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1. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 21,282 | Gross: $3.12M

2. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)

112 min | Documentary, Music

A chronological account of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2008 world tour through India, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America in a jet piloted by the band's front man, Bruce Dickinson. Features interviews with the musicians, their road crew and fans.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Iron Maiden, Vinny Appice, Pat Cash, Bruce Dickinson

Votes: 4,779

3. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

Director: Alek Keshishian | Stars: Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho

Votes: 7,946 | Gross: $15.01M

4. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

89 Metascore

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".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 46,956 | Gross: $2.96M

5. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)

R | 77 min | Documentary, Comedy

The Monty Python troupe perform a combination of classic sketches and new material at the Hollywood Bowl.

Directors: Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman

Votes: 12,238 | Gross: $0.33M

6. Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary, Biography

A few years after his death, the widow of Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) asks Jon Ronson to look through the contents of about 1,000 boxes of meticulously sorted materials Kubrick left. Ronson... See full summary »

Director: Jon Ronson | Stars: Jon Ronson, Anthony Frewin, Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick

Votes: 1,005

7. Shadow Billionaire (2009)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

After Larry Hillblom, founder of DHL, disappeared following a 1995 plane crash off his Micronesian island home, dozens of would be heirs came out of the woodwork to lay claim to his mega fortune.

Director: Alexis Spraic | Stars: Bob O'Connor, Jon Anderson, Peter Manso, Ed Calvo

Votes: 161

8. U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary of Irish rock group U2's Fall 1987 tour of North America.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 5,330 | Gross: $8.60M

9. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

73 Metascore

A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Joe Cairo, David Carlo

Votes: 6,947 | Gross: $1.25M

10. Kurt & Courtney (1998)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Courtney Love, Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Mari Earle

Votes: 6,248 | Gross: $0.44M

11. Rembrandt's J'Accuse...! (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

An 'essayistic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Emily Holmes

Votes: 700

12. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography

This film traces the artistic self-realization of Annie Leibovitz, from childhood through the death of her beloved friend, Susan Sontag, and includes snippets of Leibovitz's last visual ... See full synopsis »

Director: Barbara Leibovitz | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Graydon Carter, Hillary Clinton, George Clooney

Votes: 425

13. Putins kys (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

52 Metascore

Masha Drokova joins Nashi, a Russian ultra nationalist youth group, at the age of 16 and rapidly ascends its ranks, famously garnering a medal and the opportunity to kiss Vladimir Putin. The film details her growing disillusion with the group's leaders and her falling in with the anti-Putin opposition, especially a journalist and blogger named Oleg Kashin, who gets brutally attacked.

Director: Lise Birk Pedersen | Stars: Masha Drokova, Oleg Kashin, Viktoria Drokova, Garry Kasparov

Votes: 632 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Iron Maiden: Rock in Rio (2002 Video)

120 min | Documentary, Music

Live concert on the back of 'Brave New World' album, showing why they're one of the greats, performing many hits from their long career, a band at its peak.

Director: Dean Karr | Stars: Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Janick Gers

Votes: 1,865

15. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.

Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

Votes: 4,990 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Everything or Nothing (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary

A history of the James Bond franchise.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Ken Adam, Maud Adams, John Barry, Shirley Bassey

Votes: 1,872

17. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 10,719 | Gross: $1.60M

18. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 55,551 | Gross: $3.97M

19. Erasing Hate (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary

In this hour, MSNBC goes inside the world of Bryon Widner, a former skinhead "pit bull", as he undergoes painful treatments to remove the physical representation of the hate he had exhibited to the world for more than half his life.

Director: Bill Brummel | Stars: Bryon Widner, Julie Widner, Brooke Beck, Andrew Micheal Carter

Votes: 380

20. Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary about Roman Polanski, the man and filmmaker. Roman Polanski speaks about his eventful life story and career in conversation with Andrew Braunsberg, his former business partner, producer, and friend of many years.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Roman Polanski, Andrew Braunsberg, Catherine Deneuve, Pawel Edelman

Votes: 907

21. The Lost Aviator (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Set in the Golden Age of Aviation, Andrew Lancaster follows the life and times of his great uncle, Captain Bill Lancaster. Against his family's wishes, he uncovers a fascinating tale of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lancaster | Stars: Arron Wayne Cull, Ewen Leslie, Kipan Rothbury, Yael Stone

Votes: 29

22. On the Bridge (1992)

95 min | Documentary

A documentary of director Perry's own fight with cancer, which he ultimately lost in 1995.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Frank Perry, Lauren Bacall, Ohad Rossen

Votes: 26

23. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

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: 45,635 | Gross: $2.80M

24. Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

41 Metascore

Nick Broomfield goes in pursuit of Sarah Palin, interviewing her family and friends, for a decidedly unauthorized perspective on this growing force in American politics.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Sarah Palin, Nick Broomfield, Barbara Adams, Chuck Heath

Votes: 780 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Tintin et moi (2003)

75 min | Documentary, Biography

A high-profiled documentary about Hergé and his major cartoon success, Tintin, based in part on previously unreleased archive tape footage.

Director: Anders Østergaard | Stars: Hergé, Numa Sadoul, Michael Farr, Harry Thompson

Votes: 564

26. Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge (2017)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary, Music

A look at 50 years of the iconic magazine features interviews with and footage of journalists, photographers and performers who have graced its pages since it was launched by publisher Jann Wenner in 1967. In 2 parts.

Directors: Blair Foster, Alex Gibney | Stars: Cameron Crowe, Jeff Daniels, Johnny Depp, Annie Leibovitz

Votes: 231