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1. Cartel Land (2015)

R | 100 min | Documentary

7.4
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76 Metascore

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Director: Matthew Heineman | Stars: Tim Nailer Foley, José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles, Paco Valencia, Chaneque

Votes: 14,380 | Gross: $0.70M

2. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.5
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 117,098 | Gross: $119.08M

3. The Swedish Theory of Love (2015)

90 min | Documentary

6.5
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Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a role model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish... See full summary »

Director: Erik Gandini | Stars: Erik Gandini, Lars Trägårdh, Marie Helena Fjällås, Marta Corradi

Votes: 778

4. Pervert Park (2014)

77 min | Documentary, Crime

7.1
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80 Metascore

Pervert Park follows the everyday lives of the sex offenders in the park as they struggle to reintegrate into society.

Directors: Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors | Stars: William J. Fuery Jr., Tracy Hutchinson, James Broderick, James Turner

Votes: 918

5. The Leather Boys (1964)

108 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell, Dudley Sutton, Gladys Henson

Votes: 503

6. The Girl Next Door (1999)

R | 82 min | Documentary

6.2
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69 Metascore

A documentary about the rise to fame of adult movie star Stacy Valentine. Starting out as an under-confident woman pushed into entering a Hustler Magazine contest by her domineering husband... See full summary »

Director: Christine Fugate | Stars: Stacy Valentine, Jack Gallagher, Russell Hampshire, Veronica Hart

Votes: 744 | Gross: $0.51M

7. Louis and the Nazis (2003 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary

7.8
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Louis Theroux travels to California to meet the man dubbed "the most dangerous racist in America"; Tom Metzger, his family and his publicity manager. Louis also meets 'Prussian Blue' an American white-nationalist preteen musical sibling duo.

Director: Stuart Cabb | Stars: Louis Theroux, April Gaede, Lamb Gaede, Lynx Gaede

Votes: 1,422

8. Whore 2 (1994)

R | 85 min | Drama

4.6
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Jack sets himself up in the Hotel St James to work on his book on prostitution in New York. Along the way he meets and grows fond of Mary Lou.

Director: Amos Kollek | Stars: Nancy McPherson, Pat 'Delightful' Kelly, Sylvia Hill, Mari Nelson

Votes: 194

9. Objectified (2009)

75 min | Documentary

7.1
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A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Andrew Blauvelt, Erwan Bouroullec

Votes: 3,051 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Of Time and the City (2008)

74 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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81 Metascore

A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England.

Director: Terence Davies | Star: Terence Davies

Votes: 1,623 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Sex: My British Job (2013)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

6.2
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Nick Broomfield met Hsiao Hung Pai, a journalist who was working for the Guardian, when making his feature film 'Ghosts' (about the Morecambe Bay Chinese Cockle Pickers ). As an experiment ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Nick Broomfield, Hsiao-Hung Pai

Votes: 323

12. Dreamcatcher (I) (2015)

TV-MA | 104 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.1
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86 Metascore

Takes us into a hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell.

Director: Kim Longinotto | Stars: Brenda Myers-Powell, T.T., Keena, Temeka

Votes: 345

13. American Dream (1990)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

8.0
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Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »

Directors: Barbara Kopple, Cathy Caplan, Thomas Haneke, Lawrence Silk | Stars: Jesse Jackson, Juan Munoz, Ray Rogers, Mike Kinney

Votes: 637 | Gross: $0.27M

14. Forbidden Lie$ (2007)

104 min | Documentary, Drama

7.9
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85 Metascore

A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.

Director: Anna Broinowski | Stars: Norma Khouri, Malcolm Knox, Rana Husseini, Caroline Overington

Votes: 536

15. Out in the Silence (2009)

56 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

5.1
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The announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small hometown and a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school.

Directors: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson | Stars: C.J. Bills, Diane Granley, Linda Henderson, Roxanne Hitchcock

Votes: 420

16. Sex en gros (1971)

83 min | Documentary

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Director: Nils Vest | Star: Bodil Joensen

17. LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary

8.2
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78 Metascore

This documentary follows a Mississippi Delta school district and a single Delta family as they struggle against the crippling effects of poverty in the wake of more than one hundred years of slavery.

