Gregor's Top 50 Documentary

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1.
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.
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
The American Nightmare (2000 Documentary)
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An examination into the nature of 1960's-70's horror films, the involved artists, and how they reflected contemporary society. (73 mins.)
Director: Adam Simon
 
4.
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
 
5.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
6.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013 Documentary)
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Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. (118 mins.)
Director: Mami Sunada
 
7.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
 
8.
The Untold History of the United States (2012 TV Series)
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Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history. (58 mins.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
Crazy Horse (2011 Documentary)
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A look inside Paris' Crazy Horse, a club that boasts the greatest and most chic nude dancing in the world. (134 mins.)
 
11.
Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
 
12.
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 Documentary)
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Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics. (225 mins.)
 
13.
A Letter to Elia (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the late Elia Kazan. (60 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
Jackie Chan: My Story (1998 Documentary)
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(72 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
16.
Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999 Documentary)
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A documentary where Jackie Chan and his stuntman team show you the secrets of some of the great stunts they do in films. The film also takes you on the sets of "Who Am I?" and "Rush Hour". (97 mins.)
 
17.
Fanalysis (2002 Documentary)
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Actor/cult icon Bruce Campbell examines the world of fan conventions and what makes a fan into a fanatic. (20 mins.)
Director: Bruce Campbell
 
18.
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
 
19.
James Dean: Forever Young (2005 Documentary)
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Documentary of the brief but memorable career of the now iconic James Dean. Narrated by Martin Sheen... (88 mins.)
 
20.
Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary)
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An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Davis
 
21.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
Bulb Fiction (2011 Documentary)
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Let's save energy, whatever the cost. The European Commission in Brussels banned incandescent light... (90 mins.)
Director: Christoph Mayr
 
25.
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Road to Gotham City (2005 Documentary)
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A look at how the Batman franchise was revived by the film Batman. (18 mins.)
“ Part 1-6 ” - Movie-Mate
 
26.
Masters of Horror (2002 Documentary)
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More clips from horror movies, plus interviews with other horror legends. (90 mins.)
 
27.
Directors: James Cameron (1997 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
 
28.
The Directors (1997 TV Series)
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A documentary series focusing on some of cinema's greatest film directors. (60 mins.)
 
29.
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (2004 Documentary)
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Spattered with blood and controversy, Sam Peckinpah's Westerns revolutionized their genre. SAM PECKINPAH'S... (83 mins.)
Director: Tom Thurman
 
30.
The Pixar Story (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people... (87 mins.)
Director: Leslie Iwerks
 
31.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Documentary)
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Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history! (240 mins.)
 
32.
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the history of the Friday the 13th franchise. (400 mins.)
Director: Daniel Farrands
 
33.
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (2005 Documentary)
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Directors Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron discuss the science fiction movies of the 1950s that influenced them. (56 mins.)
 
34.
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary about the moviestar's last months including her tumultuous love affairs, drug and alcohol dependency... (90 mins.)
Director: Patty Ivins
 
35.
Biography (1987 TV Series)
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A&E Biography about life and times of the beautiful actress of the 40's and feature interview of her ex-husband, her second daughter and her co-star. (60 mins.)
 
36.
Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993 Documentary)
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(70 mins.)
Director: David Heeley
 
37.
My Best Fiend (1999 Documentary)
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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
38.
Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm (2006 Documentary)
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A brief documentary looking at the much-beloved musical partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Director: Tara Tremaine
 
39.
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1995 Documentary)
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Documentary exploring the career of noted film directer William A. Wellman. (95 mins.)
Director: Todd Robinson
 
40.
Dont Look Back (1967 Documentary)
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Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. (96 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
41.
Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001 Documentary)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Carole Langer
 
42.
All About Bette (1994 Documentary)
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(48 mins.)
Director: Susan F. Walker
 
43.
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009 Documentary)
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(69 mins.)
 
44.
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
 
45.
American Grindhouse (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s. (80 mins.)
Director: Elijah Drenner
 
46.
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
 
47.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010 Documentary)
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A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking. (84 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
48.
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the history of the slasher film. (88 mins.)
 
49.
Inferno (2009 Documentary)
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Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno, is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary. (102 mins.)
 
50.
Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone (2001 Documentary)
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Personalities, enthusiasts, actors, writers and others take a look back at Sergio Leone's final film "Once Upon a Time in America"... (60 mins.)
Director: Howard Hill
 
51.
Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television (2004 Documentary)
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Tells the story of EC Comics, the controversy that led to the end of mainstream horror comics, and the HBO anthology series "Tales from the Crypt". (56 mins.)
Director: Chip Selby
 
52.
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
 
53.
Shut Up & Sing (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert. (93 mins.)
 
54.
Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006 Documentary)
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Film Noir burrows into the mind; it's disorienting, intriguing and enthralling. Noir brings us into a gritty underworld of lush morbidity... (68 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
55.
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008 Documentary)
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The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
56.
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Various film historians, film makers, and cultural commentators discuss the cultural, political, economic... (68 mins.)
 
57.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc.. (106 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
58.
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided. (75 mins.)
 
59.
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
 
60.
Love, Marilyn (2012 Documentary)
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Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters. (107 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
 
61.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
62.
That Guy Dick Miller (2014 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Documentary about veteran character actor Dick Miller, whose career in and outside of Hollywood has spanned almost 200 films across six decades, featuring a diverse range of interviews with directors, co-stars, and contemporaries. (91 mins.)
Director: Elijah Drenner
 
63.
Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three actresses "accidentally" became cult horror film icons in the late 1980s and created the modern interpretation of the "Scream Queen" image. (63 mins.)