50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

Grey Gardens (1975)

Director: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles

Once you meet "Big Edie" Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and "Little Edie" Edith Bouvier Beale, it's hard to forget them. Both relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the eccentric mother and daughter at the center of this landmark doc live in the 28-bedroom, racoon-infested Grey Gardens mansion.

Though undeniably impoverished since Big Edie's husband left the family decades ago, they have a taste for fur coats and high fashion. This is a documentary, but their penchant for imaginative storytelling makes for many moments that may defy reality. Watching how these singular personalities co-exist amid consistent strife, however, is the true wonder of this memorable movie about the remnants of a once prestigious family. —Frantz Rocher

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