most entertaining documentaries from the 1990's till now

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1.
The Coconut Revolution (2000 Documentary)
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This is the modern-day story of a native peoples' remarkable victory over Western Colonial power. A Pacific island rose up in arms against giant mining corporation Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) - and won despite a military occupation and blockade. (50 mins.)
Director: Dom Rotheroe
“ Amazing eco Documentary, only 52 mins and can be found on youtube. ” - walker-dale
 
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
“ very one sided documentary, not as bad as a Michael Moore film though. It is still very entertaining and thought provoking ” - walker-dale
 
3.
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
“ as with the union it is a very one sided documentary. You get guided by the narrator on what to believe. Very entertaining. ” - walker-dale
 
4.
Pumping Iron (1977 Documentary)
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From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr... (85 mins.)
“ This documentary is older than anything else on the list but as it is such a classic I needed to include it. Not only is it very interesting this documentary is a great example of how a documentary should be made. ” - walker-dale
 
5.
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
“ A very disturbing mystery, you never end up knowing the truth as it is very open ended. ” - walker-dale
 
6.
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
“ A very slow documentary but expertly made though. ” - walker-dale
 
7.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
“ Great behind the scenes look at the food industry in America. Not as gross as you would think but a lot more educational than many other documentaries. ” - walker-dale
 
8.
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
“ Very good movie with great characters. Even if the subject matter is not your cup of tea it is still worth a watch for the people involved. ” - walker-dale
 
9.
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.)
“ The best movie about making a movie. highly recommended. ” - walker-dale
 
10.
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
“ Heartbreaking movie but an absolute must see. ” - walker-dale
 
11.
Deliver Us from Evil (2006 Documentary)
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Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children. (101 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
“ just shows you what you can get away with if you have religion to hide behind. A great movie about pain and corruption. ” - walker-dale
 
12.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ A documentary and a comedy, It can be a bit blunt but well worth the watch for entertainment purposes unless you are seriously religious. ” - walker-dale
 
13.
Jesus Camp (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham. (84 mins.)
“ a great example of brainwashing done in America to young children. Very frightening. ” - walker-dale
 
14.
Bus 174 (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man... (150 mins.)
“ A bit slow but good enough to make this list. I live in South Africa so a lot of the material is not as shocking as it would be for an American viewer and this is all about shocking you. ” - walker-dale
 
15.
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
“ a nice look into the work of graffiti artists and where the line between art and vandalism is drawn. ” - walker-dale
 
16.
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
“ If you have not seen it, see it. One scene is very shocking but after that it is a very informative piece of film making. ” - walker-dale
 
17.
Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
“ one of the few Michael Moore documentaries which I can stomach. Very one sided and the viewer is lead through out the film with manipulated stats and omitting facts ” - walker-dale
 
18.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
“ in my opinion the best crime documentary. there are two follow ups to this which are also worth a watch. ” - walker-dale
 
19.
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.)
“ a documentary revolving around the use of social media not perfect by any means but entertaining none the less. you won't learn anything here. ” - walker-dale
 
20.
Enemies of the People (2009 Documentary)
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The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained... (93 mins.)
“ so scary as it happened so recently and in front of the world media. ” - walker-dale
 
21.
The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006 Documentary)
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"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man... (106 mins.)
“ another crime documentary in the same vain as the thin blue line. ” - walker-dale
 
22.
Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008 Documentary)
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Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks. (84 mins.)
“ good eye opener but the country has changed a bit since 2008 ” - walker-dale
 
23.
Mugabe and the White African (2009 Documentary)
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An intimate and moving account of one family's extraordinary courage in the face of overwhelming injustice and brutality. (90 mins.)
“ What more can be said that he is a Dictator left to do what he wants with all the power and money he can pillage. ” - walker-dale
 
24.
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006 Documentary)
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Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch. (86 mins.)
Director: Stanley Nelson
“ If you don't know anything about this event this movie is very informative. It also has some crazy footage. ” - walker-dale
 
25.
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.)
“ a very interesting story with some great shots of Cape Town ” - walker-dale
 
26.
Blood Into Wine (2010 Documentary)
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Take a look inside the life of one of Rock music's most mysterious and interesting figures. With winemaking in his blood, multiplatinum recording artist Maynard James Keenan sets out to bring notariety to Arizona's burgeoning wine regions. (100 mins.)
“ Anyone who is a fan of the band Tool or wine will enjoy this. ” - walker-dale
 
27.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010 Documentary)
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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe... (97 mins.)