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  1. Anna
    Anna at |

    My sister showed me this documentary on YouTube called the bridge. I think it is a must see, I never would have thought something so extraordinary could so devastating all at the same time. I probably will never look at the golden gate bridge the same ever again.

  2. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    # 7 “The Last Cigarette” will never happened for eternity. Look at what Prohibition did to this country back in the 1920’s and 1930’s. And # 8 “Blood In The Face” is the kind of documentary where you would want to see people like that get a lobotomy, electric shock therapy or just be thrown into a dungeon, lock the door and throw away the key, but beforehand, I would love to mess with them on my views of evolution, global warming, The GOP, listen to their views on racism and then just simply lay them down and kick them in the temple like I was attempting to kick a 50 yard field goal. People like that make me utterly sick to my stomach. I am willing to bet that Fred Phelps Sr. has this DVD securely in his home collection

  3. Matt
    Matt at |

    Another really, REALLY good documentary that is really hard to find is Hellhouse. It is a documentary about the ‘haunted’ house a group of radical fundamentalists hold every year. They have displays of the horrors of “worldly” life. The reason I find this film so great is because of how well they seem to remain neutral throughout the entire film, but at the same time give little examples of how they really feel about the group.

    I highly recommend watching it. Amazon will stream/rent it to you for 2.99.

  4. SeanP
    SeanP at |

    “Murderball” is an excellent documentary about wheelchair rugby.

  5. AlphaBase1
    AlphaBase1 at |

    Am always looking for good documentaries, and all of these (as well as suggestions in the comments) look interesting – will check them out. Great list.

  6. Lilkty
    Lilkty at |

    Another one which is terribly sad but really well done is “Night and Fog”, it gave me chills when I saw it!

  7. eckstein
    eckstein at |

    I think I’m done reading this site. This is like the third or fourth time it’s been abundantly clear a conservative person writes many of these lists. I don’t care if you’re conservative, but it gets injected like poison into various spots. For instance, the dig on Al Gore and Michael Moore. Why would you put that in there? You do realize your alienating many readers when you do that, right? I don’t care what your political affiliation is, unless of course you decide to shove it in my face, which seems to be what the author of this site likes to do.

    Deleting from my bookmarks now.

    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Eckstein, I assume you will read this comment even if you quit reading the site. Sorry to lose your readership, of course, but Toptenz.net has had at least over 60 different writers over the years and we don’t recruit particular writers. If you like to write and have some talent and a good idea, we usually give you a shot. We don’t know or care what political views you have, so if you feel this site has conservative views it is coincidental. Feel free to write a list for us that is more liberal. I promise if it is interesting and well written we will publish it.

    2. Jizzamie
      Jizzamie at |

      No one cares that you are leaving. And I have never had the feeling that a top 10 list was shoving things down my throat. Crazy people…..

  8. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    @ eckstein. You do have an excellent point of view and have posted something thought provoking. My view on issues like this list is simple and I will give it to you in layman’s terms. I avoid the following 4 issues when it comes to debating. 1). Religion, 2). Politics, 3). The Theory of Evolution and 4). The “Big Bang” Theory. My ideology is this……POLITICS + RELIGION = WAR. I will leave you with this. I am not afraid to admit that I am a staunch, liberal, Democrat. I will be voting for Mr. Obama in November. So with that in mind, I think that you’re intelligent enough and have the smarts and common sense to know what my stand is on the aforementioned 4 issues that I have posted. Creationists and Fundamentalists and there foolishness about the world forming only 5000 years ago and like BANG, everything was created. I guess they have never heard of the scientific method of Carbon-14 dating. If I were a school teacher (English Teacher), I would require my students to read “On The Origin Of Species” by Charles Darwin. And then have them study about The Scopes “Monkey Trial” of 1925.

  9. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    “The Hellstrom Chronicle” (1971). A Powerful Documentary about insects, their formidable capacity for survival and the conjectured battle man will have with them in the future.

  10. JCeicil
    JCeicil at |

    There are two that I believe should have made this list.

    “Beyond the Mat” (1999) is almost 2 documentaries as the commentary by director Barry Blaustein is probably better than the documentary itself. It obviously is a more interesting movie if you are a fan of Mick Foley or professional wrestling in general but either way it gives wonderful insight into the minds of the many facets of the business through the eyes of the promoters, fans and the wrestlers themselves, but the director’s commentary is fantastic. It really elevates the documentary to another level.

    “Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team” (2009) is a one sided story written and produced by fans of the now defunct Seattle Supersonics NBA basketball team. It tells the story quite well about how the NBA used underhanded tactics, including Hurricane Katrina, to force Seattle, who had just built 2 stadiums for their baseball and football teams respectively, to build a new stadium for the Sonics as well and how the city stood their ground to oppose using public funds for private enterprise such as the Sonics.

    I haven’t seen most of the others on the list to say which could be dropped, but these two are wonderfully done and tell amazing stories and are worth the time.

  11. billy
    billy at |

    I would have put the new doors film on here. You can watch it online here http://www.docolovers.com/the-doors-when-youre-strange/

  12. jeff owens
    jeff owens at |

    Great list. There’s only one thing I would change. Lake of Fire should be number 1. Simply breathtaking

  13. Jess
    Jess at |

    A majority of Australians have watched the Cane Toads doco, I did and I was like 8 at the time

  14. Amy Darnell-Fuchs
    Amy Darnell-Fuchs at |

    I would like comment on your opening paragraph about how some documentaries are are rabble rousing an make it worse for good documentaries. While I like Michael Moore I can understand when people don’t because the tend to be one-sided. However, I do not think that is the case with “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore. That was an excellent and thought proving movie abou a very important issue.

  15. T3or3tic
    T3or3tic at |

    TROM : The Reality Of Me – a must see : http://www.videoneat.com/documentaries#1184/trom-the-reality-of-me

  16. Stephanie
    Stephanie at |

    Capturing the Friedmans. Easily the most disturbing/well done documentary. It uses home movie footage of a family as the father goes on trial for child molestation charges. It has the obvious creepy factor of did he or didn’t he do it, but it is heart breaking to see what a trial of this magnitude does to the rest of the family, regardless of the man’s guilt or innocence.

  17. LoLo
    LoLo at |

    I would recommend Streewise, Just Melvin, Stevie & Every F*#kin Day of My Life.


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