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Film Finders: Award-Winning Films

Academy Award Winning Documentary Feature Films

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”-- Mark Twain




Originally called "actuality" films, the term documentary was not coined until 1926. Early travel documentaries, or travelogues, documented the lives of non-Western people and were mostly associated with anthropologic studies. In the 1960s, the Cinéma vérité or "truthful cinema" style of documentary filmmaking laid the foundation for the modern documentary:  include following a person during a crisis with a moving, often handheld, camera to capture more personal reactions. Today documentary filmmakers are increasingly utilizing social impact campaigns with their films. Social impact campaigns seek to leverage media projects by converting public awareness of social issues and causes into engagement and action, largely by offering the audience a way to get involved. 


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Oscar Winners: Best Documentary Feature


When We Were Kings DVD cover




2023-Winner & Nominees

20 Days in Mariupol, eVideo; DVD 22898

Bobi Wine: The People's President

The Eternal Memory

Four Daughters

To Kill a Tiger, eVideo

2022-Navalny, eVideo

2021- Summer of Soul, DVD 22155

2020- My Octopus Teacher

2019-American Factory

2018-Free Solo, DVD 20852


2016-O.J.: Made in America, DVD 17963

2015-Amy, eVideoDVD 16901

2014-Citizenfour, eVideoDVD 16559HDDVD 421

2013-20 Feet from Stardom, eVideo; DVD 14141   

2012-Searching for Sugar Man, eVideoDVD 12658

2011-Undefeated, DVD 12885

2010-Inside Job, DVD 9329; HDDVD 88

2009-The Cove, DVD 7042

2008-Man on Wire, eVideo; DVD 5796

2007-Taxi to the Dark Side, DVD 5543

2006-An Inconvenient Truth, eVideoDVD 3014

2005-March of the Penguins, eVideo; DVD 2246

2004-Born into Brothels, DVD 2078

2003-The Fog of War, eVideo; DVD 1036

2002-Bowling for Columbine, eVideoDVD 1628;


2001-Murder on a Sunday Morning, DVD 4118

2000-Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the

Kindertransport, DVD 521

1999-One Day in September, DVD 446

1998-The Last Days, DVD 265

1997-The Long Way Home, DVD 13918 disc 6

1996-When We Were Kings, DVD 13680; HDDVD 854

1995-Anne Frank Remembered, eVideoDVD 1138

1994-Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, eVideoDVD 13948

1993-I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton

Elementary School, DVD 6126

1992-The Panama Deception, DVD 4791

1991-In the Shadow of the Stars, DVD 14037

1990-American Dream, eVideo; DVD 833

1989-Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt,

DVD 14160

1988-Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of

Klaus Barbie, DVD 8742

1987-The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend

of the Algonquin Round Table

1986-(tie) Artie Shaw: Time is All You’ve Got

(tie) Down and Out in America, VHS 2342

1985-Broken Rainbow, DVD 14036

1984-The Times of Harvey Milk, eVideo; DVD 2731

1983- He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' 

1982-Just Another Missing Kid 

1981-Genocide: The Story of Man’s Inhumanity to Man,

 DVD 13918 disc 3

1980-From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China,

DVD 14094

1979-Best Boy, DVD 11159

1978-Scared Straight!, DVD 14195

1977-Who Are The DeBolts? And Where Did

They Get Nineteen Kids?

1976-Harlan County, USA, DVD 2639

1975-The Man Who Skied Down Everest

1974-Hearts and Minds, eVideoDVD 1597

1973-The Great American Cowboy


1971-The Hellstrom Chronicle

1970-Woodstock, DVD 26HDDVD 59

1969-Arthur Rubinstein-The Love of Life=

 L'Amour de la vie – Artur Rubinstein

1968-Journey into Self

1967-The Anderson Platoon, VHS 925

1966-The War Game, DVD 10910

1965-The Eleanor Roosevelt Story

1964-World Without Sun= Le Monde sans soleil

1963-Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the

World, DVD 12854

1962-Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler

1961-The Sky Above, The Mud Below, DVD 20836

1960-The Horse with the Flying Tail

1959-Serengeti Shall Not Die

1958-White Wilderness

1957-Albert Schweitzer

1956-The Silent World= Le Monde du silence

1955-Helen Keller in Her Story

1954-The Vanishing Prairie

1953-The Living Desert

1952-The Sea Around Us

1951-Kon-Tiki, eVideoDVD 13400

1950-The Titan: Story of Michelangelo

1949-Daybreak in Udi

1948-The Secret Land

1947-Design for Death

1946-no award given

1945-The True Glory, eVideoDVD 4762 disc 2

1944-The Fighting Lady, DVD 13436

1943-Desert Victory, eVideoVHS 9265