Letterboxd’s ‘Official’ Top 100 Documentaries of All-Time

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

This list was extracted from here. Updated at least once a month.

Read notes for free streaming links where applicable. Please notify me on any dead links. I'm putting the date the link was last checked next to it as a reference point. Italicized links are foreign language films with no English subtitles or incomplete films. I'm linking them just in case they still help. Also: HD = high definition. SD = standard definition.

~~

ELIGIBILITY RULES:

Documentaries must be feature-length (45+ minutes), with a theatrical and/or festival release in its entirety. TV…

Read notes
  • O.J.: Made in America

    1

  • Stop Making Sense

    2

  • Twenty Years Later

    3

  • Shoah

    4

  • Playing

    5

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

    6

  • Paris is Burning

    7

  • Close-Up

    8

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    9

  • Hoop Dreams

    10

  • The Look of Silence

    11

  • Master, a Building in Copacabana

    12

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    13

  • The Act of Killing

    14

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

    15

  • Minding the Gap

    16

  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    17

  • Baraka

    18

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    19

  • Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

    20

  • Sans Soleil

    21

  • Human

    22

  • One More Time with Feeling

    23

  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    24

  • LA 92

    25

  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    26

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    27

  • 13th

    28

  • The Beaches of Agnès

    29

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    30

  • Senna

    31

  • Samsara

    32

  • For All Mankind

    33

  • Sigur Rós: Heima

    34

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    35

  • American Movie

    36

  • Faces Places

    37

  • Hearts and Minds

    38

  • The Thin Blue Line

    39

  • The Salt of the Earth

    40

  • F for Fake

    41

  • Crumb

    42

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    43

  • The Work

    44

  • Roger Waters: The Wall

    45

  • The Last Waltz

    46

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    47

  • The Sorrow and the Pity

    48

  • Cameraperson

    49

  • Elena

    50

  • The Arrested Development Documentary Project

    51

  • Five Came Back

    52

  • News from Home

    53

  • Burden of Dreams

    54

  • Gimme Shelter

    55

  • Bob Dylan: No Direction Home

    56

  • Lessons of Darkness

    57

  • Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back

    58

  • She's Beautiful When She's Angry

    59

  • Monterey Pop

    60

  • The Great White Silence

    61

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    62

  • Woodstock

    63

  • Grizzly Man

    64

  • Tower

    65

  • The Fog of War

    66

  • Gleason

    67

  • 28 Up

    68

  • The War Game

    69

  • 42 Up

    70

  • HyperNormalisation

    71

  • Waltz with Bashir

    72

  • Titicut Follies

    73

  • Bitter Lake

    74

  • When We Were Kings

    75

  • My Voyage to Italy

    76

  • Hamilton's America

    77

  • Land of Silence and Darkness

    78

  • 35 Up

    79

  • Let the Fire Burn

    80

  • 49 Up

    81

  • Earthlings

    82

  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    83

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    84

  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    85

  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

    86

  • Tongues Untied

    87

  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

    88

  • 21 Up

    89

  • My Winnipeg

    90

  • Style Wars

    91

  • Citizenfour

    92

  • Grey Gardens

    93

  • High School

    94

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    95

  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library

    96

  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    97

  • Bus 174

    98

  • The Celluloid Closet

    99

  • Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

    100