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The Best Documentaries About Business 

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Updated October 26, 2019 557 votes 136 voters 22.2k views 50 items

List Rules Documentary 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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Peter Coyote, Gary Davis, Jeffrey Skilling

Released: 2005

Directed by: Alex 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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Matt Damon

Released: 2010

Directed by: Charles 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 ...more
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Released: 2008

Directed by: Robert Kenner

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 ...more
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Released: 2011

Directed by: David 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, ...more
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Released: 2005

Directed by: Morgan Spurlock, Mira King

Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only ...more

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Paul McGill, Robert Sciglimpaglia, Jr.

Released: 2008

Directed by: James 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 ...more

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Adesuwa Addy Iyare, Kahiry Bess, Greg Crowe

Released: 2010

Directed by: Morgan Spurlock, Eugene Jarecki, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, + more

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 ...more
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Guy Williams, Correy Lennox, Richard Earl Sawdon

Released: 1989

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines ...more
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Released: 2010

Directed by: Banksy

"In the late 1990s, a hybrid form of graffiti began appearing in cities around the world. Enlisting stickers, stencils, posters, and sculpture and spread by the burgeoning Internet, it ...more
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Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Moore

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. ...more
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James Cromwell, Frances Fisher

Released: 2005

Directed by: Robert 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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Rupert Murdoch, Douglas Cheek

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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James Carville

Released: 2006

Directed by: Rachel 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 ...more
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Lauren Greenfield

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 ...more

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Released: 2006

Directed by: James Scurlock

Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders is an independent feature-length documentary film and book that chronicles abusive practices in the credit card industry. ...more
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Pirates of Silicon Valley Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle, Melissa McBride

Released: 1999

Directed by: Martyn 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

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357 Magnumm

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joseph 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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e-Dreams

Released: 2001

Directed by: Wonsuk Chin

e-Dreams is a 2001 American documentary film directed by Wonsuk Chin portraying the rise and fall of Kozmo.com, an online convenience store that utilized bike messengers to deliver goods ordered ...more
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Vivienne Westwood

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lorna 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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Secret Billionaire: the Chuck Feeney Story

Released: 2009

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Joe 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 ...more

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Pig Business

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tracy Louise Ward

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 ...more
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Released: 2009

Directed by: Barry Ptolemy

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 ...more
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Frank Popper

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.