Top 90 Documentaries

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1. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 29,481 | Gross: $1.72M

2. 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: 50,319 | Gross: $1.61M

3. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.7
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96 Metascore

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 34,350 | Gross: $13.78M

Not a documentary per se, but £eels like one.

4. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

7.8
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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: 11,845

5. 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: 11,891 | Gross: $1.41M

6. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.9
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59 Metascore

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Jon Roberts, Al Sunshine, Sam Burstyn, Mickey Munday

Votes: 11,365 | Gross: $0.15M

7. Gimme Shelter (1970)

R | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

7.9
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80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,092 | Gross: $0.25M

8. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.0
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Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 16,960

9. 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: 7,717 | Gross: $0.19M

10. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Joe Cairo, David Carlo

Votes: 6,885 | Gross: $1.25M

11. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

8.1
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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: 7,639 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 9,442 | Gross: $4.98M

13. 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: 28,328 | Gross: $2.55M

14. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.0
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93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 15,502 | Gross: $3.17M

15. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

8.0
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79 Metascore

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,534

16. Comizi d'amore (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

7.5
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Microphone in hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini asks Italians to talk about sex: he asks children where babies come from, young and old women if they are men's equals, men and women if a woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Lello Bersani, Alberto Moravia, Cesare Musatti

Votes: 954

17. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 26,793 | Gross: $2.60M

18. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr

Votes: 8,080

19. Ônibus 174 (2002)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Crime

7.9
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83 Metascore

Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda | Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Anonymous

Votes: 7,150 | Gross: $0.22M

20. Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

7.6
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Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with those testimonies the filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews. ... See full summary »

Directors: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch | Stars: Angelo, Nadine Ballot, Régis Debray, Jacques

Votes: 1,872

21. To Be and to Have (2002)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Family

7.9
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87 Metascore

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin, Guillaume

Votes: 6,984 | Gross: $0.78M

22. El sol del membrillo (1992)

133 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.9
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82 Metascore

The artist, Antonio Lopez, tries to paint the quince tree he planted some time back in his garden. Throughout his life, he has worked on the same theme many times, almost as if it were a ... See full summary »

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Antonio López, María Moreno, Enrique Gran, María López

Votes: 1,357

23. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

8.6
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 30,882 | Gross: $1.25M

24. Mein Kampf (1960)

111 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.8
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"Mein Kampf" presents the raising and fall of the Third Reich, showing mainly the destruction of Poland and the life Hitler, which is told since he was a mediocre student and frustrated ... See full summary »

Director: Erwin Leiser | Stars: Claude Stephenson, Louis Arbessier, Heinrich Brüning, Friedrich Ebert

Votes: 303

25. Wild China (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

8.5
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An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau.

Star: Bernard Hill

Votes: 2,203

26. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

9.1
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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Doug Allan, Michael Pitts

Votes: 29,728

27. Warrendale (1967)

100 min | Documentary

7.7
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Chronicles 7-weeks in the lives of 12 emotionally disturbed children and their therapist's experimental method of treatment at the Toronto-area Warrendale facility.

Director: Allan King | Star: Martin Fischer

Votes: 419

28. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

7.8
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80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 15,191 | Gross: $0.94M

29. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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76 Metascore

A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.

Director: Richard Press | Stars: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, Editta Sherman

Votes: 4,645 | Gross: $1.51M

30. The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (2006)

76 min | Documentary

7.9
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Welcome to The Great Happiness Space: Rakkyo Café. The club's owner, Issei (22), has a staff of twenty boys all under his training to become the top escorts of Osaka's underground love ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Clennell

Votes: 1,278

31. 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: 25,999

32. Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

R | 130 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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77 Metascore

Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

Director: John Dullaghan | Stars: Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan, Linda Lee Bukowski

Votes: 3,040 | Gross: $0.30M

33. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

104 min | Documentary

8.3
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BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC ... See full summary »

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Adam Scorgie, Chris Bennett, Steve Bloom, Renee Bojee

Votes: 7,348

34. Antonio Gaudí (1984)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

7.4
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The work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí, as seen by Japanese New Wave director Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Isidro Puig Boada, Antoni Gaudí, Seiji Miyaguchi

Votes: 1,074

35. My Winnipeg (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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84 Metascore

Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Louis Negin, Amy Stewart

Votes: 4,147 | Gross: $0.16M

36. 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: 55,659 | Gross: $3.29M

37. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

7.9
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A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 9,784 | Gross: $1.57M

38. Buddha's Lost Children (2006)

97 min | Documentary

7.9
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Buddha's Lost Children is a feature-length documentary film about a Thai Buddhist monk who - armed only with his faith and skills and master boxer skills - wages an inspirational battle to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Verkerk | Stars: Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto, Khun Ead, Pan Sean, Boontam

Votes: 361

39. Between the Folds (2008)

G | 56 min | Documentary

7.6
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Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Through their determination to reinterpret... See full summary »

Director: Vanessa Gould | Stars: Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, Vincent Floderer, Miri Golan

Votes: 742

40. Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008)

60 min | Documentary

8.1
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Naoki once had it all - the fast car, the executive home. Boss of his own business he lived the good-life when Japan's economy was at it's height. Then the bubble burst - and he met Yoshie.

