Special Report

The 50 Best Documentaries of All Time

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30. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
> IMDb average rating: 8.3 (32,070 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (2,297 votes)
> Director: Peter Jackson

Commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I, this film focuses on the experience of the soldiers, revealing previously unreleased footage of the war and interviews with British servicemen.

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29. The Cove (2009)
> IMDb average rating: 8.4 (48,801 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (25,751 votes)
> Director: Louis Psihoyos

Using underwater footage that was secretly filmed near Taiji, Japan, “The Cove” questions the ethics of current dolphin-hunting practices in Japan while also highlighting the health hazards of eating dolphin meat, which is extremely high in mercury.

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28. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
> IMDb average rating: 8.1 (9,809 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (1,064 votes)
> Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

“Purgatory” is the third of three films exploring the questionable conviction — with scant evidence — of three teenage boys (known as the West Memphis Three) for the murder of a group of children in Arkansas.

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27. Senna (2010)
> IMDb average rating: 8.5 (67,544 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (17,996 votes)
> Director: Asif Kapadia

This documentary covers the life of Brazilian racing champion Ayrton Senna, who has been called the greatest race car driver who ever lived. Senna, who fought to improve safety standards in racing, met a tragic fate at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

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26. Virunga (2014)
> IMDb average rating: 8.2 (10,927 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (1,769 votes)
> Director: Orlando von Einsiedel

Set in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the last mountain gorillas on earth, this film explores the efforts of a small team dedicated to protecting the gorillas from encroaching war, poachers, and a British oil company.

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