Documentary The Best Documentaries About Porn  

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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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Brian Gilmore added Hot Girls Wanted Rachel Bernard, Levi Cash, Brooklyn Daniels

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9 to 5 - Days in 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.

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After Porn Ends 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. 

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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 A film by photographher Deborah Anderson, this takes a look at 16 adult film actresses and their stories. 

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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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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.

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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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Inside Deep Throat 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. 

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Kink Produced by James Franco, the BDSM website Kink.com is the subject of this doc. 

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Thinking XXX 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.

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Bettie Page Reveals All 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.

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Paul Fishbein added X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time Chanel Preston, Nina Hartley, Skin Diamond

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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. 

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Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy 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. 

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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 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.

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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.

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Perversion for Profit 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?
 

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A History of the Blue Movie 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.

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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.

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Graphic Sexual Horror 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

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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.

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La Petite Morte Focusing on the adult entertainment business in Paris, primarily through the eyes of Raffaela Anderson, John B. Root, and more.

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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 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. 

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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.

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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.

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Not a Love Story: a Film About Pornography The title of this documentary isn't misleading. In fact, it ended up being banned in Ontario because of its content.

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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.

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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.

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Deeper Throat 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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Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon 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.

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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. 

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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.