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The documentary films of Michael Moore

Michael Moore is unquestionably the most successful documentary filmmaker of all time. His movies have grossed more than the rest of the top 100 documentary films of all time combined. His filmmaking career started with Roger and Me, a 1989 documentary about the joblessness in Flint, Michigan caused by General Motors when they downsized. It earned an exceptional amount of money for the time.
Moore’s career as a documentary filmmaker didn’t truly take off until 2002 when he directed Bowling for Columbine, a film about the American obsession with guns. The inflammatory title helped market it and the movie was a success, earning $21 million. Fahrenheit 9/11 came next and it generated more press than you can even imagine and earned $220 million worldwide, cementing Michael Moore as a celebrity and documentary filmmaker the likes of which has never been seen.