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The Best Docudrama Movies 

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Updated September 23, 2019 1.7k votes 292 voters 54.2k views 101 items

List Rules Vote 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.

George Clooney and Steven Spielberg are among the directors who have worked on Docudrama movies in the past.

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Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

Released: 2001

Directed by: Mikael Salomon, Tony To, Richard Loncraine, David Frankel, David Leland, + more

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Fincher

Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a person ...more

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Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Nina Arianda

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jon S. Baird

Stan & Ollie is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Jon S. Baird. Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to ...more
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Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell

Released: 2018

Directed by: Adam McKay

Vice is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay. The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the ...more

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Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

Released: 2004

Directed by: Terry George

Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. It stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo ...more

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Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1983

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more

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Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of the same name, adapted by screenwriters Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock, and directed by Kevin ...more

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Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

Released: 1975

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, ...more

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On the Basis of Sex is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Docudrama Movies
Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux

Released: 2018

Directed by: Mimi Leder

On the Basis of Sex is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Mimi Leder. Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) teams with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) to bring a ...more
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Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

Released: 1976

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl ...more

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Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

Released: 2005

Directed by: Thomas Carter

Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia ...more

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Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Niki Caro

North Country is a 2005 American drama film directed by Niki Caro, starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson and ...more
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Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Randall Wallace

Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse ...more

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Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

Released: 1990

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm ...more

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Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Anspaugh

Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It ...more

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Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

Released: 1973

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard

Released: 2006

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1999

Directed by: Michael Mann

The Insider is a 1999 American drama film directed by Michael Mann, based on the true story of a 60 Minutes segment about Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower in the tobacco industry. The 60 Minutes ...more
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Hilary Swank, Chloƫ Sevigny, Natalie Zea

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

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Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Redford

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George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels

Released: 2005

Directed by: George Clooney

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Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Luis Valdez

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Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

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