aspects of reality

by droptoonswatchacid | created - 25 May 2012 | updated - 23 Oct 2016 | Public

looking into, the art of the documentary,

this is my own personal documentation, of the many different documentary films that i have found to be important...

for one reason or another.. here they are...

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1. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 31,310 | Gross: $1.25M

2. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 46,060 | Gross: $3.17M

3. Dark Days (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Director: Marc Singer | Star: Marc Singer

Votes: 5,887 | Gross: $0.43M

4. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 12,089

5. Kestrel's Eye (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

Filmed over several years, it is a wonder-filled portrait of a family of kestrels (European falcons) who live in a church tower above a small Swedish town. The amazing cinematography, nominated for a Swedish Oscar.

Director: Mikael Kristersson | Star: Caisa Persson

Votes: 86 | Gross: $0.03M

2 European falcons star in one of my all time favorite experiences within film. simply awe-inspiring & beautiful

6. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière | Stars: Madeleine Koehler, Marcel Koehler, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière

Votes: 8,177

7. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

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.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Nyla, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 8,953

8. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 18,250

9. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 12,879

10. Let There Be Light (1946)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary, War

A group of mentally traumatized veteran patients is followed as they go through psychiatric treatment.

Director: John Huston | Star: Walter Huston

Votes: 1,059

11. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 14,599

12. The Endless Summer (1966)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord James Blears, Bruce Brown

Votes: 4,395

13. Au hasard Bresson (1967)

31 min | Documentary, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Theodor Kotulla | Star: Robert Bresson

Votes: 60

14. Salesman (1969)

G | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos

Votes: 3,934

15. Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

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, this film shows how the deaf and blind... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Fini Straubinger, M. Baaske, Elsa Fehrer, Heinrich Fleischmann

Votes: 2,063

16. Hearts and Minds (1974)

R | 112 min | Documentary, War

68 Metascore

An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.

Director: Peter Davis | Stars: Tin Chan, Chau Diem, Ngo Dinh Diem, John Foster Dulles

Votes: 4,662 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (1975)

140 min | Documentary

Interview with the director of "M" & "Metropolis"

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Friedkin, Fritz Lang

Votes: 228

18. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 9,768 | Gross: $0.03M

19. Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975)

132 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary film on the life and works of director Kenji Mizoguchi.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Takako Irie, Daisuke Itô, Kyôko Kagawa, Matsutarô Kawaguchi

Votes: 209

20. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary that follows Dr. Penny Patterson's current scientific study of Koko, a gorilla who communicates through American Sign Language.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Koko, Penny Patterson, Saul Kitchener, Carl Pribram

Votes: 589

21. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 5,126

22. Chambre 666 (1982 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders asked a sample of 15 other international film directors to get, each one at a time, ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Wim Wenders, Michelangelo Antonioni, Maroun Bagdadi, Ana Carolina

Votes: 889

23. Style Wars (1983 TV Movie)

69 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

Director: Tony Silver | Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze, Spank

Votes: 2,296

24. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 9,753 | Gross: $5.02M

25. Louie Bluie (1985)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Music

About the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Howard Armstrong, Ted Bogan, Jay Lynch

Votes: 594

26. Tokyo-Ga (1985)

92 min | Documentary

Moved by the work of director Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in Ozu's films.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Werner Herzog, Yûharu Atsuta, Chris Marker

Votes: 1,866

27. Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Video)

Not Rated | 17 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert

Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik

Votes: 1,039

28. Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987)

87 min | Crime, Documentary

This film recounts the murder of Vincent Chin, an automotive engineer mistaken as Japanese who was slain by an assembly line worker who blamed him for the competition by the Japanese auto ... See full summary »

Directors: Christine Choy, Renee Tajima-Pena

Votes: 166

29. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 18,483 | Gross: $1.21M

30. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 24,065 | Gross: $6.71M

31. Crack USA: County Under Siege (1989)

42 min | Documentary, Short

America Undercover goes to Florida's Palm Beach County in order to investigate the growing crack cocaine epidemic in the United States. It talks to police officers and follows them as they ... See full summary »

