Documentary The Best Documentaries About Porn  

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List Rules Upvote the most thoughtful and insightful documentaries about the adult entertainment industry.

The best documentaries about porn detail the human rights aspects and behind-the-scenes details of porn. Topics covered by the pornstar documentaries on this list include: how pornography affects viewers within the limbic region of the brain, pornography addiction in teenagers and adults, its influences on the sex trafficking trade, and the lives of porn stars and adult film actors. What are the best documentaries about pornography? The porn industry is one of the most prolific in the world, affecting people who work in film production, healthcare, DVD distribution, etc. Western culture in particular is highly influenced by pornography. In recent years, porn has become quite controversial the topic as issues of human rights around the world have come into focus. 
 
This movie list discusses the best documentary films about the porn industry, including: After Porn Ends, The Dark Side of Porn, Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered, Bettie Page Reveals All, and Inside Deep Throat. Vote up the ones you've seen that you would recommend to others - and please add any that are missing.

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Hot Girls Wanted is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Brian Gilmore added Rachel Bernard, Levi Cash, Brooklyn Daniels Hot Girls Wanted is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus that follows the lives of several 18- and 19-year-old pornographic actresses, while several woman are ...more

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9to5: Days in Porn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
This doc gets into the nuts and bolts of the adult entertainment industry. It takes a look at 10 different working members of the business and tracked them. It was mostly actors and production staffers who lived in the San Fernando Valley, and it took five years to make. 9 To 5 is a 2008 film directed by Jens Hoffmann.

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After Porn Ends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Similarly to other docs, this takes a look at the $6 billion biz. Lots of big names participated in this, including Asia Carrere, Mary Carey, Houston, John Leslie, Amber Lynn, and more.  After Porn Ends is a non-rated documentary movie exploring into the personal side of the six billion dollar a year pornography industry. Participants included Asia Carrera, Nina Hartley, Mary ...more

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The Dark Side of Porn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
The Dark Side of Porn Not just a clever name, this series takes a look at the underbelly of the porn culture. There are some pretty dark episodes here, like about HIV, death and BDSM. 

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Aroused is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
A film by photographher Deborah Anderson, this takes a look at 16 adult film actresses and their stories. 

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Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered Francis Hanly This goes behind the scenes of the legendary adult film and shows the logistics and marketing of the 1978 film. There are a bunch of interviews with stars about the biz of the 1970s, and the doc raises the question of what happened to starlet Bambi Woods. A search for the secrets behind the legendary porn movie Debbie Does Dallas, with the mysterious entrance and disappearance of the main star Bambi Woods. Featuring interviews with Robin Byrd, ...more

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The Price of Pleasure: Pornogr... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships If you were ever curious about the role in porn in pop culture, this documentary shows what happens when these two things mix.

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Diary of a Porn Virgin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Diary of a Porn Virgin As the title suggests, newcomers are the subject of this British documentary. The ins and outs of the newbie experience are outlined here. 

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Kink is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Produced by James Franco, the BDSM website Kink.com is the subject of this doc.  Kink is a 2013 American documentary, produced by James Franco about the BDSM website Kink.com.

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Thinking XXX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Here, we go behind the scenes of the making of photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's seminal book XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits. The doc shows Greenfield-Sanders as he shoots portraits of porn stars along with interviews with the subjects of the shoot. Thinking XXX is a 2004 documentary television film about the process photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders went through to create his book XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits.

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Inside Deep Throat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Gerard Damiano This 2005 documentary takes a look at one of the most famous (or infamous) adult films in history. It gives an inside glimpse behind the scenes, like what it took to get the film distributed, posters handed out along with a slew of archived footage of interviews. It's narrated by Dennis Hopper, which is pretty cool as well.  Inside Deep Throat is a 2005 American documentary film about the 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat and its effects on American society.

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X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Mo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Paul Fishbein added Chanel Preston, Nina Hartley, Skin Diamond

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Bettie Page Reveals All is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
This doc take a look at the life of Bettie Page, mostly analyzing her cultural significance and life history. It won the Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2013 Garden State Film Festival. Bettie Page Reveals All is a 2011 documentary film directed by Mark Mori, written by Mark Mori, and Doug Miller.

