My Best Documentary Winners

This list details the films I feel should have won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature from 1942 through the present. My choices are purely opinion and largely reflect only those movies which I have seen, so my opinions, and subsequently this list, may change as time goes by and I see more films. I have also included whether or not my winner was nominated and/or won the Academy Award as well as the other films/actors/directors I would have nominated alongside my winner in PREFERENTIAL ORDER, though I do not have 4 nominees (5 in total) every single year until 1964. I also, like the Academy, have chosen not to give out an award for 1946. I do not have the time to write explanations for all of my choices so leave polite, mature feedback/comments and I'll be happy to justify my choices to the best of my ability.
Note: For Nominees, * denotes category winner and ** denotes category winner for actual Academy Awards.
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1.
The Battle of Midway (1942 Documentary)
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The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened. (18 mins.)
“ Year: 1942
Director: John Ford
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes (tied)
Nominees: **Prelude to War; **Moscow Strikes Back; **Kokoda Front Line!; Listen to Britain ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
Victory Through Air Power (1943 Documentary)
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An animated documentary promoting of the soundness of strategic aerial bombing in World War II. (70 mins.)
“ Year: 1943
Director: Perce Pearce (with H.C. Potter, James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, and Jack Kinney)
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: **Desert Victory; *The Battle of Russia; The Battle of Britain; *Report from the Aleutians ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
The Fighting Lady (1944 Documentary)
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The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film)... (61 mins.)
“ Year: 1944
Director: Edward Steichen
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: The Battle of China; *Resisting Enemy Interrogation ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
The True Glory (1945 Documentary)
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A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen... (87 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
“ Year: 1945
Director: Carol Reed
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *The Last Bomb; The Battle of San Pietro; War Comes to America; A Diary for Timothy ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
Design for Death (1947 Documentary)
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An Academy Award winner for best documentary, the film opens with a notice that..."Exhibition of confiscated... (48 mins.)
“ Year: 1947
Director: Richard Fleischer
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Journey Into Medicine; *The World Is Rich ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
The Quiet One (1948 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured. (65 mins.)
Director: Sidney Meyers
“ Year: 1948
Director: Sidney Meyers
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **The Secret Land; Seal Island ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
Daybreak in Udi (1949 Documentary)
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This 47-minute documentary, financed by HRH's government, won an Oscar in the special category, and... (47 mins.)
Director: Terry Bishop
“ Year: 1949
Director: Terry Bishop
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominee: *Kenji Comes Home ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
The Titan: Story of Michelangelo (1950 Documentary)
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The life and works of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti are shown against the historical background of his time... (70 mins.)
“ Year: 1950
Director: Robert J. Flaherty, Richard Lyford, and Curt Oertel
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *With These Hands ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
Kon-Tiki (1950 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. (77 mins.)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
“ Year: 1951
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: None ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
The Sea Around Us (1953 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Irwin Allen explores the mysteries of the deep blue sea in this Technicolor documentary. Based on Rachel L... (62 mins.)
“ Year: 1952
Director: Irwin Allen
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Navajo; *The Hoaxters ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
The Living Desert (1953 Documentary)
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Documentary of the live of flora and fauna in a desert in the US. (69 mins.)
Director: James Algar
“ Year: 1953
Director: James Algar
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *A Queen Is Crowned; *The Conquest of Everest; The Seafarers ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
The Back of Beyond (1954 Documentary)
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(66 mins.)
Director: John Heyer
“ Year: 1954
Director: John Heyer
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: **The Vanishing Prairie; The Stratford Adventure ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
The Unconquered (1954 Documentary)
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This documentary chronicles the life of Helen Keller, who was struck by an illness as a young child that left her both blind and deaf... (55 mins.)
Director: Nancy Hamilton
“ Year: 1955
Director: Nancy Hamilton
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard); *Crevecoeur (Heartbreak Ridge) ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
The Silent World (1956 Documentary)
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This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world... (86 mins.)
“ Year: 1956
Director: Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *The Naked Eye; *Where Mountains Float (Hvor bjergene sejler); The Animal World ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
Albert Schweitzer (1957 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
This biographical drama/part-time documentary, narrative written by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and spoken by Fredric March... (85 mins.)
Director: Jerome Hill
“ Year: 1957
Director: Jerome Hill
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *On the Bowery; *Torero ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
White Wilderness (1958 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The wildlife of the arctic is explored in this true-life adventure. (72 mins.)
Director: James Algar
“ Year: 1958
Director: James Algar
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *The Hidden World; *Antarctic Crossing; *Psychiatric Nursing ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
Serengeti (1959 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(85 mins.)
“ Year: 1959
Director: Bernard Grzimek
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *The Race for Space; *From Generation to Generation ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
Primary (1960 Documentary)
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Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary (60 mins.)
Director: Robert Drew
“ Year: 1960
Director: Robert Drew
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: **The Horse with the Flying Tail; Chronicle of Summer (Chronique d'un ete); *Rebel in Paradise ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
Le ciel et la boue (1961 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea, now West Papua or Irian Jaya... (92 mins.)
“ Note: Title translates Sky Above and Mud Beneath
Year: 1961
Director: Pierre Dominique Gaisseau
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominee: *The Grand Olympics (La grande olimpiade) ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler (1962 Documentary)
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The rise and fall of Nazi Germany in part through the use of classical allegory. (89 mins.)
“ Year: 1962
Director: Louis Clyde Stoumen
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominee: *Alvorada ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
The Yanks Are Coming (1963 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A documentary--nominated for an Academy Award--about the American involvement in World War I. (45 mins.)
Director: Marshall Flaum
“ Year: 1963
Director: Marshall Flaum
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World; *The Link and the Chain (Le maillon et la chaine) ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
Seven Up! (1964 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects... (39 mins.)
Director: Paul Almond
“ Year: 1964
Director: Paul Almond
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: Point of Order; **World Without Sun (Le monde sans soleil); *Four Days in November; *Alleman ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
The Battle of the Bulge... The Brave Rifles (1965 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(52 mins.)
“ Year: 1965
Director: Laurence E. Mascott
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Let My People Go: The Story of Israel; **The Eleanor Roosevelt Story; *The Forth Road Bridge; *To Die in Madrid (Mourir a Madrid) ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
The War Game (1965 Documentary)
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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
“ Year: 1966
Director: Peter Watkins
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Le volcan interdit; *Helicopter Canada; *The Face of a Genius; Castro Street ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
Titicut Follies (1967 Documentary)
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Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness. (84 mins.)
“ Year: 1967
Director: Frederick Wiseman
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: Warrendale; **The Anderson Platoon (Le section Anderson); *A Time for Burning; *A King's Story ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
Journey Into Self (1969 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(47 mins.)
Director: Bill McGaw
“ Year: 1968
Director: Tom Skinner
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Legendary Champions; High School; *Other Voices; *A Few Notes on Our Food Problem ” - jmpatison003
 
