These American Lives: Docs for Fans of Public Radio Stories

Documentary titles for fans of public radio programs like This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Studio 360, Radiolab, etc. In fact, some of these stories were told on radio before they became the subject of a documentary film. The selections are a curious mix of profiles, essays, micro-histories, human-interest stories, and slices of stranger-than-fiction real life.

Related lists:
People are Strange: Beyond the Average Human Interest Stories
The Reflective Screen: The Documentary as Film Memoir
Three-Sided Stories: Documentaries on Court Cases

  • Mortified Nation
  • This American Life Live: The Invisible Made Visible
  • Summercamp!
  • Shakespeare Behind Bars
  • Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary
  • The American Sector
  • Boys State
  • Dear Santa
  • The Donut King
  • Garage
  • Jasper Mall
  • 9/11 Kids
  • Dieorama
  • Most Likely to Succeed
  • Red, White & Wasted
  • Zulu Summer
  • Almost Almost Famous
  • The Biggest Little Farm
  • The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man
  • The Candidates
  • My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes
  • North Pole, NY
  • Science Fair
  • The World Before Your Feet
  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • Central Park: The People's Place
  • If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast
  • Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much
  • The Strange Name Movie
  • Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America
  • California Typewriter
  • Chicken People
  • How to Build a Time Machine
  • Life, Animated
  • Nuts!
  • Pickle
  • The World's Greatest Head Massage: An ASMR Journey
  • Batkid Begins
  • Beaver Trilogy Part IV
  • Book Club
  • Capital C
  • County Fair, Texas
  • Game Show Dynamos
  • How to Dance in Ohio
  • In Country
  • Jedi Junior High
  • Still Dreaming
  • Tig
  • The Two Dollar Bill Documentary
  • The Wolfpack
  • Advanced Style
  • All American High: Revisited
  • Art and Craft
  • Atari: Game Over
  • The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
  • Bronx Obama
  • Iris
  • Jesus Town, USA
  • Showfolk
  • Sign Painters
  • Underwater Dreams
  • We Cause Scenes
  • Gideon's Army
  • If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the NY Accent
  • The Institute
  • Jingle Bell Rocks!
  • Married and Counting
  • We Always Lie to Strangers
  • The American Scream
  • Birders: The Central Park Effect
  • Brooklyn Castle
  • Drivers Wanted
  • The Fruit Hunters
  • Magic Camp
  • Pretty Old
  • The Queen of Versailles
  • Becoming Santa
  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Eames: The Architect and the Painter
  • Make Believe
  • Project Nim
  • Superheroes
  • And Everything Is Going Fine
  • Andy Paris: Bubblegum King
  • Bad Writing
  • 45365
  • Mister Rogers & Me
  • The Parking Lot Movie
  • Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
  • Top Ten Monks
  • Studs Terkel: Listening to America
  • This American Life - Return to the Scene of the Crime
  • Between the Folds
  • Frontrunners
  • Girls Rock!
  • Herb & Dorothy
  • The Order of Myths
  • The Rock-afire Explosion
  • Big Rig