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1. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 52,725 | Gross: $2.28M

2. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 33,773 | Gross: $0.21M

3. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 20,125

4. 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, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 9,820

5. Megacities (1998)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A look at the people who live precariously, but with an unusual level of resourcefulness and imagination, in four gigantic urban agglomerations: Mumbai, New York City, Moscow and Mexico City.

Director: Michael Glawogger

Votes: 768

6. The Return to Homs (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

85 Metascore

A look behind the barricades of the besieged city of Homs, where for nineteen-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them.

Director: Talal Derki | Star: Abdul Basset Saroot

Votes: 957

7. Pepe Mujica - Lessons from the Flowerbed (2014)

90 min | Documentary

In this documentary about the president of Uruguay, José Mujica, we follow the eccentric man in his simple life.

Director: Heidi Specogna | Stars: Lucia Topolansky, Pepe Mujica

Votes: 130

8. The Spirit of '45 (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Winston Churchill, Tony Benn, Clement Attlee, Aneurin Bevan

Votes: 1,018

9. 16 Tons (2011)

85 min | Documentary

Animated essay on coal mining industry, and the adventures of miners' song "16 Tons" that is passing through years and musicians.

Director: Ümit Kivanç | Stars: Ümit Kivanç, Srdjan Popov

Votes: 104

10. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,647 | Gross: $0.49M

11. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh

Votes: 130,679 | Gross: $3.33M

12. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R | 116 min | Documentary, Crime, War

70 Metascore

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, Ken Davis, Anthony Diaz

Votes: 3,705 | Gross: $0.23M

13. Im Bazar der Geschlechter (2010)

85 min | Documentary

A lonesome middle-aged bachelor, a divorced single mother, and a jovial young mullah are the protagonists of this intimate account of gender relations in Iran. Their stories revolve around ... See full summary »

Director: Sudabeh Mortezai | Stars: Mohsen Mahmudi, Maryam, Mehri Ramezani

Votes: 58

14. The Devil's Miner (2005)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

'The Devil's Miner' tells the story of 14-year-old Basilio who worships the devil for protection while working in a Bolivian silver mine to support his family.

Directors: Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani

Votes: 534 | Gross: $0.01M

15. The Ballad of Exiles Yilmaz Guney (2016)

69 min | Documentary, History

In 1981, iconic Turkish film director escapes jail to France, his last work re-creating with other exiles the prison lives they left behind.

Director: Ilker Savaskurt | Stars: Baris Atay, Funda Eryigit

Votes: 9

16. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,381 | Gross: $0.11M

18. Colony (II) (2015)

52 min | Documentary

Colony is a film about psychogeography, the memory of landscape, trauma and remembrance.

Director: Gürcan Keltek

Votes: 25

19. No Burqas Behind Bars (2012)

77 min | Documentary, Drama

This documentary takes viewers inside one of the worlds most restricted environments - an afghan women's' prison. Through the prisoners own stories we explore how moral crimes are used to control women in Afghanistan.

Directors: Maryam Ebrahimi, Nima Sarvestani

Votes: 156

20. My Name Is Salt (2013)

92 min | Documentary

Year after year, for an endless eight months, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth. Every monsoon their salt fields are washed away, as the desert turns into sea.

Director: Farida Pacha

Votes: 110

21. In the Basement (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Fritz Lang, Alfreda Klebinger, Manfred Ellinger, Inge Ellinger

Votes: 2,153 | Gross: $0.00M

22. Arna's Children (2004)

84 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Juliano Mer Khamis' documentary on his mother, Arna, an activist against the Israeli occupation who founded an alternative education system for Palestinian children.

Directors: Danniel Danniel, Juliano Mer-Khamis | Star: Arna Mer Khamis

Votes: 206

23. Der Imker (2013)

Documentary

The kafkaesque story of a Kurdish refugee trying to follow his passion of beekeeping in Switzerland.

Director: Mano Khalil | Stars: Barbara Bienz, Ibrahim Gezer, Nicole Hohl, Gabriele Schneider Krummenacher

Votes: 60

24. Salvador Allende (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

From his childhood in Valparaiso to his death during the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, the life and works of Chilean president Salvador Allende.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Patricio Guzmán, Jacques Bidou, Alejandro Gonzáles

Votes: 634

26. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Director: Nina Paley | Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya

Votes: 4,241

27. 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: 26,847 | Gross: $0.30M

28. Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple yet timeless love story between a man and a woman, told using scenes edited together from hundreds of other films.

