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The Best Mockumentaries Of All-Time

“What are the best Mockumentary movies ever made?” We looked at 153 of the top Mockumentary films and ranked them so we could answer that very question!

The top 29 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Mockumentary” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 100+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 29 Best Mockumentary Movies Of All-Time



29 .) American Zombie directed by Grace Lee

 American Zombie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • io9
  • Ranker

Documents the daily lives of a small community of the living deceased who make their home in Los Angeles.



28 .) Death of a President directed by Gabriel Range

 Death of a President

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • io9
  • Ranker

A fictional investigative documentary looks back on the “assassination” of George W. Bush and attempts to answer the question of who committed the murder. Perhaps less morbid and disturbing to watch now than during Bush’s presidency, the film doesn’t address Bush’s policies at all, instead focusing on the way a nation assigns blame in a time of crisis.



27 .) For Your Consideration (2006) directed by Christopher Guest

 For Your Consideration (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • IMDB 3
  • Ranker

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film “Home for Purim,” a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.



26 .) Forgotten Silver (1995) directed by Costa Botes

 Forgotten Silver (1995)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • IMDB 3
  • Screen Rant

The life story of Colin McKenzie, a forgotten pioneer of international cinema who was born in rural New Zealand in 1888.



25 .) Hard Core Logo (1996) directed by Bruce McDonald

 Hard Core Logo (1996)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IMDB 3

Bruce Macdonald follows punk bank Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada. As magnetic lead-singer Joe Dick holds the whole magilla together through sheer force of will, all the tensions and pitfalls of life on the road come bubbling to the surface.



24 .) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) directed by Akiva Schaffer

 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • IMDB 3

When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar Conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He’ll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz.



23 .) Real Life (1979) directed by Albert Brooks

 Real Life (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IMDB 3

A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series “An American Family”.



22 .) Series 7: The Contenders (2001) directed by Daniel Minahan

 Series 7: The Contenders (2001)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • io9
  • SBS

A reality TV program selects six contestants to participate in a free-for-all, no holds barred deathmatch, where they must skillfully outwit and kill each other in order to be the last person alive.



21 .) Take the Money and Run (1969) directed by Woody Allen

 Take the Money and Run (1969)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine

Virgil Starkwell is intent on becoming a notorious bank robber. Unfortunately for Virgil and his not-so-budding career, he is completely incompetent.



20 .) The Big Tease (1999) directed by Kevin Allen

 The Big Tease (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Box Office Mojo
  • IMDB 3

Thinking he’s competing in Los Angeles’ hot Platinum Scissors contest, Scottish hairstylist Crawford (Craig Ferguson) leaves Glasgow with a film crew to capture the event. When he learns he’s a mere audience member, Crawford must find a way to become the mane event. Abhorrent Norwegian Stig is his stiff-as-gel competition. Drew Carey and others make cameo appearances in this hysterical mockumentar



19 .) The Blair Witch Project (1999) directed by Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick

 The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • SBS
  • Smashing Lists

In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.



18 .) Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) directed by Scott Glosserman

 Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker

The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.



17 .) Brüno (2009) directed by Larry Charles

 Brüno (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3

Flamboyantly gay Austrian television reporter Bruno stirs up trouble with unsuspecting guests and large crowds through brutally frank interviews and painfully hilarious public displays of homosexuality.



16 .) Incident at Loch Ness (2004) directed by Zak Penn

 Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • Ranker

The German film director Werner Herzog sets out to the Scottish Highlands to make a documentary, “Enigma of Loch Ness”, exploding the myth of the Loch Ness Monster. Meanwhile, another documentary film crew is making a film about Werner Herzog, and we see the production of “Enigma” from their point of view. Shooting on a rented boat, tensions begin to rise as director Herzog and his producer, Zak Penn, find themselves at cross-purposes on the black surface of Loch Ness. Things get very edgy when the film crew starts seeing shapes in the murky water.



15 .) The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978) directed by Eric Idle

 The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant

The story of the rise and fall of the Pre-Fab Four.



