The Top 50 Documentaries of All Time

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Hoop Dreams

1994    Steve James    Rated PG13

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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F for Fake

1973    Orson Welles    Not Rated

Avant-garde / Experimental    Biography    Con Artist / Hustler

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Stop Making Sense

1984    Jonathan Demme    Not Rated

Concert Film    Documentary    Music

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The Last Waltz

1978    Martin Scorsese    Rated PG

Music    Concert Film    Biography

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The Thin Blue Line

1988    Errol Morris    Not Rated

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Night and Fog

1955    Alain Resnais    Rated R

Documentary    Foreign Language Film    French New Wave

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Exit Through The Gift Shop

2010    Banksy    Rated R

Culture and Society    Documentary

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The King of Kong

2007    Seth Gordon    Rated PG13

Biography    Culture and Society    Sports and Recreation

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American Movie

1999    Chris Smith    Rated R

Biography    Documentary    Media Documentary

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Woodstock

1970    Michael Wadleigh    Rated R

Concert Film    Documentary    Music

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Crumb

1994    Terry Zwigoff    Rated R

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Man on Wire

2008    James Marsh    Rated PG13

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Grizzly Man

2005    Werner Herzog    Rated R

Animal Picture    Biography    Documentary

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18

Baraka

1993    Ron Fricke    Not Rated

Avant-garde / Experimental    Documentary

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The Fog of War

2003    Errol Morris    Rated PG13

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Dear Zachary

2008    Kurt Kuenne    Not Rated

Biography    Documentary    History

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Capturing the Friedmans

2003    Andrew Jarecki    Not Rated

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Senna

2010    Asif Kapadia    Not Rated

Biography    Documentary    Sports and Recreation

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Roger & Me

1989    Michael Moore    Rated R

Culture and Society    Documentary    Social Issues

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Nanook of the North

1922    Robert J. Flaherty    Not Rated

Documentary    History    Silent Film

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Bowling For Columbine

2002    Michael Moore    Rated R

Culture and Society    Documentary    Law and Crime

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Gates of Heaven

1978    Errol Morris    Rated PG

Culture and Society    Documentary

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Sans Soleil

1983    Chris Marker    Not Rated

Avant-garde / Experimental    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Don't Look Back

1967    D.A. Pennebaker    Not Rated

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Spellbound

2002    Jeffrey Blitz    Rated G

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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The Cove

2009    Louie Psihoyos    Rated PG13

Documentary

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No Direction Home

2005    Martin Scorsese    Rated G

Biography    Documentary    History

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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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Harlan County U.S.A.

1976    Barbara Kopple    Rated PG

Americana    Biography    Documentary

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39

Searching for Sugar Man

2012    Malik Bendjelloul    Rated PG13

Biography    Documentary    Music

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Anvil! The Story of Anvil!

2008    Sacha Gervasi    Not Rated

Biography    Documentary    History

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When We Were Kings

1996    Leon Gast    Rated PG

Biography    Documentary    History

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Restrepo

2010    Tim Hetherington    Rated R

Culture and Society    Documentary    Military and War

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Religulous

2008    Larry Charles    Rated R

Comedy    Documentary    Religious Comedy

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21 Up

1977    Michael Apted    Not Rated

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Pumping Iron

1977    George Butler    Rated PG

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Jackass: The Movie

2002    Jeff Tremaine    Rated R

Based-on-Television    Comedy    Documentary

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Beyond The Mat

1999    Barry W. Blaustein    Rated R

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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Murderball

2005    Henry Alex Rubin    Rated R

Biography    Culture and Society    Documentary

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The Imposter

2012    Bart Layton    Not Rated

Culture and Society    Documentary

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