The best documentaries that i have seen

by sandunbandara54 | created - 07 Jan 2012 | updated - 07 Jan 2012 | Public

Here's some of the best documentaries I've seen. this list is not yet complete, but i like to to share it with you. I'll keep updating it. your comments are highly appreciated

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1. 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: 45,956 | Gross: $4.42M

2. Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)

Not Rated | 165 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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A reassessment of the tragedy at Waco that left 76 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect dead.

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: Dan Gifford, Clive Doyle, Jack Harwell, Joseph Penno

Votes: 2,755

3. The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

85 min | Documentary

7.8
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78 Metascore

A documentary that exposes the genocide raging in Darfur, Sudan as seen through the eyes of a former U.S. marine who returns home to make the story public.

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Nicholas Kristof, Brian Steidle

Votes: 1,473 | Gross: $0.13M

4. 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: 3,539

5. Into Eternity: A Film for the Future (2010)

75 min | Documentary

7.5
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68 Metascore

A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage.

Director: Michael Madsen | Stars: Carl Reinhold Bråkenhjelm, Mikael Jensen, Berit Lundqvist, Michael Madsen

Votes: 2,563 | Gross: $0.06M

6. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.2
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65 Metascore

A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.'

Directors: Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman | Stars: Daniel McGowan, Lisa McGowan, Tim Lewis, Kirk Engdall

Votes: 2,836 | Gross: $0.06M

7. 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: 46,003 | Gross: $2.96M

8. 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: 43,213 | Gross: $0.86M

9. 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: 15,201 | Gross: $0.94M

10. 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: 129,755 | Gross: $21.24M

11. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.5
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 118,329 | Gross: $119.19M

12. Dark Days (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

7.8
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75 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Director: Marc Singer | Star: Marc Singer

Votes: 5,827 | Gross: $0.43M

13. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

6.4
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73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 6,463 | Gross: $0.05M

14. Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

75 min | Documentary, War

7.7
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68 Metascore

Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Katy Helvenston-Wettengal, Scott Helvenston, Donna Zovko, Jozo Zovko

Votes: 1,528

15. One Life (I) (2011)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family

7.9
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68 Metascore

Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own.

Directors: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Koert-Jan de Bruijn

Votes: 2,101

16. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

8.0
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72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Anggun, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 13,352 | Gross: $38.05M

17. Seoul Train (2004)

54 min | Documentary

7.8
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The gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China

Directors: Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky, Lisa Sleeth

Votes: 281

18. Which Way Home (2009)

90 min | Documentary

7.9
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"Which Way Home" is a feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like ... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Cammisa

Votes: 964

19. The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom (2010)

TV-G | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.8
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57 Metascore

Fifty years after the fall of his country, can the Dalai Lama make a breakthrough in his efforts to find a solution to the Tibet question?

Directors: Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam | Star: The Dalai Lama

Votes: 138 | Gross: $0.07M

20. Roving Mars (2006)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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58 Metascore

A pair of uncrewed vehicles transmit images from Mars.

Director: George Butler | Stars: Paul Newman, Steve Squyres, Rob Manning, Charles Elachi

Votes: 920 | Gross: $10.40M

21. 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: 3,731 | Gross: $51.99M

22. Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010– )

Documentary

8.6
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In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,388

23. 9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

7.7
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Trapped in The Twin Towers on September 11th, thousands of ordinary people struggled to make contact with the outside world. Many knew that time was ticking away. These recorded messages ... See full summary »

Director: James Kent | Stars: Steven Mackintosh, The Biegeleisen Family, Miriam Biegeleisen, Shimmy Biegeleisen

Votes: 108