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To mark this day, we thought we’d conduct an informal poll of you, our wise and opinionated audience. Few subjects seem to inspire documentary filmmakers quite like war. From Ken Burns to Errol Morris to Steven Spielberg to John Houston, some of the biggest names in movie-making have produced classics and a few overlooked gems.


In a crowded field, it’s hard to pick out just one that rises above the rest, but it may be fair to say that Errol Morris’s The Fog of War ranks at or near the top on many experts’ lists.
Our poll is neither comprehensive nor scientific, but we want to know which resonates most with you.