Great doc about the artist/designer/architect couple Ray and Charles Eames. Even if you don't think you like design, you'll enjoy this unique love story.
I'm a big fan of underground singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston and this is a great documentary about his life and struggles with manic depression and schizophrenia. The first of quite a few music docs on this list.
Great doc from 2008 about high-wire walker Phillippe Petit and his walk between New York's Twin Towers in 1974.
Warning - this documentary will absolutely destroy you. It's best seen without knowing anything about it other than the fact that it is totally heartbreaking.
Fascinating and suspenseful doc about the Scripps National Spelling Bee. If you don't think a documentary about a spelling bee can be suspenseful, think again.
Martin Scorsese and Bob Dylan. 'Nuff said.
Do not look up anything about this documentary. Just watch it and delight in all of its weird twists and turns.
The first documentary about the dancing outlaw, Jesco White, is totally entertaining and a lot of fun. It's also sad in that it's also about someone who clearly is losing a struggle with addiction.
SUPER DUPER CONTENT WARNING - for adults only and not for the faint of heart even then. This doc from 1993 traces the life and death of shock rocker GG Allin. It's thoroughly disgusting and disturbing. Seriously, do not watch this if you are the least bit squeamish about sex, drugs, and bodily fluids.
Another beloved music doc - this one from 2012 covers the virtually unknown band Death. Who were they? Three African-American brothers from Detroit who started what may be the very first punk band.
The first of several Errol Morris docs. Tabloid follows the story of the very weird Joyce McKinney, who in 1970s, alledgely kidnapped a Mormon man and kept him as her sex slave.
These three docs about the now famous Memphis 3 are necessary viewing for any fan of true crime and the American court system. Start with Paradise Lost and go from there.
A beautiful and moving documentary from actor/filmmaker Sarah Polley. It's about her search to uncover her family's secrets - best to not know too much about it before watching.
Great music and excellent footage make this doc about the early skateboard revolution in Southern California a top 40 selection. Filmmaker and former skateboarding wunderkind Stacy Peralta is a little self-indulgent, but he has so much great material to work with, plus it's narrated by Sean Penn!
I had no idea that a documentary about the late talk show host Morton Downey Jr. would be so compelling. If you were around in the 1980s, you'll get a kick out of this retrospective of the more-interesting-than-you-think life of Downey.
Great doc about the life and career of little known singer/songwriter Rodriguez. Don't read too much about it, just press play and enjoy.
A wonderful doc about New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. You don't need to know anything about Cunningham or photography to utterly adore this movie.
If you're a fan of movies and how they're made, you're going to love this look at the making one of the greatest and most notoriously difficult movies to shoot of all time - Apocalypse Now.
As a fan of boxing and Muhammed Ali, this is one of my favorite sports docs of all time. But you don't need to love boxing or Ali to appreciate it. Covers the famous Rumble in the Jungle fight between Ali and Forman in great, compelling detail.
Another Errol Morris doc and one of the best true crime movies of all time. Enthralling and suspenseful - it's one of the first of its kind and still one of the best.