Directors: Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke, Albert Maysles | Stars: LaLee Wallace, Reggie Barnes

Votes: 190

18. A Call to Arms (2009)

85 min | Documentary, History, War

6.8
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The eyewitness story of the illegal U.S. and U.K. military anthrax vaccination programs, which is recommended by Montel Williams as the Must-See Documentary of the Year. Because of the ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Miller | Stars: Michael Douglas, Linda Hamilton, Scott Miller, Melissa Mosich Miller

Votes: 44

19. Uprising (2012)

85 min | Documentary, Action, History

7.1
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73 Metascore

The inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall of... See full summary »

Director: Fredrik Stanton | Stars: Rasha Abdulla, Lisa Anderson, Shaima El-Elaimy, Mohamad El-Gebba

Votes: 59

20. 68 (2008 TV Movie)

110 min | Documentary, History, War

7.9
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From Washington to Saigon, Rome to Mexico, Paris to London, a wave of demonstrations shakes the world. 68 travels back in time to war torn Vietnam, freed and occupied Prague, Paris demonstrating, revolution in the Americas.

Director: Patrick Rotman | Stars: Edouard Balladur, The Beatles, Claude Berri, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 50

21. Dogging Tales (2013 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Leo Maguire

Votes: 23

22. Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer (2010)

80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

9.1
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This feature length documentary, Mzungu, is our story about personal change, sacrifice, adventure, and ultimately the power of love and community. You will embark on a journey into the ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Gilbert | Stars: Shane Gilbert, Daniel Adams, Eric Byington, Scott Byington

Votes: 8

23. Standing Tall (2004 Video)

50 min | Documentary

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Renato is 27 years old and is severely disabled. Standing only 2'6" with leg and spinal deformaties one would think he would lead an inactive life. But this man works 6 days a week selling ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Jacob

24. Tehran anar nadarad (2007)

68 min | Documentary, Comedy, Musical

7.5
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This is the story of Tehran from the Qajar time (middle of 19th century) to today. Tehran has become a metropolis from a small village, now a developed city with many social problems.

Director: Massoud Bakhshi | Stars: Ain Al-Daula, Massoud Bakhshi, Winston Churchill, Forugh Farrokhzad

Votes: 269

25. Britain on Film (2012–2013)

Documentary

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Star: Sidney James

Votes: 11

26. Libby, Montana (2004)

124 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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Nestled below the rugged peaks of the Northern Rockies and along the crystal-clear Kootenai River lies the small logging town of Libby, Montana - an ironic setting for a town where many ... See full summary »

Directors: Drury Gunn Carr, Doug Hawes-Davis

Votes: 53

27. The New Americans (2003)

411 min | Documentary

8.3
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The New Americans follows a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.

Director: Indu Krishnan

Votes: 9

28. Growing Up in America (1988)

90 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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Documentary on 1960s radicals in the U.S.A.

Director: Morley Markson | Stars: Don Cox, Allen Ginsberg, Fred Hampton Jr., Fred Hampton

Votes: 37

29. Bad Girl (2001 TV Movie)

Documentary

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A documentary about the evolution of female involvement in porn.

Director: Marielle Nitoslawska | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Veronica Hart, Nina Hartley, Christi Lake

Votes: 13

30. Hôpital vétérinaire (2012– )

Documentary

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31. Shangku Shelter (2017)

70 min | Documentary | Post-production

Zanskar is a remote kingdom in the northwest Indian Himalaya, where local people are snow-bound for six months of the year. About 10,000 Zanskaris live in the isolated valley. In winter, ... See full summary »

Directors: Vera Neverkevich Hill, Yana Kehrlein, Ben Stephenson | Stars: Ben Stephenson, Amin Zanskari, Urgain Dorjay

32. 5 Sides of a Coin (2003)

TV-PG | 70 min | Documentary, Music

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"5 Sides of a Coin" is a comprehensive overview of the worldwide cultural movement of Hip-Hop.

