Must See Documentaries

by beaversgrad | created - 21 Aug 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Well, actually they are not must see, however I loved some, enjoyed some and others filled time during this short existence. Lately watching doc's have made fiction movies boring. Many of these you can find free online or in your netflix instant queue. You can find some really good sites by getting on the "googles" and searching online documentaries. Evenually I'm going break the Doc list up by genre. Hope you find a gem or two!

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1. Hubble 3D (2010)

G | 44 min | Documentary

7.8
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79 Metascore

An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Scott D. Altman, Megan McArthur, Andrew J. Feustel

Votes: 3,709 | Gross: $51.94M

2. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

7.7
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56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 54,590 | Gross: $13.00M

3. Control Room (2004)

84 min | Documentary

7.8
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79 Metascore

A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Samir Khader, Josh Rushing, George W. Bush, Hassan Ibrahim

Votes: 4,860 | Gross: $2.59M

4. Transcendent Man (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

7.2
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Ray Kurzweil is on a journey to bring his ideas to the world.

Director: Robert Barry Ptolemy | Stars: Tom Abate, Hugo De Garis, Peter Diamandis, Neil Gershenfeld

Votes: 1,715

5. The Singularity Is Near (2010)

79 min | Documentary, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.6
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Computer avatar saves the world from self-replicating microscopic robots.

Directors: Anthony Waller, Toshi Hoo, Raymond Kurzweil | Stars: Pauley Perrette, Raymond Kurzweil, Anthony Robbins, Alan M. Dershowitz

Votes: 235

6. Synthetic Pleasures (1995)

85 min | Documentary

6.7
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Conceived as an electronic road movie, this documentary investigates cutting edge technologies and their influence on our culture as we approach the 21st century. It takes off from the idea... See full summary »

Director: Iara Lee | Stars: Scott Bakatman, John Perry Barlow, Robert Ettinger, Robert Gurland

Votes: 106

7. How to Live Forever (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

6.3
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57 Metascore

Baby boomer Mark Wexler travels the world searching for the secrets of long life.

Director: Mark Wexler | Stars: Suzanne Somers, Phyllis Diller, Ray Bradbury, Jack LaLanne

Votes: 219 | Gross: $0.06M

8. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 12,902 | Gross: $5.23M

9. These Amazing Shadows (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.6
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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton | Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek

Votes: 1,428

10. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

R | 117 min | Documentary

7.4
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68 Metascore

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Eliot Spitzer, Alex Gibney, Hulbert Waldroup, Lloyd Constantine

Votes: 1,972 | Gross: $0.19M

11. The Bridge (I) (2006)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

7.3
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58 Metascore

People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Steel | Stars: Eric Geleynse, Chris Brown, Susan Ginwalla, Caroline Pressley

Votes: 10,009 | Gross: $0.18M

12. Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

R | 92 min | Documentary

6.9
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68 Metascore

Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: David Carr, Sarah Ellison, Larry Ingrassia, Dennis Crowley

Votes: 3,067 | Gross: $1.07M

13. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Crime

8.3
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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: 61,565 | Gross: $4.31M

14. The Story of God (2005– )

Documentary

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Stars: Kim Goldsmith, Robert Winston

Votes: 53

15. Out of the Blue (I) (2006)

103 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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70 Metascore

Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.

Director: Robert Sarkies | Stars: Karl Urban, Matthew Sunderland, Lois Lawn, Simon Ferry

Votes: 2,936 | Gross: $0.00M

16. No Dinosaurs in Heaven (2010)

70 min | Documentary

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A visual essay combining the parallel careers of filmmaker/science educator Greta Schiller, shot in the Grand Canyon and in New York City public schools. The film deconstructs tactics used ... See full summary »

Director: Greta Schiller

17. Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus (2006)

PG | 84 min | Documentary

7.3
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Filmmaker and evolutionary biologist Randy Olson tries to figure out if it is the Darwinists or Intelligent Design supporters who will become a flock of dodos.

