Nanook of the North (1922)Man With a Movie Camera (1929)Triumph of the Will (1935)Night and Fog (1955)Seven Up! (1964)Point of Order (1964)The War Game (1965)The Endless Summer (1966)Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back (1967)Titicut Follies (1967)A Man Vanishes (1967)Monterey Pop (1968)In the Year of the Pig (1968)High School (1968)Salesman (1968)The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)7 Plus Seven (1970)Gimme Shelter (1970)Woodstock (1970)Winter Soldier (1972)F for Fake (1973)Hearts and Minds (1974)Grey Gardens (1975)Harlan County, USA21 Up (1977)A Grin Without a Cat (1977)Gates of Heaven (1978)The Last Waltz (1978)The Kids Are Alright (1979)Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980)The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)Burden of Dreams (1982)Koyaanisqatsi (1982)The Atomic Cafe (1982)Sans Soleil (1983)Style Wars (1983)28 Up (1984)The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)Stop Making Sense (1984)Shoah (1985)Sherman's March (1985)Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam (1987)The Thin Blue Line (1988)The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (1989)Roger & Me (1989)Tongues Untied (1989)Paris Is Burning (1990)The Civil War (1990)35 Up (1991)A Brief History of Time (1991)Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)Brother's Keeper (1992)Baraka (1992)The War Room (1993)Silverlake Life: The View From Here (1993)Hoop Dreams (1994)Baseball (1994)Crumb (1994)The Celluloid Closet (1995)Microcosmos (1996)When We Were Kings (1996)Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)4 Little Girls (1997)Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997)Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)Trekkies (1997)42 Up (1998)The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)American Movie (1999)Beyond the Mat (1999)One Day in September (1999)My Best Fiend (1999)Buena Vista Social Club (1999)The Gleaners & I (2000)Dark Days (2000)The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)Paragraph 175 (2000)Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)Winged Migration (2001)Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)Spellbound (2002)Bus 174 (2002)Bowling for Columbine (2002)The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)Biggie & Tupac (2002)Capturing the Friedmans (2003)The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)The Corporation (2003)Tarnation (2003)Touching the Void (2003)Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2003)Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)Super Size Me (2004)Darwin's Nightmare (2004)Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)Murderball (2005)The Aristocrats (2005)Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)Earthlings (2005)Grizzly Man (2005)49 Up (2005)March of the Penguins (2005)Deliver Us From Evil (2006)Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)Planet Earth (2006)Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006)Deep Water (2006)Jesus Camp (2006)This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)The Bridge (2006)An Inconvenient Truth (2006)Lake of Fire (2006)God Grew Tired of Us (2006)Iraq in Fragments (2006)When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)Nanking (2007)No End in Sight (2007)Zoo (2007)Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2007)The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)Sicko (2007)For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)Helvetica (2007)Encounters at the End of the World (2007)Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country (2008)Man on Wire (2008)Of Time and the City (2008)Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)Trouble the Water (2008)Waltz With Bashir (2008)Food, Inc. (2008)Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)Afghan Star (2009)Best Worst Movie (2009)The Cove (2009)Winnebago Man (2009)The Art of the Steal (2009)Last Train Home (2009)Enemies of the People (2009)Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)Inside Job (2010)Senna (2010)Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)Marwencol (2010)Catfish (2010)Gasland (2010)The Tillman Story (2010)Nostalgia for the Light (2010)Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)Bill Cunningham New York (2010)Waste Land (2010)Tabloid (2010)Waiting for "Superman" (2010)Restrepo (2010)A Film Unfinished (2010)Into the Abyss (2011)Undefeated (2011)Pina (2011)Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)Project Nim (2011)We Were Here (2011)Life in a Day (2011)Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)The Interrupters (2011)Forks Over Knives (2011)Hot Coffee (2011)The Island President (2011)This Is Not a Film (2011)Bully (2011)Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)The Queen of Versailles (2012)How to Survive a Plague (2012)The Act of Killing (2012)Room 237 (2012)56 Up (2012)Chasing Ice (2012)Stories We Tell (2012)Call Me Kuchu (2012)The Invisible War (2012)The Square (2013)We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013)Blackfish (2013)Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)Cutie and the Boxer (2013)The Missing Picture (2013)Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)
How Many Documentaries Have You Seen?
Listen, you're not watching movies to learn. And if you do happen to learn something, you don't make a point to retain it. You've seen a few docs over the years, but they're not something you seek out. You'll take fiction over a bunch of talking heads any day.
You enjoy documentaries, but there are still so many you haven't seen. Chances are you've focused on one particular sub-genre: sports docs, war docs, docs so depressing you can't get out of bed the next day. Now it's time to broaden your horizons — use this list as your guide!
You love documentaries, and you've seen a wide range, from the early classics to the recent Academy Award nominees. While there are gaps in your knowledge, you have a pretty good handle of the genre, and you keep an eye out for new releases from your favorite filmmakers.
You can't get enough of documentaries, and you're always seeking out new recommendations. You dig the mainstream and the obscure, as long as you're being entertained and challenged while you watch. When the Oscars roll around, you have strong opinions about what got snubbed.
Watch documentaries? You might as well make documentaries. And maybe you do! At the very least, you've thought about it. You're in love with the form, which is why you've gotten lost in the greats from Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. You wouldn't be the same without them.