Favorite documentaries

Documentaries that are my personal favorites.
Arranged in ABC order.
This list is my own opinion.
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1.
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009 Documentary)
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(69 mins.)
 
2.
Beyond Titanic (1998 Documentary)
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A survey of 86 years of Titanicana in popular culture, with the emphasis on movies about (or inspired by) the disaster. (94 mins.)
Director: Edith Becker
 
4.
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007 Documentary)
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The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary... (85 mins.)
 
5.
Cinerama Adventure (2002 Documentary)
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A nostalgic and compelling look into the legendary three camera, three projector process that revolutionized... (93 mins.)
 
6.
Disney Through the Decades (2001 Documentary)
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Director: Jeff Kurtti
 
7.
Garbo (2005 Documentary)
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An original documentary from Turner Classic Movies, narrated by Julie Christie (85 mins.)
 
8.
Glorious Technicolor (1998 Documentary)
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The history of color photography in motion pictures, in particular the Technicolor company's work. (60 mins.)
Director: Peter Jones
 
9.
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the history of the slasher film. (88 mins.)
 
10.
The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments (2003 Documentary)
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This 90-minute special aired on the Lifetime network in June 2003 served as a reunion show for 3 of the 4 Golden Girls... (90 mins.)
 
11.
Greta Garbo: A Lone Star (2001 Documentary)
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(45 mins.)
Director: Steve Cole
 
12.
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees (1997 TV Movie)
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This hour-long special that aired on ABC finds Davy, Micky, Peter, and Mike loking back on the old days... (60 mins.)
Director: Michael Nesmith
 
13.
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary exploring 30 years of the "Friday The 13th" film series featuring all new interviews with cast and crew from all 12 films and various horror fans and filmmakers. (90 mins.)
Director: Daniel Farrands
 
14.
Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972 Documentary)
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MGM Studios, which was formed the result of a merger between Metro Pictures (owned by the Loews Company) and the Goldwyn Company... (51 mins.)
 
15.
I Am Divine (2013 Documentary)
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How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
16.
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special (2001 Documentary)
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Retrospective honoring the 50th anniversary of the debut of "I Love Lucy," one of TV's pioneer programs... (120 mins.)
Director: Gary Smith
 
17.
I Yam What I Yam: The Story of Popeye the Sailor (2007 Documentary)
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Stars: Tom Kenny
 
18.
I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005 Documentary)
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This documentary explores the incredible life of Merian C. Cooper, from his time as a soldier and pilot in three different wars, to his exploits in Hollywood, as a director, producer and cinematic innovator. (57 mins.)
 
19.
It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969 Documentary)
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Part cartoon and part documentary, this film offers a humorous look at birds and the ways people perceive them. (21 mins.)
Director: Ward Kimball
 
20.
Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993 Documentary)
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(70 mins.)
Director: David Heeley
 
21.
Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman (2005 Documentary)
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A look at the history of the Batman comic franchise. (41 mins.)
 
22.
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live (2005 Documentary)
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A retrospective of the first 5 years of Saturday Night Live. (120 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Bowser
 
23.
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
 
24.
Married... with Children Reunion (2003 Documentary)
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Cast members of Married...With Children (1987-1997) reunite and share memories of working on America's most favorite ground-breaking sitcom since All in the Family. (60 mins.)
Director: Hal Grant
 
25.
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990 Documentary)
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While The Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker. (47 mins.)
Director: Don Mischer
 
26.
Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story (2008 Documentary)
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27.
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
 
28.
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found (2005 Documentary)
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The aftermath of Lorne Michaels leaving to the sucess of Saturday Night Live in the 80's.
Director: Kenneth Bowser
 
30.
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2010 Documentary)
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A look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. (90 mins.)
Director: Mac Carter
 
31.
Spice Girls: Live in Istanbul (1997 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: David Barnard
 
32.
The T.A.M.I. Show (1964 Documentary)
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Chuck Berry opens the show and performs "Johnny B Goode" and his 1955 hit Maebelline". He is then joined... (123 mins.)
Director: Steve Binder
 
33.
That's Dancing! (1985 Documentary)
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The history of dance depicted on film. (105 mins.)
Director: Jack Haley Jr.
 
34.
That's Entertainment! (1974 Documentary)
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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history. (135 mins.)
Director: Jack Haley Jr.
 
35.
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976 Documentary)
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Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including... (133 mins.)
Director: Gene Kelly
 
36.
That's Entertainment! III (1994 Documentary)
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Some of MGM's musical stars review the studio's history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon... (113 mins.)
 
37.
This Filthy World (2006 Documentary)
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Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters. (86 mins.)
Director: Jeff Garlin
 
38.
This Is Cinerama (1952 Documentary)
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A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind... (115 mins.)
 
39.
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008 Documentary)
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Various film historians, film makers, and cultural commentators discuss the cultural, political, economic... (68 mins.)
 
40.
The Truth About Mother Goose (1957 Documentary)
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The true story behind various nursery rhymes is explored. (15 mins.)
 
41.
Universal Horror (1998 Documentary)
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A documentary examining the early days of horror films, particularly those crafted at Universal Studios during the 1930s. (95 mins.)
Director: Kevin Brownlow
 
42.
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001 Documentary)
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(87 mins.)
 
43.
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (2005 Documentary)
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Directors Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron discuss the science fiction movies of the 1950s that influenced them. (56 mins.)
 
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