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1.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
 
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The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 Documentary)
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Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (110 mins.)
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
 
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All Tomorrow's Parties (2009 Documentary)
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A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties. (82 mins.)
 
4.
Big Man Japan (2007)
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An eccentric man living alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo periodically transforms into a 100-foot tall giant in order to defend Japan against similarly sized monsters. (113 mins.)
 
5.
Bomb It (2007 Documentary)
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Tells the story of contemporary graffiti, tracing its roots in ancient rock paintings through Picasso to its place in hip-hop culture in 1970's New York City. (93 mins.)
Director: Jon Reiss
 
6.
Perry Rhodan - Unser Mann im All (2011 Documentary)
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(94 mins.)
Director: André Schäfer
 
7.
Die Mondverschwörung (2011 Documentary)
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During his work as chief reporter for DDC-TV, a German-speaking television station in the USA, Dennis... (86 mins.)
Director: Thomas Frickel
 
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Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
9.
American Splendor (2003)
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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. (101 mins.)
 
10.
Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008 Documentary)
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An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Bell
 
11.
Wesley Willis (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary about the late Chicago artist and musician Wesley Willis. Filmmaker Daniel Bitton follows Willis throughout the Chicago area... (59 mins.)
Director: Daniel Bitton
 
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The Most Hated Family in America (2007 Documentary)
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Louis meets the Phelps family, who protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality (60 mins.)
 
13.
Biography (1987 TV Series)
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told. (60 mins.)
 
14.
Synthetic Pleasures (1995 Documentary)
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Conceived as an electronic road movie, this documentary investigates cutting edge technologies and their... (85 mins.)
Director: Iara Lee
 
15.
The Aristocrats (2005 Documentary)
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One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville. (89 mins.)
Director: Paul Provenza
 
16.
A State of Mind (2004 Documentary)
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A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance. (94 mins.)
Director: Daniel Gordon
 
17.
I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade... (78 mins.)
Director: Brendan Toller
 
18.
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
 
19.
Last Days Here (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back. (91 mins.)
 
20.
Kimjongilia (2009 Documentary)
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North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope. (75 mins.)
Director: N.C. Heikin
 
21.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
22.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
23.
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
 
24.
The Parking Lot Movie (2010 Documentary)
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The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The... (74 mins.)
Director: Meghan Eckman
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
The Nomi Song (2004 Documentary)
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Having failed to break into professional opera in his native Germany (where, as an usher in West Berlin's Deutsche Oper... (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Horn
 
27.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
28.
Animal Passions (2004 Documentary)
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A British documentary on zoophilia presenting various personal, religious, psychological, and sociological views on the phenomenon of sexual relations between humans and other animals. (49 mins.)
 
29.
Party Monster (1998 Documentary)
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Documentary film exploring the rise of Club Kid legend Michael Alig and his fall in 1996 when he murdered his drug dealer/roommate Angel Melendez. (57 mins.)
 
30.
Manufactured Landscapes (2006 Documentary)
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Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing. (86 mins.)
 
31.
Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Autism (2012 Documentary)
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Louis travels to DLC Warren in New Jersey, an innovative autism school. (58 mins.)
Director: Jamie Pickup
 
32.
Louis Theroux: America's Most Dangerous Pets (2011 Documentary)
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In America's heartlands, Louis looks at private collections of tigers and chimpanzees. (59 mins.)
Director: Jamie Pickup
 
33.
This Ain't California (2012 Documentary)
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This Ain't California is a celebration of the lust for life, a contemporary documentary trip into the... (100 mins.)
Director: Marten Persiel
 
34.
Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Dementia (2012 Documentary)
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Louis travels to Phoenix, Arizona - the capital of dementia care. (59 mins.)
Director: Dan Child
 
35.
Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles (2009 Documentary)
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Louis visits Coalinga Mental Hospital in California, home to over 500 convicted paedophiles, and spends some time with those undergoing treatment. (45 mins.)
Director: Emma Cooper
 
36.
Louis and the Nazis (2003 Documentary)
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Louis Theroux travels to California to meet the man dubbed "the most dangerous racist in America"; Tom Metzger, his family and his publicity manager. Louis also meets 'Prussian Blue' an American white-nationalist preteen musical sibling duo. (70 mins.)
Director: Stuart Cabb
 
37.
Arena (1975 TV Series)
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Wide-ranging arts program.
 
38.
I Know What I Saw (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary that compiles interviews of the most credible UFO witnesses around the world, and further details investigations conducted by analysts and government officials into UFO sightings.
 
39.
The Aggressives (2005 Documentary)
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An insightful exposé on the subculture of lesbian butches and their "femme" counterparts who tow the line between gender definitions. Filmed over five years in NYC, the featured "Aggressives" share their dreams, secrets and deepest fears. (75 mins.)
Director: Daniel Peddle
 
40.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. (71 mins.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
Devil's Playground (2002 Documentary)
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Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose. (77 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
 
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Dirty Pictures (2010 Documentary)
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Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin is the scientist behind more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA... (90 mins.)
Director: Etienne Sauret
 
44.
Plastic Planet (2009 Documentary)
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Werner Boote presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Boote
 
45.
Children Underground (2001 Documentary)
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A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era. (104 mins.)
Director: Edet Belzberg
 
46.
Anarchism in America (1983 Documentary)
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A colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America, the film attempts to dispel popular misconceptions... (75 mins.)
 