Director: Randy Olson | Stars: Michael Behe, John Calvert, Jack Cashill, Tom Givnish

Votes: 622

18. We Are All Cylons (2011)

45 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

7.4
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We Are All Cylons is a visionary take on the profoundly resonant series Battlestar Galactica. Through interviews with cast members and fans, the film explores the areas where science ... See full summary »

Director: Ilana Rein | Stars: David Chirico, Michael Hogan, Lacy Alexis Pline, Rekha Sharma

Votes: 9

19. The Tillman Story (2010)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

7.8
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86 Metascore

Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Bar-Lev | Stars: Pat Tillman, Josh Brolin, Mary Tillman, Russell Baer

Votes: 4,157 | Gross: $0.80M

20. How to Die in Oregon (2011)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

8.3
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In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person's request to end his or her life with medication. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson | Stars: Harry Bruton, Ray Carnay, Cody Curtis, Paul Darley

Votes: 1,711

21. The Lottery (2010)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Drama, News

7.0
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72 Metascore

Four children enter a high-stakes lottery. If they win, they can attend one of the best schools in New York. A look at the crisis in public education, The Lottery makes the case than any child can succeed.

Director: Madeleine Sackler | Stars: Cory Booker, Geoffrey Canada, Candice Fryer, Gregory Goodwine Jr.

Votes: 535 | Gross: $0.05M

22. Good Hair (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.9
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72 Metascore

Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.

Director: Jeff Stilson | Stars: Chris Rock, Maya Angelou, Al Sharpton, Tanya Crumel

Votes: 4,970 | Gross: $4.16M

23. 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: 11,301 | Gross: $0.15M

24. African Cats (2011)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.6
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61 Metascore

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Mara

Votes: 5,456 | Gross: $15.42M

25. 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: 43,049 | Gross: $0.86M

26. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

7.6
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79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 50,386 | Gross: $77.44M

27. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 45,257 | Gross: $3.17M

28. The Wonder of It All (2007)

82 min | Documentary

7.2
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"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." These words spoken by... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Roth | Stars: Eugene Cernan, Yuri Gagarin, John F. Kennedy, Alan Bean

Votes: 167 | Gross: $0.78M

29. Life in a Day (2011)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Drama

7.7
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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: 13,932 | Gross: $0.25M

30. The Human Experience (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

7.2
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The story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Francis Kinnane | Stars: Jeffrey Azize, Clifford Azize, Michael Campo, Matthew Sanchez

Votes: 885

31. Future by Design (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Future by Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught ... See full summary »

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: William Gazecki, Jacque Fresco, Larry King, Roxanne Meadows

Votes: 1,283

32. 500 Miles to Babylon (2007)

70 min | Documentary

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Director: David Martínez | Stars: Pratap Chatterjee, Dahr Jamail, David Martínez, Jo Wilding

33. I'm Still Here (I) (2010)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.2
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48 Metascore

Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.

Director: Casey Affleck | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Antony Langdon, Carey Perloff, Larry McHale

Votes: 17,245 | Gross: $0.41M

34. 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: 13,933 | Gross: $0.22M

35. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

7.1
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65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 37,238 | Gross: $3.23M

36. Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take? (2011)

Unrated | 132 min | Documentary

6.8
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An unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's really going on in our world by following the money upstream - uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Gagné, Kimberly Carter Gamble | Stars: Foster Gamble, Duane Elgin, Nassim Haramein, Steven M. Greer

Votes: 2,493

37. Collapse (II) (2009)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary

7.8
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71 Metascore

A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.

Director: Chris Smith | Star: Michael Ruppert

Votes: 6,190 | Gross: $0.05M

38. 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: 5,706 | Gross: $0.68M

39. 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: 3,530

40. A Film Unfinished (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.3
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88 Metascore

A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.

Director: Yael Hersonski | Stars: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser

Votes: 1,551 | Gross: $0.31M

41. Fuck (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

7.1
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58 Metascore

A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use.

