Top 100 Best Documentary Movies

Greatest Documentary Films of All Time

Documentary Movies itself is a very broad genre.So its hard to choose best documentary movies. The Documentary movies were introduced in the early half of 19th century. Documentary was a whole new and fresh idea which usually had several definitions. Some called it a Factual film that also have drama in it, while others called it “Life as it is” films. The idea of documentary was to catch real actions of real people on camera thus making it much more realistic than the non fictional films. In most of the documentary movies the characters are played by the actual people who are being documented.

Best Documentary Movies

Though the genre documentary evolved in the silent era of the movies but its was not popular until the 00s decade. It was because in the early days of documentary they were made on film stock, that was not a popular method. Plus documentary movies didn’t had widespread appeal in the early days. However from past 20 years Documentary have made there own place in the film industry and they are being awarded and praised by critics and fans alike. Infact some of the highest rated films on several popular sites such as IMDB and Rotten tomatoes are Documentary films.

It was because when the century turned people become more aware or say about the increasing pollution, global warming and green environment. Film industry helped in increasing awareness and more documentary movies were made. This resulted in a huge fan base of documentary movies and film makers made documentary movies on other topics as well that were well received.

Here is a List of 100 Most popular documentary films ranging from the old documentary movies to the latest and most recent documentary movies.

100. Tupac: Resurrection
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99. The Aristocrats
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98. The Bridge
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97. Block Party
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96. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
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95. The Queen of Versailles
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94. Cave of the Forgotten Dreams
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93. C0caine Cowboys
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92. Gasland
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91. Marley
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90. Into the Abyss
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89. Side By Side
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88. It Might Get Loud
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87. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
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86. Lost in La Mancha
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85. Dog Town and Z Boys
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84. Microcosmos
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83. Sound City
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82. Shine a Light
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81. TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard
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80. Pina
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79. Triumph of the Will
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78. Murder Ball
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77. Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey
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76. Why We Fight
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75. Waiting for ‘Superman’
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74. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
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73. Stop Making Sense
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72. Indie Game: The Movie
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71. Bigger Stronger Faster*
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70. Tyson
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69. Pumping Iron
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68. F For Fake
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67. Blackfish
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66. Penn & Teller: Bull$hit
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65. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
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64. The Road to Guantanamo
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63. Winged Migration
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62. Who Killed the Electric Car
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61. Spellbound
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60. Encounters at the End of the World
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59. Woodstock
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58. Buena Vista social Club
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57. No end In sight
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56. Life in a Day
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55. Crumb
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54. Anvil: The Story Of Anvil
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53. Paradise Lose: The Child Murderers of Robin Hood Hills
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52. Earthlings
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51. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
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50. When We Were Kings
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49. The Last Waltz
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48. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
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47. American Movie
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46. Eddie Murphy Delirious
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45. The Thin Red Line
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44. Night and Fog
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43. Samsara
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42. Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
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41. Man With a Movie Camera
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40. Jackass Series
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39. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father
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38. Catfish
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37. Restrepo
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36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
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35. Jesus Camp
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34. Roger& Me
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33. The Imposter
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32. Eddie Murphy Raw
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31. This Is It
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30. Capitalism: A Love Story
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29. Capturing the Friedmans
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28. The Corporation
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27. Hoop Dreams
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26. An Idiot Abroad
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25. The Film is Not Rated Yet
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24. Touching the Void
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23. Home
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22. March of the Penguins
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21. Koyaanisqatsi
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20. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
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19. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara
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18. Baraka
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17. Waltz With Bashir
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16. Grizzly Man
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15. The Cove
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14. Food Inc.
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13. Exit through the Gift Shop
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12. Man On Wire
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11. Searching for the Sugar Man
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10. Zeitgeist
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9. Religulos
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8. Inside Job
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7. Fahrenheit 9/11
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6. An Inconvenient Truth
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5. Super Size Me
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4. Sicko
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3. Senna
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2. CM101MMXI Fundamentals
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1. Bowling for Columbine
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This was our list of 100 awesome documentary movies. Which is your favorite documentary film? Do you like Docufiction (Fictional documentary) or mockumentary or knowledge increasing documentaries? Share your views here.

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