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.
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock, Mira KingSuper Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by Morgan Spurlock. The film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which Spurlock ate only McDonald's food.... more
Directed by: Aaron WoolfKing 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 the... more
- 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
- 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 radically... more
Directed by: Kurt Engfehr, Joe CrossFat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Joe Cross and Kurt Engfehr. An overweight man suffering from an autoimmune disease endeavours to drink only fruit and... more
Directed by: Shaun MonsonEarthlings 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
- 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 number... more
- 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
- 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 with... more
Directed by: Les BlankGarlic 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 Library... more
Directed by: Scott Hamilton KennedyThe 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
Directed by: Stephanie BlackLife 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
Directed by: Les Blank, Gina LeibrechtAll 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
Directed by: Otto Brockway, Ludo BrockwayEating Our Way to Extinction is a 2021 British documentary film directed by Otto Brockway and Ludo Brockway. A documentary about how the human diet will lead to catastrophic results if not held in... more
Directed by: Morgan NevilleRoadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Morgan Neville. It follows the life and career of Anthony Bourdain, who died by suicide on June 8, 2018 at... more
- 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
Food EvolutionDr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Directed by: Scott Hamilton KennedyNarrated by science personality Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, this documentary explores the claim that GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food is harmful to humans. ...
Directed by: Frank MannionSparkling: The Story of Champagne is a 2021 British documentary film directed by Frank Mannion. A love letter to the joys and pleasures of champagne.... more
Directed by: Morgan SpurlockSuper 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 in... more
- 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
Directed by: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir StefanovHoneyland is a 2019 Republic of Macedonia documentary film directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov.... more
- 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 was... more
- 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 went on to win... more
- 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 film... more
Directed by: Steven GreenstreetObesity 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