Director: Sean McAllister | Stars: Naoki Sato, Yoshie Sato, Sean McAllister

Votes: 358

41. Miesten vuoro (2010)

81 min | Documentary

8.0
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Finnish men in sauna, speaking straight from the heart.

Directors: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen | Stars: Timo Aalto, Pekka Ahonen, Aarne Aksila, Mauno Alasuutari

Votes: 2,252

42. Ashes and Snow (2005)

63 min | Documentary, Drama

8.3
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Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,406

43. 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: 54,460 | Gross: $3.97M

44. Nobody's Business (1996)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.2
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A portrait of the director's father, searching for the extraordinary in the subject's seemingly normal existence.

Director: Alan Berliner | Stars: Alan Berliner, Oscar Berliner

Votes: 474

45. O Amor Natural (1996)

76 min | Documentary

7.5
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A documentary on Brazil's relationship with the poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and to their own sexuality.

Director: Heddy Honigmann

Votes: 158

46. De grote vakantie (2000)

145 min | Documentary

7.8
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After the famous Dutch documentary filmmaker Johan van der Keuken is told that he has prostate cancer and only a few years left to live he decides to take an extended vacation while filming... See full summary »

Director: Johan van der Keuken

Votes: 95

47. Public Speaking (2010)

84 min | Documentary

7.7
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A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Pau Casals

Votes: 1,365 | Gross: $0.06M

48. Portrait of Jason (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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87 Metascore

The highlights of a 12-hour interview with Aaron Payne, alias Jason Holliday, a former houseboy, would-be cabaret performer, and self-proclaimed hustler who, while drinking and smoking ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke | Stars: Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee

Votes: 602

49. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.3
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92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 8,786 | Gross: $0.11M

50. 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: 28,273 | Gross: $0.49M

51. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 49,640 | Gross: $2.28M

52. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,006

53. More Than Honey (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

7.6
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70 Metascore

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

Director: Markus Imhoof | Stars: Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, John Miller, Liane Singer

Votes: 3,466 | Gross: $0.07M

54. Crazy Love (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Romance

7.1
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69 Metascore

The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach.

Directors: Dan Klores, Fisher Stevens | Stars: Burt Pugach, Linda Pugach, Bob Janoff, Sylvia Hoffman

Votes: 2,228 | Gross: $0.30M

55. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

7.6
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91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 10,488 | Gross: $1.60M

56. Europe, She Loves (2016)

100 min | Documentary

6.6
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Europe on the verge of social and economic change. A close up into the shaken vision of four couples, daily struggles, fights, kids, sex and passion. A movie about the politics of love. Le cinéma politique fait l'amour.

Director: Jan Gassmann

Votes: 214

57. Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

7.6
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83 Metascore

An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnes Varda. The aesthetic, political and moral ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 4,260 | Gross: $0.15M

58. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,075

59. Surfwise (2007)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

7.3
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72 Metascore

Doug Pray explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz.

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: Juliette Paskowitz, David Paskowitz, Jonathan Paskowitz, Abraham Paskowitz

Votes: 1,327 | Gross: $0.27M

60. The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

PG | 78 min | Documentary

7.8
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A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pablo Picasso, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Renoir

Votes: 1,577 | Gross: $0.27M

61. Alamar (2009)

G | 73 min | Documentary, Drama

7.3
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77 Metascore

Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef.

Director: Pedro González-Rubio | Stars: Jorge Machado, Roberta Palombini, Natan Machado Palombini, Nestór Marín

Votes: 2,153 | Gross: $0.06M

62. National Gallery (2014)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

7.3
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89 Metascore

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Leanne Benjamin, Kausikan Rajeshkumar, Jo Shapcott, Edward Watson

Votes: 1,041 | Gross: $0.10M

63. The Endless Summer (1966)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

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The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord James Blears, Bruce Brown

Votes: 4,319

64. The Endless Summer 2 (1994)

TV-14 | 109 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

7.6
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Bruce Brown, king of surfing documentaries, returns after nearly thirty years to trace the steps of two young surfers to top surfing spots around the world. Along the way we see many of the... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Patrick O'Connell, Robert 'Wingnut' Weaver, Robert August, T.J. Barron

Votes: 1,614 | Gross: $2.16M

65. That's Entertainment! (1974)

G | 135 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

7.7
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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford

Votes: 4,157 | Gross: $26.89M

66. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Crime

8.0
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Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover

Votes: 3,731

67. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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81 Metascore

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa

Votes: 14,451 | Gross: $7.00M

68. José e Pilar (2010)

117 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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"José and Pilar," a documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes | Stars: Joao Afonso, Àngels Barceló, Pilar del Río, Juan Echanove

Votes: 2,078

69. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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86 Metascore

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington, Juan Valdez

Votes: 3,193 | Gross: $0.47M

70. Calle 54 (2000)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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84 Metascore

A film featuring performances of several stars of the Latin Jazz music scene.

