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The Best Documentaries About the U.S. Government

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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.

Vote up your favorite documentary about the U.S. government, add one that isn't on the list, or find an interesting film and learn something new about the American governmental system.
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  • This documentary account of the events surrounding the 2000 U.S. presidential election examines the disputed vote in Florida and the myriad legal challenges by both political parties. Governor Jeb ...more
  • The Phony Drug War: How the US Government Deals Drugs
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    The Phony Drug War: How the US Government Deals Drugs

  • Controversial documentary that highlights a series of alarming issues that were ignored by the mainstream media's coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Boys State is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. A thousand teenage boys attending Boys/Girls State in Texas, coming together to build a representative ...more
  • America: Destroyed by Design
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    America: Destroyed by Design

  • Improbable Collapse: the Demolition of Our Republic
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    Improbable Collapse: the Demolition of Our Republic

  • During the Vietnam War, numerous U.S. soldiers wrote to friends and loved ones who were waiting back home for their safe return. This documentary takes a deeper look into the letters that were sent ...more
  • Hollywood and the Pentagon
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    Hollywood and the Pentagon

  • 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 the ...more
  • Running with Beto is a 2019 American documentary directed by David Modigliani. The film follows Beto O'Rourke's campaign in the 2018 United States Senate election in Texas.
  • Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own
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    Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own

  • Stupid in America
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    Stupid in America

  • Zeitgeist
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    Zeitgeist

  • Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism
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    Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism

  • Since World War II, the United States has been almost constantly involved in combat, active participants in a string of wars fought entirely on foreign shores. Eugene Jarecki's documentary examines ...more
  • 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
  • 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, Afghanistan, ...more
  • 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
  • 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 Reserve ...more
  • In September 2001 several British Muslim friends go to Pakistan to attend a wedding. They decide to visit Afghanistan, but they find Kandahar under attack and flee to Kabul. From there the friends ...more
  • The Crash of 1929
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    The Crash of 1929

  • 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 Timeline, ...more
  • One Nation Under Siege
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    One Nation Under Siege

  • Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve System
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    Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve System