Documentaries

Documentaries I enjoyed, after the top 10, there is no particular order.
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1.
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
 
2.
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
 
3.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
4.
Objectified (2009 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. (75 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
 
5.
Helvetica (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture. (80 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
 
6.
Urbanized (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. (85 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
 
7.
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
 
8.
Art & Copy (2009 Documentary)
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ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE... (89 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
9.
Transcendent Man (2009 Documentary)
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Ray Kurzweil is on a journey to bring his ideas to the world. (83 mins.)
 
10.
All in This Tea (2007 Documentary)
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During the 1990s, David Lee Hoffman searched throughout China for the finest teas. He's a California importer who... (70 mins.)
 
11.
We Call It Techno! (2008 Documentary)
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(100 mins.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
15.
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
 
16.
Le mystère Picasso (1956 Documentary)
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A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work. (78 mins.)
 
17.
Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany (2009 Documentary)
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BBC 4 documentary about 1970s German progressive music. (58 mins.)
Director: Ben Whalley
 
18.
Speaking in Code (2009 Documentary)
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Speaking in Code is an intimate account of people who are completely lost in music. A heartbreaking and lighthearted documentary... (89 mins.)
Director: Amy Lee Grill
 
19.
Wild China (2008 Mini-Series)
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An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau. (60 mins.)
 
20.
Earth (2007 Documentary)
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Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth, following the migration paths of four animal families. (90 mins.)
 
21.
Modulations (1998 Documentary)
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The evolution of electronic music and its many genres. How the wide range of styles and scenes formed through experimentations on sound formation. (75 mins.)
Director: Iara Lee
 
22.
Yellowstone (2009 Mini-Series)
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Filmed over the course of a year in Yellowstone, this documentary tracks the area's wildlife as they grapple with life and death within one of America's last remaining wilderness regions.
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
The Buddha (2010 Documentary)
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After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious... (120 mins.)
Director: David Grubin
 
25.
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
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Beer Wars (2009 Documentary)
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A contemporary David and Goliath story that takes you inside the cutthroat world of the big business of American beer. (89 mins.)
Director: Anat Baron
 
28.
Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011 Documentary)
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'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer... (93 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
 
29.
Tyson (2008 Documentary)
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A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson. (90 mins.)
Director: James Toback
 
30.
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
 
31.
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
 
32.
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
 
33.
Roger & Me (1989 Documentary)
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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
34.
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
 
35.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
36.
Control Room (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage. (84 mins.)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
 
37.
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
 
38.
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (2006 Documentary)
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In this documentary, veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork. He paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America. (74 mins.)
Director: Harry Moses
 
39.
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
 
40.
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
 
41.
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004 Documentary)
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A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics. (109 mins.)
 
42.
Good Hair (2009 Documentary)
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Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stilson
 
43.
Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008 Documentary)
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An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Bell
 
44.
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.)
 
45.
Comedian (2002 Documentary)
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A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road. (82 mins.)