Official Top 100 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 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.

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ELIGIBILITY RULES:

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

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  • Twenty Years Later

    1

  • Stop Making Sense

    2

  • O.J. Made in America

    3

  • Shoah

    4

  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    5

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

    6

  • Playing

    7

  • Paris Is Burning

    8

  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    9

  • Close-Up

    10

  • Master, a Building in Copacabana

    11

  • Hoop Dreams

    12

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    13

  • Minding the Gap

    14

  • The Look of Silence

    15

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

    16

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    17

  • The Act of Killing

    18

  • Human

    19

  • Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

    20

  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    21

  • Baraka

    22

  • Sans Soleil

    23

  • The Beaches of Agnès

    24

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    25

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    26

  • Streetwise

    27

  • One More Time with Feeling

    28

  • Burn the Stage: The Movie

    29

  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    30

  • The Edge of Democracy

    31

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    32

  • 13th

    33

  • Apollo 11

    34

  • LA 92

    35

  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    36

  • Samsara

    37

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    38

  • For All Mankind

    39

  • Senna

    40

  • Heima

    41

  • Faces Places

    42

  • American Movie

    43

  • Tokyo Olympiad

    44

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    45

  • The Salt of the Earth

    46

  • F for Fake

    47

  • Roger Waters: The Wall

    48

  • Elena

    49

  • The Sorrow and the Pity

    50

  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    51

  • The Last Waltz

    52

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    53

  • News from Home

    54

  • Sign 'o' The Times

    55

  • A Grin Without a Cat

    56

  • Hearts and Minds

    57

  • Crumb

    58

  • The Arrested Development Documentary Project

    59

  • The Thin Blue Line

    60

  • She's Beautiful When She's Angry

    61

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    62

  • Cameraperson

    63

  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    64

  • The Work

    65

  • Fishing with John

    66

  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    67

  • Amazing Grace

    68

  • Dont Look Back

    69

  • Tongues Untied

    70

  • Burden of Dreams

    71

  • Gimme Shelter

    72

  • Five Came Back

    73

  • Monterey Pop

    74

  • Woodstock

    75

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    76

  • Lessons of Darkness

    77

  • Gleason

    78

  • Earthlings

    79

  • Chasing Happiness

    80

  • HyperNormalisation

    81

  • Free Solo

    82

  • 28 Up

    83

  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    84

  • Tower

    85

  • Grizzly Man

    86

  • The Great White Silence

    87

  • The War Game

    88

  • 42 Up

    89

  • Land of Silence and Darkness

    90

  • Bitter Lake

    91

  • How to Die in Oregon

    92

  • Lake of Fire

    93

  • Waltz with Bashir

    94

  • The Fog of War

    95

  • My Voyage to Italy

    96

  • Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

    97

  • The Dawn Wall

    98

  • Titicut Follies

    99

  • When We Were Kings

    100