27.
Before the Mountain Was Moved (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of poor people in Raleigh County, West Virginia organize when strip mining is damaging their houses and community. They work to get the state legislature to pass some strong laws protecting citizens against coal mining interests.
“ Year: 1969
Director: Robert K. Sharpe
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *In the Year of the Pig; Salesman; **Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life; *The Olympics in Mexico (Olimpiada en Mexico) ” - jmpatison003
 
28.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
“ Year: 1970
Director: Michael Wadleigh
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Let It Be; *King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis; *Jack Johnson; Gimme Shelter ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
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
“ Year: 1971
Director: Marcel Ophuls
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *On Any Sunday; Land of Silence and Darkness; **The Hellstrom Chronicle; *The Ra Expeditions ” - jmpatison003
 
30.
Winter Soldier (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences... (96 mins.)
“ Year: 1972
Director: Winterfilm Collective (Rusty Sachs, Barbara Kopple, Fred Aranow, Nancy Baker, Joe Bangert, Rhetta Barron, Robert Fiore, David Gillis, David Grubin, Jeff Holstein, Barbara Jarvis, Al Kaupas, Mark Lenix, Michael Lesser, Nancy Miller, Lee Osborne, Lucy Massie Phenix, Roger Phenix, Benay Rubenstein, and Michael Weil)
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: *Malcolm X; *Manson; **Marjoe; *Ape and Super-Ape (Bij de beesten af) ” - jmpatison003
 
