The Best Documentaries About Cults

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Vote up the best documentary films about cults and independent religions.

This list of the best documentaries about cults has been voted on by movie lovers. This list includes popular and recognizable titles, along with a lot of independent films about cults, with videos. What is the best documentary about cults? This list will give you a good idea.

With every vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about cults comes out on top. If you don't see your favorite on the list, add it along with the titles below so that others may vote on it as well. The list currently includes titles such as The Endless Summer, Burden of Dreams and Mondo Cane.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate those watching the film. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying. These documentaries about cults cover many different topics and types of cults.

Vote up your favorite cult documentaries below or add one that you found interesting that isn't already on the list. Then, check out our list of the best religious documentaries.

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  • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
    Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter
    384 votes
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Stanley Nelson
    Filmmaker Stanley Nelson charts the rise and fall of Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones, whose followers drank poisoned punch at their South American commune in 1978. Using archival film footage and ...more
  • Holy Hell
    Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido, Phillipe Coquet
    488 votes
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Will Allen
    Holy Hell is a 2016 American documentary film by Will Allen about his experiences as a member of the Buddhafield cult for twenty-two years. The cult's leader, who has several names but is typically ...more
  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
    Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Chantal Dodson
    244 votes
    • Released: November 29, 2016

    In this hourlong docuseries, actress Leah Remini turns investigative reporter, she says, to "share the shocking truth about Scientology," the secretive, controversial church that Remini herself was a member of for years.

    Former Church of Scientology members discuss the abuse they suffered after leaving the organization.

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  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
    Lawrence Wright, Mark Rathbun, Monique Rathbun
    106 votes
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Alex Gibney
    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a 2015 documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. Deconstructing the church's claims by presenting a condensed history of Scientology and its ...more
  • The Source Family

    The Source Family

    Ahom Aquarian, Isis Aquarian, Elena Michaels
    202 votes
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos
    The Source Family is a 2012 feature documentary film directed by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos that recounts the story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 and the Source Family. The Source Family was a ...more
  • Jesus Camp
    Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer
    255 votes
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
    Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady visit an evangelical Christian summer camp called Kids on Fire, where children take part in programs designed to strengthen and intensify their beliefs. The ...more

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