The Documentary Blog’s Top 25 Documentaries

gates_map2.jpgA couple of weeks ago (Yikes. The post is right underneath this one, dated October 5th. My blogging is definitely lacking.) the International Documentary Association released it’s list of ‘Top 25 Documentaries of All Time’, and although their list did cover some essential territory, there were a few surprises that I felt didn’t really belong. (Supersize Me??) So I thought it’d be fun to throw up my own list here on The Documentary Blog, covering what I consider to be essential films that are both personal favourites and ‘must-see’ recommendations for friends. Here it goes:

1. Gates of Heaven (Morris, 1980)

2. Salesman (Maysles, 1968)

3. Vernon, Florida (Morris, 1982)

4. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (Berlinger – Sinsofsky, 2000)

5. Land of Silence and Darkness (Herzog, 1971)

6. Burden of Dreams (Blank, 1982)

7. Thin Blue Line, The (Morris, 1988)

8. Grey Gardens (Maysles, 1975)

9. Hoop Dreams (S James, 1994)

10. American Movie (C. Smith, 1999)

11. Gimme Shelter (Maysles, 1970)

12. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Feuerzeig, 2005)

13. The Staircase (Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, 2004)

14. The Up Series (Almond/Apted, 1964 – 2005)

15. Grizzly Man (Herzog, 2005)

16. Crumb (Zwigoff, 1994)

17. Harlan County U.S.A. (Kopple, 1976)

18. For All Mankind (Reinert, 1989)

19. Hell House (Ratliff, 2001)

20. Project Grizzly (Lynch, 1996)

21. Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (Kuran, 1995)

22. Don’t Look Back (Pennebaker, 1967)

23. Hearts & Minds (Davis, 1974)

24. Capturing the Friedman’s (Jarecki, 2003)

25. Stevie (James, 2002)

So there you have it. What do you think? Anything missing? Anything up there that you think doesn’t deserve to be there?


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