14 .) C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004) directed by Kevin Willmott

 C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • io9
  • Ranker

Through the eyes of a British “documentary”, this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.



13 .) CB4 (1993) directed by Tamra Davis

 CB4 (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant

A “rockumentary”, covering the rise to fame of MC Gusto, Stab Master Arson, and Dead Mike: members of the rap group “CB4”. We soon learn that these three are not what they seem and don’t apear to know as much about rap music as they claim… but a lack of musical ability in an artist never hurts sales, does it? You’ve just got to play the part of a rap star…



12 .) Zelig (1983) directed by Woody Allen

 Zelig (1983)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • IFC
  • IMDB 3
  • SBS
  • Screen Rant

Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth, and others.



11 .) Bob Roberts (1992) directed by Tim Robbins

 Bob Roberts (1992)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant

Mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate written and directed by actor Tim Robbins. Bob Roberts is a folksinger with a difference: He offers tunes that protest welfare chiselers, liberal whining, and the like. As the filmmakers follow his campaign, Robbins gives needle-sharp insight into the way candidates manipulate the media.



10 .) Fear of a Black Hat (1993) directed by Rusty Cundieff

 Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • SBS
  • Screen Rant

Chronicling the controversial career of bad boys N.W.H. (Niggaz With Hats), this uproarious ‘mockumentary’ lampoons all of hardcore rap’s hot-button issues. This underground laugh riot recounts the rise, fall and resurrection of a clueless bunch of would-be rappers, Ice Cold, Tone-Def & Tasty Taste performing as N.W.H.



9 .) Man Bites Dog (1992) directed by Rémy Belvaux

 Man Bites Dog (1992)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • List Challenges
  • Paste Magazine
  • Screen Rant
  • Smashing Lists

The activities of rampaging, indiscriminate serial killer Ben are recorded by a willingly complicit documentary team, who eventually become his accomplices and active participants. Ben provides casual commentary on the nature of his work and arbitrary musings on topics of interest to him, such as music or the conditions of low-income housing, and even goes so far as to introduce the documentary crew to his family. But their reckless indulgences soon get the better of them.



8 .) A Mighty Wind (2003) directed by Christopher Guest

 A Mighty Wind (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine
  • Ranker
  • Smashing Lists

In “A Mighty Wind”, director Christopher Guest reunites the team from “Best In Show” and “Waiting for Guffman” to tell tell the story of 60’s-era folk musicians, who inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York City’s Town Hall.



7 .) Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) directed by Michael Patrick Jann

 Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine
  • SBS
  • Screen Rant

In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps; explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town, the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but sweet) Amber Atkins won’t give up without a fight.



6 .) I’m Still Here (2010) directed by Casey Affleck

 I’m Still Here (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 3
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • Smashing Lists

I’m Still Here is a portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, the film follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip-hop musician. The film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads and explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.



5 .) What We Do in the Shadows (2014) directed by Jemaine Clement

 What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine
  • SBS
  • Screen Rant

Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.



4 .) Best in Show (2000) directed by Christopher Guest

 Best in Show (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine
  • Ranker
  • SBS
  • Screen Rant

The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives — the Mayflower Dog Show. The canine contestants and their owners are as wondrously diverse as the great country that has bred them.



3 .) Waiting for Guffman (1996) directed by Christopher Guest

 Waiting for Guffman (1996)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant

Corky St. Clair is a director, actor and dancer in Blaine, Missouri. When it comes time to celebrate Blaine’s 150th anniversary, Corky resolves to bring down the house in Broadway style in this hilarious mockumentary from the people who brought you “This is Spinal Tap!”



2 .) Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) directed by Larry Charles

 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Paste Magazine
  • Ranker
  • SBS
  • Screen Rant
  • Smashing Lists

Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences. His backwards behavior generates strong reactions around him exposing prejudices and hypocrisies in American culture.



1 .) This Is Spinal Tap (1984) directed by Rob Reiner

 This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Box Office Mojo
  • Goliath
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • IMDB 3
  • Paste Magazine
  • Ranker
  • SBS
  • Screen Rant
  • Smashing Lists

“This Is Spinal Tap” shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.



