Documentary Movies 2019: New & Upcoming Documentary Movies 2019 List

Dolphin Reef

Echo is a youngster who can't quite decide if it's time to grow up and take on new responsibilities-or give in to h… more

Echo is a youngster who can't quite decide if it's time to grow up and take on new responsibilities-or give in to her silly side and just have fun. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer.

Natalie Portman, Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey… more

Natalie Portman, Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Jane Hamlin

Love, Antosha

A documentary about the life and work of late actor Anton Yelchin.

Anton Yelchin, Garret Price

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One Child Nation

China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than… more

China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another - from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions. Wang digs fearlessly into her own personal life, weaving her experience as a new mother and the firsthand accounts of her family members into archival propaganda material and testimony from victims and perpetrators alike, yielding a revelatory and essential record of this chilling, unprecedented moment in human civilization.

Jialing Zhang, Nanfu Wang

Jay Myself

Acclaimed photographer Jay Maisel bought a six-story, 72-room building on the Bowery in 1966. Ever since, the site… more

Acclaimed photographer Jay Maisel bought a six-story, 72-room building on the Bowery in 1966. Ever since, the site has served as his home, studio and repository for a breathtaking collection of items that inspires his photographic work. But now it must be emptied out following its sale in the largest private real estate deal in NYC history. As Maisel prepares for this monumental move, a true end of an era, he reflects on his life and work for the camera of his mentee, photographer and filmmaker Stephen Wilkes.

Bette Wilkes, Stephen Wilkes, Henry Jacobson… more

Bette Wilkes, Stephen Wilkes, Henry Jacobson, Emma Tammi

Aquarela

Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Th… more

Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. The film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.

Victor Kossakovsky

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fic… more

The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians.

Nick Broomfield

Armstrong

A documentary about astronaut Neil Armstrong. The film includes never-before-seen family home-movie footage and pho… more

A documentary about astronaut Neil Armstrong. The film includes never-before-seen family home-movie footage and photos.

Harrison Ford, David Fairhead

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable

Bethany Hamilton is rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete. This is the untold story of the heart of a cha… more

Bethany Hamilton is rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete. This is the untold story of the heart of a champion and her resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of our time.

Aaron Lieber, Bethany Hamilton

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David Crosby: Remember My Name

David Crosby reflects on his life of music stardom, while forging new oaths to relevancy at his age of 77 in this d… more

David Crosby reflects on his life of music stardom, while forging new oaths to relevancy at his age of 77 in this deeply personal documentary.

A.J. Eaton

Mike Wallace Is Here

A documentary look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his over 50 ye… more

A documentary look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his over 50 years on air.

Avi Belkin

Jay Myself

Acclaimed photographer Jay Maisel bought a six-story, 72-room building on the Bowery in 1966. Ever since, the site… more

Acclaimed photographer Jay Maisel bought a six-story, 72-room building on the Bowery in 1966. Ever since, the site has served as his home, studio and repository for a breathtaking collection of items that inspires his photographic work. But now it must be emptied out following its sale in the largest private real estate deal in NYC history. As Maisel prepares for this monumental move, a true end of an era, he reflects on his life and work for the camera of his mentee, photographer and filmmaker Stephen Wilkes.

Bette Wilkes, Stephen Wilkes, Henry Jacobson… more

Bette Wilkes, Stephen Wilkes, Henry Jacobson, Emma Tammi

Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story

On May 30, 2017 an image of Griffin holding a mask that resembled the severed head of President Trump was released… more

On May 30, 2017 an image of Griffin holding a mask that resembled the severed head of President Trump was released – the image went global and everything she had worked for in her life, vanished overnight.

Troy Miller, Kathy Griffin

Pavarotti

A documentary about Luciano Pavarotti featuring memorable performances, including classic songs from Pavarotti’s Th… more

A documentary about Luciano Pavarotti featuring memorable performances, including classic songs from Pavarotti’s Three Tenors days and previously unseen footage.

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Nigel Sinclair… more

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Nigel Sinclair, Michael Rosenberg, Mark Monroe

Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk

The documentary shows how golf caddies often act as advisors, counselors, and confidants on the course.

