These Are The Top Must Watch Documentary Films!
Like mainstream cinema, documentaries too have contributed to the ways our public perception develops on issues that concern our lives. Each year several of these get produced but only few make a lasting impact on our thinking.
Below are listed top 10 documentaries ever made which not only created a niche for themselves but also made us think and ponder.
Shoah produced by Claude Lanzmann in 1985 is worth a watch. The documentary film relies less on archive footage but more so on actual interviews with survivors and those responsible for the genocide.
The filmmaker has asked some painful questions throughout the documentary to give it a more realistic look.
2. Civil War
This documentary gives a realistic account of the happenings in the bloodiest wars ever fought in American military history. Personal accounts of war coupled with family photographs of soldiers and tales of their suffering add a unique look to Civil War.
3. The King of Kong
Though the tone of this documentary is on a lighter topic, it still manages to hold the attention of the audience. The documentary film focuses on rivalry between two men for getting high score in an arcade game Donkey Kong.
4. Planet Earth
This is an historic series from BBC which focuses on exploration of earth and all its diverse creatures that inhabit it. David Attenborough gives a realistic account of every creature that inhabits Earth varying from a little insect to the mighty whale.
5. Hoop Dreams
This documentary film took five years in the making and involved 250 hours of footage. The documentary gives an account of aspirations of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two talented basketball players.
6. Capturing the Friedmans
Capturing the Friedmans gives an insight into dark world of child pornography and has realistic footage of children who have suffered such abuse in family ambiance. A tough documentary to watch, Capturing the Friedman leaves us with much to think.
7. Touching the Void
This is a true story of Simon Yates and Joe Simpson who attempt to climb the West Face of Peru’s Siula Grande. This is a daring survival story in the history of mountaineering and is worth a watch.
8. Dark Days
The documentary gives a lively account of the countless homeless people who live in underground tunnels, all over New York. Marc Singer, the British film maker of Dark Days spent days like these homeless people to understand their difficulties and present it in a realistic manner.
9. The World at War
This 26 episode documentary film gives an account of the suffering of survivors of Second World War. The documentary has interviews of survivors from concentration camps and highlights their plight in a sober manner.
10. The Fog of War
The Fog of War highlights the holocaust of Vietnam War and the ways United States went wrong in understanding the complex scenario in that region. Errol Morris has done a wonderful work and gives a real portrayal of sequence of events that led to this war.