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The Best Docudrama Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 2.6k votes 300 voters 56.3k views99 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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    Quiz Show
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    4

    Quiz Show

    Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Redford

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  • 2
    Stan & Ollie
    33
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    Stan & Ollie

    Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly

    Released2018

    Directed byJon S. Baird

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  • 3
    Charlie Wilson's War
    34
    3

    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • 4
    Munich
    34
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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 5
    Vice
    36
    9

    Vice

    Christian Bale, Amy Adams

    Released2018

    Directed byAdam McKay

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  • 6
    Zodiac
    35
    9

    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • 7
    Frost/Nixon
    30
    5

    Frost/Nixon

    Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

    Released2008

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 8
    The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    28
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    The Unsinkable Molly Brown

    Debbie Reynolds, Ed Begley

    Released1964

    Directed byCharles Walters

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  • 9
    Breach
    28
    8

    Breach

    Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney

    Released2007

    Directed byBilly Ray

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  • 10
    Pirates of Silicon Valley
    22
    2

    Pirates of Silicon Valley

    Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle

    Released1999

    Directed byMartyn Burke

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  • 11
    The Right Stuff
    24
    4

    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris

    Released1983

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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  • 12
    The Soloist
    23
    4

    The Soloist

    Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx

    Released2009

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • 13
    A Civil Action
    23
    4

    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

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  • 14
    Recount
    23
    4

    Recount

    Kevin Spacey, Al Gore

    Released2008

    Directed byJay Roach

    Recount is a 2008 television film about the 2000 United States presidential election. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Rosewood
    23
    4

    Rosewood

    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • 16
    Hotel Rwanda
    25
    7

    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byTerry George

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  • 17
    Rescue Dawn
    26
    8

    Rescue Dawn

    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn

    Released2006

    Directed byWerner Herzog

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  • 18
    The Young Victoria
    21
    4

    The Young Victoria

    Emily Blunt, Mark Strong

    Released2009

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

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  • 19
    Live from Baghdad
    21
    4

    Live from Baghdad

    Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Keaton

    Released2002

    Directed byMick Jackson

    Live from Baghdad is a television movie produced in 2002 by HBO. It was directed by Mick... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    PT 109
    21
    4

    PT 109

    Robert Blake, Cliff Robertson

    Released1963

    Directed byLeslie H. Martinson

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  • 21
    Warm Springs
    21
    4

    Warm Springs

    Kathy Bates, Felicia Day

    Released2005

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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  • 22
    Brubaker
    19
    2

    Brubaker

    Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman

    Released1980

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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  • 23
    The Falcon and the Snowman
    19
    2

    The Falcon and the Snowman

    Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

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  • 24
    Citizen X
    22
    6

    Citizen X

    Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Gerolmo

    Citizen X is a 1995 biography drama film written by Robert Cullen and Chris Gerolmo and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    World Trade Center
    29
    15

    World Trade Center

    Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Released2006

    Directed byOliver Stone

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