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1. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 110 min | Drama

8.0
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Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Eric Brown, Richard Dysart, Joel Fluellen

Votes: 1,399

2. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

Votes: 2,242 | Gross: $0.13M

3. Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (2009)

G | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

5.6
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In 1899, Mandie's life changes when her Cherokee friends help her escape to a mansion that holds the hidden secrets of her past and the key to her future.

Directors: Joy Chapman, Owen Smith | Stars: Dean Jones, Lexi Johnson, William Yelton, Amanda Waters

Votes: 260

4. Joe Gould's Secret (2000)

R | 104 min | Drama

6.6
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74 Metascore

Around 1940, The New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character, who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund, and who is writing a... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci | Stars: Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, Sarah Hyland

Votes: 1,402 | Gross: $0.64M

5. Le dernier des injustes (2013)

PG-13 | 220 min | Documentary

7.1
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80 Metascore

A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the "model ghetto", designed to mislead the world and Jewish people regarding its real nature, to be the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Benjamin Murmelstein, Claude Lanzmann

Votes: 506 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, Biography

5.9
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Documentary about the career and eventual death from AIDS of actor Rock Hudson.

Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: Eric Farr, Cyd Charisse, Marc Christian, Doris Day

Votes: 298

7. Buskin' Blues (2015)

61 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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In the small mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, a mysterious subculture of world-class street musicians reveal their troubles and triumphs in using public performance to disrupt ... See full summary »

Director: Erin Derham | Stars: Andrew J. Fletcher, Abby Roach

Votes: 6

8. Desire (1990)

88 min | Documentary, History, Romance

7.0
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Sexuality in Germany from 1910 to 1945: beginning with back-to-nature mountain camps and schools that fused athleticism, same-sex intimacy, and nudity; the openly-gay bars during the Weimer... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Marshall

Votes: 26

9. California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown (2011)

Documentary, Biography

8.5
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CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND tells the story of how one man rose against seemingly insurmountable obstacles and shaped the future of modern California. Rather than lionizing Brown as "the ... See full summary »

Director: Sascha Rice | Stars: Tom Brokaw, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Warren Christopher

Votes: 20

10. Inlaws & Outlaws (2005)

Unrated | 100 min | Documentary

8.8
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With remarkable honesty, good humor, great music and real heart, Inlaws & Outlaws weaves together true stories of couples and singles, gay and straight, to embrace what we all have in common: we love.

Director: Drew Emery | Star: Felicia Loud

Votes: 92

11. Voices on the Page: David Williamson, Compulsive Playwright (1986 Video)

27 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Directors: Ian Walker, Ian Walker | Stars: David Williamson, Betty Burstall, Brian Kiernan, Alan Cassell

12. ¡Que vivan los crotos! (1995)

75 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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The film tells the story of an imigrant to Argentina who works for the railway company of this land. Being a witness to the history of the land of silver in this century the film is also a ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Poliak | Stars: Oscar Mendy, Jose Americo Ghezzi, Pedro Moisas, Filiberto Satti

Votes: 32

13. Project Bolo (2011 Video)

Short, Biography

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For the first time in India, 20 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) persons in four cities open up in a candid manner to offer an inside view into their lives, views and ... See full summary »

Director: Sridhar Rangayan

14. Smokes and Lollies (1976)

25 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.5
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First in a Seven Up! (1964) like series examining the lives of three teenage girls in South Australia during the 1970s. A sort of 14Up Australia, the series has spawned three more ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Kerry Carlson, Diana Doman, Josie Petersen

Votes: 8

15. Kino moje malo (2010)

105 min | Documentary

9.4
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For almost a hundred years, small Croatian town Pozega had cinematic tradition of movie projections in four classic cinema theaters. Today, fate of Pozega cinemas are the same as the fate ... See full summary »

Directors: Arminio Grgic, Zvonimir Karakatic | Stars: Zeljko Balog, Mislav Bosnjak, Boris Gretzer, Arminio Grgic

Votes: 30

16. Libere (2017)

75 min | Documentary

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Director: Rossella Schillaci | Stars: Chiara Acciarini, Maria Airaudo, Giuliana Gadola Beltrami, Alda Bianco

17. Nunna mia e la barca (2008)

13 min | Short, Biography

8.6
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A personal film that combines documentary, narrative, and experimental approaches to explore an Italian grandmother's life experiences.

Director: Jacob Dodd | Stars: Caleb Dodd, Sarah Dodd, Tasha Dodd, Nunna

Votes: 5

18. Édes Erdély, itt voltunk (2015)

49 min | Documentary

9.4
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In August 1940, the foreign ministers of Germany and Italy brought to an end a disagreement between Hungary and Romania related to their territorial dispute. Following the Vienna ... See full summary »

Director: László Csibi | Stars: Basa Erzsébet, Bálint Margit, Bogdán Katalin, Burus Árpád

Votes: 12

19. Enemy of the People (1998)

Documentary

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The smallest of the Soviet republics, Armenia was a microcosm of the Great Terror that swept the entire USSR between the 1930s and Stalin's death in 1953. Finally, after a lifetime of ... See full summary »

Director: Zareh Tjeknavorian | Star: Eric Bogosian

20. M.F.D.P. (2010)

88 min | Documentary, History

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In 1964 a group of sharecroppers, activists, students, and ministers from Mississippi formed their own integrated political party to battle institutional segregation.

