Great Documentaries

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1. The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (2018 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 259 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Judd Apatow presents an emotional two-part in-depth look at the life, career and complex internal struggles of his loving mentor, the influential stand-up comedian and actor Garry Shandling, based on Shandling's personal diaries.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Kevin Nealon, Mike Shandling

Votes: 1,295

2. I Know That Voice (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Several voice actors discuss their art and their careers.

Director: Lawrence Shapiro | Stars: Charlie Adler, Pamela Adlon, Carlos Alazraqui, Jack Angel

Votes: 2,414

3. Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (2015)

87 min | Documentary, Music

Theory of Obscurity tells the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents. A story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the ... See full summary »

Director: Don Hardy | Stars: Jerry Casale, Les Claypool, Chris Combs, Nolan Cook

Votes: 354

4. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Adventure

A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Richard Stanley, Kier-La Janisse, Michael Gingold, Graham Humphreys

Votes: 2,844

5. An Honest Liar (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

76 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein | Stars: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Penn Jillette, Teller

Votes: 8,546 | Gross: $0.12M

6. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History

74 Metascore

A look at the history of the American comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, from its beginning in the 1970s to 2010, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage.

Director: Douglas Tirola | Stars: Danny Abelson, Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Henry Beard

Votes: 1,955 | Gross: $0.06M

7. Deep Web (2015)

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary

A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law; with particular focus on the FBI capture of the Tor hidden service Silk Road, and the judicial aftermath.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Nicolas Christin, Cindy Cohn, Joshua L. Dratel, Andy Greenberg

Votes: 8,560

8. Burroughs: The Movie (1983)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Brookner | Stars: Francis Bacon, Mortimer Burroughs, William S. Burroughs, Lucien Carr

Votes: 445

9. Welcome to Leith (2015)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

When a noted white supremacist moves into their town, the residents of Leith, North Dakota do what they can to prevent him from taking control of the municipality.

Directors: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker | Stars: Craig Cobb, Ryan Lenz, Amber Schatz

Votes: 3,581 | Gross: $0.04M

10. The Search for General Tso (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

72 Metascore

Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.

Director: Ian Cheney | Star: Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,599 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

Director: Thorsten Schütte | Stars: Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel, Chuck Ash

Votes: 1,055 | Gross: $0.35M

12. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,442

13. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 20,364

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

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

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: 33,466 | Gross: $0.68M

15. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 19,365 | Gross: $0.65M

16. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 22,630 | Gross: $3.12M

17. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 59,285 | Gross: $3.97M

18. The Pistol Shrimps (2016)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A group of actresses, musicians, writers, comedians, and moms who compete in the Los Angeles women's recreational basketball league.

Director: Brent Hodge | Stars: Stephanie Allynne, Maria Blasucci, Steven Brydle, Matt Gourley

Votes: 138

19. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,241 | Gross: $0.61M

20. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 14,582 | Gross: $0.05M

21. 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: 13,059

22. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi, Menahem Golan

Votes: 4,719

23. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Thomas Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Cyrus Vance Jr., Matt Taibbi

Votes: 2,454 | Gross: $0.10M

24. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 46,793

25. King Corn (2007)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Woolf | Stars: Bob Bledsoe, Earl L. Butz, Dawn Cheney, Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,895 | Gross: $0.08M

26. 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: 12,543

27. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History

A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Roger Corman, John Landis, Pete Tombs, Mark Holcomb

Votes: 1,465

28. That Guy Dick Miller (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

Documentary about veteran character actor Dick Miller, whose career in and outside of Hollywood has spanned almost 200 films across six decades, featuring a diverse range of interviews with directors, co-stars, and contemporaries.

Director: Elijah Drenner | Stars: Dick Miller, Lainie Miller, Gilbert Adler, Allan Arkush

Votes: 289

29. Batman & Bill (2017)

93 min | Documentary, Animation, Mystery

Documentary about the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Thomas Andrae, Benjamin Zaido Cruz, Athena Finger, Bill Finger

Votes: 1,071

30. A Respectable Life (1979)

102 min | Documentary

About a couple of friends in Stockholms drug world.

Director: Stefan Jarl | Stars: Kenneth 'Kenta' Gustafsson, Gustav 'Stoffe' Svensson, Eva Blondin, Patric Gustafsson

Votes: 1,003

31. Dom kallar oss mods (1968)

100 min | Documentary

The first in Stefan Jarl's Mods Trilogy, the film documents the life of two teenagers, Kenta and Stoffe. With interviews from the two boys and their friends about their hedonistic lifestyle... See full summary »

Directors: Stefan Jarl, Jan Lindkvist | Stars: Kenneth 'Kenta' Gustafsson, Gustav 'Stoffe' Svensson, Stefan Jarl, Pundar-Bosse

Votes: 1,304



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