 


The 100+ Additional Best Mockumentaries Ever Made



 

#MoviesDirectorsLists
30Brothers of the Head (2005)Keith FultonIMDB 3
Ranker
31Chalk (2006)Mike AkelIMDB
IMDB 3
32Comic Book: The Movie (2004)Mark HamillIMDB 3
Ranker
33Confetti (2006)Debbie IsittIMDB
IMDB 3
34Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007)Justin Lin
Box Office Mojo
IMDB
35Gamers (2006)Christopher FolinoIMDB 3
Ranker
36Ghostwatch (1992) io9
List Challenges
37Kenny (2006)Clayton JacobsonIMDB
SBS
38Lake Mungo (2008) 
List Challenges
Smashing Lists
39LolliLove (2004)Jenna FischerIMDB
IMDB 3
40Man of the Year (1995)Dirk Shafer
Box Office Mojo
IMDB 3
41Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)Steve BarronIMDB 3
Smashing Lists
42Punishment Park (1971) 
List Challenges
Smashing Lists
43Surf’s Up (2007)Ash BrannonIMDB
IMDB 3
44Sweet and Lowdown (1999)Woody AllenGoliath
IMDB 3
45The Grand 
Box Office Mojo
Ranker
46We Make Movies (2016)Matt ToryIMDB 2
IMDB 3
47[REC]² (2009) 
List Challenges
48[REC]³ Genesis (2012) 
List Challenges
49102 Minutes That Changed America (2008) 
List Challenges
502gether (2000 TV Movie)Nigel DickIMDB 3
517 Days in Hell (2015 TV Movie)Jake SzymanskiIMDB 3
52A Day Without a Mexican (2004)Sergio ArauIMDB 3
53
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998)
 
List Challenges
54Alive in Joburg io9
55Alone With Her (2006) 
List Challenges
56An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn 
Box Office Mojo
57And God Spoke 
Box Office Mojo
58August Underground (2001) 
List Challenges
59August Underground’s Mordum (2003) 
List Challenges
60August Underground’s Penance (2007) 
List Challenges
61Babylon 5, “And Now for a Word” io9
62Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story 
Box Office Mojo
63Cannibal Holocaust Ranker
64Children of the Revolution 
Box Office Mojo
65Chronicles of an Exorcism (2008) 
List Challenges
66Cloverfield (2008) 
List Challenges
67Confessions of a Porn Addict (2008)Duncan ChristieIMDB 3
68Corked! 
Box Office Mojo
69Dadetown 
Box Office Mojo
70Dick Ho: Asian Male Porn Star (2006)Jeffrey LeiIMDB 3
71District 9 (2009)Neill BlomkampIMDB 3
72Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016 TV Movie)Jeremy KonnerIMDB 3
73Exit Through the Giftshop (2010) 
Smashing Lists
74Farce of the Penguins 
Box Office Mojo
75Farscape, “A Constellation of Doubt” io9
76Fellowship of the Dice (2005)Matthew Michael RossIMDB 3
77First on the Moon (2005)Aleksey FedorchenkoIMDB 3
78Fubar (2002)Michael DowseIMDB
79Fudge 44 (2006)Graham JonesIMDB 3
80G-Sale (2003)Randy NargiIMDB 3
81Gang Tapes (2001) 
List Challenges
82Gangsta Rap: The Glockumentary (2007)Coke DanielsIMDB 3
83Get Ready to Be Boyzvoiced (2000)Espen EckboIMDB 3
84Ghosts with Shit Jobs io9
85How to Be a Serial Killer 
Box Office Mojo
86Husbands and Wives 
Box Office Mojo
87Il Mistero Di Lovecraft – Road to L. (2005) 
List Challenges
88In Memorium (2005) 
List Challenges
89
In the Jungle: The Making of Cannibal Holocaust (2003)
 
