Special Report

The 50 Best Documentaries of All Time

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50. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
> IMDb average rating: 8.1 (35,932 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (29,245 votes)
> Director: Seth Gordon

Amidst allegations that his home arcade machine has been tampered with, an out-of-work engineer attempts to beat a Donkey Kong high score, challenging the current title-holder to a public gaming competition.

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49. The Fearless Freaks (2005)
> IMDb average rating: 7.8 (1,110 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (2,502 votes)
> Director: Bradley Beesley

Utilizing mostly interviews with members of the Flaming Lips and their families, as well as with various celebrities, this documentary explores the evolution of the Oklahoma City band, with a behind-the-scenes look at their personal trials, drug use, and musical maturation.

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48. Apollo 11 (2019)
> IMDb average rating: 8.2 (24,122 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (1,081 votes)
> Director: Todd Douglas Miller

Using solely archival footage and photography with no narration, this documentary tells the story of the historic Apollo 11 space flight that sent the first humans to the surface of the moon. The three astronauts as well as numerous mission engineers are featured.

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47. Inside Job (2010)
> IMDb average rating: 8.2 (72,793 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (29,642 votes)
> Director: Charles Ferguson

This exposé narrated by Matt Damon reveals corruption within the financial services industry that caused the 2008 global financial crisis as well as government failure to pass measures that could prevent a recurrence.

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46. Street Fight (2005)
> IMDb average rating: 7.9 (2,040 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (2,990 votes)
> Director: Marshall Curry

When a young Newark Council member takes on a 16-year incumbent mayor, his campaign is repeatedly sabotaged by the powers in place, including the mayor and local law enforcement and city officials.

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