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1. The Century of the Self (2002– )

235 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Ann Bernays, Robert Reich, Alfred Pritz

Votes: 3,833

2. Salute (2008)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, Sport

The black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights movement. What part did the white Australian who ran second play and what price did these athletes pay for standing up for their beliefs?

Director: Matt Norman | Stars: Christopher Kirby, Bob Beamon, Ralph Boston, Raelene Boyle

Votes: 319

3. Cesare deve morire (2012)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca

Votes: 5,414

4. Not Just a Game (2010 Video)

62 min | Documentary, History, Sport

This critique of U.S. sports culture shows how 20th-century sports has consistently reflected the hegemonic political discourse of the day, specifically, elite narratives about nationalism, war, gender, race, homosexuality and capitalism.

Director: Jeremy Earp | Star: Dave Zirin

Votes: 70

5. Leviathan (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry.

Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel | Stars: Brian Jannelle, Adrian Guillette, Arthur Smith, Asterias Vulgaris

Votes: 2,779 | Gross: $1.09M

6. Pandora's Promise (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas

Votes: 1,695 | Gross: $0.07M

7. The Untold History of the United States (2012– )

58 min | Documentary, History, War

Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 5,930

8. Urbanized (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, Jan Gehl, Ricardo Scofidio

Votes: 1,841

9. Ivory Tower (2014)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Family, History

65 Metascore

A documentary that questions the cost -- and value -- of higher education in the United States.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Elizabeth Armstrong, Richard Arum, Jamshed Bharucha, David Boone

Votes: 1,148 | Gross: $0.10M

10. National Gallery (2014)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Leanne Benjamin, Kausikan Rajeshkumar, Jo Shapcott, Edward Watson

Votes: 1,067 | Gross: $0.10M

11. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 11,115 | Gross: $1.51M

12. The Dust Bowl (2012– )

Documentary

A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

Stars: Dorothy Williamson, Donald Worster, Timothy Egan, Calvin Crabill

Votes: 1,183

13. Merchants of Doubt (2014)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Frederick Singer, Naomi Oreskes, Jamy Ian Swiss, Sam Roe

Votes: 3,132 | Gross: $0.19M

14. Brief History of Disbelief (2004– )

178 min | Documentary

A mini-series which follows the history of atheism.

Stars: Bernard Hill, Jonathan Miller, Simon Schaffer, Richard Dawkins

Votes: 432

15. Boom Bust Boom (2015)

G | 74 min | Documentary, History

68 Metascore

Terry Jones guides us through the history and the nature of the economic boom-bust cycle and why people repeatedly ignore it to their sorrow.

Directors: Bill Jones, Terry Jones, Ben Timlett | Stars: Dirk Bezemer, Zvi Bodie, Willem Buiter, Philip Bulcock

Votes: 361

16. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Candi Staton

Votes: 3,103 | Gross: $0.70M

17. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A film that claims to be a look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 31,626

18. Terror's Advocate (2007)

Unrated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jacques Vergès, Klaus Barbie, Barbet Schroeder, Bassam Abu Sharif

Votes: 1,372 | Gross: $0.04M

19. Where to Invade Next (2015)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Comedy

64 Metascore

To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Johnny Fancelli, Christina Fancelli, Lorena Lardini

Votes: 19,211 | Gross: $3.82M

20. Regarding Susan Sontag (2014)

100 min | Documentary

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully ... See full summary »

Director: Nancy D. Kates | Stars: Noël Burch, Lucinda Childs, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Costner

Votes: 479

21. Catching the Sun (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama, History

An unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future. But who wins and who loses the battle for power in the 21st century?

Director: Shalini Kantayya

Votes: 461

22. How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016)

TV-14 | 127 min | Documentary

50 Metascore

Documentarian Josh Fox ("Gasland") travels the globe to meet with global climate change "warriors" who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny and tragic, inspiring and... See full summary »

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Lester Brown, Ella Chou, Tim DeChristopher, Wu Di

Votes: 297 | Gross: $0.01M

23. The Same Heart (2015 TV Movie)

72 min | Documentary | Completed

Ending poverty for a billion children...one transaction at a time.

Directors: Leonard Morris, Georgia Morris | Stars: Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Shirin Ebadi

24. Not Without Us (2016)

72 min | Documentary

At the U.N. Climate talks in Paris, two weeks after terrorists attacks created a state of emergency that outlawed all "unofficial" political gatherings, follow seven global grassroots ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Decena | Stars: Nnimmo Bassey, Alix Mazounie, Pat Mooney, Kandi Mossett

Votes: 5

25. America Divided (2016– )

TV-14 | Documentary

In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, features narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system.

Stars: Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Norman Lear

Votes: 68

26. Cameraperson (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

Director: Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Kirsten Johnson, Roger Phenix

Votes: 1,665 | Gross: $0.10M

27. Pandora's Box (1992– )

276 min | Documentary

The consequences of exploiting technological and political ideas without understanding and concern for the outcome.

Stars: George Ball, Roy Adkin, Abel G. Aganbegyan, Tony Benn

Votes: 328

28. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 9,389 | Gross: $0.59M

29. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (2017)

TV-MA | 144 min | Documentary

92 Metascore

An in-depth look at the culture of Los Angeles in the ten years leading up to the 1992 uprising that erupted after the verdict of police officers cleared of beating Rodney King.

Director: John Ridley | Stars: Damian 'Football' Williams, Georgiana Williams, Jung Lee, Henry King

Votes: 319

30. Chasing Coral (2017)

93 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin, Phil Dustan

Votes: 2,282

31. Requiem for the American Dream (2015)

73 min | Documentary, Biography, News

The academic and activist Noam Chomsky describes the systems that have led to financial inequality, and the current concentration of wealth and power.

Directors: Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott | Star: Noam Chomsky

Votes: 7,068 | Gross: $0.04M

32. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017)

R | 99 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

A look at the current state of Syria amidst war and chaos in 2017, featuring stories of survival and observations by political experts from around the world.

Directors: Sebastian Junger, Nick Quested | Stars: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Amr Al-Azm, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Tareq Al-Hashemi

Votes: 450

33. Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (2017)

TV-14 | 71 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US.

Directors: James Redford, James Redford

Votes: 134

34. I Called Him Morgan (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Drama, History

90 Metascore

An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.

Director: Kasper Collin | Stars: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Larry Reni Thomas

Votes: 838 | Gross: $0.10M

35. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Jean-Paul Beaujon, Amaury Bossy, Yves Boulen, Jeannine Carpentier

Votes: 3,975 | Gross: $0.95M

36. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)

120 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

The history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates, Sam Kula, Bill O'Farrell

Votes: 641 | Gross: $0.13M

37. Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017)

197 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elvis Costello, Richard Dawkins, Edmund de Waal

Votes: 357 | Gross: $0.16M

38. Wild Wild Country (2018– )

TV-MA | 65 min | Documentary, Crime

When the world's most controversial guru builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 5,188