my favourite documentaries

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1. Dig! (2004)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood

Votes: 5,515 | Gross: $0.13M

2. A Cross the Universe (2008 Video)

65 min | Documentary, Music

'A Cross the Universe' is a documentary following the French EDM duo Justice touring North America.

Directors: Gaspard Augé, Xavier de Rosnay, Romain Gavras, So-Me | Stars: Gaspard Augé, Xavier de Rosnay, Pedro Winter, Mehdi Faveris-Essadi

Votes: 426

3. Beautiful Losers (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

Directors: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard | Stars: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson

Votes: 1,226 | Gross: $0.06M

4. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston, Laurie Allen

Votes: 8,018 | Gross: $0.33M

5. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

83 Metascore

After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 2,674 | Gross: $0.11M

6. 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: 56,542 | Gross: $3.29M

7. Bananaz (2008)

92 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary on the cryptic cartoon band, Gorillaz.

Director: Ceri Levy | Stars: Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, De La Soul, Ibrahim Ferrer

Votes: 268

8. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 46,229 | Gross: $3.17M

9. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 32,626 | Gross: $0.68M

10. Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez

Votes: 7,081

12. Joy Division (2007)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Richard Boon, Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins, Ian Curtis

Votes: 2,817

13. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 14,402 | Gross: $0.67M

14. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | 141 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo

Votes: 15,193 | Gross: $1.22M

15. Ramones Raw (2004)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Music

Climb in the van, buckle your seat belt and hang on tight because you're about to experience life on the road with the founding fathers of punk rock, The Ramones! The band that started it ... See full summary »

Director: John Cafiero | Stars: Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone

Votes: 467

16. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jeff Ament

Votes: 11,112 | Gross: $1.29M

17. Dark Days (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Director: Marc Singer | Star: Marc Singer

Votes: 5,899 | Gross: $0.43M

18. 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: 6,949 | Gross: $1.25M

19. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 14,012 | Gross: $50.00M

20. Lost in La Mancha (2002)

R | 89 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe | Stars: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges, Tony Grisoni

Votes: 10,144 | Gross: $0.73M

21. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 15,831 | Gross: $1.32M

22. High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell (1995 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

Documents 18 months in the lives of three crack addicts in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Directors: Maryann DeLeo, Richard Farrell | Star: Dicky Eklund

Votes: 629

23. Super High Me (2007)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy

Stand up comedian and marijuana user Doug Benson documents thirty days of pot free living and thirty days of non-stop use to compare the effects of both.

Director: Michael Blieden | Stars: Brian Unger, Gary Cohan, Robert Gore, Sean Tabibian

Votes: 12,254

24. Knuckle (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans.

Director: Ian Palmer | Stars: James Quinn McDonagh, Paddy Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Ian Palmer

Votes: 2,587 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Party Monster (1998)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary film exploring the rise of Club Kid legend Michael Alig and his fall in 1996 when he murdered his drug dealer/roommate Angel Melendez.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Michael Alig, Gitsie, James St. James, Keoki

Votes: 1,363

26. Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Music, War

In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, ... See full summary »

Directors: Suroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti | Stars: Firas Al-Lateef, Suroosh Alvi, Marwan Reyad, Faisal Talal

Votes: 1,059

27. Making 'The Shining' (1980 TV Short)

35 min | Documentary, Short

A look behind the scenes during the making of 'Stanley Kubrick (I)''s The Shining (1980).

Director: Vivian Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Vivian Kubrick, Terry Needham, Stanley Kubrick

Votes: 1,856

28. The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2009)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

In 2007 the legendary American duo White Stripes toured Canada. Besides playing the usual venues they challenged themselves and played in buses, cafés and for Indian tribal elders. Music ... See full summary »

Director: Emmett Malloy | Stars: Alex Debogorski, Maria Durham, Jack White, Meg White

Votes: 2,212

29. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography

The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner

Votes: 9,082

30. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 6,779

31. Armadillo (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War

72 Metascore

In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and ... See full summary »

Director: Janus Metz

Votes: 8,683 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Jimi Hendrix (1973)

R | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

This documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix's untimely death. At the time it was an example of how a visual biography should be done, but some of the information in it needs ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Boyd, John Head, Gary Weis | Stars: Arthur Allen, Albert Allen, Stella Benabon, Eric Barrett

Votes: 1,237

33. Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron' (2002 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary

A documentary on the making of "Pumping Iron" to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Aired on Cinemax.

