1 Documentaries (A to Z): Non-Fiction Features That Matter

Research in Progress (December 24, 2021)


Documentaries That Matter (A to Z):


4 Little Girls, 1997, Spike Lee

7up, 28up, 35up, 42up, Michael Apted

26 Bathrooms, 1985, Peter Greenaway

32 Films About Glenn Gould

112 and South Central Through the Eyes of Children


Aileen Wuronos: Selling of a Serial Killer, 1994

America and Lewis Hine, 1985, Nina Rosenblum, Sund compete

American Dream, 1990. B. Kopple

American Pimp, 1998

Anne Frank Remembered, 1996 (Oscar)

Antonin Artaud

Architecture of Doom

Arena of Murder, The, 1996, Gitai (Israel, politics)

Arguing the World, 1997, Joseph Dorman

Art for Teachers of Children, 1995, Jennifer Montgomery

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, 1997



Ballot Measure 9, 1995, Heather MacDonald


Becoming Jaques Cousteau

Berkeley in the Sixties

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, 1927

Best Boy, 1980

Beyond Barbed Wire, 1997, Steve Rosen

Big One, The, 1998, Michael Moore

Black Is…. Black Isn’t, Marlon Riggs

Blood in the Face, 1991

Boatman, 1994, Sundance

Bosna, 1994, Cannes Fest

Boxer Rebellion, 1994, Sundance

Brief History of Time, A, 1991, E. Morris

Broken Rainbow, 1985, Maria Florio, Victoria Mudd; narrated by Martin Sheen

Brother Minister, 1995,

Brother’s Keeper, 1992

Buena Vista Social Club, 1999, Wim Wenders

Burden of Dreams



Cancer in Two Voices, 1994

Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business, 1995, Helena Solberg

Celluloid Closet, The, 1995,

Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family, 1993

Chlorae and Albie, 1976, Joyce Chopra

Chuppa, 1994

Civil War, The

Clowns, The, 1971, Fellini

Color Straight Up, 1997

Coming Out Under Fire, 1994

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, 1989

Compassion in Exile, Sund

Complaints of Dutiful Daughters, 1995, Sund

Cousin Bobby, 1992, Demme

Cover-Up: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair

Cruise, The, 1998, Bennett Miller

Crumb, 1995, Zwigoff, Sundance

Cuba Va: Challenge

Curse of Fred Astaire, The 1982, Sundance


Dancemaker, 1998

Daughter Rite

A Day in October, 1992, Kenneth Madsen

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, 1988, Bill Coutrie

Decline of Western Civilization, The, I, II, III, Penelope Spheeris

Devil Never Sleeps, The, 1995, Sundance

Dialogues with Mad Women, 1994, Sund

Diaries, 1980, Ed Pincus

Ditvoorst Domains, The, 1993, Thom Hoffman

Down and Out in America, 1986

Dozens, The, 1982, Sund compete

Dreamland, 1982, Sund compete

Duke Ellington, 1992



Earth and the American Dream

Ecological Design




Famine 33

Farm, The: Angola USA, 1998, Liz Garbus, Wilbert Rideau

Fast Trip, Long Drip, 1994

Fetishes, 1997, Nick Nroomfield

Fire Eyes, 1994

Fire This Time, The, 1994

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, 1997

Freedom on My Mind, 1994, Sundance

From Hollywood to Hanoi, 1993

From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China, 1980 (Oscar)



Gap Toothed Women, 1987, Les Blank

Gay USA, 1977 (gay)

Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press)

General Idi Amin Dada: Self Portrait, 1974, Barbet Schroeder

Genocide, 1981

George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey, 1985


Get Rollin’s, 1982

Gimme Shelter, 1971

Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound, 1983, Steve Alpert

Girls at 12, 1975, Joyce Chopra

Good Fight, The, 1984

Good Woman of Bangkok, The, 1992



Harlan County, USA, 1977

Harlem Diaries: Nine Voices of Resilience, 1995

Hearts and Minds, 1974, Peter Davis

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, 1991, Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper

