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1. My Flesh and Blood (2003)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

8.4
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78 Metascore

Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.

Director: Jonathan Karsh | Stars: Susan Tom, Anthony Tom, Faith Tom, Joe Tom

Votes: 1,632

2. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

8.6
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47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 19,678

3. Children Underground (2001)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

8.3
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85 Metascore

A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era.

Director: Edet Belzberg | Stars: Cristina Ionescu, Mihai Alexandre Tudose, Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu, Ana Turturica

Votes: 2,014

4. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary

7.4
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78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 13,500 | Gross: $3.41M

5. Dreams on Spec (2007)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

6.3
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"Dreams on Spec" takes an intimate look at how far people will go - and how much they will sacrifice - for the chance to pursue their dreams. This feature-length documentary delves into the... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Snyder | Stars: Joe Aaron, Deborah Goodwin, David J. Stieve, Scott Alexander

Votes: 207

6. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

7.6
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86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,263 | Gross: $0.13M

7. Salinger (2013)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

6.7
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40 Metascore

An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Director: Shane Salerno | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow, John Cusack

Votes: 2,188 | Gross: $0.58M

8. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,431 | Gross: $0.06M

9. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 26,787 | Gross: $2.60M

10. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-G | 533 min | Documentary

9.4
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 128,060

11. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.6
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82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 25,992

12. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner

Votes: 8,974

13. Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

R | 130 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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77 Metascore

Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

Director: John Dullaghan | Stars: Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan, Linda Lee Bukowski

Votes: 3,040 | Gross: $0.30M

14. 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

15. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 26,945

16. 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: 4,387

17. How the Universe Works (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.0
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A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

Stars: Phil Plait, Michelle Thaller, Lawrence Krauss, Richard Lintern

Votes: 4,057

18. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

9.1
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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Doug Allan, Michael Pitts

Votes: 29,713

19. Ashes and Snow (2005)

63 min | Documentary, Drama

8.3
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Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,404

20. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

8.0
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82 Metascore

Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Votes: 10,786 | Gross: $10.76M

21. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

8.0
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72 Metascore

Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Directors: Christopher Dillon Quinn, Tommy Walker | Stars: Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Abol Pach

Votes: 2,582 | Gross: $0.28M

22. Sharkwater (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

8.0
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59 Metascore

An investigation of sharks' importance to ecosystems and humankind's mass destruction of shark species worldwide.

Director: Rob Stewart | Stars: Rob Stewart, Paul Watson, Erich Ritter, Boris Worm

Votes: 4,455 | Gross: $0.85M

23. Children of God (2008)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

8.2
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A documentary which follows a group of siblings who eke out their existence from the offerings and other goods found in the sacred Bagmati River.

Director: Seung-jun Yi

Votes: 73

24. Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (1998)

54 min | Documentary

7.9
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A documentary look at the confluence of the Red scare, McCarthyism, and blacklists with the post-war activism by African Americans seeking more and better roles on radio, television, and ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Isles | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Rosetta LeNoire, Dick Campbell, Frederick O'Neal

Votes: 91

25. Les plages d'Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 1,968 | Gross: $0.24M

26. Step Into Liquid (2003)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

7.5
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72 Metascore

Surfers and secret spots from around the world are profiled in this documentary.

Director: Dana Brown | Stars: Laird John Hamilton, Layne Beachley, Dan Malloy, Robert August

Votes: 2,422 | Gross: $3.67M

27. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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89 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 28,270 | Gross: $0.49M

28. In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.5
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Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great the pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own... See full summary »

Director: Tomas Leach | Star: Saul Leiter

Votes: 158 | Gross: $0.01M

29. 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: 52,228 | Gross: $2.06M

30. Our Universe 3D (2013)

52 min | Documentary

7.3
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Our solar system was the first to attract humans and filled their souls with awe and fear. At the same time brave minds had been curious about its nature and kept speculating about the ... See full summary »

Director: Kalle Max Hofmann | Stars: Manfred Lehmann, Glen McCready

Votes: 473

31. Al midan (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.1
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84 Metascore

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam

Votes: 7,503 | Gross: $0.12M

32. Life According to Sam (2013)

TV-G | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.1
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A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix | Stars: Sam Berns, Leslie Gordon, Scott Berns, Francis Collins

Votes: 663

33. The Corporation (2003)

Unrated | 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: 19,030 | Gross: $1.88M

34. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 13,986 | Gross: $0.22M

35. Human Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

9.1
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Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Star: John Hurt

Votes: 17,345

36. The Life of Mammals (2002–2003)

Documentary

9.1
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,330

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

49 min | Documentary

9.0
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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

38. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary

9.0
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Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, David Attenborough, Jason Roberts

Votes: 19,436

39. Free to Play (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Action

8.0
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Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever.

Stars: Benedict Lim, Danil Ishutin, Clinton Loomis, Toby Dawson

Votes: 12,443

40. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

7.6
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82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,027 | Gross: $0.03M

41. Great Directors (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.4
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49 Metascore

Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, ... See full summary »

Director: Angela Ismailos | Stars: David Lynch, Catherine Breillat, Bernardo Bertolucci, Liliana Cavani

Votes: 413 | Gross: $0.02M

42. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011– )

60 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 3,339

43. Cinematographer Style (2006)

86 min | Documentary

7.1
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110 of the world's top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do.

Director: Jon Fauer | Stars: Remi Adefarasin, Russ T. Alsobrook, Howard A. Anderson III, Howard A. Anderson

Votes: 287

44. Every Pixel Tells a Story (2002)

81 min | Documentary

8.5
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In this documentary about low-budget filmmaking in upstate New York, you'll learn how affordable digital-video technology has changed the lives of the artists behind action flicks, monster ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hanson | Stars: David Bunce, Joe Bagnardi, Brandon Bethmann, Michael J. Camoin

Votes: 29

45. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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78 Metascore

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 4,260 | Gross: $2.28M

46. African Cats (2011)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.6
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61 Metascore

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Mara

Votes: 5,477 | Gross: $15.42M

47. Alive Inside (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

8.2
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67 Metascore

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett | Stars: Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Nell Hardie, Norman Hardie

Votes: 2,577 | Gross: $0.15M

48. The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (2013)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

8.0
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Aliza Sommer-Herz, aged 109 and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards.

Director: Malcolm Clarke | Stars: Aliza Sommer-Herz, Zdenka Fantlova, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Malcolm Clarke

Votes: 814

49. 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: 44,685 | Gross: $2.80M

50. Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 10,564 | Gross: $4.95M

51. 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: 13,097 | Gross: $0.81M

52. That Sugar Film (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.4
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56 Metascore

Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body.

Director: Damon Gameau | Stars: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Milla Bakaitis, Richard Davies

Votes: 6,509