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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: 1,287 | 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: 2,038 | Gross: $0.02M

3. The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 112 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: 4,237 | 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.

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

Votes: 1,731 | 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 Kinnane | Stars: Jeffrey Azize, Clifford Azize, Michael Campo, Matthew Sanchez

Votes: 963

6. The Parking Lot Movie (2010)

PG | 74 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Hailed as the "most feel-good film" of the South by Southwest Film Festival 2010, The Parking Lot Movie follows a select group of artistic and overeducated parking lot attendants as they wage war against the people who park in their lot.

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

Votes: 2,000

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 Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz, Harriet Ball

Votes: 11,500 | Gross: $6.41M

8. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Three young men 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: 2,853 | 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: 8,151 | Gross: $0.78M

10. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary

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: 19,202

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: 37,345 | Gross: $0.02M

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: 2,642 | 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: 4,187

14. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

Following the style of some of the world's most prolific street artists, an amateur filmmaker makes a foray into the art world.

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

Votes: 66,766 | 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: 1,168

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: 2,978 | 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: 78

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: 114

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 Moonves, Ray Nagin

Votes: 2,036 | 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: 9,182 | 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: 434

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: 161

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: 87

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: 160

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: 392 | 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: 17

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: 1,919

28. This Is Kung Fu (1987 Video)

82 min | Documentary

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

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

Votes: 75

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: 16,744 | 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: Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Saroj Khan

Votes: 126

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, Harry Harrison, Peter Harrison, Paul McCartney

Votes: 11,839

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: 450

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: 196

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: 5,664

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: 272 | Gross: $0.08M

37. Through the Eyes of a Painter (1967)

Short

Made by M. F. Hussain who belongs to the progressive group of painters, this experimental film presents the painter's images of Rajasthan, through cinema.

Director: M.F. Hussain

Votes: 25

38. A Dog's Life (1962)

Approved | 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: 4,072

39. Mondo Cane 2 (1963)

Approved | 102 min | Documentary, Horror

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, Arnaldo Caivano

Votes: 920

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: 149

41. Africa: Blood and Guts (1966)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Horror

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, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere

Votes: 1,660

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: 264

43. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

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: 22,559