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1. 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: 21,065 | Gross: $3.12M

2. Sharkwater (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

8.0
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59 Metascore

An investigation of sharks' importance to ecosystems and humankind's mass destruction of shark species worldwide.

Director: Rob Stewart | Stars: Rob Stewart, Paul Watson, Erich Ritter, Boris Worm

Votes: 4,471 | Gross: $0.85M

3. 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

4. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 49,895 | Gross: $2.28M

5. 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: 24,455 | Gross: $0.90M

6. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 55,967 | Gross: $3.29M

7. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

8.0
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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: 8,968 | Gross: $30.58M

8. 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: 901 | Gross: $0.00M

9. Occupation 101 (2006)

90 min | Documentary

8.4
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A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

Directors: Abdallah Omeish, Sufyan Omeish | Stars: James Akins, Arik Ascherman, Bishop Barltlett Jr., Phyllis Bennis

Votes: 1,617

10. Dispatches (1987– )
Episode: Saving Africa's Witch Children (2008)

Documentary

7.9
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Reporting on children in parts Nigeria branded as witches.

Directors: Mags Gavan, Joost van der Valk | Star: Sophie Okonedo

Votes: 13

11. The 10th Judicial Court: Judicial Hearings (2004)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary

7.7
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The proceedings of a Paris courtroom are the grist for this documentary. Drawn from over 200 appearances before the same female judge, the director chooses a dozen or so varied misdemeanor ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Depardon | Star: Michèle Bernard-Requin

Votes: 492

12. Beperkt houdbaar (2007 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

7.5
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Many women are confronted with a young, slim and tight beauty ideal and worry a great deal if they can't live up to that image. Sunny Bergman asks in whose interest it is for her and other ... See full summary »

Director: Sunny Bergman

Votes: 132

13. I Know I'm Not Alone (2005)

95 min | Documentary

7.9
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Musician and activist Michael Franti's documentary on his mission of peace in the Middle East.

Director: Michael Franti | Star: Michael Franti

Votes: 190

14. The Road to Guantanamo (2006)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.5
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64 Metascore

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.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui, Arfan Usman

Votes: 10,765 | Gross: $0.32M

15. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

86 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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79 Metascore

Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter, Stanley Clayton

Votes: 4,276

16. Louis Theroux: Miami Megajail (2011– )

120 min | Documentary

7.6
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Louis spends time in one of Miami County Jail's most notorious sections

Star: Louis Theroux

Votes: 823

17. Hummingbird (2004)

50 min | Documentary

7.9
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Can one person really make a difference? This documentary explores the work of two non profits started by women in Recife, Brazil. Through their grassroots efforts, they help kids get off ... See full summary »

Director: Holly Mosher

Votes: 37

18. Darwin's Nightmare (2004)

107 min | Documentary

7.6
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84 Metascore

A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers.

Director: Hubert Sauper | Stars: Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nsese, Raphael Tukiko Wagara, Dimond Remtulia, Marcus Nyoni

Votes: 5,055 | Gross: $0.20M

19. 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: 37,442 | Gross: $3.23M

20. Mama Africa (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

6.9
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Documentary about Miriam Makeba.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Miriam Makeba, Bageot Bah, Harry Belafonte, Stokely Carmichael

Votes: 237 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Buddha's Lost Children (2006)

97 min | Documentary

7.9
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Buddha's Lost Children is a feature-length documentary film about a Thai Buddhist monk who - armed only with his faith and skills and master boxer skills - wages an inspirational battle to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Verkerk | Stars: Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto, Khun Ead, Pan Sean, Boontam

Votes: 370

22. 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: 69,845 | Gross: $24.54M

23. Mother India (2011)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, Family

4.7
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Motherhood and society, the point of view of Indian women from different classes and castes. The boom of the assisted fertility business encourages childless to overcome the 'curse' of their infertility. A story of hope, drama and money.

Director: Raffaele Brunetti | Stars: Jhuma Chandra, Niladri Sekher Chandra, Ramadevi Chouduri, Papolu Rama Devi

Votes: 10

24. Knuckle (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.8
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65 Metascore

An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans.

Director: Ian Palmer | Stars: James Quinn McDonagh, Paddy Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Ian Palmer

Votes: 2,576 | Gross: $0.00M

25. You've Been Trumped (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

7.5
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57 Metascore

In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald J. Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

Director: Anthony Baxter | Stars: Michael Forbes, Donald J. Trump, Anthony Baxter, Kevin Brown

Votes: 1,999 | Gross: $0.03M

26. 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: 14,071 | Gross: $0.22M

27. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

7.6
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83 Metascore

After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 2,644 | Gross: $0.11M

28. Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson (2011)

TV-PG | 110 min | Documentary

7.9
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"Eco-Pirate" tells the story of a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans. The film follows professional radical ecologist, Captain Paul Watson as he repeatedly flouts the law, ... See full summary »

Director: Trish Dolman | Stars: Paul Watson, Patrick Moore, Rex Weyler, Chris Aultman

Votes: 246

29. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 5,341 | Gross: $0.10M

30. 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: 9,129