America 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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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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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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The Crash of 1929

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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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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 and its ...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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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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Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own

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In Lies We Trust

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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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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism

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Improbable Collapse: the Demolition of Our Republic

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9/11 Mysteries

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

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Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre is listed (or ranked) 25 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