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1. 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: 44,519 | Gross: $0.87M

2. Guadalquivir (2013)

Documentary

Poetic documentary about the Guadalquivir, the second longest river in Spain, and a fox that lives near it.

Director: Joaquín Gutiérrez Acha

Votes: 100

3. Spinning Plates (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A documentary about three unique restaurants and their respective owners.

Director: Joseph Levy | Stars: Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach, Mike Breitbach, Thomas Keller

Votes: 881 | Gross: $0.11M

4. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

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

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 16,598 | Gross: $1.34M

5. Artifact (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music

Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, this riveting and award-winning documentary gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto ("Requiem for a Dream," "Dallas Buyers ... See full summary »

Director: Jared Leto | Stars: Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, Tomo Milicevic, Irving Azoff

Votes: 4,360

6. Boom Varietal (2011)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Boom Varietal is a documentary that follows the Argentine Malbec wine boom and explores its importance in today's pop culture.

Director: Sky Pinnick

Votes: 21

7. Meru (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

77 Metascore

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin, Amee Hinkley

Votes: 10,603 | Gross: $2.33M

8. Cartel Land (2015)

R | 100 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Director: Matthew Heineman | Stars: Tim Nailer Foley, José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles, Paco Valencia, Chaneque

Votes: 16,204 | Gross: $0.70M

9. 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: 48,281 | Gross: $2.96M

10. Sherpa (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

93 Metascore

A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 6400 m (21,000 ft) as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Peedom

Votes: 2,024

11. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2015)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A documentary chronicling the 35 year car racing career of Paul Newman. The documentary showcases Newman's racing life as both a prolific driver and owner.

Directors: Adam Carolla, Nate Adams | Stars: Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Dick Barbour, Bob Bondurant

Votes: 605

12. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 12,324 | Gross: $1.41M

13. Born to Be Wild (2011)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

66 Metascore

This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman, Chris Fries

Votes: 2,798 | Gross: $25.79M

14. Pressure Cooker (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Infamously blunt, Wilma Stephenson runs a "boot camp" teaching Culinary Arts at Frankford High, disciplining her students into capable chefs and responsible students. But behind her tough ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Becker, Jennifer Grausman

Votes: 356

15. 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: 15,771 | Gross: $0.94M

16. Messner (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Feature documentary about mountaineering icon Reinhold Messner and how he became what he is. This film is as much about his personality as it is about his extraordinary exploits - the psycho-gram of a controversial mountaineer.

Director: Andreas Nickel | Stars: Reinhold Messner, Maxime Belleville, Maurice Cretton, Paul Faller

Votes: 418

17. Sergio Herman: Fucking Perfect (2015)

79 min | Documentary

Master chef Sergio Herman feels he needs to let go of his 3-star restaurant Oud Sluis in order to fulfill his dreams. A revealing story about perfection, ambition and sacrifices.

Director: Willemiek Kluijfhout

Votes: 387

18. Sunshine Superman (2014)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

70 Metascore

A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight.

Director: Marah Strauch | Stars: Carl Boenisch, Pat Sajak, Phil Donahue, Cecilie Bull

Votes: 1,160 | Gross: $0.09M

19. 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: 5,830

20. One Life (I) (2011)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family

68 Metascore

Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own.

Directors: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Koert-Jan de Bruijn

Votes: 2,209

21. Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Sport

80 Metascore

An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director: Chris Bell | Stars: Chris Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Bell, Hank Aaron

Votes: 12,666 | Gross: $0.31M

22. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.

Director: Jon Schnepp | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, Dan Gilroy

Votes: 3,960

23. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 14,464 | Gross: $3.41M

24. Bird (1988)

R | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright

Votes: 10,218 | Gross: $2.18M

25. Human (I) (2015)

190 min | Documentary

A collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Luis Cancu, Atman, Berthony, Bruno

Votes: 5,819

26. Noma My Perfect Storm (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

47 Metascore

After winning a Best Restaurant In The World award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, chef Rene Redzepi discusses his Copenhagen restaurant Noma and how his culinary philosophy has shaped its success.

Director: Pierre Deschamps | Stars: Hanna Redzepi, Andrea Petrini, Plukppe Houdet, Tage Rønne

Votes: 551 | Gross: $0.02M

27. Inside the Human Body (2011– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Inside The Human Body - takes us deep under our skin where we are dwarfed by even the smallest cell, where blood vessels becomevast cathedrals and the tiniest cluster of cilia becomes an expansive forest.

