Documentaries

A list of some great thought-provoking documentaries.
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1.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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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.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005 Documentary)
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From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films. (88 mins.)
Director: Stuart Samuels
 
4.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
5.
Senna (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. (106 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
 
6.
The Day I Died (2002 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
Director: Kate Broome
 
7.
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
 
8.
Choke (1999 Documentary)
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The fight ends when someone quits or is knocked unconscious. Don't look to the referee for help. If you get into trouble... (98 mins.)
 
9.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
10.
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
 
11.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
12.
Freakonomics (2010 Documentary)
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A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics. (93 mins.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
In the Year of the Pig (1968 Documentary)
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Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots... (103 mins.)
 
15.
Lake of Fire (2006 Documentary)
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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. (152 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
16.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992 Documentary)
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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda. (167 mins.)
 
17.
Marwencol (2010 Documentary)
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After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard. (83 mins.)
Director: Jeff Malmberg
 
18.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
19.
Scratch (2001 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now... (92 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
20.
Sherman's March (1985 Documentary)
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Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of... (157 mins.)
Director: Ross McElwee
 
21.
The Bridge (2006 Documentary)
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People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary... (94 mins.)
Director: Eric Steel
 
22.
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
 
23.
America Undercover (1983 TV Series)
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Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, loving father--and ruthless killer of over 100 people. You'll...
 
24.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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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
 
25.
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
 
26.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010 Documentary)
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The life and work of the enigmatic folk rock singer-songwriter. (116 mins.)
Director: John Scheinfeld
 
27.
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
 
28.
Encounters at the End of the World (2007 Documentary)
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Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there. (99 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
29.
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
 
30.
Up in Smoke (2011 Documentary)
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(70 mins.)
Director: Adam Wakeling
Stars: Mike Hands