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1. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.6
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79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 50,091 | Gross: $1.61M

2. 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

3. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr

Votes: 7,962

4. The Beatles Anthology (1995– )

600 min | Documentary, Music

9.4
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An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin

Votes: 4,600

5. 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: 4,474

6. Seven Ages of Rock (2007– )

Documentary, Music

8.4
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Add a Plot

Stars: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Charles Shaar Murray, David Fricke, John Harris

Votes: 476

7. The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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55 Metascore

A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 7,799 | Gross: $0.24M

8. 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: 3,931 | Gross: $3.75M

9. Queen: Days of Our Lives (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

8.5
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The life and times of the rock band Queen - told in two parts covering in part one the 1970's and in part two the 1980's and beyond.

Director: Matt O'Casey | Stars: Brian May, Roger Taylor, Chris Smith, Freddie Mercury

Votes: 986

10. The Beatles on Record (2009 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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A collection of interviews and footage of the band detailing how their sound progressed and how their albums were made.

Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 101

11. 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

12. Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010– )

Documentary

8.6
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In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,373

13. 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: 117,987 | Gross: $119.19M

14. 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: 91,247 | Gross: $11.53M

15. 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: 45,797 | Gross: $4.42M

16. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

8.1
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80 Metascore

A film that claims to be a look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 30,398

17. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 44,384 | Gross: $2.80M

18. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.6
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83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 23,876

19. The Armstrong Lie (2013)

R | 124 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.2
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67 Metascore

A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu

Votes: 6,318 | Gross: $0.38M

20. Beyond the Mat (1999)

R | 102 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.6
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73 Metascore

A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake.

Director: Barry W. Blaustein | Stars: Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Jake Roberts, Barry W. Blaustein

Votes: 7,207 | Gross: $2.05M

21. Neurons to Nirvana (2013)

85 min | Documentary, History, News

7.9
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A stylish, in depth look at the renaissance in psychedelic drug research in light of current scientific, medical and cultural knowledge. The film explores these socially taboo substances as... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Hockenhull | Stars: William S. Burroughs, Wade Davis, Rick Doblin, Lesley Ewen

Votes: 885

22. The Story of India (2007– )

60 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent's history.

Stars: Michael Wood, Chris Baily

Votes: 825

23. Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.4
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We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and ... See full summary »

Director: Grant Baldwin | Stars: Grant Baldwin, Jenny Rustemeyer, Dana Gunders, Jonathan Bloom

Votes: 501

24. 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: 61,567 | Gross: $4.31M

25. 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: 37,832 | Gross: $14.36M

26. Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary

7.8
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77 Metascore

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 6,568 | Gross: $0.10M

27. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary

6.9
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72 Metascore

A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Bob Belleville, Chrisann Brennan, Nolan Bushnell, Jason Chen

Votes: 4,857 | Gross: $0.49M

28. Before the Flood (2016)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

8.3
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63 Metascore

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ki-moon Ban, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mike Brune

Votes: 18,703

29. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

7.1
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76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 8,721 | Gross: $0.59M