Stars: Christopher Cotten, Michael Mosley

Votes: 493

28. The Great Pretender (2012 Video)

107 min | Documentary

Documentary looking at the relationships and solo career of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Director: Rhys Thomas | Stars: Freddie Mercury, Peter Freestone, Roger Taylor, David Arnold

Votes: 787

29. Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

PG | 91 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

69 Metascore

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth.

Director: Anthony Powell | Stars: Anthony Powell, Genevieve Bachman, William Brotman, Michael Christiansen

Votes: 2,941 | Gross: $0.29M

30. African Cats (2011)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

61 Metascore

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Mara

Votes: 5,659 | Gross: $15.42M

31. The Epic of Everest (1924)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, History

The official record of Mallory and Irvine's 1924 expedition.

Director: J.B.L. Noel | Stars: Andrew Irvine, George Mallory

Votes: 386

32. K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Following a group of climbers attempting to climb K2 in 2009, on the 100-year anniversary of its landmark 1909 expedition. Experience the adventure, peril and serenity of a group's attempt to climb the most challenging peak on earth.

Director: Dave Ohlson | Stars: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Simone Leorin, Jake Meyer, Chris Szymiec

Votes: 705 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Daft Punk Unchained (2015)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about the entire career of Daft Punk, from their start in early 90's with their first group called Darlin', until their grammy awards in 2014. We learn how the artists have ... See full summary »

Director: Hervé Martin-Delpierre | Stars: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, Skrillex, Jean-Daniel Beauvallet

Votes: 2,666

34. Dying for Everest (2007 TV Movie)

53 min | Documentary

On 15 May, 2006, double amputee Mark Inglis reached the summit of Mt Everest. It was a remarkable achievement and Inglis was feted by press and public alike. But only a few days later he ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Dennison | Stars: Wayne Alexander, Clemens Gerhard, Volker Hanisch, Edmund Hillary

Votes: 119

35. B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds.

Director: Jon Brewer | Stars: Morgan Freeman, B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Albert King

Votes: 551

36. Monkey Kingdom (2015)

G | 81 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill | Star: Tina Fey

Votes: 3,287 | Gross: $16.43M

37. Auschwitz (2015)

Documentary, Short

15-minute documentary on the history of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp,

Director: James Moll | Stars: Meryl Streep, Greg Kuk, Diana Angelson, Bettina Botos

Votes: 114

38. Chimpanzee (2012)

G | 78 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Star: Tim Allen

Votes: 5,435 | Gross: $28.97M

39. 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: 1,002

40. Everest (1998)

Unrated | 44 min | Documentary, Short

An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return... See full summary »

Directors: David Breashears, Stephen Judson, Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Liam Neeson, Lhakpa Dorji, Dorje Sherpa, Ed Viesturs

Votes: 2,996 | Gross: $87.18M

41. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

G | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

66 Metascore

A documentary that follows Dr. Patricia C. Wright's mission to help lemurs, the highly evolved creatures who arrived on Madagascar millions of years ago as castaways but are now highly endangered.

Director: David Douglas | Stars: Patricia Wright, Morgan Freeman, Hantanirina Rasamimanana

Votes: 834 | Gross: $11.24M

42. Mondovino (2004)

PG-13 | 135 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary on the impact of globalization on the world's different wine regions.

Director: Jonathan Nossiter | Stars: Albiera Antinori, Allegra Antinori, Lodovico Antinori, Piero Antinori

Votes: 1,343 | Gross: $0.21M

43. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,562 | Gross: $1.33M

44. U2: 360 Degrees at the Rose Bowl (2010 Video)

131 min | Documentary, Music

Live performance of U2 at the Rose Bowl in California. Part of the "U2 360° Tour", which is titled for the use of a 360° stage and audience configuration.

Director: Tom Krueger | Stars: Bono, Adam Clayton, Jay Z, Adrian Ferraro

Votes: 574

45. Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a ... See full summary »

Directors: Deedle Lacour, Matt Riggle | Stars: Bill Stevenson, Milo Aukerman, Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton

Votes: 779

46. 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: 28,660 | Gross: $2.60M

47. Bears (I) (2014)

G | 78 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life's most important lessons.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Adam Chapman | Star: John C. Reilly

Votes: 5,829 | Gross: $17.77M

48. The Meerkats (2008)

G | 83 min | Documentary

An inspiring exploration of one family's resilience and fortitude shot using innovative and groundbreaking filming techniques.

Director: James Honeyborne | Stars: Paul Newman, Rufus Beck

Votes: 1,390