25 Favorite Documentaries

I doubt I've gone a month in the last ten years of my life without watching at least one of these titles. Watching documentaries is essential to my sanity.
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1.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
2.
The House Is Black (1963 Documentary)
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude. (20 mins.)
 
3.
Portrait of Jason (1967 Documentary)
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The highlights of a 12-hour interview with Aaron Payne, alias Jason Holliday, a former houseboy, would-be cabaret performer... (105 mins.)
Director: Shirley Clarke
 
4.
In the Year of the Pig (1968 Documentary)
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Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots... (103 mins.)
 
5.
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969 Documentary)
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From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival... (251 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
6.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
 
7.
Marjoe (1972 Documentary)
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Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit... (88 mins.)
 
8.
Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary)
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An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Davis
 
9.
Attila 74: The Rape of Cyprus (1975 Documentary)
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An indictment of the protagonists in the Cypriot civil war. (103 mins.)
 
10.
Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows Dr. Penny Patterson's current scientific study of Koko, a gorilla who communicates through American Sign Language. (85 mins.)
 
11.
Tattooed Tears (1979 Documentary)
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An intimate, hands on encounter with a maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino California. (85 mins.)
 
12.
Shoah (1985 Documentary)
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Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors. (566 mins.)
Director: Claude Lanzmann
 
13.
Sherman's March (1985 Documentary)
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Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of... (157 mins.)
Director: Ross McElwee
 
14.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
15.
American Dream (1990 Documentary)
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Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers... (98 mins.)
 
16.
Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993 Documentary)
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A documentary about two gay men as they live through their last months of life with AIDS. (99 mins.)
 
17.
Carl Th. Dreyer: My Métier (1995 Documentary)
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Carl Theodor Dreyer is a young journalist in Copenhagen when he gets involved in the early Danish film industry... (96 mins.)
 
18.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
 
19.
Confession (1998 Mini-Series)
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Originally a five-part semi-documentary series on Russian television, this scaled down release tells... (260 mins.)
 
20.
Divorce Iranian Style (1998 Documentary)
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A documentary about real divorce cases in Iran's tribunals. (80 mins.)
 
21.
The Gleaners & I (2000 Documentary)
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An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director... (82 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
22.
ABC Africa (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary account of the AIDS crisis in Uganda. (83 mins.)
 
23.
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003 Documentary)
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In their own words, and not a moment too soon - 'Broadway' tells the stories of our theatrical legends... (111 mins.)
Director: Rick McKay
 
24.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
25.
Dying at Grace (2003 Documentary)
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(148 mins.)
Director: Allan King