DOCS TO CHANGE PERCEPTION

by john-william-roman | created - 02 Jun 2013 | updated - 25 Aug 2013 | Public

a simple collection of films I have watched that have altered my views.

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1. Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009 Video)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

7.2
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Film in the Loose Change series.

Director: Dylan Avery | Stars: Osama bin Laden, Johnelle Bryant, George W. Bush, Laura Bush

Votes: 3,131

2. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 44,913

3. 911: In Plane Site (2004 Video)

52 min | Documentary

7.0
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What "In Plane Site" accomplishes that no other video expose' on September 11th has to date, is it exposes the viewer to a barrage of news clips from a majority of the mainstream news ... See full summary »

Director: William Lewis | Stars: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell

Votes: 1,334

4. 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: 61,947 | Gross: $4.31M

5. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,035 | Gross: $1.88M

6. The Most Hated Family in America (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.0
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Louis meets the Phelps family, who protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality

Director: Geoffrey O'Connor | Stars: Louis Theroux, Lauren Drain, Steve Drain, Fred Phelps

Votes: 3,352

7. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

7.5
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62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 24,353 | Gross: $0.90M

8. 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: 23,959 | Gross: $6.71M

9. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.0
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72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 129,742 | Gross: $21.24M

10. The Big One (1997)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Elaine Bly, Dan Burns, Chip Carter

Votes: 7,265 | Gross: $0.72M

11. 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: 118,317 | Gross: $119.19M

12. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

8.0
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74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 69,717 | Gross: $24.54M

13. 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: 37,989 | Gross: $14.36M

14. Michael Moore Hates America (2004)

R | 125 min | Documentary

5.0
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Michael Wilson, like the subject of his film, is trying to get an interview with a multi-millionaire; however, in this case, that millionaire is Michael Moore himself.

Director: Michael Wilson | Stars: Mike Abraham, Pete Auger, Andrew Breitbart, Dinesh D'Souza

Votes: 3,696

15. Collapse (II) (2009)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary

7.8
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71 Metascore

A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.

Director: Chris Smith | Star: Michael Ruppert

Votes: 6,198 | Gross: $0.05M

16. 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: 6,169 | Gross: $0.07M

17. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

7.7
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56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 54,699 | Gross: $13.00M

18. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

7.6
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45 Metascore

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Joe Cross, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross, Virginia Cross

Votes: 7,575

19. 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: 91,569 | Gross: $11.53M

20. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

7.8
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57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 9,021

21. 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

22. The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

Director: Brian Flemming | Stars: Sam Harris, Robert M. Price, Richard Carrier, Earl Doherty

Votes: 4,711

23. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

7.6
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85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 18,753 | Gross: $1.33M

24. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

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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: 73,888 | Gross: $23.81M

25. 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: 43,207 | Gross: $0.86M

26. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

7.5
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81 Metascore

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz

Votes: 10,044 | Gross: $6.41M

27. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

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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: 45,949 | Gross: $4.42M

28. Dive! (2010)

TV-G | 45 min | Documentary, Family

7.4
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Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.'s supermarkets. In the process they uncover ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Seifert | Star: Jeremy Seifert

Votes: 267

29. Chemerical Redefining Clean for a New Generation (2009)

75 min | Documentary, Family

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'Chemerical' explores the life cycle of everyday household cleaners and hygiene products to prove that, thanks to our clean obsession, we are drowning in a sea of toxicity. An average North... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Nisker

Votes: 51

30. I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

PG | 85 min | Documentary

7.6
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70 Metascore

Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Robert Bixby, Humphrey Bogart, Warren Buffett, George Bush

Votes: 1,774 | Gross: $0.82M

31. 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

32. Freedom Fries: And Other Stupidity We'll Have to Explain to Our Grandchildren (2006 Video)

50 min | Documentary

6.1
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A look at America's contemporary predilection for superficial patriotic symbolism via consumerism.

Director: Carl Christman | Stars: Bruce Gilman, Archie Bray, Greg Dickinson, Reverend Billy

Votes: 101

33. Tapped (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

7.3
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Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.

Directors: Stephanie Soechtig, Jason Lindsey | Stars: Sally Bethea, Earl Blumenauer, Amanda Brown, Eugene Brown

Votes: 1,160

34. Selling God (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

6.9
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Selling God is a whimsical look at the Contemporary Evangelical Movement. It offers a satirical perspective on the many absurdities that arise when religion and popular culture collide and ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Christman | Stars: Bruce Gilman, Kirk Cameron, Bill Colwell Jr., Charles Teel Jr.

Votes: 162

35. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Documentary

8.2
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The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them.

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Shera Pollins, Gene Hatcher

Votes: 10,908

36. Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

6.6
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45 Metascore

Morgan Spurlock tours the Middle East to discuss the war on terror with Arabic people.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Daryl Isaacs

Votes: 5,710 | Gross: $0.38M