Health 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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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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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 Supersize She is a 2005 television documentary focused on British professional female bodybuilder Joanna Thomas. The title was a take-off on the success of the film Super Size Me. The one-hour ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hannes Stöhr Berlin Calling is a 2008 drama film directed by Hannes Stöhr.

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crazy Sexy Cancer Kris Carr Crazy Sexy Cancer is a documentary film created by actress/photographer Kris Carr. The film premiered on March 11, 2007, at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and had its US television ...more

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Peter Nicks The Waiting Room is a 2012 documentary film and social media project directed by Peter Nicks that follows the life and times of patients, doctors, and staff at Highland Hospital, a safety-net ...more

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Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Aiyana Elliott Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is a 2009 American independent documentary film which examines the effect of a raw food diet on diabetes.

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Gregg Marks May I Be Frank is a documentary biographical comedy film directed by Gregg Marks.

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Hood to Coast Christoph Baaden, Marcie Hume Hood to Coast is a 2011 documentary film directed by Christoph Baaden and Marcie Hume.

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Jon Dunham Spirit of the Marathon is a 2007 documentary film directed by Jon Dunham. The film chronicles the journey six marathon runners experience while training and competing in the 2005 Chicago ...more

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Robert Fiore, George Butler Pumping Iron is a 1977 docudrama about the world of bodybuilding, focusing on the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions. Inspired by a book of the same name by Charles Gaines and ...more

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The Sharp End

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Kate Churchill Kate Churchill is a filmmaker and a dedicated yoga practitioner who insists that yoga can transform anyone. Her plan: select a subject, immerse him in yoga and follow him until he finds a yoga ...more

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Christopher Bell Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a 2008 documentary film directed by Christopher Bell, about the use of anabolic steroids as performance-enhancing drugs in the United States and how this practice ...more