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1. The One Percent (2006)

Documentary

6.9
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In this hard-hitting but humorous documentary, director Jamie Johnson takes the exploration of wealth that he began in Born Rich one step further. The One Percent, refers to the tiny ... See full summary »

Director: Jamie Johnson | Stars: Nicole Buffet, Chuck Collins, Steve Forbes, Cody Franchetti

Votes: 942

2. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 TV Movie)

TV-G | 240 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.6
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The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose

Votes: 849

3. In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.3
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Just a few decades ago, owing more money than you had in your bank account was the exception, not the rule.

Director: Danny Schechter | Stars: Nina Adams, David Aguilar, Roy Barnes, Steve Barnett

Votes: 328

4. Very Young Girls (2007)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Crime

6.6
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Very Young Girls, whose title reflects the fact that in the United States the average age of entry into prostitution is just thirteen. The film takes us into the work of a former sexually ... See full summary »

Directors: David Schisgall, Nina Alvarez | Stars: Laura Guzman, Rachel Lloyd

Votes: 397

5. The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

85 min | Documentary

7.8
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78 Metascore

A documentary that exposes the genocide raging in Darfur, Sudan as seen through the eyes of a former U.S. marine who returns home to make the story public.

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Nicholas Kristof, Brian Steidle

Votes: 1,471 | Gross: $0.13M

6. Street Fight (2005)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

8.1
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85 Metascore

This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which a City Councilman, Cory Booker, attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James.

Director: Marshall Curry | Stars: Jen Bluestein, Cory Booker, Bill Bradley, Chris Christie

Votes: 1,645

7. Press for Truth (2006)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

8.1
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The story and truth about 9/11

Director: Ray Nowosielski | Stars: Kristen Breitweiser, George W. Bush, Patty Casazza, Dick Cheney

Votes: 517

8. The Business of Being Born (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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68 Metascore

Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her ... See full summary »

Director: Abby Epstein | Stars: Mary Helen Ayres, Julia Barnett, Sylvie Blaustein, Louann Brizendine

Votes: 1,210 | Gross: $0.07M

9. Seoul Train (2004)

54 min | Documentary

7.8
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The gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China

Directors: Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky, Lisa Sleeth

Votes: 280

10. Bustin' Down the Door (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

6.9
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61 Metascore

This documentary tells the story of a group of Australian and South African surfers who revolutionized their sport in Hawaii during the winter of 1975.

Director: Jeremy Gosch | Stars: Reno Abellira, Clyde Aikau, Eddie Aikau, Ben Aipa

Votes: 249

11. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

8.5
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84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 43,042 | Gross: $0.86M

12. American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Crime

7.9
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The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Booth | Stars: Joe Arpaio, Jello Biafra, Osama bin Laden, Jeff Blackburn

Votes: 1,535

13. No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

6.7
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66 Metascore

Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

Directors: Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein | Stars: Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin

Votes: 1,388 | Gross: $0.10M

14. American Meth (2008 Video)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary

5.6
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American Meth is more than a movie, it's a movement. Narrated by Val Kilmer this documentary explores the devastation this drug is unleashing on America, and it looks at how it dismatles an American family.

Director: Justin Hunt | Stars: Val Kilmer, Justin Hunt, Jenna, Michael

Votes: 361

15. Fat: What No One Is Telling You (2007)

120 min | Documentary

7.4
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This two hour program gives viewers a window into the intense human dramas that rage inside people who have been labeled obese and how hard their weight problem is to solve. Follow people ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Fredericks | Stars: Mary Dimino, Rocky Tayeh, Meredith Vieira, Brian Wansink

Votes: 46

16. At the Death House Door (2008)

98 min | Documentary

7.4
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An investigation of the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in Texas on December 7, 1989, after prosecutors ignored evidence inculpating a man, who bragged to friends about committing the crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.

Directors: Peter Gilbert, Steve James | Stars: Carroll Pickett, Steve Mills, Maurice Possley, Anne Ellis

Votes: 348

17. The Beautiful Truth (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

7.1
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A troubled 15-year-old boy attempting to cope with the recent death of his mother sets out to research Dr. Max Gerson's claims of a diet that can cure cancer as his first assignment for ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Kroschel | Stars: Charlotte Gerson, Jay Kordich, Garrett Kroschel, Joyce Riley

Votes: 592

18. Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene (2008)

PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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Actor Don Cheadle narrates the story of America's first shock-jock, Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene.

Director: Loren Mendell | Stars: Marion Barry Jr., Chuck Brown, James Brown, Sugar Ray Leonard

Votes: 66