I Love Documentaries.

These are some of the great documentaries I have seen. Hopefully you'll see something here you've never heard of before. By the way, for those of you who do not have cable or regular internet access, PBS showcases some of the best Documentaries ever on local TV.
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1.
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
 
2.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
3.
A Fighting Chance (2010 Documentary)
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A FIGHTING CHANCE is the vivid, character-driven story of Kyle Maynard, a young man born without arms or legs... (88 mins.)
 
4.
Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder (2002 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Marc Levin
 
5.
I Think We're Alone Now (2008 Documentary)
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Two individuals, Jeff and Kelly, claim to be in love with the 80's pop singer Tiffany. (70 mins.)
Director: Sean Donnelly
 
6.
P-Star Rising (2009 Documentary)
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A former rapper guides his talented nine-year-old daughter through the music business. (84 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Noble
 
7.
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000 Documentary)
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Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little... (100 mins.)
 
8.
Good Hair (2009 Documentary)
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Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stilson
 
9.
How Bruce Lee Changed the World (2009 Documentary)
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More than just a biography, this film explores Bruce Lee's global impact to see how he has influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness... (120 mins.)
Director: Steve Webb
 
10.
Banned! In America (1998 Documentary)
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(46 mins.)
 
11.
Resolved (2007 Documentary)
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The fascinating complexity of high school debate gives way to a portrait of the equally complex racial... (91 mins.)
Director: Greg Whiteley
 
12.
The Michael Jackson Story (2003 Documentary)
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This is about the story about the king of pop and his brothers parents kids and life (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Cole
 
13.
Playing for Change: Peace Through Music (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on undiscovered musicians all over the world.
 
14.
The Howlin' Wolf Story (2003 Documentary)
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Director: Don McGlynn
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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The life story of Louisa May Alcott based on her writings as well as those of family, friends and associates. (90 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004 Documentary)
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Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind. (64 mins.)
Director: John Borowski
 
19.
Pimps Up, Ho's Down (1998 Documentary)
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A realistic look into the lives of real pimps such as Ice-T, Don "Magic" Juan and others. Alongside real hookers, thugs and their clients on the mean streets of various cities within America.
Director: Brent Owens
 
20.
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
 
21.
80 Blocks from Tiffany's (1979 Documentary)
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Depicts the daily life of gangs within the context of the South Bronx. Deals primarily with two African American and Puerto Rican gangs known as the "Savage Skulls" and the "Savage Nomads". (67 mins.)
Director: Gary Weis
 
22.
Mr. Untouchable (2007 Documentary)
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The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord... (92 mins.)
Director: Marc Levin
 
23.
Bastards of the Party (2005 Documentary)
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Surrounded by death and the brutal lifestyle that feeds it, a Los Angeles gangbanger explores the history... (95 mins.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
Champion (2005 Documentary)
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Danny Trejo, you know the man. He has fierce tattoos, and frequently plays a thug in your favorite movies... (82 mins.)
Director: Joe Eckardt
 
26.
Tupac: Resurrection (2003 Documentary)
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Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time. (112 mins.)
Director: Lauren Lazin
 
27.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
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A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. (170 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
28.
Super High Me (2007 Documentary)
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Stand up comedian and marijuana user Doug Benson documents thirty days of pot free living and thirty days of non-stop use to compare the effects of both. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Blieden
 
29.
Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale (2000 Documentary)
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A retired gay anthropologist revisits the native cultures he studied in his youth. (93 mins.)
 
30.
Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation (2007 Documentary)
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Albert Fish, the horrific true story of elderly cannibal, sadomasochist, and serial killer, who lured... (86 mins.)
Director: John Borowski
 
31.
Crazy Love (2007 Documentary)
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The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach. (92 mins.)
 
32.
Rize (2005 Documentary)
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Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture. (86 mins.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
High School Boot Camp (2000 Documentary)
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Director: Chuck Braverman
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004 Documentary)
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion. (214 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock (1994 Documentary)
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Director: Marc Levin
 
39.
A Man Named Pearl (2006 Documentary)
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A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It offers a message... (78 mins.)
 
