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1.
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (2006 Documentary)
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In this documentary, veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork. He paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America. (74 mins.)
Director: Harry Moses
 
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The Endurance (2000 Documentary)
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A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new... (97 mins.)
Director: George Butler
 
3.
Ganja Queen (2007 Documentary)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the trial of Schapelle Corby, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for smuggling marijuana into Indonesia. (120 mins.)
Director: Janine Hosking
 
4.
Body of War (2007 Documentary)
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The story of an injured American veteran returning home from the war Iraq is set against the backdrop of a critical indictment of the government's handling of the U.S.-led invasion. (87 mins.)
 
5.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
6.
Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
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The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. (106 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
7.
Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
8.
The Tunnel Dwellers of New York (2008 Documentary)
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Director: Chantal Lasbats
 
9.
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
10.
Grey Gardens (1975 Documentary)
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton. (94 mins.)
 
11.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
12.
Listen to Me Marlon (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story. (103 mins.)
Director: Stevan Riley
 
13.
The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006 Documentary)
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"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man... (106 mins.)
 
14.
The Queen of Versailles (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. (100 mins.)
 
15.
Meeting People Is Easy (1998 Documentary)
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An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff. (99 mins.)
Director: Grant Gee
 
16.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
17.
My Kid Could Paint That (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars. (82 mins.)
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
 
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Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
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The Summit (2012 Documentary)
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The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2. (95 mins.)
Director: Nick Ryan
 
20.
I'm Still Here (2010)
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Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. (108 mins.)
Director: Casey Affleck
 
21.
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014 Documentary)
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You think you know this story? You don't. From the producers of Academy Award winning film, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER... (104 mins.)
Director: Alex Holmes
 
22.
Everest (1998 Documentary)
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An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb... (44 mins.)
 
23.
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
24.
9 to 5: Days in Porn (2008 Documentary)
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9to5 - Days in Porn focuses on the people behind a controversial and multi-billion dollar industry "The Adult Entertainment industry"... (113 mins.)
Director: Jens Hoffmann
 
25.
The Tillman Story (2010 Documentary)
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Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract... (94 mins.)
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
 
26.
The Square (2013 Documentary)
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A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience. (108 mins.)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
 
27.
Hard Times: Lost on Long Island (2012 Documentary)
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Though the recession officially ended in summer 2009, the fallout continues for some 25 million unemployed and underemployed Americans... (90 mins.)
Director: Marc Levin
 
28.
Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013 Documentary)
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A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth. (91 mins.)
Director: Anthony Powell
 
29.
Occupation: Dreamland (2005 Documentary)
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In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne... (78 mins.)
 
30.
Whores' Glory (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the lives, needs, troubles and hopes of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. (110 mins.)
Stars: Emma, Ning, Toh, Wat
 
31.
Tyson (2008 Documentary)
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A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson. (90 mins.)
Director: James Toback
 
32.
Hot Girls Wanted (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn. (84 mins.)
 
33.
Danland (2012 Documentary)
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Amateur porn producer Dan Leal, aka 'Porno Dan', searches for commitment and intimacy in spite of his industry and himself. (91 mins.)
Stars: Porno Dan
 
34.
Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015 Documentary)
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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. (145 mins.)
Director: Brett Morgen
 
35.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
36.
Armadillo (2010 Documentary)
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In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo... (105 mins.)
 
37.
Virunga (2014 Documentary)
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A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas. (100 mins.)
 
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K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2012 Documentary)
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Following a group of climbers attempting to climb K2 in 2009, on the 100-year anniversary of its landmark 1909 expedition. Experience the adventure, peril and serenity of a group's attempt to climb the most challenging peak on earth. (75 mins.)
Director: Dave Ohlson
 
39.
The Search for Michael Rockefeller (2011 Documentary)
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In 2007, filmmaker Fraser C. Heston discovered a cache of lost footage shot by adventure-author Milt... (90 mins.)
 
40.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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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. (96 mins.)
 
41.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
42.
Life According to Sam (2013 Documentary)
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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. (94 mins.)
Stars: Sam Berns
 
43.
Encounters at the End of the World (2007 Documentary)
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Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there. (99 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
44.
Soaked in Bleach (2015 Documentary)
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Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain. (90 mins.)
 
45.
Last Days in Vietnam (2014 Documentary)
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During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as... (98 mins.)
Director: Rory Kennedy
 
46.
Project Nim (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s. (93 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
47.
After Porn Ends (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of the lives of several former adult performers who have retired from the porn industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Bryce Wagoner
 
48.
Korengal (2014 Documentary)
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Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. (84 mins.)
 
49.
Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home (2010 Documentary)
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Los Angeles' Skid Row is home to one of the largest homeless populations in the United States. And we found... (77 mins.)
 
50.
Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
 
51.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
52.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
53.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. (106 mins.)
 
54.
Crazy Love (2007 Documentary)
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The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach. (92 mins.)
 
