Documentaries

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1.
Faces of Death (1978 Documentary)
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A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means. (105 mins.)
 
2.
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Documentary)
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A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert (17 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
American Movie (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. (107 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
5.
Freedom Downtime (2001 Documentary)
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A feature length documentary about the Free Kevin movement and the hacker world. (121 mins.)
 
6.
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001 Documentary)
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Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy offers audiences a penetrating look inside the world of Ron Jeremy... (77 mins.)
Director: Scott J. Gill
 
7.
Billabong Odyssey (2003 Documentary)
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Action sports documentary that follows the industry's best big wave surfers as they travel the world searching for the largest waves that nature has to offer. The journey spanned 18 months, 6 continents and produced up to 70 foot waves. (88 mins.)
Director: Philip Boston
 
8.
The Real Cancun (2003 Documentary)
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Sixteen American college students drink, flirt, fight and canoodle during their Spring Break vacation in Cancun, Mexico. (96 mins.)
 
9.
Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating (2004 Documentary)
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Eccentric New York window washer, nude model and sperm donor Crazy Legs Conti uses Zen techniques as he strives to become a professional eater. (75 mins.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Fuck (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Anderson
 
12.
March of the Penguins (2005 Documentary)
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In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. (80 mins.)
Director: Luc Jacquet
 
13.
Mötley Crüe: Carnival of Sins (2005 Documentary)
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A concert film by Motley Crue on the Carnival Of Sins Tour 2005 in Grand Rapids, Michigan U.S.A. (210 mins.)
Director: Hamish Hamilton
 
14.
Murderball (2005 Documentary)
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Paraplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. (88 mins.)
 
15.
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005 Documentary)
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A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities. (98 mins.)
 
16.
A/k/a Tommy Chong (2006 Documentary)
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Documentary about Tommy Chong's federal prosecution under the Bush administration for selling bongs over the Internet. (80 mins.)
Director: Josh Gilbert
 
17.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
18.
Flesh & Blood (2007 Documentary)
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(65 mins.)
Director: Larry Silverman
 
19.
Super High Me (2007 Documentary)
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Stand up comedian and marijuana user Doug Benson documents thirty days of pot free living and thirty days of non-stop use to compare the effects of both. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Blieden
 
20.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
21.
Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary about abandoned, neglected, or otherwise "off limits" places...and the people who explore them. (86 mins.)
Director: Melody Gilbert
 
22.
American Swing (2008 Documentary)
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Chronicles the rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat. (81 mins.)
 
23.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
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Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
 
24.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
25.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
26.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
27.
Fat Head (2009 Documentary)
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A comedian replies to the "Super Size Me" crowd by losing weight on a fast-food diet while demonstrating that almost everything you think you know about the obesity "epidemic" and healthy eating is wrong. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom Naughton
 
28.
Graphic Sexual Horror (2009 Documentary)
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Graphic Sexual Horror takes a peek behind the terrifying facade behind the most notorious of bondage websites... (84 mins.)
 
29.
Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry (2009 Documentary)
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Noted Celebrity Photographer, Michael Grecco, sets out to capture the essence of the AVN Awards and Convention where the best in American Pornography is displayed, celebrated and honored. (81 mins.)
Director: Michael Grecco
 
30.
No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009 Documentary)
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Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. (93 mins.)
 
31.
Tapped (2009 Documentary)
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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. (76 mins.)
 
32.
This Is It (2009 Documentary)
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A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenny Ortega
 
33.
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009 Documentary)
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A year in the life of the White family, well known for Jesco White, the star of the "Dancing Outlaw" documentary. (86 mins.)
Director: Julien Nitzberg
 
34.
William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (2009 Documentary)
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On a cold night in Milwaukee high art meets pop culture as award winning choreographer Margo Sappington (OH... (60 mins.)
 
35.
Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009 Documentary)
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Emily Hagins is making a zombie movie. It's feature-length, it's bloody, and the zombies don't run. Just like it should be. But there's just one difference between her film and every other zombie movie you've ever seen. Emily is twelve. (89 mins.)
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
Freakonomics (2010 Documentary)
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A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics. (93 mins.)
 
38.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
39.
Lemmy (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister. (116 mins.)
 
40.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010 Documentary)
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A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking. (84 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
41.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
42.
Senna (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. (106 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
 
43.
Tabloid (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary. (87 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
44.
Waste Land (2010 Documentary)
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. (99 mins.)
Stars: Vik Muniz
 
45.
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010 Documentary)
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The life and career of the comic book writer and editor. (80 mins.)
 
