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Over the past two decades the documentary film has graduated into mainstream cinema, becoming a major box office draw and an important part of contemporary culture. To celebrate this new age of the cinematic documentary, Current TV has commissioned a brand-new series that explores the most powerful, memorable and moving documentary feature films to have hit our cinema screens in recent years.
The shows will count down from fifty to one, eventually revealing what our panel of preeminent film critics, academics and industry insiders has chosen as the most entertaining, powerful and influential modern documentary. However, this is not your average list show. Renowned documentarian Morgan Spurlock will embark on a road trip to track down the filmmakers and characters behind some of the most remarkable moments in contemporary cinema. Along the way, he'll meet maverick directors and eccentric contributors, travel to iconic locations and explore the impact that the documentaries have made on both their subjects and society, all the while counting down to number one.
The five, one-hour shows will take the viewer from the plains of Antarctica in March of the Penguins to the basketball courts of Chicago in Hoop Dreams; from early examples of the blockbuster doc like Roger and Me and The Thin Blue Line to more recent hits such as Catfish and Inside Job. The series will form part of a two-month season in which Current will air full-length presentations of many of the featured docs.
These are iCheckMovies' favorite documentaries, calculated using this formula:
favorites / (checks+75)
This list includes documentary shorts. It does not include TV series or mini-series.
Last updated: August 23, 2012
Original IMDb list created by Dr-Faustus.
[quote=Dr-Faustus]There can be no fictional film that compares to the atrocities of real life. Some of these atrocities, abuses, injustices and crimes committed have been documented. Unfortunately man has learn't little from his past. Hopefully these films will create awareness and prevention in the future. "Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it".- T.S. Eliot. This list is dedicated to all those people working towards a peaceful, tolerant and harmonious world, and IMDb for creating the means for people to do so, through film.[/quote]
In 2007, in commemoration of their 25th Anniversary, the IDA asked their members to name their Top 25 documentaries of all time. This is the consensus Top 25, representing a range of styles, sensibilities and eras.
This list consists of the 117 movies featured in the 1995 compilation documentary “The Celluloid Closet”.
See also: "The Celluloid Closet: The Book"
This list consists of the 124 movies featured in the “That’s Entertainment!” compilation documentary series, plus those three films: “That’s Entertainment!” (1974), “That’s Entertainment, Part II” (1976) and “That’s Entertainment! III” (1994).
List best documentaries films from digitaldreamdoor.com. These are the Greatest Documentary Films chosen for their
influence, impact, historical importance, cinematography, direction, and popularity.
Also added lists:
— Documentary Series
— Best 2010 Documentaries
— Best 2009 Documentaries
Film essay filmography by Peter Thompson published online in 2005 @ [url=http://www.chicagomediaworks.com/2instructworks/3editing_doc/3editing_docinematicessay.html#filmography]ChicagoMediaWorks.com
[quote=Wikipedia]Film (or "cinematic essays") consist of the evolution of a theme or an idea rather than a plot per se. From another perspective, an essay film could be defined as a documentary film visual basis combined with a form of commentary that contains elements of self-portrait (rather than autobiography), where the signature (rather than the life-story) of the filmmaker is apparent. The cinematic essay often blends documentary, fiction, and experimental film making using a tones and editing styles."[/quote]
Patricia Aufderheide's list from 'Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction' - part of the highly regarded series from Oxford University Press.
"These documentaries have been widely seen and discussed, and have been in many cases at the center of controversies; in other cases they have provided valuable teaching resources. They are all accessible for renting or buying for your private collection. You can use the index in this book and other books mentioned in the references, imdb.com, your local library, Netflix, Google, and the Library of Congress to find out more about why these films have attracted attention and esteem. Viewing this collection will set you up nicely with a context to watch your latest favorite, argue with the list, and build your own top one hundred."
Taking Pictures (1996) (http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/taking-pictures/)
All movies featured in "Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film"
The Up Series is a series of documentary films directed by Michael Apted that have followed the lives of fourteen Britons, starting in 1964 when they were seven years old. Every installment is on Rober Ebert's list "The Great Movies", due to their historic value.
This list goes to 11!
Mockumentaries, pseudocumentaries, hoax-documentaries, and other fake documentaries. Tell me what's missing (I'm not including found footage horror or television series).
The top Music Documentaries, as rated by the website www.rateyourmusic.com
Missing (not on icheckmovies/IMDB):
The Essay in Cinema was organized by The Austrian Film Museum and originally presented at the Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival) in October 2007.
[quote]The extensive programme was curated by the French filmmaker and theorist Jean-Pierre Gorin who lives and teaches in San Diego and whose own work - partly created in collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard - includes important contributions to the "essayistic strategy” in cinema. Gorin has selected 60 works from 20 nations - among them a number of classics of film history as well as numerous (re-)discoveries.
Beyond the characteristic and often-quoted elements - such as the presence of the author’s voice and the first person singular perspective chosen by many of these films - the essay film according to Gorin "is a rumination in Nietzsche's sense of the word, the meandering of an intelligence that tries to multiply the entries and the exits into the material it has elected (or has been elected by).[/quote]