For decades now, one of the biggest things you’ve heard at a film festival is, “The best movies here are documentaries.” That’s often a true statement, but maybe it’s not really about film festivals. For some of us, few things in the world of film can beat the vibe of non-fiction — the excitement of making films that touch reality, life. Our list of the year’s best documentaries is a testament to the range of nonfiction movies. It’s history, it’s activism, it’s portraiture, it’s personal, it’s about science and music and literature and politics and royalty and family… and pages. We invite you to compare your favorites with ours, and sample movies on this list that you haven’t seen for gems.