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The Best Food Documentaries

Updated October 1, 2019 795 votes 149 voters 9.5k views23 items

List RulesAny documentary about food, nutrition, cooking, or eating

List of the best food documentaries, as ranked by documentary and food fans. Documentaries often take people inside a world that would otherwise be unavailable to the viewer. These films can sometimes be disturbing because they can show a darker side of an industry or world that we never thought about before. That’s what makes food documentaries so fascinating and tough to take all at once. Everybody eats and, for many, food is an entire lifestyle. So films that take a sneak peek into the behind the scenes world of the food industry are often some of the most thought provoking movies becausethey touch what we care about most.

What are the best food documentaries to watch? This list offers a wide selection of movies made about many different aspects of the food industry. Movies like Super Size Me and Fat Head take polar opposite views on the fast food industry. Some of the films on this list discuss the process of making food, while others explore the exploitation of foreign farmers.

The movies on this list are perfect for any documentary or food enthusiast. Whether you want a lighthearted look at the food industry or something a bit deeper, this list has everything.

  • Food, Inc.1
    How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?...  more
  • Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead2

    Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

    Joe Cross, Joel Fuhrman


    Directed byKurt Engfehr, Joe Cross

    Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Joe Cross and Kurt...  more
  • Forks over Knives3
    Forks Over Knives is a 2011 American documentary film directed by American independent...  more
  • Food Matters4
    Food Matters is a 2008 documentary film about nutrition. The film presents the thesis that a...  more
  • Super Size Me5

    Super Size Me

    Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs


    Directed byMorgan Spurlock, Mira King

    Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by Morgan Spurlock. The film...  more

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  • King Corn6

    King Corn

    Michael Pollan, Curt Ellis


    Directed byAaron Woolf

    King Corn is a documentary film released in October 2007 that follows college friends Ian...  more
  • Fat Head7

    Fat Head

    Peter Paddon, Tom Naughton


    Directed byTom Naughton

    Fat Head is a 2009 American documentary film directed by and starring Tom Naughton. The film...  more
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  • The Future of Food8
    The Future of Food is a 2004 American documentary film which describes an investigation into...  more
  • Blue Gold: World Water Wars9
    Blue Gold: World Water Wars is a 2008 documentary film by Sam Bozzo, based on the book Blue...  more
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  • Our Daily Bread10
    Our Daily Bread is a 2005 documentary film directed, co-produced, and with cinematography by...  more
  • Earthlings11


    Joaquin Phoenix


    Directed byShaun Monson

    Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humanity's use of other animals as pets,...  more
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  • Food Evolution12

    Food Evolution

    Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Directed byScott Hamilton Kennedy

    Narrated by science personality Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, this documentary explores the claim...
  • The Gerson Miracle13
    The Gerson Miracle examines many of the elements of the Gerson Therapy, explaining why we are...  more
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  • Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!14

    Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!

    Morgan Spurlock, Jonathan Buttram


    Directed byMorgan Spurlock

    Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! is a 2017 American documentary film (2019 US theatrical...  more
  • Killer At Large15

    Killer At Large

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton


    Directed bySteven Greenstreet

    Obesity is fast becoming the single greatest killer of Americans, causing some experts to...  more
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  • The Price of Sugar16
    The Price of Sugar is a 2007 Uncommon Productions film directed by Bill Haney and produced by...  more
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  • Honeyland17


    Hatidze Muratova


    Directed byTamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

    Honeyland is a 2019 Republic of Macedonia documentary film directed by Tamara Kotevska and...  more
  • The Gleaners and I18
    The Gleaners and I is a 2000 French documentary film by Agnès Varda that features various...  more
  • Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers19

    Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

    Harrod Blank, Antzonini Del Puerto


    Directed byLes Blank

    Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers is a documentary film about garlic directed by Les Blank. In...  more
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  • All in This Tea20

    All in This Tea

    Werner Herzog, James Norwood Pratt


    Directed byLes Blank, Gina Leibrecht

    All in This Tea is a 2007 documentary film co-directed by Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht, about...  more
  • Life and Debt21

    Life and Debt

    Ziggy Marley


    Directed byStephanie Black

    Life and Debt is a 2001 American documentary film directed by Stephanie Black. It examines the...  more
  • The Real Dirt on Farmer John22
    The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a 2005 documentary film directed by Taggart Siegel about the...  more
  • The Garden23

    The Garden

    Daryl Hannah, Danny Glover


    Directed byScott Hamilton Kennedy

    The Garden is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. It tells...  more