If You're Like Me: See These Documentaries

If making a film is like building a house out of the available timber, making a doc is like whittling a cave out of a mountain. It's impossible to compare the forms. Directors who excel at both on their own terms are so few (Scorsese, Herzog, Apted) as to cause one to wonder if there's any meaningful comparison to be made.

As usual, watchability creates the most prominent demarcation points in this list, but I have to observe at least one major difference between films and docs and that is the issue of fantasy vs. information. In the fantasy of film, we like to imagine that the heightened reality speaks to or reflects truths that other art forms cannot express. But how many times in just this millennium have you heard a director say "We're not making a documentary here"? Spielberg used that line on Munich. Sorkin on The Social Network. Eastwood probably should have used it on American Sniper if he did not.

Documentaries can have any number of goals as an object of entertainment, but the height of its aspiration is as a vessel for conveying an unmolested truth about life into our future. Unlike with films, which allow you to suspend disbelief, docs ask you to wrestle with a very necessary, constant, and valuable tide of disbelief. Reversing climate change and man-made extinctions, discovering a cure for cancer or aids, exposing the connections of suffering and politics: the onus on these educators couldn't be more severe. For they help to show us where "teaching the controversy" ends.
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1.
Souvenir of Canada (2005 Documentary)
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While Douglas Coupland works on a grand art project about Canada, the writer recounts his life and his musings about the various aspects of Canadian identity. (70 mins.)
Director: Robin Neinstein
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Yes Men Fix the World (2009 Documentary)
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Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events. (87 mins.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
The Queen of Versailles (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. (100 mins.)
 
6.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
 
7.
An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002 Documentary)
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Kevin Smith interacts in Q&A sessions throughout various college stops in the USA. (224 mins.)
Director: J.M. Kenny
“ As a series. ” - joegirard
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006 Documentary)
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Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context. (150 mins.)
Director: Sophie Fiennes
“ (As a series.) ” - joegirard
 
11.
Transcendent Man (2009 Documentary)
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Ray Kurzweil is on a journey to bring his ideas to the world. (83 mins.)
 
12.
RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary which examines copyright issues in the information age. (87 mins.)
Director: Brett Gaylor
 
13.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise. (142 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
Catfish (2010 Documentary)
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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. (87 mins.)
 
16.
Planet B-Boy (2007 Documentary)
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Jumping continents and crossing cultures, "Planet B-Boy" looks at the history of breakdancing and its vibrant resurgence in urban cultures around the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Benson Lee
 
17.
And Everything Is Going Fine (2010 Documentary)
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A look at the art of Spalding Gray who drew from real life experience to create a compelling and deeply personal series of monologues. (89 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Trekkies (1997 Documentary)
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Denice Crosby takes a first look at the huge fans of Star Trek and how the series from around America has affected and shaped their lives. (86 mins.)
Director: Roger Nygard
 
20.
Wonders of the Solar System (2010 Mini-Series)
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In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system. (60 mins.)
Stars: Brian Cox
“ As a series with Wonders of the Universe and Wonders of Life. ” - joegirard
 
21.
Seven Up! (1964 Documentary)
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A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects... (39 mins.)
Director: Paul Almond
“ As a series. ” - joegirard
 
22.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001 Documentary)
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Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature. (90 mins.)
“ After this is a documentary IMDb doesn't recognize called The Man Who Studies Murder by Barbara Doran. ” - joegirard
 
27.
The Man Who Studies Murder (2003 Documentary)
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A humble sort of expert, Elliott Leyton, a social anthropologist from Newfoundland, is considered "The... (98 mins.)
Director: Barbara Doran
 
28.
The Invisible War (2012 Documentary)
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An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. (93 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
29.
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
 
30.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
Episode: Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005)
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A look at the life and work of the renown architect. (90 mins.)
“ I'm actually referring to the Sydney Pollack documentary of the same name which IMDb doesn't recognize. ” - joegirard
 
31.
9500 Liberty (2009 Documentary)
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9500 LIBERTY documents the first and likely only 8 weeks in U.S. history where an "Arizona style" immigration law was actually implemented... (81 mins.)
 
32.
Jesus Camp (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham. (84 mins.)
 
33.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
34.
13th (2016 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. (100 mins.)
Director: Ava DuVernay
 
35.
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
 
36.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
37.
Helvetica (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture. (80 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
“ As a trilogy with Objectified and Urbanized. ” - joegirard
 
38.
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
 
39.
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
 
40.
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood. (95 mins.)
Director: Alex Stapleton
 
41.
Letting Go of God (2008 Documentary)
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Letting Go of God is a humorous monologue by Julia Sweeney chronicling her search for God. She begins in the Catholic church... (130 mins.)
Director: Julia Sweeney
 
42.
Where to Invade Next (2015 Documentary)
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To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
43.
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
 
44.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010 Documentary)
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Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity. (90 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
45.
Flow: For Love of Water (2008 Documentary)
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Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. 'Flow' confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause. (93 mins.)
Director: Irena Salina
 
46.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
47.
Collapse (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness. (82 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
48.
Citizenfour (2014 Documentary)
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A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. (114 mins.)
Director: Laura Poitras
 
49.
Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
50.
The Big Fix (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. (89 mins.)
 
