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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 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.

Read notes for documentaries on YouTube in watchable quality.

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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.
• No featurettes unless theatrically distributed, even if feature-length (featurettes are marked as 'Video' on IMDb, such as 'making of'…

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  • Twenty Years Later

    1

  • Stop Making Sense

    2

  • Shoah

    3

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

    4

  • O.J. Made in America

    5

  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    6

  • Playing

    7

  • Paris Is Burning

    8

  • Close-Up

    9

  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks

    10

  • Master, a Building in Copacabana

    11

  • For Sama

    12

  • Dominion

    13

  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    14

  • Hoop Dreams

    15

  • Bring the Soul: The Movie

    16

  • Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

    17

  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    18

  • Minding the Gap

    19

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

    20

  • The Look of Silence

    21

  • The Act of Killing

    22

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    23

  • Human

    24

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    25

  • Streetwise

    26

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    27

  • The Beaches of Agnès

    28

  • Baraka

    29

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    30

  • The Battle of Chile - Part I

    31

  • Sans Soleil

    32

  • Burn the Stage: The Movie

    33

  • One More Time with Feeling

    34

  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    35

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    36

  • 13th

    37

  • Samsara

    38

  • LA 92

    39

  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    40

  • Heima

    41

  • Love, Antosha

    42

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    43

  • Senna

    44

  • American Movie

    45

  • For All Mankind

    46

  • Tokyo Olympiad

    47

  • News from Home

    48

  • The Salt of the Earth

    49

  • A Grin Without a Cat

    50

  • Roger Waters: The Wall

    51

  • Faces Places

    52

  • Tongues Untied

    53

  • Apollo 11

    54

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    55

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    56

  • F for Fake

    57

  • The Last Waltz

    58

  • Diaries, Notes, and Sketches

    59

  • The Sorrow and the Pity

    60

  • Elena

    61

  • Hearts and Minds

    62

  • Sign 'o' The Times

    63

  • In Vanda's Room

    64

  • Crumb

    65

  • Cameraperson

    66

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    67

  • The Thin Blue Line

    68

  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    69

  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    70

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    71

  • Dont Look Back

    72

  • Monterey Pop

    73

  • The Work

    74

  • HyperNormalisation

    75

  • She's Beautiful When She's Angry

    76

  • Woodstock

    77

  • Burden of Dreams

    78

  • Earthlings

    79

  • Lessons of Darkness

    80

  • Gimme Shelter

    81

  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    82

  • 28 Up

    83

  • Five Came Back

    84

  • Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

    85

  • Le Joli Mai

    86

  • Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All

    87

  • Gleason

    88

  • My Voyage to Italy

    89

  • The Silence of Others

    90

  • Waiting for the Carnival

    91

  • 42 Up

    92

  • Grizzly Man

    93

  • Bitter Lake

    94

  • Free Solo

    95

  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

    96

  • Tower

    97

  • Land of Silence and Darkness

    98

  • The Gleaners & I

    99

  • The Great White Silence

    100