10 Documentaries You Must See

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of documentaries have being filmed in different countries of the world. There are however some documentaries that the way they were presented and their storylines makes them a must watch for everybody. The 10 documentaries listed here are arguably the top 10 documentaries that were ever made. The emphasis is not on the picture quality of the movie, considering some of them were produced many years ago, but based on the quality of information that were passed across as well as how they were presented.


The documentary was directed by Claude Lanzmann, who had spent most of his life planning the film. About 6 years was used to film the documentary in 14 countries. It was released in 1985 after another 4 years was used to edit it. The film was on Jewish revitalization and the self-confidence and self-consciousness of Israel after the 6 Day War.

The Thin Blue Line

The movie which was directed by Errol Morris talks about a police officer killed in 1976, in Dallas. Adams was however accused of the murder, even though a petty criminal bragged about the crime and was later found guilty of killing someone else. Luckily, Adams was later set free in the documentary, even though he was already on death row.

Grizzly Man

The Grizzly Man documentary was directed by Werner Herzog. It was about Timothy Treadwell, an ill-fated adventurer. The film was produced shortly after the death of Treadwell and exposes the shocking fact about him.

Nanook of the North

This documentary is a classical one, which will keep many practitioners engaged for many years to come. The first footage of the film was lost in a fire and the director decided to concentrate his new attempt on a fisherman-hunter of the Inuit people.

The Sorrow and the Pity

The 4 and a half hours documentary was directed by Marcel Phuls after he was contracted to shoot a documentary about the Nazi occupation from 1940 to 1944 by French TV. The documentary was released in the 1960s and discovered several old witnesses who were able to expose a lot of old sins.

Fahrenheit 9/11

The documentary ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ was directed by Michael Moore. The documentary focused on the reaction of the administration of George Bush to the September 2001’s attach on the World Trade Centre in New York by terrorists.

A Propos de Nice

The documentary was directed by Vigo, who hated authority, clerics, uniforms and militarism. The documentary was an exquisite and scathing one. The documentary showed the good and bad sides of Nice.

Grey Gardens

The documentary which featured Little Edie and Big Edie was directed in 1975 by David and Albert Maysles. The movie was not able to only present the 2 actors at their face value, but was also able to reveal their opposite true selves.


The documentary, released in 1994, was directed by Terry Zwigoff and was about an artist Robert Crumb. Crumb was a successful artist whose upbringing was a nightmare.

Man with a Movie Camera

The documentary was released in 1929 and was directed by DzigaVertov. The documentary was influenced heavily by constructivism and futurism.

If you are a documentary lover, then you should have seen all of these documentaries. If not, then you need to see them.


Films and movies are a great and must-watch source of entertainment; considering the fact that you are even watching a documentary or bibliography kind of stuff, then too the exception for being nothing is ruled out – there always is something really interesting in every documentary that you won’t dare to forget your whole life.

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