20 Great Docsby scubadog2 | created - 08 Jun 2013 | updated - 08 Jun 2013 | Public
My 20 favourite documentaries
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2. Touching the Void (2003)
R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
Votes: 32,267 | Gross: $4.59M
3. Grizzly Man (2005)
R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
Votes: 49,907 | Gross: $3.17M
4. The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005)
PG-13 | 70 min | Documentary, Biography
Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman.
Votes: 361 | Gross: $0.20M
5. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Votes: 60,582 | Gross: $3.97M
6. Project Nim (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary
Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.
Votes: 8,033 | Gross: $0.41M
7. One Day in September (1999)
R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport
The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
Votes: 5,486 | Gross: $0.16M
9. The Beckoning Silence (2007 TV Movie)
PG | 73 min | Drama
After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so... See full summary »
10. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime
A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.
11. Man on Wire (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".
Votes: 50,653 | Gross: $2.96M
12. Chasing Ice (2012)
PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography
Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
Votes: 7,939 | Gross: $1.33M
Classic Albums (1997– )
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
49 min | Documentary, Music
A detailed look at the production of the biggest album in the history of progressive rock and one of the best-selling albums of all time.
15. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »
Votes: 60,146 | Gross: $3.29M
16. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography
The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.
17. The Cove (2009)
PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
Votes: 46,100 | Gross: $0.87M
18. How to Die in Oregon (2011)
Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person's request to end his or her life with medication. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had ... See full summary »
19. Dreams of a Life (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.
Votes: 2,886 | Gross: $0.01M
20. Earthlings (2005)
95 min | Documentary, Horror
Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.
21. Home (I) (2009)
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.
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