Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time

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In 2014, Sight & Sound polled 340 documentary critics, curators, academics and filmmakers asking for top 10 documentary lists. Over 1000 films got votes, from years as early as 1892 to as recent as 2013. This list is the combined critics and filmmakers list of all films that received 3 or more votes.

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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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    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
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    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 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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    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 11 top lists Check
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    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
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    Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)

    1961 — a.k.a. Chronicle of a Summer, in 8 top lists Check
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    Dont Look Back

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
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    Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

    2000 — a.k.a. The Gleaners & I, in 11 top lists Check
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    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 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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    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
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    Salesman

    1969, in 10 top lists Check
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    Las Hurdes

    1933 — a.k.a. Land Without Bread, in 12 top lists Check
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    Titicut Follies

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
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    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 13 top lists Check
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    Seven Up!

    1964, in 5 top lists Check
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    7 Plus Seven

    1970, in 2 top lists Check
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    21 Up

    1977, in 2 top lists Check
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    28 Up

    1984, in 5 top lists Check
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    35 Up

    1991, in 2 top lists Check
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    42 Up

    1998, in 3 top lists Check
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    49 Up

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
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    56 Up

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
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    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1975 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part I, in 7 top lists Check
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    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1976 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part II, in 6 top lists Check
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    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1979 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part 3, in 4 top lists Check
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    Tiexi qu

    2002 — a.k.a. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Act of Killing

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
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    Nostalgia de la luz

    2010 — a.k.a. Nostalgia for the Light, in 5 top lists Check
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    Khaneh siah ast

    1963 — a.k.a. The House Is Black, in 10 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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    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Listen to Britain

    1942, in 8 top lists Check
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    Yuki yukite, shingun

    1987 — a.k.a. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, in 8 top lists Check
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    Gimme Shelter

    1970, in 9 top lists Check
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    Histoire(s) du cinéma

    1989, in 8 top lists
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    Leviathan

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
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    Capturing the Friedmans

    2003, in 6 top lists Check
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    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
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    Man of Aran

    1934, in 6 top lists Check
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    Vremena goda

    1975 — a.k.a. Four Seasons, in 5 top lists Check
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    Roger & Me

    1989, in 9 top lists Check
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    El sol del membrillo

    1992 — a.k.a. Quince Tree of the Sun, in 10 top lists Check
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    Welfare

    1975, in 5 top lists Check
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    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
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    Lektionen in Finsternis

    1992 — a.k.a. Lessons of Darkness, in 5 top lists Check
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    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 12 top lists Check
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    Night Mail

    1936, in 3 top lists Check
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    Darwin's Nightmare

    2004, in 3 top lists Check
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