Best Documentaries Ever Made

List by john Last updated April 21, 2017

Documentary filming has been around for nearly 100 years, and since then lot of powerful messages have been conveyed to audiences who are looking for factual information. Documentaries are becoming ever more popular around the world thanks to people like Werner Herzog, Michael Moore and Leonardo Dicaprio.
This list features many of the best documentaries ever made, rated for the importance of the subject and the quality of the film. Of course there are countless tv-release documentaries that could well have been on this list, especially some of BBC ones however we are sticking to cinema release ones here.


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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Documentary
One nation under the gun.
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Vote count 381 Vote avg 73 Release date 2002-10-09

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Man on Wire (2008)

Thriller Documentary Crime
1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.
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Vote count 237 Vote avg 75 Release date 2008-07-25

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Super Size Me (2004)

Documentary Comedy Drama
The first ever reality-based movie ... everything begins and ends in 30 days!
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Vote count 435 Vote avg 66 Release date 2004-01-17

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Sicko (2007)

Documentary
This might hurt a little.
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Vote count 204 Vote avg 72 Release date 2007-05-18

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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Documentary
Controversy... what controversy?
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Vote count 319 Vote avg 68 Release date 2004-06-25

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Inside Job (2010)

Documentary
The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make.
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Vote count 240 Vote avg 77 Release date 2010-10-08

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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Documentary
By far the most terrifying film you will ever see.
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Vote count 216 Vote avg 66 Release date 2006-01-24

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Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

Documentary
The world's first Street Art disaster movie
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Vote count 279 Vote avg 77 Release date 2010-01-24

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Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Documentary Music
Great Art Always Survives
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Vote count 250 Vote avg 79 Release date 2012-06-30

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Blackfish (2013)

Documentary
Never capture what you can't control.
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Vote count 401 Vote avg 79 Release date 2013-06-07

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March of the Penguins (2005)

Documentary Family
In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way.
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Vote count 311 Vote avg 69 Release date 2005-01-26

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Senna (2010)

Documentary
The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived.
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Vote count 244 Vote avg 80 Release date 2010-10-07

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Food, Inc. (2008)

Documentary
You'll never look at dinner the same way again.
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Vote count 194 Vote avg 73 Release date 2008-09-07

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Grizzly Man (2005)

Documentary
One man spent the last 13 years of his life crossing them.
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Vote count 169 Vote avg 72 Release date 2005-08-12
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Zeitgeist (2007)

Documentary History
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Vote count 153 Vote avg 70 Release date 2007-06-01

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The Cove (2009)

Documentary
Shallow Water. Deep Secret.
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Vote count 214 Vote avg 79 Release date 2009-07-31

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Citizenfour (2014)

Documentary
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Vote count 454 Vote avg 79 Release date 2014-10-10

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Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Documentary
Ask not what your C.E.O. can do for you, but what you can do for your C.E.O.
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Vote count 144 Vote avg 70 Release date 2009-09-06

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The Imposter (2012)

Documentary Drama
There are two sides to every lie.
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Vote count 235 Vote avg 74 Release date 2012-07-13

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Catfish (2010)

Documentary
Don't let anyone tell you what it is.
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Vote count 179 Vote avg 65 Release date 2010-09-17

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Amy (2015)

Documentary Music
The girl behind the name.
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Vote count 407 Vote avg 75 Release date 2015-07-03

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This Is It (2009)

Music Documentary
Like You've Never Seen Him Before
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Vote count 206 Vote avg 67 Release date 2009-10-28

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The King of Kong (2007)

Documentary
Don't get chumpatized
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Vote count 121 Vote avg 81 Release date 2007-08-17

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Baraka (1992)

Documentary
A world beyond words.
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Vote count 136 Vote avg 80 Release date 1992-09-15

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Touching the Void (2003)

Documentary Action Adventure
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Vote count 115 Vote avg 76 Release date 2003-09-05

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

Documentary
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Vote count 269 Vote avg 78 Release date 2015-01-25

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Documentary
Fall in love with your work
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Vote count 214 Vote avg 78 Release date 2011-06-11

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The Act of Killing (2012)

Documentary
A story of killers who win, and the society they build
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Vote count 174 Vote avg 76 Release date 2012-08-31

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Samsara (2011)

Drama Documentary
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Vote count 137 Vote avg 80 Release date 2011-09-16

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Roger & Me (1989)

Documentary History
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Vote count 80 Vote avg 73 Release date 1989-09-01

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Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

Music Documentary
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Vote count 250 Vote avg 75 Release date 2015-03-23

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Jesus Camp (2006)

Documentary
America is being born again.
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Vote count 95 Vote avg 65 Release date 2006-09-15

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Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Documentary
Who do you believe?
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Vote count 89 Vote avg 75 Release date 2003-05-30

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Hoop Dreams (1994)

Documentary
An Extraordinary True Story.
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Vote count 77 Vote avg 75 Release date 1994-09-12

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The Fog of War (2003)

War Documentary History
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Vote count 58 Vote avg 75 Release date 2003-12-09

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Home (2009)

Documentary
A Stunning Visual Portrayal of Earth
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Vote count 153 Vote avg 79 Release date 2009-06-03

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The Corporation (2003)

Documentary
The corporation as psychopath...
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Vote count 65 Vote avg 75 Release date 2003-09-10

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Restrepo (2010)

Documentary War
One platoon, one valley, one year
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Vote count 100 Vote avg 73 Release date 2010-06-25

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Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Documentary
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Vote count 181 Vote avg 74 Release date 2012-05-18

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Room 237 (2012)

Documentary
Some movies stay with you forever... and ever... and ever.
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Vote count 190 Vote avg 62 Release date 2012-10-26

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Pumping Iron (1977)

Documentary
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Vote count 114 Vote avg 69 Release date 1977-01-18

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Where to Invade Next (2015)

Documentary
Prepare to be liberated
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Vote count 130 Vote avg 73 Release date 2015-12-23

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Before the Flood (2016)

Documentary TV Movie
The science is clear, the future is not.
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Vote count 150 Vote avg 79 Release date 2016-10-21

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Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Documentary
Off the map, things get strange.
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Vote count 72 Vote avg 71 Release date 2007-09-01

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Cartel Land (2015)

Drama Documentary
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Vote count 141 Vote avg 74 Release date 2015-07-03

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Documentary
It's Just Business.
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Vote count 64 Vote avg 71 Release date 2005-04-22

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The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard (2013)

Documentary
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Vote count 114 Vote avg 70 Release date 2013-02-08

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Documentary Family
Humanity's Lost Masterpiece... in 3D
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Vote count 72 Vote avg 71 Release date 2010-09-10

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

Documentary
There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other. But no one wants to talk about it...
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Vote count 91 Vote avg 77 Release date 2014-07-01

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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

Documentary
The human side of the digital revolution.
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Vote count 61 Vote avg 64 Release date 2016-03-04

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