My Favorite Docs

by erikfish2882 | created - 27 Jun 2012 | updated - 29 Jun 2012 | Public

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1. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

7.7
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Nyla, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 8,718

2. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 17,662

3. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

7.5
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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 12,246

A masterpiece of artistic expression, used to further an evil agenda.

4. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

8.6
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 14,236

5. Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez

Votes: 6,908

6. Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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77 Metascore

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald

Votes: 2,717 | Gross: $0.00M

7. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 13,695 | Gross: $50.00M

8. Let It Be (1970)

G | 81 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 4,476

9. Gimme Shelter (1970)

R | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

7.9
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80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,047 | Gross: $0.25M

10. Fata Morgana (1971)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Lotte Eisner, Eugen Des Montagnes, James William Gledhill, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg

Votes: 2,795

11. Eat the Document (1972)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK.

Director: Bob Dylan | Stars: Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko

Votes: 368

12. A Well Spent Life (1972)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Music

7.4
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A deeply moving tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time.

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Stars: Mance Lipscomb, Elnora Lipscomb, Hattie Franklin, Alfred Franklin

Votes: 261

13. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 9,490 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Meat (1976)

112 min | Documentary

7.6
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mid 70's documentary that shows how livestock are raised, sold, and processed in the United States.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 135

15. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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88 Metascore

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Van Morrison

Votes: 13,672 | Gross: $0.32M

16. The Kids Are Alright (1979)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!

Director: Jeff Stein | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle

Votes: 3,073

17. Baby Snakes (1979)

R | 166 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

8.0
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Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation.

Director: Frank Zappa | Stars: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Tommy Mars, Terry Bozzio

Votes: 719

18. Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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A documentary on the history of garlic. Blank interviews chefs, garlic lovers, and historians about the their love of the 'stinking rose.'

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Antzonini Del Puerto, Kathleen Bendel, Harrod Blank, Mary T. Brown

Votes: 498

19. Dance Craze (1981)

50 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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Documentary on Britain's 2 Tone Ska Era from the late seventies to the early eighties.

Director: Joe Massot | Stars: The Beat, The Bodysnatchers, The Selecter, The Specials

Votes: 85

20. The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time (1981)

PG | 78 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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Documentary about the blacklisted folk group, "The Weavers," and the events leading up to their triumphant return to Carnegie Hall.

Director: Jim Brown | Stars: Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie

Votes: 180

21. The Atomic Cafe (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.

Directors: Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, Pierce Rafferty | Stars: Paul Tibbets, Harry S. Truman, W.H.P. Blandy, Brien McMahon

Votes: 3,418

22. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 29,306 | Gross: $1.72M

23. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

8.0
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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 4,958

24. Streetwise (1984)

91 min | Documentary

8.3
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Gritty documentary looks at the life and lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Director: Martin Bell | Stars: Roberta Joseph Hayes, Baby Gramps, Erin Blackwell, Lou Ellen Couch

Votes: 1,275

25. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 9,371 | Gross: $4.98M

26. 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: 4,872 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Marlene (1984)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Annie Albers, Bernard Hall

Votes: 621 | Gross: $0.85M

28. 28 Up (1984 TV Movie)

136 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield

Votes: 2,116

29. Sherman's March (1985)

Not Rated | 157 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.5
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Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by ... See full summary »

Director: Ross McElwee | Stars: Ross McElwee, Dede McElwee, Ross McElwee Jr., Patricia Rendleman

Votes: 2,027

30. Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

PG | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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This documentary movie covers two concerts at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, and also discusses his life and career.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Ingrid Berry

Votes: 1,070 | Gross: $0.72M

31. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.1
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79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 17,913 | Gross: $1.21M

32. Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.9
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A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 3,932 | Gross: $3.75M

33. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

7.5
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70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 23,911 | Gross: $6.71M

34. American Dream (1990)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

8.0
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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, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »

Directors: Barbara Kopple, Cathy Caplan, Thomas Haneke, Lawrence Silk | Stars: Jesse Jackson, Juan Munoz, Ray Rogers, Mike Kinney

Votes: 647 | Gross: $0.27M

35. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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78 Metascore

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 4,233 | Gross: $2.28M

36. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

8.2
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 15,336 | Gross: $1.32M

37. 35 Up (1991 TV Movie)

123 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield

Votes: 1,860 | Gross: $0.92M

38. Brother's Keeper (1992)

R | 104 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's of a family of 4 brothers (the other 3 being Roscoe, Lyman and William - Bill, for ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward, Walt Geisler

Votes: 3,265 | Gross: $1.31M

39. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,709 | Gross: $0.80M

40. Die Macht der Bilder: Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

180 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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A documentary about the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl, a German film director most notorious for making the most effective propaganda films for the Nazis.

Director: Ray Müller | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Marlene Dietrich, Walter Frentz, Joseph Goebbels

Votes: 1,333 | Gross: $0.45M

41. The War Room (1993)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Votes: 3,298 | Gross: $0.90M

42. 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: 20,877 | Gross: $7.83M

43. Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1993)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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A documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesiser instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB as well as a history of his instrument.

Director: Steven M. Martin | Stars: Leon Theremin, Robert Moog, Clara Rockmore, Nicolas Slonimsky

Votes: 866 | Gross: $0.19M

44. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.0
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93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 15,406 | Gross: $3.17M

45. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

8.0
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83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 13,198 | Gross: $2.67M

46. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

7.9
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A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 9,754 | Gross: $1.57M

47. Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)

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: 2,745

48. Wild Man Blues (1997)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Music, Romance

7.0
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Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary portrait of Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Woody Allen, seen traveling with friends and fellow musicians during their New... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Soon-Yi Previn, Dan Barrett

Votes: 1,977 | Gross: $0.43M

49. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

7.3
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What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this ... See full summary »

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Dave Hoover, George Mendonça, Rodney Brooks, Raymond A. Mendez

Votes: 3,316 | Gross: $0.83M

50. Trekkies (1997)

PG | 86 min | Documentary

7.0
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64 Metascore

Denice Crosby takes a first look at the huge fans of Star Trek and how the series from around America has affected and shaped their lives.

Director: Roger Nygard | Stars: Denise Crosby, Frank D'Amico, Barbara Adams, Denis Bourguignon

Votes: 4,548 | Gross: $0.32M

51. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.1
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German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick

Votes: 4,865

52. 42 Up (1998 TV Movie)

139 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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86 Metascore

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield

Votes: 1,970 | Gross: $0.26M

53. Kurt & Courtney (1998)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

6.2
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A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Courtney Love, Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Mari Earle

Votes: 6,110 | Gross: $0.44M

54. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 14,634 | Gross: $1.16M

55. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa

Votes: 14,393 | Gross: $7.00M

56. One Day in September (1999)

R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport

7.9
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82 Metascore

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer, Jamal Al Gashey, Gerald Seymour

Votes: 5,201 | Gross: $0.16M

57. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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78 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Fred A. Leuchter Jr., Robert Jan Van Pelt, David Irving, Caroline Leuchter

Votes: 4,971 | Gross: $0.50M

58. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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82 Metascore

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock

Votes: 5,114 | Gross: $0.61M

59. The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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69 Metascore

A documentary look, mostly through the eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, at her rise and fall as a popular televangelist with husband Jim Bakker. Traces their rise: her teen marriage to ... See full summary »

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: RuPaul, Tammy Faye Bakker, Virginia Fairchild, Johnny Grover

Votes: 1,386 | Gross: $1.03M

60. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,348 | Gross: $1.43M

61. 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: 11,339 | Gross: $5.73M

62. The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.7
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72 Metascore

A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Brian Cox, Henry Kissinger, Anna Chennault, Amy Goodman

Votes: 1,816 | Gross: $0.52M

63. 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: 129,411 | Gross: $21.24M

64. To Be and to Have (2002)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Family

7.9
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87 Metascore

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin, Guillaume

Votes: 6,971 | Gross: $0.78M

65. Ônibus 174 (2002)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Crime

7.9
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83 Metascore

Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda | Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Anonymous

Votes: 7,128 | Gross: $0.22M

66. 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: 20,882 | Gross: $3.12M

67. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

8.0
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82 Metascore

Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Votes: 10,767 | Gross: $10.76M

68. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 20,480 | Gross: $4.19M

69. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

G | 83 min | Documentary

7.9
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80 Metascore

A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots.

