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The Best Food Documentaries 

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Updated October 1, 2019 531 votes 147 voters 9.4k views 23 items

List Rules Any 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.

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Food, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2008

Directed by: Robert Kenner

How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same as ever — a tomato still looks like a tomato — it has been ...more
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Super Size Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2005

Directed by: Morgan Spurlock, Mira King

Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only ...more

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Fat, Sick & Nearly D... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2010

Directed by: Kurt Engfehr, Joe Cross

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 documentary film written and directed by Joe Cross and Kurt Engfehr.
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Forks over Knives is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lee Fulkerson

Forks Over Knives is a 2011 American documentary film directed by American independent filmmaker Lee Fulkerson that advocates a low-fat whole-food, plant-based diet as a means of combating a ...more
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Food Matters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2008

Directed by: Carlo Ledesma, James Colquhoun

Food Matters is a 2008 documentary film about nutrition. The film presents the thesis that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, ...more
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King Corn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Michael Pollan, Curt Ellis

Released: 2007

Directed by: Aaron Woolf

King Corn is a documentary film released in October 2007 that follows college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis as they move from Boston to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn. In ...more
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Fat Head is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tom Naughton

Fat Head is a 2009 American documentary film directed by and starring Tom Naughton. The film seeks to refute both the documentary Super Size Me and the lipid hypothesis, a theory of nutrition ...more
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Blue Gold: World Water W... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Bozzo

Blue Gold: World Water Wars is a 2008 documentary film by Sam Bozzo, based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke. It ...more
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The Future of Food is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2004

The Future of Food is a 2004 American documentary film which describes an investigation into unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have been sold in grocery stores in the United ...more
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Our Daily Bread is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2005

Directed by: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Our Daily Bread is a 2005 documentary film directed, co-produced, and with cinematography by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The script was co-written by Wolfgang Widerhofer and Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The ...more
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The Gerson Miracle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2004

Directed by: Steve Kroschel

The Gerson Miracle examines many of the elements of the Gerson Therapy, explaining why we are so ill and how we have in our grasp the power to recover our health without expensive, toxic or ...more
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Food Evolution is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Food Evolution Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Directed by: Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Narrated by science personality Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, this documentary explores the claim that GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food is harmful to humans.
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Earthlings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Joaquin Phoenix

Released: 2005

Directed by: Shaun Monson

Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humanity's use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research. The film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, ...more
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Super Size Me 2: Holy Ch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Morgan Spurlock

Released: 2019

Directed by: Morgan Spurlock

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! is a 2017 American documentary film (2019 US theatrical release) directed by Morgan Spurlock, a sequel to the 2004 film Super Size Me. The film explores the ways ...more
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The Price of Sugar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2007

Directed by: Bill Haney

The Price of Sugar is a 2007 Uncommon Productions film directed by Bill Haney and produced by Haney and Eric Grunebaum about exploitation of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic involved ...more
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Garlic Is as Good as Ten... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Harrod Blank, Antzonini Del Puerto, Mary T. Brown

Released: 1980

Directed by: Les Blank

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers is a documentary film about garlic directed by Les Blank. In 2004, the film was selected for preservation in the United States’ National Film Registry by the ...more
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Killer At Large is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, Ralph Nader

Released: 2007

Directed by: Steven Greenstreet

Obesity is fast becoming the single greatest killer of Americans, causing some experts to claim that we are on the cusp of an evolutionary disaster.Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona says, ...more
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Honeyland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Hatidze Muratova

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

Honeyland is a 2019 Republic of Macedonia documentary film directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov.
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All in This Tea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Werner Herzog, James Norwood Pratt, Gaetano Kazuo Maida

Released: 2007

Directed by: Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht

All in This Tea is a 2007 documentary film co-directed by Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht, about Chinese tea. It follows the American tea connoisseur David Lee Hoffman as he travels to remote ...more
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The Gleaners and I is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2000

Directed by: Agnès Varda

The Gleaners and I is a 2000 French documentary film by Agnès Varda that features various kinds of gleaning. It was entered into competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, and later ...more
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The Garden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Daryl Hannah, Danny Glover, Joan Baez

Released: 2008

Directed by: Scott Hamilton Kennedy

The Garden is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. It tells the story of the now demolished South Central Farm; a community garden and urban farm located in Los ...more
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Life and Debt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Food Documentaries
Ziggy Marley

Released: 2001

Directed by: Stephanie Black

Life and Debt is a 2001 American documentary film directed by Stephanie Black. It examines the economic and social situation in Jamaica, and specifically the impact thereon of the International ...more
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The Real Dirt on Farmer ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Food Documentaries

Released: 2005

Directed by: Taggart Siegel

The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a 2005 documentary film directed by Taggart Siegel about the life of Midwestern farmer John Peterson, operator of Angelic Organics. It tells the history of the ...more