Oscar voor beste documentaire

De Academy Award voor beste documentaire (Engels: Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, ook bekend als de Oscar voor beste documentaire) is sinds 1943 een jaarlijkse prijs van de Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voor documentaires.

Winnaars en genomineerden


Onderstaande jaartallen vertegenwoordigen het jaar dat de film genomineerd werd voor de prijs. De daadwerkelijke uitreiking is het jaar erna.[1]






Jaar Film Genomineerde(n)
The Horse with the Flying Tail Larry Lansburgh
Rebel in Paradise Robert D. Fraser
Le Ciel et la Boue (Sky Above and Mud Beneath) Arthur Cohn en Rene Lafuite
La Grande Olimpiade (Olympic Games 1960) dell Istituto Nazionale Luce, Comitato Organizzatore Del Giochi Della XVII Olimpiade
Black Fox Louis Clyde Stoumen
Alvorada (Brazil's Changing Face) Hugo Niebeling
Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World Robert Hughes
Le Maillon et la Chaine (The Link and the Chain) Paul de Roubaix
Terminus Edgar Anstey [noot 1]
The Yanks Are Coming Marshall Flaum
Jacques-Yves Cousteau's World without Sun Jacques-Yves Cousteau
The Finest Hours Jack Le Vien
Four Days in November Mel Stuart
The Human Dutch Bert Haanstra
Over There, 1914-18 Jean Aurel
The Eleanor Roosevelt Story Sidney Glazier
The Battle of the Bulge... The Brave Rifles Laurence E. Mascott
The Forth Road Bridge Peter Mills
Let My People Go Marshall Flaum
To Die in Madrid Frédéric Rossif
The War Game Peter Watkins
The Face of Genius Alfred R. Kelman
Helicopter Canada Peter Jones en Tom Daly
The Really Big Family Alex Grasshoff
Le Volcan Interdit (The Forbidden Volcano) Haroun Tazieff
The Anderson Platoon Pierre Schoendoerffer
Festival Murray Lerner
Harvest Carroll Ballard
A King's Story Jack Le Vien
A Time for Burning William C. Jersey
Journey into Self Bill McGaw [noot 2]
A Few Notes on Our Food Problem James Blue
The Legendary Champions William Cayton
Other Voices David H. Sawyer
Young Americans Robert Cohn en Alex Grasshoff [noot 2]
Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life Bernard Chevry
Before the Mountain Was Moved Robert K. Sharpe
In the Year of the Pig Emile de Antonio
The Olympics in Mexico Comite Organizador de los Juegos de la XIX Olimpiada
The Wolf Men Irwin Rosten


Jaar Film Genomineerde(n)
Woodstock Bob Maurice
Chariots of the Gods Harald Reinl
Jack Johnson Jim Jacobs
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Ely Landau
Say Goodbye David H. Vowell
The Hellstrom Chronicle Walon Green
Alaska Wilderness Lake Alan Landsburg
On Any Sunday Bruce Brown
The RA Expeditions Lennart Ehrenborg en Thor Heyerdahl
The Sorrow and the Pity Marcel Ophüls
Marjoe Howard Smith en Sarah Kernochan
Ape and Super-Ape Bert Haanstra
Malcolm X Marvin Worth en Arnold Perl
Manson Robert Hendrickson en Laurence Merrick
The Silent Revolution Eckehard Munck
The Great American Cowboy Kieth Merrill
Always a New Beginning John D. Goodell
Battle of Berlin Bengt von zur Muehlen
Journey to the Outer Limits Alex Grasshoff
Walls of Fire Gertrude Ross Marks en Edmund F. Penney
Hearts and Minds Peter Davis en Bert Schneider
The 81st Blow Jacquot Ehrlich, David Bergman en Haim Gouri
Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman Judy Collins en Jill Godmilow
The Challenge... A Tribute to Modern Art Herbert Kline
The Wild and the Brave Natalie R. Jones en Eugene S. Jones
The Man Who Skied down Everest F.R. Crawley, James Hager en Dale Hartleben
The California Reich Walter F. Parkes en Keith F. Critchlow
Fighting for Our Lives Glen Pearcy
The Incredible Machine Irwin Rosten
The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir Shirley MacLaine
Harlan County, USA Barbara Kopple
Hollywood on Trial James Gutman en David Helpern jr.
Off the Edge Michael Firth
People of the Wind Anthony Howarth en David Koff
Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry Donald Brittain en Robert Duncan
Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? John Korty, Dan McCann en Warren L. Lockhart
The Children of Theatre Street Robert Dornhelm en Earle Mack
High Grass Circus Bill Brind, Torben Schioler en Tony Ianzelo
Homage to Chagall--The Colours of Love Harry Rasky
Union Maids James Klein, Julia Reichert en Miles Mogulescu
Scared Straight! Arnold Shapiro
The Lovers' Wind Albert Lamorisse
Mysterious Castles of Clay Alan Root
Raoni Jean-Pierre Dutilleux, Barry Williams en Michel Gast
With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade Anne Bohlen, Lyn Goldfarb en Lorraine Gray
Best Boy Ira Wohl
Generation on the Wind David A. Vassar
Going the Distance Paul Cowan en Jacques Bobet
The Killing Ground Steve Singer en Tom Priestley
The War at Home Glenn Silber en Barry Alexander Brown


