Ready for something just a little more intelligent and introspective than your usual feature film? From early silent masterpieces to¬†Palme d’Or-winning political movies, this selection of ten essential documentaries should give you some food for thought…

Cinema, as Jean-Luc Godard wrote, is truth 24 times a second. Documentaries both prove and disprove the point; but the truth is their strongest weapon. Here, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best. Read more: The Guardian.