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Top 100 Documentary Films

(March 24, 2015)
Carl Sagan's Cosmos The Up Series Jodorowsky's Dune
"I think it's inevitable that people will come to find the documentary a more compelling and more important kind of film than fiction. Just as in literature, as the taste has moved from fiction to nonfiction, I think it's going to happen in film as well. In a way you're on a serendipitous journey, a journey which is much more akin to the life experience. When you see somebody on the screen in a documentary, you're really engaged with a person going through real life experiences. So for that period of time, as you watch the film, you are, in effect, in the shoes of another individual. What a privilege to have that experience." - Albert Maysles
Neil deGrasse's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (2014), the follow-up to Carl Sagan's 1980 "Cosmos" series, was the most rented film in our vast Documentary section. Coming in second was "Tim's Vermeer" (2013) which tries to make sense of the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. And, rounding out the Top 3 was "Jodorowsky's Dune" (2013) -- the story of Alejandro Jodorowsky's insanely ambitious attempt to produce a film version of Dune. Our documentary section is one of the highlights of our shop. If you are every at a loss for something to watch, grab a documentary -- start with something out of the Top 10 and I promise you won't be disappointed. Here are the Top Renters from our Documentary section:
1 COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY (2014)
2 TIM'S VERMEER
3 JODOROWSKY'S DUNE
4 IVORY TOWER
5 BEYOND THE EDGE
6 HAWKING, STEPHEN: GRAND DESIGN
7 LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF
8 NEW YORK
9 20 FEET FROM STARDOM
10 DEAR MR. WATTERSON
11 HISTORY OF BRITAIN: COMPLETE COL.
12 MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
13 IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY?
14 KUMARE
15 SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
16 WHAT IS CINEMA?
17 ACT OF KILLING, THE
18 BEARS
19 NATIONAL PARKS, THE (KEN BURNS)
20 TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL
21 AFTER TILLER
22 WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY
23 DEEPSEA CHALLENGE: JAMES CAMERON
24 END OF TIME, THE
25 HUMAN SCALE, THE
26 LEVITATED MASS
27 MONA LISA IS MISSING
28 STRITCH, ELAINE: SHOOT ME
29 TEENAGE
30 UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED...
31 AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: T LE CLERCQ
32 BLACKFISH
33 HORNET'S NEST, THE
34 IN REAL LIFE
35 INEQUALITY FOR ALL
36 JFK: A PRESIDENT BETRAYED
37 LIFE ITSELF: ROGER EBERT
38 MIRAGE MEN
39 PALIN, MICHAEL: BRAZIL
40 PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY, THE
41 PLANET EARTH: COMPLETE SERIES
42 POWER OF THE POWERLESS, THE
43 SEX(ED): THE MOVIE
44 SPINNING PLATES
45 TOP HAT & TALES: HAROLD ROSS...
46 UP SERIES, THE
47 AMERICAN JESUS
48 BLUE PLANET, THE
49 BROOK, PETER: THE TIGHTROPE
50 BURN
51 BURT'S BUZZ
52 CASTING BY
53 DOG, THE
54 DREAM DECEIVERS
55 GAME CHANGE
56 GREAT FLOOD, THE
57 HOOPING LIFE, THE
58 LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES, A
59 MUSCLE SHOALS
60 PEOPLE UNCOUNTED, A: THE ROMA
61 SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY
62 SPEAK THE MUSIC: ROBERT MANN
63 STORY OF FILM, THE: AN ODYSSEY
64 THIN BLUE LINE, THE
65 WAGNER'S JEWS
66 WHITEY: USA V. JAMES J. BULGER
67 ALIVE INSIDE
68 AMERICA: IMAGINE THE WORLD...
69 AMERICAN CINEMA
70 AMERICAN PROMISE
71 ANITA: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
72 AS DREAMERS DO: WALT DISNEY
73 BEE PEOPLE
74 BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL
75 BLACK POWER MIXTAPE: 1967-1975
76 BOWLES, PAUL: THE CAGE DOOR IS...
77 CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY
78 DINOSAUR 13
79 EUROCRIME!
80 FINAL MEMBER, THE
81 FRUIT HUNTERS, THE
82 GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, THE: SATAN...
83 GENERATION IRON
84 IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH
85 INSIDE JOB
86 KORENGAL: THIS IS WHAT WAR...
87 MANNERS OF DOWNTON ABBEY, THE
88 MOMS MABLEY: ORIGINAL QUEEN OF COM
89 MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING
90 PROSECUTION OF AN AMERICAN PRE...
91 RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC
92 SUMMIT, THE
93 THESE BIRDS WALK
94 TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI, THE
95 UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS
96 WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?
97 $ELLEBRITY: FAME HAS ITS PRICE
98 7 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
99 BOREDOM
100 CHICAGO: CITY OF THE CENTURY
101 CIVIL WAR, THE
102 DAUGHTERS OF DOLMA
103 DESIGN IS ONE
104 EVERGREEN: ROAD TO LEGALIZATION
105 FINDING FELA: MUSIC IS THE WEAPON
106 FIRST WORLD WAR, THE
107 FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL...
108 FREE THE MIND: CAN YOU REWIRE...
109 GALAPAGOS
110 GATEKEEPERS, THE
111 GOOD HAIR
112 GREEN PRINCE, THE
113 GREY GARDENS
114 HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION
115 I KNOW THAT VOICE
116 INTERNET'S OWN BOY, THE
117 JOURNEY TO THE FLAMES: 11 YEARS...
118 JUST LIKE BEING THERE
119 KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, THE
120 KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS, THE
121 LET THE FIRE BURN
122 MISS REPRESENTATION
123 PUNK SINGER, THE
124 SALZBURG FESTIVAL, THE
125 SMASH & GRAB: STORY OF THE PINK...
126 STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
127 STONEWALL UPRISING
128 TERRY JONES COLLECTION
129 THURBER, JAMES: THE LIFE...
130 TO BE TAKEI
131 TRICKED
132 TROUBLE THE WATER
133 UNREAL DREAM, AN
134 VALENTINE ROAD
135 WEST OF MEMPHIS
136 WHAT WE WANT, WHAT WE BELIEVE
137 WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES
Check out this Wiki page for a list of Academy Award nominees and winners for Best Documentary Feature through the ages.
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