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The Best Documentaries About Health  

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List Rules Documentary films about health and healthy living.

This list of the best documentaries about health has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with independent films. What is the best documentary about health? Vote up the healthiest documentaries below.

As you vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about health comes out on top. If you do not see your favorite on the list, add it along with the titles below so that others may vote on it as well. This list currently includes titles such as Sicko, Killer at Large, and Out of Control.

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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Kurt Engfehr, Joe Cross
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 documentary film written and directed by Joe Cross and Kurt Engfehr.
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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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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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Carlo Ledesma, Laurentine ten Bosch, James Colquhoun
Hungry for Change is a 2012 documentary film directed by James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch and Carlo Ledesma.
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Carlo Ledesma, James Colquhoun
Food Matters is a 2008 documentary film about nutrition. The film presents the thesis that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, ...more
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Lee Fulkerson
Forks Over Knives is a 2011 American documentary film directed by American independent filmmaker Lee Fulkerson that advocates a low-fat whole-food, plant-based diet as a means of combating a ...more
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Steven Greenstreet
Obesity is fast becoming the single greatest killer of Americans, causing some experts to claim that we are on the cusp of an evolutionary disaster.Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona says, ...more
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The Beautiful Truth Steve Kroschel
Raised on a wildlife reserve in Alaska, 15-year-old Garrett was interested in the dietary habits of the farm animals. After the tragic death of his mother, Garrett's father decided to ...more
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Tom Naughton
Fat Head is a 2009 American documentary film directed by and starring Tom Naughton. The film seeks to refute both the documentary Super Size Me and the lipid hypothesis, a theory of nutrition ...more
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Steve Kroschel
The Gerson Miracle examines many of the elements of the Gerson Therapy, explaining why we are so ill and how we have in our grasp the power to recover our health without expensive, toxic or ...more
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Pepe Danquart, Werner Schweizer
Höllentour is a 2004 German film. The US release was titled Hell on Wheels. The film is a record of the 100th anniversary Tour de France in 2003 from the perspective of Germany's Team ...more
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Aaron Woolf
King Corn is a documentary film released in October 2007 that follows college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis as they move from Boston to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn. In ...more
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Dying to Have Known Steve Kroschel
In DYING TO HAVE KNOWN, filmmaker Steve Kroschel went on a 52-day journey to find evidence to the effectiveness of the Gerson Therapy - a long-suppressed natural cancer cure. His travels take ...more
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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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Hannes Stöhr
Berlin Calling is a 2008 drama film directed by Hannes Stöhr.
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David France
How to Survive a Plague is a 2012 historical news documentary film written by David France, Todd Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk and directed by David France.
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Andy Abrahams Wilson
A dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money, this eye-opening new film investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic larger than AIDS. Each year thousands go ...more
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Susan Froemke, Matthew Heineman
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare is a 2012 documentary film directed by Susan Frömke and Matthew Heineman.
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Ben Selkow
A Summer in the Cage is a 2007 documentary film about a man's experiences with bipolar disorder. The film follows the filmmaker's friend Sam and features an interview with mental health scholar ...more
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Rob Klug
Unstrung exposes the dramas of the juniors tennis world, hitting the road with a handful of teenage competitors as they head for the national championship.
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Yoga, Inc.
Yoga has transformed from an ancient spiritual practice into a competitive, commercialized, multi-million dollar industry. And for a practice rooted in renunciation, yoga sure is making some ...more
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Judd Ehrlich
The story of how one immigrant's determination and sweat created the most significant running event in the world. Run for Your Life touches the heart and soul of anyone who has a passion for ...more
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Stephen Auerbach
Bicycle Dreams is a 2009 documentary film by director Stephen Auerbach about the Race Across America, a 3000-mile cross-country bicycle race. The film has won numerous film festival awards and ...more
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David E. Simpson
It is America of the 1950s and 1960s, when a woman's most important contribution to society is generally considered to be her ability to raise happy, well-adjusted children. But for the mother ...more
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Loving Lampposts Todd Drezner
As autism has exploded into the public consciousness over the last 20 years, two opposing questions have been asked about the condition fueling the debate: is it a devastating sickness to be ...more