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1. Shine a Light (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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76 Metascore

A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 10,175 | Gross: $5.36M

2. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,434 | Gross: $0.06M

3. Playground (2009)

85 min | Documentary

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A look into the sex trade of children.

Director: Libby Spears

Votes: 185

4. The Pixar Story (2007)

G | 87 min | Documentary

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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 »

Director: Leslie Iwerks | Stars: Stacy Keach, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, John Musker

Votes: 4,479

5. Facing the Habit (2007 Video)

50 min

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Award-winning documentary tells the story of Dave, a former stockbroker/millionaire whose life has spiraled out of control due to his heroin addiction.

In his desperate quest to become clean... See full synopsis »

Director: Magnolia Martin

Votes: 86

6. The Wildest Dream (2010)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Anthony Geffen | Stars: Conrad Anker, Susan Robertson, Robert Macfarlane, Peter Gillman

Votes: 1,978 | Gross: $0.87M

7. The Big One (1997)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

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On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Elaine Bly, Dan Burns, Chip Carter

Votes: 7,265 | Gross: $0.72M

8. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray, Micki Knox

Votes: 6,720 | Gross: $0.10M

9. We Live in Public (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

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69 Metascore

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez, David Amron

Votes: 1,633 | Gross: $0.04M

10. Join Us (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

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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 »

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Raymund Melz, Deborah Melz, Joaquin Sullivan, Liz Shaw

Votes: 130

11. The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (1999)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

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The history of black newspapers in America.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: George Barbour, Timuel Black, Frank Bolden, Wallace Burney

Votes: 28

12. A Place of Our Own (2004)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

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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.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Cecelia Antoinette, Henry Louis Gates, Lani Guinier, Manning Marable

Votes: 25

13. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (2005)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography

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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 »

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Arnaé, Ysaye M. Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil

Votes: 49

14. Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

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58 Metascore

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Melvin Van Peebles

Votes: 6,194 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Road to the Big Leagues (2008)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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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 »

Director: Jared Goodman | Stars: Vladimir Guerrero, Jesus Alou, David Ortiz

Votes: 63

16. Comandante (2003)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

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Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Fidel Castro, Oliver Stone, Juanita Vera, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Votes: 3,358

17. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

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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.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 15,435 | Gross: $1.32M

18. Presunto culpable (2008)

87 min | Documentary

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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.

Directors: Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith

Votes: 1,236

19. Lake of Fire (2006)

Unrated | 152 min | Documentary

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83 Metascore

A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Bill Baird, Flip Benham, Dallas Blanchard

Votes: 2,275 | Gross: $0.02M

20. My Flesh and Blood (2003)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

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78 Metascore

Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.

Director: Jonathan Karsh | Stars: Susan Tom, Anthony Tom, Faith Tom, Joe Tom

Votes: 1,632

21. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)

Not Rated | 161 min | Documentary

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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 »

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate, Richard Wilkinson

Votes: 16,339

22. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

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Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 44,912

23. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 12,262

24. Promises (2001)

106 min | Documentary

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80 Metascore

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 »

Directors: B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro, Carlos Bolado | Stars: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Shlomo Green, Sanabel Hassan

Votes: 2,455 | Gross: $0.24M

25. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

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90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,582 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

Not Rated | 167 min | Documentary, Biography, War

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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Mark Achbar, Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Paul Andrews

Votes: 3,854

27. Lektionen in Finsternis (1992)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, War

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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.

Director: Werner Herzog | Star: Werner Herzog

Votes: 4,217

28. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography

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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.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner

Votes: 8,976

29. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,230 | Gross: $0.28M

30. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 8,941 | Gross: $30.58M

31. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

6.8
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71 Metascore

A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Lee Scott, Don Hunter, Jon Hunter, Jeremy Hunter

Votes: 4,257

32. 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: 9,341 | Gross: $1.52M

33. Life in a Day (2011)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Drama

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58 Metascore

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

34. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

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81 Metascore

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz

Votes: 10,044 | Gross: $6.41M

35. Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

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48 Metascore

This documentary compiles a series of Noam Chomsky's interviews and lectures that address the events of 9/11.

Director: John Junkerman | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky

Votes: 544 | Gross: $0.29M

36. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Crime

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88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 61,934 | Gross: $4.31M

37. On Any Sunday (1971)

G | 96 min | Documentary, Sport

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Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Steve McQueen, Bruce Brown, David Evans, Mert Lawwill

Votes: 1,095

39. Romántico (2005)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

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68 Metascore

A troubadour returns home to scratch out a living in Mexico after years of trying to get ahead in San Francisco.

