Unwatched Documentaries

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1. Powaqqatsi (1988)

G | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Pope John Paul II, Dan Rather

Votes: 6,756 | Gross: $0.59M

2. Naqoyqatsi (2002)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Belladonna, Marlon Brando, Elton John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 4,691 | Gross: $0.13M

3. Anima Mundi (1992)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Image and music are intertwined in this third collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. The film was produced to celebrate the World Wildlife Fund's ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Votes: 968

4. Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

G | 61 min | Documentary, Family

67 Metascore

James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Bill Paxton, Lori Johnston, Lewis Abernathy, John Broadwater

Votes: 4,540 | Gross: $17.04M

5. Billabong Odyssey (2003)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

50 Metascore

Action sports documentary that follows the industry's best big wave surfers as they travel the world searching for the largest waves that nature has to offer. The journey spanned 18 months, 6 continents and produced up to 70 foot waves.

Director: Philip Boston | Stars: Ken Bradshaw, Ken Collins, Brian L. Keaulana, Brad Gerlach

Votes: 460 | Gross: $0.05M

6. Death in Gaza (2004)

TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary

The harrowing documentary that portrays the horror of the Israeli conflict and the resulting death of its director, James Miller.

Director: James Miller | Stars: James Miller, Saira Shah

Votes: 1,132

7. Gaza Strip (2002)

74 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Focuses on 13-year-old Mohammed Hejazi, a second-grade dropout the filmmaker encountered at the Karni crossing in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian children often gather to throw stones.

Director: James Longley | Star: Mohammed Hejazi

Votes: 288

9. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 14,847 | Gross: $1.16M

10. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,752 | Gross: $0.80M

11. Beautiful People (1974)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Documentary

Hilarious documentary on the wildlife of the Namib Desert.

Director: Jamie Uys | Star: Paddy O'Byrne

Votes: 3,220

12. The Red Stuff (2000)

78 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

A detailed and in-depth look at the early days of the Soviet Union's space program as told by cosmonauts themselves.

Director: Leo De Boer

Votes: 38

13. Chariots of the Gods (1970)

G | 92 min | Documentary

Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Heinz-Detlev Bock, Klaus Kindler, Christian Marschall, Aleksandr Kazantsev

Votes: 1,136 | Gross: $25.95M

14. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 12,951

15. Steve-O: Out on Bail (2003 Video)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Sport

Steve-O's world tour in the spring of 2003.

Director: Nick Dunlap | Stars: Steve-O, Jason 'Wee Man' Acuña, Nick Dunlap, Ryan Dunn

Votes: 446

17. For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

Director: Al Reinert | Stars: Jim Lovell, Kenneth Mattingly, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 3,934 | Gross: $0.77M

18. Promises (2001)

106 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers ... See full summary »

Directors: B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro, Carlos Bolado | Stars: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Shlomo Green, Sanabel Hassan

Votes: 2,470 | Gross: $0.24M

19. Shooting War (2000 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary

Produced by Steven Spielberg and presented by Tom Hanks this documentary tells how war photographers faced the horrors that looked both in Europe and in the Pacific during World War II .

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Tom Hanks, Stephen Ambrose, Russ Meyer, Walter Rosenblum

Votes: 398

20. The White Diamond (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

About the daring adventure of exploring rain forest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Graham Dorrington, Dieter Plage, Adrian de Schryver

Votes: 3,919

21. Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album (2000 Video)

60 min | Music, Documentary

Behind-the-scenes footage to document the production of one of John Lennon's most enduring works. A fluid context of conflict, community, and craftsmanship.

Directors: Jonas Mekas, Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, George Harrison

Votes: 269

22. Die Macht der Bilder: Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

180 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl, a German film director most notorious for making the most effective propaganda films for the Nazis.

Director: Ray Müller | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Marlene Dietrich, Walter Frentz, Joseph Goebbels

Votes: 1,350 | Gross: $0.45M

23. Lektionen in Finsternis (1992)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, War

This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it.

Director: Werner Herzog | Star: Werner Herzog

Votes: 4,348

24. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Crime

Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover

Votes: 3,790

25. Mana: Beyond Belief (2004)

92 min | Documentary

What do the Shroud of Turin, Elvis's Graceland, and a flag flown barely a moment over the U.S. Capitol have in common. Mana - that sacred, spiritual power thought to reside in a person, ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Friedman, Roger Manley | Stars: Te Warihi Heteraka, Malcolm Peri, Danny Jim Hatahlie, Buddy Redmustache

Votes: 59

26. Kids in the Hall: Tour of Duty (2002 Video)

85 min | Documentary, Comedy

The Canadian comedy troupe reunite at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, B.C, performing from their 2002 Tour. Features some of their most memorable sketches along with some new ones.

