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Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« on: November 08, 2010, 10:55:43 PM »
I'm going to get the ball rolling on this. I wanted to get this thread up just so people can start thinking of documentaries they might include on their ballots. Vote in the poll, I want to get an idea of how many films people would feel they can include on their list before they exhaust the films they strongly support.

Filmspotting Top 100 Documentaries Rules:
1. The shortlist was determined by submitted ranked ballots.
2. Go to this page and rate all the shortlist films you have seen on a 1-10 scale.
3. You have until the end of the day on April 22nd, 2011 to submit your rankings form.
4. Final Top 100 will be determined by weighted average rating, which is a function of how many people rate (have seen) each film.
5. Results will be presented (Date TBD)

Thanks!




Top 100 Documentaries: Shortlist of 169 Films

24 City  (Jia Zhangke, 2008)
The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes  (Stan Brakhage, 1971)
Alone in the Wilderness  (Bob Swerer & Bob Swerer Jr., 2004)
American Movie  (Chris Smith, 1999)
American Teen  (Nanette Burstein, 2008)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil  (Sacha Gervasi, 2008)
The Aristocrats  (Paul Provenza, 2005)
At the Death House Door  (Steve James & Peter Gilbert, 2008)
Baraka  (Ron Fricke, 1992)
Baseball  (Ken Burns, 1994)
The Battle of Chile  (Patricio Guzmán, 1975-79)
The Beaches of Agnès  (Agnès Varda, 2008)
Bigger Stronger Faster*  (Chris Bell, 2008)
Bill Cunningham New York  (Richard Press, 2010)
Blood of the Beasts  (Georges Franju, 1949)
Bowling for Columbine  (Michael Moore, 2002)
Bright Leaves  (Ross McElwee, 2003)
Buena Vista Social Club  (Wim Wenders, 1999)
Burden of Dreams  (Les Blank, 1982)
Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country  (Anders Østergaard, 2008)
Bus 174  (José Padilha, 2002)
Capturing the Friedmans  (Andrew Jarecki, 2003)
Catfish  (Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, 2010)
The Cats of Mirikitani  (Linda Hattendorf, 2006)
The Century of the Self  (Adam Curtis, 2002)
The Children of the Commune  (Juliane Grossheim, 2009)
Children Underground  (Edet Belzberg, 2001)
The Civil War  (Ken Burns, 1990)
Control Room  (Jehane Noujaim, 2004)
The Corporation  (Mark Achbar, 2003)
The Cove  (Louie Psihoyos, 2009)
Crazy Love  (Dan Klores, 2007)
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment  (Robert Drew, 1963)
Crumb  (Terry Zwigoff, 1994)
Daguerréotypes  (Agnès Varda, 1976)
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet  (Frederick Wiseman, 2009)
Dark Days  (Marc Singer, 2000)
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father  (Kurt Kuenne, 2008)
A Decade Under the Influence  (Ted Demme & Richard LaGravenese, 2003)
Deep Water  (Louise Osmond & Jerry Rothwell, 2006)
The Devil and Daniel Johnston  (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005)
Dogtown and Z-Boys  (Stacy Peralta, 2001)
Dont Look Back  (D.A. Pennebaker, 1967)
The Elephant Will Never Forget  (John Krish, 1953)
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On  (Hara Kazuo, 1987)
Encounters at the End of the World  (Werner Herzog, 2007)
The Endless Summer II  (Bruce Brown, 1994)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room  (Alex Gibney, 2005)
Exit Through the Gift Shop  (Banksy, 2010)
Eyes on the Prize  (Henry Hampton, 1987)
F for Fake  (Orson Welles, 1973)
Fahrenheit 9/11  (Michael Moore, 2004)
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control  (Errol Morris, 1997)
The Five Obstructions  (Jørgen Leth & Lars von Trier, 2003)
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara  (Errol Morris, 2003)
Food, Inc.  (Robert Kenner, 2008)
For All Mankind  (Al Reinert, 1989)
Garbo: The Spy  (Edmon Roch, 2009)
The Garden  (Scott Hamilton Kennedy, 2008)
Gates of Heaven  (Errol Morris, 1978)
Gimme Shelter  (Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin, 1970)
The Gleaners & I  (Agnès Varda, 2000)
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner  (Werner Herzog, 1974)
Grey Gardens  (David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1975)
Grizzly Man  (Werner Herzog, 2005)
Harlan County U.S.A.  (Barbara Kopple, 1976)
Hearts and Minds  (Peter Davis, 1974)
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse  (Fax Bahr & George Hickenlooper, 1991)
Helvetica  (Gary Hustwit, 2007)
High School  (Frederick Wiseman, 1968)
Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go  (Kim Longinotto, 2007)
Hoop Dreams  (Steve James, 1994)
The House Is Black  (Forugh Farrokhzad, 1963)
In the Shadow of the Moon  (David Sington, 2007)
An Inconvenient Truth  (Davis Guggenheim, 2006)
Inside Job  (Charles Ferguson, 2010)
Jackass: The Movie  (Jeff Tremaine, 2002)
