35. Night and Fog (1955)
Director: Alain Resnais
Released 10 years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, Night and Fog is one of the most affecting documentaries ever put to film. Clocking in at a lean 32 minutes, this is an uncompromising look at the tragedy of the Holocaust that pulls no punches and crafts images that are as brutal as they are unforgettable.
To see and hear the utter disregard for human life is disturbing in a way that no other film can achieve. When a horror film or psychological thriller is over, we have the luxury of knowing that it’s all make believe and for our entertainment. That’s not something we have here in Night and Fog, but it’s still required viewing in order to truly understand the absolute worst of humanity. If you can stomach it, we urge you to watch this; not as a disturbing film, but as a deeply-moving educational piece.