Phreekshow's Phavorite Documentaries!

Here is a list of my favorite documentaries! Keep in mind I am a Huge history and science fan!
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1.
The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
2.
Baseball (1994 Mini-Series)
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game. (1140 mins.)
 
3.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
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Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
4.
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003 Documentary)
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A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots. (83 mins.)
Director: Judy Irving
 
5.
Ape to Man (2005 Documentary)
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The history of the search for the "missing link" in evolution is told through reenactments and interviews with leading scientists. (100 mins.)
Director: Nic Young
 
6.
Life After People (2008 Documentary)
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Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl (abandoned by humans after the 1986 nuclear disaster)... (108 mins.)
Director: David de Vries
 
7.
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...
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
The Louisiana Purchase (2003 TV Movie)
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The History Channel looks at the background of the Louisiana Purchase and how Thomas Jefferson's emissaries managed to double the size of the United States with the stroke of a pen. (50 mins.)
 
10.
Prehistoric Predators (2007 TV Series)
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11.
Comic Books & Superheroes (2001 Documentary)
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Comic book writers and artists discuss the depiction of superheroes in the medium. (19 mins.)
 
12.
Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (2003 Documentary)
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A history of superheroes in comic books, from the first appearance of Superman in the 1930s to today's morally-conflicted, violent anti-heroes. (90 mins.)
 
13.
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary exploring 30 years of the "Friday The 13th" film series featuring all new interviews with cast and crew from all 12 films and various horror fans and filmmakers. (90 mins.)
Director: Daniel Farrands
 
14.
Bloodsucking Cinema (2007 Documentary)
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The sound of flapping bat wings, an empty coffin, glistening fangs, tiny punctures on the neck, the sensual taste of blood... (56 mins.)
Director: Barry Gray
 
15.
The Dark Ages (2007 Documentary)
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The History Channel examines the Dark Ages from the fall of the Roman Empire to the First Crusade. (120 mins.)
 
16.
Russia, Land of the Tsars (2003 Mini-Series)
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(120 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
Project Grizzly (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary follows a Canadian fellow working on his dream: building a suit of armor so he can observe grizzly bears from a close distance. (72 mins.)
Director: Peter Lynch
 
19.
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
 
20.
Ancient Mysteries (1994 TV Series)
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Ancient Mysteries is a documentary television series that deals with historical mysteries. (45 mins.)
 
21.
Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (2004 TV Series)
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(220 mins.)
 
22.
Chased by Dinosaurs (2000 Mini-Series)
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This two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs featured Nigel and his "team of fellow explorers" encountering prehistoric life over a large range of time, and seeing creatures not featured in the original series. (150 mins.)
 
23.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
24.
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
 
25.
Nova (1974 TV Series)
Episode: Cracking the Maya Code (2008)
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Nova examines the fascinating history behind the scientific effort to decode the Mayan writing system.
 
26.
Beyond the Mat (1999 Documentary)
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A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake. (102 mins.)
 
27.
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998 Documentary)
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Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF. (93 mins.)
Director: Paul Jay
 
28.
The Captains (2011 Documentary)
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The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors whom have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise. (97 mins.)
Director: William Shatner
 
29.
Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (2004 TV Movie)
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An alternate scientific history, in which dragons were real and lived on this earth, is imagined in this fantasy docudrama... (99 mins.)
Director: Justin Hardy
 
30.
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
 
31.
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs (2008 TV Movie)
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(300 mins.)
 
32.
Prehistoric Planet (2002 TV Series)
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Dripping with kid friendly sarcasm, this series presents various animals from several periods that thrived during the age of dinosaurs and explains how they thrived, reproduced and co-existed. (30 mins.)
 
33.
National Geographic Special: Search for the First Dog (2003 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
 
35.
The Life of Birds (1998 TV Series)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life. (489 mins.)
 
36.
The Life of Mammals (2002 TV Series)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.
 
37.
Walking with Cavemen (2003 TV Series)
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The great follow-up to 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'Walking with Beasts', presented by Professor Robert Winston, explains the story of human evolution. (100 mins.)
 
38.
Genius: Charles Darwin (2003 Documentary)
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Director: Chris Gormlie
 
39.
The God Who Wasn't There (2005 Documentary)
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Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole. (62 mins.)
Director: Brian Flemming
 
40.
America: The Story of Us (2010 TV Series)
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A six-night miniseries presenting the history of how the United States was invented, looking at the...
 
41.
Cracking the Da Vinci Code (2004 Documentary)
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Author Simon Cox takes you on a journey to the action sites of Dan Brown's novel and introduces the authors and thinkers that were Brown's inspiration. An EXTRA section delves into a deeper mystery behind The Da Vinci Code. (120 mins.)
Director: Simon Cox
 
42.
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009 Documentary)
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An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre. (96 mins.)
Director: Andrew Monument
 
43.
UFO's Are Real (1979 Documentary)
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One of several 1970s documentaries on the subject of unidentified flying objects (UFO), supporting the view that Earth is visited regularly by extra-terrestrial engines and aliens. (89 mins.)
Director: Edward Hunt
 
44.
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
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park (2011 Documentary)
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A look at the making of HUMANCENTiPAD. (42 mins.)
Director: Arthur Bradford
 
47.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
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The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
 
48.
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story (2006 Documentary)
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(540 mins.)
Director: Vince McMahon
 
50.
Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time (2011 Video)
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At his apex, Stone Cold Steve Austin was a pop culture phenomenon, the biggest superstar in the history of sports entertainment... (151 mins.)
Director: Kevin Dunn
 
51.
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011 Documentary)
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When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations. (90 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bate
 
52.
Life with Murder (2010 Documentary)
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Chatham, Ontario, 1998. Eighteen-year-old Jennifer Jenkins is brutally shot to death by multiple rifle rounds in her family home... (95 mins.)
Director: John Kastner
 
53.
The People vs. George Lucas (2010 Documentary)
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An examination of the widespread fan disenchantment with George Lucas. (93 mins.)
 
54.
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010 Documentary)
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Shows how the classic board game has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, and follows the colorful players who come together to compete for the coveted title of Monopoly World Champion. (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Tostado