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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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    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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    10
    4

    High Tech, Low Life

    Zhou Shuguang, Zhang Shihe

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Maing

    High Tech, Low Life is a 2012 documentary film directed by Stephen T. Maing....
  • 28
    8
    2

    Sacred Planet

    Robert Redford, Tsaan Ciqae

    Released2004

    Directed byJon Long

    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....  more
  • 29
    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, opting to...  more
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    8
    2

    That's Dancing!

    Liza Minnelli, Gene Kelly

    Released1985

    Directed byJack Haley, Jr.

    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
  • 31
    Hubble 3D is a 2010 documentary film directed and written by Toni Myers....  more
  • 32
    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 collect...  more
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    2

    Garden in the Sea

    Garden in the Sea is a 2012 documentary film directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer....
  • 34
    10
    6

    Arctic Tale

    Queen Latifah, Christina Robinson

    Released2007

    Directed byAdam Ravetch, Sarah Robertson

    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 production...  more
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    6
    4

    Microcosmos

    Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

    Released1996

    Directed byClaude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou

    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 detailed...  more
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    6
    4

    U2 3D

    The Edge, Larry Mullen

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Pellington, Catherine Owens

    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 Dismantle...  more
  • 37
    "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: Aerial...  more
  • 38
    Ghosts of the Abyss is a 2003 documentary film released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. It was directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron after his 1997 Oscar-winning film...  more
  • 39
    Animals Are Beautiful People is a 1974 nature documentary about the wildlife in Southern Africa. It was filmed in the Namib Desert, the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango River and Okavango Delta. It...  more
  • 40
    2
    0

    Deep Sea 3D

    Johnny Depp

    Released2006

    Directed byHoward Hall

    Deep Sea 3D is a 3D IMAX documentary film about sea life. The documentary is directed by Howard Hall who has also directed other undersea films such as Into the Deep and Island of the Sharks. The...  more
  • 41
    0
    0

    Down from the Mountain

    Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss

    Released2000

    Directed byD. A. Pennebaker, Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus

    Down from the Mountain is a 2000 documentary and concert film featuring a live performance by country and traditional music artists who participated in the Grammy-winning soundtrack recording for the...  more
  • 42
    6
    2

    Elvis on Tour

    James Burton, Glen D. Hardin

    Released1972

    Directed byRobert Abel, Pierre Adidge

    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 his...  more
  • 43
    Emmanuel's Gift is a 2005 documentary narrating the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a disabled man born in Ghana. It is narrated by Oprah Winfrey, and it follows Emmanuel as he attempts to overcome...  more
  • 44

    Released2007

    Directed byWerner Herzog

    Encounters at the End of the World is a 2007 American documentary film by Werner Herzog. The film studies people and places in Antarctica. It was released in North America on June 11, 2008, and...  more
  • 45
    2
    2

    Genesis

    Sotigui Kouyaté

    Released2004

    Directed byClaude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou

    Genesis is a 2004 documentary film written and directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou that explores the origins of earth and its inhabitants. The film focuses on the life of many animals. It...  more
  • 46
    2
    0

    Genghis Blues

    B.B. King, Richard Feynman

    Released1999

    Directed byRoko Belic

    Genghis Blues is a documentary film directed by Roko Belic. It centers on the journey of blind American singer Paul Pena to the isolated Russian state of Tuva due to his interest in Tuvan throat...  more
  • 47
    It's All True is an unfinished Orson Welles feature film comprising three stories about Latin America. "My Friend Bonito" was supervised by Welles and directed by Norman Foster in Mexico in 1941....  more
  • 48
    2
    2

    One Six Right

    Sydney Pollack, Hal Fishman

    Released2005

    Directed byBrian J. Terwilliger

    One Six Right: The Romance of Flying is an independent film about the general aviation industry as seen through a local airport. Within a short period of time, it has achieved a passionate following...  more
  • 49
    6
    2

    Endurance

    Yonas Zergaw, Tedesse Haile

    Released1999

    Directed byBud Greenspan, Leslie Woodhead

    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, and...  more
  • 50
    4
    0

    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 Mary...  more