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Porn Star: The Legend of Ron J... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
The man, the myth, the legend. The name Ron Jeremy is as synonymous with the adult entertainment industry as any other. This doc shows how a kid in Queens became an international icon and a character unto himself.  The Legend of Ron Jeremy is a 2001 documentary, written and directed by Scott J. Gill, detailing the life of porn actor Ron Jeremy. The film alternates between clips of his performances in porn ...more

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Pornucopia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Pornucopia This was a documentary series put out by HBO based on California's adult entertainment industry. It features stars like Jenna Jameson, Katie Morgan, Dave Cummings and Evan Stone in interviews.

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Sex: The Annabel Chong Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Ron Jeremy, Al Goldstein, Seymore Butts This goes behind the scenes of the life of the adult entertainer who set a record for having the most sex in a single day (251 times with 69 men) - but the story turns when you learn that her sad past that involves (not surprisingly?) sexual abuse and emotional issues. Sex: The Annabel Chong Story is a 1999 documentary film directed, filmed, and produced by, Canada-based producer Gough Lewis. Edited by co-creator Kelly Morris. Vancouver, B.C. Producer Peter ...more

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Wadd: The Life & Times of John... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes Ron Jeremy, Paul Thomas Anderson, Larry Flynt This film takes a look at the life of one of the all-time legends of the industry. John Holmes's legacy is analyzed through various infamous incidents like the Wonderland murders as well as interviews with a number of his peers.  Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes is a 1998 documentary produced and directed by Cass Paley, about adult film icon John C. Holmes. It was the winner of Best Feature Documentary at the ...more

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The Naked Feminist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
The Naked Feminist A doc about sex-positive women who work in adult entertainment. In a shade under an hour, the theme of empowering women is explored through interviews with stars like Marilyn Chambers, Christi Lake, and Ginger Lynn Allen. The Naked Feminist is a 2004 documentary film about sex-positive feminist women working in the American pornography industry. It is the debut work of Australian film maker Louisa Achille and ...more

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A History of the Blue Movie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Candy Barr If you've ever wanted to see some of the oldest adult films known, check out this documentary that attempts to unearth movies from 1870-1915. If you're into vintage, check this out. A History of the Blue Movie is a 1970 Graffiti Productions/Sherpix, Inc. documentary pornographic movie. Directed by Alex de Renzy, this compilation of early shorts combines blue movies, dating ...more

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Perversion for Profit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Damian O'Flynn One of the first anti-porn documentaries, this reflects the conservative point of views in the 1960s that says pornography erodes the culture of the youth of America. We know how that turned out, now don't we?
 
Perversion for Profit is a 1965 propaganda film financed by Charles Keating and narrated by news reporter George Putnam. The film argues that sexually explicit materials corrupt young viewers ...more

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Graphic Sexual Horror is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, Cyd Black This is a documentary that examines Insex, a bondage website. The film won a slew of awards, including:
Best Documentary at the 2009 CineKink Film Festival,
Official Selection at the 2009 Calgary Underground Film Festival
Official Selection at the HotDocs Film Festival
Official Selection at the 2009 Buenos Aires Film Festival 
Official Selection at the 2009 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal
Official Selection at the 2009 Athens International Film Festival in Greece
Graphic Sexual Horror is a 2009 independent film written and directed by Anna Lorentzon and Barbara Bell in their directorial debut. The film is a documentary about Insex, a bondage website. ...more

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Not a Love Story: A Film About... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
The title of this documentary isn't misleading. In fact, it ended up being banned in Ontario because of its content. Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography is a documentary about the pornography industry. It was directed by Bonnie Sherr Klein in 1981, and released in 1982. It remains one of the landmark ...more

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Inside Lara Roxx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Inside Lara Roxx Lara Roxx Not quite Inside Llewyn Davis, this doc looks at Lara Roxx, who moved from Montreal to Los Angeles to seek porn stardom. What she got instead was HIV, which she contracted from a porn star who didn't report his ailment. It's a pretty gripping look at the other sie of the biz. Inside Lara Roxx is a 2011 EyeSteelFilm Canadian documentary film by Canadian film director Mia Donovan. It covers the circumstances the 21-year-old Canadian woman Lara Roxx who in the Spring of ...more

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Sagat: The Documentary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Sagat: The Documentary Fran├žois Sagat This looks at gay French porn star Francois Sagat and his impact on culture. It features a number of other interviews and candid moments as well. Sagat: The Documentary stylized as SAGAT: The Documentary, SAGAT - Uncut or just SAGAT is a 2011 documentary on pornographic actor, gay icon and sex symbol François Sagat about his ...more

