1960s Documentary Movies

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Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back(1967)

| 1h 36min | Documentary, Music
3.8/5 (with 51 votes)

In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Bob Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price.

Directed by D. A. Pennebaker - With Bob Dylan, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez, Alan Price, Tito Burns, Donovan, ...

Phantom India(1969)

6h 3min per episode | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)

Louis Malle called his gorgeous and groundbreaking PHANTOM INDIA the most personal film of his career. This extraordinary journey to India, originally shown as a miniseries on European television, is infused with his sense of discovery, as well as occasional outrage, intrigue, and joy.

Directed by Louis Malle

Love Meetings(1965)

1h 32min | Documentary
4.2/5 (with 83 votes)

Microphone in hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini asks Italians to talk about sex, apparently their least favorite subject: he asks children if they know where do babies come from, asks old and young women about gender equality, and asks both genders if a woman's virginity still matters, how do they view homosexuals, if sex and honor are related, if divorce should be legal, if they support the recent abolition of brothels, etc. He interviews workers, intellectuals, students, rural farmers, the bourgeoisie, and other different people, painting a vivid portrait of Italy in the years of the Economic Boom, suspended between modernity and tradition.

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vincenzo Cerami - With Camilla Cederna, Lello Bersani, Alberto Moravia, Oriana Fallaci, Adele Cambria, Cesare Musatti, ...

The House Is Black(1963)

20min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 37 votes)

Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Titicut Follies(1967)

| 1h 24min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 38 votes)

The film is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.

Directed by Frederick Wiseman

The Royal Family(2019-)

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The Sorrow and the Pity(1969)

4h 11min | Documentary, History, War
3.8/5 (with 20 votes)

From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand. They comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, "The Collapse," includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, "The Choice," is an interview with Christian de la Mazière, one of 7,000 French youth to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms.

Directed by Marcel Ophuls - With Anthony Eden, Christian de la Mazière, Denis Rake, Edward Spears, Émile Coulaudon, Emmanuel d'Astier de La Vigerie, ...

Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz(2018-)

50min per episode

Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz is a documentary about the creator of the Peanuts series, Charles Schulz. The special first aired on the CBS television network on May 22, 1969. It features many different segments, including footage from the first Peanuts feature length film, A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

Directed by Bill Melendez

Mondo Cane(1962)

1h 45min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 23 votes)

A documentary consisting of a series of travelogue vignettes providing glimpses into cultural practices throughout the world intended to shock or surprise, including an insect banquet and a memorable look at a practicing South Pacific cargo cult.

Monterey Pop(1968)

| 1h 20min | Documentary, Music
3.8/5 (with 27 votes)

Featuring performances by popular artists of the 1960s, this concert film highlights the music of the 1967 California festival. Although not all musicians who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival are on film, some of the notable acts include the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Otis Redding, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix's post-performance antics -- lighting a guitar on fire, breaking it and tossing a part into the audience -- are captured.

Chronicle of a Summer(1961)

1h 27min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 29 votes)

Paris, summer of 1960. Anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, along with sociologist and film critic Edgar Morin, both assisted by Marceline and Nadine, roam the crowded streets asking ordinary people how they deal with the misfortunes of life. Are you happy? But their real purpose is to find out if people can speak sincerely in front of a camera and how they react when they are later invited to analyze the meaning of their answers.

Directed by Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin - With Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Régis Debray


| 1h 30min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 26 votes)

This documentary from Albert and David Maysles follows the bitter rivalry of four door-to-door salesmen working for the Mid-American Bible Company: Paul "The Badger" Brennan, Charles "The Gipper" McDevitt, James "The Rabbit" Baker and Raymond "The Bull" Martos. Times are tough for this hard-living quartet, who spend their days traveling through small-town America, trying their best to peddle gold-leaf Bibles to an apathetic crowd of lower-middle-class housewives and elderly couples.

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The Perfect Human(1968)

13min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 18 votes)

An elegant and humorous film—in the guise of a serious anthropological treatise—spotlights "The Perfect Human," a model of the modern Dane created by our wishful thinking.

Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution(1967)

In this CBS News report, Leonard Bernstein examines creativity in pop music of the mid 1960s. This is probably one of the first examples of pop music being examined as a "serious" art form.

Directed by David Oppenheim

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One(1968)

| 1h 15min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 13 votes)

In Manhattan's Central Park, a film crew directed by William Greaves is shooting a screen test with various pairs of actors. It's a confrontation between a couple: he demands to know what's wrong, she challenges his sexual orientation. Cameras shoot the exchange, and another camera records Greaves and his crew. Sometimes we watch the crew discussing this scene, its language, and the process of making a movie. Is there such a thing as natural language? Are all things related to sex? The camera records distractions - a woman rides horseback past them; a garrulous homeless vet who sleeps in the park chats them up. What's the nature of making a movie?

Directed by William Greaves - With Don Fellows


3.3/5 (with 12 votes)

Primary is a documentary film about the primary elections between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey in 1960. Primary is the first documentary to use light equipment in order to follow their subjects in a more intimate filmmaking style. This unconventional way of filming created a new look for documentary films where the camera’s lens was right in the middle of what ever drama was occuring.