Jason Baffa, Carl Cramer, Bill Murray

This One's for the Ladies

Every Thursday Night hundreds of women gather for a potluck celebration and the chance to throw singles at the hott… more

Every Thursday Night hundreds of women gather for a potluck celebration and the chance to throw singles at the hottest dancers in New Jersey, The Nasty Boyz — featuring Satan, Mr. Capable, Fever, Young Rider and lesbian 'dom' dancer Blaze.

Gene Graham

Rolling Thunder

Documents the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed during the fall of t… more

Documents the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed during the fall of that year.

Martin Scorsese

5B

5B is the story of everyday heroes, nurses and caregivers who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and car… more

5B is the story of everyday heroes, nurses and caregivers who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first AIDS ward unit in the United States.

Dan Krauss, Paul Haggis

The Quiet One

Throughout his three-decade career as a founding member of and bassist for The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman was known… more

Throughout his three-decade career as a founding member of and bassist for The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman was known to the world as the “quiet one” in the band. Now, the famously private music legend speaks out about his extraordinary life and experiences as part of “the greatest rock and roll band in the world.”

Oliver Murray

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

A documentary about the life and works of the acclaimed novelist, Toni Morrison.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Maiden

Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever… more

Maiden is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up...

Alex Holmes

The Queen

Decades before Paris Is Burning and RuPaul's Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-Am… more

Decades before Paris Is Burning and RuPaul's Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant introduced competitive drag to the world, along with LGBTQ icons Flawless Sabrina and Crystal LaBeija. Watch for Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick as pageant judges.

Frank Simon

Ask Dr. Ruth

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most… more

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

Ryan White

Meeting Gorbachev

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on thr… more

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three never before seen interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician. Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, is still gently but resolutely pushing towards his goals.

Werner Herzog, André Singer

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Biggest Little Farm

Documents an attempt to develop a sustainable farm by reawakening the ecosystem on 200 acres just an hour north of… more

Documents an attempt to develop a sustainable farm by reawakening the ecosystem on 200 acres just an hour north of Los Angeles.

John Chester

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Walking On Water

Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floati… more

Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people.

Andrey M Paounov, Christo

Autonomy

Celebrated journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell leads the first comprehensive documentary look at self-driving ca… more

Celebrated journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell leads the first comprehensive documentary look at self-driving cars in Autonomy. The film is a cinematic exploration of the world of automated vehicles — from their technical history to the personal narratives of those affected by them to the many unanswered questions about how this technology will affect modern society. Autonomy features interviews with industry pioneers and scenes with cutting-edge “AVs” in action around the world. Inspired by a special issue of Car and Driver, Autonomy reinforces the context of where the “car” meets the coming revolution in mobility, presenting an essential primer on the subject and how it will affect you.

Alex Horwitz, Kevin Mann, Christopher Boyd

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Echo in the Canyon

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as… more

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.

Eric Barrett, Andrew Slater

The Proposal

Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th c… more

Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century.

Jill Magid

Halston

Documents the famous American fashion designer.

Frédéric Tcheng, Roland Ballester, and Paul Dallas

Amazing Grace

The never before seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazi… more

The never before seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace is crafted from never before seen footage originally captured in 1972.

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Satan & Adam

Sterling Magee experienced the music industry’s exploitation of black musicians firsthand. So he walked away to pla… more

Sterling Magee experienced the music industry’s exploitation of black musicians firsthand. So he walked away to play on the Harlem streets for “his people.” Reborn as Mr. Satan, he spread his gospel and became a NY City legend. When a white, Jewish musician named Adam Gussow asked to play with him, their lives took a powerful turn. Adam cast aside an ivory tower life, and Sterling's embrace of his apprentice forged a sound that thrust him back in the spotlight due to a chance encounter with rock icons U2. But life on the road took its toll, and Sterling vanishes. The separation would test both men’s courage, and their journey to find each other again a tale of tragedy, survival and miraculous rebirth.

V. Scott Balcerek

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Penguins

A coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic s… more

A coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.

