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1. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.6
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82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 26,017

2. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.3
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 12,264

and the others in the series

3. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

8.0
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86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 8,941 | Gross: $30.58M

4. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-14 | 384 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 3,813

amazing, astounding.

5. American Teen (2008)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

6.5
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66 Metascore

A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

Director: Nanette Burstein | Stars: Hannah Bailey, Jake Tusing, Megan Krizmanich, Colin Clemens

Votes: 3,924 | Gross: $0.94M

the awkwardness oh man

6. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R | 116 min | Documentary, Crime, War

7.5
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70 Metascore

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, Ken Davis, Anthony Diaz

Votes: 3,545 | Gross: $0.23M

7. 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: 45,495 | Gross: $3.17M

really good

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: 1,215 | Gross: $0.07M

9. The Suicide Tourist (2007)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

8.1
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Frontline investigates suicide tourism by following a Chicago native as he travels to Switzerland in order to take his life with help of a nonprofit organization that legally assists suicides.

Director: John Zaritsky | Stars: Arthur Bernard, Craig Ewert, Ivan Ewert, Katrina Ewert

Votes: 148

made me cry like a baby

10. 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: 43,207 | Gross: $0.86M

horrifying

11. Sound and Fury (2000)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

8.0
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85 Metascore

If you could make your deaf child hear, would you? Academy Award-nominated Sound and Fury follows the intimate, heart-rending tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing... See full summary »

Director: Josh Aronson | Stars: Jaime Leigh Allen, Jemma Braham, Freeda Cat, Scott Davidson

Votes: 864 | Gross: $0.11M

12. ...So Goes the Nation (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.3
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65 Metascore

A look at the role of the Buckeye State in the 2004 Presidential Election.

Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern | Stars: George W. Bush, John Kerry, Ed Gillespie, William Bacon

Votes: 367 | Gross: $0.01M

13. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Country Boys (2006)

TV-MA | 360 min | Documentary

8.7
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The story of two boys growing up from ages 15 to 18 in rural parts of the United States.

Director: David Sutherland | Stars: Chris Johnson, Cody Perkins, Jessica Riddle, David Stükenberg

Votes: 146

absolutely amazing

14. My Flesh and Blood (2003)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

8.4
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78 Metascore

Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.

Director: Jonathan Karsh | Stars: Susan Tom, Anthony Tom, Faith Tom, Joe Tom

Votes: 1,632

15. 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: 4,171 | Gross: $0.31M

16. 39 Pounds of Love (2005)

Unrated | 70 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

6.7
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56 Metascore

This is the story of Ami, a man who while unable to move any part of his body, still manages to move each and every one of us, as he teaches us a part of life's intimate dance.

Director: Dani Menkin | Star: Ami Ankilewitz

Votes: 242 | Gross: $0.03M

unique

17. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.0
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72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 129,741 | Gross: $21.24M

18. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Wounded Platoon (2010)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

8.3
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Frontline investigates the violence, depression, and stress exhibited by a platoon of Iraq War veterans whose members who have committed murder, assault, and suicide.

Director: Daniel Edge | Stars: Robert Alvarez, Jose Barco, Bruce Bastien, George Brandt

Votes: 27

about how PTSD affects soliders

19. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.2
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83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 32,197 | Gross: $0.68M

20. Mine (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.8
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MINE is the powerful story about the essential bond between humans and animals told against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. MINE explores how tragedy ... See full summary »

Director: Geralyn Pezanoski | Star: Karen O'Toole

Votes: 233 | Gross: $0.01M

sad.

21. Murderball (2005)

R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

7.8
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87 Metascore

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan, Joe Bishop

Votes: 9,341 | Gross: $1.52M

22. Bébé(s) (2010)

PG | 79 min | Documentary

7.1
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63 Metascore

A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo.

Director: Thomas Balmès | Stars: Bayar, Hattie, Mari, Ponijao

Votes: 6,381 | Gross: $7.29M

23. Under Our Skin (2008)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary

8.3
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63 Metascore

Exposes the hidden epidemic of Lyme disease and reveals how our corrupt health care system is failing to address one of the most serious illnesses of our time.