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Dad Made Dirty Movies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Dad Made Dirty Movies This documentary title came from a quote from filmmaker Stephen C. Apostolof's daughter, Polly. The film traces rise Apostolof's journey from Eastern-European fugitive to producer and director of sexploitation films of the 1960s and 1970s. It also takes a look at his rocky relationship with the legendary Ed Wood (immortalized in film in his own right) and his inevitable downfall in the late 1970s, when hardcore become more prevalent. Dad Made Dirty Movies is a 2011 Bulgarian-German documentary film by Jordan Todorov following Stephen C. Apostolof's life and career. The film premiered at Visions du Réel International ...more

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Teens Hooked On Porn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Teens Hooked On Porn If you think teens are hooked on Internet porn, then this doc will reaffirm your thoughts. Three teens give their take on porn and give a glimpse into growing up in the online era.

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Naked Fame is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Chi Chi LaRue, Blake Harper, Bruce Vilarich Colton Ford was originally a gay porn star, but eventually made the jump to become a mainstream singer. This documentary looks at his trials and tribulations and why at 40, he decided to change gears and move to a completely different field.  Naked Fame a documentary that follows Colton Ford's transition from the world of gay porn to that of a mainstream singer. It opened on February 18, 2005 in the United States to mixed critical

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La Petite Morte is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
La Petite Morte Focusing on the adult entertainment business in Paris, primarily through the eyes of Raffaela Anderson, John B. Root, and more. La Petite Morte is a 2003 documentary directed by Emmanuelle Schick Garcia about the pornography business in Paris, centering on the interviews of Raffaela Anderson, John B. Root and others. It ...more

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That Man: Peter Berlin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
That Man: Peter Berlin In this documentary, Berlin narrates his own life through clips compiled from various interviews. Other contributors (porn stars, photographers, writers, contemporaries) also comment on his legacy and his impact on gay culture as a whole. That Man: Peter Berlin is a 2005 documentary film directed by Jim Tushinski.

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Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Marc Shaiman, Bruce Vilarich, Margaret Whiting Focusing on Jack Wrangler, the first gay porn icon, this looks at his entire professional career, even his controversial move to straight porn and his marriage to Margaret Whiting. Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon is a 2008 feature documentary film about the life of Jack Wrangler, produced and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz of Automat Pictures. It had its premiere at the 2008 New ...more

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Take It Out in Trade: The Outt... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes Duke Moore, Monica Gayle, James Kitchens On a lighter note, this is the best bloopers, outtakes and things like that documentary. You get to see the lighter side of adult entertainment in this film. Take It Out in Trade: The Outtakes is a compilation film of bloopers, alternate takes, behind-the-scenes footage, and deleted scenes from the 1970 soft-core pornographic film, Take It Out in ...more

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Kage no Hikari This doc is a bit different. It profiles Japanese AV actress Maki Tomoda, who actually started her career at 30, an age by which many of contemporaries are experienced veterans. Kage no Hikari is a French/Japanese documentary directed by Vincent Guilbert, about the Japanese AV actress Maki Tomoda. It was screened at the Neofest on July 28, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan. The ...more

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Deeper Throat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Sam Crockett, Damian Ford, York Powers This was a Showtime reality program profiled Vivid Entertainment's Steven Hirsch and his attempt to get the maker of the original Deep Throat to sell him the rights to the film for a remake. 

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Pornstar Pets is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Pornstar Pets Ron Jeremy, Rebecca Lord Here, Margie Schnibbe examines the insider life of adult performers and their lives off-screen. In particular, this looks at their relationship with their pets.  Pornstar Pets is a 2005 documentary film directed by Margie Schnibbe. The 52 minute film includes 25 pornographic actors and their sometimes exotic pets in a vein similar to Celebrity Pets.

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Stalags is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Documentaries About Porn
Stalags Ari Libsker, Barak Heymann, Morris Ben-Mayor You're probably surprised to see this, but this is a doc not only about porn, but about Nazi porn. Weird? Yes. Stalags are porn books about Nazi officers sexually abusing concentration camp detainees.  Stalags is a 2008 documentary film produced by Barak Heymann and directed by Ari Libsker. The film examines the history of Stalags, pornography books that featured sexy female Nazi officers ...more