EW Greatest Movies Ever Made - Documentaryby michaelseaman | created - 26 Aug 2012 | updated - 26 Aug 2012 | Public
From the book published in 1996, focusing on home viewing.
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5. Night and Fog (1956)
Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History
The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.
7. Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
79 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
8. Workout (I) (1982 Video)
Not Rated | 90 min | Sport
Jane Fonda's Workout is the original Workout program inspired by her best-selling book. The program includes a 30 minute Beginners' class and a 60 minute Advanced session. Include segments ... See full summary »
9. Always for Pleasure (1978)
Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary
A look at the spirit of New Orleans. First a funeral: Allen Toussaint explains that you arrive slow and cut up afterwards. Then it's food, with a lesson in eating crayfish at Frankie and ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 31 min | Documentary, Short
"Les Blank marries his passion for spicy, down home food and his love for Cajuns and Creoles in this mouth-watering, exploration of the cooking, and other enthusiasms, of French-speaking ... See full summary »
12. The People vs. Paul Crump (1962 TV Movie)
52 min | Documentary
Paul Crump, age 22, was caught up in a failed robbery with four other black men and was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Friedkin so believed in Crump's innocence that he made The People vs. Paul Crump in order to save his life.
13. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 84 min | Documentary, History, War
A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news ... See full summary »
16. Nanook of the North (1922)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.
17. Man of Aran (1934)
Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary
In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail.
18. Louisiana Story (1948)
Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Drama
The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.
19. The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
Unrated | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Drama
This documentary is about what happened to the Great Plains of the United States when a combination of farming practices and environmental factors led to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
20. Salesman (1969)
G | 85 min | Documentary, Drama
Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.
26 min | Documentary, Short
Greenaway's documentary short shows us...well, 26 bathrooms, some in use by their owners while we visit. Whee!
23. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.
Votes: 20,155 | Gross: $1.21M
24. Sherman's March (1985)
Not Rated | 157 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee sets out to make a movie about Union General Sherman's March to the Sea towards the end of the American Civil War, but keeps getting sidetracked by his own love life.
28. Hawai · Maree oki kaisen (1942)
116 min | Drama, History, War
When a boy who is in the navy college returns home for vacation he meets his young cousin who also wants to join in order to become a pilot. However, the younger man's mother is ... See full summary »
EW refers to a title called "The Battle of Kharkov (1942)" which IMDB has no knowledge of.
Battlefield: The Battles That Won the Second World War (1994–1996)
The Battle of Stalingrad
EW here refers to a 1962 documentary titled "The Battle of Stalingrad."
30. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
R | 96 min | Documentary
Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
Votes: 17,200 | Gross: $1.32M
32. Oratorio for Prague (1968)
26 min | Documentary, Short, War
A unique document of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, the movie was begun as a documentary about the liberalization of Czechoslovakia and then became a record of the entry of ... See full summary »
33. Paris Is Burning (1990)
R | 71 min | Documentary
A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
Votes: 10,060 | Gross: $3.78M
35. Pumping Iron (1977)
PG | 86 min | Documentary, Sport
From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »
36. Visions of Light (1992)
92 min | Documentary, History
Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »
Votes: 2,904 | Gross: $0.80M
38. Four More Years (1972 TV Movie)
62 min | Documentary
This witty and startlingly candid look at the 1972 Republican National Convention is a classic work of guerrilla television, and an alternative time capsule of an era of dramatic change in American politics, media, and culture.
40. American Dream (1990)
PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary
Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »
Votes: 688 | Gross: $0.27M
42. 28 Up (1984 TV Movie)
136 min | Documentary, Biography
Director Michael Apted interviews the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
43. 35 Up (1991 TV Movie)
123 min | Documentary, Biography
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,050 | Gross: $0.92M
44. Mother Teresa (1986)
81 min | Documentary, Biography
We follow the daily activities of Mother Teresa and her nuns, in service to the poor of India and the world. Mother Teresa attends to the basic needs of her nuns and the poor, while at the ... See full summary »
47. The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (1991 Video)
56 min | Documentary, Sport
Documentary traces the history of four classic American baseball ballparks using archive footage and modern film.
CBS Reports (1959– )
Harvest of Shame
60 min | Documentary, News
In this CBS News production broadcast on Thanksgiving 1960, Edward R. Murrow points out the plight of migrant farm workers in America. Topics range from the harsh living conditions, endless... See full summary »
49. Great Circuses of the World (1989– )