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1. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 5,409 | Gross: $0.27M

2. Evolution of a Criminal (2014)

81 min | Documentary

6.9
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76 Metascore

Tens years after robbing a Bank of America, filmmaker Darius Monroe returns home to examine how his actions affected the lives of family, friends...and victims.

Director: Darius Clark Monroe | Stars: Dante E. Clark, Rosalyn Coleman, Ellie Foumbi, Yvette Ganier

Votes: 241

3. Valentine Road (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary

7.2
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On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during first period. When Larry died two days... See full summary »

Director: Marta Cunningham | Stars: James Bing, Jeremy Bing, Rosalie Black, Dawn Boldrin

Votes: 1,126

4. Lenny Cooke (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.5
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70 Metascore

Professional sports is known as a true meritocracy, a field in which the cream really does rise to the top, as there's simply too much money at stake to operate in any other fashion. In ... See full summary »

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Star: Lenny Cooke

Votes: 291

5. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.0
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66 Metascore

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain, Bill Bellamy

Votes: 8,242 | Gross: $7.71M

6. Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel (2002)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.9
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Documentary examining the politics, music, and life of Tupac Shakur.

Director: Peter Spirer | Stars: Anthony 'Treach' Criss, Davey D, Michael Eric Dyson, Chrystall Friedemann

Votes: 941

7. Biggie and Tupac (2002)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.9
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63 Metascore

Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole

Votes: 3,892 | Gross: $0.09M

8. The Street Stops Here (2010)

PG | 82 min | Documentary

7.9
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The Street Stops Here is a portrait of the nation's best high school basketball coach, Bob Hurley, Sr. and his career-long struggle to inspire and motivate those around him in order to keep... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Shaw | Stars: Harry Lennix, Delvon Arrington, Mary Alan Barszczewski, Kevin Boyle

Votes: 147

9. Two Days in April (2007 Video)

90 min | Documentary

7.1
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Follows the story of 4 college football players signed by the sports agency IMG, as they bring them to a training facility in Florida and both physically and mentally prepare them for the NFL draft.

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Bruce Allen, Tom Condon, Chuck Cook, Blair Dalton

Votes: 222

10. Notorious B.I.G. Bigger Than Life (2007)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary

6.9
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The greatest rapper to ever pick up a mic - with his velvety flow and unparalleled rhyme style he captivated everyone from Jay Z to Tupac. Now Notorious B.I.G. is revealed. Hear the stories... See full summary »

Director: Peter Spirer | Stars: 50-Grand, Easy Mo Bee, Todd Boyd, Hawk Burns

Votes: 256

11. Hooked: The Legend of Demetrius Hook Mitchell (2003)

Documentary

7.7
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Raised in the drug infested, crime-ridden streets of West Oakland, California, Demetrius "Hook" Mitchell was born to a drug addicted mother and a father he never knew. Growing up on ... See full summary »

Directors: William O'Neill, Michael Skolnik | Stars: Calvin Andrews, Antonio Davis, Bill Duffy, Drew Gooden

Votes: 147

12. Through the Fire (2005)

103 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.3
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65 Metascore

"Through the Fire" chronicles the journey of Coney Island basketball star, Sebastian Telfair, from famed Lincoln High School straight to the NBA.

Directors: Alistair Christopher, Jonathan Hock | Stars: Sebastian Telfair, Rick Pitino, Asher Beard, Nyan Boateng

Votes: 636 | Gross: $0.03M

13. More Than a Game (2008)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.7
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59 Metascore

This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.

Director: Kristopher Belman | Stars: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton

Votes: 4,602 | Gross: $0.94M

14. The Infamous Times, Volume I: The Original 50 Cent (2005 Video)

R | 120 min | Documentary

6.1
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The true story of the legend who inspired the biggest name in rap.

Directors: Froi Cuesta, Anthony Turner | Stars: 50 Cent, Lucesse, Bonz Malone, DJ Scratch

Votes: 29

15. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

8.3
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98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 21,008 | Gross: $7.83M

16. Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

6.9
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Jim Brown, Tony Muhammad, Kershaun Scott, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 2,423 | Gross: $0.07M

17. 30 for 30 (2009–2017)
Episode: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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There has always been questions raised about Allen Iverson's conviction for a fight he was involved in as a young man. The film maker goes back to his home town to try and understand the ... See full summary »

Director: Steve James

Votes: 912

18. Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)

Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary, Sport

7.5
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57 Metascore

A documentary that follows Michael Jordan's basketball career, stint in baseball, and his last championship season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Directors: Don Kempf, James D. Stern | Stars: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Greene

Votes: 1,820 | Gross: $18.64M

19. 30 for 30 (2009–2017)
Episode: Run Ricky Run (2010)

54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.1
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This documentary follows the life of Ricky Williams, a star for the Miami Dolphins who walked away from the sport over drug allegations. Ricky tells a different story about betrayal and ... See full summary »

Directors: Sean Pamphilon, Royce Toni | Stars: John Anderson, Janey Barnes, Kristin Barnes, Skip Bayless

Votes: 775

20. Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon (2011)

