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The Best Documentaries About Business

Updated August 13, 2021 986 votes 145 voters 23.5k views44 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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  • 1

    Inside Job

    Matt Damon
    27
    7

    Released2010

    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
  • 2

    Roger & Me

    Guy Williams, Correy Lennox
    26
    10

    Released1989

    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
  • 3

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

    Peter Coyote, Gary Davis
    35
    23

    Released2005

    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
  • 4

    Outfoxed

    Rupert Murdoch, Douglas Cheek
    19
    7

    Released2004

    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
  • 5

    Our Brand Is Crisis

    James Carville
    14
    3

    Released2006

    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
  • 6

    Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

    James Cromwell, Frances Fisher
    26
    23

    Released2005

    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
  • 7

    Craigslist Joe

    357 Magnumm
    11
    4

    Released2012

    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
  • 8
    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
  • 9
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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
  • 10

    Pirates of Silicon Valley

    Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle
    20
    20

    Released1999

    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
  • 11
    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
  • 12

    Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

    Vivienne Westwood, Pamela Anderson
    9
    6

    Released2018

    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
  • 13

    Man on Wire

    Paul McGill, Robert Sciglimpaglia
    12
    11

    Released2008

    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
  • 14

    Some Kind of Monster

    James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett
    7
    4

    Released2004

    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
  • 15

    Pig Business

    6
    4
    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
  • 16

    Secret Billionaire: the Chuck Feeney Story

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    12
  • 17
    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
  • 18

    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

    Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
    20
    23

    Released2011

    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
  • 19
    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
  • 20

    Freakonomics

    Adesuwa Addy Iyare, Kahiry Bess
    10
    10

    Released2010

    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
  • 21
    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
  • 22
    The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is a 2011 documentary film directed by Morgan Spurlock and written by Jeremy Chilnick and Morgan Spurlock. "Acclaimed filmmaker and master provocateur Morgan Spurlock...  more
  • 23

    Ahead of the Curve

    Franco Stevens, Melissa Etheridge
    8
    2

    Released2021

    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
  • 24
    Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 documentary film by Canadian filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot. The film documents the struggles of independent game developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy...  more
  • 25

    The Great Hack

    Carole Cadwalladr, David Carroll
    6
    0

    Released2019

    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