Director: Joe Davenport | Stars: Courtland Cox, Constance Curry, Armand Derfner, Lawrence Guyot

21. Living Los Sures (2014)

Documentary

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Produced over 5 years by 60 artists at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, LIVING LOS SURES is an expansive project about the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Known by its long-term ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Allen

23. Colin Thiele (1990 Video)

49 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Star: Colin Thiele

24. River Voices: A Portrait of an American River Community (2002 Video)

56 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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Survivors recall both the devastation and the outpouring of community strength caused by the great 1937 Ohio River flood in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Director: Nathan Lorentz | Star: Noah Adams

Votes: 5

25. Germans in the Woods (2008)

3 min | Animation, Short, History

7.7
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World War II veteran Joseph Robertson remembers a German soldier he killed at the Battle of the Bulge; a story from the archives of America's national oral history project StoryCorps.

Director: Tim Rauch | Star: Joseph Robertson

Votes: 18

26. The Closed Schools of Marion (2011 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Director: Ash Starkey | Stars: Bob Donley, Lukas Balnaves, Ivan Baylis, Jennifer Crawford

27. Julian Bond (2012)

32 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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As Julian Bond traces his roots back to slavery, the audience is confronted with a unique opportunity to observe the 20th century through the eyes of one of its key witnesses. Now in his ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Montes Bradley | Star: Julian Bond

28. Un'altra Italia nelle bandiere dei lavoratori (1980)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Paolo Gobetti

29. The Inner Tour (2001)

97 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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Documentarian Ra'anan Alexandrowicz accompanies a Palestinian tour group on a three-day sight-seeing trip to Israel.

Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Votes: 105

30. Will of the Living, Part One: Martin (2012)

3 min | Short, Horror

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Survivors of The Second Crisis remember their triumphs and terrors in the wake of unspeakable terror.

Director: Bob Officer | Star: Joel Nagle

31. I ribelli (1973)

45 min | Documentary

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Director: Collettivo Cinema Militante | Stars: Sergio Bellone, Paolo Gobetti

32. Le prime bande (1984)

Documentary

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Director: Paolo Gobetti

33. The Mountains Will Wait for You (2013)

44 min | Documentary, Short

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Grace Hudowalski had a deep influence on climbers of the Adirondack Mountains. As the first woman to summit the range's 46 High Peaks, her passion for climbing was lifelong, and her ... See full summary »

Director: Fredrick T. Schwoebel | Stars: Johnny Cash, Grace Hudowalski

34. Goud - Vergeten in Siberië (1994)

72 min | Documentary

6.6
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Eyewitnesses (i.e. former prisoners, idealists, survivors) accounts of their/or others ordeal during the 40's and 50's of the 20th century, being convicted as 'peoples enemies' by the ... See full summary »

Director: Theo Uittenbogaard | Stars: Stepania Fjodorovna, Vadim Kozin, Olga Lisenko, Ivan Lukin

Votes: 5

35. Lotta partigiana (1975)

60 min | Documentary

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Directors: Paolo Gobetti, Giuseppe Risso

36. Shelter (V) (2015)

20 min | Short, Action, History

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An immersive documentary experience through Lebanon's underground history. Discover the micro-cities of the Bomb Shelter and contribute to an ongoing research project about creative survival during Lebanon's wars

Director: Tamara Qiblawi | Stars: Walid Hochar, Lina Mounzer, Danielle Nakhle

37. Cry Rock (2010)

29 min | Documentary

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The wild beauty of the Bella Coola Valley blends with vivid watercolor animation illuminating the role of the Nuxalk oral tradition and the intersection of story, place and culture.

Director: Banchi Hanuse | Stars: Alvin Mack, Deborah Nelson, Qwatsinas, Clyde Tallio

38. Cudine 17 novembre 1944 (1979)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Carla Gobetti, Paolo Gobetti, Giuseppe Risso

39. Q. & A. (2009)

4 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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Twelve-year-old Joshua Littman, who has Asperger's Syndrome, interviews his mother Sarah on everything from animals to her feelings about him as a son.

Directors: Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch | Stars: Joshua Littman, Sarah Littman

Votes: 14

40. Joan Lindsay (1975)

45 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Star: Joan Lindsay

41. Zanderology (2014)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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An illustrated film, based on the oral histories of Zander Keig.

Director: Megan Rohrer | Star: Zander Keig

42. A kastély árnyékában/În umbra castelului (2012)

21 min | Documentary, Short

8.6
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The film tells the story of the Bánffy family and their castle in Bontida through stories and memories recounted by the local population. The fate of this castle, also known as "... See full summary »

Director: László Csibi | Stars: Gavrila Ursut, Máté Ferenc, Péter Rozália, Bálint Margit

Votes: 9

43. Uncle Sam Desired Our Presence: Arkansans in the Korean War (2010 Video)

59 min | Documentary, Family, History

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When North Korea invaded South Korea in the early morning hours of June 25, 1950, the United States was plunged into an intense and costly war in order to help stem the tide of communism. ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Robertson | Star: Steve Stephens

44. Common Sense Printing (2009)

23 min | Documentary, Short

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"Common Sense Printing" is a short documentary about a mom and pop company in the process of going green. The film discusses the importance of fostering resource management in a profession ... See full summary »

Director: Jessica Renslow

45. Beziehungen sind alles! (2011)

3 min | Documentary, Short

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People talk about their consumption behavior in the GDR. The circumstances are mirrored on a second, performative level.

Director: Katharina Duve | Stars: Barbara Wagner, Monika Duve, Wolfgang Duve, Monika Schröder

46. The Jane Pauley Show (2004–2005)
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2004)

60 min | Talk-Show

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The value of documenting one's own life is explored, with the main guest being a 39-year-old woman with Lou Gehrig's Disease who wants to make a record of her life for her 3-year-old son. ... See full summary »

Stars: Jane Pauley, David Isay, Steve Zeitlin

47. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Finding Anastasia (2008)

Documentary, History

7.4
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Director: Ian Denyer | Stars: Michael Coble, Peter Coyote, Anthony Falsetti, Dr. Ludmila Likova

Votes: 5