Jesus Camp  (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady, 2006)
The Kid Stays in the Picture  (Nanette Burstein & Brett Morgen, 2002)
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters  (Seth Gordon, 2007)
Koyaanisqatsi  (Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
Lake of Fire  (Tony Kaye, 2006)
Land of Silence and Darkness  (Werner Herzog, 1971)
The Last Days  (James Moll, 1998)
The Last Waltz  (Martin Scorsese, 1978)
Little Dieter Needs to Fly  (Werner Herzog, 1998)
Looking for Richard  (Al Pacino, 1996)
Los Angeles Plays Itself  (Thom Andersen, 2003)
Lost in La Mancha  (Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe, 2002)
Man of Aran  (Robert Flaherty, 1934)
Man on Wire  (James Marsh, 2008)
Man with a Movie Camera  (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
Memorandum  (Donald Brittain & John Spotton, 1967)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster  (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky, 2004)
Murder on a Sunday Morning  (Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, 2001)
Murderball  (Henry Alex Rubin & Dana Adam Shapiro, 2005)
My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski  (Werner Herzog, 1999)
My Kid Could Paint That  (Amir Bar-Lev, 2007)
My Winnipeg  (Guy Maddin, 2007)
The Mystery of Picasso  (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1956)
Nanook of the North  (Robert Flaherty, 1922)
Near Death  (Frederick Wiseman, 1989)
New York Doll  (Greg Whiteley, 2005)
Night and Fog  (Alain Resnais, 1955)
Night Mail  (Harry Watt & Basil Wright, 1936)
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film  (Andrew Monument, 2009)
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan  (Martin Scorsese, 2005)
No End in Sight  (Charles Ferguson, 2007)
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!  (Mark Hartley, 2008)
One Day in September  (Kevin Macdonald, 1999)
Operation Filmmaker  (Nina Davenport, 2007)
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills  (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky, 1996)
Paris Is Burning  (Jennie Livingston, 1990)
Perversion for Profit  (Charles Keating, 1965)
Planet Earth  (Alastair Fothergill, 2006)
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear  (Adam Curtis, 2004)
Primary  (Robert Drew, 1960)
Public Housing  (Frederick Wiseman, 1997)
The Red Chapel  (Mads Brügger, 2009)
Religulous  (Larry Charles, 2008)
Restrepo  (Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger, 2010)
Riding Giants  (Stacy Peralta, 2004)
Roger & Me  (Michael Moore, 1989)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired  (Marina Zenovich, 2008)
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage  (Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, 2010)
Ryan  (Chris Landreth, 2004)
Salesman  (Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin, 1968)
Sans soleil  (Chris Marker, 1983)
Scratch  (Doug Pray, 2001)
Sherman's March  (Ross McElwee, 1986)
Shoah  (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)
Shut Up & Sing  (Barbara Kopple & Cecilia Peck, 2006)
Sicko  (Michael Moore, 2007)
La Soufrière  (Werner Herzog, 1977)
Spellbound  (Jeffrey Blitz, 2002)
Standard Operating Procedure  (Errol Morris, 2008)
State Legislature  (Frederick Wiseman, 2007)
Stevie  (Steve James, 2002)
Stop Making Sense  (Jonathan Demme, 1984)
Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains  (Gonzalo Arijon, 2007)
Street Fight  (Marshall Curry, 2005)
Streetwise  (Martin Bell, 1984)
Style Wars  (Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver, 1984)
Super Size Me  (Morgan Spurlock, 2004)
Survivors of the Holocaust  (Allan Holzman, 1996)
Ted Baryluk's Grocery  (Mike Mirus & John Paskievich, 1982)
They Took Us to the Sea  (John Krish, 1961)
The Thin Blue Line  (Errol Morris, 1988)
This Film Is Not Yet Rated  (Kirby Dick, 2006)
A Time for Burning  (Barbara Connell & Bill Jersey, 1967)
The Times of Harvey Milk  (Rob Epstein, 1984)
Titicut Follies  (Frederick Wiseman, 1967)
Touching the Void  (Kevin Macdonald, 2003)
Trekkies  (Roger Nygard, 1997)
The Two Escobars  (Jeff Zimbalist & Michael Zimbalist, 2010)
The Up Series  (Paul Almond & Michael Apted, 1964-2005)
Up the Yangtze  (Yung Chang, 2007)
Vernon, Florida  (Errol Morris, 1981)
Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography  (Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, & Stuart Samuels, 1992)
Waltz with Bashir  (Ari Folman, 2008)
The Weather Underground  (Sam Green & Bill Siegel, 2002)
Welfare  (Frederick Wiseman, 1975)
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts  (Spike Lee, 2006)
When We Were Kings  (Leon Gast, 1996)
Winged Migration  (Jacques Perrin, 2001)
Woodstock  (Michael Wadleigh, 1970)
Wordplay  (Patrick Creadon, 2006)
Young@Heart  (Stephen Walker, 2007)
Zoo  (Robinson Devor, 2007)



