A film or series that revolves around non-news reporting of NonFiction subjects.

Many documentaries are known to break several OmnipresentTropes which exist in other genres due to nature of the documentaries.

Types of {{Documentary}} include:
* The TVDocumentary.
* The NatureDocumentary.
* The DocumentaryOfLies.
** TwistingTheWords
* The SpeculativeDocumentary
* The DocuSoap

Works of fiction or comedy sometimes use a style that imitates or parodies the {{Documentary}}:
* The DocumentaryEpisode.
* The FauxDocumentary.
* The FauxToGuide.
* The {{Mockumentary}}.

The MondoMovie is an intesting type of ExploitationFilm that can be a hybrid of the serious types (the original ''Mondo Cane'') or be totally fake (''Faces of Death'').

Compare and contrast NewsBroadcast.
!! A list of tropes that are commonly found in, or specific to, documentaries:

* TheKenBurnsEffect
* ManipulativeEditing
* NationalGeographicNudity
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* ShootTheMoney
* StockFootage
* StrawmanPolitical
* TalkingHeads

* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation''
* Series/BBCHistoricalFarmSeries
* WebVideo/BecomingYouTube is a weird mix of a serious documentary and {{Mockumentary}}-style [[SketchComedy sketches]].
* ''Film/BeyondTheMat''
* ''{{Blackfish}}''
* ''Series/BloodDolphins''
* ''[[Film/TheBonesBrigadeAnAutobiography The Bones Brigade: An Autobiography]]'': A biography Stacy Peralta(one of the best skaters in the 70s)'s creation of the Powell Peralta company after the sudden disband of the Zephyr Skateboard team, and the start of the Bones Brigade, their rise to fame, their revolutionary contributions to the skateboarding community and the emotional roller coaster of each individual skaters.
* ''[[Film/BroniesTheExtremelyUnexpectedAdultFansOfMyLittlePony Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans Of My Little Pony]]''
* ''TheBusinessOfBeingBorn'': About pregnancy and birthing in America.
* ''Film/CardSubjectToChange'': Life on the ProfessionalWrestling independent scene, for both RingOldies, current stars and young hopefuls.
* ''Film/TheCove'': About dolphin hunting/fishing in Japan and won an Oscar.
* ''Film/TheDarkSideOfChocolate:'' About the widespread but strangely unknown-to-the-public use of child slaves in the cocoa industry.
* ''Film/{{Earthlings}}:'' About the horrific treatment of animals in the food industry, puppy mills, etc...
* ''Film/EnronTheSmartestGuysInTheRoom''
* ''Film/{{Everest}}''
* ''FatHead'': A rebuttal to SupersizeMe.
* ''Film/FirstStrike:'' About the possibility of a nuclear surprise attack on the United States.
* ''Film/TheFogOfWar:'' About former Secretary of Defence Robert Macnamara.
* ''FoodInc.''
* ''Film/ForAllMankind''
* ''ForksOverKnives''
* ''Film/{{Grass}}''
* ''Film/GreyGardens''
* ''Film/GrizzlyMan''
* ''GunsGermsAndSteel''
* "Hellbound" A documentary about different perceptions of hell.
* ''Series/AHistoryOfScotland'': Explores [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the history of]] UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}.
* ''Film/{{Home 2006}}'': This documentary looks at New York City through the eyes of a number of famous people.
* ''Series/InSearchOf'': A documentary series centered around popular mysteries, with Creator/LeonardNimoy as the narrator.
* ''Film/JesusCamp''
* ''Film/{{Jonestown}}''
* ''Film/KissLovesYou''
* ''Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}}''
* ''Film/TheLifeAndTimesOfRosieTheRiveter''
* ''Film/LetTheFireBurn''
* ''LooseChange''
* ''Film/ManWithAMovieCamera''
* ''Series/MiraclesForSale'': A Derren Brown special about the US faith healing industry.
* "Missrepresentation'' A documentary about attitudes toward women in the media and in American society.
* ''Film/NextGoalWins'' is the story of the worst team in international soccer and their attempts to win one game.
* ''Film/NanookOfTheNorth'' (1922), the TropeMaker, Robert Flaherty's film about life among the Inuk people of upper Hudson Bay.
* ''Pedigree Dogs Exposed'': About the effects of inbreeding and other KC practices on the health of purebreds as a whole and certain breeds in particular.
* ''Film/{{Primary}}'': Groundbreaking cinema verite film about the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary contest between Hubert Humphrey and JohnFKennedy.
* ''Film/ReclaimingTheBlade'': On medieval European swordmanship.
* ''ReelBadArabs'': A documentary about the stereotyping of Arabs and other Middle Eastern peoples in mainstream media, particularly films, and all the UnfortunateImplications coming from it.
* ''Film/{{Revolution 1968}}'': This documentary explores hippiedom in San Francisco in 1967.
* ''Film/{{Revolution 2012}}'': This documentary explores the importance of saving the environment.
* ''Series/SecondsFromDisaster'', about major disasters (natural or man-made) and the series of events leading up to them.
* ''WebVideo/{{The Smash Brothers}}'': A nine-episode WebOriginal following seven of the most influential ''SuperSmashBros Melee'' players of all time, as well as the community surrounding them.
* ''Film/SuperSizeMe'': One man's attempt to eat McDonalds, and only McDonalds, for 30 days in a row.
* ''Film/TheTiesThatBind1985'': A documentary on the life of the filmmaker's mother.
* ''Film/{{TPBAFK}}'': A documentary about ''Website/ThePirateBay'' and the trial of its creators.
* ''Film/WakingSleepingBeauty''
* ''Film/WhoKilledTheElectricCar'': It examines the reasons for the dismantlement of the electric car program of the early 2000s.
* ''Series/WhyWeFight2005''
* ''Film/WinnebagoMan'': Explores the phenomenon of viral videos, in particular that of one man's profanity-laden out-takes.