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1.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 Documentary)
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Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (110 mins.)
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
 
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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
3.
Best Worst Movie (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the making of the film Troll 2 and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic. (93 mins.)
 
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The Short Films of David Lynch (2002 Documentary)
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A collection of visionary director David Lynch's short films from the first 29 years of his career is accompanied by a special introduction to each film by the director himself. (97 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
5.
The Fall: The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith (2005 Documentary)
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A 1-hour Documentary looking at the Manchester post-punk group and its infamous leader Mark E Smith... (60 mins.)
Director: Dione Newton
 
6.
My Best Fiend (1999 Documentary)
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In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
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Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
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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. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
 
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Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011 Documentary)
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'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer... (93 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
 
9.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise. (142 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
 
10.
Catfish (2010 Documentary)
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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. (87 mins.)
 
11.
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004 Documentary)
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An inside look at the hectic production of Heaven's Gate, the media circus that turned it into a synonym for movie flop and how it added to the tectonic change that occurred in Hollywood film studios after it infamously flopped. (78 mins.)
Director: Michael Epstein
 
12.
High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell (1995 Documentary)
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Documents 18 months in the lives of three crack addicts in Lowell, Massachusetts. (60 mins.)
 
13.
Spellbound (2002 Documentary)
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Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee. (97 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
 
14.
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000 Documentary)
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Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little... (100 mins.)
 
15.
Making 'The Shining' (1980 Documentary)
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A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining. (35 mins.)
Director: Vivian Kubrick
 
16.
Pavement: Slow Century (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary tracing the existence of noted rock band Pavement from 1989 to their final performance in late 1999... (85 mins.)
 
17.
Lightning Bolt: The Power of Salad (2002 Documentary)
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Lightning Bolt's 2001 tour through the United States, featuring live performances and interviews with the the band, friends and family. (71 mins.)
 
18.
Cropsey (2009 Documentary)
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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. (84 mins.)
 
19.
S&man (2006)
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S&MAN begins with footage from Michael Powell's exploration of voyeurism, "Peeping Tom." Director JT... (84 mins.)
Director: J.T. Petty
 
20.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
 
21.
The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1992 Documentary)
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There is no plot in this film. It is a collection of the best fighting scenes from the martial arts films (i.e. Bruce Lee and others). (90 mins.)
 
22.
America Unchained (2007 Documentary)
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Dave Gorman attempts to travel coast to coast across America without giving any money to 'The Man' by avoiding large chains and multi-nationals and instead seeking out independent businesses in order to find the true spirit of the country.
 
23.
Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera (2008 Documentary)
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A probe into the urban myth of the snuff film; one of the most controversial, elusive and vile kind of raw footage ever recorded on video. (76 mins.)
 
24.
Gameswipe (2009 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
Director: Al Campbell
 
25.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. (106 mins.)
 
26.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
27.
Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007 Documentary)
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1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life. (90 mins.)
Director: Lincoln Ruchti
 
28.
Dig! (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor. (107 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
 
29.
Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium (2006 Documentary)
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SPOOKED, The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, documents paranormal evidence including, ORBS, EVPS... (82 mins.)
 
30.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
31.
Executions (1995 Documentary)
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"Executions" is a documentary showing real footage of the many different methods humanity has used through-out history for capital punishment... (56 mins.)
 
32.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
33.
Doctor Kong (2011 Documentary)
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Blood,boobs and video games in a feel-good comedy! Doctor Kong: Cutting up the Competition follows New... (18 mins.)
 
34.
Knuckle (2011 Documentary)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Ian Palmer
 
35.
Goal! The World Cup (1966 Documentary)
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(107 mins.)
 
36.
Curse of the Blair Witch (1999 Documentary)
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A documentary exploring the life of the Blair Witch and the three missing student filmmakers. (44 mins.)
 
37.
Shut Up & Sing (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert. (93 mins.)
 
38.
Year of the Quarterback (2010 TV Series)
Episode: The Marinovich Project (2011)
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From birth, Todd Marinovich was raised with a defined purpose of creating the perfect athlete. Trained by his father...
 
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The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013 Documentary)
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Scottish rappers Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain reinvent themselves as West Coast Homeboys after they were signed by Sony. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeanie Finlay
 
40.
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982 Documentary)
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The Monty Python troupe perform a combination of classic sketches and new material at the Hollywood Bowl. (77 mins.)
 
41.
American Movie (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. (107 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
42.
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003 Documentary)
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A countdown of the scariest moments on film and television, as voted for by the viewers. (245 mins.)
 
43.
Great Movie Mistakes (2010 Documentary)
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Robert Webb presents 3 hours of clips from famous movies featuring all kinds of goofs. (180 mins.)
Director: Simon Dinsell
 
44.
Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011 Documentary)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Chris Howe
 
45.
Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011 Documentary)
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Director: Chris Howe
 
46.
Great TV Mistakes (2010 Documentary)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Simon Dinsell
 
47.
Live Aid (1985 Documentary)
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The broadcast of the biggest benefit concert in history, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief. (960 mins.)
Director: Vincent Scarza
 
48.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
49.
Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison (2010 Video)
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In this mockumentary spoof of "Paul Is Dead" theories, the summer of 2005, a package arrived at the... (95 mins.)
Director: Joel Gilbert
 
50.
Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888 Documentary)
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A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.
 
51.
Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895 Documentary)
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A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
52.
Barque sortant du port (1895 Documentary)
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This is another one-shot Lumiere Brothers film, which consists of a single shot of a boat leaving the port, being watched by members of the Lumiere family. (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
53.
Roundhay Garden Scene (1888 Documentary)
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In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film. (1 mins.)
 
54.
Newark Athlete (1891 Documentary)
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An athlete swings Indian clubs. (1 mins.)
 
55.
London's Trafalgar Square (1890 Documentary)
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A shot of Trafalgar Square. (1 mins.)