List Challenges
90Invasion (2005) 
List Challenges
91It’s All Gone Pete Tong 
Box Office Mojo
92Killing Gunther (2017)Taran KillamIMDB 3
93Les mercredis de l’histoire (1999– ) Episode: Dark Side of the Moon (2002)William KarelIMDB 3
94Lifetime Gross 
Box Office Mojo
95Love Possibly (2018)Michael BoccaliniIMDB 3
96Man with a Plan 
Box Office Mojo
97Mascots (2016)Christopher GuestIMDB 3
98Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1992 TV Movie)Julie BrownIMDB 3
99Morris: A Life with Bells On (2009)Lucy AkhurstIMDB 3
100Never Been Thawed 
Box Office Mojo
101Off the Beaten Path (2004 Video) 
List Challenges
102Operation Avalanche (2016)Matt JohnsonIMDB 3
103Paranormal Activity : Tokyo Night 
List Challenges
104Paranormal Activity (2007) 
List Challenges
105Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) 
List Challenges
106Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) 
List Challenges
107Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) 
List Challenges
108Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)Amy PoehlerIMDB 2
109Pauly Shore is Dead 
Box Office Mojo
110Quarantine (2008) 
List Challenges
111Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) 
List Challenges
112R2-D2: Beneath the Dome io9
113Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance (2007) 
Screen Rant
114REC (2011) 
List Challenges
115Sons of Provo (2004)Will SwensonIMDB 3
116Strawberry Estates (2001) 
List Challenges
117Surviving Eden 
Box Office Mojo
118Tanner ’88 (1988) IFC
119The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down (2006)Paul SapianoIMDB 3
120The Clowns (1970 TV Movie)Federico FelliniIMDB 3
121The Collingswood Story 
List Challenges
122The Delicate Art of Parking (2003)Trent CarlsonIMDB 3
123The Falls io9
124The Flying Scissors (2009)Jonah TulisIMDB 3
125The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)Jamie UysIMDB 3
126The Heavenly Kings (2006)Daniel WuIMDB 3
127The Incident at Loch Ness io9
128The Last Broadcast (1998) 
List Challenges
129The Last Polka (1985 TV Movie)John BlanchardIMDB 3
130The Magician 
List Challenges
131The Making of ‘…And God Spoke’ (1993)Arthur BormanIMDB 3
132The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human Ranker
133The Mother of Invention (2009)Andrew BowserIMDB 3
134The Office (2001-2003; 2005-2013) IFC
135The Office (2001-3) SBS
136The Office (2005–2013)Steve CarellIMDB 2
137The Old Negro Space Program io9
138The Old Negro Space Program (2004)Andy BobrowIMDB 3
139The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007) 
List Challenges
140The St. Francisville Experiment 
List Challenges
141The Trip Ranker
142The War Game io9
143The Wicksboro Incident (2003) 
List Challenges
144The X-Files, “X-Cops” io9
145The Zombie Diaries (2006) 
List Challenges
146Tour de Pharmacy (2017 TV Movie)Jake SzymanskiIMDB 3
147Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day 
Paste Magazine
148Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)Mike ClattenburgIMDB 3
149Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 
Box Office Mojo
150Trollhunter (2010)André ØvredalIMDB 3
151Welcome to the Jungle (2007) 
List Challenges
152WW III: World War III (1998 TV Movie)Robert StoneIMDB 3
153Zero Day (2003) 
List Challenges

 


 


13 Best Mockumentary Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Box Office Mojo Mockumentary Movies at the Box Office
Goliath The 10 Best Mockumentaries Of All Time
IFC 10 Mockumentaries That Turn Up the Hilarity to Eleven
IMDB The Best Modern Mockumentary Films
IMDB 2 The 10 Funniest Mockumentaries Ever Made
IMDB 3 Memorable Mockumentaries
io9 15 Scifi Mockumentaries That Will Leave You Questioning Reality
List Challenges Top Found Footage/POV/Mockumentary Movies
Paste Magazine The 12 Funniest Mockumentaries
Ranker Mockumentary Movies
SBS The 11 best mockumentaries of all time
Screen Rant 15 Funniest Mockumentaries Of All Time
Smashing Lists Top 10 Mockumentaries

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