50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

Current TV lists their top 50 must see documentaries, which is my favorite film genre. I’m a documentary junkie. I put √’s next to ones I’ve seen, but clearly I need to step up my game. What’s your favorite documentary?

50. Spellbound (2002) √
49. Truth or Dare (1991)
48. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
47. One Day in September (1999)
46. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1998)
45. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
44. Burma VJ (2008)
43. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006)
42. Catfish (2010) √
41. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) √
40. When We Were Kings (1996)
39. Biggie & Tupac (2002) √
38. March of the Penguins (2005) √
37. Inside Job (2010) √
36. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
35. Paragraph 175 (2000)
34. Brother’s Keeper (1992)
33. Tongues Untied (1989)
32. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) √
31. Jesus Camp (2006) √
30. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) √
29. Man on Wire (2008) √
28. Gasland (2010)
27. Tarnation (2003)
26. Murderball (2005) √
25. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) √
24. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
23. The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)
22. Shut Up & Sing (2006)
21. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) √
20. Capturing the Friedmans (2003) √
19. Touching the Void (2003) √
18. Food, Inc. (2008)
17. Street Fight (2005)
16. Bus 174 (2002)
15. Crumb (1994)
14. Dark Days (2000)
13. The Fog of War (2003)
12. Bowling for Columbine (2002) √
11. Paris Is Burning (1991)
10. Grizzly Man (2005) √
9. Trouble the Water (2008)
8. An Inconvenient Truth (2006) √
7. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
6. The War Room (1993)
5. Supersize Me (2004) √
4. Waltz With Bashir (2008)
3. Roger & Me (1989) √
2. The Thin Blue Line (1988) √
1. Hoop Dreams (1994) √

On PBS the other night, I saw ARMADILLO, which follows a platoon of young Danish soldiers to Afghanistan. Pretty harrowing stuff.

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One response to “50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

  1. I nominate wordplay!

    And food inc is reallllllly compelling.

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