Directors: Dave McVeigh, Scott McVeigh | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Katz, Lou Ferrigno, Franco Columbu

Votes: 500

34. Project Grizzly (1996)

72 min | Documentary

A documentary follows a Canadian fellow working on his dream: building a suit of armor so he can observe grizzly bears from a close distance.

Director: Peter Lynch | Stars: Troy Hurtubise, Peter Gzowski

Votes: 518

35. Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.

Director: Jon Foy | Stars: Justin Duerr, Marc Duerr, Kevin Riley, Abby Miller

Votes: 1,879 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001)

R | 77 min | Documentary, Biography

54 Metascore

Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy offers audiences a penetrating look inside the world of Ron Jeremy, America's most unlikely sex star and hero to millions. With nearly 25 years in the ... See full summary »

Director: Scott J. Gill | Stars: Ron Jeremy, William Margold, Al Goldstein, Al Lewis

Votes: 2,221 | Gross: $0.41M

37. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

69 Metascore

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman | Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, James Drescher, Lucky Lehrer

Votes: 2,979 | Gross: $0.28M

38. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 31,411 | Gross: $1.25M

39. The Bridge (I) (2006)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

58 Metascore

People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Steel | Stars: Eric Geleynse, Chris Brown, Susan Ginwalla, Caroline Pressley

Votes: 10,156 | Gross: $0.18M

40. Lightning Bolt: The Power of Salad (2002 Video)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Music

Lightning Bolt's 2001 tour through the United States, featuring live performances and interviews with the the band, friends and family.

Directors: Peter Glantz, Nick Noe | Stars: Brian Chippendale, Brian Gibson, John Dwyer, Jeff Rosenberg

Votes: 154

41. Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (1997)

PG | 98 min | Documentary

Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the ... See full summary »

Director: S.R. Bindler | Stars: Sid Allen, Brent Baskin, Greg Cox, J.C. Crum

Votes: 1,414 | Gross: $0.49M

42. 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: 46,991 | Gross: $2.96M

43. Devil's Playground (2002)

77 min | Documentary

Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose.

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Velda Bontrager, Mark Bontrager, Dewayne Chupp, Dylan Cole

Votes: 2,382

44. Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

Unrated | 124 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Joe Strummer, Steve Jones, Mick Jones, Brigitte Bardot

Votes: 3,361 | Gross: $0.25M

46. Riding in Vans with Boys (2003 Video)

Documentary, Music

In the summer of 2002, blink-182 invited the little-known band Kut U Up to accompany them on The Pop Disaster Tour. Kut U Up is not known primarily for their music. They are however, ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Beauchesne | Stars: Chris Cote, Brandon Parkhurst, Micah Mattson, Brendan Raasch

Votes: 225

47. CKY: Infiltrate, Destroy, Rebuild - The Video Album (2003 Video)

180 min | Documentary

A series of music videos for all the songs of the album "Infiltrate, Destroy, Rebuild." Contains everything from psycho killers, drug addicts, suicide-fetishes, to a 1984-esque claymation segment.

Director: Bam Margera | Stars: Erin Brown, Daniel Cuzzetto, Brandon DiCamillo, Tyler Dolph

Votes: 263

48. Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999 Video)

94 min | Documentary

A documentary where Jackie Chan and his stuntman team show you the secrets of some of the great stunts they do in films. The film also takes you on the sets of "Who Am I?" and "Rush Hour".

Directors: Jackie Chan, Xavier Lee | Stars: Jackie Chan, Ken Lo, Bradley James Allan, Anthony Carpio

Votes: 983