Best Documentaries Ever Made

List by john Last updated April 21, 2017

Documentary filming has been around for nearly 100 years, and since then lot of powerful messages have been conveyed to audiences who are looking for factual information. Documentaries are becoming ever more popular around the world thanks to people like Werner Herzog, Michael Moore and Leonardo Dicaprio.
This list features many of the best documentaries ever made, rated for the importance of the subject and the quality of the film. Of course there are countless tv-release documentaries that could well have been on this list, especially some of BBC ones however we are sticking to cinema release ones here.

List order as defined by john

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

One nation under the gun.
Vote count 379 Vote avg 7.3/10 Release date 2002-10-09 Watch trailer


Man on Wire (2008)

Thriller Documentary Crime
1974. 1350 feet up. The artistic crime of the century.
Vote count 236 Vote avg 7.5/10 Release date 2008-07-25 Watch trailer


Super Size Me (2004)

Documentary Comedy Drama
The first ever reality-based movie ... everything begins and ends in 30 days!
Vote count 435 Vote avg 6.6/10 Release date 2004-01-17 Watch trailer


Sicko (2007)

This might hurt a little.
Vote count 202 Vote avg 7.2/10 Release date 2007-05-18 Watch trailer


Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Controversy... what controversy?
Vote count 317 Vote avg 6.8/10 Release date 2004-06-25 Watch trailer


Inside Job (2010)

The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make.
Vote count 238 Vote avg 7.7/10 Release date 2010-10-08 Watch trailer


An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

By far the most terrifying film you will ever see.
Vote count 214 Vote avg 6.6/10 Release date 2006-01-24 Watch trailer


Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

The world's first Street Art disaster movie
Vote count 279 Vote avg 7.7/10 Release date 2010-01-24 Watch trailer


Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Documentary Music
Great Art Always Survives
Vote count 249 Vote avg 7.9/10 Release date 2012-06-30 Watch trailer


Blackfish (2013)

Never capture what you can't control.
Vote count 400 Vote avg 7.9/10 Release date 2013-06-07 Watch trailer


March of the Penguins (2005)

Documentary Family
In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way.
Vote count 308 Vote avg 6.9/10 Release date 2005-01-26 Watch trailer


Senna (2010)

The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived.
Vote count 242 Vote avg 8/10 Release date 2010-10-07 Watch trailer


Food, Inc. (2008)

You'll never look at dinner the same way again.
Vote count 194 Vote avg 7.3/10 Release date 2008-09-07 Watch trailer


Grizzly Man (2005)

One man spent the last 13 years of his life crossing them.
Vote count 167 Vote avg 7.2/10 Release date 2005-08-12 Watch trailer


Zeitgeist (2007)

Documentary History
Vote count 153 Vote avg 7/10 Release date 2007-06-01 Watch trailer


The Cove (2009)

Shallow Water. Deep Secret.
Vote count 214 Vote avg 7.9/10 Release date 2009-07-31 Watch trailer


Citizenfour (2014)

Vote count 452 Vote avg 7.9/10 Release date 2014-10-10 Watch trailer


Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Ask not what your C.E.O. can do for you, but what you can do for your C.E.O.
Vote count 143 Vote avg 7/10 Release date 2009-09-06 Watch trailer


The Imposter (2012)

Documentary Drama
There are two sides to every lie.
Vote count 233 Vote avg 7.4/10 Release date 2012-07-13 Watch trailer


Catfish (2010)

Don't let anyone tell you what it is.
Vote count 178 Vote avg 6.5/10 Release date 2010-09-17 Watch trailer


Amy (2015)

Documentary Music
The girl behind the name.
Vote count 405 Vote avg 7.5/10 Release date 2015-07-03 Watch trailer


This Is It (2009)

Music Documentary
Like You've Never Seen Him Before
Vote count 205 Vote avg 6.7/10 Release date 2009-10-28 Watch trailer


The King of Kong (2007)

Don't get chumpatized
Vote count 121 Vote avg 8.1/10 Release date 2007-08-17 Watch trailer


Baraka (1992)

A world beyond words.
Vote count 136 Vote avg 8/10 Release date 1992-09-15 Watch trailer


Touching the Void (2003)

Documentary Action Adventure
Vote count 114 Vote avg 7.6/10 Release date 2003-09-05 Watch trailer



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