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2. The Trouble with Lawyers with John Stossel (1996 TV Movie)

Documentary, News

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Director: Roger Goodman | Stars: Joe Jamail, John Stossel

3. Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So (1997 TV Movie)

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Director: Roger Goodman | Star: John Stossel

4. The Blame Game: Are We a Country of Victims? (1994 TV Movie)

News

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5. The Mystery of Happiness: Who Has It & How to Get It - With John Stossel (1996 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Roger Goodman | Stars: John McCain, John Stossel

6. Hype with John Stossel (2000 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Paul George | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Jim Cramer, Menahem Golan, Carl Gottlieb

7. CNN Presents: Black in America (2008 TV Movie)

240 min | Documentary

5.2
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Stars: Michael Baisden, Angela Burt-Murray, Ellis Cose, Michael Eric Dyson

Votes: 32

8. Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

6.4
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58 Metascore

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Melvin Van Peebles

Votes: 6,195 | Gross: $0.10M

9. These Amazing Shadows (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.6
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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton | Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek

Votes: 1,437

10. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 8,440

11. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

TV-PG | 146 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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A biography of the life and work of the American architect.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Philip Bosco, Julie Harris, Sab Shimono

Votes: 608

12. Looking for Lincoln (2009 TV Movie)

Biography

6.9
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Directors: John Maggio, Muriel Soenens | Stars: Lerone Bennett, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Henry Louis Gates

Votes: 17

13. Maxed Out (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

7.3
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65 Metascore

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering ... See full summary »

Director: James D. Scurlock | Stars: Beth Naef, Mike Hudson, Louis C.K., Catherine Brown

Votes: 2,087 | Gross: $0.06M

14. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,230 | Gross: $0.28M

15. 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

16. 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: 91,560 | Gross: $11.53M

17. Four Days in November (1964)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.5
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From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Richard Basehart, John Brewer, Raymond Buck, Earle Cabell

Votes: 364

18. United 93 (2006)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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90 Metascore

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson

Votes: 88,627 | Gross: $31.57M

19. CNBC Originals (2003– )
Episode: House of Cards (2009)

90 min

8.1
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CNBC investigates the causes of the 2007 financial crisis by examining the roles of mortgage lenders and Wall Street financiers in the disaster.

Stars: David Faber, Alan Greenspan, Joe Dunckley, Barbara Dunkley

Votes: 15

20. The eBay Effect: Inside a Worldwide Obsession (2005 TV Movie)

6.4
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Votes: 7

21. This Emotional Life (2010– )

120 min | Documentary

8.1
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Stars: Daniel Gilbert, Dallas Malloy, Kenneth Siddons, Thomas Bradbury

Votes: 131

22. I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash (2010 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary

8.4
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On Friday, the 13th of October, 1972, a charter plane carrying 45 passengers, including a college rugby team, vanished over the desolate, snow-covered Andes Mountains. For 72 days, the world thought they were dead.

Director: Brad Osborne | Stars: James Lentzsch, Benjamin Josse, Kelly Haitz, Cindy Latch

Votes: 285

23. The Elegant Universe (2003– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.4
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A documentary examining string theory.

Stars: Michael Duff, Michael B. Green, Brian Greene, Walter Lewin

Votes: 1,993

24. Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History

6.6
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Forty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, more than 80% of Americans still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. This documentary attempts to separate fact from conspiracy theories to get to the truth.

Director: Mark Obenhaus | Stars: Robert Goldberg, John F. Kennedy, Robert Dallek, Lee Harvey Oswald

Votes: 222

25. Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

7.9
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The home movie footage shot by Abraham Zapruder that caught the assassination of the U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Director: Abraham Zapruder | Stars: Charles Brehm, Howard Brennan, John Connally, Nellie Connally

Votes: 1,884

26. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? (2003)

Not Rated | Documentary

7.2
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Star: Lee Harvey Oswald

Votes: 13

27. In Search of... (1976–1982)
Episode: Lee Harvey Oswald (1980)

22 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

8.9
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New information on President Kennedy's assassination, including a police tape revealing a fourth shot, expert handwriting analysis on Oswald's diary, and a possible Oswald lookalike as a stealth assassin.

Stars: Leonard Nimoy, James Barger, Robert J. Groden, Edward Jay Epstein

Votes: 8

28. 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: 23,958 | Gross: $6.71M

29. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Forgotten Genius (2007)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Director: Llewellyn M. Smith | Stars: Shawn Agard, Ray Almeida, Ceoria Coates, Carmen Dillon

Votes: 25

30. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Who Shot President Kennedy? (1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

6.4
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Star: Walter Cronkite

Votes: 8

31. Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude (1998 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.9
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Director: Peter Jones | Stars: Patrick Malahide, Richard Dreyfuss

Votes: 24

32. The Century: America's Time (1999– )

Not Rated | 750 min | Documentary

8.7
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Peter Jennings hosts this 15 part documentary that chronicles the defining events of the 20th century. Through archive footage and hundreds of interviews the series examines 100 years of ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Jennings, John Updike, Stephen Ambrose, Neil Simon

Votes: 59

33. People's Century: 1900-1999 (1995– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.7
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Series documenting the history of the twentieth century through the testimony of those who lived through it.

