My favorite non-musical documentaries!

I've been watching Current TV's 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die, hosted by Morgan Spurlock. That got me thinking about my own favorites and here they are! So far, King of Kong is the only film from my list to make the show. I should point out that I haven't seen many of the films on Current's countdown, so I've got a lot of catching up to do!
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1.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
“ A riveting film that shows the full effects of war on both soldiers and civilians. It's also surprisingly apolitcal and, as far as I can tell, doesn't take sides on the "should we be there" issue. It simply tells the story of this platoon and their expiriences. ” - PookaDude
 
2.
Hubble (2010 Documentary)
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An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. (44 mins.)
Director: Toni Myers
“ Even though I didn't actually see it in 3D, this film still managed to completely blow my mind! It combines stunning mission footage with amazing computer graphics. This a Total Perspective Vortex on film (though it isn't tortuous at all, quite the opposite, in fact). ” - PookaDude
 
3.
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
“ You wouldn't think a documentary about competitive arcade gaming would be interesting. Well, you'd be wrong. It turns out the two primary subjects, Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, are each really fascinating in their own way. It's David and Goliath, with joysticks! ” - PookaDude
 
4.
Lost in La Mancha (2002 Documentary)
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Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground. (93 mins.)
“ This film is not a "making-of", but an "unmaking-of". This was originally intended to be a DVD featurette about the making of Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote". However, Quixote turned out to be a "film that didn't want to be made". Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, culminating in a biblical flash flood! This is simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. If you like this, be sure to check out Fulton and Pepe's other Gilliam doc, "The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys", available on the Twelve Monkeys DVD. ” - PookaDude
 
5.
How Art Made the World (2005 TV Series)
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Documentary series looking at the influence of art on the current day situation of our society. (300 mins.)
“ A must-see, even if you're not interested in art history. It explains how art (especially primative art) has influenced nearly every facet of modern culture. ” - PookaDude
 
6.
Alter Egos (2004 Documentary)
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Explores the life and work of Ryan Larkin, as well as the making of Chris Landreth's short film Ryan. (52 mins.)
Director: Laurence Green
“ A documentary about the making of the Oscar winning animated short "Ryan" and about the life of that film's subject, the legendary Oscar-nominated Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. Larkin disappeared from the film world after falling into drugs and alcohol and, as seen in "Alter Egos", was living as a beggar on the streets of Montreal. He died of lung cancer in 2007. "Ryan" is incorporated into this film, in many ways making "Alter Egos" a kind of super-extended version of "Ryan". I know it sounds confusing, but really isn't. Just see it! ” - PookaDude
 
7.
Cinemania (2002 Documentary)
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This documentary about the culture of intense cinephilia in New York City reveals the impassioned world of five obsessed movie buffs... (83 mins.)
“ This film documents the lives of five super-obsessed New York City cinephiles who literally schedule their entire lives around film screenings. None of them have real jobs; they get by on disabilty, unemployment, and (in one case) an inhertitance. Their social interaction, for the most part, is with other cinephiles. They don't watch TV, videos, or DVDs (with one exception). My favorite part is when one of the subjects claims that he wouldn't want to make love to Rita Hayworth unless it was in black-and-white. By turns, fascinating and disturbing. ” - PookaDude
 
8.
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided. (75 mins.)
“ Anyone who think Fox News is truly "fair and balanced" needs to see this film. It's a real eye-opener. Unlike Restrepo, this film definately has a politcal agenda, but that doesn't make it any less true. ” - PookaDude
 
9.
RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World' (2005 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the genesis, production, and legacy of King Kong, one of the most influential films ever made. (159 mins.)
“ This is probably the best making-of documentary I've ever seen (aside from Lost in La Mancha). As much as I love King Kong, the story behind the scenes is almost more interesting than the film itself. This doc is more than enough reason to own the two-disc King Kong DVD. ” - PookaDude
 
10.
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (2006 Documentary)
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In this documentary, veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork. He paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America. (74 mins.)
Director: Harry Moses
“ If you've ever looked at "high art" and thought, "big deal, anyone could paint that", you might want to give this movie a shot. Teri Horton, a 73 year-old truck driver, bought a painting at a thrift store for $5, only to later discover that it could be a genuine Jackson Pollock. The film chronicles her attempts to authenticate the painting and to be taken seriously by the art world. ” - PookaDude