The Best Documentaries

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1.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
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.
Home (2009 Documentary)
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With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked. (120 mins.)
 
8.
Earth (2007 Documentary)
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Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth, following the migration paths of four animal families. (90 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 Documentary)
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The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later. (130 mins.)
 
11.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary)
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A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence. (121 mins.)
 
12.
The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill (2004 Documentary)
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Robert E. Harrill, The Fort Fisher Hermit, spent 17 years under the stars and scrub oaks of Fort Fisher... (54 mins.)
Director: Rob Hill
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Weather Underground (2002 Documentary)
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. (92 mins.)
 
15.
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006 Documentary)
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Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch. (86 mins.)
Director: Stanley Nelson
 
16.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997 Documentary)
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This controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians... (136 mins.)
Director: William Gazecki
 
17.
The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman (2001 Documentary)
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Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, a loving father...and a ruthless killer. A decade after HBO last visited him in prison... (43 mins.)
Director: Arthur Ginsberg
 
18.
The Godfather and the Mob (2006 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Simon George
 
19.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
 
20.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
21.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
 
22.
Led Zeppelin DVD (2003 Documentary)
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A double-DVD set which features over five hours of previously unreleased concert and archival performance footage from Led Zeppelin, spanning the years 1969 to 1979. (320 mins.)
 
23.
The Doors: When You're Strange (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
 
24.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007 Documentary)
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"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before. (239 mins.)
 
25.
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011. (109 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
26.
Hype! (1996 Documentary)
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Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s (84 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
27.
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
 
28.
Nirvana Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate look into one of the most influencing bands in music. NIRVANA , as they perform in this collage of performances, interviews , and touring. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Kerslake
 
29.
Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006 Documentary)
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In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts. (96 mins.)
Director: AJ Schnack
 
30.
The Fearless Freaks (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the evolution of the Oklahoma band The Flaming Lips. (103 mins.)
Director: Bradley Beesley
 
31.
Concentric Beats (2001 Documentary)
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Concentric Beats is a documentary film about the US drum'n'bass music experience, focusing mainly on three cities: Los Angeles... (65 mins.)
Director: Valida Carroll
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
The Men Who Killed Kennedy (1988 Mini-Series)
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A detailed examination of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, with emphasis on the discrepancies and inconsistencies in the government's official version of events.
 
34.
The Men Who Killed Kennedy (1988 Mini-Series)
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A detailed examination of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, with emphasis on the discrepancies and inconsistencies in the government's official version of events.
 
35.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
36.
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007 Documentary)
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BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union'... (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Harvey
 
37.
American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007 Documentary)
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The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become... (120 mins.)
Director: Kevin Booth
 
38.
A/k/a Tommy Chong (2006 Documentary)
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Documentary about Tommy Chong's federal prosecution under the Bush administration for selling bongs over the Internet. (80 mins.)
Director: Josh Gilbert
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
9/11: The Falling Man (2006 Documentary)
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The Falling Man is a documentary that examines one of the many images that were circulated by the press... (80 mins.)
Director: Henry Singer