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Michel Camilo, Tito Puente, Arturo O'Farrill, Rolando Guerrero

Votes: 699 | Gross: $0.18M

71. Eco de la montaña (2014)

92 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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A portrait of the great Wixarika (Huichol) artist Santos de la Torre who lives in near anonymity in the Western Sierra Madre.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Star: Santos de la Torre

Votes: 121

72. 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: 39,253 | Gross: $0.89M

73. Terror's Advocate (2007)

Unrated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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75 Metascore

A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jacques Vergès, Klaus Barbie, Barbet Schroeder, Bassam Abu Sharif

Votes: 1,358 | Gross: $0.04M

74. The Green Prince (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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67 Metascore

The son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, becomes a spy for the Israelis.

Director: Nadav Schirman | Stars: Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, Sheikh Hassan Yousef

Votes: 2,353 | Gross: $0.26M

75. Hoeng gong saam bou kuk (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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53 Metascore

A story of Hong Kong told by three generations of real people: 'preschooled' children, 'preoccupied' young people, and 'preposterous' senior citizens.

Director: Christopher Doyle | Stars: Alex Bedwell, Jason Cheung, Selene Cheung, Thierry Chow

Votes: 98

76. In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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74 Metascore

A documentary on Henry Darger, visionary artist, janitor, and novelist.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Henry Darger, Dakota Fanning, Larry Pine, Frier McCollister

Votes: 1,897 | Gross: $0.41M

77. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 13,989 | Gross: $0.22M

78. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

7.4
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74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,356 | Gross: $4.04M

79. Manakamana (2013)

118 min | Documentary

6.7
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86 Metascore

A documentary about a group of pilgrims who travel to Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple.

Directors: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez | Stars: Chabbi Lal Gandharba, Anish Gandharba, Bindu Gayek, Narayan Gayek

Votes: 608

80. Les plages d'Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 1,968 | Gross: $0.24M

81. Endingu nôto (2011)

90 min | Documentary

7.7
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A documentary movie that portrays the final months of a Japanese "salaryman" (business man) in his fight against cancer and his reconnection with his family (wife, children, granddaughter ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mami Sunada

Votes: 79

82. E Agora? Lembra-me (2013)

Unrated | 164 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

Joaquim Pinto, who has been living with HIV for more than two decades, looks back at his life in cinema, at his friendships and loves, at the mysteries of art and nature - while undergoing an experimental drug treatment.

Director: Joaquim Pinto | Stars: Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel, Serge Daney, Raoul Ruiz

Votes: 325

83. American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince (1978)

55 min | Documentary

7.6
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Director Martin Scorsese talks to actor Steven Prince about his past. As the night goes on, Prince reveals some very amusing and moving stories of his experiences with drugs and violence.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Steven Prince, Martin Scorsese, George Memmoli, Julia Cameron

Votes: 682

84. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015– )

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

8.7
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Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 27,623

85. Moments choisis des histoire(s) du cinéma (2004)

84 min | Documentary

7.5
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Add a Plot

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 119

86. Gadajace glowy (1980)

16 min | Documentary, Short

8.1
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People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Votes: 1,843

87. How to Draw a Bunny (2002)

90 min | Documentary

7.6
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78 Metascore

Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson.

Director: John W. Walter | Stars: Joseph Ialacci, Richard Feigen, Frances Beatty, Mort Janklow

Votes: 505 | Gross: $0.00M

88. Colombia magia salvaje (2015)

94 min | Documentary

8.3
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A wonderful country full of amazing creatures in America called Colombia , seen as never before, accompanied by incredible shots , make it a must-see place for adventurers and wildlife lovers this natural paradise.

Director: Mike Slee | Star: Julio Sanchéz Cristo

Votes: 953

89. Costa da morte (2013)

81 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

7.2
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Costa da Morte is a region in Galicia (Spain), which was considered as the end of the world during the Roman period. Its dramatic name comes from the numerous shipwrecks that happened along... See full summary »

Director: Lois Patiño

Votes: 125

90. Reach for the SKY (2015)

90 min | Documentary

7.8
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Can one day shape the rest of your life? A feature documentary on the South-Korean education system

Directors: Wooyoung Choi, Steven Dhoedt

Votes: 64

91. El Sicario, Room 164 (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.2
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76 Metascore

The story of a hitman for the drug cartels in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Votes: 539

92. Los reyes del pueblo que no existe (2015)

83 min | Documentary, Drama

7.6
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Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwestern Mexico. Despite their loneliness and fear, they refuse to leave.

Director: Betzabé García | Stars: Irineo Osuna Enciso, María Aura Zazueta Lamphar, Ramiro Osuna Moreno, Paula Sánchez Osuna

Votes: 53

93. Autism in Love (2015)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama

7.6
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Autism in Love follows the story of four adults with autism spectrum disorders as they search for and manage romantic relationships.

Director: Matt Fuller

Votes: 405

94. Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.9
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69 Metascore

Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.

Director: Margaret Brown | Stars: Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 1,055 | Gross: $0.13M