If you’re looking for the top documentary films of all time, you’ve come to the right place Supernets. The list we’ve compiled here includes some of the most critically acclaimed and highly watched movies ever. We’ve got everything from the Tinder Swindler to All the Beauty and the Bloodshed.
Apocalypse Now is a 1979 epic war film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Based on the 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, the film is set during the Vietnam War and focuses on a man who is on a secret mission to kill a powerful military man.
The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It also won two Oscars for cinematography and sound. Despite the controversy of its production, it is widely considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is a documentary about the life and times of photographer Nan Goldin. The film is not short on oomph and it is a worthy addition to any collection. A slew of screenings is scheduled to be held in several major cities in the coming months, so make sure to get your ticket in! The film will be released in select markets on November 23rd and December 2nd. You can read more about the film on the official website.
Bitterbrush is a documentary directed by Emelie Mahdavian that follows two young female range riders as they herd cattle in the American west. This is a cinema verite-style film that explores the hard work and camaraderie of range riding.
The cinematography of this film is impressive. It captures the beauty of the American West. Cinematographers Derek Howard and Alejandro Mejia create wide-screen, idyllic landscapes.
There’s a lot to like about this documentary. One of the highlights is its impressive use of Bach piano music. Another is its lyricism.
Downfall: The Case Against Boeing
Downfall: The Case Against Boeing is a documentary that examines the aircraft manufacturing giant’s history and a few blunders along the way. Taking a closer look at the 737 Max, Boeing’s latest iteration, the documentary reveals the company’s shortcomings in the safety, quality and design of their aircraft. In the midst of two back-to-back plane crashes, it was revealed that Boeing’s attention had shifted from ensuring safety to meeting the demands of the airlines and their passengers.
The film uses a mixture of archival footage and contemporary interviews to shed light on the company’s failures. One of the most prominent is a discussion of the company’s safety record and its tumultuous relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Another revelation involves Boeing’s apathy to flight simulator training and the ensuing fallout.
The Tinder Swindler
The Tinder Swindler is the latest true crime documentary from Netflix. It’s a tale of an Israeli fugitive and a group of women who were all victims of his dating app scam. They must reunite to fight off the swindler and recover millions of dollars.
Using psychological tactics to lure women, the swindler posed as an heir to the diamond tycoon Lev Leviev. He matched with women on dating apps like Tinder and set up lines of credit in their names. His fake identity was so convincing that it led to multiple women being swindled out of their hard-earned cash.
Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip is a documentary film that is based on a book by Michael Lesy. It focuses on the town of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in the final decade of the 19th century. The town is stricken by an unusual malaise and seems to be gripped by a peculiar menace.
The book and the film focus on several tragic incidents of violence in Black River Falls. These include suicides, murders, and famine. But the main focus of the film is the town itself, and the human condition.
The Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer is a serial killer who operated in Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He murdered 37 people, and his identity has remained a mystery for decades.
The Zodiac Killer’s case inspired a plethora of films, TV shows, and books. In 2007, filmmaker David Fincher adapted Robert Graysmith’s book into a movie. Several documentaries have also been produced in hopes of solving the case.
A new docu-series is airing on FX based on the New York Times best-selling book. The four-part series will air in 2020.
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
The Cave of Forgotten Dreams is not just a gimmick it’s an illuminating experience to boot. Its sheer girth makes it an ideal canvas for an epic display of intricacy. Not surprisingly, Herzog takes an all hands on deck approach to the project. Luckily for him, he had a few friends along for the ride. Those friends include Werner Herzog and his longtime collaborator, Ernst Reijseger. In addition to the mantle of steward, Herzog has an impressive tally of nine trophies to his name.