Greatest Documentaries I Have Seen...

These titles are - in my opinion - the greatest and most interesting documentaries ever made that chronicle the most fascinating of subjects. There are many I have previously seen ('Man with a Movie Camera', 'Nanook of the North', 'Être et avoir', et cetera) that I have simply not enjoyed as much as these put forth here. Also, one that deserves its place on the list that is not archived on IMDb's records is 'Millencolin & The Hi-8 Adventures': a thoroughly recommmended music documentary of a great and criminally underrated band. Also, just to clarify: I did enjoy the 'Jackass' movies, however, I would not group them within the 'Documentary' genre, hence their exclusion from this list.
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1.
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
 
2.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
3.
Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer (2010 Documentary)
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Honest Man: the Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a movie about politics and corruption, suicide and survival... (76 mins.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
7.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
8.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs. (208 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
9.
Overnight (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary on the rise and stumble of Troy Duffy, the bartender-cum-filmmaker who was swept up by Miramax's Harvey Weinstein to turn his script for The Boondock Saints into a feature film. (82 mins.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of 'Smile' (2004 Documentary)
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Interviews with Beach Boy Brian Wilson and his contemporaries outline the history of Wilson's album "Smile," a project some 37 years in the making.
Director: David Leaf
 
13.
Omnibus (1967 TV Series)
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" The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story" tells the full bizarre, tragic, but also celebratory story of Syd Barrett...
 
14.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
15.
The Pixar Story (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
16.
Roger & Me (1989 Documentary)
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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
17.
A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time. (138 mins.)
 
18.
Imagine: John Lennon (1988 Documentary)
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A biography of the rock music star. (100 mins.)
Director: Andrew Solt
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style. (107 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography). (93 mins.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
The Bridge (2006 Documentary)
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People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary... (94 mins.)
Director: Eric Steel
 
26.
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin... (132 mins.)
 
27.
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
28.
American Movie (1999 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
29.
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre. (96 mins.)
Director: Andrew Monument
 
30.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
31.
Let It Be (1970 Documentary)
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The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart. (81 mins.)
 
32.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
33.
Best Worst Movie (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the making of the film Troll 2 and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic. (93 mins.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003 Documentary)
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A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie. (119 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Bowser
 
36.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
The Big One (1997 Documentary)
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On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
39.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
 
40.
The Last Waltz (1978 Documentary)
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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
41.
Comedian (2002 Documentary)
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A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road. (82 mins.)
 
42.
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s. (72 mins.)
Director: Jake West
 
43.
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
 
44.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
45.
This Is It (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenny Ortega
 
46.
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films. (88 mins.)
Director: Stuart Samuels
 
47.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
48.
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This is a documentary that revisits the making of Gone with the Wind with Archival footage, screen tests, insightful interviews and rare film footage. (124 mins.)
Director: David Hinton
 
49.
Dark Days (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City. (82 mins.)
Director: Marc Singer
 
50.
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
You've heard of Hollywood, a town of tinsel and glamour, the town of Paramount, Columbia and MGM.  But there is another Hollywood... (89 mins.)
Director: Ray Greene
 
51.
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
 
52.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
53.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
54.
American Grindhouse (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s. (80 mins.)
Director: Elijah Drenner
 
55.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
56.
James Dean: Forever Young (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Documentary of the brief but memorable career of the now iconic James Dean. Narrated by Martin Sheen... (88 mins.)
 
57.
102 Minutes That Changed America (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The morning of September 11, 2001 is shown through multiple video cameras in New York City, from the moment the first WTC tower is hit until after both towers collapse. (102 mins.)
 
58.
The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tribute to the lives and careers of the Marx Brothers utilizing rare archival footage and personal interviews. (120 mins.)
 
59.
Classic Albums (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A detailed look at the production of the biggest album in the history of progressive rock and one of the best-selling albums of all time.
 
