The Top 50 Documentaries of All Time

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Hoop Dreams 1994, 170 min.

Steve James     Starring: Spike LeeSheila AgeeGene Pingatore

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Stop Making Sense 1984, 88 min.

Jonathan Demme     Starring: Alex WeirSteve ScalesDavid Byrne

Concert Film    Documentary    Music

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The Last Waltz 1978, 117 min.

Martin Scorsese     Starring: Bob DylanJoni MitchellNeil Diamond

Biography    Concert Film    Documentary

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Dear Zachary 2008, 95 min.

Kurt Kuenne     Starring: Kurt KuenneAndrew BagbyDavid Bagby

Biography    Documentary    History

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Woodstock 1970, 228 min.

Michael Wadleigh     Starring: Joan BaezJoe CockerThe Who

Concert Film    Documentary    Music

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Crumb 1994, 119 min.

Terry Zwigoff     Starring: Robert CrumbAline KominskyCharles Crumb

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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The Fog of War 2003, 107 min.

Errol Morris     Starring: Robert S. McNamara

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Man on Wire 2008, 94 min.

James Marsh     Starring: Philippe Petit

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Senna 2010, 104 min.

Asif Kapadia     Starring: Ayrton SennaAlain ProstFrank Williams

Biography    Documentary    Sports and Recreation

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Nanook of the North 1922, 79 min.

Robert J. Flaherty     Starring: Berry Kroeger

Documentary    History    Silent Film

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Don't Look Back 1967, 96 min.

D.A. Pennebaker     Starring: DonovanJoan BaezAlan Price

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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No Direction Home 2005, 208 min.

Martin Scorsese     Starring: Bob DylanJoan BaezPete Seeger

Biography    Documentary    History

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When We Were Kings 1996, 89 min.

Leon Gast     Starring: James BrownMuhammad AliGeorge Foreman

Biography    Documentary    History

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28 Up 1985, 136 min.

Michael Apted     Starring: Bruce BaldenJacqueline BassettSymon Basterfield

Biography    Documentary    History

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