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1.
Grey Gardens (1975 Documentary)
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton. (94 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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Hollywood (1980 Mini-Series)
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The definitive documentary about the American silent film industry. (60 mins.)
 
5.
Sigur Rós: Heima (2007 Documentary)
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In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland... (97 mins.)
Director: Dean DeBlois
 
6.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011 Documentary)
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A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic... (161 mins.)
Director: Peter Joseph
 
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Harlan County U.S.A. (1976 Documentary)
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A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike. (103 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
8.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
9.
Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
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Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
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"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory... (100 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
11.
Shoah (1985 Documentary)
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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
 
12.
Of Time and the City (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England. (74 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
13.
Darwin's Nightmare (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers. (107 mins.)
Director: Hubert Sauper
 
14.
Dreams of a Life (2011 Documentary)
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A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph. (95 mins.)
Director: Carol Morley
 
15.
War Photographer (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever. (96 mins.)
Director: Christian Frei
 
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Microcosmos (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds. (80 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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Waste Land (2010 Documentary)
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. (99 mins.)
Stars: Vik Muniz
 
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The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009 Mini-Series)
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The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years. (120 mins.)
 
20.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
21.
In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914)
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In 1911, as part of his massive undertaking, famed Northwest photographer Edward S. Curtis travelled to Vancouver Island... (65 mins.)
 
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Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
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This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. (65 mins.)
 
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Broken Rainbow (1985 Documentary)
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Documentary chronicling the government relocation of 10,000 Navajo Indians in Arizona. (70 mins.)
Director: Victoria Mudd
 
24.
Capturing Reality (2008 Documentary)
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From cinema-verite; pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick movie makers like Errol Morris... (90 mins.)
Director: Pepita Ferrari
 
25.
500 Nations (1995 Mini-Series)
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An exploration of the various Native American nations and their fall to the European conquerors. (374 mins.)
 
26.
GasLand (2010 Documentary)
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An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved. (107 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox
 
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Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005 TV Series)
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A PBS documentary concerning Jared Diamond's theory on why there is such disparity between those who...
 
28.
Human Planet (2011 Mini-Series)
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Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them... (50 mins.)
Stars: John Hurt
 
29.
Stop Making Sense (1984 Documentary)
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An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads. (88 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
30.
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
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
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
 
34.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. (90 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
35.
A Film Unfinished (2010 Documentary)
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A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images. (88 mins.)
Director: Yael Hersonski
 
36.
Sweetgrass (2009 Documentary)
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In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana... (101 mins.)
 
37.
Tarnation (2003 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more -- culled from 19 years of his life. (88 mins.)
 
38.
Kicking It (2008 Documentary)
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The lives of homeless people are changed forever through an international soccer competition. This film follows six players as they set off for Cape Town, South Africa to play in the Homeless World Cup. (98 mins.)
 
39.
South of the Border (2009 Documentary)
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A road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. (78 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
40.
Don't You Forget About Me (2009 Documentary)
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A group of young filmmakers have one goal in mind: to track down and interview the great writer/director John Hughes... (74 mins.)
 
41.
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007 Documentary)
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In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi... (84 mins.)
 
42.
The Future of Food (2004 Documentary)
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THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade. (88 mins.)
Director: Deborah Garcia
 
43.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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The life and work of Allen Ginsberg, the greatest of the Beat Generation poets is put in focus in this film (90 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
45.
The Century of the Self (2002 Mini-Series)
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A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations. (235 mins.)
 
46.
Cosmos (1980 Mini-Series)
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe. (60 mins.)
 
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The Universe (2007 TV Series)
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This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists. (45 mins.)