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Best Documentaries

Few stories are as affecting and inspirational as the true ones that take place in the world every day. The documentaries on that list prove that point and then some -- you'll cheer, you'll cry, you'll rage, and you'll always be moved.

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Editors' pick
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Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.
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On DVD
(2004)
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Antarctic adventure docu has lots of positive messages.
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Network: National Geographic Channel
(2013)
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Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.
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On DVD
(2012)
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Inspiring docu explores female heroes in comics, real life.
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Network: PBS
(2013)
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Serious adult docu about Muppets in the 3rd world.
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(2006)
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Stellar docu on influential punk band; talk of drugs, drink.
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On DVD
(2005)
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Stunning documentary, great for older kids.
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On DVD
(2005)
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Inspiring docu shows young people capable of great things.
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In Theaters Now
(2014)
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Moving, earnest documentary on global warming.
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On DVD
(2006)
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Affecting true story of homelessness and the human spirit.
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Network: MTV
(2012)
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Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.
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On DVD
(2004)
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Profound docu explores African-American racial identity.
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On DVD
(2009)
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Gruesome, powerful, and inspiring dolphin documentary.
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On DVD
(2009)
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Award-winning history of the American Civil Rights movement.
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On DVD
(2010)
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Inspiring docu about gang intervention program in LA.
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On DVD
(2013)
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Top-notch documentary features strong Latino role models.
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Network: HBO
(2012)
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Inspiring documentary portrays the dignity of the poor.
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On DVD
(2011)
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Spike Lee's masterful and disturbing Katrina docu.
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On DVD
(2006)
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Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal.
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On DVD
(2003)

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