60.
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While The Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker. (47 mins.)
Director: Don Mischer
 
61.
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A short documentary in which directors Werner Herzog and Erol Morris make a bet which results in Herzog being forced to eat his own shoe. (20 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
62.
Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Film in the Loose Change series. (99 mins.)
Director: Dylan Avery
 
63.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
64.
Lynch (2007 Documentary)
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Compiled from over two years of footage, the film is an intimate portrait of David Lynch's creative process as he completes his latest film... (84 mins.)
 
65.
Grey Gardens (1975 Documentary)
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton. (94 mins.)
 
66.
The Psycho Legacy (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The cast and crew of all four Psycho films recall their time working on the influential horror series as today's masters of horror reminisce on what the movies stirred in them. (87 mins.)
 
67.
The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1991 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Maysles brothers documentary covering the first arrival of "Beatlemania" in the U.S., as well at the band's historical appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." (83 mins.)
 
68.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink. (141 mins.)
 
69.
Pink Floyd at Pompeii (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts)... (92 mins.)
Director: Adrian Maben
 
70.
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Biography of director George Stevens by his son. It includes clips from many of his films with commentary... (110 mins.)
 
71.
Yesspeak (2003 Documentary)
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This film documents the 35th Anniversary European tour of the progressive rock band Yes, including interviews and music, both off and on stage. (190 mins.)
Director: Robert Garofalo
 
72.
Gates of Heaven (1978 Documentary)
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A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there. (85 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
73.
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
From an early age, David Lynch was inspired by the arts and the warm inner glow that comes with the pursuit of creative expression... (85 mins.)
Director: Toby Keeler
 
74.
That's Entertainment! (1974)
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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history. (135 mins.)
Director: Jack Haley Jr.
 
75.
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including... (133 mins.)
Director: Gene Kelly
 
76.
Spellbound (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee. (97 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
 
77.
Brian Wilson on Tour (2003 Documentary)
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This documentary follows Brian Wilson on tour, including previously unreleased live performances and...
Director: John Anderson
 
78.
The Tramp and the Dictator (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the parallel lives of Charles Chaplin and Adolf Hitler and how they crossed with the creation of The Great Dictator. (56 mins.)
 
79.
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005 Documentary)
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An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain. (52 mins.)
Director: David Gregory
 
80.
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006 Documentary)
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An investigation of UK video censorship after the video recordings act was introduced. (46 mins.)
Director: David Gregory
 
81.
6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park (2011 Documentary)
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A look at the making of HUMANCENTiPAD. (42 mins.)
Director: Arthur Bradford
 
82.
2001: The Making of a Myth (2001 Documentary)
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The geniality of the mythical Kubrick's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" is explored and debated here by scholars... (43 mins.)
Director: Paul Joyce
 
83.
Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks (2007 Documentary)
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(105 mins.)
 
84.
The Making of 'Psycho' (1997 Documentary)
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A retrospective on the entire movie, from start to finish. There are interviews with many of the principle... (94 mins.)
 
85.
Jimi Hendrix: Feedback (2005 Documentary)
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This new and revealing programme provides an incredibly detailed account of how Jimi Hendrix, a legendary guitarist touched by genius, lived his life in the high powered world of 60's Rock 'n' Roll. (60 mins.)
Director: Sonia Anderson
 
86.
Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008 Documentary)
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A few years after his death, the widow of Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) asks Jon Ronson to look through... (48 mins.)
Director: Jon Ronson
 
87.
9/11: The Falling Man (2006 Documentary)
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The Falling Man is a documentary that examines one of the many images that were circulated by the press... (80 mins.)
Director: Henry Singer
 
88.
Stephen Fry in America (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
English actor-comedian Stephen Fry travels through the US regions by London cab. (60 mins.)
 
89.
Billy Connolly's Route 66 (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Big Yin turns Easy Rider and follows a lifelong dream as he makes the iconic 2488 mile journey from Chicago to Santa Monica... (46 mins.)
 
90.
Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
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Documentary chronicling Arthur Freed and his unit's contribution to some of Hollywood's most memorable musicals.