Director: Mark Becker | Stars: Arturo Arias, Carmelo Muñiz Sanchez

Votes: 176 | Gross: $0.03M

40. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.1
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63 Metascore

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 »

Director: Yony Leyser | Stars: Fred Aldrich, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra

Votes: 935 | Gross: $0.05M

41. 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: 7,719 | Gross: $0.19M

42. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

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79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,522 | Gross: $0.24M

43. Maxed Out (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

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65 Metascore

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 »

Director: James D. Scurlock | Stars: Beth Naef, Mike Hudson, Louis C.K., Catherine Brown

Votes: 2,087 | Gross: $0.06M

44. Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)

PG | 125 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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58 Metascore

A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Lillian Carter, Elizabeth Hayes

Votes: 780 | Gross: $0.11M

45. The Empire in Africa (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

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51 Metascore

The story of the war the international community waged against civil war stricken Sierra Leone.

Director: Philippe Diaz | Stars: Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, Foday Sankoh, Mike Lamin, Zainab Hawa Bangura

Votes: 90 | Gross: $0.00M

46. Body of War (2007)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, War

7.8
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60 Metascore

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.

Directors: Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro | Stars: Robert Byrd, Garett Reppenhagen, Cathy Smith, Nathan Young

Votes: 514 | Gross: $0.07M

47. Marwencol (2010)

83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

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83 Metascore

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.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 2,627 | Gross: $0.11M

48. The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

7.9
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78 Metascore

A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.

Directors: Gregory V. Sherman, Jeff Sherman | Stars: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Roy Edward Disney, Julie Andrews

Votes: 608 | Gross: $0.05M

49. Long Way Round (2004– )

TV-PG | 315 min | Documentary, Adventure

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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 »

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 9,871

50. Long Way Down (2007– )

519 min | Documentary

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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.

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 3,946

51. You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush (2009 TV Special)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy

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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 »

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Will Ferrell, Michael Delaney, Pia Glenn, Adam Mucci

Votes: 3,639

52. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

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85 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 7,409

53. Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality (2003 Video)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary

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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.

Director: John Junkerman | Star: Noam Chomsky

Votes: 467

54. Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007)

58 min | Documentary

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A visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States as seen through cemeteries, historic plaques and markers. Inspired by Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States".

Director: John Gianvito

Votes: 132

55. Appunti per un'Orestiade africana (1970)

65 min | Documentary

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The director presents takes and scenes filmed on location in Africa for a film-that-never-was, a black Oresteia.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Gato Barbieri, Donald F. Moye, Marcello Melis, Yvonne Murray

Votes: 311

56. Underground (1976)

87 min | Documentary

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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 »

Directors: Emile de Antonio, Mary Lampson, Haskell Wexler | Stars: Bill Ayers, Kathy Boudin, Emile de Antonio, Bernardine Dohrn

Votes: 118

57. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

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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.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 9,557 | Gross: $0.03M

58. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

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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 »

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Dave Hoover, George Mendonça, Rodney Brooks, Raymond A. Mendez

Votes: 3,332 | Gross: $0.83M

59. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

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A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 11,846

60. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

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A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 7,642 | Gross: $0.03M

61. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

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75 Metascore

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.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 73,874 | Gross: $23.81M

62. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,377 | Gross: $1.44M

63. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)

180 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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87 Metascore

The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives.

Director: Andrei Ujica | Stars: Nicolae Ceausescu, Elena Ceausescu, Stefan Andrei, Gheorghe Apostol

Votes: 1,210 | Gross: $0.03M

64. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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89 Metascore

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".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 45,973 | Gross: $2.96M

65. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War

7.6
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82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 12,599 | Gross: $0.27M

66. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.6
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82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 26,011

67. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 28,337 | Gross: $2.55M

68. 180° South (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

7.6
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The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

Director: Chris Malloy | Stars: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Alicia Salome Acuna Ika

Votes: 2,573 | Gross: $0.03M

69. 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: 29,381 | Gross: $4.58M

70. Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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55 Metascore

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 »

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Philip Glass, Holly Critchlow, Chuck Close, JoAnne Akalaitis

Votes: 638 | Gross: $0.02M

71. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

7.5
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62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 24,347 | Gross: $0.90M

72. 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: 6,185 | Gross: $0.30M

73. South of the Border (2009)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

7.1
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45 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tariq Ali, Fidel Castro, Raúl Castro, Hugo Chávez

Votes: 2,623 | Gross: $0.17M

74. Programming the Nation? (2011)

TV-G | 105 min | Documentary

7.0
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33 Metascore

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 »

Director: Jeff Warrick | Stars: John B. Alexander, Richard Beggs, Nick Begich, August Bullock

Votes: 88

75. Bhopali (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, History, News

8.2
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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.