Ed Helms

Hail Satan?

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American hi… more

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history.

Penny Lane

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Be Natural: The Untold Story Of Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning—in 1894, at the age of 21… more

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning—in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910—they started in Flushing and moved to a bigger facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten.

Pamela B. Green

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Breaking Habits

Cheated by her stealing, polygamist husband of 17 years, once high-flying corporate exec Christine Meeusen fled pen… more

Cheated by her stealing, polygamist husband of 17 years, once high-flying corporate exec Christine Meeusen fled penniless with her three young children as her American dream began to unravel. Determined to make a living for her family, she discovered the lucrative business of cannabis farming and met her calling as founder of medicinal-marijuana empire Sisters of the Valley. Shedding her former life, Christine became Sister Kate; on a mission to provide her products to those in need. Fighting off the county sheriff, and protecting her crop from deadly black market thieves, Breaking Habits is a story of rebellion, hope and revival.

Robert Ryan

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Apollo 11

Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65MM footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings… more

Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65MM footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission--the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.

Todd Douglas Miller

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Superpower Dogs

A documentary takes audiences on a journey around the world to meet incredible dogs and showcase their extraordinar… more

A documentary takes audiences on a journey around the world to meet incredible dogs and showcase their extraordinary real-life “superpowers”. These incredible animals use their superpowers to protect endangered species, save lives in avalanches and earthquakes and make the world a better place.

Daniel Ferguson, Taran Davies, George Duffield

The Russian Five

Follows the stories of the five Russian players that emigrated to America, took root in Detroit, Michigan, and stru… more

Follows the stories of the five Russian players that emigrated to America, took root in Detroit, Michigan, and struggled to fit in, all while training day and night to become Stanley Cup champions. The new immigrants had to learn to communicate with their teammates, assimilate into the culture, and become Americans. Yet, along the way, the Russians began to teach the rest of the team the core of Soviet hockey, and better still, they started winning. Those players are Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov, Slava Fetisov, and Igor Larinov.

Joshua Riehl, Keith Gave

Screwball

Billy Corben's true-crime dramedy investigates the MLB's infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician an… more

Billy Corben's true-crime dramedy investigates the MLB's infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Billy Corben

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The Brink

The Brink follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to… more

The Brink follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

Alison Klayman

Who Will Write Our History

Centers on the clandestine effort by Polish Jews to document what went on inside the Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazis… more

Centers on the clandestine effort by Polish Jews to document what went on inside the Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in an area of 1.3 square miles.

Adrien Brody, Roberta Grossman, Joan Allen… more

Adrien Brody, Roberta Grossman, Joan Allen, Karlina Gruszka, Charlote Hofheimer, Peter Cambor, Jowita Budnick, Piotr Glowacki

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Genesis 2.0

Explores the brave new world of genetic science and the perils and promises for life in the future.

Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev

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Wonders of the Sea 3D

Wonders of The Sea takes viewers on a trip under the ocean, capturing incredible footage of rarely seen sea creatu… more

Wonders of The Sea takes viewers on a trip under the ocean, capturing incredible footage of rarely seen sea creatures, while warning about the impacts of climate change. From Fiji to the Bahamas, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his children Celine and Fabien embark on a voyage to discover the ocean as never before seen, and learn more about the threats that put our ocean at risk.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jean-Jacques Mantello… more

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jean-Jacques Mantello, David Chocron, Francois Mantello

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Genesis 2.0

Explores the brave new world of genetic science and the perils and promises for life in the future.

Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev

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Who Will Write Our History

Centers on the clandestine effort by Polish Jews to document what went on inside the Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazis… more

Centers on the clandestine effort by Polish Jews to document what went on inside the Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in an area of 1.3 square miles.

Adrien Brody, Roberta Grossman, Joan Allen… more

Adrien Brody, Roberta Grossman, Joan Allen, Karlina Gruszka, Charlote Hofheimer, Peter Cambor, Jowita Budnick, Piotr Glowacki

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The Image Book

Examines civilization on the verge of collapse through a provocative mix of cinema clips and news footage.

Jean-Luc Godard