Favourite Documentaries

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My favourite documentaries.


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Grizzly Man (2005)

Documentary
One man spent the last 13 years of his life crossing them.

Werner Herzog's documentary film about the "Grizzly Man" Timothy Treadwell and what the thirteen summers in a National Park in Alaska were like in one man's attempt to protect the grizzly bears. The film is full of unique images and a look into the spirit of a man who sacrificed himself for nature.

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Vote count 170 Vote avg 72 Release date 2005-08-12
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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

Documentary
The human side of the digital revolution.

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

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Vote count 61 Vote avg 64 Release date 2016-03-04

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Man on Wire (2008)

Thriller Documentary Crime
1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.

On August 7th 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit stepped out on a high wire, illegally rigged between New York's World Trade Center twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour of performing on the wire, 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan, he was arrested. This fun and spellbinding documentary chronicles Philippe Petit's "highest" achievement.

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Vote count 237 Vote avg 75 Release date 2008-07-25

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Citizenfour (2014)

Documentary

In June 2013, Laura Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion.

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

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Inside Job (2010)

Documentary
The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make.

A film that exposes the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

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Vote count 240 Vote avg 77 Release date 2010-10-08

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Senna (2010)

Documentary
The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived.

Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend's years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.

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Vote count 244 Vote avg 80 Release date 2010-10-07

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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Documentary
Controversy... what controversy?

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Vote count 319 Vote avg 68 Release date 2004-06-25

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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Documentary
One nation under the gun.

Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? Talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist's Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old, Bowling for Columbine is a journey through America, through our past, hoping to discover why our pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence.

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Vote count 382 Vote avg 73 Release date 2002-10-09

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Sicko (2007)

Documentary
This might hurt a little.

Sicko is a Michael Moore documentary about the corrupt health care system in The United States who's main goal is to make profit even if it means losing peoples lives. "The more people you deny health insurance the more money we make" is the business model for health care providers in America.

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Vote count 204 Vote avg 72 Release date 2007-05-18

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Restrepo (2010)

Documentary War
One platoon, one valley, one year

Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary, Restrepo chronicles the deployment of a U.S. platoon of courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.

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Vote count 100 Vote avg 73 Release date 2010-06-25

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

Documentary

Going Clear intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion.

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Vote count 270 Vote avg 78 Release date 2015-01-25

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March of the Penguins (2005)

Documentary Family
In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way.

Every year, thousands of Antartica's emperor penguins make an astonishing journey to breed their young. They walk, marching day and night in single file 70 miles into the darkest, driest and coldest continent on Earth.

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Vote count 311 Vote avg 69 Release date 2005-01-26

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Documentary Family
Humanity's Lost Masterpiece... in 3D

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.

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Vote count 72 Vote avg 71 Release date 2010-09-10

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Jesus Camp (2006)

Documentary
America is being born again.

A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway in America that requires Christian youth to assume leadership roles in advocating the causes of their religious movement. Jesus Camp follows children at a Christian summer camp as they hone their "prophetic gifts" and are schooled in how to "take back America for Christ." The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future.

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Vote count 96 Vote avg 65 Release date 2006-09-15

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The Fog of War (2003)

War Documentary History

Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the eighty-five-year-old Robert McNamara, 'The Fog of War' depicts his life, from working as a WWII Whiz Kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company's president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

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Vote count 58 Vote avg 75 Release date 2003-12-09

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Side by Side (2012)

Documentary
Can film survive our digital future?

Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Keanu Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.

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Vote count 98 Vote avg 72 Release date 2012-08-19

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In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

Documentary

Archival material from the original NASA film footage – much of it seen for the first time – plus interviews with the surviving astronauts, including Jim Lovell, Dave Scott, John Young, Gene Cernan, Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt.

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Vote count 29 Vote avg 77 Release date 2007-01-19

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Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

Documentary Music
At fourteen, they made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it.

At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax,. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams

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Vote count 77 Vote avg 76 Release date 2008-01-14

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The Corporation (2003)

Documentary
The corporation as psychopath...

Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of "person" typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it.

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Vote count 65 Vote avg 75 Release date 2003-09-10

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Deep Water (2006)

Documentary Adventure Drama

DEEP WATER is the stunning true story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who enters the most daring nautical challenge ever – the very first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race.

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Vote count 7 Vote avg 54 Release date 2006-12-15

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Documentary
It's Just Business.

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

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Vote count 64 Vote avg 71 Release date 2005-04-22

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Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web (2017)

Thriller Documentary
The most wanted man online.

The larger-than-life story of Kim Dotcom, the "most wanted man online," is extraordinary enough, but the battle between Dotcom and the US Government and entertainment industry, being fought in New Zealand, is one that goes to the heart of ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital age.

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Vote count 4 Vote avg 80 Release date 2017-03-13

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