Flavorwire's 50 Best Documentaries of All Time

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The list is ordered top-down. #6 and #19 in the original list are series ("Up" and "Paradise Lost"): all the movies in those series have been included here.

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  1. 1 new

    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 13 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 11 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    Gates of Heaven

    1978, in 3 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    Seven Up!

    1964, in 5 top lists Check
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    7 Plus Seven

    1970, in 2 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    21 Up

    1977, in 2 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    28 Up

    1984, in 5 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    35 Up

    1991, in 2 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    42 Up

    1998, in 3 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    49 Up

    2005, in 4 top lists Check
  13. 13 new

    56 Up

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
  14. 14 new

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
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    Primary

    1960, in 6 top lists Check
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    F for Fake

    1973 — a.k.a. F For Fake, in 10 top lists Check
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    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
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    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
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    Le chagrin et la pitié

    1969 — a.k.a. The Sorrow and the Pity, in 11 top lists Check
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    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    2008, in 1 top list Check
  22. 22 new

    4 Little Girls

    1997, in 1 top list Check
  23. 23 new

    Capturing the Friedmans

    2003, in 6 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    Titicut Follies

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    The Times of Harvey Milk

    1984, in 6 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood...

    1996, in 2 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    Paradise Lost 2: Revelations

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    The Act of Killing

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
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    Hearts and Minds

    1974, in 6 top lists Check
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    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
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    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Crumb

    1994, in 10 top lists Check
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    Taxi to the Dark Side

    2007, in 1 top list Check
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    Ônibus 174

    2002 — a.k.a. Bus 174, in 4 top lists Check
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    Pressure Cooker

    2008, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
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    Roger & Me

    1989, in 9 top lists Check
  39. 39 new

    Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan,...

    1997, in 0 top lists Check
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    Vals Im Bashir

    2008 — a.k.a. Waltz with Bashir, in 11 top lists Check
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    Inside Job

    2010, in 3 top lists Check
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    Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    1997, in 3 top lists Check
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    The War Room

    1993, in 2 top lists Check
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    Brother's Keeper

    1992, in 1 top list Check
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    The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of...

    2003, in 5 top lists Check
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    No End in Sight

    2007, in 2 top lists Check
  47. 47 new

    Man on Wire

    2008, in 4 top lists Check
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    When We Were Kings

    1996, in 4 top lists Check
  49. 49 new

    King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

    1970, in 1 top list Check
  50. 50 new

    Italianamerican

    1974, in 1 top list Check
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