46.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
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The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
 
47.
Buck (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people. (88 mins.)
Director: Cindy Meehl
 
48.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011 Documentary)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention. (88 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
49.
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
 
50.
Nightmare Factory (2011 Documentary)
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An inside look at the world of Hollywood special effects and the company paving the way, KNB Effects. (90 mins.)
Director: Donna Davies
 
51.
Something Ventured (2011 Documentary)
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Apple. Intel. Genentech. Atari. Google. Cisco. Stratospheric successes with high stakes all around.... (84 mins.)
 
52.
The Captains (2011 Documentary)
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The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors whom have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise. (97 mins.)
Director: William Shatner
 
53.
The Dotted Line (2011 Documentary)
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The Dotted Line is an in-depth look at what it takes to be a big-time agent in the fiercely competitive world of major league sports. (40 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
54.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. (90 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
55.
Undefeated (2011 Documentary)
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Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field. (113 mins.)
 
56.
Vegucated (2011 Documentary)
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Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who... (76 mins.)
 
57.
A Band Called Death (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. (96 mins.)
 
58.
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
 
59.
Craigslist Joe (2012 Documentary)
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In a time when America's economy was crumbling and sense of community was in question, one guy left everything behind to see if he could survive solely on the support and goodwill of the 21st century's new town square: Craigslist. (90 mins.)
Director: Joseph Garner
 
60.
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012 Documentary)
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The life, career and music of singer Katy Perry as we follow her on the California Dreams World Tour. (93 mins.)
 
61.
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.)
 
62.
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012 Documentary)
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A conversation with Steve Jobs as he was running NeXT, the company he had founded after leaving Apple. (70 mins.)
Director: Paul Sen
 
63.
Sushi: The Global Catch (2012 Documentary)
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From humble beginnings as a simple food sold by Japanese street vendors, sushi has exploded into an international phenomenon in the past 30 years... (75 mins.)
Director: Mark S. Hall
 
64.
The Rise and Fall of The Clash (2012 Documentary)
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The definitive biography of the group's fall from grace after they made it to SHEA Stadium USA and were... (90 mins.)
Director: Danny Garcia
 
65.
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.)
 
66.
Downloaded (2013 Documentary)
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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. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Winter
 
67.
Inequality for All (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. (89 mins.)
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
 
68.
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013 Documentary)
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Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets... (104 mins.)
Director: Jim Bruce
 
69.
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (2013 Documentary)
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Angela Sun's journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover... (57 mins.)
Director: Angela Sun
 
70.
Schooled: The Price of College Sports (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines how college sports in America became a billion dollar enterprise built on the backs of its unpaid athletes. (85 mins.)
 
71.
The Organic Life (2013 Documentary)
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A year in the life of a hopeful organic farmer and his skeptical partner reveals that a changing climate... (60 mins.)
Director: Casey Beck
Stars: Casey Beck
 
72.
Tricked: The Documentary (2013 Documentary)
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This character-driven film considers the evolving sex trafficking landscape as seen by the main players: the exploited, the pimps, the johns that fuel the business, and the cops who fight to stop it. (76 mins.)
 
73.
All This Mayhem (2014 Documentary)
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All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide... (104 mins.)
Director: Eddie Martin
 
74.
Atari: Game Over (2014 Documentary)
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A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s. (66 mins.)
Director: Zak Penn
 
75.
Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World (2014 Documentary)
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A look at the life the dark surrealist Swiss artist, H.R.Giger shot a year before his death. (95 mins.)
Director: Belinda Sallin
 
76.
Doc of the Dead (2014 Documentary)
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The definitive zombie culture documentary, brought to the screen by the makers of THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS. (81 mins.)
 
77.
Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014 Documentary)
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Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr Jekyll whose rock n roll Mr Hyde almost kills him... (98 mins.)
 
78.
That Sugar Film (2014 Documentary)
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Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body. (90 mins.)
Director: Damon Gameau
 
79.
To Be Takei (2014 Documentary)
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A look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting. (94 mins.)
 
80.
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015 Documentary)
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From ticket-fixing in our police departments to test-score scandals in our schools, from our elected... (90 mins.)
Director: Yael Melamede
Stars: Dan Ariely
 
81.
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.)
 
82.
I Am Chris Farley (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life of comedian, Chris Farley. (96 mins.)
 
83.
In Defense of Food (2015 Documentary)
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In Defense of Food tackles a question more and more people around the world have been asking: What should I eat to be healthy... (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Schwarz
 
84.
Killing Jesus (2015 TV Movie)
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A miniseries chronicling the life of Jesus of Nazareth. (132 mins.)