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The Best Food Documentaries

Updated October 1, 2019 642 votes 151 voters 9.6k views26 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.

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  • 1

    Super Size Me

    Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs
    43
    18

    Released2005

    Directed byMorgan Spurlock, Mira King

    Super 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

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  • 2

    King Corn

    Michael Pollan, Curt Ellis
    33
    8

    Released2007

    Directed byAaron 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 the...  more
  • 3
    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
  • 4
    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
  • 5

    Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

    Joe Cross, Joel Fuhrman
    22
    12

    Released2010

    Directed byKurt Engfehr, Joe Cross

    Fat, 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
  • 6

    Earthlings

    Joaquin Phoenix
    20
    11

    Released2005

    Directed byShaun 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
  • 7
    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
  • 8
    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
  • 9
    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
  • 10

    Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

    Harrod Blank, Antzonini Del Puerto
    12
    6

    Released1980

    Directed byLes 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 Library...  more
  • 11

    The Garden

    Daryl Hannah, Danny Glover
    13
    7

    Released2008

    Directed byScott 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
  • 12

    Life and Debt

    Ziggy Marley
    12
    7

    Released2001

    Directed byStephanie 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
  • 13

    All in This Tea

    Werner Herzog, James Norwood Pratt
    10
    5

    Released2007

    Directed byLes 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
  • 14

    Eating Our Way to Extinction

    Kate Winslet, Anthony Robbins
    0
    0

    Released2021

    Directed byOtto Brockway, Ludo Brockway

    Eating 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
  • 15

    Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    Anthony Bourdain, David Chang
    1
    0

    Released2021

    Directed byMorgan Neville

    Roadrunner: 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
  • 16
    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
  • 17

    Food Evolution

    Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
    2
    2

    Directed byScott 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. ...
  • 18

    Sparkling: The Story of Champagne

    Stephen Fry, Vitalie Taittinger
    0
    0

    Released2021

    Directed byFrank Mannion

    Sparkling: 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
  • 19

    Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!

    Morgan Spurlock, Jonathan Buttram
    2
    4

    Released2019

    Directed byMorgan 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 in...  more
  • 20
    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
  • 21

    Honeyland

    Hatidze Muratova
    0
    2

    Released2019

    Directed byTamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

    Honeyland is a 2019 Republic of Macedonia documentary film directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov....  more
  • 22
    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
  • 23
    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
  • 24
    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
  • 25

    Killer At Large

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton
    5
    14

    Released2007

    Directed bySteven 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