100 Documentaries Worthy of a Watch

I do love a good documentary so here's 100 of them that I personally recommend listed in rough order of preference.

  • Bus 174

    1

  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    2

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    3

  • Deep Water

    4

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    5

  • Anvil! The Story of Anvil

    6

  • Touching the Void

    7

  • Senna

    8

  • American Movie

    9

  • The Great White Silence

    10

  • Man on Wire

    11

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    12

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    13

  • The Five Obstructions

    14

  • The Thin Blue Line

    15

  • The House Is Black

    16

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop

    17

  • La Soufrière – Waiting for an Inevitable Disaster

    18

  • Woodstock

    19

  • Night and Fog

    20

  • New York Doll

    21

  • Marwencol

    22

  • Grey Gardens

    23

  • Hoop Dreams

    24

  • DiG!

    25

  • Czech Dream

    26

  • Of Time and the City

    27

  • Children Underground

    28

  • Salesman

    29

  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    30

  • Lessons of Darkness

    31

  • Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape

    32

  • The Cove

    33

  • Waste Land

    34

  • Into Eternity

    35

  • Zoo

    36

  • American: The Bill Hicks Story

    37

  • Sans Soleil

    38

  • Grizzly Man

    39

  • This Is Not a Film

    40

  • Nostalgia for the Light

    41

  • Triumph of the Will

    42

  • Not Quite Hollywood

    43

  • Overnight

    44

  • Religulous

    45

  • Encounters at the End of the World

    46

  • Lake of Fire

    47

  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    48

  • Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

    49

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    50

  • To Be and To Have

    51

  • Stevie

    52

  • Dark Days

    53

  • Home

    54

  • Murderball

    55

  • Titicut Follies

    56

  • Murder on a Sunday Morning

    57

  • The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

    58

  • Black Sun

    59

  • Juvenile Liaison

    60

  • Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

    61

  • Project Nim

    62

  • The Beckoning Silence

    63

  • Rivers and Tides

    64

  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

    65

  • In the Realms of the Unreal

    66

  • War Photographer

    67

  • Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

    68

  • Bill Cunningham New York

    69

  • Jesus Camp

    70

  • Spellbound

    71

  • The Two Escobars

    72

  • Paradise Lost 2: Revelations

    73

  • José and Pilar

    74

  • Crumb

    75

  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

    76

  • Lost in La Mancha

    77

  • Burden of Dreams

    78

  • Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    79

  • The Bridge

    80

  • Catfish

    81

  • Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life

    82

  • My Kid Could Paint That

    83

  • Better This World

    84

  • Cocaine Cowboys

    85

  • The Filth and the Fury

    86

  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    87

  • Koko: A Talking Gorilla

    88

  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

    89

  • The Atomic Cafe

    90

  • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

    91

  • And Everything Is Going Fine

    92

  • I Like Killing Flies

    93

  • The Nomi Song

    94

  • Culloden

    95

  • The People vs. George Lucas

    96

  • Dreams of a Life

    97

  • Stanley Kubrick's Boxes

    98

  • Best Worst Movie

    99

  • Hell House

    100

27 Comments

  • I'm not familiar with either of those, I'll look out for them, thanks.

  • Shoah is incredible and on the other side of the spectrum I really enjoyed the Doors doc when your strange.

  • I've been wanting to watch Shoah for many years I just need to be in the right mood for a 9 hour documentary about the holocaust.

  • Never Sleep Again, Young at Heart and Best Worst Movie were also enjoyable!

  • Michael Apted's The Up Series is highly recommended. It's the most ambitious and captivating documentary project I've seen. It starts off by documenting a bunch of english school kids at the age of 7 who get to talk about what they think about all sorts of things, what the like to do, who they want to hang out with, what they want to do when grow up and so on. Apted then returns to them every seven years to see how their lives have progressed. In the latest installment which was aired earlier this year, the participants are around 60 years old. It may not sound very interesting when i'm describing it, but give it a shot anyways. To me it was deeply addicting.

  • Oh man, I've started that twice and given up 'cause it seems so daunting.

  • @emma Best worst movie is on the list as for your other recommendations I'll look into them, thanks.
    @Artyficial I'm very familiar with the Up Series, it would have been very high on this list but I decided to omit TV series as that's a whole other list. I agree about it being a captivating documentary project especially when you watch the entire series in one week as I did. I recorded the latest instalment off TV a few months back, I must watch that soon. The only downside is having to wait 7 years for the next episode.

  • @Colin Yeah, the seven year wait truly is the downside to catching up with it. Part of the reason i liked it so much was due to me being able to watch their lives unfold over a much compressed timespan.

    @Jeff It's lenghty but i never really though about the time when i was watching it. I can see that it may not be for everyone though, you prolly need to have some interest in sociology to fully enjoy it.

  • Oh, it's totally my bag. I just want to do like Colin and bust it out in a relatively short period of time, but I have movie commitment issues.

  • Just watched Dear Zachary. Incredibly moving. Hard to even come up with a response other than to just shake your head in disbelief at the indifference on display in that story.

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