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The Best Documentaries About Business

Updated August 13, 2021 994 votes 145 voters 23.6k views45 items

List RulesDocumentary films about business and the corporate world.

This list is of the best business documentaries has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with a lot of independent films. What is the best documentary about business? Vote for your favorites on the list or add a great business documentary that isn't already on the list.

As you vote, the order of the list will change to see which documentary about business comes out on top. This list currently includes titles such as, E-Dreams, The War Room, and Secret Billionaire: The Chuck Feeney Story.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate viewers. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.

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    Matt Damon


    Directed byCharles Ferguson

    Inside Job is a 2010 American documentary film, directed by Charles Ferguson, about the late-2000s financial crisis. Ferguson, who began researching in 2008, says the film is about "the systemic  ...more
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    Guy Williams, Correy Lennox


    Directed byMichael Moore

    Roger & Me is a 1989 American documentary film directed by Michael Moore. Moore portrays the regional negative economic impact of General Motors CEO Roger Smith's summary action of closing several  ...more
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    Peter Coyote, Gary Davis


    Directed byAlex Gibney

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a 2005 documentary film based on the best-selling 2003 book of the same name by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, a study of one of the  ...more
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    Sicko is a 2007 documentary film by American filmmaker Michael Moore. The film investigates health care in the United States, focusing on its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. The  ...more
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    Rupert Murdoch, Douglas Cheek


    Directed byRobert Greenwald

    Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a 2004 documentary film by filmmaker Robert Greenwald that says the Fox News Channel, and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, use the channel to promote and  ...more
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    James Carville


    Directed byRachel Boynton

    Our Brand Is Crisis is a 2005 documentary film by Rachel Boynton on American political campaign marketing tactics by Greenberg Carville Shrum in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. The election  ...more
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    James Cromwell, Frances Fisher


    Directed byRobert Greenwald

    Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is a 2005 documentary film by director Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films. The film presents a negative picture of Wal-Mart's business practices through  ...more
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    Shannon Walsh, Julien Goetz


    Directed byShannon Walsh

    The Gig Is Up is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Shannon Walsh. App developers lured a massive labor force by promising flexible hours with no offices or bosses-but with gig workers from  ...more
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    Kristos Andrews, Joseph Garner


    Directed byJoseph Garner

    Craigslist Joe is a 2012 documentary film that follows Joseph Garner for a month of travel across the United States, solely supporting himself via contacting people on the website Craigslist. He  ...more
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    The Queen of Versailles is a 2012 American documentary film by Lauren Greenfield. The film depicts Jackie Siegel and David Siegel, owners of Westgate Resorts, and their family as they build their  ...more

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    Franco Stevens, Melissa Etheridge


    Directed byJen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow

    Ahead of the Curve is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow. With a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track, and chutzpah for days, Franco  ...more
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    Carole Cadwalladr, David Carroll


    Directed byKarim Amer, Jehane Noujaim

    The Great Hack is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim. The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the eyes of several involved persons.  ...more
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    Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle


    Directed byMartyn Burke

    Pirates of Silicon Valley is a 1999 original TNT film directed by Martyn Burke. It stars Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. Spanning the years 1971–1997, the film is  ...more
  • 14
    Alexander McQueen, Gary James McQueen


    Directed byIan Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui

    McQueen is a 2018 documentary film directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of  ...more
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    How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same as ever — a tomato still looks like a tomato — it has been radically  ...more
  • 16
    Vivienne Westwood, Pamela Anderson


    Directed byLorna Tucker

    Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is a 2018 documentary film directed by Lorna Tucker. A profile of punk fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her  ...more
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    James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett


    Directed byJoe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

    Some Kind of Monster is a 2004 documentary film featuring the American heavy metal band Metallica. It shares its name with the song "Some Kind of Monster" from Metallica's 2003 album St. Anger. The  ...more

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    Paul McGill, Robert Sciglimpaglia


    Directed byJames Marsh

    Man on Wire is a 2008 British documentary film directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center. It is based  ...more
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    Pig Business is a 2009 film by Tracy Worcester, a former actress and now an environmental campaigner. It is a feature documentary exposing the huge hidden costs behind the pork and processed meat  ...more
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    Revenge of the Electric Car is a 2011 feature documentary film by Chris Paine, who also directed Who Killed the Electric Car?. The documentary, executive produced by Stefano Durdic, and produced by  ...more
  • 22
    Transcendent Man is a 2009 documentary film by American filmmaker Barry Ptolemy about inventor, futurist and author Ray Kurzweil and his predictions about the future of technology in his 2005 book,  ...more
  • 23
    Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono


    Directed byDavid Gelb

    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a a 2011 documentary film directed by David Gelb. "An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, paying  ...more
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    Adesuwa Addy Iyare, Kahiry Bess


    Directed byMorgan Spurlock, Eugene Jarecki, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing

    Freakonomics: The Movie is a 2010 American documentary film based on the book Freakonomics by economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner. The film had its premiere at the Tribeca Film  ...more
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    Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? is a 2006 documentary film written by Matt Coen, Mike Kime and Frank Popper and directed by Frank Popper.  ...more