Required Viewing: Documentaries

These in my opinion, are absolutely the best documentaries everyone should see. I find no way to accurately or fairly rank these so they will be listed alphabetically.
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1.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
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ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world... (60 mins.)
“ I have viewed several of these and do not remember which at the moment. The two episodes that do stick out in my memory the best are "Broke" and "You Don't Know Bo". I suggest both. ” - grant-tom
 
2.
After Porn Ends (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of the lives of several former adult performers who have retired from the porn industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Bryce Wagoner
“ Wow! A stone-cold, sobering look at present life for several early generation adult film stars. Those willing to watch with an open mind will be generously rewarded with a lesson in humility, dignity, compassion, and the importance of a strong personal foundation and self-esteem. This documentary cements some of the reasons as to just who and why those enter this business. There's a heavy price to pay when one becomes addicted to vanity. ” - grant-tom
 
3.
National Geographic: Amish on Break (2011 Documentary)
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Five Amish teenagers leave their sheltered community for the first time to spend four weeks abroad in the United Kingdom...
Director: Harry Beney
 
4.
Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho (2010 Video)
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For nearly twenty years, Chris Jericho has stolen the spotlight, becoming one of the most recognized Superstars in sports-entertainment history... (107 mins.)
Director: Kevin Dunn
 
5.
Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock (2005 Documentary)
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BURNING MAN: BEYOND BLACK ROCK goes behind the scenes of a social revolution to explore the philosophy that fuels it... (105 mins.)
Director: Damon Brown
“ I have two places on this planet that I would like to visit and experience at least once before I pass on: Ibiza, Spain for it's world renowned culture of electronic music, and Black Rock City for the phenomenon known as Burning Man.

While this documentary is sub-par on production value, the content is what can be salvaged. I know as much as I can from the annual festival doing as much reading I can. However, this does give a true glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes to organize and operate this spiritual event. ” - grant-tom
 
6.
Copyright Criminals (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling. (65 mins.)
 
7.
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008 Documentary)
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. (93 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
8.
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team. (91 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
9.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010 Documentary)
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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe... (97 mins.)
“ If you want to see how to lose weight and fight obesity in possibly the healthiest way - see this documentary. There is a lot of inspiration packed into this film, all coming from a very personal and honest place. ” - grant-tom
 
10.
Heckler (2007 Documentary)
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HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. After starring in a film that was critically bashed... (80 mins.)
Director: Michael Addis
“ An honest study into the psyche of the comedian as well as the heckler and critic. Like many things, this shouldn't be taken for face value. There is a lot to appreciate here that can be applied to life outside comedy. ” - grant-tom
 
11.
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998 Documentary)
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Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF. (93 mins.)
Director: Paul Jay
 
12.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
“ What you have here is David vs. Goliath in the world of the King Kong high score record. ” - grant-tom
 
13.
Knuckleball! (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that showcases baseball's most unpredictable pitch. (93 mins.)
 
14.
Re:Generation (2011 Documentary)
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This documentary feature, produced in association with The Grammy's, looks at the history, songwriting... (75 mins.)
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
 
15.
RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary which examines copyright issues in the information age. (87 mins.)
Director: Brett Gaylor
 
16.
Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (2006 Documentary)
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The rise, fall, and rebirth of Christian Hosoi, the young man who helped skateboarding re-emerge as a major cultural influence in the 1980s... (98 mins.)
 
17.
Scratch (2001 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now... (92 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
18.
Special When Lit (2009 Documentary)
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What made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s? Pinball. Special... (97 mins.)
Director: Brett Sullivan
 
19.
Super High Me (2007 Documentary)
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Stand up comedian and marijuana user Doug Benson documents thirty days of pot free living and thirty days of non-stop use to compare the effects of both. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Blieden
 
20.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
21.
Waiting for 'Superman' (2010 Documentary)
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An examination of the current state of education in America today. (111 mins.)
 
22.
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009 Documentary)
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A year in the life of the White family, well known for Jesco White, the star of the "Dancing Outlaw" documentary. (86 mins.)
Director: Julien Nitzberg
“ WOW! A fascinating look at the sociological and psychological aspects of humans and the culture we created.

This is a vividly open and all-access look at the past and current life of the "White" family. Ugly dysfunction at it's finest. Like an automobile accident you can not look away.

While not necessary, I suggest you first check out "Dancing Outlaw (1990)" before diving into this monster. It will provide you with the back story to the most notorious member of the family - Jesco White. ” - grant-tom
 
23.
X Games 3D: The Movie (2009 Documentary)
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Follows six extreme sports stars as they prepare for and then compete in the 2008 Summer X-Games in Los Angeles... (92 mins.)
Director: Steve Lawrence
“ Is flying human's greatest goal? ” - grant-tom
 
24.
Waiting for Lightning (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on pro skateboarder Danny Way's tough childhood and his contributions to the sport, including footage of his jump over the Great Wall of China. (96 mins.)
Director: Jacob Rosenberg
 
25.
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012 Documentary)
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When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too - as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field. (90 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
26.
Just Like Us (2010 Documentary)
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The director takes us on a hilarious tour from Dubai to Beirut, Riyadh to New York with a gaggle of other stand-up talent... (72 mins.)
Director: Ahmed Ahmed
 
27.
TWA Flight 800 (2013 Documentary)
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A thought-provoking documentary about the ill-fated Trans World Airline Flight 800 to Paris, France... (90 mins.)
 
28.
Last Days Here (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back. (91 mins.)