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The Best Docudrama Movies

Updated April 21, 2021 2.2k votes 310 voters 57.3k views90 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Docudrama films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best docudrama movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This docudrama movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of docudrama films also contains docudrama movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This docudrama films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best docudrama movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This docudrama movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote up the best movies so that they get close to the top of the list.

List of docudrama films includes docudrama movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. After you've voted for all your favorites it's fun to share the list with your friends to see how they vote.

These are the top films in the docudrama genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the docudrama genre in it. Be it the motifs of the docudrama genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Also, movies on this list like Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company and Who Is Clark Rockefeller? probably need more votes. If we missed any docudrama movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous docudrama movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about docudrama movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the docudrama movies. List includes photos and docudrama movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List movies include The Spirit of West Point, The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank and many additional movies as well.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these docudrama movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good docudrama movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest docudrama movies, here is the full docudrama movies list, ordered from best to worst.


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    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal
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    Dog Day Afternoon

    Al Pacino, Carol Kane
    Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank...  more

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    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams
    Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title....  more

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    The Insider

    Al Pacino, Russell Crowe
    The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, based on the true story of...  more

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    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch
    Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo...  more

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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana
    Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God,...  more

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  • 7

    Stan & Ollie

    Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly
    Stan & Ollie is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Jon S. Baird. Stan Laurel (Steve...  more
  • 8

    Searching for Bobby Fischer

    Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy
    Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993...  more

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    Boys Don't Cry

    Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny
    Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce...  more

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    Alpha Dog

    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried
    Alpha Dog is a 2006 American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, first...  more

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    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams
    Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true...  more

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    The Informant!

    Matt Damon, Patton Oswalt
    The Informant! is a 2009 American biographical-comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It...  more


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  • 13

    Lorenzo's Oil

    Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte
    Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 American drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true...  more

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  • 14

    Miss Evers' Boys

    Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard
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  • 15

    The Unsinkable Molly Brown

    Debbie Reynolds, Ed Begley
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  • 16

    Not Without My Daughter

    Sally Field, Alfred Molina
    Not Without My Daughter is a 1991 drama film depicting the escape of American citizen Betty...  more

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    The Soloist

    Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx
    The Soloist is a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Wright, and starring Jamie Foxx and...  more

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  • 18

    Selma, Lord, Selma

    Jurnee Smollett, Clifton Powell
    Selma, Lord, Selma is a 1999 American film based on true events that happened in March 1965,...  more
  • 19


    Kevin Spacey, Al Gore
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  • 20

    24 City

    Joan Chen, Zhao Tao
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  • 21

    Live from Baghdad

    Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Keaton
    Live from Baghdad is a television movie produced in 2002 by HBO. It was directed by Mick...  more
  • 22

    PT 109

    Robert Blake, Cliff Robertson
    PT 109 is a 1963 biographical war film which depicts the actions of John F. Kennedy as an...  more
  • 23

    Warm Springs

    Kathy Bates, Felicia Day
    Warm Springs is a 2005 television film about U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's struggle...  more
  • 24

    World Trade Center

    Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the...  more

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    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris
    The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling...  more

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