How exactly do you determine the best documentaries..
Is it the script? The impact on society? The entertainment value? Cutting edge effects? Innovative storytelling? Superb journalism. Was it a box office hit? Some or all the above?
What are YOUR favorite documentaries? Scroll down to bottom of the page to submit your own personal top 10 list of best documentaries.
Renowned documentarian Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) hosted a series on Current TV in 2011 counting down the best “most remarkable and moving” documentaries from the previous 25 years. What do you think of the documentaries they chose. Post your comments below or create your own best documentaries list!
Here’s the list "50 Documentaries To See Before You Die" starting with number fifty:
#50 – SpellBound
#49 - Madonna: Truth or Dare
#48 – The Kid Stays in the Picture
#47 – One Day in September
#46 – Little Dieter Needs to Fly
#45 – The Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years
#44 – Burma VJ
#43 – When The Leeves Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
#42 – Catfish
#41 – King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
#40 - When We Were Kings
#39 - Biggie and Tupac
#38 - March of the Penguins
#37 - Inside Job
#36 - Taxi to the Dark Side
#35 - Paragraph 175
#34 - Brother’s Keeper
#33 - Tongues Untied
#32 - Dogtown and Z Boys
#31 - Jesus Camp
#30 - Fahrenheit 9/11
#29 - Man on Wire
#28 - GasLand
#27 - Tarnation
#26 - Murderball
#25 - Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
#24 - Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
#23 - The Eyes of Tammy Faye
#22 - Shut Up and Sing
#21 - Exit Through the Gift Shop
#20 - Capturing the Friedmans
#19 - Touching the Void
#18 - Food, Inc
#17 - Street Fight
#16 - Bus 174
#15 - Crumb
#14 - Dark Days
#13 - The Fog of War
#12 - Bowling for Columbine
#11 - Paris is Burning
#10 - Grizzly Man
#9 - Trouble the Water
#8 - An Inconvenient Truth
#7 - The Celluloid Closet
#6 - The War Room
#5 - Super Size Me
#4 - Waltz with Bashir
#3 - Roger and Me
#2 - The Thin Blue Line
#1 - Hoop Dreams
What exactly makes one documentary better than the other. Turns out there are some common elements that separate the average documentaries from the excellent ones.
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Carl's List | Best Documentaries
I will add my opinion to Spurlock's list of best documentaries since I think he is missing some great films. Exit Through The Gift Shop is a fantastic …
Best Documentaries of 2011 | POV Chart
What was the best documentary of 2011? The staff at POV (PBS.org) decided to try and figure that out. So they went to the top documentary festivals, …
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