Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

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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.)
 
2.
Kokoda Front Line! (1942 Documentary)
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Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action... (9 mins.)
 
3.
Moscow Strikes Back (1942 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
 
4.
Prelude to War (1942 Documentary)
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The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought. (52 mins.)
 
5.
Desert Victory (1943 Documentary)
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The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including a re-enactment. (60 mins.)
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
The Secret Land (1948 Documentary)
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This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica... (71 mins.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Kon-Tiki (1950 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. (77 mins.)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
 
12.
The Sea Around Us (1953 Documentary)
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Irwin Allen explores the mysteries of the deep blue sea in this Technicolor documentary. Based on Rachel L... (62 mins.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Vanishing Prairie (1954 Documentary)
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Story of the American Prairie as it was when vast herds of bison and elk grazed. (71 mins.)
Director: James Algar
 
15.
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
 
16.
The Silent World (1956 Documentary)
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This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world... (86 mins.)
 
17.
Albert Schweitzer (1957 Documentary)
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This biographical drama/part-time documentary, narrative written by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and spoken by Fredric March... (85 mins.)
Director: Jerome Hill
 
18.
White Wilderness (1958 Documentary)
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The wildlife of the arctic is explored in this true-life adventure. (72 mins.)
Director: James Algar
 
19.
Serengeti (1959 Documentary)
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(85 mins.)
 
20.
The Horse with the Flying Tail (1960 Documentary)
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A palimino cow pony, through a series of owners and adventures becomes a champion mount for one of the US equestrian team. (48 mins.)
Director: Larry Lansburgh
 
21.
Le ciel et la boue (1961 Documentary)
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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.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World (1963 Documentary)
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The acclaimed poet is examined in this film completed just prior to his death at age 88, with his speaking... (41 mins.)
Director: Shirley Clarke
 
24.
World Without Sun (1964 Documentary)
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Fascinating underwater documentary filmed with hand-held cameras by frogmen and mostly filmed in deep-water seas from within a special designed batiscaff, by the Cousteau family of sea explorers. (93 mins.)
 
25.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965 Documentary)
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Richard Kaplan documents the life of one of America's most influential first ladies. Orphaned at age 10... (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Kaplan
 
26.
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
 
27.
The Anderson Platoon (1967 Documentary)
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The director, a French veteran of the Indochina war (La 317e Section), returned to follow a platoon... (65 mins.)
 
28.
Journey Into Self (1969 Documentary)
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(47 mins.)
Director: Bill McGaw
 
29.
L'amour de la vie - Artur Rubinstein (1969 Documentary)
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An Oscar winning look at the life of Albert Rubinstein shortly after he turned 70. It contains some home movies of him and his family, but is primarily him talking and demonstrating his great skill as a pianist. (89 mins.)
 
30.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
31.
The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971 Documentary)
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A scientist explains how the savagery and efficiency of the insect world could result in their taking over the world. (90 mins.)
 
32.
Marjoe (1972 Documentary)
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Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit... (88 mins.)
 
33.
The Great American Cowboy (1973 Documentary)
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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
 
34.
Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary)
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An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Davis
 
35.
The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975 Documentary)
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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.)
 
36.
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
 
37.
Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?] (1977 Documentary)
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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
 
38.
Scared Straight! (1978 Documentary)
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The filmed depiction of a program where convicts tell troubled kids about the horrors of prison life. (96 mins.)
Director: Arnold Shapiro
 
39.
Best Boy (1979 Documentary)
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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
 
40.
From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1979 Documentary)
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Isaac Stern's cultural tour of China is seen, with the master violinist performing and mentoring young Chinese musicians... (84 mins.)
Director: Murray Lerner
 
41.
Genocide (1982 Documentary)
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A chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid... (90 mins.)
 
42.
The Fifth Estate (1981 TV Series)
Episode: Just Another Missing Kid (1981)
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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
 
43.
He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983 Documentary)
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Jacques d'Amboise, a noted former American ballet star who had dancing roles in such films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Carousel, and who later became a New York dancing instructor. (51 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
44.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 Documentary)
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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Epstein
 
45.
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
 
46.
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985 Documentary)
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Documentary cataloging the life and music of the band leader and clarinetist, Artie Shaw. (114 mins.)
Director: Brigitte Berman
 
47.
Down and Out in America (1986 Documentary)
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A recession in the mid-1980s affects Minnesota farm workers, unemployed urban workers and the newly homeless in Los Angeles and New York. (57 mins.)
Director: Lee Grant
 
48.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Profile of the group of writers and humorists who formed lasting friendships and collaborations centered... (90 mins.)
 
49.
Hôtel Terminus (1988 Documentary)
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A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war. (267 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
50.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989 Documentary)
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A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt. (79 mins.)
 
51.
American Dream (1990 Documentary)
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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.)
 
52.
In the Shadow of the Stars (1991 Documentary)
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Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film is a hilarious and affectionate look at the path to stardom inside the competitive world of opera. (93 mins.)
 
53.
The Panama Deception (1992 Documentary)
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A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities. (91 mins.)
Director: Barbara Trent
 
54.
I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1993 Documentary)
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Filmmakers Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond document Philadelphia teachers facing challenges at an inner-city school. (89 mins.)
Director: Susan Raymond
 
55.
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994 Documentary)
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A film about the work of the artist most famous for her monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Civil Rights Fountain Memorial. (105 mins.)
Director: Freida Lee Mock
Stars: Maya Lin
 
56.
Anne Frank Remembered (1995 Documentary)
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Using previously unreleased archival material in addition to contemporary interviews, this academy award-winning... (122 mins.)
Director: Jon Blair
 
57.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. (88 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
 
58.
The Long Way Home (1997 Documentary)
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The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. (120 mins.)
 
59.
The Last Days (1998 Documentary)
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In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport... (87 mins.)
Director: James Moll
 
60.
One Day in September (1999 Documentary)
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The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. (94 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
61.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000 Documentary)
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The secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Germany in the late 1930s. (122 mins.)
 
62.
Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001 Documentary)
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Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida. (111 mins.)
 
63.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
64.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
65.
Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004 Documentary)
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Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district. (85 mins.)
 
66.
March of the Penguins (2005 Documentary)
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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
 
67.
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.)
 
68.
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
69.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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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
 
70.
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
 
71.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)