Director: Paul Kell | Stars: A-Trak, Afrika Bambaataa, The Beat Junkies, The Beatnuts

Votes: 86

33. Chante ton bac d'abord (2014)

82 min | Documentary

6.8
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Director: David André | Stars: Gaëlle Bridoux, Caroline Brimeux, Nicolas Dourdin, Alice Dutertre

Votes: 60

35. American Harvest (2008)

100 min | Documentary

6.1
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Anti-immigration sentiment sweeps across America. A journey from Florida to New York, including a trip to the Mexican border, reveals the lives and issues of legal and illegal migrants and ... See full summary »

Director: Angelo Mancuso

Votes: 20

36. Year at Danger (2007)

94 min | Documentary

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Directors: Steve Metze, Don Swaynos | Star: Steve Metze

Votes: 20

37. Our Story Our Voice (2007)

77 min | Documentary

7.8
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Our story our voice engages the diverse voices of the dis-empowered in a multi-cultural world that has no multi-culture voice. Beyond the mainstream media and politics of newspapers Our ... See full summary »

Director: Owen Alik Shahadah | Stars: Hakim Adi, Sunara Begum, Ishmahil Blagrove, David Gustave Dawood

Votes: 32

38. Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2005)

88 min | Documentary

8.7
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"Homeland" tells the stories of five remarkable Native American activists in four communities who are fighting these "new Indian Wars" - each in his own way passionately dedicated to ... See full summary »

Director: Roberta Grossman | Stars: Mitchell Capitan, Rita Capitan, Barry Dana, Evon Peter

Votes: 23

39. It's Still Elementary (2007 Video)

48 min | Documentary

7.2
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This moving story and political drama revisits the students and teachers from the original groundbreaking film, It's Elementary, and discovers the profound impact of using film as a tool for social change.

Directors: Debra Chasnoff, Johnny Symons

Votes: 16

40. God in the Box (2011 Video)

82 min | Documentary

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Take a look inside a very private place - the mind's eye. See what God looks like, and why - that is, if God exists at all. Decide for yourself just what we're fighting for, and if history ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan Lang | Star: Nathan Lang

Votes: 12

41. Mighty Warriors of Comedy (2006 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary

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The funniest comedy troupe you've never heard of. Female circumcision. Dancing Testicles. Chinese geishas. These subjects are the basis for an average day of side-splitting sketch comedy from this audacious pan-Asian sketch comedy troupe.

Director: Sung H. Kim | Stars: Harold S. Byun, Valiant Chow, Rhoda Gravador, Rania Ho

42. Descendants of the Domesticated (2008 Video)

14 min | Documentary, Short

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Examines Chicago's ever-growing population of stray and feral cats. Combating over-population are three cat trappers, one of which a animal behaviorist. Observation of the trappers and ... See full summary »

Stars: Nancy Blanchard, Meg Martino

43. The New Entrepreneur: Odyssey for a Dream (2013)

50 min | Documentary

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15 aspiring entrepreneurs go through a 12 week business program, each hoping to walk away with a $10,000 loan.

Directors: Julie Grimm, Nate Haskell

44. Seal or No Seal (2007)

6 min | Short

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Director: Ramy A. Hassan | Star: Paul Watson

45. Crying Earth Rise Up (2015)

57 min | Documentary, News

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Crying Earth Rise Up is a compelling story of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on the water, land and people of the Great Plains.

Director: Suree Towfighnia | Stars: Debra White Plume, Tantoo Cardinal, Bruce Ellison, Alex White Plume

46. World of Blue, Land of O. (2005)

52 min | Documentary

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Brussels, Belgium. A hospital in the inner city. Three patients in the infectious diseases ward. In this precarious and isolated existence the ill are involved in a fight with their own ... See full summary »

Director: Bram Van Paesschen

47. In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents (2005)

31 min | Documentary, Short

5.8
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In a time when LGBT families are debated and attacked in the media, courts and Congress, from school houses to state houses across the country, five young people give you a chance to walk ... See full summary »

Director: Jen Gilomen

Votes: 11

48. Great Speeches from a Dying World (2009)

93 min | Documentary

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LInas Phillips spent nearly two years getting to know nine of Seattle's homeless population. The result is a unique and compassionate exploration of the hard luck, wrong turns and broken ... See full summary »

Director: Linas Phillips

49. Tattoo Deluxe (1995)

102 min | Documentary

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Look on in hypnotic fascination as tattoo artists Peter Loggins and Jeff Thielman practice their forbidden art! See beautiful girls squirm as tattoo needles penetrate their willing young ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Wessel | Stars: Peter Loggins, Jeff Thielman

50. Transversais (2008)

54 min | Documentary

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Different forms of seeing the world. The boundaries formed between social and cultural differences. Religion, politics and behavior on the day to day basis through the eyes of political analysts and chosen individuals.

Director: Guilherme Castro | Stars: Guy Sorman, Jorge Castañeda, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Patrick Dixon

Votes: 29