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1.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
Le sang des bêtes (1949 Documentary)
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An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh... (22 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Dark Days (2000 Documentary)
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A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City. (82 mins.)
Director: Marc Singer
 
8.
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
 
9.
Antonio Gaudí (1984 Documentary)
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Hiroshi Teshigahara's camera takes us over, under, around, and into buildings and a park designed by Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926)... (72 mins.)
 
10.
Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film (2002 Documentary)
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An in depth study of Adams's life and work. (100 mins.)
Director: Ric Burns
 
11.
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
12.
The Universe (2007 TV Series)
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This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists. (45 mins.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
The Dying Rooms (1995 Documentary)
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Documentary about a crew going from one orphanage to another in China to investigate these so called "dying rooms" were the orphanage workers leave baby girls to die. (39 mins.)
 
18.
The Weather Underground (2002 Documentary)
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. (92 mins.)
 
19.
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)
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A homage to the work of psychologist Wilhelm Reich, matched with a story about a Yugoslavian girl's affair with a Russian skater. Sexual repression, social systems and the orgone theory are explored. (84 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
 
20.
Chronos (1985 Documentary)
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Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions. (43 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
21.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
22.
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
 
23.
Naqoyqatsi (2002 Documentary)
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A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence. (89 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
24.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
25.
No End in Sight (2007 Documentary)
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A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country. (102 mins.)
 
26.
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999 Documentary)
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A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier. (91 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
27.
Occupation 101 (2006 Documentary)
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A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement. (90 mins.)
 
28.
The Soviet Story (2008 Documentary)
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The Soviet Story offers an alternative history of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale. (86 mins.)
Director: Edvins Snore
 
29.
Winter Soldier (1972 Documentary)
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For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences... (96 mins.)
 
30.
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007 Documentary)
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Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (86 mins.)
Director: Steven Okazaki
 
31.
2016: Obama's America (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the question, "If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?" (87 mins.)
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
War Photographer (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever. (96 mins.)
Director: Christian Frei
 
34.
Water and Power (1989 Documentary)
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By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing and animation techniques... (57 mins.)
Director: Pat O'Neill
 
35.
Daybreak Express (1957 Documentary)
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Commuting through the hectic New York City. (5 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
 
38.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
39.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
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
 
43.
The Dust Bowl (2012 Mini-Series)
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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.
 
44.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010 Documentary)
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Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast... (88 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
 
45.
Decasia (2002 Documentary)
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A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score. (70 mins.)
Director: Bill Morrison
 
46.
Goodbye CP (1972 Documentary)
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An intimate documentary about a group of people with cerebral palsy in Japan that confronts our preconceptions and prejudices about who they are, what they feel, and how they view their lives. (82 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Hara
 
47.
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
 
48.
Le joli mai (1963 Documentary)
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Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians... (165 mins.)
 
49.
The Unknown Known (2013 Documentary)
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Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
50.
Isle of Flowers (1989 Documentary)
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The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian... (13 mins.)
Director: Jorge Furtado
 
51.
Manhatta (1921 Documentary)
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This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors. (11 mins.)
 
52.
This Is Modern Art (1999 TV Series)
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(50 mins.)
 
53.
The Genius of Photography (2007 TV Series)
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54.
Fata Morgana (1971 Documentary)
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Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen. (76 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
Impressionism: Revenge of the Nice (2004 Documentary)
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Matthew Collings will reappraise the Impressionists. The four stars are Courbet, Manet, Monet and Cezanne...
Director: Chris Rodley
 
57.
The Rules of Abstraction with Matthew Collings (2014 Documentary)
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Director: Graham Strong
 
58.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. (91 mins.)
Director: Alison Klayman
 
59.
Finding Vivian Maier (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers. (83 mins.)
 
60.
Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
61.
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.)
 
62.
Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance (2011 Documentary)
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The true story of lifelong criminal and serial killer, Carl Panzram who wrote his autobiography for a jail guard in 1928. (81 mins.)
Director: John Borowski
 
63.
H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004 Documentary)
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Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind. (64 mins.)
Director: John Borowski
 
64.
Orozco the Embalmer (2001 Documentary)
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A Documentary about the grim work of an embalmer in one of the poorest and most dangerous parts in Colombia. (91 mins.)
 
65.
Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009 Mini-Series)
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Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War.... (312 mins.)
 
66.
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
 
67.
What Remains (2005 Documentary)
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A look at the creative process of celebrated photographer Sally Mann. (80 mins.)
Director: Steven Cantor
 
68.
World War II in Colour (2009 TV Series)
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Recounts the events of world War II in color.
 
69.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
 
70.
Killer Legends (2014 Documentary)
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Delving into our collective nightmares, this horror-documentary investigates the origins of our most terrifying urban legends and the true stories that may have inspired them. (86 mins.)
Director: Joshua Zeman
 
71.
Deep Web (2015 Documentary)
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A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law; with particular focus on the FBI capture of the Tor hidden service Silk Road, and the judicial aftermath. (90 mins.)
Director: Alex Winter
 
72.
The Propaganda Game (2015 Documentary)
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Granted controlled access by national officials, filmmaker Álvaro Longoria tours North Korea to contrast his findings to the typical Western depiction of the nation. (98 mins.)
 
73.
Cartel Land (2015 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border. (100 mins.)
 
74.
Regen (1929 Documentary)
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Rain falls on a Dutch city. (14 mins.)
 
75.
Brexit: The Movie (2016 Documentary)
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A documentary exploring Britain's relationship with the EU and possibility of Britain's exit from the European Union
Director: Martin Durkin
 
76.
Honor Diaries (2013 Documentary)
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Several Muslim women activists discuss their stories and the state of women's rights in Muslim-majority nations. (61 mins.)
Director: Micah Smith
 
77.
Just, Melvin: Just Evil (2000 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism. (96 mins.)
 
78.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff