min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 62 votes)

A film that describes the love-hate relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski, the deep trust between the director and the actor, and their independently and simultaneously hatched plans to murder one another.

Thomas Jefferson(1997)

1h 30min per episode | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

The complex life of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote that "all men are created equal" yet owned slaves, is recounted by master filmmaker Ken Burns in this probing documentary. Covering Jefferson's diplomatic work in France, his two presidential terms, his retirement at Monticello and more.

Looking for Richard(1996)

1h 52min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 51 votes)

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III.".

Paris Is Burning(1991)

| 1h 11min | Documentary
4.1/5 (with 175 votes)

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion "houses," from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women — including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza — PARIS IS BURNING brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

American Movie(1999)

| 1h 47min | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 85 votes)

American Movie is the story of filmmaker Mark Borchardt, his mission, and his dream. Spanning over two years of intense struggle with his film, his family, financial decline, and spiritual crisis, American Movie is a portrayal of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man's quest for the American Dream.

Directed by Chris Smith - With Mark Borchardt

Buena Vista Social Club(1999)

| 1h 45min | Documentary, Music
3.8/5 (with 108 votes)

In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.

A Brief History of Time(1991)

| 1h 20min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 44 votes)

The story of the extraordinary life of eminent scientist, Steven Hawking. As he goes through school, and despite being diagnosed with ALS, Hawking develops revolutionary theories about time, black holes, and the origin of the universe.

Directed by Errol Morris - With Stephen Hawking

Kurt & Courtney(1998)

| 1h 35min | Documentary, Music
3.1/5 (with 46 votes)

After rocker Kurt Cobain's death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going Courtney, dramatic, controlling, moving from groupie to star.

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| 1h 59min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 81 votes)

This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin', Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in the genesis of underground comix. Through interviews with his mother, two brothers, wife, and ex-girlfriends, as well as selections from his vast quantity of graphic art, we are treated to a darkly comic ride through one man's subconscious mind.

The Celluloid Closet(1996)

1h 42min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 33 votes)

This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed include secrecy – which initially defined homosexuality – as well as the demonization of the homosexual community with the advent of AIDS, and finally the shift toward acceptance and positivity in the modern era.


| 44min | Adventure, Documentary
3.3/5 (with 25 votes)

An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return to Base Camp. It also shows many of the challenges the group faced, including avalanches, lack of oxygen, treacherous ice walls, and a deadly blizzard.

Directed by Greg MacGillivray, David F. Breashears - With Liam Neeson, Beck Weathers, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Ed Viesturs, Araceli Segarra Roca

The Curse of the Dragon(1993)

1h 30min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 12 votes)

A 1993 documentary film about Bruce Lee. The film includes interviews from some of his fellow students and opponents who worked alongside him in his movies.

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies(1995)

3h 45min | Documentary
4.1/5 (with 42 votes)

Martin Scorsese celebrates American movies from the silent classics to the Hollywood of the seventies.

Beyond the Mat(1999)

| 1h 42min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 28 votes)

Beyond the Mat is a 1999 professional wrestling documentary, directed by Barry W. Blaustein. The movie focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts. The film heavily focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), often criticizing it and its chairman Vince McMahon. It also follows Extreme Championship Wrestling, it's rise in popularity, and many other independent wrestlers and organisations.

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media(1992)

2h 47min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 29 votes)

A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

Directed by Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick - With Noam Chomsky, Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick, Frits Bolkestein

Africa: The Serengeti(1994)

40min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

Africa the Serengeti takes you on an extraordinary journey to view a spectacle few humans have ever witnessed: The Great Migration. Journey with more than two million wildebeests, zebras and antelopes as in their annual 500 mile trek across the Serengeti plains.

Directed by George Casey


1h 14min | Music, Documentary
3.1/5 (with 13 votes)

Atlantis is more visual art than nature film and a 'must see' for any Luc Besson fan. The film captures the feel of what it's actually like to swim underwater better than any film I've ever seen, perfectly illustrating the form and texture of sea water. Beautiful. Highly recommended for anyone interested in visual arts or diving.

Directed by Luc Besson

Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet(1998)

1h per episode | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet is a 1998 three hour American PBS documentary film that explores the development of the Arpanet, the Internet, and the World Wide Web in the United States from 1969 to 1998. It was created during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. The documentary was written and hosted by Robert X. Cringely and is the sequel to the 1996 documentary, Triumph of the Nerds.

Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows(1998)

1h 33min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 19 votes)

This documentary follows superstar Bret Hart during his last year in the WWF. The film documents the tensions that resulted in The Montreal Screwjob, one of the most controversial events in the history of professional wrestling, in which Vince McMahon, Shawn Micheals, and others, legitimately conspired behind the scenes to go against the script and remove Bret Hart as champion.

The Big One(1997)

| 1h 31min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 30 votes)

The Big One is an investigative documentary from director Michael Moore who goes around the country asking why big American corporations produce their product abroad where labor is cheaper while so many Americans are unemployed, losing their jobs, and would happily be hired by such companies as Nike.

Directed by Michael Moore - With Michael Moore

Behind the Planet of the Apes(1998)

3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

Roddy McDowall takes you, film by film, from production meetings to make-up sessions, then right onto the movie set to see the actual filming of the science fiction masterpiece. The most comprehensive history of Planet of the Apes ever created, this fascinating 127-minute documentary explores one of the most imaginative and influential series in movie history.

That's Entertainment! III(1994)

3.6/5 (with 11 votes)

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.

My Voyage to Italy(1999)

4h 6min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 20 votes)

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Martin Scorsese

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview(2012)

1h 10min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 30 votes)

In a television interview filmed in 1995, Steve Jobs talks frankly about his early life, competition with Microsoft and his vision for the future, while he was running NeXT, the company he founded after leaving Apple.

One Day in September(1999)

| 1h 34min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 23 votes)

The full story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli revenge operation 'Wrath of God.' The 1972 Munich Olympics were interrupted by Palestinian terrorists taking Israeli athletes hostage. Besides footage taken at the time, we see interviews with the surviving terrorist, Jamal Al Gashey, and various officials detailing exactly how the police, lacking an anti-terrorist squad and turning down help from the Israelis, botched the operation.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald - With Michael Douglas, Gerald Seymour, Axel Springer, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Zvi Zamir, Esther Roth-Shahamorov, ...

Full Tilt Boogie(1997)

| 1h 37min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 19 votes)

A documentary about the production of From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and the people who made it.

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