Best documentaries of the 2010s

My ranked countdown of the top documentaries of the 2010s. To watch them all from start to finish you would be starting with Martin Scorsese of all people and then taking an international tour through 32 countries from South Sudan to North Korea (with production credits from an additional ten). The shortest film on the list is 39 minutes. The longest is a full five hours longer than that. Subject matter is typically diverse. There are the harsh realities of racism, AIDS, drug abuse, terrorism, child abuse, capitalism and refugees to more light-hearted fare like pop concerts, stand-up comedy, fashion, sushi and even goat testicles. The most prolific director is, of course, Frederick Wiseman. There are 39 films directed or…

  • The Missing Picture

    1

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    2

  • Cameraperson

    3

  • Death in the Terminal

    4

  • Dream of a City

    5

  • Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

    6

  • The Event

    7

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    8

  • The Look of Silence

    9

  • The Act of Killing

    10

  • How to Survive a Plague

    11

  • Silvered Water

    12

  • Strong Island

    13

  • The Square

    14

  • In Jackson Heights

    15

  • The Distant Barking of Dogs

    16

  • Sherpa

    17

  • Nostalgia for the Light

    18

  • The Pearl Button

    19

  • Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man

    20

  • Heart of a Dog

    21

  • The Edge of Democracy

    22

  • Young Lakota

    23

  • Starless Dreams

    24

  • Pina

    25

  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

    26

  • Maidan

    27

  • Inside Job

    28

  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    29

  • American Factory

    30

  • Dragonslayer

    31

  • Minding the Gap

    32

  • At Berkeley

    33

  • Restrepo

    34

  • Citizenfour

    35

  • We Come as Friends

    36

  • Hit So Hard

    37

  • Ukraine Is Not a Brothel

    38

  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts

    39

  • Dreams of a Life

    40

  • Stories We Tell

    41

  • One More Time with Feeling

    42

  • Kate Plays Christine

    43

  • In Transit

    44

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    45

  • Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

    46

  • Yours in Sisterhood

    47

  • Leviathan

    48

  • The Interrupters

    49

  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

    50

  • Nuts!

    51

  • The Oath

    52

  • Utopia

    53

  • My Prairie Home

    54

  • Oklahoma City

    55

  • After the Screaming Stops

    56

  • Behemoth

    57

  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

    58

  • Into the Inferno

    59

  • Black Mother

    60

  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    61

  • Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour

    62

  • The Darkside

    63

  • The Tillman Story

    64

  • Tower

    65

  • National Gallery

    66

  • Bisbee '17

    67

  • The Russian Woodpecker

    68

  • Five Broken Cameras

    69

  • Shirkers

    70

  • The Cave

    71

  • Return to Homs

    72

  • Casting JonBenet

    73

  • Bill Cunningham New York

    74

  • Peaches Does Herself

    75

  • Have You Seen the Listers?

    76

  • Levitated Mass

    77

  • Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

    78

  • Let the Fire Burn

    79

  • Blue

    80

  • Blackfish

    81

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    82

  • The Tall Man

    83

  • This Is Not a Film

    84

  • Catfish

    85

  • The Proposal

    86

  • No Home Movie

    87

  • I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

    88

  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

    89

  • The Last Time I Saw Macao

    90

  • Elena

    91

  • Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

    92

  • How to Die in Oregon

    93

  • Oyster Factory

    94

  • Apollo 11

    95

  • Senna

    96

  • Circus of Books

    97

  • I Am a Woman Now

    98

  • Mala Mala

    99

  • Aim High In Creation!

    100