Documentary The Best G-Rated Documentary Movies  

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List of G-Rated documentaries, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best G-Rated documentaries and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest G-Rated Documentary movie of all time is. This list of popular G-Rated documentaries includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top G-Rated Documentary movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great G-Rated Documentary films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific G-Rated Documentary film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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Orson Welles and James Cameron have both directed a Documentary G film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk March of the Penguins is a 2005 French nature documentary film directed and co-written by Luc Jacquet, and co-produced by Bonne Pioche and the National Geographic Society. The documentary ...more

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Guitarist/composer Ry Cooder teams up with acclaimed director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) to bring to life the Grammy Award® winning smash hit album featuring the rediscovered talents of ...more

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Winston Hibler White Wilderness is an American nature documentary produced by Walt Disney Productions in 1958 noted for its propagation of the misconception of lemming suicide. The film was directed by James ...more

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The Pixar Story, directed by Leslie Iwerks, is a documentary of the history of Pixar Animation Studios. An early version of the film premiered at the Sonoma Film Festival in 2007, and it had a ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly, Lena Horne That's Entertainment! III is a documentary film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate the studio's 70th anniversary. It was the third in a series of retrospectives that began with the ...more

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A Brief History of Time is a 1991 biographical documentary film about the physicist Stephen Hawking, directed by Errol Morris. The title derives from Hawking's bestselling book A Brief History ...more

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Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr Let It Be is a 1970 documentary film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, ...more

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That's Entertainment, Part II is a 1976 motion picture by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and a sequel to the 1974 documentary That's Entertainment!. Like the previous film, That's Entertainment, Part II ...more

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Charles Fathy Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 2010 3D documentary film by Werner Herzog about the Chauvet Cave in southern France that contains the oldest human-painted images yet discovered. Some of them were ...more

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Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro Winged Migration, is a 2001 documentary film directed by Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats and Jacques Perrin, who was also one of the writers and narrators, showcasing the immense journeys ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney That's Entertainment! is a 1974 compilation film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It was followed by two sequels and a related film called That's Dancing!. The ...more

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Pina is a 2011 German 3D documentary film about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch. It was directed by Wim Wenders. The film premiered Out of Competition at the 61st Berlin ...more

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Powaqqatsi, or Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation, is the 1988 sequel to the experimental 1982 film, Koyaanisqatsi, by Godfrey Reggio. It is the second film in the Qatsi trilogy. Powaqqatsi is a ...more

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Daphne Sheldrick Born to be Wild 3D is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people ...more

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Spellbound is a 2002 documentary that was directed by Jeffrey Blitz. The film follows eight competitors in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The film was nominated for the Academy Award ...more

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The Man Who Skied Down Everest is a documentary about Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese alpinist who skied down Mt. Everest in 1970. The film was produced by Canadian film maker Budge Crawley. Miura ...more

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Ethel Ethel is a 2012 biographical documentary film written by Mark Bailey and directed by Rory Kennedy.

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Found "n 1978, Toronto poet Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in a Lao refugee camp in Thailand. Based on her book of poems inspired by her father’s discarded scrapbook, Found documents the ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Rie Miyazawa, Pedro Armendáriz Oceans is a 2009 French-American nature documentary film directed, produced, co-written, and narrated by Jacques Perrin, with Jacques Cluzaud as co-director. The film explores the marine species ...more

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Elvis: That's the Way It Is is a 1970 American documentary film directed by Denis Sanders. The film documents American singer Elvis Presley's Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. It ...more

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Calle 54 is a 2000 documentary film about Latin jazz by Spanish director Fernando Trueba. With only minimal introductory voiceovers, the film consists of studio performances by a wide array of ...more

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a 2003 documentary film directed, produced, and edited by Judy Irving. It chronicles the relationship between Mark Bittner, an unemployed musician who is ...more

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Maritza Brikisak, Melanie Miller Aliens of the Deep is a 2005 documentary film, directed in part by James Cameron alongside fellow cameraman and friend Steven Quale, who would go on to direct Final Destination 5 six years ...more

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Steve McQueen, Bruce Brown, Malcolm Smith Writer, producer and director Bruce Brown explores the dizzying and intoxicating world of rugged road riders where cycles hit incredible speeds. Distributed exclusively by Monterey Media.

