Images of 'great' documentaries, as chosen by fans of POV

Any surprises? New personal discoveries? Films that were completely overlooked? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

A note on the methodology: What’s the difference between By Ranking and By Votes? “Votes” takes into account every “thumbs up” given to an entry in the poll. As you can imagine, this number can be can be manipulated — and it usually is. So, the poll filters out stuffed ballots and, along the same lines, gives less weight to a ballot that only has one vote. Also, because the poll is dynamic, with new films being added every day, new entries are given more credit because they face steeper competition. The result of all of these considerations is the “By Ranking” list.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.