Stars: Raymond Abescat, Maurice Bourgeois, Alexander Briansky, Beryl Bristow

Votes: 109

34. Oswald's Ghost (2007)

83 min | Documentary

6.6
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62 Metascore

It accounts the events before and after one the most important events during that time, and they were told through eyewitnesses who were living at that time.

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Hugh Aynesworth, David Bellin, Hale Boggs, Judith Campbell Exner

Votes: 186

35. JFK: Breaking the News (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

8.3
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Looking back over 40 years television and print journalists recall their stories and memories of reporting the murder of President Kennedy and how it changed the country and changed the way the public gets it's news.

Director: Alastair Layzell | Stars: Hugh Aynesworth, John Connally, Nellie Connally, Walter Cronkite

Votes: 22

36. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Killer's Trail: The Story of Dr. Sam Sheppard (1999)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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The real case what inspired one of the more famous TV series of all times, "The Fugitive".

Directors: Marian Marzynski, Joel Olicker | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Sam Reese Sheppard, Samuel Sheppard, Terry Gilbert

Votes: 7

37. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )
Episode: New York City Opera: "Lizzie Borden" (1999)

Music, Musical

8.1
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An operatic version of the story of Lizzie Borden.

Director: Rhoda Levine | Stars: Robin Blitch Wiper, Martin Bookspan, Dean Ely, Lauren Flanigan

Votes: 7

38. The 1900 House (1999– )

60 min | History, Reality-TV

8.1
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A modern English family embark on a real-life time-travel adventure to late Victorian London.

Votes: 294

39. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude (1998)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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Star: Patrick Malahide

Votes: 6

40. The Gold Rush (1998 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Steve Boettcher | Star: John Lithgow

41. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 TV Movie)

TV-G | 240 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.6
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The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose

Votes: 858

42. The Great Depression (1993– )

Documentary, History

7.3
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Stars: Joe Morton, Gore Vidal, Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis

Votes: 23

43. ADD & Loving It?! (2009)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.4
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Comedian Patrick McKenna seeks a diagnosis for Adult ADHD and learns the facts from an impressive array of experts (some of whom have ADHD themselves!) including medical researchers, ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Green | Stars: Rick Green, Patrick McKenna

Votes: 35

44. The Century (1999– )

720 min | Documentary, History

8.5
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Peter Jennings hosted this 6 episode special that reviews some of the most important events of the 20th Century. Each episode is a two part examination of two events in history that ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Jennings, Henry Kissinger, Steve Allen, Don Arabian

Votes: 44

45. Longitude (2000 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama, History

7.9
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Parallel stories: 18th century Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea; 20th century Gould is obsessed with restoring it.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jonathan Coy, Christopher Hodsol, Jeremy Irons, Peter Cartwright

Votes: 1,859

46. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Chicago: City of the Century: Part 1 (2003)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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Directors: Austin Hoyt, Patricia Garcia Rios | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Eric Bruno Borgman

Votes: 30

47. The Iran Job (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

7.1
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67 Metascore

A documentary that follows one year in the life of American pro basketball player Kevin Sheppard, who signed on to play for the upstart Iranian Super League team A.S. Shiraz.

Director: Till Schauder | Stars: Kevin Sheppard, Eunice Sheppard, Leah Sheppard, Gholam Reza Khajeh

Votes: 544 | Gross: $0.02M

48. PoliWood (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.2
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An in-depth look at the Democratic and Republican national conventions held during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election year.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Richard Abramowitz, Stephen Baldwin, Annette Bening, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 220

49. JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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Australian detective Colin McLaren investigates the JFK assassination using ballistics expert Howard Donahue's evidence of a second shooter in Dealey Plaza.

Director: Malcolm Mcdonald | Stars: Alex Ivanovici, Howard Donahue, Colin McLaren, Colleen Lorenzen

Votes: 552

50. JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide (2013 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

6.0
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Directors: Tony Bacon, Owen Palmquist | Stars: Jonathan Adams, Vincent Bugliosi, Fidel Castro, Z. Dieterich

Votes: 22

51. JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.6
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Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, "JFK: A President Betrayed" uncovers new evidence that reveals how JFK embarked on secret back channel peace efforts with Nikita Khrushchev ... See full summary »

Director: Cory Taylor | Stars: Alex Akalovsky, Günter Bischof, Andrea Cousins, Candis Cousins

Votes: 148

52. History Specials (2010– )
Episode: Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, History, War

7.0
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This special seeks to explain the enigmatic Oswald using a brand new approach. No other documentary has exclusively traced Oswald's actions in the minutes, hours and days following the events in Dallas.

Votes: 7

53. JFK: The Lost Bullet (2011 TV Movie)

Documentary

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The uncovering of the 3 shots fired that resulted in the assassination of Jon F. Kennedy

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Earl Warren, Max Holland, John F. Kennedy

Votes: 61