Director: Judy Irving | Stars: Mark Bittner, Judy Irving

Votes: 2,803 | Gross: $3.06M

70. Tarnation (2003)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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87 Metascore

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more -- culled from 19 years of his life.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Jonathan Caouette, Renee Leblanc, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis

Votes: 5,914 | Gross: $0.59M

An avant-garde memoir.

71. De fem benspænd (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

7.5
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79 Metascore

About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, The Perfect Human / Det perfekte menneske (1967)

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier | Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Arenal

Votes: 6,992 | Gross: $0.09M

72. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary

7.4
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78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 13,339 | Gross: $3.41M

73. The Corporation (2003)

Unrated | 145 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 18,980 | Gross: $1.88M

74. 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: 91,259 | Gross: $11.53M

75. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 29,248 | Gross: $4.58M

76. 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: 117,993 | Gross: $119.19M

77. 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: 5,933 | Gross: $0.24M

78. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

7.6
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79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 50,396 | Gross: $77.44M

79. 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: 45,264 | Gross: $3.17M

80. 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: 5,030 | Gross: $0.20M

81. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, B.J. Rolfzen, Dick Kangas, Liam Clancy

Votes: 10,247

82. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,135 | Gross: $0.30M

83. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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64 Metascore

A documentary on the life of John Lennon, with a focus on the time in his life when he transformed from a musician into an antiwar activist.

Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stew Albert, Tariq Ali

Votes: 4,974 | Gross: $1.10M

84. Shut Up & Sing (2006)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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77 Metascore

A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert.

Directors: Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck | Stars: Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Clayton Allen

Votes: 4,558 | Gross: $1.22M

85. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

Votes: 5,833 | Gross: $1.13M

86. No End in Sight (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, War

8.3
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89 Metascore

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Omar Fekeiki

Votes: 7,624 | Gross: $1.43M

87. 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: 69,590 | Gross: $24.54M

88. 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: 15,113 | Gross: $0.94M

89. Surfwise (2007)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

7.3
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72 Metascore

Doug Pray explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz.

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: Juliette Paskowitz, David Paskowitz, Jonathan Paskowitz, Abraham Paskowitz

Votes: 1,317 | Gross: $0.27M

90. 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: 45,618 | Gross: $2.96M

91. 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: 3,531 | Gross: $0.23M

92. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

7.7
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56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 54,595 | Gross: $13.00M

93. 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: 45,804 | Gross: $4.42M

94. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

7.4
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61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 37,835 | Gross: $14.36M

95. 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: 37,240 | Gross: $3.23M

96. 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: 55,415 | Gross: $3.29M

97. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 12,905 | Gross: $5.23M

98. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Crime

8.3
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88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 61,579 | Gross: $4.31M

99. Buck (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

7.6
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76 Metascore

An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.

Director: Cindy Meehl | Stars: Buck Brannaman, Gary Myers, Bibb Frazier, Betty Staley

Votes: 2,963 | Gross: $4.02M

100. Life in a Day (2011)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Drama

7.7
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58 Metascore

A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010.

Directors: Loressa Clisby, Kevin Macdonald, Hiroaki Aikawa, Natalia Andreadis, Jack Attridge, Cristina Bocchialini, Zillah Bowes, Ferran Brooks, Andrea Dalla Costa, Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, Alejo Crisóstomo, Sócrates Cuadri, Ayman El Gazwy, Shawn Gadberry, Jane Haubrich, Soma Helmi, Jennifer M. Howd, Clementine Isaac, Aditya Kolli, Gabor Kukucska, Francesco La Regina, Frederic Lumiere, Marek Mackovic, Zuqy Cruz Marquez, Linda Matarasso, Kevin McMahon, Joseph Michael, Joaquin Montalvan, Lilit Movsisyan, Emmanuelle Pickett, Christopher Redmond, Alejandro Romeo, Alaa Sheikh Hassan, Marcus Tedenryd | Stars: Hiroaki Aikawa, Cindy Baer, Teagan Bentley, Ester Brym

Votes: 13,936 | Gross: $0.25M