Titles Available to Stream Online
[noembed]Blood of the Beasts
The Elephant Will Never ForgetLondon Transport Museum
Los Angeles Plays Itself
MemorandumNFB
Night Mail
Perversion for Profitarchive.org
RyanNFB
Streetwise
Ted Baryluk's GroceryNFB[/noembed]


Titles Available to Stream from Netflix
The Beaches of Agnès
Bigger Stronger Faster*
Bright Leaves
Buena Vista Social Club
Burden of Dreams
Capturing the Friedmans
The Cats of Mirikitani
The Civil War
The Corporation
The Cove
Crazy Love
Deep Water
Dogtown and Z-Boys
Encounters at the End of the World
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Exit Through the Gift Shop
F for Fake
The Five Obstructions
Food, Inc.
Gates of Heaven
The Gleaners & I
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
Grey Gardens
Harlan County U.S.A.
Hearts and Minds
Helvetica
Hoop Dreams
Jesus Camp
Land of Silence and Darkness
Lost in La Mancha
Man on Wire
Man with a Movie Camera
My Winnipeg
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film
No End in Sight
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
Restrepo
Roger & Me
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Sans soleil
Sherman's March
La Soufrière
Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains
Street Fight
Super Size Me
The Thin Blue Line
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Touching the Void
The Up Series [partial]
Up the Yangtze
Vernon, Florida
The Weather Underground


Directors with Multiple Shortlisted Films
Frederick Wiseman — 7
Werner Herzog — 7
Errol Morris — 6
Michael Moore — 4
Agnès Varda — 3
Albert Maysles — 3
David Maysles — 3
Steve James — 3
Adam Curtis — 2
Barbara Kopple — 2
Bruce Sinofsky — 2
Charles Ferguson — 2
Charlotte Zwerin — 2
Joe Berlinger — 2
John Krish — 2
Ken Burns — 2
Kevin Macdonald — 2
Martin Scorsese — 2
Nanette Burstein — 2
Robert Drew — 2
Robert Flaherty — 2
Ross McElwee — 2
Stacy Peralta — 2