Jaar Film Genomineerde(n)
From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China Murray Lerner
Agee Ross Spears
The Day After Trinity Jon Else
Front Line David Bradbury
The Yellow Star - The Persecution of the Jews in Europe 1933-45 Bengt von zur Muehlen en Arthur Cohn
Genocide Arnold Schwartzman en Marvin Hier
Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey Suzanne Bauman, Paul Neshamkin en Jim Burroughs
Brooklyn Bridge Ken Burns
Eight Minutes to Midnight: A Portrait of Dr. Helen Caldicott Mary Benjamin, Susanne Simpson en Boyd Estus
El Salvador: Another Vietnam Glenn Silber en Tete Vasconcellos
Just Another Missing Kid John Zaritsky
After the Axe Sturla Gunnarsson en Steve Lucas
Ben's Mill John Karol en Michel Chalufour
In Our Water Meg Switzgable
A Portrait of Giselle Joseph Wishy
He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' Emile Ardolino
Children of Darkness Richard Kotuk en Ara Chekmayan
First Contact Bob Connolly en Robin Anderson
The Profession of Arms Michael Bryans en Tina Viljoen
Seeing Red James Klein en Julia Reichert
The Times of Harvey Milk Robert Epstein en Richard Schmiechen
High Schools Charles Guggenheim en Nancy Sloss
In the Name of the People Alex W. Drehsler en Frank Christopher
Marlene Karel Dirka en Zev Braun
Streetwise Cheryl McCall
Broken Rainbow Maria Florio en Victoria Mudd
Las Madres--The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Susana Muñoz en Lourdes Portillo
Soldiers in Hiding Japhet Asher
The Statue of Liberty Ken Burns en Buddy Squires
Unfinished Business Steven Okazaki
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got Brigitte Berman
Down and Out in America Joseph Feury en Milton Justice
Chile: Hasta Cuando? David Bradbury
Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer Kirk Simon en Amram Nowak
Witness to Apartheid Sharon I. Sopher
The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table Aviva Slesin
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years/Bridge to Freedom 1965 Callie Crossley en James A. DeVinney
Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima John Junkerman en John W. Dower
Radio Bikini Robert Stone
A Stitch for Time Barbara Herbich en Cyril Christo
Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie Marcel Ophüls
The Cry of Reason - Beyers Naudé: An Afrikaner Speaks Out Robert Bilheimer en Ronald Mix
Let's Get Lost Bruce Weber en Nan Bush
Promises to Keep Ginny Durrin
Who Killed Vincent Chin? Renee Tajima en Christine Choy
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt Robert Epstein en Bill Couturié
Adam Clayton Powell Richard Kilberg en Yvonne Smith
Crack USA: County Under Siege Vince DiPersio en William Guttentag
For All Mankind Al Reinert en Betsy Broyles Breier
Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren Judith Leonard en Bill Jersey


Jaar Film Genomineerde(n)
American Dream Barbara Kopple en Arthur Cohn
Berkeley in the Sixties Mark Kitchell
Building Bombs Mark Mori en Susan Robinson
Forever Activists: Stories from the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Judith Montell
Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey Robert Hillmann en Eugene Corr
In the Shadow of the Stars Allie Light en Irving Saraf
Death on the Job Vince DiPersio en William Guttentag
Doing Time: Life Inside the Big House Alan Raymond en Susan Raymond
The Restless Conscience Hava Kohav Beller
Wild by Law Lawrence Hott en Diane Garey
The Panama Deception Barbara Trent en David Kasper
Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker David Haugland
Fires of Kuwait Sally Dundas
Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II William Miles en Nina Rosenblum
Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann Margaret Smilow en Roma Baran
I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School Susan Raymond en Alan Raymond
The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter David Paperny en Arthur Ginsberg
Children of Fate Susan Todd en Andrew Young
For Better or For Worse David Collier en Betsy Thompson
The War Room D.A. Pennebaker en Chris Hegedus
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision Freida Lee Mock en Terry Sanders
Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter Deborah Hoffmann
D-Day Remembered Charles Guggenheim
Freedom of My Mind Connie Field en Marilyn Mulford
A Great Day in Harlem Jean Bach
Anne Frank Remembered Jon Blair
The Battle over Citizen Kane Thomas Lennon en Michael Epstein
Fiddlefest--Roberta Tzavaras and Her East Harlem Violin Program Allan Miller en Walter Scheuer
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream Mike Tollin en Fredric Golding
Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern Jeanne Jordan en Steven Ascher
When We Were Kings Leon Gast en David Sonenberg
The Line King: The Al Herschfeldt Story Susan W. Dryfoos
Mandela Jo Menell en Angus Gibson
Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse Anne Belle en Deborah Dickson
Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press Rick Goldsmith
The Long Way Home Marvin Hier en Richard Trank
4 Little Girls Spike Lee en Sam Pollard
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life Michael Paxton
Colors Straight Up Michèle Ohayon en Julia Schachter
Waco: The Rules of Engagement Dan Gifford en William Gazecki
The Last Days James Moll en Ken Lipper
Dancemaker Matthew Diamond en Jerry Kupfer
The Farm: Angola, U.S.A. Jonathan Stack en Liz Garbus
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth Robert B. Weide
Regret to Inform Barbara Sonneborn en Janet Cole
One Day in September Arthur Cohn en Kevin Macdonald
Buena Vista Social Club Wim Wenders en Ulrich Felsberg
Genghis Blues Roko Belic en Adrian Belic
On the Ropes Nanette Burstein en Brett Morgen
Speaking in Strings Paola di Florio en Lilibet Foster


Jaar Film Genomineerde(n)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Mark Jonathan Harris en Deborah Oppenheimer
Legacy Tod Lending
Long Night's Journey into Day Frances Reid en Deborah Hoffmann
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy Barak Goodman en Daniel Anker
Sound and Fury Josh Aronson en Roger Weisberg
Murder on a Sunday Morning Jean-Xavier de Lestrade en Denis Poncet
Children Underground Edet Belzberg
LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton Susan Froemke en Deborah Dickson
Promises Justine Shapiro en B.Z. Goldberg
War Photographer Christian Frei
Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore en Michael Donovan
Daughter from Danang Gail Dolgin en Vicente Franco
Prisoner of Paradise Malcolm Clarke en Stuart Sender
Spellbound Jeffrey Blitz en Sean Welch
Winged Migration Jacques Perrin
The Fog of War Errol Morris en Michael Williams
Balseros Carlos Bosch en Josep Maria Domenech
Capturing the Friedmans Andrew Jarecki en Marc Smerling
My Architect Nathaniel Kahn en Susan R. Behr
The Weather Underground Sam Green en Bill Siegel
Born into Brothels Ross Kauffman en Zana Briski
The Story of the Weeping Camel Luigi Falorni en Byambasuren Davaa
Super Size Me Morgan Spurlock
Tupac: Resurrection Lauren Lazin en Karolyn Ali
Twist of Faith Kirby Dick en Eddie Schmidt
March of the Penguins Luc Jacquet en Yves Darondeau
Darwin's Nightmare Hubert Sauper
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Alex Gibney en Jason Kliot
Murderball Henry-Alex Rubin en Dana Adam Shapiro
Street Fight Marshall Curry
An Inconvenient Truth Davis Guggenheim
Deliver Us from Evil Amy Berg en Frank Donner
Iraq in Fragments James Longley en John Sinno
Jesus Camp Heidi Ewing en Rachel Grady
My Country, My Country Laura Poitras en Jocelyn Glatzer
Taxi to the Dark Side Alex Gibney en Eva Orner
No End in Sight Charles Ferguson en Audrey Marrs
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience Richard E. Robbins
Sicko Michael Moore en Meghan O'Hara
War/Dance Andrea Nix Fine en Sean Fine
Man on Wire James Marsh en Simon Chinn
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) Ellen Kuras en Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World Werner Herzog en Henry Kaiser
The Garden Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Trouble the Water Tia Lessin en Carl Deal
The Cove Louie Psihoyos en Fisher Stevens
Burma VJ Anders Østergaard en Lise Lense-Møller
Food, Inc. Robert Kenner en Elise Pearlstein
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Judith Ehrlich en Rick Goldsmith
Which Way Home Rebecca Camissa