Director: Andy Abrahams Wilson | Stars: Mandy Hughes, Sean Hughes, Dana Walsh, Jordan Fisher Smith

Votes: 901 | Gross: $0.10M

24. Winnebago Man (2009)

85 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.2
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71 Metascore

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Steinbauer | Stars: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Keith Gordon, Nick Prueher

Votes: 4,225 | Gross: $0.18M

25. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Flying Cheap (2010)

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary

7.8
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Frontline investigates how low-cost airlines and regional carriers have changed the airline business and whether the search for greater profit has led to sacrifices in safety.

Director: Rick Young | Stars: Loretta Alkalay, Randy Babbitt, Gordon Bethune, Susan Bourque

Votes: 30

who knew?

26. A Life Without Pain (2005)

Documentary

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Documentarian Melody Gilbert follows the daily lives of three girls -- a 3-year-old Minnesotan, a 7-year-old Norwegian and a 10-year-old German -- who share an extremely rare disease: ... See full summary »

Director: Melody Gilbert

Votes: 112

27. Moving Midway (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

7.2
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79 Metascore

At Christmas 2003, New York-based film critic Godfrey Cheshire is visiting his family in North Carolina when his cousin Charlie Silver tells him something startling. Charlie inherited ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Cheshire | Star: Bruce Chadwick

Votes: 139 | Gross: $0.04M

interesting

28. So Much So Fast (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.6
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79 Metascore

A man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease deals with the woman falling for him and a brother who becomes obsessed with finding a cure.

Directors: Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan | Stars: Jesse Abbott-Dallamora, Robert Bonazoli, Tyler DiVittorio, Benjamin Heywood

Votes: 205 | Gross: $0.02M

sad

29. 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

30. Southern Comfort (2001)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.6
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78 Metascore

Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a transgender man. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Davis | Stars: Robert Eads, Lola Cola, Maxwell Scott Anderson, Cas Piotrowski

Votes: 830

31. 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: 350

32. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Crime

8.0
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Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover

Votes: 3,733

33. Girl 27 (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

6.5
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The reclusive Patricia Douglas comes out of hiding to discuss the 1937 MGM scandal, in which the powerful film studio tricked her and over 100 other underage girls into attending a stag party, where she was raped.

Director: David Stenn | Stars: Patricia Douglas, Baby Peggy, Richard Bann, Kelly Brown

Votes: 745

disturbing

34. Hot Coffee (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.6
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How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice.

Director: Susan Saladoff | Stars: Chuck Allen, Judy Allen, Jay Angoff, David Arredondo

Votes: 3,410

35. Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale (2010)

TV-PG | 83 min | Documentary

8.4
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From PBS - BAD BLOOD chronicles how a "miracle" treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans.

Director: Marilyn Ness

Votes: 59

36. 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

good

37. 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: 24,353 | Gross: $0.90M

38. The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Crime

7.7
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"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not... See full summary »

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Evelyn Jefferson, Fred Flagler, John Reeves, Mary Anne Sheboy

Votes: 893 | Gross: $0.00M

39. 12th & Delaware (2010)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary, Drama

7.5
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The abortion battle continues to rage in unexpected ways on one corner in an American city.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Votes: 381

40. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

8.1
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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 6,359 | Gross: $3.78M

41. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Memory of the Camps (1985)

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary

8.4
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In 1945, camera crews went with the American and British armies in the nazis death camps and filmed the horror they found there. A group of directors among whom was Alfred Hichcock ... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Trevor Howard, Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock

Votes: 233

42. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.

Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

Votes: 4,886 | Gross: $0.01M

43. 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: 91,568 | Gross: $11.53M

44. Licensed to Kill (1997)

80 min | Documentary

7.3
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Winner of both the Directors and Filmmakers Trophy awards at the Sundance Film Festival, "Licensed to Kill" goes behind the media headlines of recent high-profile anti-gay murders to ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dong | Stars: Donald Aldrich, Corey Burley, Raymond Childs, William Cross

Votes: 124

45. Stevie (2002)

R | 140 min | Documentary

8.0
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72 Metascore

In 1995 Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother' to ten years earlier.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Tonya Gregory, Bernice Hagler

Votes: 2,260 | Gross: $0.10M

46. 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: 2,585 | Gross: $0.28M

47. The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005)

PG-13 | 70 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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80 Metascore

Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman.

Director: Keith Beauchamp | Stars: Mamie Till, Wheeler Parker, Simeon Wright, Ruthie Mae Crawford

Votes: 340 | Gross: $0.20M

48. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

7.6
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80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

Votes: 11,353 | Gross: $5.73M

49. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

8.0
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74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 69,717 | Gross: $24.54M

50. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Released (2009)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary

7.2
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Frontline examines the lives of mentally ill repeat offender who are struggling to make a life for themselves outside of prison.

Directors: Miri Navasky, Karen O'Connor | Stars: Bennie Anthony, Gary Brown, Jacqueline Edmondson, Michael Grissett

Votes: 21

51. Fish Out of Water (I) (2009)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Animation, History

4.9
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A documentary that faces down the controversies between homosexuality and religion, examining Bible verses quoted as condemnatory and discussing alternative meanings.

Director: Ky Dickens | Stars: Terri Abbott, James Bankston, Ryan Barrett, Trish Bendix

Votes: 250

helpful for understanding rebukes to stupid arguments

52. 8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

R | 80 min | Documentary

7.1
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55 Metascore

A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.

Directors: Reed Cowan, Steven Greenstreet | Stars: Spencer Jones, Tyler Barrick, Dustin Lance Black, Linda Williams Stay

Votes: 1,173 | Gross: $0.10M

53. Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Sport

7.6
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80 Metascore

An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director: Chris Bell | Stars: Chris Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Bell, Hank Aaron

Votes: 12,425 | Gross: $0.31M

54. Burzynski (2010)

TV-G | 108 min | Documentary

7.4
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24 Metascore

Ph.D biochemist, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, won one of the largest legal battles against the Food & Drug Administration in U.S. history. Dr. Burzynski and his patients endured a treacherous ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Merola | Stars: Joe Barton, Stanislaw Burzynski, Rick Jaffe, David A. Kessler

Votes: 815

55. Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.8
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UNCOUNTED exposes how the election fraud that altered the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater fraud in 2006 and now looms as an unbridled threat to the outcome of the 2008 ... See full summary »

Director: David Earnhardt | Stars: John Conyers, Clint Curtis, Bob Fitrakis, Brad Friedman

Votes: 118

56. Girlhood (2003)

82 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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69 Metascore

Documentary chronicling America's justice system. Follows two female inmates - victims of horrific violence and tragedy - who are serving time in a Maryland juvenile detention center.

Director: Liz Garbus

Votes: 506 | Gross: $0.06M

57. Deadline (I) (2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.5
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71 Metascore

A documentary on Illinois Governor George Ryan, who, with 60 days left in office, makes a decision on the fate of death row prisoners.

Directors: Katy Chevigny, Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Anthony Amsterdam, Jeanne Bishop, Stephen Bright, George W. Bush

Votes: 209

58. Through Deaf Eyes (2007 TV Movie)

TV-G | 120 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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History Through Deaf Eyes will take a look at Deaf culture from the 19th century to the present. The 90 minute production for PBS will include short films.

Directors: Diane Garey, Lawrence R. Hott | Stars: Linda Gabriel, Stockard Channing, Ed Chevy, Rita Corey

Votes: 77

59. Small Town Gay Bar (2006)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

7.1
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The story of community in the Deep South that is forced to deal with the struggles of ignorance, hypocrisy and oppression.

Director: Malcolm Ingram | Stars: Jim Bishop, Terry Capps, Jackie Cox, Bill Curtis

Votes: 1,048

60. After Innocence (2005)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

7.8
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74 Metascore

A gripping, emotionally charged film that follows wrongfully convicted men freed by DNA evidence after decades in prison as they struggle to transition back into society.