Shortlisted Films by Year

1922:  1
1929:  1
1934:  1
1936:  1
1949:  1
1953:  1
1955:  1
1956:  1
Total:  8

1960:  1
1961:  1
1963:  2
1965:  1
1967:  4
1968:  2
Total:  11

1970:  2
1971:  2
1973:  1
1974:  2
1975:  3
1976:  2
1977:  1
1978:  2
Total:  15

1981:  1
1982:  3
1983:  1
1984:  5
1985:  1
1986:  1
1987:  2
1988:  1
1989:  3
Total:  18

1990:  2
1991:  1
1992:  2
1994:  4
1996:  4
1997:  3
1998:  2
1999:  4
Total:  22

2000:  2
2001:  5
2002:  9
2003:  8
2004:  8
2005:  8
Total:  40

2006:  10
2007:  16
2008:  16
2009:  6
2010:  7
Total:  55
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 11:14:04 PM »
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 11:18:11 PM »
edit: new list posted below
« Last Edit: November 09, 2010, 10:53:58 AM by MartinTeller »

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 11:34:51 PM »
Time for Burning, A
Dear Zachary
Bowling For Columbine
Super Size Me
Fog of War, The
Times of Harvey Milk, The
Waste Land
Lake of Fire
Business of Being Born
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Prodigal Sons
State Legislature
Gleaners & I, The
Aristocrats, The
Sick Around The World
Good Hair
Bag It
Two Spirits
Garden, The
Street Fight
Burma VJ
Sicko
Control Room
Slingshot Hip-Hop
American Teen
Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt
King of Kong, The
Murderball
Riding Giants
Cove, The
Playground
Touching the Void
Exit Through The Gift Shop
My Winnipeg
Fahrenheit 9/11
Cropsey
We Live In Public
Dark Days
Devil’s Playground
Client 9
In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome
For All Mankind
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story
Mother’s Courage, A
Inconvenient Truth, An
Weather Underground, The
La Danse
High School
Inside Job
South of the Border
Roman Polanksi: Wanted and Desired
Trinidad
Near Death
Thinking XXX
My Kid Could Paint That
Shut Up And Sing
Countdown To Zero
The 11th Hour
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Garrison Keillor: Man on Radio in Red Shoes
Restrepo
Most Dangerous Man in America, The
Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?
Jesus Camp
Middle Sexes
Wordplay
Line of Beauty and Grace
Hell House
Sick Around America
Transcendent Man
Afghan Star
Outfoxed
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2010, 12:12:15 AM »
Preliminary list, subject to extreme re-jiggering:

5. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

Keep hearing vague good things about this one.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010, 12:15:43 AM »
I think top 30 is a good number like the books list.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2010, 12:17:26 AM »
Preliminary list, subject to extreme re-jiggering:

1. American Movie.....
.......
.......100. Nanook of the North

Is Gimme Shelter somewhere in the next 100?
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2010, 12:22:13 AM »
I think top 30 is a good number like the books list.

That would probably work. Basically what I'm shooting for ultimately is, given low to moderate overlap, a number large enough that at least 150 films get nominated but small enough that the most widely seen docs don't just crowd out everything else by being (low) on everyone's list.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2010, 07:43:19 AM »
Preliminary list, subject to extreme re-jiggering:

5. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

Keep hearing vague good things about this one.

If you want to hear specific good things, my review is here.


Is Gimme Shelter somewhere in the next 100?

Yes, and rather high in the next 100.


I think top 30 is a good number like the books list.

Ooh, I'd hate to narrow my list down to 30.  What's wrong with 100?
« Last Edit: November 09, 2010, 07:45:11 AM by MartinTeller »

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Documentaries: FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2010, 07:49:31 AM »
Blimey! Look at them lists!
I only know one that I would want listed: