Winners of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Documentaries

1985 - 2011. Great way to seek out new documentaries, I figure. If you like this list, you'll like my others.
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1.
Seventeen (1983 Documentary)
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In their final year at Muncie's Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtles toward maturity with a combination of joy... (120 mins.)
 
2.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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The life story of Louisa May Alcott based on her writings as well as those of family, friends and associates. (90 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Beirut: The Last Home Movie (1987 Documentary)
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Documentary about the Bustros Family (123 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Fox
 
5.
For All Mankind (1989 Documentary)
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This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours... (80 mins.)
Director: Al Reinert
 
6.
H-2 Worker (1990 Documentary)
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Expose on the exploitation of workers in the Florida sugar cane industry. (70 mins.)
Director: Stephanie Black
 
7.
Water and Power (1989 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Pat O'Neill
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. (71 mins.)
 
10.
A Brief History of Time (1991 Documentary)
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A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time. (80 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
11.
Finding Christa (1991 Documentary)
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A filmmaker reunites with the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty years later. (55 mins.)
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Freedom on My Mind (1994 Documentary)
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(105 mins.)
 
14.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
15.
Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (1995 Documentary)
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Troublesome Creek is the acclaimed story of the Jordan family's gamble to save their Iowa farm. From... (88 mins.)
 
16.
Girls Like Us (1997 Documentary)
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Documentary about four urban teenage girls, and their opinions about religion, music and sex. (60 mins.)
 
17.
Frat House (1998 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
 
18.
The Farm: Angola, USA (1998 Documentary)
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Documentary depicting day to day life in Angola Prison mostly from an inmate's perspective. Interviews are with several inmates including one with a life sentence who is about to die. (88 mins.)
 
19.
American Movie (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. (107 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
“ The documentary that got me hooked on film. ” - kingwilson
 
20.
Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000 Documentary)
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This documentary tells four stories of Apartheid in South Africa, as seen through the eyes of the Truth and Reconciliation commission... (94 mins.)
 
21.
Southern Comfort (2001 Documentary)
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Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a transgender man. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer... (90 mins.)
Director: Kate Davis
 
22.
Daughter from Danang (2002 Documentary)
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Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years. (83 mins.)
 
23.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
“ One of my faves of all-time. ” - kingwilson
 
24.
Dig! (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor. (107 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
 
25.
Why We Fight (2005 Documentary)
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Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions. (98 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
26.
God Grew Tired of Us (2006 Documentary)
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Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety. (89 mins.)
 
27.
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007 Documentary)
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An examination of corruption and class warfare in Brazil as told through the stories of a wealthy businessman, a plastic surgeon who assists kidnapping victims and a politician whose income relies on a frog farm. (85 mins.)
Director: Jason Kohn
 
28.
Trouble the Water (2008 Documentary)
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A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning. (90 mins.)
 
29.
We Live in Public (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade. (91 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
 
30.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
31.
How to Die in Oregon (2011 Documentary)
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In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize medical aid in dying. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland... (107 mins.)