"Spellbound" -- the 2002 film that trails eight students from their initial victories in regional spelling bees to the national competition -- isn't only the most exhilarating documentary ever produced, it's one of the most thrilling movies (regardless of genre) to hit the big screen. Who knew a movie focused on such a simple-sounding premise could become a gut-wrenching, emotionally draining nail-biter? Nobody. And thanks to the film's remarkable success (it was nominated for Best Documentary Feature but lost to Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine"), the genre was forever C-H-A-N-G-E-D, changed.
50 Documentaries to See Before You Die
The most enlightening and engaging true-life films ever made.