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The Top 25 Documentaries of All Time


According to the International Documentary Association, the following is a list of the top 25 documentaries ever made. The grouping was compiled by having members of the Association vote for their favorites out of a list of 700. Now, I like documentary film but I don't consider myself such an expert that I can fully critique a list made up by the International Documentary Association. Still, there are some gems missing, like The Times of Harvey Milk.

So, time to weigh in, documentary buffs. What's totally justified and what did they leave off?

1. Hoop Dreams (1994)
2. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
3. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
4. Spellbound (2002)
5. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

To see the next 20 titles,

6. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
7. Crumb (1994)
8. Gimme Shelter (1970)
9. The Fog of War (2003)
10. Roger & Me (1989)
11. Super Size Me (2004)
12. Don't Look Back (1967)
13. Salesman (1968)
14. Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982)
15. Sherman's March (1986)
16. Grey Gardens (1976)
17. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
18. Born into Brothels (2004)
19. Titicut Follies (1967)
20. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
21. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
22. Winged Migration (2002)
23. Grizzly Man (2005)
24. Night and Fog (1955)
25. Woodstock (1970)

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