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1. Pandora's Promise (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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54 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas

Votes: 1,684 | Gross: $0.07M

2. The Business of Being Born (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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68 Metascore

Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her ... See full summary »

Director: Abby Epstein | Stars: Mary Helen Ayres, Julia Barnett, Sylvie Blaustein, Louann Brizendine

Votes: 1,215 | Gross: $0.07M

3. Gideon's Army (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

7.7
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87 Metascore

Follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.

Director: Dawn Porter

Votes: 717

4. Somm (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

7.0
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58 Metascore

Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

Director: Jason Wise | Stars: Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble, Ian Cauble

Votes: 3,523 | Gross: $0.17M

5. No End in Sight (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, War

8.3
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89 Metascore

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Omar Fekeiki

Votes: 7,638 | Gross: $1.43M

6. The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.7
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72 Metascore

A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Brian Cox, Henry Kissinger, Anna Chennault, Amy Goodman

Votes: 1,821 | Gross: $0.52M

7. Reagan (2011)

105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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Reagan examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world - icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Bud Abbott, Walter Abel, Spiro Agnew, Martin Anderson

Votes: 716

8. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

8.1
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68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,376 | Gross: $1.44M

9. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

7.7
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A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 14,032

10. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, Michelle Alexander, Mark W. Bennett, Joe Biden

Votes: 4,869 | Gross: $0.21M

11. How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Crime

7.7
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68 Metascore

Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.

Director: Matthew Cooke | Stars: Susan Sarandon, David Simon, 50 Cent, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 6,313 | Gross: $1.50M

12. Oxyana (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

7.2
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The 'Hillbilly Heroin' epidemic that's slowly rotting the soul of rural America.

Director: Sean Dunne

Votes: 464

13. Cocaine Unwrapped (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, News

6.6
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Moving from country to country in South America, reporting from across the drugs frontline and interviewing top-level international politicians this film exposes the human cost of one of ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Seifert

Votes: 102

14. Addiction (2008 Video)

12 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

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Randolph is a man struggling with his life-long addiction to coffee and caffeine.

Director: Benjamin Eades | Star: Randolph Crawford

15. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War

7.6
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82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 12,594 | Gross: $0.27M

16. Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)

Not Rated | 165 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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A reassessment of the tragedy at Waco that left 76 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect dead.

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: Dan Gifford, Clive Doyle, Jack Harwell, Joseph Penno

Votes: 2,753

17. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, News

7.4
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68 Metascore

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

Director: Cullen Hoback | Stars: Max Schrems, Moby, Mark Zuckerberg, Orson Scott Card

Votes: 4,959 | Gross: $0.06M

18. Downloaded (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

6.9
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56 Metascore

A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Mike D, Henry Rollins, Noel Gallagher, Cindy Margolis

Votes: 2,510 | Gross: $0.01M

19. More Than Honey (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

7.6
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70 Metascore

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

Director: Markus Imhoof | Stars: Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, John Miller, Liane Singer

Votes: 3,466 | Gross: $0.07M

20. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 20,552 | Gross: $4.19M

21. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

8.1
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83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 52,236 | Gross: $2.06M

22. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.5
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76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,370 | Gross: $0.38M

23. The Girls in the Band (2011)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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90 Metascore

The untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 1930's to the present day.

Director: Judy Chaikin | Stars: Geri Allen, Jessie Bailey, Jane Ira Bloom, Clora Bryant

Votes: 79

24. Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »

Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Stars: David Bahati, David Kato, Gilles Muhame, Naome Ruzindana

Votes: 684 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Venus and Serena (2012)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary

6.2
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65 Metascore

Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions - from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They've been winning ... See full summary »

Directors: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major | Stars: Raul Arevalo, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Richard Williams

Votes: 646 | Gross: $0.05M

26. The Source Family (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary, Music

7.0
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62 Metascore

A feature documentary film set in Hollywood, examining a radical experiment in '70s utopian living. The Source Family were the darlings of the Sunset Strip until their communal living, ... See full summary »

Directors: Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille | Stars: Ahom Aquarian, Isis Aquarian, Elena Michaels, Father Yod

Votes: 817

27. Bidder 70 (2012)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.8
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61 Metascore

Tim DeChristopher is Bidder 70, a young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.

Directors: Beth Gage, George Gage | Star: Tim DeChristopher

Votes: 114 | Gross: $0.00M

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: 6,164 | Gross: $0.07M

29. Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.1
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66 Metascore

The world's most successful diamond thieves take us into the dark world of the international jewel trade.

Director: Havana Marking | Stars: Tomislav Tom Benzon, Daniel Vivian, Jasmin Topalusic, Rob Kennedy

Votes: 497 | Gross: $0.02M

30. Off Label (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama, History

5.3
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44 Metascore

A road trip through medicalized America, examining the pervasiveness of pharmaceutical drugs through the lives of eight very unique characters.

Directors: Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri | Stars: Michael Oldani, Jusef Anthony, Robert Helms, Jordan Rieke

Votes: 63

31. I Know That Voice (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.5
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Several voice actors discuss their art and their careers.

