Top documentaries

Documentaries are a rich source of inspiration, aspirations and information.

They deal from everyday life stories to hard-hitting issues in today’s modern day world such as poverty, economic melt down. Documentaries can be made on everything and anything. Here is a list of must watch ten best documentaries.

 The Cove

In The Cove, the 2010 Oscar-winner, animal rights activists, Richard O’Barry, the man who trained dolphins for Flipper, and Louis Psihoyos recruit an A Team-like crew of filmmakers and environmentalists to expose Taiji, Japan’s fishermen’s annual dolphin roundup and slaughter of thousands of dolphins. The film plays like a spy thriller, while revealing the nasty practices of Taiji’s annual dolphin slaughter.

 Winged Migration

Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud and their crew of 500 people spanned the globe for four years to capture these amazing and startlingly beautiful images of various species of migrating birds as they fly thousands of miles twice annually in search of food.


Chronicling seven years of the turbulent, fast-paced career of The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dig! Reveals the gritty, messy details of the ’90s rock scene and complicated friendships and ambitions that formed it. The film goes beyond footage of sex and drugs to tell the urgent and compelling story of two bands seeking fame and radical musical revolution.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

A haunting profile of a man obsessed with the devil and plagued by mental illness, and the transcendent music he made throughout his life. Daniel Johnston captured the hearts of critics and fans while being shuffled in and out of mental hospitals, burdened by his demons and liberated by his piano keys.


Robert Crumb is a towering genius, as a draughts person, as a storyteller and as a creator of cults, and this film gets close to the origins of his ideas and the inner world he inhabits. The story of his family, especially of his relationship with his brother Charles, is heartrending; the transformation of his pain and self-consciousness into epoch-defining art is thrilling; getting to simply watch him draw is a pleasure.


A bravura technical exercise that pushes the potential of cinema to extremes that are still exhilarating today. Vertov (a pseudonym, meaning “spinning top”, for Denis Kaufman) wanted to divorce cinema from theatrical and literary conventions and create a new type of narrative that attained truth through montage. He was terribly solemn about this project, and the film – a collage of images portraying a day in the life of the Soviet Union – functions as a study of the possibilities of documentary observation, but it’s also shot through with charm and humour.

Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion is a 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir, who co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Spaak. The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French officers who are prisoners of war during World War I and are plotting an escape.


Intolerance is a 1916 American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith and is considered one of the great masterpieces of the Silent Era. The three-and-a-half hour epic intercuts four parallel storylines each separated by several centuries.




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