My Favourite Documentaries

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1.
Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965)
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A compilation of primarly Laurel and Hardy shorts---From Soup to Nuts, Wrong Again, Putting the Pants on Philip... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Youngson
 
2.
Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965 Documentary)
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The film is a documentary about the filming of one of Buster Keaton's movies: "The Railrodder (1965)" (55 mins.)
Director: John Spotton
 
3.
Kung Fu Killers (1974 Documentary)
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This documentary showcases Australian stuntman/actor Grant Page investigating the burgeoning interest in everything Kung Fu from students in Sydney to the action stars of the Hong Kong film industry. (72 mins.)
 
4.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
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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
 
5.
Bruce Lee, the Legend (1984 Documentary)
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The Official Golden Harvest tribute to the Master of the Martial Arts Film, Bruce Lee. (88 mins.)
Director: Leonard Ho
 
6.
Chronos (1985 Documentary)
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Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions. (43 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
7.
Powaqqatsi (1988 Documentary)
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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them. (99 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
8.
Atlantis (1991 Documentary)
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Atmospheric soundtrack follows this compilation of nature footage that focuses on the Atlantic ocean and various life forms that live, mate and die in it. (78 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
9.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
10.
Anima Mundi (1992 Documentary)
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Image and music are intertwined in this third collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass... (28 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
11.
The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1992 Documentary)
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There is no plot in this film. It is a collection of the best fighting scenes from the martial arts films (i.e. Bruce Lee and others). (90 mins.)
 
12.
Cinema of Vengeance (1994 Documentary)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Toby Russell
 
13.
Top Fighter (1995 Documentary)
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Welcome to the world of the martial arts. A voyage for the times of the martial arts cinema, from the beginning in China in the 6th Century A.C... (100 mins.)
Director: Toby Russell
 
14.
Top Fighter 2 (1996 Documentary)
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Women too can fight! The sequel of "Top Fighter" focuses in the importance of the women in the martial-arts movies... (90 mins.)
Director: Toby Russell
 
15.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. (88 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
 
16.
The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998 Documentary)
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A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film. (83 mins.)
 
17.
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998 Documentary)
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The story behind the making of the 5 "Planet of the Apes" movies. (127 mins.)
 
18.
Jackie Chan: My Story (1998 Documentary)
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(72 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
19.
Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (1998 TV Series)
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Louis Theroux documents some of the US's most bizarre happenings, events and rituals, by getting involved himself... (60 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999 Documentary)
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A documentary where Jackie Chan and his stuntman team show you the secrets of some of the great stunts they do in films. The film also takes you on the sets of "Who Am I?" and "Rush Hour". (97 mins.)
 
22.
Beyond the Mat (1999 Documentary)
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A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake. (102 mins.)
 
24.
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000 Documentary)
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Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little... (100 mins.)
 
25.
The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002 Documentary)
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A look at the history of martial arts films from their chinese roots to the present, presented by Samuel L. Jackson. (105 mins.)
Director: Keith Clarke
 
26.
Naqoyqatsi (2002 Documentary)
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A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence. (89 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
27.
Baadasssss Cinema (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre. (58 mins.)
Director: Isaac Julien
 
28.
Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen (2003 Documentary)
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A short action film interwoven into a documentary tells the story of the legendary unsung heroes of Hong Kong film... (100 mins.)
Director: Robin Shou
 
29.
Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
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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
 
30.
Deep Blue (2003 Documentary)
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The natural history of the oceans (83 mins.)
 
31.
Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves (2004 TV Series)
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Documentary examining the world of martial arts. (28 mins.)
Director: Russell Eatough
 
32.
Silent Clowns (2006 Mini-Series)
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A profile of some of the greatest stars of silent comedy. (60 mins.)
 
33.
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006 Documentary)
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A retrospective documentary about the Halloween movie franchise. (83 mins.)
 
