The Greatest Documentaries For Feature Documentary Fanatics

The definitive list of the most entertaining and attention grabbing documentary features.
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1.
Pumping Iron (1977 Documentary)
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From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr... (85 mins.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003 Documentary)
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Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial. (93 mins.)
 
4.
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles. (98 mins.)
Director: Wendy Apple
 
5.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
6.
More Than a Game (2008 Documentary)
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This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame. (105 mins.)
 
7.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
 
8.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
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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
 
9.
Murderball (2005 Documentary)
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Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. (88 mins.)
 
10.
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006 Documentary)
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The history of the comic book superhero, Superman in his various media incarnations. (115 mins.)
Director: Kevin Burns
 
11.
Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007 Documentary)
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1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life. (90 mins.)
Director: Lincoln Ruchti
 
12.
My Date with Drew (2004 Documentary)
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"If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul." - Drew Barrymore. Ever since the second grade when he first saw her in E.T... (90 mins.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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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
 
16.
My Flesh and Blood (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children. (83 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Karsh
 
17.
Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special (2003 Documentary)
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Martin Bashir conducts a rare interview with Michael Jackson and is given unprecedented access to the reclusive performer's private life. (110 mins.)
Director: Julie Shaw
 
18.
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
 
19.
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
20.
9/11 (2002 Documentary)
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A real life documentary following the events of September 11 from an insider's view, through the lens of James Hanlon and two French filmmakers who were in Manhattan that one day. (112 mins.)
 
21.
Root of All Evil? (2006 Documentary)
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Richard Dawkins' highly critical documentary attacks the pulsing heart of all mainstream religion- faith; with special focus on Islam... (90 mins.)
Director: Russell Barnes
 
22.
Confessions of a Superhero (2007 Documentary)
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Chronicles the lives of four mortal men and women who work as characters on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard. (92 mins.)
Director: Matt Ogens
 
23.
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009 Documentary)
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An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre. (96 mins.)
Director: Andrew Monument
 
24.
Earthlings (2005 Documentary)
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. (95 mins.)
Director: Shaun Monson
 
25.
Lake of Fire (2006 Documentary)
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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. (152 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye