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1. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCall | Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,059 | Gross: $0.02M

2. The Arbor (2010)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

88 Metascore

Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

Director: Clio Barnard | Stars: Manjinder Virk, Christine Bottomley, Natalie Gavin, Parvani Lingiah

Votes: 1,558 | Gross: $0.02M

3. The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 2,509 | Gross: $0.24M

4. An Unreasonable Man (2006)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah.

Directors: Henriette Mantel, Steve Skrovan | Stars: Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, Howard Zinn, Eric Alterman

Votes: 1,607 | Gross: $0.18M

5. The Human Experience (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

The story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Francis Kinnane | Stars: Jeffrey Azize, Clifford Azize, Michael Campo, Matthew Sanchez

Votes: 900

6. The Parking Lot Movie (2010)

PG | 74 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows a select group of parking lot attendants and their strange rite of passage... See full summary »

Director: Meghan Eckman | Stars: Patrick Baran, John Beers, Chris Farina, Tyler Magill

Votes: 1,801

7. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz

Votes: 10,285 | Gross: $6.41M

8. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Directors: Christopher Dillon Quinn, Tommy Walker | Stars: Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Abol Pach

Votes: 2,656 | Gross: $0.28M

9. To Be and to Have (2002)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Family

87 Metascore

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin, Guillaume

Votes: 7,222 | Gross: $0.78M

10. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 16,072

11. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 29,284

12. Lake of Fire (2006)

Unrated | 152 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Bill Baird, Flip Benham, Dallas Blanchard

Votes: 2,329 | Gross: $0.02M

13. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,681

14. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 58,642 | Gross: $3.29M

15. Before Flying Back to Earth (2005)

52 min | Documentary

A short documentary about a hospital ward for children with leukemia in Lithuania.

Director: Arunas Matelis

Votes: 1,124

16. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,646 | Gross: $0.24M

17. Daddy I Do (2010)

90 min | Documentary

The Purity Ball symbolizes a father's protection over his daughter's virginity, but how does this reflect in the choices she makes, understanding her sexuality, and knowing her worth as a ... See full summary »

Director: Cassie Jaye | Stars: Amy Catherine Flynn, Cassie Jaye, Douglas Kirby, Amanda Marcotte

Votes: 57

18. Encounter Point (2006)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

"Encounter Point" moves beyond sensational and canned images to tell the story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved... See full summary »

Directors: Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha | Stars: Ali Abu Awwad, Sami Al Jundi, Robi Damelin, Shlomo Zagman

Votes: 103

19. Trouble the Water (2008)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.

Directors: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin | Stars: Michael Brown, George W. Bush, Julie Chen, Ray Nagin

Votes: 1,839 | Gross: $0.52M

20. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,000 | Gross: $0.19M

21. Old Partner (2008)

78 min | Documentary

An elderly farmer lives out his final days with his wife and a loyal ox in the Korean countryside.

Director: Chung-ryoul Lee | Stars: Won-gyoon Choi, Sam-soon Lee

Votes: 378

22. Beyond Belief (2007)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

Susan Retik and Patti Quigley are two ordinary soccer moms living in the affluent suburbs of Boston until tragedy strikes. Rather than turning inwards, grief compels these women to focus on... See full summary »

Director: Beth Murphy | Stars: Susan Retik, Patti Quigley, Tom Fleming, Clementina Cantoni

Votes: 148

23. 9 Star Hotel (2006)

78 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Slipping through the predawn darkness over highways, through traffic and across the border, Palestinian construction workers go to work clandestinely in Israel every day. Haar's raw, ... See full summary »

Director: Ido Haar

Votes: 79

24. TED: The Future We Will Create (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

"TED: The future we will create" gives you an all-access pass inside the world of TED to what Wired Magazine refers to as "arguably the hottest gathering around." Every year for four days, ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Latham, Daphne Zuniga | Stars: Daphne Zuniga, Al Gore, Lawrence Bender, Chris Anderson

Votes: 148

25. Budrus (2009)

Unrated | 70 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

Follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.

Director: Julia Bacha

Votes: 353 | Gross: $0.07M

26. Storm from the South (2006)

50 min | Documentary

An intimate glimpse of the six critical days before the first Kuwaiti elections (2006) in which women were allowed to run for office or even vote. Through three female candidates the ... See full summary »

Directors: Walid Al-Awadhi, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Nabila Al-Anjari, Rola Al-Dashti, Laila Al-Rashed

Votes: 12

27. General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

A documentary on the military dictator of Africa's Uganda.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Golda Meir

Votes: 1,465

28. This Is Kung Fu (1987 Video)

82 min | Documentary

Documentary featuring scenes of hand-to-hand and combat with weapons.

Stars: Hao Zhi Hua, Jet Li, Jing Jun Wang, Yu Shao Wen

Votes: 66

29. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 14,864 | Gross: $0.22M

30. Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (2011)

81 min | Documentary

The most popular genre within India's prolific movie industry is showcased in this film about film.

Directors: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Jeff Zimbalist | Stars: Javed Akhtar, Dev Anand, Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit

Votes: 105

32. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr

Votes: 9,315

33. Marathon Boy (2010)

98 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Gemma Atwal's dynamic epic follows four-year-old Budhia, rescued from poverty by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach and operator of an orphanage for slum children in the eastern ... See full summary »

Director: Gemma Atwal

Votes: 421

34. Pink Saris (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Drama

Now she follows Sampat Pal Devi, the leader of the 'Pink Gang' who brings her own brand of justice to the streets of Uttar Pradesh, India, combating violence against women.

Director: Kim Longinotto | Stars: Renu Devi, Sampat Pal Devi, Niranjan Pal, Rekha Paswan

Votes: 181

35. Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez, Miguel Lawner

Votes: 4,232

36. Circo (I) (2010)

Unrated | 75 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A hardscrabble traveling Mexican circus troupe has lived and performed on the road since the 19th Century, but will their art survive into the 21st?

Director: Aaron Schock

Votes: 234 | Gross: $0.08M

38. Mondo cane (1962)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Horror

A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence.

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Rossano Brazzi, Yves Klein, Henning Skaarup

Votes: 3,127

39. Mondo Cane 2 (1963)

R | 102 min | Documentary

The official sequel to the original shockumentary, presenting new and bizarre behavior from around the world, including cruelty, graphic gore, and strange rituals.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Henning Skaarup, Peter Ustinov, Madame Nhu

Votes: 696

40. Des morts (1979)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary

This morbid, unusual, and critically acclaimed documentary was filmed in the most exotic locations all over the world. Of the Dead (Des Morts) deals with death, the soon dead, and the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Pol Ferbus, Dominique Garny, Thierry Zéno

Votes: 115

41. Africa: Blood and Guts (1966)

R | 122 min | Documentary

The cruel acts of animal poaching and violence, executions, and tribal slaughtering, all taking place on the African continent.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Sergio Rossi, Jomo Kenyatta, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Julius Nyerere

Votes: 1,144

42. Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt - Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1992)

96 min | Documentary, Biography

An insightful examination on the life and work of New German Cinema master Rainer Werner Fassbinder, "I Don't Just Want You to Love Me" presents friends, actors and collaborators of his ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Günther Pflaum | Stars: Harry Baer, Michael Ballhaus, Karlheinz Braun, Karlheinz Böhm

Votes: 227

43. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 20,477

44. The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (2009)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

A hunter in a remote and idyllic forest stumbles on a make shift tent fashioned from sheets of plastic and containing the mummified remains of a corpse. A detailed journal found on site ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Liechti | Stars: Peter Mettler, Alexander Tschernek

Votes: 463

45. Great Directors (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, ... See full summary »

Director: Angela Ismailos | Stars: David Lynch, Catherine Breillat, Bernardo Bertolucci, Liliana Cavani

Votes: 429 | Gross: $0.02M

46. In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2001)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

80 Metascore

Documentary about the life of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who led the independent film movement of the 1940s.

Director: Martina Kudlácek | Stars: Miriam Arsham, Stan Brakhage, Chao Li Chi, Rita Christiani

Votes: 336 | Gross: $0.01M

47. In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

A documentary on Henry Darger, visionary artist, janitor, and novelist.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Henry Darger, Dakota Fanning, Larry Pine, Frier McCollister

Votes: 1,996 | Gross: $0.41M

48. Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography