Oscar Winning Documentaries

Academy Award Winning Documentaries from 2006 to 1980

Guggenheim and Gore, "An Inconvenient Truth," 2006. Paramount Pictures Classics

If you haven't seen all Oscar winning documentary films, work your way down this list of golden statuette recipients. Most of these films are available on DVD or VHS. By the time you reach the end of the list, you'll most likely be a documentary film devotee. And, with good reason.


2006 An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim)

2005 March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet)

2004 Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (Ross Kauffman; Zana Briski)

2003 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (Errol Morris)

2002 Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore)

2001 Murder on a Sunday Morning (Jean-Xavier de Lestrade)

2000 Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (Mark Jonathan Harris; Deborah Oppenheimer)


1999 One Day in September (Arthur Cohn)

1998 The Last Days (James Moll)

1997 The Long Way Home (Marvin Hier)

1996 When We Were Kings (Leon Gast)

1995 Anne Frank Remembered (Jon Blair)

1994 Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (Freida Lee Mock)

1993 I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (Susan Raymond; Alan Raymond)

1992 The Panama Deception (Barbara Trent; David Kasper)

1991 In the Shadow of the Stars (Allie Light; Irving Saraf)

1990 American Dream (Barbara Kopple; Arthur Cohn)


1989 Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (Rob Epstein)

1988 Hôtel Terminus (Marcel Ophüls)

1987 The Ten-Year Lunch (Aviva Slesin)

1986 Tie: Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (Brigitte Berman) and Down and Out in America (Joseph Feury)

1985 Broken Rainbow (Maria Florio; Victoria Mudd)

1984 The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein)

1983 He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (Emile Ardolino)

1982 Just Another Missing Kid (John Zaritsky)

1981 Genocide (Arnold Schwartzman)

1980 From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (Murray Lerner)

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