Director: Dave Diomedi | Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Votes: 143

27. Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Flight from Death is the first film to investigate the psychological The effects of death anxiety are embedded within everything we do across Flight from Death is the culmination of many years of research and

Director: Patrick Shen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Sam Keen, Ron Leifer, Robert Jay Lifton

Votes: 357

28. Darwin's Nightmare (2004)

107 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers.

Director: Hubert Sauper | Stars: Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nsese, Raphael Tukiko Wagara, Dimond Remtulia, Marcus Nyoni

Votes: 5,090 | Gross: $0.20M

29. The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

Director: Brian Flemming | Stars: Sam Harris, Robert M. Price, Richard Carrier, Earl Doherty

Votes: 4,734

30. Wordplay (2006)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Will Shortz, Ken Burns, Jon Stewart, Merl Reagle

Votes: 3,495 | Gross: $3.12M

31. Black Gold (2006)

Unrated | 78 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

An in-depth look at the world of coffee and global trade.

Directors: Marc J. Francis, Nick Francis

Votes: 813 | Gross: $0.09M

32. 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: 2,609 | Gross: $0.28M

33. Fuck (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use.

Director: Steve Anderson | Stars: Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Bill Maher, Reinhold Aman

Votes: 4,116 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Heckler (2007)

R | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. After starring in a film that was critically bashed, Jamie Kennedy takes on hecklers and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Addis | Stars: Louie Anderson, Criss Angel, Dave Attell, Vince August

Votes: 2,578

35. No End in Sight (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, War

89 Metascore

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Omar Fekeiki

Votes: 7,727 | Gross: $1.43M

36. 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: 15,075

37. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 45,429

38. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

104 min | Documentary

BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC ... See full summary »

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Adam Scorgie, Chris Bennett, Steve Bloom, Renee Bojee

Votes: 7,382

39. Reclaiming the Blade (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

The Medieval and Renaissance blade, a profound and beautiful object handcrafted by master artisans of old. An object of great complexity, yet one with a singular use in mind- it is designed... See full summary »

Director: Daniel McNicoll | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Karl Urban, John Rhys-Davies, Richard Taylor

Votes: 886

40. Love the Beast (2009)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Sport

What if you were a Hollywood movie star with an obsession for cars and racing? You would probably read every script with even the tiniest link to the subject matter, in the hope that you ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bana | Stars: Eric Bana, Jeremy Clarkson, Steve Coad, Grant Denyer

Votes: 1,908

41. Highwater (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure

51 Metascore

"High Water" is an action-packed adventure centered around surfing's Triple Crown competitions,the professional surfing tour's final three competitions held each year on the North Shore of ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Brown | Stars: Monique Marrier, Robbie Page, David Sanderson, Kelly Slater

Votes: 70

42. P-Star Rising (2009)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Music

A former rapper guides his talented nine-year-old daughter through the music business.

Director: Gabriel Noble | Stars: Jesse Diaz, Megan Rochell, Priscilla Star

Votes: 77

43. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

"The Most Dangerous Man in America" is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of ... See full summary »

Directors: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith | Stars: Peter Arnett, Ben Bagdikian, Ann Beeson, John Dean

Votes: 2,110 | Gross: $0.45M

44. No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

Directors: Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein | Stars: Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin

Votes: 1,409 | Gross: $0.10M

45. The Art of the Steal (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Julian Bond, David D'Arcy, Richard Feigen, Richard H. Glanton

Votes: 2,055 | Gross: $0.54M

46. Blood Into Wine (2010)

100 min | Documentary

Take a look inside the life of one of Rock music's most mysterious and interesting figures. With winemaking in his blood, multiplatinum recording artist Maynard James Keenan sets out to bring notariety to Arizona's burgeoning wine regions.

Directors: Ryan Page, Christopher Pomerenke | Stars: Glenn Alexander, Tim Alexander, Fairuza Balk, Tom Beaujour

Votes: 986

47. Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

PG | 86 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.

Director: Don Hahn | Stars: Roy Edward Disney, John Lasseter, Michael Eisner, Don Hahn

Votes: 2,013 | Gross: $0.08M

48. Racing Dreams (2009)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

78 Metascore

A feature documentary following three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. Clocking speeds up to 70 mph, these kids chase the National ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Curry | Stars: Annabeth Barnes, Josh Hobson, Brandon Warren, Russ Wiles

Votes: 379 | Gross: $0.06M

49. Countdown to Zero (2010)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification.

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Graham Allison, James Baker III, Bruce Blair, Tony Blair

Votes: 2,041 | Gross: $0.27M

50. A Film Unfinished (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History