Jaar Film Genomineerde(n)
Inside Job Charles Ferguson en Audrey Marrs
Exit through the Gift Shop Banksy en Jaimie D'Cruz
Gasland Josh Fox en Trish Adlesic
Restrepo Tim Hetherington en Sebastian Junger
Waste Land Lucy Walker en Angus Aynsley
Undefeated TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay en Rich Middlemas
Hell and Back Again Danfung Dennis en Mike Lerner
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Marshall Curry en Sam Cullman
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Joe Berlinger en Bruce Sinofsky
Pina Wim Wenders en Gian-Piero Ringel
Searching for Sugar Man Malik Bendjelloul en Simon Chinn
5 Broken Cameras Emad Burnat en Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky en Estelle Fialon
How to Survive a Plague David France en Howard Gertler
The Invisible War Kirby Dick en Amy Ziering
20 Feet from Stardom Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen en Caitrin Rogers
The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer en Signe Byrge Sørensen
Cutie and the Boxer Zachary Heinzerling en Lydia Dean Pilcher
Dirty Wars Richard Rowley en Jeremy Scahill
The Square Jehane Noujaim en Karim Amer
Citizenfour Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy en Dirk Wilutzky
Finding Vivian Maier John Maloof en Charlie Siskel
Last Days in Vietnam Rory Kennedy en Keven McAlester
The Salt of the Earth Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado en David Rosier
Virunga Orlando von Einsiedel en Joanna Natasegara
Amy Asif Kapadia en James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land Matthew Heineman en Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer en Signe Byrge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone? Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby en Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom Evgeny Afineevsky en Den Tolmor
O.J.: Made in America Ezra Edelman en Caroline Waterlow
Fire at Sea Gianfranco Rosi en Donatella Palermo
I Am Not Your Negro Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety en Hébert Peck
Life, Animated Roger Ross Williams en Julie Goldman
13th Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick en Howard Barish
Icarus Bryan Fogel en Dan Cogan
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Steve James, Mark Mitten en Julie Goldman
Faces Places Agnès Varda, JR en Rosalie Varda
Last Men in Aleppo Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed en Søren Steen Jespersen
Strong Island Yance Ford en Joslyn Barnes
Free Solo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes en Shannon Dill
Hale County This Morning, This Evening RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes en Su Kim
Minding the Gap Bing Liu en Diane Quon
Of Fathers and Sons Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme en Tobias N. Siebert
RBG Betsy West en Julie Cohen
American Factory Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert en Jeff Reichert
The Cave Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod en Sigrid Dyekjær
The Edge of Democracy Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris en Tiago Pavan
For Sama Waad Al-Kateab en Edward Watts
Honeyland Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska en Atanas Georgiev


Jaar Film Genomineerde(n)
My Octopus Teacher Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed en Craig Foster
The Mole Agent Maite Alberdi en Marcela Santibañez
Collective Alexander Nanau en Bianca Oana
Crip Camp Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht en Sara Bolder
Time Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino en Kellen Quinn
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent en David Dinerstein
Ascension Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy en Nathan Truesdell
Attica Stanley Nelson en Traci A. Curry
Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen en Charlotte De La Gournerie
Writing with Fire Rintu Thomas en Sushmit Ghosh
Navalny Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller en Shane Boris
All That Breathes Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann en Teddy Leifer
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Laura Poitras, Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin en Yoni Golijov
Fire of Love Sara Dosa, Shane Boris en Ina Fichman
A House Made of Splinters Simon Lereng Wilmont en Monica Hellström
20 Days in Mariupol Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner en Raney Aronson-Rath
Bobi Wine: The People's President Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp en John Battsek
The Eternal Memory Maite Alberdi
Four Daughters Kaouther Ben Hania en Nadim Cheikhrouha
To Kill a Tiger Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe en David Oppenheim