Director: György Pálfi | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Woody Allen, Agustín Almodóvar, Julie Andrews

Votes: 2,078

29. The Gatekeepers (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh | Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri

Votes: 5,256 | Gross: $2.42M

30. 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: 17,567 | Gross: $1.34M

31. 1001 Apples (2013)

74 min | Documentary

In 1988 the Iraqi Ba'ath party murdered and buried 182,000 Kurds in 350 mass graves. Only 10 people managed to escape. Faraj climbed out from amongst the dead and was taken to the USA by '... See full summary »

Director: Taha Karimi

Votes: 21

32. Asier ETA biok (2013)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

Asier and I grew up in the Basque Country. One day he disappeared and I found out he had joined ETA. How could I explain the reasons that led Asier to make a decision, which even I had trouble grasping?

Directors: Aitor Merino, Amaia Merino | Stars: Asier Aranguren, Juan Diego Botto, Pilar Castro, Aitor Merino

Votes: 174

33. How to Boil a Frog (2009)

TV-G | 88 min | Documentary, Comedy

How to Boil a Frog is an eco-comedy that gives an overview of the Big Mess We're In - environment, energy, economic - and lays out a set of personal solutions that will make your life ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Cooksey | Stars: Jon Cooksey, Mark Anielski, Dylan Archambault, Pascal Belanger

Votes: 60

34. 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: 12,198 | Gross: $1.51M

35. Komsu Komsu! Huu! (2015)

Documentary, News

The relationship between an old single-floor house and her neighbor residence. There is the pink house and her ex-residents on one side, and the new neighbors on the other side. We witness ... See full summary »

Director: Bingol Elmas | Stars: Hale Alkinli, Nevin Bektas, Sevinc Bektas, Blanca Nieves Garcia Cruz

Votes: 14

36. Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

78 Metascore

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat

Votes: 5,524 | Gross: $0.11M

37. The Missing Picture (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Randal Douc, Jean-Baptiste Phou

Votes: 2,836 | Gross: $0.05M

38. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

Follows the court case of three members of the Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot after their performance in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.

Directors: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin | Stars: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Mariya Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Andrey Tolokonnikov

Votes: 1,803

39. Punishment Park (1971)

R | 91 min | Drama, Thriller

"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano, Luke Johnson

Votes: 5,654

40. Uçurtmam tellere takildi (2010)

64 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

What kind of a person was Ahmet Kaya? What kind of music did he compose? How did he become a controversial pop icon? What did he think and say about homeland, democracy, human rights and Kurdish reality? and what did we do to him?

Director: Ümit Kivanç | Star: Ahmet Kaya

Votes: 279

41. Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez, Miguel Lawner

Votes: 4,321

42. Death of a President (2006)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime.

Director: Gabriel Range | Stars: Hend Ayoub, Becky Ann Baker, George W. Bush, Brian Boland

Votes: 6,763 | Gross: $0.52M

43. Triumph Over Violence (1965)

R | 82 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary about the rise and fall of fascism and the effects of Nazism on German society.

Director: Mikhail Romm | Stars: Mikhail Romm, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Göring

Votes: 1,352

44. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 14,031

45. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 11,174

46. Until the Light Takes Us (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

54 Metascore

Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson.

Directors: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell | Stars: Fenriz, Varg Vikernes, Euronymous, Hellhammer

Votes: 5,027 | Gross: $0.12M

47. Losers (2019– )

30 min | Documentary, Sport

In a "winning is everything" society, how do we handle failure? This series profiles athletes who have turned the agony of defeat into human triumph.

Stars: Michael Bentt, Surya Bonaly, Mauro Prosperi, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 960

48. The American Meme (2018)

98 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

THE AMERICAN MEME follows the journeys of four shocking social media disruptors, Paris Hilton (@parishilton), Josh Ostrovsky (@thefatjewish), Brittany Furlan (@brittanyfurlan) and Kirill ... See full summary »

Director: Bert Marcus | Stars: Kirill Bichutsky, Hailey Bieber, Amanda Cerny, Dane Cook

Votes: 8,170