51.
Connections (1978 Mini-Series)
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Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology. In this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect". (50 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
52.
Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
 
53.
Roger & Me (1989 Documentary)
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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
54.
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
 
55.
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
 
56.
Burzynski (2010 Documentary)
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Ph.D biochemist, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, won one of the largest legal battles against the Food & Drug Administration in U.S... (108 mins.)
Director: Eric Merola
 
57.
Word Wars (2004 Documentary)
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A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble. (80 mins.)
 
58.
Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
59.
Step Into Liquid (2003 Documentary)
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Surfers and secret spots from around the world are profiled in this documentary. (87 mins.)
Director: Dana Brown
 
60.
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007 Documentary)
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BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union'... (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Harvey
 
61.
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
 
62.
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
 
63.
A Brief History of Time (1991 Documentary)
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A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time. (80 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
64.
Science Is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painleve (2007 Documentary)
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The entire film pack of Jean Painlevé (315 mins.)
 
65.
Cleanflix (2009 Documentary)
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When a small Utah-based edited movie company is caught sanitizing Hollywood's copyrighted material, the film industry strikes back with a devastating blow. (92 mins.)
 
66.
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008 Documentary)
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The lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond and their impact on American cinema. (86 mins.)
 
67.
The Last Mountain (2011 Documentary)
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A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all. (95 mins.)
Director: Bill Haney
 
68.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
69.
Whale Wars (2008 TV Series)
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This stunning and dangerous limited series spotlights both the controversial Japanese whaling trade... (60 mins.)
“ I actually wanted the documentary Whale Warrior about Paul Watson, but this is close enough. ” - joegirard
 
70.
The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004 Documentary)
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The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil... (78 mins.)
Director: Gregory Greene
 
71.
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
 
72.
30 Days (2005 TV Series)
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An unscripted, documentary-style program where an individual is inserted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession for 30 days. (60 mins.)
 
73.
Wordplay (2006 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base. (94 mins.)
Director: Patrick Creadon
 
74.
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010 Mini-Series)
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The history of Hollywood film from the medium's invention to the birth of the New Hollywood in 1970.
 
75.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
76.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (533 mins.)
 
77.
Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
78.
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016 Documentary)
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Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world. (98 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
79.
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1993 Documentary)
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A documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesiser instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB as well as a history of his instrument. (83 mins.)
 
80.
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
 
81.
Hell House (2001 Documentary)
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A look at the "Hell House" performed annually in October by the youth members of Trinity Church (Assemblies of God) in Cedar Hill... (85 mins.)
Director: George Ratliff
 
82.
Winnebago Man (2009 Documentary)
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Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video... (85 mins.)
Director: Ben Steinbauer
 
83.
We Live in Public (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade. (91 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
 
84.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. (90 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
85.
Life 2.0 (2010 Documentary)
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This feature-length documentary follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by a virtual world -- reshaping relationships, identities, and ultimately the very notion of reality. (100 mins.)
 
86.
My Kid Could Paint That (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars. (82 mins.)
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
 
87.
Tales from the Script (2009 Documentary)
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War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Hanson
 
88.
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
 
89.
The Weather Underground (2002 Documentary)
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. (92 mins.)
 
90.
Revolution (2012 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Rob Stewart advances the theory that though humans depend on the natural world for subsistence, humans are nature's greatest enemy. (85 mins.)
Director: Rob Stewart
 
91.
Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (2004 Documentary)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Susan Kaplan
 
92.
For All Mankind (1989 Documentary)
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This movie documents the Apollo missions perhaps the most definitively of any movie under two hours... (80 mins.)
Director: Al Reinert
 
93.
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
 
94.
Audience of One (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary following a Pentecostal minister who receives a vision from God to create an epic science fiction movie based on the biblical story of Joseph, sending him and his followers on a journey of extreme faith. (88 mins.)
Director: Mike Jacobs
 
95.
Strongman (2009 Documentary)
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A man strong enough to bend a penny with just his fingers, Stanless Steel reaches middle age, career... (113 mins.)
Director: Zachary Levy
 
96.
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012 Documentary)
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Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative... (195 mins.)
Director: Robert B. Weide
 
97.
Kubrick's Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick; Part One: Kubrick and Apollo (2011 Documentary)
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This provocative and insightful film is the first in a series of documentaries that will reveal the... (70 mins.)
Director: Jay Weidner
“ As a series.

Just so you don't write me off: kooky as this stuff is, I love a) film analysis, b) kooky people, c) conspiracy theories, and d) talking to kooky people about film, and conspiracies. Jay Weidner has since hedged his bets, during a roundtable with various figures associated with Room 237, to say that Kubrick had something to do with the moon landing, but he's unsure what. Given the amount of postulating going on in these docs, that's quite a step back. So, I say, appreciate these docs as a marvellous flight of fancy, an intricate fan theory, backed by an informed sense of the esoteric. ” - joegirard
 
98.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
99.
Best Worst Movie (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the making of the film Troll 2 and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic. (93 mins.)
 
100.
The Execution of Wanda Jean (2002 Documentary)
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The Execution of Wanda Jean chronicles the life-and-death battle of Wanda Jean Allen, the first black woman to be put to death in the United States in the modern era. (88 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus