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1. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 9,839 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 46,499 | Gross: $4.42M

3. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)

Not Rated | 161 min | Documentary

A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate, Richard Wilkinson

Votes: 16,483

4. 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: 56,526 | Gross: $3.29M

5. Sons of Perdition (2010)

R | 85 min | Documentary

An inside look at former FLDS teens who have become religious refugees in mainstream America.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Jennilyn Merten | Stars: Bruce Barlow, Deloy Bateman, Michelle Benward, Kevin Black

Votes: 589

6. The Flute Player (2003)

PG-13 | 55 min | Documentary

After surviving Cambodia's Killing Fields as a boy musician who entertained his captors, Arn Chorn Pond strives to heal the deep scars of his past by reviving Cambodia's traditional music.

Director: Jocelyn Glatzer

Votes: 24

7. 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: 7,725 | Gross: $1.43M

8. Mai's America (2002)

PG | 71 min | Documentary, Biography

When a spunky, mini-skirted daughter of Ho Chi Minh's revolution leaves cosmopolitan Hanoi for a high school exchange program in rural Mississippi, her ideas about freedom, America, Vietnam and herself are thrown into question.

Director: Marlo Poras

Votes: 63

9. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 70,093 | Gross: $24.54M

10. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 55,025 | Gross: $13.00M

11. Daughter from Danang (2002)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, War

77 Metascore

Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years.

Directors: Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco | Stars: Mai Thi Kim, Heidi Neville-Bub, Gerald Ford, Tom Miller

Votes: 531

12. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 119,260 | Gross: $119.19M

13. Dancing Across Borders (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

47 Metascore

On a trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2000, filmmaker Anne Bass came across a 16 year old boy who moved her immensely with his amazing and seemingly natural charms and ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Bass | Stars: Sokvannara 'Sy' Sar, Anne Bass, Peter Boal, Philip Glass

Votes: 106 | Gross: $0.07M

14. Bronx Princess (2008)

38 min | Documentary, Short

Add a Plot

Directors: Yoni Brook, Musa Syeed

Votes: 16

15. Sentenced Home (2006)

PG | 73 min | Documentary

Raised as Americans in inner city projects near Seattle, three young Cambodian refugees each made a rash decision as a teenager that irrevocably shaped their destiny. Years later, facing ... See full summary »

Directors: David Grabias, Nicole Newnham | Stars: Loeun Lun, Kim Ho Ma, Many Uch

Votes: 32

16. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

66 Metascore

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain, Bill Bellamy

Votes: 8,360 | Gross: $7.71M

17. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro | Stars: Pat Mitchell, Jackson Katz, Jim Steyer, Marissa Mayer

Votes: 3,102

18. 2012: Time for Change (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Animation, News

2012: Time For Change is a documentary feature that presents ways to transform our unsustainable society into a regenerative planetary culture. This can be achieved through a personal and ... See full summary »

Director: Joao G. Amorim | Stars: Daniel Pinchbeck, Maude Barlow, Ariane Burgess, Gerald Celente

Votes: 316 | Gross: $0.07M

19. Sonicsgate (2009)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary, History, Sport

Exposing the truth behind the Seattle SuperSonics' tragic exodus after 41 years in the Emerald City.

Director: Jason Reid | Stars: John Keister, Kevin Calabro, Percy Allen, Chris Daniels

Votes: 330

20. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz | Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst, Steven Barker

Votes: 3,843

21. Small Market, Big Heart (2012)

79 min | Documentary, Drama, News

Small Market, Big Heart is a feature-length documentary that shares the compelling 26 year story of the people of Sacramento and their battle to get and keep a professional sports franchise... See full summary »

Director: Tobin Halsey | Stars: Kevin Johnson, Carmichael Dave, Marcos Breton, Angelique Ashby

Votes: 125

22. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Nyla, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 9,019

23. Titicut Follies (1967)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 3,273

24. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 31,389 | Gross: $1.25M

28. How to Die in Oregon (2011)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person's request to end his or her life with medication. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson | Stars: Harry Bruton, Ray Carnay, Cody Curtis, Paul Darley

Votes: 1,734

29. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Anon2World, Anonyops, Julian Assange, Aaron Barr

Votes: 9,012

30. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 37,725 | Gross: $3.23M

31. Crossing the Line (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A British documentary about US Army defector James Dresnok currently living in North Korea after having defected during the 60s.

Director: Daniel Gordon | Stars: Damion Cruzz, Bruce Cumings, James Joseph Dresnok, Kim Il-Sung

Votes: 768 | Gross: $0.01M

32. 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: 2,381

33. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

65 Metascore

A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.'

Directors: Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman | Stars: Daniel McGowan, Lisa McGowan, Tim Lewis, Kirk Engdall

Votes: 2,861 | Gross: $0.06M

35. Latcho Drom (1993)

103 min | Documentary, Music

The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

Director: Tony Gatlif | Star: La Caita

Votes: 1,623 | Gross: $1.03M

36. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,310 | Gross: $0.30M

37. The Tillman Story (2010)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

86 Metascore

Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Bar-Lev | Stars: Pat Tillman, Josh Brolin, Mary Tillman, Russell Baer

Votes: 4,201 | Gross: $0.80M

38. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Sick Around the World (2008)

Not Rated | Documentary

Given the problems facing the U.S. health care system, Frontline looks at other leading capitalist democracies to see how their health care systems operate and whether those systems could be adapted for reform in the United States.

Director: Jon Palfreman | Stars: Ahmed Badat, Tony Blair, Jeremy Cadle, Hongjen Chang

Votes: 54

39. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Sick Around America (2009)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates the health care system in the United States and searches for some answers to its many problems.

Director: Jon Palfreman | Stars: Dale Abrams, Drew Altman, Chaim Benamor, Judy Ann Bigby

Votes: 35

40. 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: 10,149 | Gross: $0.18M

41. Welcome to Doe Bay (2012)


"Welcome to Doe Bay" chronicles how innovative, resourceful and creative individuals can band together to create a truly unique musical experience that bypasses the restrictive structures ... See full summary »

Directors: Nesib Shamah, Dan Thornton | Stars: Bryan John Appleby, Jesse Bonn, Adra Boo, Joe Brotherton

Votes: 11

42. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Secret of the Wild Child (1994)

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

Add a Plot

Director: Linda Garmon

Votes: 81

43. The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

76 min | Documentary

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrew Kukura, Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein | Stars: Grady Bankhead, Ron Cavanaugh, Jonathan Crowley, Edward Johnson

Votes: 398 | Gross: $0.03M

44. Lolita: Slave to Entertainment (2003 Video)

56 min | Documentary

This Provocative and Revealing must-see documentary uniquely addresses man's relationship with wildlife. It speaks not only to animal lovers and activists, but to anyone at all who may have... See full summary »

Director: Tim Gorski | Stars: John Crowe, Lolita, Richard O'Barry, Russ Rector

Votes: 50

45. The Otherside (2013)

51 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary on the Seattle hip hop scene in the do-it-yourself, digital age of music.

Director: Daniel Torok

Votes: 18

46. True Life (1998– )

60 min | Documentary, Romance

MTV follows three unique persons in their everyday situations, and documents the problems and goals they face.

Stars: SuChin Pak, Gideon Yago, Michael Granatta, Domaine Javier

Votes: 950

47. Aka Dan (2014)

96 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

YouTube musician and Korean American adoptee Dan Matthews travels to South Korea to perform and reunite with his biological family, including a long lost twin he never knew he had.

Director: Jon Maxwell

48. Finding Face (2009)

68 min | Documentary

An intimate and unflinching story about acid violence against women.

Director: Skye Fitzgerald | Star: Tat Marina

Votes: 6

49. America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa (2014– )
Episode: Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town (2014)


By the numbers, the untold story of Southeast Asian dropouts.

Director: Leslie Asako Gladsjo | Star: Maria Hinojosa

50. America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa (2014– )
Episode: Island of Warriors (2014)


By the numbers, some of the country's most undeserved veterans.

Director: Ross Tuttle | Star: Maria Hinojosa

51. America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa (2014– )
Episode: Our Private Idaho (2014)