Heart of the Matter, 1994, Nick Broomfield

Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madness, 1996

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’, 1983

Hide and Seek, 1997

High Fidelity. 1988, Allan Miller

High School, 1969, Frederick Wiseman

Hoop Dreams, 1994

Hospital, 1996, Wiseman

Hotel Terminus: Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, 1988

Hour and Times, The, 1994

Huey Long, Sundance



I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, 1995

Improper Conduct, 1984, Almendros, G. Jimenez-Leal

Incident at Oglala, 1991

In Heaven There Is No Beer, 1985, Les Blank

In the Shadow of the Stars, 1991,

Intimate Strangers, 1991, Alan Berliner

It’s All True, 1994



John Henry Clarke, 1996

Joyce at 34, 1972

Jupiter’s Wife, 1995




Kaddish, 1985, Steve Brand, Sundance (prize)

Keeping Love Alive, 1988, Stephen Garrett, David Robinson

Kurt and Courtney, 1998



Last Days, The

Law and Order, Weisman

League of Thier Own, 1988

Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, 1998

Letter to the Next Generation

Let’s Get Lost

Licensed to Kill, 1997

Life and Times of Allen Ginsburg, The, 1993, Jerry Aronson

Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, 1980, Connie Field

Life of Oskar Schindler, 1983

Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones, 1990, Ellen Weissbrod, Courtney Sale Ross

Littany for Survival

Living the Last Days

Living With

Lodz Ghetto

Long Way Home, The, 1997

Looking for Richard, 1996, Al Pacino

Love in  a Taxi, 1982,  Sundance compete

Love Stories: Women, Men, and Romance, 1987, Richard Broadman



Mama Awethu, 1994, Sund compete

Manufacturing Consent, 1993

Man with the Moving Camera, The, 1929, Dziga Vertov

Marcello Mastroianni, 1997

Marlene, 1986

Martha and Ethel, 1994, Sund compete

Microcosms, 1997

Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Las Madras)

A Movie

Moving the Mountains, 1995, Michael Apted

Mystique, 1982, Sund, compete



Nanook of the North, 1922, Flaherty


Night and Fog, 1955, Alain Resnais

Night Mail, 1936

Nitrate Kisses, Barbara Hammer (lesbian)

Not a Love Story, Bonne Klein



Oedipus Rex, 1993, Julie Taymor

Olympia, Parts I and II, 1938, Lenni Riefenstahl

Outrageous Taxi Stories, Joe Berliner and Bruce Smofsky



Panama Deception, The, 1992

Paris Is Burning, 1991, Jenni Livingstone (gay)

Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time, 1993, Susan Steinberg, Susan Lacy

Paydirt, 1982. Sund compete

People Versus Paul Crump, The, 1962, William Friedkin

Perfect Candidate, A, 1996

Pin Gods

Portrait of an American Zealot, 1982

Portrait of Jason, 1967, Shirley Clarke

Privilege, 1990

Pumpin Iron, 1976, George Butler, Robert Fiore

Punk, 1975



Road  Scholar,

Restless Years, The, 1992

Roger and Me, 1989



Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, 1992

Secret Honor, 1985, Altman

Seeing Red, 1985, Julia Reichert and J. Klein (communism)

Seventeen, 1985, Joel De Mott, Jeff Kreines

Sherman’s March, 1986

Shoa, 1985, Claude Lantzman

Silverlake: View from Here, 1993, Sundance (AIDS)

Stop Making Sense, 1984, Demme (music)

Street Music, 1982, Sund compete

Streetwise, 1985, Martin Bell, Sund compete



Theremin, 1994, Sun compete

Thin Blue Line, The, 1989,

Times of Harvey Milk, The, Robert Epstein

Time Indefinite, Ross McEliver

Through the Wire, 1990, Nina Rosenblum



Union City, 1982, Sundance compete

Unzipped (fashion)



Vernon Florida, 1981

Visions of Light: Art of Cinematography, 1993 (Hollywood))

Vivement Truffaut (Stolen Kisses), 1985

Voyageur Odyssey: 1977-1989, 1990



War Room, The, 1994 (politics, Clinton)

Who Killed Vincent Chin? 1988, C. Choy and Rene Tajima

Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, The