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The Best Documentaries of The Last 60 Years

by Kilgore Trout
The Best Documentaries of The Last 60 Years by Kilgore Trout
Self-explanatory, the single best doc from each of the last 50 (61 now) years. 17 (so far): Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman) 16: Homo Sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter) 15: Making a Murderer (Laura Ricciardi & Moira Demos) 14: Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) 13: Let The Fire Burn (Jason Osder) 12: Samsara (Ron Fricke) 11: The Interrupters (Steve James) 10: Restrepo (Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington) 09: The Garden (Scott Hamilton Kennedy) 08: Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father (Kurt Kuenne) 07: No End in Sight (Charles Ferguson) 06: When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Spike Lee) 05: No Direction… Read more

Self-explanatory, the single best doc from each of the last 50 (61 now) years.

17 (so far): Ex Libris: New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman)
16: Homo Sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
15: Making a Murderer (Laura Ricciardi & Moira Demos)
14: Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)
13: Let The Fire Burn (Jason Osder)
12: Samsara (Ron Fricke)
11: The Interrupters (Steve James)
10: Restrepo (Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington)
09: The Garden (Scott Hamilton Kennedy)
08: Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father (Kurt Kuenne)
07: No End in Sight (Charles Ferguson)
06: When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Spike Lee)
05: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (Martin Scorsese)
04: Star Spangled to Death (Ken Jacobs)
03: An Injury to One (Travis Wilkerson)
02: Bus 174 (Jose Padilha)
01: Domestic Violence (Frederick Wiseman)
00: Dark Days (Marc Singer)
99: My Voyage to Italy (Martin Scorsese)
98: Historie(s) du Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard)
97: Public Housing (Frederick Wiseman)
96: Paradise Lost (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinfosky)
95: Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)
94: Hoop Dreams (Steve James)
93: Baraka (Ron Fricke)
92: Lessons of Darkness (Werner Hezog)
91: 35 Up (Michael Apted)
90: Isle of Flowers (Jorge Furtado)
89: Near Death (Frederick Wiseman)
88: Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (Marcel Ophuls)
87: The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (Kazuo Hara)
86: Mix Up ou Meli-Melo (Francoise Romand)
85: Shoah (Claude Lanzmann)
84: Streetwise (Martin Bell)
83: Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio)
82: Burden of Dreams (Les Blank)
81: 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s (Gary Weis)
80: Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris)
79: Best Boy (Ira Wohl)
78: The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese)
77: News from Home (Chantal Akerman)
76: Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple)
75: Welfare (Frederick Wiseman)
74: Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis)
73: Juvenile Court (Frederick Wiseman)
72: The Sorrow and The Pity (Marcel Ophuls)
71: Basic Training (Frederick Wiseman)
70: Hospital (Frederick Wiseman)
69: Salesman (Albert & David Maysles)
68: Hour of The Furnaces (Fernando E. Solanas)
67: Holy Ghost People (Peter Adair)
66: Castro Street (Bruce Baillie)
65: The War Game (Peter Watkins)
64: 7 Up (Michael Apted)
63: The House is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad)
62: Window Water Baby Moving (Stan Brakhage)
61: Golden Gloves (Gilles Groulx)
60: Primary (Robert Drew)
59: Le Chant du Styrene (Alain Resnais)
58: A Day in Barbagia (Vittorio de Seta)
57: Letter from Siberia (Chris Marker)
56: All the World’s Memory (Alain Resnais)

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