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The Best Documentaries About Immigration

Updated October 9, 2019 579 votes 154 voters 23.4k views37 items

List RulesDocumentaries about immigration and immigrants.

This list of the best documentary about immigration has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with independent films. What is the best documentary about Immigration? Vote up the docs you thought were the best when it comes to the subject of immigration.

As you vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about immigration 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.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate those watching the film. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.
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    The Other Side of Immigration is a 2010 documentary film directed by Roy Germano that explores...  more
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    The New Americans

    The New Americans is a seven-hour American documentary, produced by Kartemquin Films, that was...  more
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    The Undocumented is a 90-minute documentary film from director Marco Williams, which...  more
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    Which Way Home is a 2009 film directed by Rebecca Cammisa. "As the United States continues to...  more
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    And the Pursuit of Happiness is a 1986 documentary film directed by Louis Malle about the...  more
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    The State of Arizona

    The State of Arizona is a documentary film directed by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini....
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    Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey

    Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey is a 1981 American documentary film about the Mariel...  more
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    90 Miles

    90 Miles is a 2001 documentary film written and directed by Juan Carlos Zaldívar. The film is...  more
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    De Nadie

    De Nadie is a documentary by Mexican filmmaker Tin Dirdamal on the impoverished Central...  more
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    Third World California

    Third World California is a 2006 documentary film by Otavio Juliano. It depicts the...  more
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    Mojados: Through the Night is a 2004 documentary film directed by Tommy Davis. The film...  more
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    Do You Speak American? is a documentary film and accompanying book about journalist Robert...  more
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    Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration is a 2006 documentary film, written, produced...  more
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    Made in L.A. is a 2007 documentary film that tells the story of three Latina immigrants as...  more
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    Culture Clash in AmeriCCa

    Culture Clash in AmeriCCa is a 2005 documentary film directed by Emilio Estevez. It is an...  more
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    Immigrant Nation! The Battle for the Dream

    Immigrant Nation! The Battle for the Dream is a 2010 feature documentary movie by Esaú...  more
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    Family Gathering

    Keith Hamilton Cobb
    Family Gathering is a 1988 American short documentary film by Lise Yasui, exploring three...  more
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    Well-Founded Fear is a 2000 documentary film from directors Shari Robertson and Michael...  more
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    New Year Baby

    New Year Baby is a 2006 documentary film that tells the story of a family that survived the...  more
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    Monkey Dance

    Monkey Dance is a 2004 documentary film by Julie Mallozzi, a filmmaker based in Boston. The...  more
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    Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese
    Italianamerican is a 1974 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring Scorsese's...  more
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    Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan
    Refugee is a 2000 Indian film written and directed by J. P. Dutta. The film marked the debuts...  more
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    Each year some 20,000 Chinese immigrants arrive in New York from Taiwan and Hong Kong. Though...  more
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    Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery is a 1998 American television series....  more