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1. How TV Ruined Your Life (2011)

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

A comedic documentary series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Liz May Brice, Kevin Eldon, Beth Cordingly

Votes: 1,091

2. No Logo (2003 Video)

42 min | Documentary, Short

In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world's best-known brands find themselves at the end of spray paint cans and the targets of anti-corporate campaigns? ... See full summary »

Director: Sut Jhally | Star: Naomi Klein

Votes: 172

3. This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

A filmed account of the street protests against the World Trade Organization Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA in 1999.

Directors: Jill Friedberg, Rick Rowley | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Michael Franti, Susan Sarandon, Vandana Shiva

Votes: 334

4. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 9,779

5. 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: 47,179 | Gross: $4.42M

6. Food Matters (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

Directors: James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma | Stars: Phillip Day, Vicky Blewitt, Ian Brighthope, Jerome Burne

Votes: 4,426

7. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Joe Cross, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross, Virginia Cross

Votes: 8,032

8. 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: 10,199 | Gross: $6.41M

9. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 15,760 | Gross: $0.94M

10. 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: 26,541 | Gross: $0.30M

11. 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: 1,422 | Gross: $0.10M

12. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 44,509 | Gross: $0.87M

13. The Mayfair Set (1999– )

240 min | Documentary

The effects on Britains economic and political power brought by unscrupulous, reckless gamblers from the notorious gambling club in the 60s - the Clermont Club.

Stars: James Goldsmith, Tiny Rowland, Jim Slater, David Stirling

Votes: 314

14. The Enemies of Reason (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Scientist Richard Dawkins turns a hostile eye on the world of alternative medicine.

Director: Russell Barnes | Stars: Derren Brown, Deepak Chopra, Richard Dawkins, Chris French

Votes: 1,636

15. Jump London (2003 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Having developed from a childhood game, Free Running has been given global recognition due to a series of adverts for Toyota, Nike and the BBC to name a few. The recognised creator of the ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Christie | Stars: Jerome Ben Aoues, Rauf Bayraktar, Sebastien Foucan, Thierry Lafon

Votes: 174

16. Jump Britain (2005 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

The long awaited sequel to the critically accliamed Jump London, Sebastien Foucan and Jerome Ben Aoues are joined by members of the UK's burgeoning Parkour community as they attempt to Jump Britain.

Director: Mike Christie | Stars: Jerome Ben Aoues, Paul Corkery, Sebastien Foucan, John Kerr

Votes: 185

17. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 TV Movie)

225 min | Documentary

Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 4,338

18. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 52,911 | Gross: $1.61M

19. Beautiful Minds (2010– )

59 min | Documentary

Three of the most famous scientists of Britain, and how their discoveries have influenced and altered the ideas of the world wide scientific community.

Stars: Tim Bentinck, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Tim Hunt, James Lovelock

Votes: 28

20. Modern Marvels (1993– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History

Fast-paced, fun and informative, Modern Marvels is The History Channel's signature series focusing on historical technology.

Stars: Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein, William Atwater, Alexander B. Rubinow

Votes: 1,583

21. Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary

A journey through space and time.

Director: Yavar Abbas | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Sean Pertwee

Votes: 3,327

22. Root of All Evil? (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Richard Dawkins' highly critical documentary attacks the pulsing heart of all mainstream religion- faith; with special focus on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Contains repeated ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Barnes | Stars: Yousef Al-Khattab, Richard Dawkins, Ted Haggard, Richard Harries

Votes: 3,370

23. Brief History of Disbelief (2004– )

178 min | Documentary

A mini-series which follows the history of atheism.

Stars: Bernard Hill, Jonathan Miller, Richard Dawkins, Colin McGinn

Votes: 445

24. Eye of the Leopard (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama

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Directors: Beverly Joubert, Dereck Joubert | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Legadema

Votes: 182

25. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 28,639 | Gross: $2.60M

26. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Documentary

The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them.

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Shera Pollins, Gene Hatcher

Votes: 11,102

27. The Atheism Tapes (2004– )

Documentary

Jonathan Miller interviews five atheists and one theologian on the subject of atheism.

Stars: Jonathan Miller, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Colin McGinn

Votes: 368

28. The Living Dead (1995– )

Documentary

Investigating the way politicians erase, rewrite and interpret the past to their own interest.

Star: Adam Curtis

Votes: 209

29. The Story of Science (2010– )

Documentary

Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path.

Stars: Michael Mosley, Robert W. Allan, Marlon Beale, Simon Chaplin

Votes: 556

30. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Anggun, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 13,654 | Gross: $38.05M

31. Go Further (2003)

Unrated | 100 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

Woody Harrelson and a group of friends take a road trip on a bio-fueled bus to demonstrate ways to be environmentally responsible and visit people who live by that principle.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Ken Kesey, Tom Ballanco, Jessica Yoon Ji Chung

Votes: 326

32. Mlceti zlato (2010)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

A documentary film about the sudden arrival of capitalism to a Kyrgyz village where communism has not yet seen its last days.

Director: Tomas Kudrna

Votes: 16

34. The Yes Men (2003)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy

68 Metascore

Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization.

Directors: Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith | Stars: Andreas Bichlbauer, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore

Votes: 5,355 | Gross: $0.20M

35. 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: 9,127

36. The Evolution of Dad (2010)

94 min | Documentary

This documentary takes a in depth look at fatherhood in the United States of America. Examining the history, present, and future of fatherhood in the states all while exploring fatherhood ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dana H. Glazer

37. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,284

38. TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry.

Director: Simon Klose | Stars: Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Peter Althin

Votes: 12,904

39. Birdmen: The Original Dream of Human Flight (2012)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

An adrenaline-filled thrill ride through the radical new sport that allows men and women to fly like birds.

Director: Matt Sheridan | Stars: Ellen Brennan, Matt Gerdes, Mike Steen

Votes: 214

40. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

PG | 91 min | Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner, John Clarke

Votes: 7,550 | Gross: $12.50M

41. First Ascent (2010– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Adventure, Sport

Solo free climbers as well as alpinists are featured tackling difficult climbing, and sometimes personal, challenges across the world.

Stars: Nick Rosen, Johnny Copp, Micah Dash, Alex Honnold

Votes: 61

42. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to... See full summary »

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 5,825



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