25 Best Documentary Films by IDA

Last year the International Documentary Association announced their list of the best 25 documentary films ever made. If you’re at all interested in docs then this list is a great place to start.

  1. Hoop Dreams (1994), directed by Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx
  2. The Thin Blue Line (1988),directed by Errol Morris
  3. Bowling for Columbine (2002), directed by Michael Moore
  4. Spellbound (2002), directed by Jeffery Blitz
  5. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976), directed by Barbara Kopple
  6. An Inconvenient Truth (2006), directed by Davis Guggenheim
  7. Crumb (1994), directed by Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb
  8. Gimme Shelter (1970),directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
  9. The Fog of War (2003), directed by Errol Morris
  10. Roger and Me (1989), directed by Michael Moore
  11. Super Size Me (2004), directed by Morgan Spurlock
  12. Don’t Look Back (1967), directed by DA Pennebaker
  13. Salesman (1968), directed by Albert and David Maysles
  14. Koyaanisqatsi (1982), directed by Godfrey Reggio
  15. Sherman’s March (1986), directed by Ross McElwee
  16. Grey Gardens (1975), directed by Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer
  17. Capturing the Friedmans (2003), directed by Andrew Jarecki
  18. Born into Brothels (2004), directed by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski
  19. Titticut Follies (1967), directed by Frederick Wiseman
  20. Buena Vista Social Club (1999), directed by Wim Wenders
  21. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), directed by Michael Moore
  22. Winged Migration (2001), directed by Jacques Perrin
  23. Grizzly Man (2005), directed by Werner Herzog
  24. Night and Fog (1955), directed by Alain Resnais
  25. Woodstock (1970), directed by Michael Wadleigh

I’ve seen 21 of the films from this list. My favourite is Capturing the Friedmans and my least favourite would be Koyaanisqatsi (I kept falling asleep whenever I tried to watch it).

A few of my favourite films that weren’t on the list that I recommend are:

How many of these films have you seen and what are some of your favourites?


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