Top 10 Must See American Documentaries

The following list compiles ten of the best documentary films relating to the United States, released in the last 25 years. The documentaries here are shown in no particular order
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1.
The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
2.
The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man... (106 mins.)
 
3.
Lake of Fire (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. (152 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
4.
Sicko (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
5.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
 
6.
No End in Sight (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country. (102 mins.)
 
7.
The Staircase (2004 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller... (384 mins.)
 
8.
Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A documentary about the Indian Point power plant and it's virtual lack of security following the tragic events of September 11, 2001. (45 mins.)
Director: Rory Kennedy
 
9.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
10.
The War (2007 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families. (124 mins.)