Directors: Vince DiPersio, Bill Guttentag | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Tim Wagman, Jack Maxwell, Susie Gray

Votes: 32

32. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 15,768 | Gross: $1.32M

33. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 31,310 | Gross: $1.25M

34. Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1993)

90 min | Documentary

A detailed look into the process of filming of Robert Altman's masterpiece "Short Cuts". The great ensemble cast composed of 22 actors, Raymond Carver's widow, few members of the crew and ... See full summary »

Directors: John Dorr, Mike Kaplan | Stars: Robert Altman, Tim Robbins, Fred Ward, Matthew Modine

Votes: 139

35. Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt - Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1993)

96 min | Documentary, Biography

An insightful examination on the life and work of New German Cinema master Rainer Werner Fassbinder, "I Don't Just Want You to Love Me" presents friends, actors and collaborators of his ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Günther Pflaum | Stars: Harry Baer, Michael Ballhaus, Karlheinz Braun, Karlheinz Böhm

Votes: 203

36. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 15,811 | Gross: $3.17M

37. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 21,284 | Gross: $7.83M

38. High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music (1994)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Music

Traces the music and sounds from its Appalachian roots to the present. The rise, fall, and consistent revival of bluegrass chronicled through oral history and visual record.

Director: Rachel Liebling | Stars: Sam Bush, Curly Ray Cline, Pat Enright, Lester Flatt

Votes: 120

39. Out of Ireland (1995 TV Movie)

112 min | Documentary, History

Traces the history of Irish immigration to the United States, following the stories of several families and their journeys to America, including where they ended up.

Director: Paul Wagner | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Brenda Fricker, Kelly McGillis, Liam Neeson

Votes: 95

40. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 9,885 | Gross: $1.57M

41. Fetishes (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

Masochism, rubber, corporal punishment, wrestling, and infantilism are all examined into detail as a documentary crew visits a bondage house and its mistresses in upstate New York.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Mistress Beatrice, Nick Broomfield, Mistress Catherine, Mistress Delilah

Votes: 668

42. Full Tilt Boogie (1997)

R | 97 min | Documentary

A documentary about the production of From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and the people who made it.

Director: Sarah Kelly | Stars: Rick Stribling, Ken Bondy, Amy Minda Cohen, Elizabeth Avellan

Votes: 2,419 | Gross: $0.01M

44. Meeting People Is Easy (1998)

99 min | Documentary, Music

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien

Votes: 2,855 | Gross: $0.05M

45. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 14,801 | Gross: $1.16M

46. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González

Votes: 8,929 | Gross: $0.10M

47. Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Carl-Gustaf Nykvist's documentary about his father, Sven Nykvist. The film is based on Sven's memoirs with Sven himself as narrator. A journey to the place of birth, Moheda, constitutes the... See full summary »

Director: Carl-Gustav Nykvist | Stars: Sven Nykvist, Erland Josephson, Susan Sarandon, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 293

48. A Constant Forge (2000)

Not Rated | 200 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

A look at the life, times, and art of independent film pioneer John Cassavetes through interviews with his family, friends, and admirers of his work.

Director: Charles Kiselyak | Stars: Seymour Cassel, Carol Kane, Jon Voight, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 359

49. Naked States (2000)

R | 80 min | Documentary

Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This ... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Nelson | Stars: Spencer Tunick, Trey Anastasio, Fraya Berg, Deborah Berman

Votes: 476

50. That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000 Video)

73 min | Documentary, Drama

A very in-depth documentary that follows the very over-worked director Paul Thomas Anderson through a gruelling 80+ days of shooting for the film Magnolia (1999). Very funny behind the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rance | Stars: Paul Thomas Anderson, Fiona Apple, William Arnold, Bobby Brewer

Votes: 341

51. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

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