34.
The Pixar Story (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people... (87 mins.)
Director: Leslie Iwerks
 
35.
The Search for Weng Weng (2007 Documentary)
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The bizarre history of Filipino B-films, as told through filmmaker Andrew Leavold's personal quest to find the truth behind its midget James Bond superstar Weng Weng. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Leavold
 
36.
The Shark Is Still Working (2007 Documentary)
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After three decades, Jaws continues to intrigue, thrill and frighten viewers. This documentary focuses on the many ways Jaws has helped to shape common elements of pop culture. (100 mins.)
Director: Erik Hollander
 
37.
Human Weapon (2007 TV Series)
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The ultimate search of a Human Weapon, each episode of Human Weapon charts an expedition through foreign continents, famous cities, exotic villages, back alleys and lush landscapes. (60 mins.)
 
38.
Fight Quest (2007 TV Series)
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Two MMA fighters go on quests around the world regarding other fighting styles.
 
39.
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007 Documentary)
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The definitive three-and-a-half hour documentary about the troubled creation and enduring legacy of the science fiction classic "Blade Runner," culled from 80 interviews and hours of never-before-seen outtakes and lost footage. (214 mins.)
 
40.
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008 Documentary)
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The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
41.
How Bruce Lee Changed the World (2009 Documentary)
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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
 
42.
Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (2009 Documentary)
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Paul Merton looks at the British films of Alfred Hitchcock, the silent films and the early sound films. (59 mins.)
Director: Paul Merton
 
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44.
Put Up Your Dux (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the true life story of world renowned martial artist Frank Dux. (70 mins.)
 
45.
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s. (72 mins.)
Director: Jake West
 
46.
American Grindhouse (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s. (80 mins.)
Director: Elijah Drenner
 
47.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010 Documentary)
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A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking. (84 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
48.
From Manila with Love (2011 Documentary)
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Retrospective documentary on the making of the 70's women-in-prison exploitation cult favorites "The Big Doll House" and "The Big Bird Cage". (50 mins.)
Director: Elijah Drenner
 
49.
Walking the Amazon (2011 TV Series)
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The story of Ed Stafford's 2 1/2 year journey to become the first man to walk the length of the Amazon River. (96 mins.)
 
50.
Samsara (2011 Documentary)
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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. (102 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
51.
Birth of Hollywood (2011 Mini-Series)
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Paul Merton looks at the pioneers of early Hollywood and how they laid down the blueprint for the modern cinema industry. (60 mins.)
 
52.
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood. (95 mins.)
Director: Alex Stapleton
 
53.
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011 Documentary)
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The life and work of the renowned film visual effects artist and producer. (90 mins.)
Director: Gilles Penso
 
54.
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary concerning the violent Italian 'poliziotteschi' cinematic movement of the 1970s which... (137 mins.)
Director: Mike Malloy
 
55.
Everything or Nothing (2012 Documentary)
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A history of the James Bond franchise. (98 mins.)
Director: Stevan Riley
 
56.
Rewind This! (2013 Documentary)
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Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape. (91 mins.)
Director: Josh Johnson
 
57.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013 Documentary)
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Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. (118 mins.)
Director: Mami Sunada
 
58.
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary detailing the epic Rogues' Gallery of DC Comics from The Joker and Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Darkseid and more, this documentary will explore the Super Villains of DC Comics. (99 mins.)
 
59.
Visitors (2013 Documentary)
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Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. (87 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
60.
Ed Stafford: Naked and Marooned (2013 TV Series)
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Ed Stafford attempts to survive alone on a Desert island for 60 days. With no clothes, no knife or anything except his camera, an emergency satellite phone and an emergency medical kit.
 
61.
Marooned with Ed Stafford (2014 TV Series)
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Ed Stafford pushes his survival limits as he tries to survive in some of the worlds' toughest environments without even essential equipment and only a camera by his side.
Director: Matt Brandon
 
62.
Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014 Documentary)
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(97 mins.)
Director: Jake West
 
63.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014 Documentary)
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The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc.. (106 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
64.
Life Itself (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. (120 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
65.
The Madness of Max (2015 Documentary)
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The Madness of Max is a feature-length documentary on the making of arguably the most influential movie of the past thirty years... (157 mins.)
 
66.
Ed Stafford: Into the Unknown (2015 TV Series)
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