Not Rated | 149 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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Featuring never before seen footage and exclusive interviews with Michael's Mother Katherine and siblings Tito and Rebbie Jackson covering all the highs and also the lows in the King of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Eastel | Stars: David Gest, Katherine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Rebbie Jackson

Votes: 801

21. 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: 39,262 | Gross: $0.89M

22. American Pimp (1999)

R | 87 min | Documentary

6.6
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59 Metascore

Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant, pimping in various U.S. cities, bringing a woman into their group, taking a ... See full summary »

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: John S. Dickson, Antonio Fargas, Heidi Fleiss, L. Hammond

Votes: 2,027 | Gross: $0.29M

23. Skid Row (2007)

R | 80 min | Documentary

6.4
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A documentary that chronicles Pras Michel's 9-day experiment as a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles.

Directors: Ross Clarke, Niva Dorell, Marshall Tyler | Star: Pras Michel

Votes: 285

24. Rhyme and Punishment (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

7.1
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The gritty elements of urban crime and violence have always had an influence on hip hop culture and rap music. More and more, the trappings of street life have landed popular rap artists ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Spirer | Stars: KRS-One, Beanie Sigel, Prodigy, Cassidy

Votes: 64

25. BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire (2012)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, Crime

6.0
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THE BLACK MAFIA FAMILY explores the story of the 15-year investigation that resulted in 41 defendants across the country being charged in one of the largest drug conspiracy cases ever.

Director: Don Sikorski | Star: Lewis Matheney

Votes: 108

26. Training Rules (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, Drama, News

7.2
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Examines how women's collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, collude in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes.

Directors: Dee Mosbacher, Fawn Yacker | Stars: Cindy Davies, Lisa Faloon, Christine Gulas, Corinne Gulas

Votes: 82

27. Late Rounders (2010)

92 min | Documentary, Sport

7.0
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What happens behind the scenes of the most popular game in the land? Late Rounders follows graduating college football players as they attempt to take the next step in their careers and ... See full summary »

Director: Evan A. Marshall

Votes: 48

28. My Amityville Horror (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

5.5
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48 Metascore

For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz's story went on to inspire a... See full summary »

Director: Eric Walter | Stars: Daniel Lutz, Susan Bartell, Laura DiDio, Marvin Scott

Votes: 1,614

29. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport

7.8
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71 Metascore

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels

Votes: 6,208 | Gross: $0.56M

30. Knuckleball! (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

7.1
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73 Metascore

A documentary that showcases baseball's most unpredictable pitch.

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Tim Wakefield, Dave Lennon, Jim Bouton, Charles Hough

Votes: 1,473

31. 30 for 30 (2009–2017)
Episode: Without Bias (2009)

52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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This episode tells the story of the rise of Len Bias as a future basketball superstar. Shortly after being drafted by the Boston Celtic's Len died of a heart attack apparently induced by cocaine.

Director: Kirk Fraser | Stars: Marion Barry Jr., Eric Bias, James Bias, Jay Bias

Votes: 883

32. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

7.9
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80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 8,522 | Gross: $0.31M

33. 12 O'Clock Boys (2013)

76 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.4
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68 Metascore

Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O'Clock Boys.

Director: Lotfy Nathan | Stars: Coco, Pug, Steven

Votes: 1,168 | Gross: $0.04M

34. Linsanity (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.4
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52 Metascore

The life story of basketball sensation, Jeremy Lin.

Director: Evan Jackson Leong | Stars: Jeremy Lin, Daniel Dae Kim, Ming Yao, Landry Fields

Votes: 1,785 | Gross: $0.30M

35. Dwight Howard in the Moment (2014)

TV-PG | 73 min | Documentary

7.4
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Original documentary follows NBA superstar Dwight Howard from his rise to fame with the Orlando Magic to his exciting and promising future with the Houston Rockets.

Directors: Ross Greenburg, Jim Podhoretz | Stars: Dwight Howard, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 27

36. Iverson (2014)

106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.0
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Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized ... See full summary »

Director: Zatella Beatty | Stars: Allen Iverson, Tom Brokaw, Larry Brown, Dwyane Wade

Votes: 2,211

37. 30 for 30 (2009–2017)
Episode: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks (2010)

68 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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A film that explores the rivalry between the Indiana Pacers and New York as seen through the eyes and actions of Reggie Miller star player of the Indiana Pacers.

Director: Dan Klores | Stars: Reggie Miller, Cheryl Miller, Spike Lee, Patrick Ewing

Votes: 1,525

38. Champs (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.3
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59 Metascore

A documentary on boxing greats Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins examines their lives in and out of the ring.

Director: Bert Marcus | Stars: Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Mike Tyson, Larry 'Ratso' Sloman

Votes: 1,614

39. Crime After Crime (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.5
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72 Metascore

The story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison cannot crush the spirit of this determined African-American ... See full summary »

Director: Yoav Potash | Stars: Deborah Peagler, Joshua Safran, Nadia Costa, Yoav Potash

Votes: 414 | Gross: $0.06M

40. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

Votes: 2,277 | Gross: $0.13M