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The Best Docudrama Movies  

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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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Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo
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
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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Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher
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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Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates
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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Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
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Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle
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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The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Docudrama Movies
Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid
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
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Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford
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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
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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Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, Woody Harrelson
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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Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning
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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Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart
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Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti
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Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel
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Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy
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Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell
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Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne
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Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke
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