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1.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
2.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
3.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
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Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
4.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise. (142 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
 
5.
I'm Still Here (2010)
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Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. (108 mins.)
Director: Casey Affleck
“ fake documentary ” - RAMPARTisGREAT
 
6.
Inside Deep Throat (2005 Documentary)
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An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat, covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact. (89 mins.)
 
7.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 Documentary)
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Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. (99 mins.)
Director: Marina Zenovich
 
8.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
 
9.
Reel Injun (2009 Documentary)
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The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films. (85 mins.)
 
10.
A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time. (138 mins.)
 
11.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. (88 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
 
12.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
13.
Comandante (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro. (99 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
14.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008 Documentary)
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A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. (120 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
15.
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999 Documentary)
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Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S... (88 mins.)
Director: Chuck Workman
 
16.
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 Documentary)
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Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics. (225 mins.)
 
17.
Wild Man Blues (1997 Documentary)
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Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen... (105 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
18.
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005 Documentary)
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From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films. (88 mins.)
Director: Stuart Samuels
 
19.
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990. (120 mins.)
Director: Alek Keshishian
 
20.
Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008 Documentary)
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A frank and unconventional view of the life and work of actor Nick Nolte. (74 mins.)
Director: Tom Thurman
 
21.
Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman. (88 mins.)
 
22.
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009 Documentary)
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A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation. (39 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
 
23.
Serial Killers: The Real Life Hannibal Lecters (2001 Documentary)
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This documentary examines a selection of real life serial killers and compares them to the fictional Hannibal Lecter. (60 mins.)
Director: Sean Buckley
 
24.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
25.
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced. (105 mins.)
Director: Lian Lunson
 
26.
Alexis Arquette: She's My Brother (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary on Alexis Arquette and the process of her sex reassignment surgery.
Director: Matthew Barbato
 
27.
One Day in September (1999 Documentary)
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The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. (94 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
28.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
29.
Tyson (2008 Documentary)
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A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson. (90 mins.)
Director: James Toback
 
30.
Earthlings (2005 Documentary)
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. (95 mins.)
Director: Shaun Monson
 
31.
Dark Days (2000 Documentary)
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A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City. (82 mins.)
Director: Marc Singer
 
32.
Chelsea on the Rocks (2008 Documentary)
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Chelsea on the Rocks celebrates the personalities and artistic voices that have emerged from the legendary residence... (89 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
33.
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001 Documentary)
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Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy offers audiences a penetrating look inside the world of Ron Jeremy... (77 mins.)
Director: Scott J. Gill
 
34.
Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
35.
Trumbo (2007 Documentary)
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Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals... (96 mins.)
Director: Peter Askin
 
36.
Behind the Burly Q (2010 Documentary)
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(97 mins.)
Director: Leslie Zemeckis
 
37.
Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow (2005 Documentary)
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An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author of "Last Exit To Brooklyn" and "Requiem For A Dream." Hubert Selby Jr.... (79 mins.)
 
38.
Larry Clark, Great American Rebel (2003 Documentary)
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Director: Eric Dahan
 
39.
The American Nightmare (2000 Documentary)
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An examination into the nature of 1960's-70's horror films, the involved artists, and how they reflected contemporary society. (73 mins.)
Director: Adam Simon
 
40.
Lake of Fire (2006 Documentary)
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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. (152 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
41.
Lost in La Mancha (2002 Documentary)
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Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground. (93 mins.)
 
42.
Getting Gilliam (2005 Documentary)
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Follows director Terry Gilliam through the process of making his film Tideland. (45 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
 
43.
Fuck (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Anderson
 
44.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
45.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003 Documentary)
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A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie. (119 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Bowser
 
46.
National Geographic Explorer (1985 TV Series)
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Explorer investigates Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS 13) a power 50,000 person gang that stretches across North America. (120 mins.)
Director: Cara Biega
 
47.
El Sicario, Room 164 (2010 Documentary)
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The story of a hitman for the drug cartels in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (80 mins.)
Director: Gianfranco Rosi
 
48.
Great Directors (2009 Documentary)
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Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci... (90 mins.)
Director: Angela Ismailos
 
49.
In the Shadow of Hollywood (2000 Documentary)
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(112 mins.)
Director: Sylvie Groulx
 
50.
My Best Fiend (1999 Documentary)
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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
51.
Rize (2005 Documentary)
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Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture. (86 mins.)
 
52.
Divine Trash (1998 Documentary)
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The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a... (97 mins.)
Director: Steve Yeager
 
53.
Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006 Documentary)
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In the slum of Cité Soleil, President Aristide's most loyal supporters were ruling as kings. The five... (85 mins.)
 
54.
Fishing with John (1991 Mini-Series)
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Musician John Lurie knows nothing about fishing, but that doesn't stop him from embarking on fishing in exotic locations with friends. (152 mins.)
 
55.
Year of the Horse (1997 Documentary)
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This film documents Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 1996 concert tour. Jim Jarmusch interviews the band about their long history, and we see backstage footage from the 1970s and 1980s. (106 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
56.
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010 Documentary)
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William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues... (87 mins.)
Director: Yony Leyser
 
57.
William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers (1991 Documentary)
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An hour-long interview with author William S. Burroughs in which he expounds on American culture, art and morals. (60 mins.)
Director: Klaus Maeck
 
58.
Blue Eyed (1996 Documentary)
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In only 15 minutes with some 30 people Jane Elliott manages to build up a realistic microcosmos of society today with all its phenomena and feelings... (90 mins.)
Director: Bertram Verhaag
 
59.
Sand and Sorrow (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary about the events that led to the rise of Darfur's Arab-dominated government and the international community's "legacy of failure" to respond to the genocide carried out in the country. (92 mins.)
Director: Paul Freedman
 
60.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary at Sundance. (96 mins.)
 
61.
Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
62.
Pina (2011 Documentary)
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A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
63.
The Road to Guantanamo (2006 Documentary)
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Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. (95 mins.)
 
64.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
65.
The Cruise (1998 Documentary)
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Affectionate portrait of Tim "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses... (76 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
66.
The 11th Hour (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems. (95 mins.)
“ ? ” - RAMPARTisGREAT
 
67.
Tales from the Script (2009 Documentary)
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War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Hanson
 
68.
The Filth and the Fury (2000 Documentary)
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A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols. (108 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
69.
Kurt & Courtney (1998 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love. (95 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
 
70.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
 
71.
Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
72.
Winged Migration (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. (98 mins.)
 
73.
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008 Documentary)
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The mysterious lives of flamingos are captured on film with a birds-eye view of the animals living in Africa. (78 mins.)
 
74.
Chasing the Lotus (2006 Documentary)
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A cinematic journey around the world covering over 40 years of surf discovery ( 1960 to present) as... (88 mins.)
Director: Gregory Schell
 
75.
Greedy Lying Bastards (2012 Documentary)
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Melting sea ice, glacier loss and rising sea levels. Severe droughts and wildfires. Increasingly severe tornadoes... (90 mins.)
 
76.
Kobe Doin' Work (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary following Kobe Bryant during one day during a game against the San Antonio Spurs. (84 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
77.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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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." (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
78.
American Dream (1990 Documentary)
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Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers... (98 mins.)
 
79.
Drug-Taking and the Arts (1993 Documentary)
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How drugs have influenced artistic production in the course of the last 200 years, focusing on major European and American literary figures and visual artists. (120 mins.)
 
80.
Streetwise (1984 Documentary)
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Gritty documentary looks at the life and lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle. (91 mins.)
Director: Martin Bell
 
81.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
82.
2016: Obama's America (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the question, "If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?" (87 mins.)