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Recommended Documentary Films

Updated: May 12, 2021

30 for 30 – This is an ESPN series. There are many very ones.

35 Up – I love this whole series. I don’t it’s necessary to watch each one though.

A Talk with Hitchcock

Alexander Calder

American Movie

American Pimp

Bob Dylan – Don’t Look Back

Born Rich

Brother’s Keeper


Buena Vista Social Club

Bukowski – Born into This

Bush’s Brain

Capturing the Friedmans

Daughter from Danang

Devil’s Playground


Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Exporting Raymond

Four Seasons Lodge

Hearts of Darkness

Home Movie

Hoop Dreams

Howard Zinn – You can’t Be Neutral

I am

I Am Cuba

In Search of Beethoven


Into the Abyss

Jerry Seinfeld – I’m Telling You

Jimmy Carter – Man from Plains

Ken Burns – The Civil War (you can’t go wrong with Ken)

Lenny Bruce – Without Tears

Looking for Richard

March of the Penguins


Metallica – Some Kind of Monster (MAYBE MY FAVORITE)

Michael Jordan to the Max

My Kid Could Paint That

My Voyage to Italy

No End in Sight

Off the Charts – The Song-Poem Story

Okie Noodling

Penn and Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour

Porn Star – The Legend of Ron Jeremy


Roger and Me – Roger Moore’s best

Searching for Sugarman

Sherman’s March – Ross McElwee is my favorite doc director. I like pretty much everything he’s done.


Shooting War

Sketches of Frank Gehry



Stories We Tell

Surviving Progress

The Aristocrats

The Cruise

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

The First Year

The Five Obstructions

The Fog of War

The Goebbels Experiment

The Human Family Tree

The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Last Waltz

The Magic of Fellini

The Marinovich Project

The Rutles

The Story of Film

The Thin Blue Line

The War Room

This Film is Not Yet Rated

This Old Cub

Time Indefinite


Valentino – The Last Empero

Waiting for “Superman”

Wal-mart – The High Cost of Low Price

Why We Fight

Woody Allen – a Documentary

Word Wars


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