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1. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 17,643

2. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, B.J. Rolfzen, Dick Kangas, Liam Clancy

Votes: 10,245

3. 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: 30,703 | Gross: $1.25M

4. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

600 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, John Steele Gordon, Kenneth Jackson, Robert A.M. Stern

Votes: 729

5. Un poeta nel Cinema: Andreij Tarkovskij (1984)

65 min | Documentary

7.9
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Add a Plot

Director: Donatella Baglivo | Stars: Donatella Baglivo, Andrei Tarkovsky

Votes: 98

6. L'amour existe (1960)

21 min | Short, Documentary

7.5
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A social commentary on post-war France's urban developments.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Star: Jean-Loup Reynold

Votes: 430

7. Apocalypse: La 2ème guerre mondiale (2009– )

312 min | Documentary, War

9.2
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Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Martin Sheen

Votes: 4,587

8. Moskovskaya elegiya (1987)

88 min | Documentary

7.2
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A film in homage to Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. It concentrates on his absence from the Soviet Union and what he left behind. There are episodes of his funeral and places he lived ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Andrei Tarkovsky, Tonino Guerra, Aleksandr Sokurov

Votes: 290

9. Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez

Votes: 6,907

10. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 13,693 | Gross: $50.00M

11. Charles Bukowski par Barbet Schroeder (1985– )

Not Rated | 240 min | Documentary

8.5
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Barbet Schroeder interviews Bukowski.

Stars: Charles Bukowski, Linda Lee Bukowski, Barbet Schroeder

Votes: 354

12. This Is Civilisation (2007– )

60 min | Documentary

8.0
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Matthew Collings goes on an epic journey across the planet to explore the ways in which cultures of the past have shaped our civilization and the world we live in.

Star: Matthew Collings

Votes: 33

13. The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010)

85 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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Takes us into the studio with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the recording of their fourth album.

Director: Thom Zimny | Stars: Mike Appel, Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons, Obie Dziedzic

Votes: 417

14. George Orwell: A Life in Pictures (2003 TV Movie)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

8.4
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Dramatised biography of writer George Orwell.

Director: Chris Durlacher | Stars: Chris Langham, Michael Fenton Stevens, Tom Goodman-Hill, Andrew Bone

Votes: 92

15. 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: 6,867 | Gross: $1.25M

16. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

7.7
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70 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Reverend Gadget

Votes: 11,603 | Gross: $1.68M

17. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)

65 min | Documentary

7.7
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This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night.

Director: Walter Ruttmann | Star: Paul von Hindenburg

Votes: 3,103

18. Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

6.8
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Join host Ben Wattenberg for the chronicle of a movement that rivaled the great religions in sweep and power, but ultimately failed to deliver the "Heaven on Earth" promised by its most ambitious advocates.

Director: Brittany Huckabee | Stars: Mart Laar, Henry Strozier, Ben Wattenberg

Votes: 47

19. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.8
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55 Metascore

Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Directors: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas | Stars: Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks

Votes: 4,431 | Gross: $0.09M

20. L'héritage de la chouette (1989– )

Documentary, History

8.3
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A 13-part documentary mini-series (directed by Chris Marker) on the significance of ancient Greek culture in the creation of the modern Western Civilization.

Stars: André Dussollier, Daniel Andler, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Kostas Axelos

Votes: 55

21. Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.9
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A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 3,930 | Gross: $3.75M

22. Chicago 10 (2007)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.4
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69 Metascore

Archival footage, animation, and music are used to look back at the eight anti-war protesters who were put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Nick Nolte, Roy Scheider, Hank Azaria

Votes: 1,128 | Gross: $0.18M

23. 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: 4,973 | Gross: $1.10M

24. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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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: 44,751

25. Sympathy for the Devil (1968)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

6.4
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Godard's documentation of late 1960s Western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver. Other notable subjects are the role of ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Sean Lynch, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards

Votes: 2,379

26. The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin (1997)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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Documentary on how composer Dmitri Shostakovich used his Fourth to Ninth Symphony as a silent protest against the crimes of Stalin.

Director: Larry Weinstein | Stars: Valery Gergiev, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Flora Litvinova, Graham Haley

Votes: 102

27. What Happened to Kerouac? (1986)

96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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Documentary explore the unfulfilled promise of Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac, covering the period from the publication of his notorious novel On the Road in 1957 to his alcohol-related death 12 years later.

Directors: Richard Lerner, Lewis MacAdams | Stars: Gregory Corso, Jan Kerouac, Herbert Huncke, Fran Landesman

Votes: 256

28. A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2002)

48 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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77 Metascore

A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma, childhood in Warwickshire, life at Cambridge and... See full summary »

Director: Jeroen Berkvens | Stars: Nick Drake, Paul Weller, Gabrielle Drake, Rodney Drake

Votes: 582

29. Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary

7.6
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A documentary about militant student political activity in the University of California-Berkely in the 1960's.

Director: Mark Kitchell | Stars: Jentri Anders, Joan Baez, Frank Bardacke, Stokely Carmichael

Votes: 619

30. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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88 Metascore

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Van Morrison

Votes: 13,672 | Gross: $0.32M

31. Zemlya lyudey (1966)

10 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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Essay praising human life and work, the everlasting beauty and expression of human thought.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 139

32. Festival Express (2003)

R | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.6
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85 Metascore

The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour.

Directors: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich | Stars: Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Band, Rick Danko

Votes: 1,946 | Gross: $1.17M

33. Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)

70 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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Peter Whitehead's disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled "A Pop Concerto," comprises a number of different "movements," each depicting a different theme underscored by music: A ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Whitehead | Stars: Alan Aldridge, Julie Christie, David Hockney, Andrew Loog Oldham

Votes: 242

34. Let It Be (1970)

G | 81 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 4,474

35. Home (III) (2006)

70 min | Documentary

6.0
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Young Irish immigrant, Alan Cooke contemplates the great metropolis New York City, and the very meaning of home itself. A vivid moving and poetic portrayal of life in contemporary New York ... See full summary »

Director: Dawn Scibilia | Stars: Alan Cooke, Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Mike Myers

Votes: 45

36. Les derniers révoltés d'Hollywood (2008)

52 min | Documentary

6.2
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Exploring the radical changes which hit Hollywood in the 1960s and 70s, with a new breed of director and actor, and the anti-hero very much replacing the all-American hero.

Directors: Clara Kuperberg, Robert Kuperberg | Stars: Dominick Dunne, David Gasman, Jerry Schatzberg, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 17

37. Bukowski (1973)

60 min | Documentary

7.8
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The poet Charles Bukowski is filmed going to San Francisco to give a poetry reading.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Star: Charles Bukowski

Votes: 55