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.
Directed by: Will AllenHoly 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
Directed by: Stanley Nelson Jr.Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, is a 2006 documentary film made by Firelight Media, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. The documentary reveals new footage of the incidents... more
Directed by: Rachel Grady, Heidi EwingJesus Camp is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing about a charismatic Christian summer camp, where children spend their summers being taught that they have... more
The Source FamilyAhom Aquarian, Isis Aquarian
Directed by: Jodi Wille and Maria DemopoulosThe 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
Leah Remini: Scientology and the AftermathLeah Remini, Mike Rinder
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.
Directed by: Alex GibneyGoing 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
I Escaped a CultBrent Jeffs, Warren Jeffs
Directed by: Sally Howell
Directed by: Jennilyn Merten, Tyler Measom"In the polygamist community cultivated by the notorious (and now incarcerated) "prophet" Warren Jeffs, women are a commodity, children are reared to be ignorant, and free thought is surrendered. For... more
Directed by: Jim Van BebberThe Manson Family is a 2003 American crime drama film. The film covers the lives of Charles Manson and his "family" of followers.... more
The End of the World CultMichael Travesser
Directed by: Ben Anthony
Directed by: Errol MorrisGates of Heaven is a 1978 documentary film by Errol Morris about the pet cemetery business. It was made when Morris was unknown and did much to launch his career.... more
DeprogrammedBalavanta Das, Hridayananda Das Goswami
Directed by: Mia Donovan
The Six Degrees of Helter SkelterCharles Manson, Craig Harvey
- 2616American Commune is 2013 documentary film written by Rena Mundo Croshere, and directed by Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo.... more
Directed by: Ondi Timoner
Directed by: Shakun BatraSearching For Sheela is an Indian 2021 biographical documentary film directed by Shakun Batra. Journalists and fans await Ma Anand Sheela as the infamous former Rajneesh commune's spokesperson... more
Directed by: Sarah Kernochan, Howard SmithMarjoe is a 1972 American documentary film produced and directed by Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan about the life of evangelist Marjoe Gortner. It won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Documentary... more
MansonMANSON is a 1973 documentary film about Charles Manson and his followers. It was directed by Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick.... more
Directed by: William GazeckiWaco: The Rules of Engagement is a 1997 documentary directed by William Gazecki about the 1993 "Waco Siege", a 51 day standoff beginning with the February 28 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms... more
- Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst is a 2004 PBS documentary film about the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army left-wing revolutionary group. It was directed by... more
- David Wants to Fly is a 2010 documentary film written and directed by David Sieveking.... more
My Scientology Movie
- 1412Mondo cane is a documentary written and directed by Italian filmmakers Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi and Gualtiero Jacopetti. The film consists of a series of travelogue vignettes that provide... more
Me and the Cult Leader