Best Documentaries 2017 Movies

Wormwood

Wormwood

Wormwood
IMDb: 7.0
256

In this genre-bending tale, Errol Morris explores the mysterious death of a U.S. scientist entangled in a secret Cold War program known as MK-Ultra.

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
IMDb: 7.4
197 min

A documentary about how a dominant cultural and demographic institution both sustains their traditional activities and adapts to the digital revolution.

One of Us

One of Us

One of Us
IMDb: 7.1
95 min

Penetrating the insular world of New York\'s Hasidic community, focusing on three individuals driven to break away despite threats of retaliation.

Spettacolo

Spettacolo

Spettacolo
IMDb: 6.6
89 min

Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and residents of all ages played a part – the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s 50th–anniversary performance just might be its last. SPETTACOLO tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
IMDb: 7.2
105 min

Describing herself as a \'street queen,\' Johnson was a legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto and a tireless voice for LGBT pride since the days of Stonewall, who along with fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera, founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), a trans activist group based in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Her death in 1992 was declared a suicide by the NYPD, but friends never accepted that version of events. Structured as a whodunit, with activist Victoria Cruz cast as detective and audience surrogate, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson celebrates the lasting political legacy of Johnson, while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death.

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts
IMDb: 7.4
90 min

With unprecedented access, this documentary follows the extraordinary journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—a group of anonymous citizen journalists who banded together after their homeland was overtaken by ISIS—as they risk their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

Visages villages

Visages villages

Visages villages
IMDb: 7.9
89 min

Director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

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Dawson City: Frozen Time

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Dawson City: Frozen Time
IMDb: 7.5
120 min

The true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, in Dawson City, located about 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

I Called Him Morgan

I Called Him Morgan

I Called Him Morgan
IMDb: 7.3
91 min

Part jazz history, part true-crime tale, Kasper Collin’s new documentary employs extensive archival footage and new interviews to tell the tragic story of the magnificently talented trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who murdered him in a New York bar in 1972.

Rat Film

Rat Film

Rat Film
IMDb: 6.6
82

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them--to explore the history of Baltimore.