Director: Steve Anderson | Stars: Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Bill Maher, Reinhold Aman

Votes: 4,096 | Gross: $0.02M

42. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.6
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66 Metascore

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 13,831 | Gross: $0.64M

43. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

7.6
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85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 18,612 | Gross: $1.33M

44. 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: 44,755

45. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)

Not Rated | 161 min | Documentary

8.2
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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: 16,297

46. Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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Zeitgeist Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. This solution is not based on politics, morality, laws, or any other "... See full summary »

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows, John Perkins, George Carlin

Votes: 16,362

47. 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: 45,604 | Gross: $2.96M

48. 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: 30,714 | Gross: $1.25M

49. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

7.5
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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: 73,559 | Gross: $23.81M

50. 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: 24,228 | Gross: $0.90M

51. The Workshop (2007)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

4.4
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A spiritual search for answers leads the documentary filmmaker to a California workshop run by a guru who promotes sexual adventure -- and the exploration of the human condition.

Director: Jamie Morgan | Stars: Rob Aaron, Jules Aitken, Lex Anderson, Brain Appleby

Votes: 359

52. Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry (2009)

R | 81 min | Documentary

4.9
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50 Metascore

Noted Celebrity Photographer, Michael Grecco, sets out to capture the essence of the AVN Awards and Convention where the best in American Pornography is displayed, celebrated and honored.

Director: Michael Grecco | Stars: Michael Grecco, Tera Patrick, Evan Seinfeld, Simon Karmarkar

Votes: 934

53. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,134 | Gross: $0.30M

54. Pornography: A Secret History of Civilisation (1999– )

360 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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A serious, non-titillating history of pornography, from the earliest days of erotic art right up to the present day's multimedia.

Stars: Marilyn Milgrom, Linda Williams, Mike Adams, Bernard Arcard

Votes: 141

55. Pornucopia: Going Down in the Valley (2004– )

180 min | Documentary

7.4
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Stars: Paul Fishbein, Noname Jane, Constance Penley, Stormy Daniels

Votes: 213

56. Prostitution bag sløret (2004)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

6.9
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A documentary that follows two young women raising children and supporting drug habits through prostitution in a country ruled by fundamentalists.

Director: Nahid Persson | Star: Nahid Persson

Votes: 214

57. The Nature of Existence Companion Series (2011 Video)

845 min | Documentary

7.7
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Where The Nature of Existence could only scratch the surface, the Companion Series goes deeper into the most challenging topics in the film, with over 100 experts from all over the world.

Director: Roger Nygard | Stars: Nancy Ellen Abrams, Rob Adonis, Aha, Javed Akhtar

Votes: 21

58. The Nature of Existence (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

6.6
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41 Metascore

Filmmaker Roger Nygard roams the globe to the source of each of the world's philosophies, religions, and belief systems. He interviews spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, artists, ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Nygard | Stars: Nancy Ellen Abrams, Rob Adonis, Aha, Javed Akhtar

Votes: 467 | Gross: $0.05M

59. Examined Life (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.1
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64 Metascore

Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most ... See full summary »

Director: Astra Taylor | Stars: K. Anthony Appiah, Judith Butler, Michael Hardt, Martha Nussbaum

Votes: 1,362 | Gross: $0.12M

60. Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (2000– )

24 min | Documentary

8.3
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A self-help guide which applies the teachings of philosophers to dealing with life's everyday problems.

Star: Alain de Botton

Votes: 249

61. 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: 15,110 | Gross: $0.94M

62. 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: 740

63. Brave New World (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary

3.2
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The making of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004).

Stars: Eric Adkins, Jon Avnet, Brian Chacon, Kerry Conran

Votes: 107

64. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

R | 89 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

7.0
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64 Metascore

A documentary on Conan O'Brien's comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at "The Tonight Show" and severing his relationship with NBC.

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Vivino

Votes: 5,639 | Gross: $0.27M

65. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 91,245 | Gross: $11.53M

66. Food Fight (2008)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

7.1
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A fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement.

Director: Christopher Taylor | Stars: Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle, Justin Kirk

Votes: 217

67. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

7.8
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80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 45,796 | Gross: $4.42M

68. Food Matters (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.7
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Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

Directors: James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma | Stars: Vicky Blewitt, Ian Brighthope, Jerome Burne, Phillip Day

Votes: 4,238

69. The Future of Food (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.8
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65 Metascore

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Director: Deborah Koons | Stars: Charles Benbrook, Grace Booth, George W. Bush, Ignacio Chapela

Votes: 1,340 | Gross: $0.08M

70. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

7.8
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57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 8,919

71. Fast Food Nation (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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64 Metascore

An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmer Valderrama

Votes: 21,833 | Gross: $1.00M

72. A Century of Science Fiction (1996 Video)

Documentary

6.0
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Clips from Sci-Fi Films.

