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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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Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war 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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The Blind Side 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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The Right Stuff 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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Zodiac 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. The Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. joint ...more

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All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford 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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Hotel Rwanda 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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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti 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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The Last King of Scotland Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy 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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Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell 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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Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey 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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Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime 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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Silkwood Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen was inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. Silkwood was a nuclear whistleblower ...more

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North Country 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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Quiz Show Ralph Fiennes, Martin Scorsese, Ethan Hawke Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film produced and directed by Robert Redford, and written by Paul Attanasio, based on Richard N. Goodwin's memoir Remembering America: A Voice From ...more

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Boys Don't Cry Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more

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Serpico Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy Serpico is a 1973 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer ...more

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Searching for Bobby Fischer Ben Kingsley, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne Searching for Bobby Fischer, released in the United Kingdom as Innocent Moves, is a 1993 American drama film written and directed by Steven Zaillian. The film was his directorial debut, and ...more

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Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart 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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Alpha Dog Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard Alpha Dog is a 2006 American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2006, with a wide release the following year on ...more

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The Insider Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer 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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Frost/Nixon Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the ...more

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Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch ...more

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La Bamba Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...more

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We Are Marshall Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the Marshall University ...more

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Thirteen Days Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten Thirteen Days is a 2000 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson dramatising the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seen from the perspective of the US political ...more

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Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel 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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Recount Kevin Spacey, Al Gore, John Hurt Recount is a 2008 television film about the 2000 United States presidential election. The political drama was written by Danny Strong, directed by Jay Roach, and produced by Michael Haussman. It ...more

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Rosewood Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames Rosewood is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, when a white mob killed blacks and destroyed their town, the film ...more

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown Debbie Reynolds, Ed Begley, Harve Presnell The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a 1964 American musical film directed by Charles Walters. The screenplay by Helen Deutsch is based on the book of the 1960 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown by ...more

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Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more

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Breach Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Chris Cooper Breach is a 2007 American historical and political thriller film directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay by Ray, Adam Mazer and William Rotko is based on the true story of Robert Hanssen, an FBI ...more

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Shattered Glass Rosario Dawson, Hayden Christensen, Hank Azaria Shattered Glass is a 2003 American drama film written and directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay is based on a September 1998 Vanity Fair article by H. G. Bissinger. In it he chronicled the rapid ...more

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The Falcon and the Snowman Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside The Falcon and the Snowman is a 1985 spy film directed by John Schlesinger about two young American men, Christopher Boyce and Daulton Lee, who sold U.S. security secrets to the Soviet Union. ...more

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Brubaker Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford Brubaker is a 1980 American prison drama film starring Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto and David Keith. The film, which was directed by Stuart Rosenberg, is a fictionalized account of a 1967 prison ...more

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PT 109 Robert Blake, Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp PT 109 is a 1963 biographical war film which depicts the actions of John F. Kennedy as an officer of the United States Navy in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 during the Pacific War of ...more

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The Young Victoria Emily Blunt, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany The Young Victoria is a 2009 British-American period drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes, based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, and her ...more

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Warm Springs Kathy Bates, Felicia Day, Kenneth Branagh Warm Springs is a 2005 television film about U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's struggle with polio, his discovery of the Warm Springs, Georgia spa resort and his work to turn it into a ...more

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Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor Lean on Me is a 1989 dramatized biographical film written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis ...more

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A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more

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The Soloist Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jena Malone The Soloist is a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Wright, and starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.. It is based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who developed ...more

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Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more

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Ghosts of Mississippi Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of ...more

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Syriana George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet Syriana is a 2005 geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, and executive produced by George Clooney, who also stars in the film with an ensemble cast. Gaghan's ...more

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United 93 Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of ...more

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Walker Ed Harris, Joe Strummer, Marlee Matlin Walker is a 1987 American-Mexican Acid Western film directed by Alex Cox and starring Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Auberjonois, Peter Boyle, Sy Richardson, Xander Berkeley, Alfonso Arau, ...more

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Pirates of Silicon Valley Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle, Melissa McBride Pirates of Silicon Valley is a 1999 original TNT film directed by Martyn Burke. It stars Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. Spanning the years 1971–1997, the film is ...more

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Triumph of the Spirit Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia Triumph of the Spirit is a 1989 American film directed by Robert M. Young and starring Willem Dafoe and Edward James Olmos. It is a remake of the Slovak film The Boxer and Death directed by ...more

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Miss Evers' Boys Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis Miss Evers' Boys is a 1997 HBO television film starring Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne, based on the true story of the decades-long Tuskegee experiment. It was directed by Joseph Sargent ...more

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Madame Curie Greer Garson, Margaret O'Brien, Walter Pidgeon Madame Curie is a 1943 biographical film made by MGM. The film was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sidney Franklin from a screenplay by Paul Osborn, Paul H. Rameau, and Aldous Huxley, ...more