The International Documentary Association (IDA) is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and last week they announced their list of the top 25 documentary films of all time. The list was tabulated from a poll of IDA members, which number over 3,000 and include filmmakers, executives and academics. Hoop Dreams snagged the top spot from a list of over 700 films under consideration. Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line and Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine came in at numbers two and three respectively. The full list will be published in the Nov./Dec. issue of Documentary magazine and will include essays about the films, all of which are currently being offered for free on IDA’s website.
Two films from the POV archive made the list: Michael Moore’s Roger and Me (#10) and the Maysles brothers’ Salesman (#13). Only one female filmmaker made the list, Barbara Kopple’s Harlan County, U.S.A. finished fifth.
What do you think? Do you agree with the winners?
UPDATE: The International Documentary Filmmakers Association (IDFA) has put out the results of another poll today listing the top 20 films of the past 20 years. The winner in that listing is Darwin’s Nightmare by Hubert Sauper. You can see the rest of the list on IDFA’s site. The top 20 films will be screened during IDFA 2007.