The International Documentary Association celebrated its 25th anniversary last year by asking its members to select the top 25 documentaries in history. These were the results:

  1. Hoop Dreams (1994)
  2. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  3. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
  4. Spellbound (2002)
  5. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
  6. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
  7. Crumb (1994)
  8. Gimme Shelter (1970)
  9. The Fog of War (2003)
  10. Roger & Me (1989)
  11. Super Size Me (2004)
  12. Don’t Look Back (1967)
  13. Salesman (1968)
  14. Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982)
  15. Sherman’s March (1986)
  16. Grey Gardens (1976)
  17. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
  18. Born into Brothels (2004)
  19. Titicut Follies (1967)
  20. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
  21. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
  22. Winged Migration (2002)
  23. Grizzly Man (2005)
  24. Night and Fog (1955)
  25. Woodstock (1970)

Three Michael Moore and not a single Adam Curtis? Give me a break! Just as importantly, what about The World at War, The Ascent of Man and Civilisation? I thought this was the International Documentary Association.

via Kottke