Director: Max Carlson | Stars: Saiba Babu, Salam Babu, Rashida Bee, Hazra Bi

Votes: 52

76. Teenage Paparazzo (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

7.4
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A documentary that examines the relationship between celebrity and society.

Director: Adrian Grenier | Stars: Med Abrous, Alec Baldwin, Nicholas Barber, Blair Berk

Votes: 1,999

77. We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân (2010)

PG | 82 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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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 »

Director: Anne Makepeace | Stars: Jason Baird, Jessie Baird, Mae Alice Baird, Eva Blake

Votes: 35

78. American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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71 Metascore

About the life and work of controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein.

Directors: David Ridgen, Nicolas Rossier | Stars: Musa Abu-Hashhash, Nidal Barham, Noam Chomsky, Alan M. Dershowitz

Votes: 679

79. Walking with Pasolini (2008 Video)

21 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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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.

Director: Roberto Davide | Stars: Neil Bartlett, Craig Lapper, David Forgacs, Roberto Davide

Votes: 22

80. Superpower (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Documentary, History, War

7.2
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Superpower illustrates how the United States has leveraged its position to ensure unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority and government deception.

Director: Barbara-Anne Steegmuller | Stars: Christy Johnson, Max Carter, Harry S. Truman, Eric L. Haney

Votes: 311

81. Split: A Divided America (2008)

90 min | Documentary

7.7
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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.

Director: Kelly Nyks | Stars: Tucker Carlson, Al Franken, Norman Ornstein, Jesse Jackson

Votes: 138

82. Beyond Our Differences (2008)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

7.6
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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 »

Director: Peter Bisanz | Stars: Mouneer Anis, Karen Armstrong, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Brian Baird

Votes: 64

83. Greasy Rider (2006)

Not Rated | 48 min | Documentary

6.8
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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.

Directors: J.J. Beck, Joey Carey | Stars: Charlie Anderson, Justin Carven, Noam Chomsky, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 26

84. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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64 Metascore

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.

Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stew Albert, Tariq Ali

Votes: 4,984 | Gross: $1.10M

85. Occupation 101 (2006)

90 min | Documentary

8.4
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A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

Directors: Abdallah Omeish, Sufyan Omeish | Stars: James Akins, Arik Ascherman, Bishop Barltlett Jr., Phyllis Bennis

Votes: 1,615

86. The Peace! DVD (2005 Video)

124 min | Documentary, War

7.2
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A tribute to the 21st Century Peace Movement featuring the thinkers, activists and leaders working to ensure a peaceful future.

Director: Gabriele Zamparini | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Ossie Davis

Votes: 32

87. How to Start Your Own Country (2005– )

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.7
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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 »

Stars: Danny Wallace, Chris Banks, Jon Bond, Wag Marshall-Page

Votes: 116

88. Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005)

84 min | Documentary

8.2
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Nicolas Rossier | Stars: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, George Bush, George W. Bush, Timothy Carney

Votes: 77 | Gross: $0.01M

89. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Documentary

8.2
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The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them.

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Shera Pollins, Gene Hatcher

Votes: 10,908

90. Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004 Video)

80 min | Documentary

8.3
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57 Metascore

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 »

Directors: Sut Jhally, Bathsheba Ratzkoff | Stars: Seth Ackerman, Stav Adivi, Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi

Votes: 514

91. Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (2004)

Unrated | 68 min | Documentary

8.0
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54 Metascore

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Directors: Jeremy Earp, Sut Jhally | Stars: Tariq Ali, Benjamin Barber, Medea Benjamin, Julian Bond

Votes: 366

92. Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2003)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, War

7.3
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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 »

Director: Will Pascoe | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky

Votes: 550

93. This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

7.8
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A filmed account of the street protests against the World Trade Organization Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA in 1999.

Directors: Jill Friedberg, Rick Rowley | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Michael Franti, Susan Sarandon, Vandana Shiva

Votes: 328

94. Tabloid (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

7.1
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74 Metascore

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Joyce McKinney, Peter Tory, Troy Williams, Jackson Shaw

Votes: 5,744 | Gross: $0.68M

95. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R | 116 min | Documentary, Crime, War

7.5
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70 Metascore

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, Ken Davis, Anthony Diaz

Votes: 3,545 | Gross: $0.23M

96. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 20,554 | Gross: $4.19M

97. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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78 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Fred A. Leuchter Jr., Robert Jan Van Pelt, David Irving, Caroline Leuchter

Votes: 4,984 | Gross: $0.50M

98. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 4,260 | Gross: $2.28M

99. Vernon, Florida (1981)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.2
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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 »

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Albert Bitterling, Roscoe Collins, George Harris, Joe Payne

Votes: 2,515

100. Gates of Heaven (1978)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Lucille Billingsley, Zella Graham, Cal Harberts, Dan Harberts

Votes: 4,584