Director: Ted Newsom | Stars: Christopher Lee, Ray Bradbury, Yul Brynner, Kevin Costner

Votes: 70

73. TV Guide Looks at Science Fiction (1997 TV Movie)

Documentary

7.2
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A history of science-fiction programs on television.

Stars: William Shatner, Don Hastings, Al Hodge, MJ Lallo

Votes: 11

74. Love Machine (2002)

110 min | Documentary

7.5
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In a culture preoccupied with its own technological prowess in the development of labor-saving machines, one can't help but wonder how long it will be before we see humanoid robots and ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Asaro | Stars: Joan Almon, Cynthia Breazeal, Rodney Brooks, Colleen Cordes

Votes: 14

75. The Hard Problem: The Science Behind the Fiction (2004 Video)

61 min | Documentary

7.2
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Add a Plot

Director: Josh Oreck | Stars: Nick Bostrom, Stewart Brand, Cynthia Breazeal, David Chalmers

Votes: 46

76. Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon (1993 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

7.2
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There are other worlds...but they are in this one.

Director: Paul Oremland | Stars: Frances Tomelty, Robert Silverberg, Paul Verhoeven, Arthur C. Clarke

Votes: 16

77. 102 Minutes That Changed America (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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The morning of September 11, 2001 is shown through multiple video cameras in New York City, from the moment the first WTC tower is hit until after both towers collapse.

Directors: Nicole Rittenmeyer, Seth Skundrick | Stars: George W. Bush, Joe Napolitano, Kelly Edwards

Votes: 1,865

78. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

8.0
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72 Metascore

Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Directors: Christopher Dillon Quinn, Tommy Walker | Stars: Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Abol Pach

Votes: 2,578 | Gross: $0.28M

79. Sex in the Ancient World: Prostitution in Pompeii (2009 TV Movie)

88 min | History

7.2
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The excavations of Pompeii reveal a thriving sex industry with prostitutes ranging from female slaves to male celebrities. But like today sexual promiscuity was not considered proper or ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Sayenga | Stars: Anthony Velazquez, Angelina Bulygina, Tiffany Lauren Bennicke, Mariann Gavelo

Votes: 80

80. WWE Divas: Undressed (2002 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary, Sport

6.7
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The hottest divas of World Wrestling Entertainment compete in a lingerie contest at The World in New York City. There's a tiny teddy contest, a bra and panties contest and a "Fantasy Free-For-All" contest.

Director: Kevin Dunn | Stars: Torrie Wilson, Trish Stratus, Dawn Marie Psaltis, Jacqueline Moore

Votes: 327

81. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Sex Slaves (2005)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

7.1
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A documentary exposé inside the global sex slave trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc.

Director: Ric Esther Bienstock | Stars: Ric Esther Bienstock, Felix Golubev, Will Lyman

Votes: 127

82. Me, My Sex and I (2011)

Documentary

7.3
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Director: Giles Harrison | Stars: Arlene Baratz, Katie Baratz, Tiger Devore, Janet Green

Votes: 35

83. The Corporation (2003)

Unrated | 145 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 18,980 | Gross: $1.88M

84. Godless (2010)

91 min | Documentary, Drama

8.3
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Today in America one of the fastest growing groups are those labeled as the nonbelievers; the freethinkers, skeptics, agnostics and atheists. But what makes these people different from the ... See full summary »

Director: Kelli Cooke | Stars: Daniel C. Dennett, Joe Grisaffi, Michael Shermer

Votes: 13

85. Godless in America (2006 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

6.8
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A documentary on atheism in contemporary America, framed around the story of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the founder of American Atheists, who was murdered in 1995 at age 76.

