Top 5 documentaries for the past 20 years


Movies History

Film industry is a multibillion enterprise, and every year, thousands of awards go to those who have shown acting, production, scripting and directing prowess. That is not to mention that with a hundreds of genres from which to choose a suitable entertainment show, movie stars are some of the most influential people in the world. It is, therefore, an area in which a student can request for a custom thesis paper reviewing newly released series and documentaries.


Documentaries: Leasing Life to Imagination!

Stretching imagination to reality wouldn’t have been possible without production of every day documentaries. From those depicting life under tyrannical governments, living in the ghetto, wildlife, drugs, human trafficking, political challenges facing third world countries to socio-economic lives of people living in forgotten lands, there is always something to take down the memory lane. Here is a look at our top five spanning across the past 20 years:

1.     Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Chilling confessions in this documentary, apparently by a mentally challenged teenager, will give you sleepless nights. But, whichever way you look at it, there is a lesson you would want to take home, Paradise Lost, a documentary showcasing murder of three children in West Memphis in Arkansas is one of the best ever. Trial of the murderers further cast a dark shadow over already toxic sadism, and the presentation of the video will leave you at crossroads.

2.     Hearts of Darkness: A filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991).


Filmmakers sometimes have to put up with a myriad of challenges, but, Francis Ford Coppola encounters as documented by his wife, Eleanor sums it all. From betrayal, heart attack on one of set members (Martin Sheen) to lack of commitment on the part of crew, it is a footage that remains one of the best in over twenty years.

3.     Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

With harrowing details of child molestation hanging over Arnold Friedmans’ life, here is to one of the most watched and popular documentaries in twenty years. With more than three hundreds counts of charges facing Jesse’s father, walking the tightrope of being a pedop*ile eventually leads to destruction of a family.

4.     The King of Kong (2007)


The King of Kong is a 2007 documentary that pits evil against good. After Billy Mitchell (representing evil) declines Steve Wiebe’s to arcade game, Donkey Kong, the latter goes on to win and set a new world Guinness record. However, what follows are harrowing details of corruption and high level biases by Twin Galaxies.

5.     The Cove (2009)

The Cove won 2010 Oscars in the documentary category, and there is no doubt it is one of the best ever produced in the past 20 years. In an attempt to save whales, a discovery in Japan’s Taijii cove into a mind-boggling animal cruelty never seen before. The Cove is a documentary you won’t stop watching, ever!

The Bottom Line

In summary, listing some of the best documentaries in the past twenty years could go and on.  Others such as the Bridge, the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Murderball, Touching the Void and Man on Wire are, therefore, worth mentioning. And, if you are to answer to what is thesis writing, there is a lot to explore in these documentaries.

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