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Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks.

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    Salaam Cinema

    1995, in 6 top lists Check
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close Up, in 19 top lists Check
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    Gates of Heaven

    1978, in 3 top lists Check
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    Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen

    1992 — a.k.a. Loss Is to Be Expected, in 0 top lists Check
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    La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios...

    1968 — a.k.a. The Hour of the Furnaces, in 9 top lists Check
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    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 13 top lists Check
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    Streetwise

    1984, in 2 top lists Check
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    De fem benspænd

    2003 — a.k.a. The Five Obstructions, in 5 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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    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 4 top lists Check
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    56 Up

    2012, in 2 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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    Gimme Shelter

    1970, in 9 top lists Check
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    When We Were Kings

    1996, in 4 top lists Check
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    Stories We Tell

    2012, in 5 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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    Sherman's March

    1985, in 8 top lists Check
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    Tales of the Grim Sleeper

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    Rafea: Solar Mama

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Virunga

    2014, in 1 top list Check
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    Five Broken Cameras

    2011, 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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    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
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    The War Game

    1965, in 11 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 5 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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    Primate

    1974, in 2 top lists Check
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    Amy

    2015, in 1 top list Check
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    Iraq in Fragments

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    Buena Vista Social Club

    1999, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Thin Blue Line

    1988, in 11 top lists Check
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    Bowling for Columbine

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
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    Global Report

    1985, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Queen of Versailles

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Blackfish

    2013, in 0 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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    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

    2004, in 4 top lists Check
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    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    2006, in 6 top lists Check
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    Capturing the Friedmans

    2003, in 6 top lists Check
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    Grizzly Man

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
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    Melancholian 3 huonetta

    2004, in 2 top lists Check
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    Pina

    2011, in 3 top lists Check
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    Into Eternity: A Film for the Future

    2010, in 1 top list Check
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