55.
Monica & David (2009 Documentary)
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Explores the marriage of a young couple with Down syndrome, and the family who strives to support their needs. (68 mins.)
 
56.
Live at Reading (2009 Video)
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"Nirvana headlining at Reading in 1992 was something you had to see, and if you didn't see it then it... (78 mins.)
 
57.
9/11: The Falling Man (2006 Documentary)
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The Falling Man is a documentary that examines one of the many images that were circulated by the press... (80 mins.)
Director: Henry Singer
 
58.
Tell Spring Not to Come This Year (2015 Documentary)
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The war in Afghanistan, through the eyes of the Afghans who live it. (84 mins.)
 
59.
Dark Days (2000 Documentary)
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A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City. (82 mins.)
Director: Marc Singer
 
60.
Billy Wilder Speaks (2006 Documentary)
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Billy Wilder discusses his life and films in interviews filmed by Volker Schlondorff over two weeks in 1988. (71 mins.)
 
61.
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014 Documentary)
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Liv Corfixen documents her husband, filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, during the production and release of his movie Only God Forgives. (58 mins.)
Director: Liv Corfixen
 
62.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
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From PBS and Frontline: FRONTLINE makes a dangerous trip to the battlefields of Syria, gaining exclusive... (60 mins.)
 
63.
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on Conan O'Brien's comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at "The Tonight Show" and severing his relationship with NBC. (89 mins.)
Director: Rodman Flender
 
64.
Mala Mala (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary about the power of transformation told through the eyes of 9 trans-identifying individuals in Puerto Rico. (87 mins.)
 
65.
Hell and Back Again (2011 Documentary)
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically... (88 mins.)
Director: Danfung Dennis
 
66.
Love Me (2014 Documentary)
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Love Me is a character-drive narrative that follows desperate men on their quest for love through the modern 'mail-order bride' industry in Ukraine... (90 mins.)
 
67.
My Life in China (2014 Documentary)
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In America, everyone has a family story of immigration. Every family, at some point, has had somebody... (81 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Eng
 
68.
For Neda (2010 Documentary)
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On June 20, 2009, Neda Agha-Soltan was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran during the turmoil that followed the Iranian presidential contest...
Director: Antony Thomas
 
69.
Beyond the Edge (2013 Documentary)
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Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation. (90 mins.)
Director: Leanne Pooley
 
70.
Generation Iron (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition. (106 mins.)
Director: Vlad Yudin
 
71.
Meru (2015 Documentary)
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Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing. (90 mins.)
 
72.
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich. (102 mins.)
 
73.
Forks Over Knives (2011 Documentary)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Lee Fulkerson
 
74.
Only the Dead (2015 Documentary)
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Australian journalist Michael Ware's experiences in Iraq during the 2003 war and after. (77 mins.)
 
75.
To the Moon and Back (2016 Documentary)
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To the Moon and Back Miles Harrison, an ordinary American from Virginia adopts a beautiful orphan boy from Russia... (85 mins.)
 
76.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010 Documentary)
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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe... (97 mins.)
 
77.
Rated X: A Journey Through Porn (1999 Documentary)
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Director Dag Yngvesson begins making a documentary about the porn industry, until he is asked by a desperate... (92 mins.)
Director: Dag Yngvesson
 
78.
Love Me, Love My Doll (2007 Documentary)
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They say love is blind, but can it also be synthetic? This extraordinary film meets a group of lonely guys who have fallen in love with their customized, life-sized dolls. (50 mins.)
Director: Nick Holt
 
79.
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015 Documentary)
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The story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from teenage stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
80.
Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008 Documentary)
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An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Bell
 
81.
My Friend Rockefeller (2015 Documentary)
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Portrait of Christian Gerhartsreiter, who posed as a Rockefeller heir for decades, but who was, in fact, a con artist and a murderer. (86 mins.)
Director: Steffi Kammerer
 
82.
Talhotblond: (2009 Documentary)
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This is the true story of a love triangle that takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder in real life... (83 mins.)
 
83.
Autism in Love (2015 Documentary)
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Autism in Love follows the story of four adults with autism spectrum disorders as they search for and manage romantic relationships. (76 mins.)
Director: Matt Fuller
 
84.
Weiner (2016 Documentary)
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An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape. (96 mins.)
 
85.
Pervert Park (2014 Documentary)
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Pervert Park follows the everyday lives of the sex offenders in the park as they struggle to reintegrate into society. (77 mins.)
 
86.
Sour Grapes (2016 Documentary)
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Documentary about the fine and rare wine auction market centering around a counterfeiter who befriended the rich and powerful and sold millions of dollars of fraudulent wine through the top auction houses. (85 mins.)
 
87.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty featuring Debbie Reynolds, Todd Fisher, and Carrie Fisher. (95 mins.)
 
88.
Mostly Sunny (2016 Documentary)
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Mostly Sunny is a documentary that tells the remarkable story of Sunny Leone, the Canadian-born, American-bred adult film star who is pursuing her dreams of Bollywood stardom.
Director: Dilip Mehta