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I(heart)documentaries TOP100

by Matt Kilgore
The Up series combined into one, using the latest installment. After adding a couple I can now get rid of “Babies” and “180 degrees South”, those don’t deserve to be here… Not on the List (placing them between spots to not mess up the numbers) On the Ropes (between 89/90) Frontline: Obama’s Deal (40/41) Say Amen, Somebody (40/41) Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (51/52) Hands on a Hard Body (66/67) The Lottery (55/56) New… Top 100 Documentaries: 1. F for Fake (Orson Welles – 1973) 2. Up Series (Michael Apted – 1964/2005) 3. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog – 2005) 4. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme – 1984) 5. Jazz on a Summer’s Day… Read more

The Up series combined into one, using the latest installment.

After adding a couple I can now get rid of “Babies” and “180 degrees South”, those don’t deserve to be here…

Not on the List (placing them between spots to not mess up the numbers)

On the Ropes (between 89/90)
Frontline: Obama’s Deal (40/41)
Say Amen, Somebody (40/41)
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (51/52)
Hands on a Hard Body (66/67)
The Lottery (55/56)

New…

Top 100 Documentaries:
1. F for Fake (Orson Welles – 1973)
2. Up Series (Michael Apted – 1964/2005)
3. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog – 2005)
4. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme – 1984)
5. Jazz on a Summer’s Day (Aram Avakian, Bert Stern – 1960)
6. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy – 2010)
7. That’s Entertainment! III (Michael J Sheridan – 1994)
8. Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris -1978)
9. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov – 1929)
10. Woostock (Michael Wadleigh – 1970)
11. Hoop Dreams (Steve James – 1994)
12. The Fog of War (Errol Morris – 2003)
13. Sweetgrass (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ilisa Barbash – 2009)
14. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin – 2007)
15. Roger and Me (Michael Moore – 1989)
16. No Direction Home (Martin Scorsese – 2005)
17. Man on Wire (James Marsh – 2008)
18. Tokyo Olympiad (Kon Ichikawa – 1965)
19. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami – 2002)
20. The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein – 1984)
21. Salesman (Albert Maysles, David Maysles – 1968)
22. Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty – 1922)
23. Night and Fog (Alain Resnais – 1955)
24. Sherman’s March (Ross McElwee – 1986)
25. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris – 1988)
26. ABC Africa (Abbas Kiarostami – 2001)
27. The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls – 1969)
28. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff – 1994)
29. Standard Operating Procedure
30. Tabloid (Errol Morris – 2010)
31. Mix-Up ou Meli-melo (Francoise Romand – 1986)
32. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee – 2006)
33. Passing Strange (Spike Lee – 2009)
34. The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (Seth Gordon – 2007)
35. Don’t Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker – 1967)
36. That’s Entertainment! (Jack Haley Jr. – 1974)
37. Restrepo (Tim Hetherinton – 2010)
38. Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
39. Lake of Fire (Tony Kaye – 2007)
40. Point of Order (Emile de Antonio – 1964)
41. Lessons in Darkness (Werner Herzog – 1992)
42. 4 Little Girls (Spike Lee – 1997)
43. Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl – 1935)
44. Burden of Dreams (Les Blank – 1982)
45. The Beaches of Agnes (Agnes Varda – 2008)
46. We Live in Public (Ondi Timoner – 2009)
47. Heavy Metal Parking Lot (John Heyn, Jeff Krulik – 1986)
48. General Idi Amin Dada (Barbet Schroeder – 1974)
49. Harlan County U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple – 1976)
50. The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda – 2000)
51. Hands on a Hard Body (S.R. Bindler – 1998)
52. Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore – 2002)
53. American Movie (Chris Smith – 1999)
54. The War Room (Chris Hegedus, D.A. Penebaker – 1993)
55. La Soufriere (Werner Herzog – 1977)
56. Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg – 1982)
57. To Be and to Have (Nicolas Philibert – 2003)
58. Shine a Light (Martin Scorsese – 2008)
59. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog – 2010)
60. Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (Errol Morris – 1997)
61. Touching the Void (Kevin Macdonald – 2003)
62. Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney – 2008)
63. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (Nathan Frankowski – 2008)
64. Of Time and the City (Terence Davies – 2008)
65. That’s Entertainment! II (Gene Kelly – 1976)
66. In the Shadow of the Moon (David Sington – 2007)
67. My Voyage to Italy (Martin Scorsese – 1999)
68. When We Were Kings (Leon Gast – 1996)
69. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (Werner Herzog – 1997)
70. Our Daily Bread (Nikolaus Geyhalter – 2005)
71. A Propos de Nice (Jean Vigo – 1930)
72. Spellbound (Jeffrey Blitz – 2003)
73. American Dream (Barbara Kopple – 1992)
74. Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (Paul Jay – 1998)
75. Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis – 1974)
76. My Brother’s Keeper (Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky – 1992)
77. Farhenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore – 2004)
78. Into Great Silence (Philip Groning – 2005)
79. A Film Unfinished (Yael Hersonki – 2010)
80. Catfish (Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman – 2010)
81. Young @ Heart (Stephen Walker, Sally George – 2008)
82. Hell and Back Again (Danfung Dennis – 2011)
83. Buck (Cindy Meehl – 2011)
84. Helvetica (Gary Hustwit – 2007)
86. Paradise Lost (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky – 1996)

87. The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney – 2005)

88. The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese – 1978)

89. Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog – 2007)

90. The Agronomist (Jonathan Demme – 2003)

91. Food, Inc. (Robert Kenner – 2009)

92. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig – 2006)

93. Anvil! The Story of Anvil! (Sacha Gervasi – 2008)

94. No End in Sight (Charles Ferguson – 2007)

95. Please Vote for Me (Weijun Chin – 2007)

96. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse (Fax Bahr – 1991)

97. Last Train Home (Lixin Fan – 2009)

98. Dear Zachary (Kurt Kuenne – 2008)

99. Grey Gardens (Albert Maysles, David Maysles – 1975)

100. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki – 2003)

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