The Best G-Rated Documentary Movies 

Updated June 14, 2019 479 votes 51 voters 7.2k views 101 items

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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.

List ranges from March of the Penguins to Cave of Forgotten Dreams and more.

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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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Luc Jacquet

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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Released: 1999

Directed by: Wim Wenders

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

Released: 1958

Directed by: James Algar

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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Released: 2007

Directed by: Leslie Iwerks

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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Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jacques Perrin

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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Charles Fathy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Werner Herzog

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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Released: 1991

Directed by: Errol Morris

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

Released: 1970

Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

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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Released: 1976

Directed by: Gene Kelly

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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Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly, Lena Horne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan

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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Released: 2011

Directed by: Wim Wenders

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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Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Haley, Jr.

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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Released: 1975

Directed by: Lawrence Schiller, Bruce Nyznik

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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Released: 2002

Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz

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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Daphne Sheldrick

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Lickley

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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Released: 1988

Directed by: Godfrey Reggio

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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Released: 2005

Directed by: Judy Irving

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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Released: 2000

Directed by: Fernando Trueba

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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Released: 1970

Directed by: Denis Sanders

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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Released: 2009

Directed by: Paramita Nath

"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

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud

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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Released: 2012

Directed by: Rory Kennedy

Ethel is a 2012 biographical documentary film written by Mark Bailey and directed by Rory Kennedy.
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Maritza Brikisak, Melanie Miller

Released: 2005

Directed by: James Cameron, Steven Quale

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

Released: 1971

Directed by: Bruce Brown

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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Jim Carrey

Released: 2009

Directed by: Howard Hall

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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