My Favorite Documentaries

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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
4.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. (94 mins.)
 
5.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Knuckle (2011 Documentary)
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An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans. (97 mins.)
Director: Ian Palmer
 
9.
The Woodmans (2010 Documentary)
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The story of a family that suffers a tragedy, but perseveres and finds redemption through each other and their work - making art. (82 mins.)
Director: C. Scott Willis
 
10.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
11.
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
 
12.
I Like Killing Flies (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the oddball Greenwich Village eatery, Shopsin's. (80 mins.)
Director: Matt Mahurin
 
13.
The Rape of Europa (2006 Documentary)
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The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage. (117 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
Word Wars (2004 Documentary)
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A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble. (80 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 Documentary)
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An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Karslake
 
20.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
21.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Murderball (2005 Documentary)
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Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. (88 mins.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
Senna (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. (106 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
 
27.
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary shot over a decade with unprecedented access to photographer Gregory Crewdson that bares the artist's process. (78 mins.)
Director: Ben Shapiro
 
28.
Burn (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary about Detroit told through the eyes of firefighters charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. (86 mins.)
 
29.
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
 
30.
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
 
31.
I Know That Voice (2013 Documentary)
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Several voice actors discuss their art and their careers. (90 mins.)
 
32.
Buck (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people. (88 mins.)
Director: Cindy Meehl
 
33.
Jaws (1975)
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When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
 
34.
American Movie (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. (107 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
35.
The Fear of 13 (2015 Documentary)
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A convicted murderer who has spent 23 years on Death Row tells his story. (96 mins.)
Director: David Sington