POV “Greatest” Documentaries of All Time List

January 2, 2013
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Recently the PBS series POV put out a call for documentary fans to pick the greatest documentaries of all time. The list is now complete, so here’s the top 100 docs with links to the films in the DBRL catalog. Please note that some of the items on the list may not be in the collection because they are not available from the vendors we order from.
  1. Grey Gardens (1975)
  2. Paris is Burning (1990)
  3. Hoop Dreams (1994)
  4. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  5. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
  6. Harlan County, USA (1976)
  7. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
  8. Grizzly Man (2005)
  9. Roger & Me (1989)
  10. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
  11. Man on Wire (2008)
  12. The Fog of War (2003)
  13. The Up Series (1964-)
  14. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
  15. Crumb (1994)
  16. Jesus Camp (2006)
  17. Food, Inc. (2008)
  18. King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
  19. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
  20. Salesman (1968)
  21. Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
  22. Super Size Me (2004)
  23. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
  24. Woodstock (1970)
  25. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
  26. American Movie (1999)
  27. Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) (1955)
  28. The Civil War (1990)
  29. March of the Penguins (2005)
  30. Titicut Follies (1967)
  31. Sherman’s March (1986)
  32. Planet Earth (2006)
  33. Eyes on the Prize (1987)
  34. Religulous (2008)
  35. The Last Waltz (1978)
  36. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
  37. Spellbound (2002)
  38. Born into Brothels (2004)
  39. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
  40. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)
  41. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
  42. The Cove (2009)
  43. Nanook of the North (1922)
  44. The Corporation (2003)
  45. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
  46. Buena Vista Social Club (1998)
  47. Sicko (2007)
  48. Waltz with Bashir (2008)
  49. Gimme Shelter (1970)
  50. Stop Making Sense (1984)
  51. Shoah (1985)
  52. When We Were Kings (1996)
  53. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
  54. Inside Job (2010)
  55. Hearts and Minds (1974)
  56. Murderball
  57. The Gleaners & I (2000)
  58. Restrepo (2010)
  59. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
  60. Sans Soleil (Sunless) (1983)
  61. Dont Look Back (1967)
  62. Touching the Void (2003)
  63. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010)
  64. Baraka (1992)
  65. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
  66. Tongues Untied (1989)
  67. Brother’s Keeper (1992)
  68. High School (1968)
  69. F for Fake (1973)
  70. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
  71. Dark Days (2000)
  72. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
  73. Cosmos (1980)
  74. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
  75. Helvetica (2007)
  76. Why We Fight (2005)
  77. Winged Migration (2002)
  78. The Aristocrats (2005)
  79. Last Train Home (2009)
  80. The Atomic Cafe (1982)
  81. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
  82. Wordplay (2006)
  83. Burden of Dreams (1982)
  84. Monterey Pop (1968)
  85. The Battle of Chile (1975-1979)
  86. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)
  87. Gasland (2010)
  88. The Interrupters (2011)
  89. Catfish (2010)
  90. The Endless Summer (1966)
  91. Marwencol (2010)
  92. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)
  93. Triumph of the Will (1934)
  94. King Corn (2007)
  95. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
  96. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)
  97. Sweetgrass (2009)
  98. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
  99. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
  100. Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)

(updated 01-20-13)

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