Woah just saw this thread. Words of caution for all of the following films. Some might find them triggering, all I’m sure will find parts of them disturbing. Proceed with caution.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing & The Look of Silence - the two most important docs of the past fifty years, IMO. Saw Oppenheimer talk in LA, and I’d highly recommend listening to his interviews/reading some of his prose after seeing these movies.
Herzog - one of my all time heroes. His films are poetic and unblinking. As he says "The poet must not avert his eyes"
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Into the Abyss
Morris - Surreal looks into justice, irony, and American violence.
The Thin Blue Line
The Fog of War
The Unknown Known
Wiseman’s Titticut Follies , a seminal doc in the style of direct cinema. Not easy to watch, but really moving.
Maysles Brother’s Salesman, another direct cinema flick. A little easier to watch, but very sad and will stay with you.
Nick Broomfield’s The Leader, His Driver, and The Driver’s Wife, almost an early predecessor to The Act of Killing, and a very interesting look at how a director can involve his/herself in the narrative.