International Documentary Association's Top 25 Documentaries

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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.

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  1. 1 -

    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 12 top lists Check
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    Bowling for Columbine

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
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    Spellbound

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
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    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    An Inconvenient Truth

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    Crumb

    1994, in 11 top lists Check
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    Gimme Shelter

    1970, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of...

    2003, in 4 top lists Check
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    Roger & Me

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
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    Super Size Me

    2004, in 1 top list Check
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    Dont Look Back

    1967 — a.k.a. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back, in 10 top lists Check
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    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
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    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
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    Sherman's March

    1985, in 10 top lists Check
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    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
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    Capturing the Friedmans

    2003, in 6 top lists Check
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    Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

    2004, in 1 top list Check
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    Titicut Follies

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
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    Buena Vista Social Club

    1999, in 2 top lists Check
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    Fahrenheit 9/11

    2004, in 8 top lists Check
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    Le peuple migrateur

    2001 — a.k.a. Winged Migration, in 1 top list Check
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    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
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    Nuit et brouillard

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

    1970, in 12 top lists Check
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