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The Best PG-13 Documentary Movies

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List of PG-13 documentaries, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG-13 documentaries and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG-13 Documentary movie of all time is. This list of popular PG-13 documentaries includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG-13 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 PG-13 Documentary films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG-13 Documentary film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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    Hoop Dreams

    William Gates, Arthur Agee

    Released1994

    Directed bySteve James

    Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James and Frederick Marx, with Kartemquin Films. It follows the story of two African-American high school...  more

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    Project Nim

    Bern Cohen, Reagan Leonard

    Released2011

    Directed byJames Marsh

    Project Nim is a 2011 documentary film directed by James Marsh....  more
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    The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara illustrating his...  more
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    Super Size Me

    Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs

    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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    Catfish

    Wendy Whelan, Drew Jacoby

    Released2010

    Directed byAriel Schulman, Henry Joost

    "Nev, a 24-year-old New York–based photographer, has no idea what he’s in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on MySpace, seeking permission to paint one of his...  more

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    The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a 2006 documentary film about the noted American musician Daniel Johnston. It chronicles Johnston's life from childhood up to the present, with an emphasis on his...  more
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    The Heart of the Game is a 2005 sports documentary film about the Roosevelt Roughriders girls basketball team. The movie is centered on their star player Darnellia Russell and the Roughriders new...  more
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    Little Man

    Little Man is a 2005 American documentary film by Nicole Conn. The film was intended to document surrogate pregnancy but the baby was delivered 100 days early so the film documents experiences of a...  more
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    The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a 2007 American documentary film. Highlighting the popular 1980s arcade game Donkey Kong, it follows Steve Wiebe in his attempts to take the world high...  more

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    Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

    Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela

    Released2002

    Directed byLee Hirsch

    AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR PART HARMONY tells the story of black South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. The first film to specifically consider the music...  more
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    Riding Giants

    Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton

    Released2004

    Directed byStacy Peralta

    Riding Giants is a 2004 documentary film directed and narrated by Stacy Peralta, a famous skater/surfer. The movie traces the origins of surfing and specifically focuses on the art of big wave...  more
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    Dogtown and Z-Boys

    Sean Penn, Jay Adams

    Released2001

    Directed byStacy Peralta

    Dogtown and Z-Boys is an award winning 2001 documentary film directed by Stacy Peralta. The documentary explores the pioneering of the Zephyr skateboard team in the 1970s and the evolving sport of...  more
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    My Voyage to Italy is a personal documentary by acclaimed Italian-American director Martin Scorsese. The film is a voyage through Italian cinema history, marking influential films for Scorsese and...  more
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    Inside Job

    Matt Damon

    Released2010

    Directed byCharles Ferguson

    Inside Job is a 2010 American documentary film, directed by Charles Ferguson, about the late-2000s financial crisis. Ferguson, who began researching in 2008, says the film is about "the systemic...  more
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    Heaven

    Heaven is a 1987 documentary film about beliefs concerning the afterlife and heaven in particular. The film was written and directed by Diane Keaton, and features a soundtrack by Howard Shore....  more
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    Man on Wire

    Paul McGill, Robert Sciglimpaglia

    Released2008

    Directed byJames Marsh

    Man on Wire is a 2008 British documentary film directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center. It is based...  more
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    The Cove

    Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos

    Released2009

    Directed byLouie Psihoyos

    The Cove is a 2009 documentary film that analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan. It was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. The film is a call to action...  more
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    The September Issue

    Anna Wintour, Vera Wang

    Released2009

    Directed byR. J. Cutler

    The September Issue is a 2009 American documentary film about the behind-the-scenes drama that follows editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her staff during the production of the September 2007 issue of...  more
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    Senna

    Ayrton Senna, Reginaldo Leme

    Released2010

    Directed byAsif Kapadia

    "The story of Ayrton Senna, perhaps the greatest race car driver who ever lived, is an epic tale that literally twists at every turn. In the mid 1980s, Senna, a young, gifted driver, exploded onto...  more
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    Sicko is a 2007 documentary film by American filmmaker Michael Moore. The film investigates health care in the United States, focusing on its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. The...  more
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    Shine a Light

    Bruce Willis, Benicio del Toro

    Released2008

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shine a Light is a 2008 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese documenting The Rolling Stones' 2006 Beacon Theatre performance on their A Bigger Bang Tour. The film also includes archive...  more
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    Good Hair

    Al Sharpton, Ice-T

    Released2009

    Directed byJeff Stilson

    Good Hair is a 2009 American comedy documentary film produced by Chris Rock Productions and HBO Films, starring and narrated by comedian Chris Rock. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on...  more
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    Hackers Wanted

    Hackers Wanted is an unreleased American documentary film. Directed and written by Sam Bozzo, the film explores the origins and nature of hackers and hacking by following the adventures of Adrian...  more
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    Freakonomics

    Adesuwa Addy Iyare, Kahiry Bess

    Released2010

    Directed byMorgan Spurlock, Eugene Jarecki, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing

    Freakonomics: The Movie is a 2010 American documentary film based on the book Freakonomics by economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner. The film had its premiere at the Tribeca Film...  more
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    American Dream

    Jesse Jackson, Juan Muñoz

    Released1990

    Directed byThomas Haneke, Barbara Kopple, Cathy Caplan

    Through the lenses of cameras, an exploration into the minds - the hopes, dreams, expectations - of their bearers reminds us of the value that has been so deeply ingrained into the generation.About...  more