Last Updated on 20 September 2023

The following list is the Official Definitive List of the 75 best mockumentary movies of all time.

I found 15 different ranked lists online of “best mockumentaries of all time” and pulled them all into Excel and merged them all to get this definitive compilation.  A mockumentary is a portmanteau of ‘documentary’ and ‘mock’ and is a type of film depicting fictional events but presented as a documentary.

Below is a list of the 75 best mockumentaries of all time.

  1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  2. Best in Show (2000)
  3. Borat (2006)
  4. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
  5. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
  6. Zelig (1983)
  7. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
  8. Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
  9. A Mighty Wind (2003)
  10. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
  11. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)
  12. Man Bites Dog (1992)
  13. District 9 (2009)
  14. Bob Roberts (1992)
  15. Punishment Park (1971)
  16. Brüno (2009)
  17. Forgotten Silver (1995)
  18. I’m Still Here (2010)
  19. Hard Core Logo (1996)
  20. Series 7: The Contenders (2001)
  21. Kenny (2006)
  22. 7 Days in Hell (2015)
  23. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  24. CB4 (1993)
  25. Surf’s Up (2007)
  26. Tour de Pharmacy (2017)
  27. It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
  28. Take the Money and Run (1969)
  29. Real Life (1979)
  30. Las Hurdes (Land Without Bread) (1933)
  31. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
  32. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
  33. For Your Consideration (2006)
  34. Get Ready to Be Boyzvoiced (2000)
  35. A Necessary Death (2008)
  36. Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
  37. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
  38. C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)
  39. Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)
  40. Dill Scallion (1999)
  41. How to Sleep (1935)
  42. Chalk (2006)
  43. Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
  44. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)
  45. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  46. The Atomic Cafe (1982)
  47. Trollhunter (2010)
  48. Brothers of the Head (2005)
  49. Bad Trip (2021)
  50. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009)
  51. Mascots (2016)
  52. Comic Book: The Movie (2004)
  53. Razzle Dazzle (2007)
  54. We Make Movies (2016)
  55. The Trip (2010)
  56. The Last Polka (1985)
  57. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
  58. Mister America (2019)
  59. The Falls (1980)
  60. The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999)
  61. Muffin Man (2003)
  62. American Zombie (2007)
  63. The Clowns (1970)
  64. Death of a President (2006)
  65. Street Thief (2006)
  66. The Grand (2007)
  67. Alien Autopsy (2006)
  68. Fubar (2002)
  69. The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)
  70. The Nowhere Inn (2020)
  71. The Independent (2000)
  72. Confessions of a Porn Addict (2008)
  73. Gamers (2006)
  74. Danny Roane: First Time Director (2006)
  75. Fubar: Balls to the Wall (2010)

I was only able to find 15 lists. I took the 15 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. I experimented with different formulas, trying to balance the value of being ranked high on any list and being included on the most lists. I ended up averaging the rankings each movie got (there were 40 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that movie was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists.

The movies that were on the most lists (out of 15) were:

  • This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – all 15 lists
  • Best in Show (2000) – 13 lists
  • Borat (2006) – 13 lists
  • What We Do In The Shadows (2014) – 11 lists
  • Waiting for Guffman (1996) – 10 lists
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) – 9 lists
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) – 8 lists
  • A Mighty Wind (2003) – 8 lists
  • Fear of a Black Hat (1994) – 7 lists
  • The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978) – 7 lists

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