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2. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime
Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.
Votes: 4,434 | Gross: $0.06M
4. The Pixar Story (2007)
G | 87 min | Documentary
A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's ... See full summary »
6. The Wildest Dream (2010)
PG | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography
Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.
Votes: 1,978 | Gross: $0.87M
8. Best Worst Movie (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.
Votes: 6,720 | Gross: $0.10M
10. Join Us (2007)
Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary
Award winning filmmaker, Ondi Timoner, follows four families as they leave an abusive church in South Carolina and realize they have been in a cult. The film documents them as they enter ... See full summary »
12. A Place of Our Own (2004)
Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson's look back at the 40 years he spent summering at Oak Bluffs, a black-oriented resort community on Martha's Vineyard.
American Masters (1985– )
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson captures the history of African-American a cappella group Sweet Honey In The Rock and follows their 30th anniversary concert tour. The film includes footage from ... See full summary »
14. Freakonomics (2010)
PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary
A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.
Votes: 6,194 | Gross: $0.10M
15. Road to the Big Leagues (2008)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary
Baseball in the Dominican Republic is not just a game. For many Dominicans the long, competitive road to a professional baseball career is one of the few viable alternatives to a life of ... See full summary »
17. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
R | 96 min | Documentary
Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.
Votes: 15,435 | Gross: $1.32M
18. Presunto culpable (2008)
87 min | Documentary
Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent.
21. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
Not Rated | 161 min | Documentary
A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.
24. Promises (2001)
106 min | Documentary
Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,455 | Gross: $0.24M
Not Rated | 167 min | Documentary, Biography, War
A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.
27. Lektionen in Finsternis (1992)
Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, War
This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it.
28. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography
The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.
30. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime
Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.
Votes: 8,941 | Gross: $30.58M
32. Murderball (2005)
R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport
Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Votes: 9,341 | Gross: $1.52M
33. Life in a Day (2011)
PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Drama
A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010.
Directors: Loressa Clisby, Kevin Macdonald, Hiroaki Aikawa, Natalia Andreadis, Jack Attridge, Cristina Bocchialini, Zillah Bowes, Ferran Brooks, Andrea Dalla Costa, Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, Alejo Crisóstomo, Sócrates Cuadri, Ayman El Gazwy, Shawn Gadberry, Jane Haubrich, Soma Helmi, Jennifer M. Howd, Clementine Isaac, Aditya Kolli, Gabor Kukucska, Francesco La Regina, Frederic Lumiere, Marek Mackovic, Zuqy Cruz Marquez, Linda Matarasso, Kevin McMahon, Joseph Michael, Joaquin Montalvan, Lilit Movsisyan, Emmanuelle Pickett, Christopher Redmond, Alejandro Romeo, Alaa Sheikh Hassan, Marcus Tedenryd | Stars: Hiroaki Aikawa, Cindy Baer, Teagan Bentley, Ester Brym
Votes: 13,972 | Gross: $0.25M
38. Lumière et compagnie (1995)
88 min | Documentary
40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière brothers.
Directors: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Vicente Aranda, John Boorman, Youssef Chahine, Alain Corneau, Costa-Gavras, Raymond Depardon, Francis Girod, Peter Greenaway, Lasse Hallström, Hugh Hudson, Gaston Kaboré, Abbas Kiarostami, Cédric Klapisch, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Spike Lee, Claude Lelouch, Bigas Luna, Sarah Moon, Arthur Penn, Lucian Pintilie, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jerry Schatzberg, Nadine Trintignant, Fernando Trueba, Liv Ullmann, Jaco Van Dormael, Régis Wargnier, Wim Wenders, Yoshishige Yoshida, Yimou Zhang, Merzak Allouache, Gabriel Axel, Michael Haneke, James Ivory, Patrice Leconte, David Lynch, Ismail Merchant, Claude Miller, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Jacques Rivette | Stars: Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Merzak Allouache, Jeffe Alperi
40. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary
William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he ... See full summary »
Votes: 935 | Gross: $0.05M
41. Waste Land (2010)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 7,719 | Gross: $0.19M
43. Maxed Out (2006)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,087 | Gross: $0.06M
44. Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)
PG | 125 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."
Votes: 780 | Gross: $0.11M
46. Body of War (2007)
Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, War
The story of an injured American veteran returning home from the war Iraq is set against the backdrop of a critical indictment of the government's handling of the U.S.-led invasion.
Votes: 514 | Gross: $0.07M
47. Marwencol (2010)
83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy
After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.
Votes: 2,627 | Gross: $0.11M
48. The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
PG | 101 min | Documentary
A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.
Votes: 608 | Gross: $0.05M
49. Long Way Round (2004– )
TV-PG | 315 min | Documentary, Adventure
This documentary series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, ... See full summary »
50. Long Way Down (2007– )
519 min | Documentary
Two guys take a trip of several months on motorcycles. They travel from the North of Scotland, down through Europe, into Africa, finally winding up in Cape Town, South Africa.
51. You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush (2009 TV Special)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy
It's time for change in America--but not without a few parting words from former President George W Bush. Here's your chance to discover the man behind the myth as HBO presents Will Ferrell... See full summary »
52. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime
A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.
53. Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality (2003 Video)
Unrated | 55 min | Documentary
The noted scholar, political and social analyst Noam Chomsky presents his critique of America's "War on Terror" with his support for the fact that such a "War" cannot exist.
56. Underground (1976)
87 min | Documentary
It's the mid 1970s and the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), a radical (and violent) offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society, explains to leftist filmmakers the difficulties... See full summary »
57. Grey Gardens (1975)
PG | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.
Votes: 9,557 | Gross: $0.03M
58. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
PG | 80 min | Documentary
What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,332 | Gross: $0.83M
61. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
PG | 96 min | Documentary
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
Votes: 73,874 | Gross: $23.81M
62. Why We Fight (2005)
PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War
Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.
Votes: 9,377 | Gross: $1.44M
63. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)
180 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives.
Votes: 1,210 | Gross: $0.03M
64. Man on Wire (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".
Votes: 45,973 | Gross: $2.96M
65. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War
Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.
Votes: 12,599 | Gross: $0.27M
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.
67. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
PG | 81 min | Documentary
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
Votes: 28,337 | Gross: $2.55M
68. 180° South (2010)
PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport
The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.
Votes: 2,573 | Gross: $0.03M
69. Touching the Void (2003)
R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
Votes: 29,381 | Gross: $4.58M
70. Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007)
Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hicks ("Shine") documents an eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished Western classical composer Philip Glass as he interacts ... See full summary »
Votes: 638 | Gross: $0.02M
72. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)
PG | 80 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 6,185 | Gross: $0.30M
73. South of the Border (2009)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary
A road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents.
Votes: 2,623 | Gross: $0.17M
74. Programming the Nation? (2011)
TV-G | 105 min | Documentary
According to many authorities, since the late 1950's subliminal content has been tested and delivered through all forms of media, at an increasingly alarming rate. "PROGRAMMING THE NATION?"... See full summary »
75. Bhopali (2011)
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, History, News
In 1984, the world's worst industrial disaster devastated and contaminated Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice and corporate responsibility, which has long been ignored.
77. We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân (2010)
PG | 82 min | Documentary, Biography, History
WE STILL LIVE HERE: As Nutayunean tells the amazing story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Four ... See full summary »
84 min | Documentary, Biography, History
About the life and work of controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein.
79. Walking with Pasolini (2008 Video)
21 min | Documentary, Short
A documentary that tells a story of who Pasolini was, his beliefs, why he made Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), and what happened in the UK when the film was released in 1977.
80. Superpower (2008)
PG-13 | 119 min | Documentary, History, War
Superpower illustrates how the United States has leveraged its position to ensure unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority and government deception.
81. Split: A Divided America (2008)
90 min | Documentary
Part road movie, part political investigation, a coast to coast adventure to find the truth about the red/blue divide in America today. World Premiere AFI DALLAS 2008.
82. Beyond Our Differences (2008)
Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary
With all of the problems facing the world today -- war, poverty, weapons, environmental degradation, starvation, overpopulation and severe desperation among millions -- people are longing ... See full summary »
83. Greasy Rider (2006)
Not Rated | 48 min | Documentary
Picture a cross-country road trip powered by vegetable oil in a 1981 Mercedes-Benz. Greasy Rider follows the two filmmakers, Joey Carey and JJ Beck, as they meet with fellow Greasecar drivers, friends, and critics.
84. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)
PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.
Votes: 4,984 | Gross: $1.10M
85. Occupation 101 (2006)
90 min | Documentary
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.
87. How to Start Your Own Country (2005– )
30 min | Documentary, Comedy
This six part BBC series follows intrepid everyman Danny Wallace as he takes up the challenge and begins the unlikely odyssey of setting up and running his own country. From the corridors ... See full summary »
88. Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005)
84 min | Documentary
Detailed account of the United States' removal of Haiti's democratically elected president, Aristide. Features Aristide, Sen. Maxine Waters, Noam Chomsky, Rep. Charles Rangel, more.
Votes: 77 | Gross: $0.01M
90. Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004 Video)
80 min | Documentary
This video shows how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-working in combination with Israeli public relations stratgies-influence US news reporting about the Middle ... See full summary »
92. Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2003)
Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, War
Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq, September 11th, the War on Terror, Media Manipulation and ... See full summary »
93. This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000)
Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary
A filmed account of the street protests against the World Trade Organization Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA in 1999.
95. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)
R | 116 min | Documentary, Crime, War
Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.
Votes: 3,545 | Gross: $0.23M
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Votes: 20,554 | Gross: $4.19M
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography
A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.
Votes: 4,984 | Gross: $0.50M
98. A Brief History of Time (1991)
G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography
A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time.
Votes: 4,260 | Gross: $2.28M
99. Vernon, Florida (1981)
Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Comedy
Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida. A few examples? The preacher giving a sermon on the ... See full summary »