The Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature Nominees 1943-2019

Updated as of 01-25-2020 to include the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards (2020).

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  • Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life
  • Before the Mountain Was Moved
  • In the Year of the Pig
  • The Olympics in Mexico
  • The Wolf Men
  • Woodstock
  • Chariots of the Gods
  • Jack Johnson
  • King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
  • Say Goodbye
  • The Hellstrom Chronicle
  • Alaska Wilderness Lake
  • The Sorrow and the Pity
  • On Any Sunday
  • The Ra Expeditions
  • Marjoe
  • Ape and Super-Ape
  • Malcolm X
  • Manson
  • The Silent Revolution
  • The Great American Cowboy
  • Always a New Beginning
  • Journey to the Outer Limits
  • Battle of Berlin
  • Walls of Fire
  • Hearts and Minds
  • Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman
  • The Challenge... A Tribute to Modern Art
  • The 81st Blow
  • The Wild and the Brave
  • The Man Who Skied Down Everest
  • The California Reich
  • Fighting for Our Lives
  • The Incredible Machine
  • The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir
  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • Hollywood on Trial
  • Off the Edge
  • People of the Wind
  • Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry
  • Who Are the DeBolts?
  • The Children of Theatre Street
  • High Grass Circus
  • Homage to Chagall: The Colours of Love
  • Union Maids
  • Scared Straight!
  • Mysterious Castles of Clay
  • Raoni
  • The Lovers' Wind
  • With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade
  • Best Boy
  • Generation on the Wind
  • Going the Distance
  • The Killing Ground
  • The War at Home
  • From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China
  • Agee
  • The Day After Trinity
  • Front Line
  • The Yellow Star: The Persecution of the Jews in Europe - 1933-1945
  • Genocide
  • Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Eight Minutes to Midnight: A Portrait of Dr. Helen Caldicott
  • El Salvador: Another Vietnam
  • Just Another Missing Kid
  • A Portrait of Giselle
  • After the Axe
  • Ben's Mill
  • In Our Water
  • He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'
  • Children of Darkness
  • First Contact
  • The Profession of Arms
  • Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • High Schools
  • In the Name of the People
  • Marlene
  • Streetwise
  • Broken Rainbow
  • The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
  • Soldiers in Hiding
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Unfinished Business
  • Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got
  • Down and Out in America
  • Chile: Hasta Cuando?
  • Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Witness to Apartheid
  • The Ten-Year Lunch
  • Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom: 1965
  • Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima
  • Primal Scream
  • Radio Bikini
  • A Stitch for Time
  • Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
  • The Cry of Reason: Beyers Naude – An Afrikaner Speaks Out
  • Chet Baker: Let's Get Lost
  • Promises to Keep