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The Best R-Rated Documentary Movies  

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List of R-Rated documentaries, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated documentaries and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Documentary movie of all time is. This list of popular R-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 R-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 R-Rated Documentary films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Documentary film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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The Cockettes is a 2002 American documentary film. It was directed by Bill Weber and David Weissman, and produced by Weissman. Its subject is the 1960s-70s San Francisco performance group The ...more
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Air Guitar Nation Angela Shelton, Peter Cilella, Gordon Hintz
Air Guitar Nation is a feature-length 2006 documentary about the first US Air Guitar Championships, following the top contestants, David "C-Diddy" Jung and Dan "Björn ...more
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Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, ...more
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Sean Combs, E-40, MC Eiht
Rhyme & Reason is a 1997 documentary film about rap and hip hop. Documentary filmmaker Peter Spirer interviewed over 80 significant artists in rap and hip hop music. This documentary ...more
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Cockfight David Holthouse, Doyle Thompson, Manuel Costa
A voyage into the underground world of rooster fighting. The film chronicles the harrowing and hilarious adventures of three wildly different characters. The first, Manuel, is a salty 73-year ...more
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Naked States
Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits.
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Bette Midler
Divine Madness is a 1980 concert film directed by Michael Ritchie, and featuring Bette Midler during her 1979 concert at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The 94-minute film ...more
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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a 2008 documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. It details Hunter S. Thompson's landmark writings on music and politics. Friends and family ...more
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Too $hort, Antonio Fargas, Dennis Hof
American Pimp is a 1999 documentary that examines the pimp subculture in the United States. It was directed by the Hughes Brothers, the filmmakers behind Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. ...more
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Cocaine Cowboys is a 2006 documentary film directed by Billy Corben and produced by Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben through their Miami-based media studio Rakontur. The film explores the rise ...more
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Mr. Untouchable is an English language documentary film for HDNet Films, directed by Marc Levin and produced by Mary-Jane Robinson. The film is about the rise and fall of Nicky Barnes, a former ...more
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DJ Shadow, Afrika Bambaataa, Z-Trip
Scratch is a 2001 documentary film, directed and edited by Doug Pray. The film explores the world of the hip-hop DJ from the birth of hip-hop when pioneering DJs began extending breaks on ...more
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Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film that chronicles the dot-com start-up phenomenon and its eventual end. The film follows e-commerce website govWorks and its founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and ...more
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Grace Jones, Bijou Phillips, Giancarlo Esposito
Chelsea on the Rocks is a documentary film directed by Abel Ferrara about the Hotel Chelsea. It premiered out of competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The film features Ferrara ...more
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Hey Watch This is a 2010 documentary film directed by Christian Charles.
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Out of the Past is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Documentary Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Norton, Stephen Spinella
Out of the Past is a 1998 documentary film directed by Jeffrey Dupre.
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Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja
Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja is a 2011 documentary by director Billy Corben and produced by Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben through their Miami-based media studio Rakontur. The term ...more
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Stanley Tucci
Magic Trip is a 2011 documentary film written and directed by Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney.
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Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale Norman Mailer, Mike Douglas, Tobias Schneebaum
Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale is a 2000 film directed by Laurie Gwen Shapiro and David S. Shapiro.
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Fellini: I'm a Born Liar is a 2002 French documentary film written and directed by Damian Pettigrew. Based on Federico Fellini's last confessions filmed by Pettigrew in Rome in 1991 and 1992, ...more
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Marina Sirtis, Chris Diamantopoulos, Mark Salzman
PROTAGONIST is a riveting and provocative documentary that explores the psychological transformation of the modern character. Inspired by Greek drama, Academy Award® winning director Jessica ...more
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Dig! is a documentary film directed by Ondi Timoner, and produced by Timoner, Vasco Nunes and David Timoner. Compiled from seven years of footage, it contrasts the developing careers and ...more
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Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy
Festival Express is a 2003 documentary film about the 1970 train tour of the same name across Canada taken by some of North America's most popular rock bands, including Grateful Dead, Janis ...more
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The Ground Truth
The Ground Truth is a 2006 documentary film about veterans of the Iraq War. It was directed and produced by Patricia Foulkrod.