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This is a list of more or less known Mondo movies. Excluding famous Mondo movies like Mondo Cane, Shocking Africa, Shocking Asia, This is America and Faces of Death series.

A Mondo film (from the Italian word for world) is an exploitation documentary film, sometimes resembling a pseudo-documentary and usually depicting sensational topics, scenes, or situations. Common traits of mondo films include an emphasis on taboo subjects (such as death and sex), portrayals of foreign cultures (which have drawn accusations of ethnocentrism or racism), and staged sequences presented as genuine documentary footage. Over time, the films placed increasing emphasis on footage of the dead and dying (both real and fake). The term Shockumentary is also used to describe the genre.

Although earlier films such as European Nights (1959) and World By Night 1 & 2 (1961) may be considered examples of the genre, the origins of the mondo documentary are generally traced to the 1962 Italian film Mondo Cane (A Dog's World) by Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi which was a commercial success.

Documentary films imitating Mondo Cane in the 1960s often included the term Mondo in their titles, even if they were in English; examples include Mondo Bizarro, Mondo Daytona, Mondo Mod, Mondo Infame and Mondo Hollywood. Films outside the genre followed suit: Mondo Trasho, Mondo Weirdo: A Trip to Paranoia Paradise, Mondo Keyhole and Mondo Brutale (a German release of Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left) title themselves Mondo, although none are Mondo documentaries. Later in the decade, this naming convention began to fall out of favour and fewer Mondo films identified themselves as such in their titles.

Taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondo_film

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1. Naked World (1963)

92 min | Documentary

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Director: Francesco De Feo

Votes: 9

2. Taboos of the World (1963)

86 min | Documentary

An early shockumentary, a mondo style production that spins all over the world.

Director: Romolo Marcellini | Stars: Laila Novak, Vincent Price, Stefano Sibaldi

Votes: 16

3. Mondo Inferno (1964)

89 min | Documentary

This shockumentary takes us on visits to a restaurant that serves up delicious dog meat dishes, mud-wrestling clubs, a chastity belt store. We get to see bizarre funeral rites, snake ... See full summary »

Directors: Antonio Margheriti, Marco Vicario | Stars: Coccinelle, Stephen Garret, John Hart

Votes: 21

4. Kwaheri: Vanishing Africa (1964)

R | 80 min | Documentary

"Documentary" about an expedition through darkest Africa in search of a jungle medicine man who performs bizarre (and illegal) skull surgeries. Along the way there is much footage of ... See full summary »

Directors: Thor L. Brooks, Byron Chudnow | Stars: Kwaheri, Les Tremayne

Votes: 62

5. Malamondo (1964)

110 min | Documentary

This documentary looks at strange behaviors and practices in Europe, including nude skiing in Switzerland, hog-butchering in Italy, and an orgy in a graveyard.

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Don Backy, Adriano Celentano, Riccardo Cucciolla, Marvin Miller

Votes: 40

6. There Are Still Slaves in the World (1964)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

The film documents modern slave trade through a number of Arabian and African countries, under muslim rule. The filming was conducted both in public places, and sometimes with the use of ... See full summary »

Directors: Maleno Malenotti, Roberto Malenotti, Folco Quilici | Stars: Robert Lamoureux, Robin Maugham, Allen Swift

Votes: 63

7. This Shocking World (1963)

100 min | Documentary, Musical

A documentary highlighting some of the oddest, strangest and more grotesque examples of human behavior. Included are a tour of the Grand Guignol theater in Paris, a man who sticks long ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Proia | Stars: George Sanders, Alexander, Maria Ansaldi, Laura Betti

Votes: 73

8. A Fool's World (1964)

93 min | Documentary

Documentary showing perverse and aberrant behavior from around the globe, including such things as sex slavery, dwarf love, Asian brothels and lesbians.

Directors: Roberto Bianchi Montero, Albert T. Viola | Stars: Boris Karloff, Federico Boido, Franz Drago, Ugo Fangareggi

Votes: 148

9. Mondo Topless (1966)

X | 60 min | Documentary

Completely topless. Completely uninhibited. The craze that began in San Francisco is now exploding across the USA and Europe.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Babette Bardot, Darlene Grey, Pat Barrington, Diane Young

Votes: 1,055

10. Mondo Freudo (1966)

76 min | Documentary

A "hidden camera" takes the viewer on a worldwide tour of sexual practices and rituals, including Tijuana strippers, Asian sex shows, British prostitutes, New York devil worshipers and a Mexican slave market.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Judy Adler, Carol Baughman, Terry Bryan, Baby Bubbles

Votes: 111

11. Mondo Bizarro (1966)

80 min | Documentary, Adventure

A faux travelogue that mixes documentary and mockumentary footage. The camera looks through a one-way glass into the women's dressing room at a lingerie shop, visits a Kyoto massage parlor,... See full summary »

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Claude Emmand, Bob Cresse, Lee Frost, Dick Osmun

Votes: 147

12. Macabro (1966)

88 min | Documentary

Documentary showcasing various strange practices around the world, including tribal circumcision ceremonies, male Japanese geishas and headhunting Indian tribes in the Brazilian jungles.

