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1. The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard, Naomi Klein, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Votes: 2,524

2. Racing Extinction (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton

Votes: 6,969

3. The Brainwashing of My Dad (2015)

90 min | Documentary

Jen Senko, a documentary filmmaker, looks at the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long, nonpolitical Democrat to an angry, right-wing... See full summary »

Director: Jen Senko | Stars: Eric Boehlert, David Brock, Noam Chomsky, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 664

4. In Pursuit of Silence (2015)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A film about our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives.

Director: Patrick Shen | Stars: John Cage, Pico Iyer, Garry Moore, Steve Orfield

Votes: 338 | Gross: $0.03M

5. 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: 3,217

6. The True Cost (2015)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Drama, News

46 Metascore

The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

Director: Andrew Morgan | Stars: Livia Giuggioli, Stella McCartney, Vandana Shiva, Richard Wolff

Votes: 5,955

7. 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: 3,355 | Gross: $0.19M

8. Revolution (II) (2012)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

53 Metascore

Filmmaker Rob Stewart advances the theory that though humans depend on the natural world for subsistence, humans are nature's greatest enemy.

Director: Rob Stewart | Stars: Nnimmo Bassey, Krystyna Bednarska, Adrienne Maree Brown, Lester Brown

Votes: 377

9. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.

Directors: Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Jon Nguyen | Stars: David Lynch, Lula Lynch, Edwina Lynch, Donald Lynch

Votes: 4,215 | Gross: $0.17M

10. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 20,573

11. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 71,744 | Gross: $24.54M

12. 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: 21,657 | Gross: $3.82M

13. The Sea That Thinks (2000)

100 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

Incredible optical illusions in a story in a story in a story helps the surprised viewer finally to find out that he has been watching himself all along.

Director: Gert de Graaff | Stars: Bart Klever, Devika Strooker, Rick de Leeuw, Don Duyns

Votes: 478

14. Hunt for the Skinwalker (2018)

Not Rated | 127 min | Documentary

Hunt For The Skinwalker is a documentary about the most intensive scientific study of a UFO and paranormal hotspot in human history.

Director: Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell | Stars: George Knapp, Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, Colm Kelleher, Robert Bigelow

Votes: 307

15. Dominion (2018)

120 min | Documentary

Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind's dominion over the animal kingdom.

Director: Chris Delforce | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink

Votes: 1,154

16. Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution (2017)

84 min | Documentary

A documentary about today's young adult hookup culture and the stories in pop-culture that influence it.

Director: Benjamin Nolot | Stars: Kimberleigh Andrews, Kim Biddle, Adam Brown, Gail Dines

Votes: 1,092

17. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2002)

551 min | Documentary

The impact of the decline of heavy industry on workers and their families in the Tiexi district of Shenyang, China, at the turn of the 21st century, documented unflinchingly by a fly-on-the-wall camera.

Director: Bing Wang

Votes: 901

18. The End of Meat (2017)

TV-PG | 94 min | Documentary

The End of Meat reveals the hidden impact of meat consumption; explores the opportunities and benefits of a shift to a more compassionate diet; and raises critical questions about the future role of animals in our society.

Director: Marc Pierschel | Stars: Jason Ball, Gene Baur, Ryan Bethencourt, Jan Bredack

Votes: 219

19. All the Queen's Horses (2017)

TV-14 | 70 min | Documentary

In 2012, Crundwell was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in the nation's history, embezzling upwards of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a city in ... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Richmond Pope

Votes: 245 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Culloden (1964 TV Movie)

69 min | Drama, History, War

A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Tony Cosgrove, Olivier Espitalier-Noel, Don Fairservice, George McBean

Votes: 1,280

21. 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: 52,455 | Gross: $2.28M

22. Farmlands (2018)

73 min | Documentary, Crime

Details the plight of South African farmers.

Director: Lauren Southern | Stars: Lauren Southern, Simon Roche, Eileen de Jager, Francois de Jager

Votes: 811

23. Do Not Resist (2016)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

An account of the increasing use of military weapons and tactics by local law enforcement in the United States, counterpointed with civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

Director: Craig Atkinson | Stars: James Comey, Dave Grossman, Rand Paul

Votes: 985 | Gross: $0.07M

24. Wild Wild Country (2018– )

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

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

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

Votes: 16,821

25. Fed Up (2014)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

Director: Stephanie Soechtig | Stars: Michele Simon, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Michael Pollan

Votes: 10,794 | Gross: $1.54M

26. 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: 10,763 | Gross: $0.59M

27. (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, News

60 Metascore

From ticket-fixing in our police departments to test-score scandals in our schools, from our elected leaders' extra-marital affairs to financial schemes undermining our economy, dishonesty ... See full summary »

Director: Yael Melamede | Star: Dan Ariely

Votes: 1,831

28. Inequality for All (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.

Director: Jacob Kornbluth | Stars: Robert Reich, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen, Dolly Parton

Votes: 6,285 | Gross: $1.21M

29. 13th (2016)

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

90 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: 19,906

30. Requiem for the American Dream (2015)

Not Rated | 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: 7,900 | Gross: $0.04M

31. 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: 9,226

32. Objectified (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Andrew Blauvelt, Erwan Bouroullec

Votes: 3,259 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Mirage Men (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

How the US government created a myth that took over the world. ET visitors... crashed UFOs... back-engineered alien technology... the government cover-up of a secret that would change the ... See full summary »

Directors: John Lundberg, Roland Denning, Kypros Kyprianou | Stars: Robert J. Durant, Richard Doty, Tracy Tormé, Peter Gersten

Votes: 515

34. Something Better to Come (2014)

98 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream - to lead a normal life. For 14 years, Hanna Polak follows Yula as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the garbage dump located 13 miles from the Kremlin in Putin's Russia.

Director: Hanna Polak | Stars: Yula, Hanna Polak

Votes: 454

35. Prescription Thugs (2015)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. As Bell learns more about Big Pharma,... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Bell, Josh Alexander, Greg Young | Stars: Jeff Hatch, Chris Leben, Matthew Wiese

Votes: 1,893

36. The Light Bulb Conspiracy (2010)

75 min | Documentary

This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail.

Director: Cosima Dannoritzer | Stars: Molly Malcolm, Marcos López Merayo, Lynn Owens, Richard Jones

Votes: 1,936

37. The Devil We Know (2018)

95 min | Documentary

A group of citizens in West Virginia challenges a powerful corporation to be more environmentally responsible.

Directors: Stephanie Soechtig, Jeremy Seifert | Stars: Bucky Bailey, Melinda Bailey, Joe Kiger

Votes: 513

38. Crime + Punishment (2018)

112 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

A group of brave NYPD officers risk it all to expose the truth about illegal quota practices in police departments.

Director: Stephen Maing | