Official Top 250 Documentary Films

A companion piece to Dave Vis' list of Letterboxd's official top 250 films of all-time, which excludes documentaries from consideration. Credit to Andrew for the idea.

Ranked by average user rating. This list was extracted from here. Updated once a month. This is an official list progress project on all-time stats pages for Pro and Patron users. Expanded from a top 100 to a top 250 on June 27th, 2021, on the list's 3-year anniversary.

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ELIGIBILITY RULES:

• Documentaries must be feature-length (45+ minutes), with a theatrical and/or festival release in its entirety.
• TV series, miniseries, and episodes are excluded but docs listed as 'TV movie' on IMDb are eligible. Exceptions made for series that also had a limited theatrical…

  • Twenty Years Later

    1

  • Stop Making Sense

    2

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    3

  • Shoah

    4

  • Playing

    5

  • O.J.: Made in America

    6

  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    7

  • Paris Is Burning

    8

  • Master, a Building in Copacabana

    9

  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks

    10

  • Streetwise

    11

  • Dominion

    12

  • For Sama

    13

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    14

  • Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

    15

  • Hoop Dreams

    16

  • 13th

    17

  • The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo

    18

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    19

  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    20

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    21

  • The Beaches of Agnès

    22

  • Human

    23

  • Minding the Gap

    24

  • The Battle of Chile: Part I

    25

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    26

  • The Act of Killing

    27

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    28

  • Baraka

    29

  • The Battle of Chile: Part II

    30

  • Tongues Untied

    31

  • The Look of Silence

    32

  • Tokyo Olympiad

    33

  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    34

  • Sans Soleil

    35

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    36

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    37

  • Aswang

    38

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    39

  • The Metamorphosis of Birds

    40

  • Original Cast Album: Company

    41

  • One More Time with Feeling

    42

  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    43

  • LA 92

    44

  • Disclosure

    45

  • Samsara

    46

  • The Salt of the Earth

    47

  • Love, Antosha

    48

  • The Year of the Discovery

    49

  • American Movie

    50

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    51

  • Histoire(s) du cinéma

    52

  • Prince - Sign o' the Times

    53

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    54

  • The Last Waltz

    55

  • Jimi Plays Monterey

    56

  • Senna

    57

  • The Gleaners and I

    58

  • A Grin Without a Cat

    59

  • Hearts and Minds

    60

  • Roger Waters: The Wall

    61

  • Cameraperson

    62

  • Armed to the Teeth

    63

  • Tempestad

    64

  • 63 Up

    65

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    66

  • HyperNormalisation

    67

  • The Silence of Others

    68

  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    69

  • The Sorrow and the Pity

    70

  • News from Home

    71

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    72

  • F for Fake

    73

  • Crumb

    74

  • Faces Places

    75

  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

    76

  • Earthlings

    77

  • Diaries, Notes, and Sketches

    78

  • Flee

    79

  • Monterey Pop

    80

  • For All Mankind

    81

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    82

  • Instrument

    83

  • Woodstock

    84

  • Alone in the Wilderness

    85

  • Jazz on a Summer's Day

    86

  • Heima

    87

  • Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back

    88

  • The Quince Tree Sun

    89

  • Diana: In Her Own Words

    90

  • Apollo 11

    91

  • Waiting for the Carnival

    92

  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    93

  • 9/11

    94

  • The Work

    95

  • Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

    96

  • 102 Minutes That Changed America

    97

  • Little Girl

    98

  • Burden of Dreams

    99

  • Lessons of Darkness

    100