40.
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (2012 Documentary)
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Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented... (89 mins.)
Director: Jorge Hinojosa
 
41.
Traces of a Dragon (2003 Documentary)
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A surprising look at the past of movie star Jackie Chan and the difficulties of Chinese families during the Culture Revolution. (94 mins.)
Director: Mabel Cheung
 
42.
Bill Cunningham New York (2010 Documentary)
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A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer. (84 mins.)
Director: Richard Press
 
43.
Independent Lens (1999 TV Series)
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Whitney Young was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As head of the National Urban League, he fought for the rights of thousands but was often criticized by the very people he was trying to help.
 
44.
Banaz: A Love Story (2012 Documentary)
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This is a documentary film chronicling the brutal Honour Killing of Banaz Mahmod, a young British Kurdish woman in London, killed by her own family for choosing a life for herself. (69 mins.)
 
45.
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009 Documentary)
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A year in the life of the White family, well known for Jesco White, the star of the "Dancing Outlaw" documentary. (86 mins.)
Director: Julien Nitzberg
 
46.
Abducted: The Carlina White Story (2012 TV Movie)
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A baby abducted at birth and raised by the woman who took her, eventually discovers she is a missing child, reconnects with her birth parents, and struggles with choosing between her two identities. (86 mins.)
 
47.
My Reincarnation (2011 Documentary)
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Tibetan Buddhist Master Choogyal Namkhai Norbu watches as his western-born son, Yeshi, who was recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, considers departing from tradition to embrace the modern world. (90 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Fox
 
48.
51 Birch Street (2005 Documentary)
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Documentary filmmaker Doug Block had every reason to believe his parents' 54-year marriage was a good one... (90 mins.)
Director: Doug Block
 
49.
Just, Melvin: Just Evil (2000 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism. (96 mins.)
 
50.
One Year in a Life of Crime (1989 Documentary)
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Documentary maker Jon Alpert follows three petty criminals in Newark. Filmed by a hidden camera, the three are stealing, using drugs, getting caught and convicted. (55 mins.)
Director: Jon Alpert
 
51.
Life of Crime 2 (1998 Documentary)
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Director: Jon Alpert
 
52.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005 Documentary)
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The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition. (105 mins.)
Director: Marilyn Agrelo
 
53.
Girl Model (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model. (78 mins.)
 
54.
The Revisionaries (2012 Documentary)
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The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education. (92 mins.)
Director: Scott Thurman
 
55.
Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything. (79 mins.)
Director: Cullen Hoback
 
56.
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
 
57.
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
 
58.
Marley (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
59.
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. (115 mins.)
 
60.
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
 
61.
Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
62.
The Summit (2012 Documentary)
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The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2. (95 mins.)
Director: Nick Ryan
 
63.
Maidentrip (2013 Documentary)
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14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. (82 mins.)
 
64.
Cropsey (2009 Documentary)
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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances. (84 mins.)
 
65.
The Haunted Boy: The Secret Diary of the Exorcist (2010 Documentary)
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This is the untold story of The Exorcist, a chronicle of true events based on the priest's secret diary the world was not to see. (88 mins.)
 
66.
Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies (2012 Documentary)
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In Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies, Chiller investigates the terrifying factual stories that... (120 mins.)
Director: John D'Auria
 
67.
The Possessed (2009 Documentary)
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Based on the True Story, The Watseka Wonder, America's first documented possession in 1870. A chilling story of a 13-year-old girl from the small town of Watseka, Illinois who became possessed by spirits of the insane dead. (89 mins.)
 
68.
Alien Abduction: The Odyssey of Betty and Barney Hill (2013 Documentary)
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We have all heard incredible UFO and Alien Abduction stories that edge toward the unreal but none with... (180 mins.)
 
69.
Deep Water (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race. (93 mins.)
 
70.
West of Memphis (2012 Documentary)
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An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three. (147 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
 
71.
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
 
72.
Party Monster (1998 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
 
73.
Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC (2012 Documentary)
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An independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film explores the definition... (83 mins.)
 
74.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000 Documentary)
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A documentary look, mostly through the eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, at her rise and fall as a popular televangelist with husband Jim Bakker... (79 mins.)
 
75.
Mirage Men (2013 Documentary)
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How the US government created a myth that took over the world. ET visitors... crashed UFOs... back-engineered alien technology... (85 mins.)
 
76.
The House I Live In (2012 Documentary)
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. (108 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
77.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)