31.
The Great American Cowboy (1973 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary about the rivalry between veteran Larry Mahan and newcomer Phil Lyne, as the two vie for the National Finals Rodeo Championship title. (89 mins.)
Director: Kieth Merrill
“ Year: 1973
Director: Kieth Merrill
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Journey to the Outer Limits; *Schlacht um Berlin (Battle of Berlin); *Walls of Fire; Bukowski ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Davis
“ Year: 1974
Director: Peter Davis
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman; *The 81st Blow; *The Wild and the Brave; *The Challenge... A Tribute to Modern Art ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Japanese skier ultimately dreamed of literally skiing Mt. Everest. He planned to ski some 8,000 feet down an icy glacier at a 40 to 45 degree angle... (86 mins.)
“ Year: 1975
Director: Bruce Nyznik
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *The Incredible Machine; *The California Reich; Protected: The Truth About Palm Island; *The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
Hollywood on Trial (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The documentary analyzes a dark period in Hollywood's history due to the Red Scare of the 1940's and 1950's... (105 mins.)
“ Year: 1976
Director: David Helpern
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Harlan County, USA; Grey Gardens; The Memory of Justice; *Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] (1977 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Dorothy and Bob DeBolt's tale of the struggles and joys involved in their 19 adopted children, many of who are physically disabled war orphans. (72 mins.)
Director: John Korty
“ Year: 1977
Director: John Korty
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *High Grass Circus; Pumping Iron; *Homage to Chagall: The Colours of Life; *The Children of THeatre Street ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
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
“ Year: 1978
Director: Errol Morris
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: **Scared Straight!; *Mysterious Castles of Clay; *Le vent des amoureux (The Lovers' Wind); *Raoni ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
Best Boy (1979 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In this documentary, the director follows the day-to-day activities of his retarded, middle-aged cousin Philly, over a three-year period. (111 mins.)
Director: Ira Wohl
“ Year: 1979
Director: Ira Wohl
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: 80 Blocks from Tiffany's; *Going the Distance; *Generation on the Wind; *The War at Home ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
The Day After Trinity (1981 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect... (88 mins.)
Director: Jon Else
“ Year: 1980
Director: Jon H. Else
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China; *The Yellow Star - The Persecution of the Jews in Europe 1933-45; *Agee; *Front Line ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
Brooklyn Bridge (1981 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction... (58 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
“ Year: 1981
Director: Ken Burns
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Genocide; The Decline of Western Civilization; Vernon, Florida; *Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
The Fifth Estate (1981 TV Series)
Episode: Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
On July 10, 1978, Eric Wilson - a 19-year from Ottawa and student at Tufts University - left home to drive to a summer college course in Colorado... (60 mins.)
Director: Marie Caloz
“ Year: 1982
Director: John Zaritsky
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *In Our Water; Burden of Dreams; *Ben's Mill; Poetry in Motion ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
First Contact (1982 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This documentary presents footage of the first contact between the highland tribes of Papua New Guinea... (58 mins.)
“ Year: 1983
Director: Robin Anderson and Bob Connolly
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *The Profession of Arms; *Seeing Red; Chicken Ranch; Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance ” - jmpatison003
 
42.
Marlene (1984 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich. (94 mins.)
“ Year: 1984
Director: Maximilian Schell
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **The Times of Harvey Milk; The Silent Scream; *High Schools; *Streetwise ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
Shoah (1985 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 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
“ Year: 1985
Director: Claude Lanzmann
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: *The Statue of Liberty; **Broken Rainbow; *The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo; *Soldiers in Hiding ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
Witness to Apartheid (1986 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(58 mins.)
“ Year: 1986
Director: Sharon I. Sopher
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got; **Down and Out in America; *Chile: Hasta Cuando?; Huey Long ” - jmpatison003
 
45.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war. (122 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Hara
“ Year: 1987
Director: Kazuo Hara
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: *Radio Bikini; *Eyes on the Prize; *Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima; **The Ten-Year Lunch ” - jmpatison003
 
46.
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
“ Year: 1988
Director: Errol Morris
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: **Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie; *Let's Get Lost; *Who Killed Vincent Chin?; The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years ” - jmpatison003
 
47.
For All Mankind (1989 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours... (80 mins.)
Director: Al Reinert
“ Year: 1989
Director: Al Reinert
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Roger & Me; *Crack USA: County Under Siege; *Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren; *Adam Clayton Powell ” - jmpatison003
 
48.
American Dream (1990 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers... (98 mins.)
“ Year: 1990
Director: Barbara Kopple
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Echoes from a Somber Empire; *Building Bombs; *Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey; *Berkeley in the Sixties
Special Mention: The Civil War by Ken Burns ” - jmpatison003
 