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High Tech, Low Life Zhou Shuguang, Zhang Shihe High Tech, Low Life is a 2012 documentary film directed by Stephen T. Maing.

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Jim Carrey Under the Sea 3D a new IMAX 3D adventure, transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the ...more

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Hubble 3D is a 2010 documentary film directed and written by Toni Myers.

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Liza Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis That's Dancing! is a 1985 retrospective documentary produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that looked back at the history of dancing in film. Unlike the That's Entertainment! series, this film did not ...more

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Roving Mars is an IMAX documentary film about the development, launch, and operation of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The film uses few actual photographs from Mars, ...more

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Robert Redford, Tsaan Ciqae, Mutang Urud Sacred Planet is a 2004 documentary. Robert Redford provided narration for the film. The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 22, 2004, and grossed $1,108,356.

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Garden in the Sea Garden in the Sea is a 2012 documentary film directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer.

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Paper Clips is a 2004 documentary film written and produced by Joe Fab, and directed by Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, about the Paper Clips Project, in which a middle school class that tries to ...more

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Jesus: Fact or Fiction Lee Strobel, Gary Habermas

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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is a 2011 3-D concert film centering on singer Justin Bieber. It was released in the United States and Canada on February 11, 2011. A sequel to Never Say Never was ...more

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Queen Latifah, Christina Robinson, Preston Bailey Arctic Tale is a 2007 documentary film from the National Geographic Society about the life cycle of a walrus and her calf, and a polar bear and her cubs, in a similar vein to the 2005 hit ...more

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Thrill Ride: The Science of Fu... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best G-Rated Documentary Movies
Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun: IMAX Harry Shearer, Paul Harper

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Ask a Silly Question Ask a Silly Question is a 1999 documentary film written and directed by John Kastner.

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James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge Elvis on Tour is a Golden Globe Award-winning American musical documentary motion picture released by MGM in 1972. It was the thirty-third and final motion picture to star Elvis Presley before ...more

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Yonas Zergaw, Tedesse Haile, Mengistu Workineh Endurance is a 1999 docudrama about the famous distance runner Haile Gebrselassie with Gebrselassie playing the role of himself. It was written and directed by Leslie Woodhead and Bud Greenspan, ...more

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"After the success of March of the Penguins (LFF 2005) and Arctic Tale, it's the small, loggerhead turtle that achieves big screen exposure in this charming documentary. Charting its long ...more

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Ping Pong Ping Pong is a 2012 documentary film written by Anson Hartford and Hugh Hartford, and directed by Hugh Hartford.

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Harry S. Truman: The 33rd President

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A Bing Crosby Christmas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best G-Rated Documentary Movies
A Bing Crosby Christmas Frank Sinatra, Carol Burnett

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Ali the Fighter Joe Frazier, Richie Havens The Fighters is a 1974 biography documentary sport film directed by Rick Baxter and William Greaves.

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The Quiet One The Quiet One is a 2011 short documentary film directed by Ina Holmqvist and Emelie Wallgren.

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16 Days of Glory 16 Days of Glory is a 1986 documentary film by Bud Greenspan about the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, USA. The film has been featured on HBO. Among the athletes profiled are ...more

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"The Alberta tar sands are easily the most controversial natural resource in the country, providing filmmaker Peter Mettler with the focus for his latest conceptual documentary. Petropolis: ...more

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Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin Microcosmos is a 1996 documentary film by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou and produced by Jacques Perrin. Set to the music of Bruno Coulais, this film is primarily a record of ...more

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The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr. U2 3D is a 2007 American-produced 3D concert film featuring rock band U2 performing during the Vertigo Tour in 2006. The film contains performances of 14 songs, including tracks from How to ...more

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Brooklyn Castle is a 2012 documentary film directed by Katie Dellamaggiore.