100 Best Documentary Films of All-Time

Hundreds of films have been identified as the best documentary films of all time. This is a list for my college students to learn about the history of documentary films and the greatest documentary films to date. The first eighteen films are the most important films in the early development of the documentary, and then the list is alphabetized.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
“ The first 18 titles are the most important historical documentary films in establishing the genre, aesthetics, and issues of this genre. ” - John Frazier
 
2.
In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In 1911, as part of his massive undertaking, famed Northwest photographer Edward S. Curtis travelled to Vancouver Island... (65 mins.)
 
3.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
“ Early documentary film critic, Grierson's principles of documentary were that cinema's potential for observing life could be exploited in a new art form; that the "original" actor and "original" scene are better guides than their fiction counterparts to interpreting the modern world; and that materials "thus taken from the raw" can be more real than the acted article. Grierson's definition of documentary as "creative treatment of actuality" has gained some acceptance, though it presents philosophical questions about documentaries containing stagings and reenactments.

With Robert J. Flaherty's Nanook of the North in 1922, documentary film embraced the artistic trends of romanticism (emotionalism, celebration of the traditional, human passions and shortcomings, etc.), Flaherty filmed a number of these documentary films during this time period, often showing how his subjects would have lived 100 years earlier and not how they lived right then. For instance, in Nanook of the North Flaherty did not allow his subjects to shoot a walrus with a nearby shotgun, but had them use a harpoon instead. Some of Flaherty's staging, such as building a roofless igloo for interior shots, was done to accommodate the filming technology of the time. ” - John Frazier
 
4.
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. (65 mins.)
“ The continental, or realist, tradition of documentary film focused on humans within more civilized urban environments, and included the so-called "city symphony" films such as Walter Ruttmann's Berlin, Symphony of a City. Early film critic Grierson stated that Berlin represented what a documentary should not be. These films tend to feature people as products of their environment, and lean towards the avant-garde traditions of film-making. ” - John Frazier
 
5.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
6.
Land Without Bread (1933 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills. (30 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
7.
The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
This documentary is about what happened to the Great Plains of the United States and Canada when uncontrolled farming destroyed the soil and led to the Dust Bowl. (25 mins.)
Director: Pare Lorentz
“ Pare Lorentz's The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936) and The River (1938) and Willard Van Dyke's The City (1939) are notable New Deal productions, each presenting complex combinations of social and ecological awareness, government propaganda, and leftist viewpoints. ” - John Frazier
 
8.
Night Mail (1936 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight. (25 mins.)
“ In Britain, a number of different filmmakers came together under John Grierson. They became known as the Documentary Film Movement and blended propaganda, information, and education with a more poetic aesthetic approach to documentary. Their work involved poets such as W. H. Auden, composers such as Benjamin Britten, and writers such as J. B. Priestley. Among the best known films of the movement are Night Mail and Coal Face. ” - John Frazier
 
9.
Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
 
10.
Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
11.
Primary (1960 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary (60 mins.)
Director: Robert Drew
“ Cinéma vérité (or the closely related direct cinema) was dependent on some technical advances in order to exist: light, quiet and reliable cameras, and portable sync sound. Cinéma vérité and similar documentary traditions can thus be seen, in a broader perspective, as a reaction against studio-based film production constraints. Shooting on location, with smaller crews, would also happen in the French New Wave, the filmmakers taking advantage of advances in technology allowing smaller, handheld cameras and synchronized sound to film events on location as they unfolded. Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there are important differences between cinéma vérité (Jean Rouch) and the North American "Direct Cinema." The directors of the movement take different viewpoints on their degree of involvement with their subjects. The fundamentals of the style include following a person during a crisis with a moving, often handheld, camera to capture more personal reactions. There are no sit-down interviews, and the shooting ratio (the amount of film shot to the finished product) is very high, often reaching 80 to one. From there, editors find and sculpt the work into a film.

The films Primary and Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (both produced by Robert Drew) and Harlan County, USA (directed by Barbara Kopple) are frequently deemed cinéma vérité films. ” - John Frazier
 
12.
Empire (1964 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A single shot of the Empire State Building from early evening until nearly 3 am the next day. (485 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
 
13.
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival... (251 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
14.
Jaguar (1967 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The adventures of three young men who leave their homeland Savannah, Niger, and go looking for fortune in Ghana. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Rouch
 
15.
Titicut Follies (1967 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness. (84 mins.)
 
16.
The Hour of the Furnaces (1968 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Divided into three segments, namely 1 Neocolonialism, 2 Act for liberation, 3 Violence and liberation... (260 mins.)
“ In the 1960s and 1970s, documentary film was often conceived as a political weapon against neocolonialism and capitalism in general, especially in Latin America. ” - John Frazier
 
17.
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike. (103 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
18.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ The style of documentary films has expanded in the past 20 years from the cinema verité style introduced in the 1960s in which the use of portable camera and sound equipment allowed an intimate relationship between filmmaker and subject. The line blurs between documentary and narrative and some works are very personal, which mix expressive, poetic, and rhetorical elements and stresses subjectivities rather than historical materials. Historical documentaries, such as The Civil War by Ken Burns, expressed not only a distinctive voice but also a perspective and point of views. Some films such as The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris incorporated stylized re-enactments ” - John Frazier
 
19.
The Atomic Cafe (1982 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety. (86 mins.)
“ The remainder of this list are considered the best documentary films ever created. ” - John Frazier
 
20.
Babies (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. (79 mins.)
Director: Thomas Balmès
 
21.
Black Gold (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An in-depth look at the world of coffee and global trade. (78 mins.)
 