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Whores' Glory (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the lives, needs, troubles and hopes of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. (110 mins.)
Stars: Emma, Ning, Toh, Wat
 
48.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
 
49.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
50.
Dark Days (2000 Documentary)
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A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City. (82 mins.)
Director: Marc Singer
 
51.
Black Metal Satanica (2008 Documentary)
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A look at the music genre Black Metal, containing interviews with bands such as Watain, Ondskapt, Mordichrist and many more. (80 mins.)
Director: Mats Lundberg
 
52.
Animal Love (1996 Documentary)
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In conurbations where hundreds of thousands live alongside one another, in the era of a highly technological society... (120 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
53.
The Killing of America (1981 Documentary)
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A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more. (90 mins.)
Director: Sheldon Renan
 
54.
The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (2009 Documentary)
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The film is about the utterly fantastic and eccentric 80-year-old Japanese inventor responsible for 3,357 inventions... (57 mins.)
 
55.
Chasing Ice (2012 Documentary)
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Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. (75 mins.)
Director: Jeff Orlowski
 
56.
Best Worst Movie (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the making of the film Troll 2 and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic. (93 mins.)
 
57.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
58.
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
 
59.
Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
60.
American Winter (2013 Documentary)
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Documentary feature film that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of... (90 mins.)
 
61.
Youth Wars - Beobachtungen in der deutschen Provinz (1991 Documentary)
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(63 mins.)
Director: Karl Siebig
 
62.
The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (117 mins.)
 
63.
Divine Trash (1998 Documentary)
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The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a... (97 mins.)
Director: Steve Yeager
 
64.
Sex 'n' Pop (2004 Mini-Series)
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(55 mins.)
 
65.
Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004 Documentary)
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Ring legends such as The Fabulous Moolah and Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem Long provide candid insights into the history of women's professional wrestling. (83 mins.)
Director: Ruth Leitman
 
66.
Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1989 Documentary)
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Documentary examines the 'blind spot' of the evaluators of aerial footage of the IG Farben industrial plant taken by the Americans in 1944. (75 mins.)
Director: Harun Farocki
 
67.
Teenage (2013 Documentary)
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Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth. (78 mins.)
Director: Matt Wolf
 
68.
Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
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A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan. (104 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
69.
Louis Theroux's LA Stories (2014 Mini-Series)
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Louis Theroux explores three tales on different themes in the city Los Angeles. (60 mins.)
 
70.
Megacities (1998 Documentary)
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A look at the people who live precariously, but with an unusual level of resourcefulness and imagination, in four gigantic urban agglomerations: Mumbai, New York City, Moscow and Mexico City. (90 mins.)
 
71.
Workingman's Death (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living. (122 mins.)
 
72.
American Pimp (1999 Documentary)
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Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant... (87 mins.)
 
73.
The Wolfpack (2015 Documentary)
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Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes. (90 mins.)
Director: Crystal Moselle
 
74.
Finders Keepers (2015 Documentary)
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A story about fame, addiction and a custody battle over a man's leg. (82 mins.)
 
75.
Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in PyongYang (2015 Documentary)
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An uproarious doc about Dennis Rodman's calamitous foray into North Korea. (93 mins.)
Director: Colin Offland
 
76.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997 Documentary)
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German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera. (80 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
77.
How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck... (1976 Documentary)
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Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system... (44 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
78.
Bells from the Deep (1993 Documentary)
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What is faith and religion to Russians after the fall of communism? We get the insight into the Russian Orthodox church as well as different folk and shamanic beliefs. (60 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
79.
La Soufrière (1977 Documentary)
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Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadeloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt... (30 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
80.
Blank City (2010 Documentary)
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During the punk rock stage in the late '70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of "Do it yourself" independent filmmaking. (94 mins.)
Director: Celine Danhier
 
81.
Wild Style (1983)
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Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer... (82 mins.)
Director: Charlie Ahearn
 
82.
Brother's Keeper (1992 Documentary)
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This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's... (104 mins.)
 
83.
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981 Documentary)
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The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag... (100 mins.)
 
84.
The White Diamond (2004 Documentary)
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About the daring adventure of exploring rain forest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship... (88 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
85.
City of Gold (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary portrait that takes us into Jonathan Gold's universe to tell the improbable story of a revolution inspired by the pen, but driven by the palate. (96 mins.)
Director: Laura Gabbert
 
86.
Tokyo-Ga (1985 Documentary)
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Moved by the work of director Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in Ozu's films. (92 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
87.
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies. (169 mins.)
Director: Thom Andersen
Stars: Encke King
 
88.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century. (90 mins.)
 
89.
The Look of Silence (2014 Documentary)
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A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers. (103 mins.)
 
90.
My Best Fiend (1999 Documentary)
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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
91.
1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992 Documentary)
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David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991... (99 mins.)
Director: Dave Markey