Director: Jessica Sanders

Votes: 724 | Gross: $0.11M

61. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 20,964 | Gross: $3.12M

62. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

7.5
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81 Metascore

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz

Votes: 10,044 | Gross: $6.41M

63. Lake of Fire (2006)

Unrated | 152 min | Documentary

8.3
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83 Metascore

A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Bill Baird, Flip Benham, Dallas Blanchard

Votes: 2,275 | Gross: $0.02M

64. Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Music, War

7.8
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In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, ... See full summary »

Directors: Suroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti | Stars: Firas Al-Lateef, Suroosh Alvi, Marwan Reyad, Faisal Talal

Votes: 1,046

65. Candyman (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

6.7
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The story of the rise and fall of David Klein, the man who invented Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Director: Costa Botes | Stars: David Herman Klein, Bert Klein, 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Votes: 203

interesting but not amazing

66. October Country (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

6.9
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66 Metascore

October Country is a beautifully filmed portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. With rarely ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher | Stars: Don, Danael Mosher, Desi Mosher, Donal Mosher

Votes: 200 | Gross: $0.03M

67. 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: 4,164 | Gross: $0.80M

68. Playing Columbine (2008)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

7.3
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Chronicles the history of the game "Super Columbine Massacre RPG!." The film traces back the 16-bit role-playing game to its inception, through the 2006 shooting at Dawson College in which ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Ledonne | Stars: Albert Art, Peter Baxter, Ian Bernard, Ian Bogost

Votes: 157

69. The Brandon Teena Story (1998)

89 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993.

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Stars: Daphne, Reanna, Gina, Shaun

Votes: 872 | Gross: $0.04M

70. The Education of Shelby Knox (2005)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

7.4
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A 15-year-old girl's transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and ardent feminist parallels her fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas.

Directors: Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt | Stars: Yvonne Caudillo, Shelby Knox, Rene Maquilleur, Amanda Noble

Votes: 399

71. Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.6
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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His life was indicated by pain from the beginning and he started to develop sadomasochistic ... See full summary »

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Kathe Burkhart, Kirby Dick

Votes: 1,404 | Gross: $0.12M

72. Boy Interrupted (2009)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.0
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Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Heinz Perry | Stars: Evan Scott Perry, Dana Heinz Perry, Hart Perry, Nicholas Kopple-Perry

Votes: 1,459

sad

73. The Parking Lot Movie (2010)

PG | 74 min | Documentary

7.0
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63 Metascore

The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows a select group of parking lot attendants and their strange rite of passage... See full summary »

Director: Meghan Eckman | Stars: Patrick Baran, John Beers, Chris Farina, Tyler Magill

Votes: 1,704

74. We Live in Public (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

7.2
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69 Metascore

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez, David Amron

Votes: 1,633 | Gross: $0.04M

75. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Obama's Deal (2010)

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary

7.7
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Frontline examines the Obama administration and its efforts to pass a health care reform bill.

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Lamar Alexander, Matt Bai, Peter Baker, Dan Balz

Votes: 28

76. Brick City (2009– )

60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Add a Plot

Stars: Garry McCarthy, Cory Booker, Kyla McCarthy, Ras Baraka

Votes: 147

77. 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: 536 | Gross: $0.05M

78. Doctors' Diaries (2002– )

60 min | Documentary

8.1
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"Doctors Diaries" is a 13-part television documentary series that profiles doctors and the lives that they save. It mixes hardcore reality with emotion. The pacing creates a docu-drama feel... See full summary »

Votes: 27

79. The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary

7.1
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A year in the life of the White family, well known for Jesco White, the star of the "Dancing Outlaw" documentary.

Director: Julien Nitzberg | Stars: J. Parker Bazzle II, Big & Rich, Ponty's Camper, Derek Wayne Castle

Votes: 3,102

80. Tying the Knot (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

7.4
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65 Metascore

A look at the debate over same sex marriage in the USA. The reasons behind it are illustrated with real life couples that have run afoul of current laws despite varying levels of planning. ... See full summary »

Director: Jim de Sève | Stars: Bob Barr, Mary Bonauto, Brian Brown, Martin Bubbly

Votes: 279 | Gross: $0.04M

81. Home Movie (2001)

TV-14 | 66 min | Documentary

7.2
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67 Metascore

Documentary look at five unusual homes and the people who built (or adapted) them.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Ed Peden, Ben Skora, Diana Peden, Linda Beech

Votes: 672 | Gross: $0.12M

82. Trembling Before G-d (2001)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

7.2
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66 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of various gay Orthodox Jews who struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation.

