The Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris (1988)
This film asks a fascinating question: Will a man be freed from prison after the director interviews another man who confesses? Morris combines innovative visual techniques, reenactments, and live interviews to tell a story of justice delayed.
The Weather Underground - Sam Green and Bill Siegel (2002)
A riveting tale about a violent group of mostly upper-middle-class American "revolutionaries" who plotted the overthrow of the government, disappeared, and reappeared years later as soccer moms and businessmen. The straightforward news style of this film offers social commentary on the turbulent 1960s.
Roger & Me - Michael Moore (1989)
The comical, in-your-face travails of a man trying to get some answers about factory closings in Flint, Michigan. Moore perfected the role of director as part of the story.
The Times of Harvey Milk - Rob Epstein (1984)
This is the story of the rise and fall of San Francisco's first openly gay supervisor, who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone at City Hall. Humorous, insightful, and tragic.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills - Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (1996)
The murder of three young boys leads to a trial of three teenagers who practice Wiccan rituals—yet are not connected to the deaths by physical evidence. This gripping film explores fear and the rush to judgment in a small town and uncovers another possible suspect.