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These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time: Vogue

Documentaries can be a hard sell, but it's one that's getting easier all the time. Once viewed as something stiff and obligatory, documentary film has, in recent years, risen to the top of the heap—thanks in no small part to some of the earth-shaking, needle-pushing, and ultimately world-changing films that are listed here, which find their focus in war, love, sex, death, and everything in between. And as for this list—its only qualifier is that these are the critically acclaimed, historically important, and pivotal films that a person who cares about film (and in doing so, often cares about humanity, in general) should really get to know.
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A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974)
A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974)
2
The Act of Killing (2012)
The Act of Killing (2012)
3
American Movie (1999)
American Movie (1999)
4
Amy (2015)
Amy (2015)
5
Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
6
Blackfish (2013)
Blackfish (2013)
7
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
8
Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
9
Burden of Dreams (1982)
Burden of Dreams (1982)
10
Cameraperson (2016)
Cameraperson (2016)
11
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
12
Crumb (1994)
Crumb (1994)
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13
Citizenfour (2014)
Citizenfour (2014)
14
Dont Look Back (1967)
Dont Look Back (1967)
15
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
16
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
17
F for Fake (1973)
F for Fake (1973)
18
The Fog of War (2003)
The Fog of War (2003)
19
Gimmie Shelter (1970)
Gimmie Shelter (1970)
20
The Gleaners & I (2000)
The Gleaners & I (2000)
21
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
22
Grey Gardens (1975)
Grey Gardens (1975)
23
Grizzly Man (2005)
Grizzly Man (2005)
24
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
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25
Dark Hearts (2012)
Dark Hearts (2012)
26
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
27
How to Survive a Plague (2012)
How to Survive a Plague (2012)
28
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
29
Jane (2017)
Jane (2017)
30
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
31
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
32
Kedi (2017)
Kedi (2017)
33
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
34
Man on Wire (2008)
Man on Wire (2008)
35
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
36
Nanook of the North (1922)
Nanook of the North (1922)
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37
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
O.J.: Made in America (2016)
38
Paris Is Burning (1990)
Paris Is Burning (1990)
39
Pina (2011)
Pina (2011)
40
The Queen of Versailles (2012)
The Queen of Versailles (2012)
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