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The Thin Blue Line

This feature documentary from 1988 by director Errol Morris, is a brilliant examination of controversial true story that was the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas police officer back in 1976. The Thin Blue Line was hailed as being the “the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder” and as a result of its release the conviction itself was overturned, Adams became a free man once again after having been sentenced to death.

The film pioneered a new kind of non-fiction style of filmmaking with its use of expressionistic reenactments, interviews and music which has since been copied and emulated countless amounts of times by reality-based television shows and feature films. It was even voted the best film of 1988 in a Washington Post survey of 250 film critics and described as one of the most important and influential movies of the decade.

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  1. This may have been good in its time, but unless you’re into ‘historical doccy formats’ just for the hell of it, it’s incredibly boring now.