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1. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.1
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83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 32,345 | Gross: $0.68M

2. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 29,537 | Gross: $4.58M

3. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 14,720 | Gross: $1.16M

4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 55,927 | Gross: $3.29M

5. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

8.3
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98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 21,099 | Gross: $7.83M

6. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

8.0
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By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to... See full summary »

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 5,655

7. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 39,554 | Gross: $0.89M

8. Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust (2013)

95 min | Music

8.4
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For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer cans and busted ear drums around the globe with their quintessential Australian drawl and pounding punk rock songs. With ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Weston | Stars: Mark Arm, Ross Knight, Bruce Milne, Buzz Osborne

Votes: 92

9. All This Mayhem (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

7.9
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All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Martin | Stars: Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas, Tommy Caudill, Lance Conklin

Votes: 2,790

10. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

7.9
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80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 8,572 | Gross: $0.31M

11. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport

7.8
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71 Metascore

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels

Votes: 6,240 | Gross: $0.56M

12. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Sport

7.7
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76 Metascore

Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jeff Ament

Votes: 11,045 | Gross: $1.29M

13. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.6
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79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 50,586 | Gross: $1.61M

14. Murderball (2005)

R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

7.8
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87 Metascore

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan, Joe Bishop

Votes: 9,359 | Gross: $1.52M

15. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.2
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79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 54,806 | Gross: $3.97M

16. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

7.1
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65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 37,422 | Gross: $3.23M

17. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

7.9
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78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 7,741 | Gross: $0.19M

18. The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

7.1
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Scottish rappers Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain reinvent themselves as West Coast Homeboys after they were signed by Sony.

Director: Jeanie Finlay | Stars: Gavin Bain, Billy Boyd

Votes: 474

19. Unknown White Male (2005)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

6.6
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65 Metascore

The true story of Doug Bruce who woke up on Coney Island with total amnesia. This documentary follows him as he rediscovers himself and the world around him.

Director: Rupert Murray | Stars: Doug Bruce, Rupert Murray

Votes: 998 | Gross: $0.12M

20. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.9
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82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 14,240 | Gross: $0.67M

21. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 91,854 | Gross: $11.53M

22. American Teen (2008)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

6.5
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66 Metascore

A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

Director: Nanette Burstein | Stars: Hannah Bailey, Jake Tusing, Megan Krizmanich, Colin Clemens

Votes: 3,932 | Gross: $0.94M

23. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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89 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 28,496 | Gross: $0.49M

24. Heart of an Empire (2007)

Unrated | 113 min | Documentary

8.9
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"Heart Of An Empire" is a documentary about the global Star Wars fan group and Stormtrooper costume enthusiasts known as the "501st".

Director: Jay Thompson | Stars: Scott Allen, Dave Anderson, Keith Arbeeny, Ashley Balch

Votes: 64

25. Sharkwater (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

8.0
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59 Metascore

An investigation of sharks' importance to ecosystems and humankind's mass destruction of shark species worldwide.

Director: Rob Stewart | Stars: Rob Stewart, Paul Watson, Erich Ritter, Boris Worm

Votes: 4,471 | Gross: $0.85M

26. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.0
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82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 11,930 | Gross: $1.41M

27. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

7.7
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71 Metascore

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Director: Constance Marks | Stars: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Oz, Bill Barretta

Votes: 6,203 | Gross: $0.30M

28. Project Nim (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

7.4
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83 Metascore

Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Nim Chimpsky, Stephanie LaFarge, Herbert Terrace, Wer LaFarge

Votes: 7,714 | Gross: $0.41M

29. That Sugar Film (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.4
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56 Metascore

Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body.

Director: Damon Gameau | Stars: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Milla Bakaitis, Richard Davies

Votes: 6,659

30. Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (2015)

92 min | Documentary

7.0
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If you ever played the game "Snake" on your early model Nokia cellphone, then you're familiar with "Nibbler," the original "snake" game. MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey (the gamer... See full summary »

Directors: Tim Kinzy, Andrew Seklir | Stars: Tim McVey, Dwayne Richard, Enrico Zanetti, Tina McVey

Votes: 1,959

31. Catching Hell (2011)

102 min | Documentary, Sport

7.9
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After the Chicago Cubs blow an opportunity to reach the World Series in 2003, Cubs fans blame the team's misfortune on fellow fan Steve Bartman, who interfered with a foul ball and prevented Moises Alou from making a catch.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Moises Alou, Steve Bartman, Rod Blagojevich, Ron Borges

Votes: 1,263