Letterboxd's Official Top 250 Documentary Films

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LAST UPDATE: July 2022

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. Updated once a month. 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 release.
• No featurettes unless theatrically distributed, even if feature-length (featurettes are marked as 'Video' on IMDb, such as 'making of' docs).
• Concert films are allowed if they had a theatrical release. However, documentaries and concert films about contemporary musicians have a 10-year grace period before eligibility due to unintentional vote manipulation by fans. Exceptions are made for disbanded or deceased groups as well as films that debuted at a film festival.
• No standup comedy marked as a documentary, nor any stage shows. Exceptions may be made for borderline exceptions.
• There is a 1,000 minimum ratings threshold.

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    Cabra Marcado Para Morrer

    1984 — a.k.a. Twenty Years Later, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Beatles: Get Back - The Rooftop Concert

    2022, in 0 top lists
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    Stop Making Sense

    1984, in 7 top lists Check
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    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief...

    2000, in 6 top lists Check
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    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
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    Jogo de Cena

    2007 — a.k.a. Playing, in 4 top lists Check
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    Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    2017, in 1 top list
    Check
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    Paris Is Burning

    1990, in 9 top lists Check
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    O.J.: Made in America

    2016, in 5 top lists Check
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    Edifício Master

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tiexi qu

    2002 — a.k.a. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, in 9 top lists Check
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    Streetwise

    1984, in 4 top lists Check
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    Las tres muertes de Marisela Escobedo

    2020 — a.k.a. The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo, in 0 top lists
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 20 top lists Check
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    Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

    1972, in 1 top list Check
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    Harlan County U.S.A.

    1976, in 10 top lists Check
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    Dominion

    2018, in 1 top list
    Check
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    Black Is... Black Ain't

    1994, in 2 top lists Check
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    For Sama

    2019, in 2 top lists
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    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
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    Life of Crime 1984-2020

    2021, in 0 top lists
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    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1975 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part I, in 8 top lists Check
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    Yuki yukite, shingun

    1987 — a.k.a. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, in 8 top lists Check
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    13th

    2016, in 3 top lists Check
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    Les plages d'Agnès

    2008 — a.k.a. The Beaches of Agnès, in 4 top lists Check
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    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    2006, in 7 top lists Check
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    La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin...

    1976 — a.k.a. The Battle of Chile: Part II, in 6 top lists Check
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    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    2008, in 1 top list Check
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    Human

    2015, in 1 top list Check
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    Holocausto Brasileiro

    2016, in 0 top lists
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    American Utopia

    2020 — a.k.a. David Byrne's American Utopia, in 1 top list
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    Minding the Gap

    2018, in 3 top lists
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    Ennio: The Maestro

    2021 — a.k.a. The Glance of Music, in 0 top lists
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    Tongues Untied

    1989, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Act of Killing

    2012, in 7 top lists Check
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    Baraka

    1992, in 3 top lists Check
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    Original Cast Album: Company

    1970, in 3 top lists Check
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    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Look of Silence

    2014, in 4 top lists Check
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    Century of Cinema: A Personal Journey with...

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    Revolution of Our Times

    2021, in 0 top lists
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    Koyaanisqatsi

    1982, in 11 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô orinpikku

    1965 — a.k.a. Tokyo Olympiad, in 5 top lists Check
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    Nazi Concentration Camps

    1945 — a.k.a. Nazi Concentration and Prison Camps, in 1 top list Check
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    Aswang

    2019, in 0 top lists
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    A Metamorfose dos Pássaros

    2020 — a.k.a. The Metamorphosis of Birds, in 0 top lists
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    One More Time with Feeling

    2016, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sans soleil

    1983 — a.k.a. Sans Soleil, in 15 top lists Check
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    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    2018, in 2 top lists
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    Sign 'o' the Times

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jul 29, 2022 by Chilton; source