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1. Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (1878)
1 min | Documentary, Short
The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
2. 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.
3. Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)
Passed | 71 min | Documentary
The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock.
12. Araya (1959)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary
"Araya" is an old natural salt mine located in a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela which was still, by 1959, being exploited manually five hundred years after its discovery by the Spanish... See full summary »
14. Valparaiso (1964)
28 min | Documentary, Short
A travelogue of Valparaiso, Chile, a city built on steep hills. Life is a constant struggle against geography. Neighbourhoods are reached by series of ramps, staircases, and funicular ... See full summary »
16. 7 Plus Seven (1970 TV Movie)
52 min | Documentary, Biography
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born children after a seven-year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the ... See full summary »
17. Salut les Cubains (1971)
Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, Short
A photo montage of Cubans filmed by Agnes Varda during her visit to Cuba in 1963. The film explores Cuban society and culture post-revolution.
19. Four Seasons (1975)
29 min | Documentary, Short
The last collaboration of Artavazd Peleshian and cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov is a film-essay about Armenia's shepherds, about the contradiction and the harmony between man and nature, scored to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Director: Artavazd Peleshian
20. 21 Up (1977)
100 min | Documentary, Biography
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a seven-year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the ... See full summary »
24. Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)
47 min | Documentary, Comedy
A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.
25. Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)
Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Votes: 11,989 | Gross: $0.00M
26. Året gjennom Børfjord (1991)
12 min | Documentary, Short
A portrait of a deserted fisherman's village in Northern Norway called Børfjord - a place with an incredible personality in the middle of a magnificent Arctic nature. The 12 minute short ... See full summary »
Director: Morten Skallerud
27. Lektionen in Finsternis (1992)
Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, War
This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it.
29. Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (1997)
PG | 98 min | Documentary
Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,437 | Gross: $0.49M
30. 42 Up (1998 TV Movie)
139 min | Documentary, Biography
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
Votes: 2,073 | Gross: $0.26M
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary
Eccentric New York window washer, nude model and sperm donor Crazy Legs Conti uses Zen techniques as he strives to become a professional eater.
35. My Winnipeg (2007)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Votes: 4,418 | Gross: $0.16M
37. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.
Votes: 14,768 | Gross: $0.67M
39. Selo bez zena (2010)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary
On a mountaintop in southwest Serbia lies the womanless hamlet of Zabrdje, where the Jankovic brothers hold the fort. Veering between the utterly hilarious and deeply poignant, this ... See full summary »
40. Benda Bilili! (2010)
PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music
Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of ... See full summary »
41. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »
Votes: 57,945 | Gross: $3.29M
42. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
PG | 81 min | Documentary
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
Votes: 30,229 | Gross: $2.55M
43. I Am a Woman Now (2011)
80 min | Documentary
I Am A Woman Now (formerly Casablanca Revisited), the first generation of transsexuals who had their sex change in Casablanca back in the mid-1950s to 1960s take stock of their lives. Do ... See full summary »
44. Ouwehoeren (2011)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary on Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years.
Votes: 630 | Gross: $0.03M
46. Side by Side (2012)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
Votes: 12,348 | Gross: $0.03M
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure, History
In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of ... See full summary »
49. ThuleTuvalu (2014)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, News
When the ice melts in Thule, Tuvalu drowns in the ocean. A touching portrait of people whose joint fates are intimately linked though they live at two completely distant corners of the world.