25 classic nonfiction features were named this week to the Cinema Eye Honors annual list of The Influentials, the films that most inspired this year’s class of filmmakers eligible for the 2015 awards.

“This is not a list that hopes to name the 25 best documentaries of all-time,” said Cinema Eye Honors Chair Esther Robinson, “but rather a way for us to find out what films were most on the minds of this year’s filmmakers as they set out to make their own work. We’re fascinated to see what films repeat each year and which films suddenly leap onto the list.”

Among the films that have been mainstays on the list of The Influentials are all five films that have previously been named as Legacy Award winners at Cinema Eye: Sherman’s March (Legacy winner in 2010), Grey Gardens (2011), Titicut Follies (2012), The War Room (2013) and Harlan County, USA (2014). Films making their first appearance on the list include The Five Obstructions, The Gleaners and I and Tarnation, the great film by Jonathan Caouette.

This is the second year that Cinema Eye has announced The Influentials, although the group has been surveying filmmakers for several years. More than 70 of this year’s eligible filmmakers submitted their votes.

Check this year’s full list:

American Movie, Chris Smith (1999)

Burden of Dreams, Les Blank (1982)

Crumb,Terry Zwigoff (1994)

Darwin’s Nightmare, Hubert Sauper (2004)

Don’t Look Back, D A Pennebaker (1967)

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, Errol Morris (1997)

The Five Obstructions, Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth (2003)

Fog of War, Errol Morris (2003)

Gimme Shelter,  Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin (1970)

The Gleaners and I, Agnès Varda (2000)

Grey Gardens, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer (1975)

Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog (2005)

Harlan County, USA, Barbara Kopple (1976)

Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston (1991)

Roger & Me, Michael Moore (1989)

Salesman, Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin (1968)

Sans Soleil, Chris Marker (1983)

Seventeen, Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines (1983)

Sherman’s March, Ross McElwee (1985)

Tarnation, Jonathan Caouette (2003)

The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris (1988)

The Times of Harvey Milk, Rob Epstein (1984)

Titicut Follies, Frederick Wiseman (1967)

The War Room, Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker (1993)

When We Were Kings, Leon Gast (1996)


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