Director: Leslie Woodhead | Stars: Charlie Boy, Donna Cowling, Phil Donahue, Don Friend

Votes: 73

86. Godless (2011– )

60 min | Documentary

7.8
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Stars: Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Justin Trottier

Votes: 24

87. How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Crime

7.7
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68 Metascore

Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.

Director: Matthew Cooke | Stars: Susan Sarandon, David Simon, 50 Cent, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 6,301 | Gross: $1.50M

88. The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships (2008 Video)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary, Adult

5.8
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Examines the unprecedented role that commercial pornography occupies in American popular culture. The film explores what happens when images of sexual degradation are used for arousal.

Directors: Miguel Picker, Chyng Sun | Stars: Matthew Tennie, Gregory Mitchell, Stephanie Cleveland, Gabrielle Shaw

Votes: 272

89. Selling God (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

6.9
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Selling God is a whimsical look at the Contemporary Evangelical Movement. It offers a satirical perspective on the many absurdities that arise when religion and popular culture collide and ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Christman | Stars: Bruce Gilman, Kirk Cameron, Bill Colwell Jr., Charles Teel Jr.

Votes: 161

90. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary, Romance

7.9
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73 Metascore

An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

Director: Daniel G. Karslake | Stars: Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson, Gene Robinson, Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel

Votes: 4,160 | Gross: $0.31M

91. Waiting for Armageddon (2009)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

6.4
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66 Metascore

America's 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy - from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. This astonishing ... See full summary »

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner, Franco Sacchi | Stars: Gary Bauer, Chip Berlet, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 331 | Gross: $0.01M

92. Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary

6.8
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Documentary filmmaker Alexandria Pelosi tours red state America examining the practices, politics and beliefs of fundamentalist evangelical Christians. Interviewees include Jerry Falwell (... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Pelosi | Stars: Joel Osteen, Ted Haggard, Robert Vaughn, Ken Ham

Votes: 430

93. Right America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices from the Campaign Trail (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary

7.1
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On the night Barack Obama was elected our 44th President, more than 58 million voters cast their ballots for John McCain. Journalist/filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi presents this first-person, ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Pelosi | Stars: Jonathan Alter, Carl Cameron, Katie Couric, Howard Fineman

Votes: 360

94. The Whale (2011)

G | 85 min | Documentary

8.1
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64 Metascore

The true story of Luna, a young, wild killer whale who tries to befriend people on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.

Directors: Suzanne Chisholm, Michael Parfit | Star: Ryan Reynolds

Votes: 566

95. Xunzhao zhimei gengdeng (2009)

PG | 117 min | Drama

6.9
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A filmmaker searches the Himalayas for an actor and actress to play the lead roles in his Tibetan opera.

Director: Pema Tseden | Stars: Dobe Dorje, Drolma Gyab, Manla Kyab, Lumo Tso

Votes: 35

96. What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004)

Unrated | 109 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

5.3
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38 Metascore

A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics.

Directors: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente | Stars: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie, Robert Bailey Jr.

Votes: 12,445 | Gross: $10.94M

97. What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole (2006)

156 min | Documentary, Drama

6.5
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45 Metascore

Interviews with scientists and authors, animated bits, and a storyline involving a deaf photographer are used in this docudrama to illustrate the link between quantum mechanics, neurobiology, human consciousness and day-to-day reality.

Directors: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente | Stars: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Barry Newman, Armin Shimerman

Votes: 2,375 | Gross: $0.14M

98. Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (2006)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

8.2
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A documentary about a rural Oregon timber town and a rift between conservatives and liberals that threatens to put an end to a 40-year-old scholarship plan that pays the college tuition for... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson

Votes: 114

99. Zoo (2007)

Unrated | 75 min | Documentary

5.6
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63 Metascore

A look at the life of an Enumclaw, Washington man who died as a result of an unusual encounter with a horse.

Director: Robinson Devor | Stars: Coyote, Jenny Edwards, John Edwards, John Paulsen

Votes: 2,439 | Gross: $0.07M

100. Project Nim (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

7.4
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83 Metascore

Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Nim Chimpsky, Stephanie LaFarge, Herbert Terrace, Wer LaFarge

Votes: 7,674 | Gross: $0.41M