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Strictly speaking, documentary films are non-fictional, factual works of art. Originally, the earliest documentaries were either short newsreels, instructional pictures, or travelogues (termed actualities) without any creative story-telling or staging. But they have branched out and taken many forms, and have sometimes become propagandistic and non-objective. Mockumentaries are comedic parodies of documentaries. Some documentaries have been considered propagandistic.

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    O.J.: Made in America

    2016, in 3 top lists Check
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    Earthlings

    2005, in 1 top list Check
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    Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

    1972, in 1 top list Check
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    Senna

    2010, in 3 top lists Check
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    Baraka

    1992, in 3 top lists Check
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    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    2008, in 1 top list Check
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    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
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    Stop Making Sense

    1984, in 4 top lists Check
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    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  10. 10 +1

    Home

    2009, in 1 top list Check
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    Sigur Rós: Heima

    2007, in 2 top lists Check
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    Samsara

    2011, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Salt of the Earth

    2014, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ilha das Flores

    1989 — a.k.a. Isle of Flowers, in 4 top lists Check
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    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    2018, in 2 top lists
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    The Cove

    2009, in 1 top list Check
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    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
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    Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

    2015, in 1 top list Check
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    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

    2010, in 1 top list Check
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    They Shall Not Grow Old

    2018, in 1 top list
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    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
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    Before the Flood

    2016, in 1 top list Check
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    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood...

    1996, in 2 top lists Check
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    Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

    2014, in 1 top list Check
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    The Look of Silence

    2014, in 2 top lists Check
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    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
  27. 27 +2

    Foo Fighters: Back and Forth

    2011, in 1 top list Check
  28. 28 +2

    Pearl Jam Twenty

    2011, in 1 top list Check
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    28 Up

    1984, in 5 top lists Check
  30. 30 +1

    The Times of Harvey Milk

    1984, in 6 top lists Check
  31. 31 +2

    Iron Maiden: Flight 666

    2009, in 1 top list Check
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    42 Up

    1998, in 3 top lists Check
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    U2 3D

    2007, in 1 top list Check
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    Chavez: Inside the Coup

    2003 — a.k.a. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, in 1 top list Check
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    Free Solo

    2018, in 1 top list
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    Inside Job

    2010, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Act of Killing

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
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    13th

    2016, in 2 top lists Check
  39. 39 +1

    Paris Is Burning

    1990, in 6 top lists Check
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    Searching for Sugar Man

    2012, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Last Waltz

    1978, in 7 top lists Check
  42. 42 +1

    George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    2011, in 1 top list Check
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    Woodstock

    1970, in 13 top lists Check
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    Virunga

    2014, in 1 top list Check
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    Il mio viaggio in Italia

    1999 — a.k.a. My Voyage to Italy, in 3 top lists Check
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    Listen to Me Marlon

    2015, in 2 top lists
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    For All Mankind

    1989, in 3 top lists Check
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    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Lake of Fire

    2006, in 1 top list Check
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    Hearts and Minds

    1974, in 6 top lists Check
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