10 Essential Werner Herzog Movies, From Divine Wrath to Gonzo Docs

A quick what-you-need-to-see primer on the legendary German filmmaker's work, from crazed conquistadors to 3-D cave tours

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'Little Dieter Needs to Fly' (1997)

The limits of one man's endurance is the theme that attracted Herzog to tell the true story of Dieter Dengler, a pilot taken prisoner and tortured by the Viet Cong. He'd return to the material with actors for a narrative-film take (Rescue Dawn, starring Christian Bale as the P.O.W.); it's the filmmaker's verité take on the story that sticks with you, however, as he and the subject return to the scene of the crime decades later and hires locals to play Dengler's captors. Stunning.

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