49.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
“ Year: 1991
Director: Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: A Brief History of Time; Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio; Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs; *The Restless Conscience: Resistance to Hitler Within Germany 1933-1945 ” - jmpatison003
 
50.
Brother's Keeper (1992 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's... (104 mins.)
“ Year: 1992
Director: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: *Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann; **The Panama Deception; *Fires of Kuwait; *Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II ” - jmpatison003
 
51.
The War Room (1993 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it. (96 mins.)
“ Year: 1993
Director: Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia; **I Am Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School; *Children of Fate; The Last Party ” - jmpatison003
 
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
“ Year: 1994
Director: Steve James
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: Crumb; *D-Day Remembered; **Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision; *A Great Day in Harlem
Special Mention: Baseball by Ken Burns ” - jmpatison003
 
53.
Anne Frank Remembered (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Using previously unreleased archival material in addition to contemporary interviews, this academy award-winning... (122 mins.)
Director: Jon Blair
“ Year: 1995
Directory: Jon Blair
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Death for Five Voices; The Gate of Heavenly Peace; *Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dreams; *The Battle Over Citizen Kane ” - jmpatison003
 
54.
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.)
“ Year: 1996
Director: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: **When We Were Kings; *Mandela; *The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story; *Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press ” - jmpatison003
 
55.
The Long Way Home (1997 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. (120 mins.)
“ Year: 1997
Director: Mark Jonathan Harris
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *4 Little Girls; *Waco: The Rules of Engagement; *Colors Straight Up; *Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life ” - jmpatison003
 
56.
The Last Days (1998 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport... (87 mins.)
Director: James Moll
“ Year: 1998
Director: James Moll
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *The Farm: Angola, USA; *Regret to Inform; SlamNation; *The Dancemaker ” - jmpatison003
 
57.
Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary)
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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
“ Year: 1999
Director: Wim Wenders
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **One Day in September; My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Fiend - Klaus Kinski); Just Watch Me: Trudeau and the '70s Generation; *Genghis Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
58.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998 Documentary)
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The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues. (90 mins.)
Director: Aviva Kempner
“ Year: 2000
Director: Aviva Kempner
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: Calle 54; *Scottsboro: An American Tragedy; **Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport; *Long Night's Journey into Day ” - jmpatison003
 
59.
The Endurance (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new... (97 mins.)
Director: George Butler
“ Year: 2001
Director: George Butler
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: *Children Underground; *Promises; **Murder on a Sunday Morning (Un coupable ideal); *War Photographer
Special Mention: Jazz by Ken Burns ” - jmpatison003
 
60.
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
“ Year: 2002
Director: Michael Moore and Michael Donovan
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Spellbound; Stevie; Bus 174 (Onibus 174); *Winged Migration (Le peuple migrateur) ” - jmpatison003
 
61.
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
“ Year: 2003
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: **The Fog of War; *My Architect: A Son's Journey; *Capturing the Friedmans; *The Weather Underground ” - jmpatison003
 
62.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
“ Year: 2004
Director: Michael Moore
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: **Born into Brothels; *Super Size Me; *Twist of Faith; The Agronomist ” - jmpatison003
 
63.
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
“ Year: 2005
Director: Luc Jacquet
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Grizzly Man; *Murderball; *Enron: The Smartest Guys in to Room; *Darwin's Nightmare ” - jmpatison003
 
64.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment. (96 mins.)
“ Year: 2006
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Iraq in Fragments; *Deliver Us from Evil; *My Country, My Country; *Jesus Camp ” - jmpatison003
 
65.
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
“ Year: 2007
Director: Alex Gibney and Eva Orner
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *No End in Sight; *Sicko; Body of War; *War/Dance
Special Mention: The War by Ken Burns ” - jmpatison003
 
66.
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
“ Year: 2008
Director: Simon Chinn and James Marsh
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Waltz with Bashir (Vals Im Bashir); *Encounters at the End of the World; *Trouble the Water; *The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) ” - jmpatison003
 
67.
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
“ Year: 2009
Director: Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **The Cove; *Burma VJ; Capitalism: A Love Story; *Which Way Home
Special Mention: The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Ken Burns ” - jmpatison003
 
68.
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.)
“ Year: 2010
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: Freakonomics; *Exit Through the Gift Shop; *Gasland; **Inside Job ” - jmpatison003
 
69.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity. (90 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Year: 2011
Director: Werner Herzog
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, and if so, did it win?: No
Nominees: The Interrupters; Project Nim; Senna; *Pina ” - jmpatison003