Director: Lawrence Shapiro | Stars: Charlie Adler, Pamela Adlon, Carlos Alazraqui, Jack Angel

Votes: 2,276

32. Farmland (2014)

TV-G | 77 min | Documentary

6.0
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32 Metascore

Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. "Farmland" takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Brad Bellah, Leighton Cooley, David Loberg, Sutton Morgan

Votes: 114

33. Before You Know It (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.3
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68 Metascore

Three gay seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years.

Director: PJ Raval | Stars: Dennis Creamer, Ty Martin, Robert Mainor, Dixie Monroe

Votes: 212

34. Life Itself (2014)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 13,102 | Gross: $0.81M

35. Dinosaur 13 (2014)

PG | 95 min | Documentary

7.2
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66 Metascore

A documentary about the discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker, Philip Currie

Votes: 3,079

36. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.8
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71 Metascore

A look at James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most infamous criminals in American history.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Stephen Rakes, James 'Whitey' Bulger, Tommy Donahue, David Boeri

Votes: 2,603 | Gross: $0.08M

37. Bound by Flesh (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

6.5
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68 Metascore

A biography of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who started as "freaks" in side shows, then went on to be stars of Vaudeville and films.

Director: Leslie Zemeckis | Stars: Lea Thompson, Nancy Allen, Timothy Stack, Blake Boyd

Votes: 402

38. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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72 Metascore

This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. The right have triumphed and the human values of the liberals have been consigned ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas D. Wrathall | Stars: Gore Vidal, Howard Auster, James Best, Karen Black

Votes: 1,013 | Gross: $0.13M

39. Code Black (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Drama

7.4
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77 Metascore

A notorious trauma bay in an inner-city E.R. earns its keep as the 'hurt locker of medicine' as new, idealistic and adrenaline-seeking doctors train in an environment akin to a war zone. ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan McGarry | Stars: Danny Cheng, Andrew Eads, Jamie Eng, Luis Enriquez

Votes: 472 | Gross: $0.19M

40. The Case Against 8 (2014)

TV-14 | 109 min | Documentary, Biography, News

7.4
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A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White | Stars: Ted Olson, Christopher D. Dusseault, Jeffrey J. Zarrillo, Paul T. Katami

Votes: 944

41. Ivory Tower (2014)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Family, History

7.0
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65 Metascore

A documentary that questions the cost -- and value -- of higher education in the United States.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Elizabeth Armstrong, Richard Arum, Jamshed Bharucha, David Boone

Votes: 1,132 | Gross: $0.10M

42. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.1
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72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 13,697 | Gross: $0.05M

43. America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary

5.6
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15 Metascore

A story that questions the shaming of the US through revisionist history, lies and omissions by educational institutions, political organizations, Alinsky, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other progressives to destroy America.

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan | Stars: Dinesh D'Souza, Barack Obama, Josh Bonzie, Rich Bentz

Votes: 5,768 | Gross: $14.44M

44. Cyber-Seniors (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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63 Metascore

A film about senior citizens learning about computers from teenage mentors and the connections made both on and offline.

Director: Saffron Cassaday | Stars: Shura Eadie, Pelletier Henri, Schellenberg Max

Votes: 123

45. Fed Up (2014)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

7.7
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71 Metascore

An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

Director: Stephanie Soechtig | Stars: Michele Simon, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Michael Bloomberg

Votes: 9,763 | Gross: $1.54M

46. Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache (2014)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana. This town of nearly 300 is struggling to survive following the BP Oil Spill that left their crop dead, finances in ruin and culture facing ... See full summary »

Director: Nailah Jefferson | Stars: Ed Cake, Byron Encalade, Stanley Encalade, Ken Feinberg

Votes: 43

47. Watermark (2013)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

6.8
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68 Metascore

A documentary on how water shapes humanity.

Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 792 | Gross: $0.08M

48. Tim's Vermeer (2013)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Director: Teller | Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman

Votes: 6,805 | Gross: $1.66M

49. The Unknown Known (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.1
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69 Metascore

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris

Votes: 3,345 | Gross: $0.28M

50. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

G | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

7.1
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66 Metascore

A documentary that follows Dr. Patricia C. Wright's mission to help lemurs, the highly evolved creatures who arrived on Madagascar millions of years ago as castaways but are now highly endangered.

Director: David Douglas | Stars: Patricia Wright, Morgan Freeman, Hantanirina Rasamimanana

Votes: 809 | Gross: $11.10M

51. Spanish Lake (2014)

G | 79 min | Documentary

6.6
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A documentary on white flight in the area of Spanish Lake, Missouri, a post WW2 suburb. The town experiences rapid economic decline and population turnover due to racism and governmental ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Andrew Morton | Stars: Dora Gianoulakis, Timothy Green, Raphael Bostic, Jacqueline Leavitt

Votes: 170

52. The Reconstruction of Asa Carter (2010)

58 min | Documentary

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Published in 1976, the critically acclaimed novel, The Education of Little Tree was quickly embraced by critics as a seminal work of Native American literature. A memoir about life as an ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Ricci | Stars: Frederick Burger, Dan T. Carter, Ken Forman, Wayne Greenhaw

Votes: 8