Best Documentaries

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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
 
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Project Nim (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s. (93 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
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The Staircase (2004 Mini-Series)
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller... (384 mins.)
 
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Waste Land (2010 Documentary)
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. (99 mins.)
Stars: Vik Muniz
 
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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
 
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Dolphin Boy (2011 Documentary)
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Morad disconnects himself from people, following a violent attack he experiences. His father takes him to be treated by dolphins in the Red sea... (72 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
8.
Britain in a Day (2012 Documentary)
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A peek into the lives of the British, in their own words, on an ordinary day in November 2011.
 
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Marwencol (2010 Documentary)
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After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard. (83 mins.)
Director: Jeff Malmberg
 
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TalhotBlond (2012 TV Movie)
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Thomas Montgomery, a married father of two young daughters, gets seduced by the world of online gambling and chat rooms where a virtual romance and sexual obsession ultimately leads to the murder of an innocent man. (87 mins.)
Director: Courteney Cox
 
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Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia (2008 Documentary)
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Louis Theroux visits a run down area of Philadelphia as part of his Law and Disorder Series. (60 mins.)
 
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McCullin (2012 Documentary)
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To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today's photojournalists... (91 mins.)
 
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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous. (93 mins.)
 
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Raw Deal: A Question of Consent (2001 Documentary)
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A documentary about the circumstances during a party at a University of Florida fraternity that led up to what may or may not have been a rape... (90 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
15.
Somewhere to Disappear (2010 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Stars: Alec Soth
 
16.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary)
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A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence. (121 mins.)
 
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Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
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Only the Dead (2015 Documentary)
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Australian journalist Michael Ware's experiences in Iraq during the 2003 war and after. (77 mins.)
 
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Making a Murderer (2015 TV Series)
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Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement... (60 mins.)
 
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Bitter Lake (2015 Documentary)
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An experimental documentary that explores Saudi Arabia's relationship with the U.S. and the role this has played in the war in Afghanistan. (136 mins.)
Director: Adam Curtis
 
21.
HyperNormalisation (2016 Documentary)
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Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening. (166 mins.)
Director: Adam Curtis
 
22.
Louis Theroux: A Different Brain (2016 Documentary)
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Louis Theroux meets people living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. (59 mins.)
Director: Jamie Pickup
 
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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