Documentary The Best Documentaries About the U.S. Government  

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List Rules Documentaries focusing on the U.S. government and U.S. government issues.

There are many documentaries on the United States government, covering topics from the controversies behind the branches of the government, how the democracy itself functions on a daily basis, historic White House cover-ups, the history of how the U.S. government began, biographies of former Presidents, and the issues of war. This list has them all. 

What are the best documentaries about the U.S. Government? No matter what aspect of the topic you're interested in, there's a United States government documentary on this list for you! These films have been ranked as the absolute best to watch for information on a variety of U.S. government topics. Many of these critically acclaimed films feature several different aspects of the government, including historical truths, conspiracy theories, and more.

This list features the best U.S. Government documentaries, including: Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, 9/11 Mysteries, American Dictators, Hollywood and the Pentagon, The Crash of 1929, The End of America, Gasland, The Fall of the Republic and Hacking Democracy.

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Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 Stephen Marshall Controversial documentary that highlights a series of alarming issues that were ignored by the mainstream media's coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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The Phony Drug War: How the US Government Deals Drugs

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America: Destroyed by Design

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Richard Ray Perez, Joan Sekler Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election is a 2002 47-minute documentary made by Richard Ray Pérez and Joan Sekler and narrated by Peter Coyote about the contested 2000 presidential ...more

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Zeitgeist

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surag added Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11 is a 2004 documentary film by American filmmaker and director and political commentator Michael Moore. The film takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War ...more

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The Crash of 1929

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Bill Couturié Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam is an American grammy Award–winning 1987 documentary, inspired by the anthology of the same title, directed by Bill Couturié. Using real letters ...more

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Eugene Jarecki Why We Fight, directed by Eugene Jarecki, is a 2005 documentary film about the military–industrial complex. The title refers to the World War II-era eponymous propaganda movies commissioned by ...more

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Stupid in America

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Aaron Russo America: Freedom to Fascism is a 2006 film by filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Aaron Russo, covering a variety of subjects, including: the Internal Revenue Service, the income tax, Federal ...more

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9/11: Press for Truth is a 2006 documentary film about the September 11 attacks on the United States, directed by the American filmmaker Ray Nowosielski, and partially based on The Terror ...more

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Robert Greenwald, Nonny de la Peña Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties is an American 2004 political documentary about the legal problems with the PATRIOT Act. It posits that the law, hastily passed in the wake of ...more

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Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg In a stunning indictment of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years, best-selling author Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth) makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat. ...more

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Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own

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Alex Jones Fall of the Republic is a documentary film written by and directed by Alex Jones.

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Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross The Road to Guantánamo, alternatively The Road to Guantanamo, is a British 2006 docudrama film directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross about the incarceration of three British ...more

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Hollywood and the Pentagon

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Improbable Collapse: the Demolition of Our Republic

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9/11 Mysteries

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In Lies We Trust

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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism

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Martial Law, 9/11: Rise of the Police State

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Joel Sucher, Steven Fischler Anarchism in America is a 1983 documentary, directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, and produced by Pacific Street Films. It has been re-released by AK Press to DVD. The film begins by ...more

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Chris Pinto Explore the fascinating history behind the origins and focus of the world's most powerful nation: America. What is the meaning of the seemingly countless occult images in America's capitol? Was ...more

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Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Documentaries About the U.S. Government
Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre is a documentary film by Sigfrido Ranucci and Maurizio Torrealta which first aired on Italy's RAI state television network on November 8, 2005. The film documents ...more

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Torture: America's Brutal Prisons

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Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve System

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Prisoners of Katrina

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Heavy Watergate: the War Against Cold Fusion

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Chris Smith, Sarah Price, Dan Ollman The Yes Men, is a 2003 documentary film about the early culture jamming exploits of The Yes Men. The film revolves around "The Yes Men"—two anti-globalization activists, under the ...more

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John Pilger The War You Don't See is a 2010 British documentary film written, produced and directed by John Pilger with Alan Lowery, which challenges the media for the role they played in the Iraq, ...more

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All Power to the People All Power to the People is a 1996 documentary by Lee Lew-Lee about American race relations and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and covers slavery, civil-rights activists, assassinations and ...more

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Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority

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Michael Moore Fahrenheit 11/9 is a 2018 documentary film directed by Michael Moore. The film explores the 2016 United States presidential election and the subsequent presidency of Donald Trump.

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Alex Jones, Kevin Booth American Dictators is a 2004 documentary film directed by Kevin Booth and Alex Jones.

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Camp FEMA: American Lockdown

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Ron Paul and Internet Politics

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John Pilger, Christopher Martin The War on Democracy is a 2007 documentary film directed by the British filmmakers Christopher Martin and John Pilger, who also wrote the narration. Focusing on the political states of nations ...more

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One Nation Under Siege

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End of Liberty

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Charles Ferguson The creators of ``Undercover Boss'' are behind this unscripted TNT series, which gives the popular CEO-in-disguise premise a bit of a twist. ``Inside Job'' puts candidates for six-figure ...more

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WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception Danny Schechter WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception is a 2004 documentary film directed by Danny Schechter.

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Suspect Nation

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Charles Ferguson No End in Sight is a 2007 documentary film about the American occupation of Iraq. The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning documentary film producer Charles H. Ferguson. The ...more

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Core of Corruption

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Rick Rowley, Jill Friedberg This Is What Democracy Looks Like is a 2000 documentary directed by Jill Friedberg and Rick Rowley.

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Tarik Saleh, Erik Gandini Gitmo: The new rules of war is a Swedish documentary about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp by Erik Gandini and Tarik Saleh. The film features interviews with Janis Karpinski, Mehdi Ghezali and ...more

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Josh Fox Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States ...more