The Lovely Month of May(1963)

2h 45min | Documentary
4.3/5 (with 13 votes)

Candid interviews of ordinary people on the meaning of happiness, an often amorphous and inarticulable notion that evokes more basic and fundamentally egalitarian ideals of self-betterment, prosperity, tolerance, economic opportunity, and freedom.

Directed by Chris Marker

The Laughing Man(1966)

1h 6min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

An interview with former Nazi and mercenary Siegfried Müller about his life and war campaigns in Africa.

The Exiles(1961)

1h 12min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 11 votes)

The story of one wild but typical night in the lives of three young American Indians who have left their reservations to live in downtown Los Angeles.

Directed by Kent Mackenzie

Black Panthers(1968)

28min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 20 votes)

A film shot during the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California around the meetings organised by the Black Panthers Party to free Huey Newton, one of their leaders, and to turn his trial into a political debate. They tried and succeeded in catching America’s attention.

Directed by Agnès Varda

They Call Us Misfits(1968)

1h 40min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

A documentary film depicting a group of young boys from Stockholm which live on the outskirts of society. The film is the first part of a trilogy.

Directed by Stefan Jarl - With Kenta

Tokyo Olympiad(1965)

2h 50min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 13 votes)

This impressionistic portrait of the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics pays as much attention to the crowds and workers as it does to the actual competitive events. Highlights include an epic pole-vaulting match between West Germany and America, and the final marathon race through Tokyo's streets. Two athletes are highlighted: Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, who receives his second gold medal, and runner Ahamed Isa from Chad, representing a country younger than he is.

Directed by Kon Ichikawa - With Nando Martellini, Abebe Bikila, Hirohito

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment(1963)

52min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

During a two-day period before and after the University of Alabama integration crisis, the film uses five camera crews to follow President John F. Kennedy, attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, Alabama governor George Wallace, deputy attorney general Nicholas Katzenbach and the students Vivian Malone and James Hood. As Wallace has promised to personally block the two black students from enrolling in the university, the JFK administration discusses the best way to react to it, without rousing the crowd or making Wallace a martyr for the segregationist cause.

Directed by Robert Drew - With John F. Kennedy, George Wallace, Robert F. Kennedy, Vivian Malone Jones, James Hood, Nicholas Katzenbach, ...


1h 41min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 7 votes)

This ground-breaking cinema véritè classic documents five weeks in the lives of twelve children in a home for emotionally disturbed children. It is the first in the form that King later described as actuality drama. All the action is spontaneous and undirected, with neither interviews nor narration. The theme is the outrage of life. The children asked the filmmakers, Why is it that whenever pictures of us are put in the papers, our faces are blacked out. What is so awful about us that we cant be seen? They wanted to be filmed so that they could be seen.

Directed by Allan King

Brutality in Stone(1961)

3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

In his experimental short film "Brutalität in Stein" (Brutality in Stone), Alexander Kluge demonstrates how Nazi architecture used dimensions of inhuman and super-human scale to bolster the regime's politics of the same kind. Shots of huge neo-classical architectural structures from the Nazi period are confronted with equally anti-human national-socialist language as a voice-over.

Portrait of Jason(1967)

1h 45min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 11 votes)

Interview with Jason Holliday aka Aaron Payne. House-boy, would-be cabaret performer, and self-proclaimed hustler giving one man's gin-soaked, pill-popped view of what it was like to be coloured and gay in 1960s Unites States.

Directed by Shirley Clarke - With Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee, Jason Holliday

Nikki, Wild Dog of the North(1961)

3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

A family film about Nikki, a half-wolf, half-dog raised in the Yukon during the gold rush era. After being separated from her master, Nikki must fend for herself amidst bears, the harsh Yukon weather, and a trapper who wants her skin.

Directed by Jack Couffer, Don Haldane - With Jean Coutu, Émile Genest, Robert Rivard

Our Trip to Africa(1966)

13min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 14 votes)

Kubelka was asked to do a documentation group of Europe's hunters in Africa, working on it for hours and do the editing very extreme so film live leaving only 12 1/2 minutes, Kubelka also did a revolution in sound synchronization in which he called the "sync events," and also done editing to create an illusion of continuity for a moment, one of the most important experiment film of all time.

Directed by Peter Kubelka


1h 37min | Documentary, Music
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

Black and white footage of performances, interviews, and conversations at the Newport Folk Festival, from 1963 to 1966. The headliners are Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan, who's acoustic and electric. Son House and Mike Bloomfield talk about the blues; John Hurt, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee show its range. The Osborne Brothers perform bluegrass. Donovan, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Mimi and Dick Farina, and others less well known also perform. Several talk musical philosophy, and there's a running commentary about the nature and appeal of folk music. The crowd looks clean cut.

Directed by Murray Lerner

Far from Vietnam(1967)

1h 55min | War, Documentary
3.6/5 (with 8 votes)

In seven different parts, Godard, Ivens, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais, and Varda show their sympathy for the North-Vietnamese army during the Vietnam War.

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