Top 10 Documentary Films

Documentaries are like a looking glass into the world’s previous history and current history in the making. Here is my personal list of my top ten favourite documentaries which includes the rotten tomatoes scores.

  1. The White Helmets (2016) 100% – This film spotlights the group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as The White Helmets. These rescue workers are first on the scene when regime and coalition airstrikes hit.
  2. City of Ghosts (2017) 99% – This film follows a group of people who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. They document and publish to the world, the atrocities committed under the rule of the Islamic State in the city of Raqqa, Syria.
  3. The Cove (2009) 94% – This documentary follows Ric O’Barry and a group of activists as they uncover the brutal capture and killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
  4. Newtown (2016) 93% – These filmmakers follow the traumatized small town of Newtown, Connecticut, after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooting left 27 dead, mostly children. Uncovering the long, daunting road to recovery with no end in sight, this film is very sad but necessary to watch.
  5. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) 91% – Interviews with the family, friends and colleagues that James Foley, an American hostage held by ISIS, left behind. They provide a detailed account of his time in captivity and the final moments of his life the whole world witnessed.
  6. PBS A Year in Space (2016) No RT Score Recorded – If you want to know where the future is heading, look to the sky. This film follows American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko during their record-breaking year in space. Pioneering long term human space travel, Kelly and Kornienko spent a year on the International Space Station, examining the effects on the human body, mind and spirit while also focusing on sustainability.
  7. Cartel Land (2015) 89% – This documentary tells a story that needs to be told. Something the media refuses or is afraid to cover. Following Tim Foley, leader of the Arizona Border Recon and Dr. Jose Mireles, the ex leader of the Autodefensas, during the never-ending Drug War in Mexico and the border of the United States of America.
  8. The Seven Five (2015) 85% – Based in 1980’s Brooklyn, New York, when the city was suffering from a crack epidemic. This film follows corrupt cop, Michael Dowd and story of how he faced justice.
  9. Before the Flood (2016) 71% – Leonardo DiCaprio travels the world discovering the seen and unseen impact of manmade global warming.
  10. Cocaine Cowboys (2006) 69% – This film centers in on the drug war in the 70’s and 80’s and the transformation of the quiet city of Miami to a cocaine epicentre, which breed violence, extortion and addictions nation-wide.

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