Director: Romolo Marcellini | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 5

14. Mondo Hollywood (1967)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

Documentary about the social/political/cultural scene in Los Angeles, and especially Hollywood, in the mid to late '60s.

Director: Robert Carl Cohen | Stars: Margaretta Ramsey, Dale Davis, Theodore Charach, Ram Dass

Votes: 145

15. Sweden: Heaven and Hell (1968)

X | 90 min | Documentary

A narrated pseudo-documentary about sexuality in Sweden. It shows contraceptives for teen girls, lesbian nightclubs, wife swapping, porno movies, biker gangs, and Walpurgis Night ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Scattini | Stars: Edmund Purdom, Enrico Maria Salerno, Jean Topart, Marie Liljedahl

Votes: 231

16. The Queer... The Erotic (1969)

95 min | Documentary

The documentary shows in succession a ritual of male initiation in an African tribe, a lesson in sexual education in an European country; a travelling through the rooms of a museum of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Marcello Avallone | Stars: Heinz Drache, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 8

17. Wages of Sin (1969)

90 min | Documentary

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Director: Sergio Martino | Star: Edmund Purdom

Votes: 33

18. Naked England (1969)

108 min | Documentary

"Mondo" sort of documentary around English customs.

Director: Vittorio De Sisti | Stars: Giuseppe Rinaldi, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 9

19. Naked and Violent (1970)

104 min | Documentary

American problem expose concentrating on sex and violence.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Guido Gerosa, Gianfranco Vené, Edmund Purdom, Giorgio Albertazzi

Votes: 42

20. Notti porno nel mondo (1977)

80 min | Documentary

Laura Gemser introduces herself, "It's your old friend Emanuelle again..." to present a sexy mondo film, with her voice-off narration over the different sketches, and reproaching comments ... See full summary »

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Joe D'Amato | Stars: Laura Gemser, Marina Hedman, Anna Manduchi

Votes: 95

21. Brutes and Savages (1978)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

Fascinated by forbidden rituals and ceremonies, world explorer Arthur Davis takes a crew with hidden cameras to Africa and South America to secretly record the beauty and horror of the "law... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Davis | Stars: Arthur Davis, Richard Johnson

Votes: 135

22. Days of Fury (1980)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

An obscure collection of examples of today's problems, featuring tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tidal waves, locust swarms, fires, floods, plane crashes, racing accidents, assassinations, riots and animal killing.

Director: Fred Warshofsky | Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 34

23. Des morts (1979)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary

This morbid, unusual, and critically acclaimed documentary was filmed in the most exotic locations all over the world. Of the Dead (Des Morts) deals with death, the soon dead, and the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Pol Ferbus, Dominique Garny, Thierry Zéno

Votes: 121

24. The Killing of America (1981)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Crime

A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.

Directors: Sheldon Renan, Leonard Schrader | Stars: Chuck Riley, Ed Dorris, Thomas Noguchi, Sirhan Sirhan

Votes: 1,708

25. Savage Zone (1983)


Documentary looking at death, destruction, and weird customs around the world.

Director: Mario Morra | Stars: Kenneth Belton, Anthony La Penna

Votes: 8

26. Mondo New York (1988)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

A young woman wanders around New York City and stumbles across a number of strange characters and settings that represent the "underground" areas of the city. She sees stand up comedy in ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Keith | Stars: Joey Arias, Rick Aviles, Charlie Barnett, Joe Coleman

Votes: 152 | Gross: $0.19M

28. Murder Collection V.1 (2009 Video)

Unrated | 82 min | Horror

Years after his controversial web series was shut down, a mysterious collector reemerges to showcase samples of the death clips that he has accumulated.

Directors: Jerami Cruise, Fred Vogel, Shelby Lyn Vogel | Stars: Daniel V. Klein, Damien A. Maruscak, Sonny L. Shannon, Matthew Plutko

Votes: 165

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