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1.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
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Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment. (96 mins.)
 
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Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (2008 Documentary)
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Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks. (84 mins.)
 
5.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
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The N Word (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary looking at the N word. (86 mins.)
Director: Todd Williams
 
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The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
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Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006 Documentary)
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In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts. (96 mins.)
Director: AJ Schnack
 
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30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
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ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world... (60 mins.)
 
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Sonicsgate (2009 Documentary)
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Exposing the truth behind the Seattle SuperSonics' tragic exodus after 41 years in the Emerald City. (120 mins.)
Director: Jason Reid
 
11.
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010 Documentary)
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An exploration of the fierce rivalry between NBA superstars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson during their decade of dominance. (85 mins.)
Director: Ezra Edelman
 
12.
More Than a Game (2008 Documentary)
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This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame. (105 mins.)
 
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The Year of the Yao (2004 Documentary)
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Despite facing the odds against cultural and language barriers, the pressure of representing a nation of 1.2 billion... (88 mins.)
 
14.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Once Brothers (2010)
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Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball... (60 mins.)
 
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Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
16.
Dickens (2002 TV Series)
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A docudrama biopic of the 19th-century author Charles Dickens (164 mins.)
Director: Chris Granlund
 
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Shakespeare Uncovered (2012 Mini-Series)
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(55 mins.)
 
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Citizenfour (2014 Documentary)
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A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. (114 mins.)
Director: Laura Poitras
 
19.
Cold War (1998 Mini-Series)
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A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. (1120 mins.)
Director: Tessa Coombs
 
20.
The Beatles Anthology (1995 Mini-Series)
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An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands. (600 mins.)
 
21.
Trekkies (1997 Documentary)
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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. (86 mins.)
Director: Roger Nygard
 
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The Smash Brothers (2013 Documentary)
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A brief history of a subculture dedicated to competitively playing the video game "Super Smash Bros. Melee". (258 mins.)
Director: Samox
 
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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
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
Atari: Game Over (2014 Documentary)
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A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s. (66 mins.)
Director: Zak Penn
 
26.
Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary that captures the greatest world record Tetris players as they prepare for the Classic Tetris World Championship...
Director: Adam Cornelius
 
27.
Los Scandalous - Skid Row (2014 Documentary)
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See what makes Skid Row tick, a tell all, never before seen, raw documentary about the harsh reality of the street life in Los Scandalous - Skid Row... (100 mins.)
 
28.
Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys (2014 Documentary)
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When Star Wars landed in the theaters, it introduced audiences to a galaxy filled with heroes and villains... (70 mins.)
Director: Brian Stillman
 
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Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
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Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014 Documentary)
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Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album... (74 mins.)
Director: One9
 
31.
Seymour: An Introduction (2014 Documentary)
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Meet Seymour Bernstein: a beloved pianist, teacher and true inspiration who shares eye-opening insights from an amazing life. Ethan Hawke helms this poignant guide to life. (84 mins.)
Director: Ethan Hawke
 
32.
More Than Honey (2012 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. (95 mins.)
Director: Markus Imhoof
 
33.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014 Mini-Series)
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A documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. (557 mins.)
 
34.
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
 
35.
Samsara (2011 Documentary)
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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. (102 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
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Egypt (2005 Mini-Series)
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Dramatization of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt, from the exploration of tombs in the early 1800s, to the unraveling of the Rosetta Stone to translate the ancient language on the tombs, to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. (60 mins.)
 
37.
The Look of Silence (2014 Documentary)
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A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers. (103 mins.)
 
38.
A Beautiful Planet (2016 Documentary)
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An exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. (45 mins.)
Director: Toni Myers
 
39.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. (71 mins.)