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Official Top 250 Documentary Films

A companion piece to Dave Vis' list of Letterboxd's official top 250 films of all-time, which excludes documentaries from consideration. Credit to Andrew for the idea.

Ranked by average user rating. This list was extracted from here. Updated once a month. This is an official list progress project on all-time stats pages for Pro and Patron users. Expanded from a top 100 to a top 250 on June 27th, 2021, on the list's 3-year anniversary.

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ELIGIBILITY RULES:

• Documentaries must be feature-length (45+ minutes), with a theatrical and/or festival release in its entirety.
• TV series, miniseries, and episodes are excluded but docs listed as 'TV movie' on IMDb are eligible. Exceptions made for series that also had a limited theatrical…

  • Twenty Years Later

    1

  • The Beatles: Get Back - The Rooftop Concert

    2

  • Stop Making Sense

    3

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    4

  • Shoah

    5

  • Playing

    6

  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    7

  • O.J.: Made in America

    8

  • Paris Is Burning

    9

  • Master, a Building in Copacabana

    10

  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks

    11

  • Streetwise

    12

  • The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo

    13

  • Close-Up

    14

  • Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

    15

  • Dominion

    16

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    17

  • For Sama

    18

  • Black Is … Black Ain’t

    19

  • Hoop Dreams

    20

  • Life of Crime: 1984-2020

    21

  • The Battle of Chile: Part I

    22

  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    23

  • 13th

    24

  • The Beaches of Agnès

    25

  • Ennio: The Maestro

    26

  • The Battle of Chile: Part II

    27

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    28

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

    29

  • Human

    30

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    31

  • Minding the Gap

    32

  • Brazilian Holocaust

    33

  • Tongues Untied

    34

  • The Act of Killing

    35

  • Baraka

    36

  • Original Cast Album: Company

    37

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    38

  • The Look of Silence

    39

  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    40

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    41

  • Tokyo Olympiad

    42

  • Aswang

    43

  • The Metamorphosis of Birds

    44

  • Sans Soleil

    45

  • One More Time with Feeling

    46

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    47

  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    48

  • Prince: Sign o' the Times

    49

  • Tempestad

    50

  • Jimi Plays Monterey

    51

  • Samsara

    52

  • The Salt of the Earth

    53

  • Flee

    54

  • The Last Waltz

    55

  • Disclosure

    56

  • LA 92

    57

  • The Gleaners and I

    58

  • American Movie

    59

  • Love, Antosha

    60

  • Histoire(s) du cinéma

    61

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    62

  • The Year of the Discovery

    63

  • Roger Waters: Us + Them

    64

  • Senna

    65

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part

    66

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    67

  • Blue

    68

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    69

  • A Grin Without a Cat

    70

  • Roger Waters - The Wall

    71

  • The Silence of Others

    72

  • Hearts and Minds

    73

  • Cameraperson

    74

  • The Murder of Fred Hampton

    75

  • Sunday Beauty Queen

    76

  • Alone in the Wilderness

    77

  • 63 Up

    78

  • HyperNormalisation

    79

  • 9/11

    80

  • Monterey Pop

    81

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    82

  • Armed to the Teeth

    83

  • Jazz on a Summer's Day

    84

  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    85

  • Instrument

    86

  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    87

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    88

  • Diaries, Notes, and Sketches

    89

  • F for Fake

    90

  • Crumb

    91

  • Earthlings

    92

  • Faces Places

    93

  • Woodstock

    94

  • The Sorrow and the Pity

    95

  • News from Home

    96

  • Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back

    97

  • Waiting for the Carnival

    98

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    99

  • For All Mankind

    100