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1.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
“ old guy apparently makes some of the best sushi in the world! without saying much he keeps his family/employees and guests in constant awe. ” - flemmert
 
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Entre les Bras (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on French chef Michel Bras and his decision to hand over his restaurant to his son, Sebastien, who has been working with him for 15 years. (86 mins.)
Director: Paul Lacoste
 
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El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2010 Documentary)
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For six months of the year, renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià closes his restaurant El Bulli and works... (108 mins.)
Director: Gereon Wetzel
“ a unique look inside a perfectly calibrated machine... ” - flemmert
 
4.
Noma My Perfect Storm (2015 Documentary)
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After winning a Best Restaurant In The World award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, chef Rene Redzepi discusses his Copenhagen restaurant Noma and how his culinary philosophy has shaped its success. (100 mins.)
 
5.
Spinning Plates (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary about three unique restaurants and their respective owners. (93 mins.)
Director: Joseph Levy
 
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Ramsay's Boiling Point (1998 TV Series)
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The series charts the first few months of Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant. The first episode was filmed... (30 mins.)
“ before he became a TV personality he was a real and even more angry chef! ” - flemmert
 
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Kings of Pastry (2009 Documentary)
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The collar awarded to the winners of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) is more... (87 mins.)
“ not your everyday cooking competition, this is the real deal. ” - flemmert
 
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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
 
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Fed Up (2014 Documentary)
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An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it. (92 mins.)
 
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Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
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Canned Dreams (2012 Documentary)
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Canned Dreams is a film about workers and their dreams on the journey of a canned food product. (75 mins.)
Director: Katja Gauriloff
 
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We Feed the World (2005 Documentary)
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A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people. (96 mins.)
“ slow, almost boring, but also fascinating and very important. If you don't eat 100 % local and organic, you HAVE to watch this ” - flemmert
 
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King Corn (2007 Documentary)
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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation... (88 mins.)
Director: Aaron Woolf
“ corn, corn, corn and more corn ” - flemmert
 
15.
Our Daily Bread (2005 Documentary)
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OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas. (92 mins.)
“ the way we eat and consume is NOT very good! ” - flemmert
 
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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
 
17.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy (2010 Documentary)
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This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail. (75 mins.)
“ not a surprise when you think about it. ” - flemmert
 
18.
Surviving Progress (2011 Documentary)
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Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards... (86 mins.)
 
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No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009 Documentary)
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Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. (93 mins.)
“ interesting and very unrealistic, but a good idea. ” - flemmert
 
20.
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.)
“ Beautiful, interesting and thought provoking. ” - flemmert
 
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The Age of Stupid (2009 Documentary)
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A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change. (92 mins.)
“ guess we had it comming.. ” - flemmert
 
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary at Sundance. (96 mins.)
 
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The 11th Hour (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems. (95 mins.)
 
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Into Eternity: A Film for the Future (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage. (75 mins.)
Director: Michael Madsen
“ nuclear waste turns people philosophical! ” - flemmert
 
25.
Workingman's Death (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living. (122 mins.)
“ If you think, feel or believe that you had a hard day at work, that the world is against you or that things can't get any worse - you should watch this. most of us actually have a pretty sweet life. ” - flemmert
 
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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
 
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Alone in the Wilderness (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula... (57 mins.)
“ I wish I could be as manly as this guy ” - flemmert
 
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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.)
 
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Spellbound (2002 Documentary)
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Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee. (97 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
“ very different kids and their families - very weird people. ” - flemmert
 
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Waiting for 'Superman' (2010 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca... (111 mins.)
 
