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1. 50 Films to See Before You Die (2006 TV Movie)

195 min | Documentary

5.1
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Directors: Olivia Blythman, Richard Mortimer, Stuart Ramsay | Stars: Richard Teideman, David Aaronovitch, Jenny Agutter, Stephen Armstrong

Votes: 151

2. The Future of Food (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.8
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65 Metascore

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Director: Deborah Koons | Stars: Charles Benbrook, Grace Booth, George W. Bush, Ignacio Chapela

Votes: 1,342 | Gross: $0.08M

3. Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home (2007)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

6.4
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Take your average urban family the Mcdonalds and ask them to keep every scrap of garbage they create for three months. Then take them on a journey to show them where it all goes and how it ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Nisker | Stars: Glen McDonald, Michele McDonald, Ariel McDonald, Thomas McDonald

Votes: 22

4. Trashed (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

7.6
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71 Metascore

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, ... See full summary »

Director: Candida Brady | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Evangelos Kalafatis, Clive Oxenden, Lynn Parker

Votes: 471

5. Unacceptable Levels (2013)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Our bodies are changing, as synthetic chemicals are becoming an everyday experience for all of us. Every single human being on this planet is experiencing this, as we are constantly exposed... See full summary »

Director: Ed Brown | Stars: Ken Cook, Christopher Gavigan, Jeffrey Hollender, Stacy Malkan

Votes: 37

6. The Human Experiment (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

6.7
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44 Metascore

A documentary that explores chemicals found in everyday household products.

Directors: Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman | Star: Sean Penn

Votes: 594

7. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,100 | Gross: $1.33M

8. Detropia (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.5
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68 Metascore

A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Noah Stewart, Rachele Gilmnore, Michael Wanko, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra

Votes: 1,427 | Gross: $0.36M

9. The Fifth Estate (1981– )

60 min | Documentary, News

8.0
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Investigative journalist news documentaries are presented.

Stars: Bob McKeown, Mark Kelley, Gillian Findlay, Linden MacIntyre

Votes: 126

10. 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: 61,901 | Gross: $4.31M

11. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

8.5
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 43,195 | Gross: $0.86M

12. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 73,852 | Gross: $23.81M

13. 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: 5,921 | Gross: $0.59M

14. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 240 min | Documentary, Horror

8.7
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Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,443

15. Sexy Baby (2012)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

6.1
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52 Metascore

An ex adult film star, a 12 year old girl and a 22 year old who yearns for "normal" private parts are chronicled in this thought provoking doc about how porn, social media and pop culture affect women and girls. A FilmBuff Presentation.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Winnifred Bonjean Alpart, Nikita Cash

Votes: 1,072

16. Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (2009– )

55 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Stars: Billy Crystal, Amy Sedaris, Leonard Maltin, Robert Klein

Votes: 130

17. Hookers at the Point (2002 Video)

94 min | Documentary

7.3
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In this documentary, director and producer Brent Owens takes us to the streets of Hunts Point in South Bronx, for a candid documentary about the local sex workers. We learn about the past, ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Owens

Votes: 147

18. Taboo (2002–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

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Around the world there are people of different cultures who take actions and decisions that seem out of the ordinary to the average westerner. Considered taboo, these people and their stories are now being known.

Stars: Lance Lewman, Andres Williams, David McCallum, Peter Singer

Votes: 574

19. Yellowstone (2009– )

Documentary

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Filmed over the course of a year in Yellowstone, this documentary tracks the area's wildlife as they grapple with life and death within one of America's last remaining wilderness regions.

Stars: Peter Firth, Jeff Henry, Dick Powell, Mary Beth Schwartz

Votes: 1,449

20. National Geographic: The Story of Earth (2011 TV Movie)

Documentary

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How the earth evolved and man's minuscule place in it. Excellent to understand what we know today as our earth's evolution.

Votes: 130

21. National Geographic Specials (1965– )

60 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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For over 30 years, the National Geographic Society has presented specials on nature, foreign culture, scientific breakthroughs, and things which fall under the general category of "neat ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Scourby, Leslie Nielsen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Kiley

Votes: 251

22. Great Barrier Reef (2012– )

Documentary

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Monty Halls explores Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure on our planet. Monty explores its full 2000-kilometre length, ... See full summary »

Stars: Monty Halls, Karl Stefanovic

Votes: 532

23. The Great Rift: Africa's Greatest Story (2010– )

176 min | Documentary

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The Great Rift Valley in Africa was created when the African and Arabian tectonic plates separated about 35 million years ago. This series investigates the forces that created the rift and focuses on the landscape and wildlife.

Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Phil Chapman, Martin Dohrn, Tim Fogg

Votes: 488

24. Nature's Most Amazing Events (2009– )

49 min | Documentary

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This is a documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet. We see the impact of the melting of the arctic ice in the summer, the annual return of the ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Joe Stevens, Paul Beilstein, Steve Benjamin

Votes: 2,582

25. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 9,043

26. The Overnighters (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Drama

7.5
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89 Metascore

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

Director: Jesse Moss | Stars: Jay Reinke, Keegan Edwards

Votes: 2,054 | Gross: $0.11M

27. The Hunting Ground (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

7.4
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77 Metascore

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark, Claire Potter, Melinda Manning

Votes: 5,033 | Gross: $0.41M

28. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,165 | Gross: $0.07M

29. Playboy Real Couples II: Best Sex Ever (1996 Video)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary

6.4
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A soft core porn that is supposedly about monogamous couples having sexual relations.

Director: James Wvinner | Stars: Kendall, Sass Lynn, Angela Cornell, Lauren Montgomery

Votes: 168

30. Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary

8.7
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Behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew across 50 years of Doctor Who.

Votes: 415

31. Ethos (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

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Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty.

Director: Pete McGrain | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Justin Lewis, Bill Hogan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 1,041

32. The Crisis of Civilization (2011)

82 min | Documentary, History, News

7.5
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The Crisis Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Puckett | Stars: Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington

Votes: 178

33. Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, History, News

7.7
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Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? reveals how American corporations orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax... See full summary »

Directors: Frances Causey, Donald Goldmacher | Stars: Elizabeth Warren, Nomi Prins, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert Crandall

Votes: 158

34. Do the Math (2013)

50 min | Documentary

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The fossil fuel industry is killing us. They have five times the amount of coal, gas and oil that is safe to burn - and they are planning on burning it all. Left to their own devices, ... See full summary »

Directors: Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott | Stars: Lester Brown, Mike Brune, Majora Carter, Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Votes: 94

35. Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (2008)

66 min | Documentary

8.0
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Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and ... See full summary »

Directors: Adriana Barbaro, Jeremy Earp | Stars: Daniel Acuff, Enola Aird, Michael Brody, George W. Bush

Votes: 511

36. The Superior Human? (2012)

73 min | Documentary

8.3
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A documentary that systematically challenges the common human belief that humans are superior to other life forms. The documentary reveals the absurdity of this belief while exploding human... See full summary »

Director: Samuel McAnallen | Stars: Steven Best, Nick Gylaw, Bernard Rollin, Richard Ryder

Votes: 167

37. The End of Poverty? (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

7.4
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A phenomenal discourse on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world. A must see for anyone wanting to understand not only the US economic system but the foundations of today's global economy.

Director: Philippe Diaz | Stars: Martin Sheen, Amartya Sen, John Perkins, Eric Toussaint

Votes: 409 | Gross: $0.06M

38. End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless (2012)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary

7.4
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Wall Street is being occupied. Europe is collapsing in on itself. Around the world, people are consumed by fear and anger, and one question is on everyone's lips: Is the financial crisis ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Delmastro | Stars: Adam Fergusson, G. Edward Griffin, Mike Maloney, Bill Murphy

Votes: 382

39. Pump (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

7.7
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56 Metascore

A documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.

Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell | Stars: Adhemar Altieri, Greg Anderson, Edwin Black, David Blume

Votes: 596 | Gross: $0.07M

40. We Were Here (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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94 Metascore

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber | Stars: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer

Votes: 1,724