A List of Underdog Documentary Films

I have compiled a list of documentary films, all recommended within a FB thread started by stand-up comedian Amy Miller. Amy posted this:

I like documentaries about misfits and weirdos and underdogs, especially if they are obsessed with one thing in particular. Like American Movie, King of Kong, Home Movie, The Rock-a-fire Explosion, Hands on a Hard Body, Finders Keepers, Wild and Wonderful Whites, Gates of Heaven (and any Errol Morris), etc. What are some others I should see?!

And below is everything I was able to note from the very long, nested thread that included input from people who were excited! Or at least interested. Some have small explanations, but this list is more to put everything mentioned in one convenient place. I love documentaries.

The List

  • 12 O’Clock Boys
  • The Moon and the Sledgehammer
  • In the Realms of the Unreal!
  • Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) (2010)
  • American Movie
  • Tickled
  • Iris
  • Blackfish
  • The Art of Organized Noize
  • The Cove
  • Anvil
  • Fast Cheap and Out of Control
  • Sound and Chaos
  • (Anything by Les Blank)
  • Electric Boogaloo
  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
  • Project Grizzly
  • My Best Fiend
  • Resurrect Dead
  • Genghis Blues
  • Tim’s Vermeer
  • Southern Comfort
  • Rich Hill
  • The Redemption of General Butt Naked
  • New York Doll
  • Dig!
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Confessions of a Superhero
  • I Think We’re Alone Now
  • Last Days Here
  • Marwencol
  • Beauty Is Embarrassing
  • ROOM 237
  • Special when Lit
  • The Imposter
  • Beware of Mr. Baker
  • Nintendo Quest
  • Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr Movie
  • I Am Thor
  • Best Worst Movie
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • Chuck Norris vs Communism
  • Burden of Dreams
  • Ram Dass, Fierce Grace
  • Off the Charts: The Song Poem Story
  • The Century of Self
  • You’re Gonna Miss Me (about Roky Erickson)
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • League of Ordinary Gentleman (about Pro Bowlers)
  • Don’t Stop Believin: Everyman’s Journey
  • Resurrection Of Jake the Snake
  • Anvil: The Story of Anvil
  • Some Kind of Monster
  • Manda Bala
  • Winnebago Man
  • In A Dream
  • The Institute
  • Cinemania
  • Detropia
  • American Harmony
  • Home Movie
  • Rize (about David LaChapelle)
  • Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope (about bouncers in NY/Jersey)
  • Advanced Style (about old ladies who dress well)
  • Vernon, FLA
  • Another State of Mind
  • Party Monster
  • Murderball
  • Make Believe
  • The Overnighters
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Scratch
  • Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton
  • Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang
  • Brother’s Keeper
  • Surfwise
  • Herb & Dorothy
  • Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
  • Queen of Versailles
  • Finders Keepers!
  • Driver 23/Atlas Moth
  • And Life Itself (about Gene Ebert)
  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball
  • Killing Flies
  • No No:a Dockumentary
  • Darkon (about larping)
  • Special when Lit (about pinball and its fans)
  • The American Scream (about people that do their own haunted houses at home)
  • Get Lamp
  • The Invention of Dr. Nakamats
  • Slingshot
  • Capturing the Friedmans
  • Electric Boogaloo: The Whatever Something story of Cannon Films
  • Okie Noodling
  • The Last Run of Likker I’ll Ever Make/The Last One
  • Mule Skinner Blues
  • Seymour, an Introduction
  • Sherman’s March,
  • Grey Gardens (the 1975 one)
  • Capturing the Friedmans
  • Crazy Love
  • Burden of Dreams by Herzog
  • Marwencol
  • The Most Hated Family in America
  • BBC’s The Artful Codgers
  • Beauty is Embarrassing
  • The Artist is Present
  • Beauty Knows No Pain
  • Sherman’s March
  • Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion
  • Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora
  • Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters
  • A Man, A Plan, A Palindrome (coming soon, info here)
  • Encounters at the End of the World
  • Alice Neel
  • Superstar in a Housedress
  • Beautiful Darling
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • It’s Just a Ride
  • Knuckle
  • Trekkies