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This project is for working on the genealogies of people who have been featured in notable documentaries, including full-length films and special series.


Thousands of documentaries are produced worldwide each year. It would be impossible and impractical to include everyone in this project.

Therefore, we focus on the subjects of notable documentaries -- ones that received critical acclaim, high viewership, or otherwise made their way into the public consciousness.
Perhaps add links to documentaries as well ?

Some examples of the sorts of documentaries we're focusing on include:

  • Nominees and winners of major awards, like the Academy Awards and IDA Documentary Awards
  • Critical consensus choices, like those on the Rotten Tomatoes top-reviewed documentaries list
  • Features from longstanding documentaries series, like PBS American Masters and BBC Panorama

Many public features, including world leaders, have been the subjects of countless documentaries by virtue of their positions. We're looking for cases where the documentaries themselves became notable in some way, too.


To Include

  • Seymour Bernstein - Seymour: An Introduction (2015)
  • Cori Bush - Knock Down the House (2019)
  • Tracy Edwards - Maiden (2019)
  • Alex Honnold - Free Solo (2018)
  • Steve "Lips" Kudlow - Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)
  • Alexander McQueen - McQueen (2018)
  • Oliver O'Grady - Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
  • Jiro Ono - Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
  • Philippe Petit - Man on Wire (2008)
  • Robb Reiner - Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)
  • Edward Snowden - Citizenfour (2014)
  • Paula Jean Swearengin - Knock Down the House (2019)
  • Amy Vilela - Knock Down the House (2019)

Top 50 Biography Documentaries