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The Boys of Baraka (2005 Documentary)
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Twenty 12-year-old black boys from one of the most violent ghettos in Baltimore, Maryland, are taken... (84 mins.)
“ a second chance for someone who deserves it. ” - flemmert
 
32.
12 O'Clock Boys (2013 Documentary)
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Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O'Clock Boys. (76 mins.)
Director: Lotfy Nathan
Stars: Coco, Pug, Steven
 
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The Interrupters (2011 Documentary)
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A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence. (125 mins.)
Director: Steve James
“ not all people are bad, some give you faith in humanity. ” - flemmert
 
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Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
“ those bastards! ” - flemmert
 
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Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream (2012 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Alex Gibney investigates the fact that the 400 richest Americans control more wealth than the 150 million people in the bottom 50 percent of the population. (70 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
“ more bastards... ” - flemmert
 
36.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. (91 mins.)
Director: Alison Klayman
“ art or politics - or both? ” - flemmert
 
37.
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008 Documentary)
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Morgan Spurlock tours the Middle East to discuss the war on terror with Arabic people. (90 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
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Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006 Documentary)
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In the slum of Cité Soleil, President Aristide's most loyal supporters were ruling as kings. The five... (85 mins.)
 
39.
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team. (91 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
“ cool stuff, music, pictures, people, stories... ” - flemmert
 
40.
Pumping Iron (1977 Documentary)
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From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr... (85 mins.)
“ turns out that Arnie is borderline evil genius (in a funny way - until he turned politician) ” - flemmert
 
41.
Generation Iron (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition. (106 mins.)
Director: Vlad Yudin
 
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Big River Man (2009 Documentary)
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Martin Strel attempts to cover 3,375 miles of the Amazon River, the longest continuous swim in history. (100 mins.)
Director: John Maringouin
“ almost too weird to be true. ” - flemmert
 
43.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
“ who thought that donkey-kong could contain that much drama? ” - flemmert
 
44.
Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary that captures the greatest world record Tetris players as they prepare for the Classic Tetris World Championship...
Director: Adam Cornelius
“ Just like King of Kong, who new this was a thing? ” - flemmert
 
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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
“ I'm glad that I have an education, this can't be fun in the long run... ” - flemmert
 
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Superheroes (2011 Documentary)
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A journey inside the world of real life caped crusaders. From all over America, these self-proclaimed crime fighters, don masks, homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere. (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Barnett
 
47.
A Cross the Universe (2008 Documentary)
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'A Cross the Universe' is a documentary following the French EDM duo Justice touring North America. (65 mins.)
“ Old school rock and roll backstage stories, set to electronic music, made by two weird French guys. ” - flemmert
 
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Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ again with the french - they don't always behave normal! ” - flemmert
 
49.
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
 
50.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. (71 mins.)
“ Fabulous, authentic and sincere. ” - flemmert
 
51.
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008 Documentary)
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A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino. (96 mins.)
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
“ gay, rich and surreal = fantastic ” - flemmert
 
52.
Fuck (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Anderson
“ all about the word. ” - flemmert
 
53.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
“ never give up believing ” - flemmert
 
54.
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008 Documentary)
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A humorous look at life for a loser in love. (90 mins.)
Director: Chris Waitt
“ don't know if I wanna punch him in the face or give him a hug? but very funny ” - flemmert
 
55.
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
“ life produces people that transcends fiction and reality. this guy is crazier than fiction. ” - flemmert
 
56.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century. (90 mins.)
 
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Samsara (2011 Documentary)
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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. (102 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
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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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The Expedition to the End of the World (2013 Documentary)
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A grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the world map. But no matter how far we go and how hard we try to find answers, we ultimately meet ourselves and our own transience. (90 mins.)
Director: Daniel Dencik
 
60.
Narco Cultura (2013 Documentary)
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To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success... (103 mins.)
Director: Shaul Schwarz
 
61.
Happy (2011 Documentary)
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HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy... (76 mins.)
Director: Roko Belic
 
62.
Red Obsession (2013 Documentary)
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The great chateaux of Bordeaux struggle to accommodate the voracious appetite for their rare, expensive wines, which have become a powerful status symbol in booming China. (75 mins.)
 
63.
Tim's Vermeer (2013 Documentary)
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Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. (80 mins.)
Director: Teller
 
64.
Merchants of Doubt (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner