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Top HBO documentaries so far

Over the years, HBO has garnered itself a name not only for it's TV shows but also it's impressive documentaries that HBO has consistently worked on. Here are a list of HBO's documentaries that are known for having made an impact and being fascinating.

Paper Clips (2004)

Directed by Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab. With Sandra Roberts, Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, Tom Bosley, Casey Condra. As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis. It is a shockingly emotional documentary about a dark part of human history and the hope that arises from it.

Terror in Mumbai

The inside story of the November 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, India - in the words of the victims and of the terrorists themselves. Includes never-before-heard telephone intercepts of the terrorists' conversations with their handlers in Pakistan, CCTV footage from the luxury hotels as they are attacked and the tape of the first interrogation of the sole surviving terrorist Kasab.

Directed by Nick Broomfield. With Pam Brooks, Nick Broomfield, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Chris Franklin. Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

Directed by Amanda Micheli, Isabel Vega. The contestants are murderers, guerrillas, and thieves. The winner will be crowned Queen, but she won't be invited on a press tour as a role model for young girls. Instead, she will be escorted back to her cell.

Four year old Marla Olmstead from Binghamton, New York became the sensation of the art world for her abstract artwork, which have sold for thousands of dollars per piece.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

Directed by Alex Gibney. With Lawrence Wright, Mike Rinder, Marty Rathbun, Paul Haggis. An in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards " Examines the abuse, torture, and murder of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison at the hands of U.S. military police in the fall of 2003 and debunks the "bad apples" theory.

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards " In 1977, Roman Polanski was arrested in Los Angeles on charges he gave drugs and had sex with a 13-year-old girl he was photographing for Vogue. Eleven months later, having pled guilty to one count, he fled to Europe before sentencing.