22.
Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district. (85 mins.)
 
23.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
24.
A Brief History of Time (1991 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
25.
Broken Rainbow (1985 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Documentary chronicling the government relocation of 10,000 Navajo Indians in Arizona. (70 mins.)
Director: Victoria Mudd
 
26.
Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers. (105 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
27.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
28.
Capturing Reality (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
From cinema-verite; pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick movie makers like Errol Morris... (90 mins.)
Director: Pepita Ferrari
 
29.
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
 
30.
The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. (102 mins.)
 
31.
The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
32.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
33.
Devil's Playground (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose. (77 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
 
34.
Dont Look Back (1967 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. (96 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
35.
Earth (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth, following the migration paths of four animal families. (90 mins.)
 
36.
500 Nations (1995 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An exploration of the various Native American nations and their fall to the European conquerors.
 
37.
500 Years Later (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectation, poverty, corruption, poor health... (106 mins.)
 
38.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
39.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
40.
Freakonomics (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics. (93 mins.)
 
41.
GasLand (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved. (107 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox
 
42.
Gates of Heaven (1978 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there. (85 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
43.
Gaza Strip (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(74 mins.)
Director: James Longley
 
44.
Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the slum of Cité Soleil, President Aristide's most loyal supporters were ruling as kings. The five... (85 mins.)
 
45.
The Gleaners & I (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
46.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. (120 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
47.
Good Hair (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stilson
 
48.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. (103 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
49.
Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A PBS documentary concerning Jared Diamond's theory on why there is such disparity between those who...
 
50.
Hell House (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A look at the "Hell House" performed annually in October by the youth members of Trinity Church (Assemblies of God) in Cedar Hill... (85 mins.)
Director: George Ratliff
 
51.
Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece... (442 mins.)
 
52.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. (170 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
53.
How Bruce Lee Changed the World (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
More than just a biography, this film explores Bruce Lee's global impact to see how he has influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness... (120 mins.)
Director: Steve Webb
 
54.
Human Planet (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them... (50 mins.)
Stars: John Hurt
 
55.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary at Sundance. (96 mins.)
 
56.
Inside Deep Throat (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat, covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact. (89 mins.)
 
57.
Invisible Children (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(55 mins.)
 
58.
I.O.U.S.A. (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster. (85 mins.)
Director: Patrick Creadon
 
59.
Jesus Camp (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham. (84 mins.)
 
60.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
61.
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
 
62.
Life and Debt (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture. (80 mins.)
Director: Stephanie Black
 
63.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition. (105 mins.)
Director: Marilyn Agrelo
 
64.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
65.
March of the Penguins (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. (80 mins.)
Director: Luc Jacquet
 
66.
Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
How does artist Matthew Barney use 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, a factory whaling vessel and traditional... (72 mins.)
Director: Alison Chernick
 
67.
Microcosmos (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds. (80 mins.)
 
68.
Mojados: Through the Night (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director Tommy Davis tags along with four migrants from a small village in Mexico as they leave their... (65 mins.)
Director: Tommy Davis
Stars: Guapo, Oso, Tigre, Viejo
 
69.
Murderball (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. (88 mins.)
 
70.
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.)
 
71.
Paper Clips (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis. (82 mins.)
 
72.
Paragraph 175 (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175. (81 mins.)
 
73.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
 
74.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (48 mins.)
 
75.
Powaqqatsi (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them. (99 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
76.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
77.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
78.
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature. (90 mins.)
 
79.
Rize (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture. (86 mins.)
 
80.
Salesman (1968 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families. (85 mins.)
 
81.
Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory... (100 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
82.
Scared Straight! (1978 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The filmed depiction of a program where convicts tell troubled kids about the horrors of prison life. (96 mins.)
Director: Arnold Shapiro
 
83.
Shoah (1985 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
84.
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
 
85.
The Silent World (1956 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world... (86 mins.)
 
86.
Spellbound (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee. (97 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
 
87.
Stop Making Sense (1984 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads. (88 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
88.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
89.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
90.
This Is It (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenny Ortega
 
91.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Epstein
 
92.
Trekkies (1997 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Denice Crosby takes a first look at the huge fans of Star Trek and how the series from around America has affected and shaped their lives. (86 mins.)
Director: Roger Nygard
 
93.
Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. (106 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
94.
Waiting for 'Superman' (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca... (111 mins.)
 
95.
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities. (98 mins.)
 
96.
War Dance (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival. (105 mins.)
 
97.
The War Game (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city... (48 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
98.
Wasteland (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Phil, an unemployed bong connoisseur (Keiran King), wakes up to find his laid-back life thrown into chaos and confusion by the actions of his mate... (88 mins.)
 
99.
Wheel of Time (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India. (81 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
100.
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An examination of the U.S. government's role and its response to Hurricane Katrina. (255 mins.)