Director: Sandi Simcha Dubowski | Stars: Shlomo Ashkinazy, Steve Greenberg, Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Naomi Mark

Votes: 850 | Gross: $0.62M

83. Outrage (I) (2009)

R | 90 min | Documentary

7.6
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64 Metascore

An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Wayne Barrett, Elizabeth Birch

Votes: 1,513 | Gross: $0.04M

84. Red Without Blue (2007)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

6.9
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The intimate bond between two identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female; this is the story of their evolving relationship, and the resurrection of their family from a darker past.

Directors: Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, Todd Sills | Stars: Clair Farley, Jennie Farley, Mark Oliver Farley, Scott Farley

Votes: 445

85. 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: 4,978 | Gross: $4.16M

86. 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: 1,982 | Gross: $0.19M

87. 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: 10,047 | Gross: $0.18M

88. P-Star Rising (2009)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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A former rapper guides his talented nine-year-old daughter through the music business.

Director: Gabriel Noble | Stars: Jesse Diaz, Megan Rochell, Priscilla Star

Votes: 76

89. Blue Vinyl (2002)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

6.8
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The hazards of bio-accumulation, pollution, and the makeup of what we commonly hope are benign plastics are tackled in this documentary.

Directors: Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand | Stars: William Baggett, Charlie Cray, Daniel B. Gold, Patrick 'Paddy O'Furniture' Hayes

Votes: 283

90. One Nation Under God (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

6.2
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Question everything, live for something.

Director: Will Bakke | Stars: Michael B. Allen, Will Bakke, Lawson Hopkins, Austin Meek

Votes: 70

91. Crawford (2008)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.0
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A documentary about the impact of President Bush's relocation to the small town of Crawford, Texas, shortly after announcing his candidacy for president.

Director: David Modigliani | Stars: George Bush, Warren Johnson, Pug Meyers, Mike Murphy

Votes: 172

92. Dealing Dogs (2006 TV Movie)

69 min | Documentary

8.5
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This documentary is about an undercover investigation into the world of those who sell stolen pets and random source animals to medical research centres. The investigation digs into how ... See full summary »

Directors: Tom Simon, Sarah Teale | Stars: Pete, C.C. Baird, Chris DeRose, Doll Stanley-Branscum

Votes: 108

93. Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2006)

82 min | Documentary

7.1
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69 Metascore

Eva Mozes Kor, who survived Josef Mengele's cruel twin experiments in the Auschwitz concentration camp, shocks other Holocaust survivors when she decides to forgive the perpetrators as a way of self-healing.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Cheri Pugh | Stars: Eva Mozes Kor, Sami Adwan, Dan Bar-On, Michael Berenbaum

Votes: 506 | Gross: $0.01M

94. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.9
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82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 14,169 | Gross: $0.67M

95. Hell House (2001)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

6.8
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64 Metascore

A look at the "Hell House" performed annually in October by the youth members of Trinity Church (Assemblies of God) in Cedar Hill, Texas (a Dallas suburb) - seen by over 10,000 visitors ... See full summary »

Director: George Ratliff | Stars: Aria Adloo, Ashley Adloo, Amy Allred, Gabriel Allred

Votes: 1,474

96. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Death by Fire (2010)

Not Rated | Documentary

7.7
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Frontline investigates the case of Todd Willingham a Texas man who was executed in 2004 for the fiery deaths of his three daughters. Although he is accused of arson, a forensic scientist ... See full summary »

Director: Jessie Deeter | Stars: Will Lyman, Bob Belcher, Vicky Prater, Diane Barbee

Votes: 58

97. 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: 1,715

98. Shelter Dogs (2003)

74 min | Documentary, Drama

8.4
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Shelter Dogs is a provocative and heartrending look at the complex issues surrounding animal sheltering through the tale of one shelter and its staff. This feature length documentary takes ... See full summary »

Director: Cynthia Wade | Star: Sue Sternberg

Votes: 96

99. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006– )

TV-MA | 255 min | Documentary

8.6
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An examination of the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Stars: Darleen Asevedo, Jay Asevedo, Shelton Shakespear Alexander, Lee Arnold

Votes: 3,786

100. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)

Unrated | 78 min | Documentary

7.6
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58 Metascore

Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Douglas Cheek, Walter Cronkite, Roger Ailes, Eric Alterman

Votes: 5,941 | Gross: $0.24M