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Celebrities who made successful documentaries

  • Published at 11:27 pm July 21st, 2018

Movie and music stars have long been producing and starring in documentaries. Some have gone as far as winning an Oscar nomination for their documentaries, as Leonardo DiCaprio did for ‘Virunga’ (2014) while some have helmed the works they produced, as Beyonce did in her critically acclaimed self-starrer ‘Life Is But a Dream’ (2013). Dhaka Tribune Showtime explores some of the notable documentaries by celebrities who went the extra mile.

Brad Pitt

Produced two critically acclaimed documentaries: "God Grew Tired of Us," a 2006 film about three of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and 2016's "Voyage of Time," a documentary about the birth and death of the known universe.

Angelina Jolie

Produced, directed, and starred in "A Place in Time." Celebrities visit orphanages and refugee camps in the 2007 film that documents the daily lives of people in more than two dozen countries around the world during the course of a week.


Produced, starred in and narrated "Madonna: Truth or Dare," a 1991 film that chronicled her 1990 "Blond Ambition" world tour. The documentary made over $29 million in the box office, making it the highest grossing documentary ever, at the time.

Eva Longoria

Produced and starred in the celebrated 2014 film "Food Chains," which examines agricultural labour in the United States.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Produced five documentaries: "The 11th Hour," a 2007 film on the environment; "Virunga," a 2014 movie on conservation work in the Congo that was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature; "Cowspiracy," a 2015 documentary about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment; "The Ivory Game," a 2016 project on the ivory trade; and "Before the Flood," a 2016 climate change documentary.


Directed and executive produced "Life Is But a Dream" (2013), an intimate look at her life behind the scenes. The HBO documentary was well-received by critics and earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for outstanding documentary.

Idris Elba

Produced "Mandela, My Dad and Me" (2015). The film captures the period in which the actor lost his father and created an album inspired by his portrayal of political leader Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

Lady Gaga

Produced and starred in "Gaga: Five Foot Two" (2017). The Netflix film documents the events around the production and release of the music star's fifth studio album, "Joanne," and her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show.