The Best Documentaries of the 1980s

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Stop Making Sense

1984    Jonathan Demme    Not Rated

Concert Film    Documentary    Music

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The Thin Blue Line

1988    Errol Morris    Not Rated

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Roger & Me

1989    Michael Moore    Rated R

Culture and Society    Documentary    Social Issues

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Sans Soleil

1983    Chris Marker    Not Rated

Avant-garde / Experimental    Culture and Society    Documentary

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The Times of Harvey Milk

1984    Rob Epstein    Not Rated

Biography    Documentary    History

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Burden of Dreams

1982    Les Blank    Not Rated

Biography    Documentary    Media Documentary

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28 Up

1985    Michael Apted    Not Rated

Biography    Documentary    History

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For All Mankind

1989    Al Reinert    Not Rated

Documentary    History

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Shoah

1985    Claude Lanzmann    Not Rated

Documentary    Foreign Language Film    History

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U2: Rattle and Hum

1988    Phil Joanou    Rated PG13

Music    Concert Film    Biography

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Powaqqatsi

1988    Godfrey Reggio    Rated G

Avant-garde / Experimental    Documentary

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Sherman's March

1986    Ross McElwee    Not Rated

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Vernon, Florida

1981    Errol Morris    Not Rated

Documentary

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Cosmos

1980    Adrian Malone    Not Rated

Documentary    Made-for-Television    Mini-Series

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