Top 40 Documentaries I Have Seen

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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003 Documentary)
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In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made. (74 mins.)
 
4.
Land of Silence and Darkness (1971 Documentary)
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Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since adolescence, and her work on behalf of other deaf and blind people... (85 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
5.
Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
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"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory... (104 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
6.
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
 
7.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
8.
Alamar (2009 Documentary)
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Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef. (73 mins.)
 
9.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
10.
Powaqqatsi (1988 Documentary)
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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them. (99 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
11.
Nostalgia for the Light (2010 Documentary)
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In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life... (90 mins.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
Ram Ke Naam (1992 Documentary)
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Since gaining independence in 1947, India has been a secular state. But now, as religious fundamentalism grips much of India's population... (90 mins.)
 
14.
Pina (2011 Documentary)
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A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
15.
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
 
16.
Glas (1958 Documentary)
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Documentary about Dutch glass production in the 50s. (11 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
27.
Toute la mémoire du monde (1957 Documentary)
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This documentary explores the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, its priceless treasures and how humanity remembers itself. (21 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
28.
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
 
29.
The Road to Guantanamo (2006 Documentary)
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Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. (95 mins.)
 
30.
War and Peace (2002 Documentary)
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(148 mins.)
 
31.
Zoo (1962 Documentary)
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Who is watching who in the zoo? (10 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
 
32.
Statues also Die (1953 Documentary)
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A documentary of black art. (30 mins.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
Mirror of Holland (1950 Documentary)
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Documentary about The Netherlands shown as a reflection in a puddle. (10 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
 
35.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
36.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
37.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star. (90 mins.)
 
38.
Fire in Babylon (2010 Documentary)
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Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's. (87 mins.)
Director: Stevan Riley
 
39.
Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
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The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. (106 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
40.
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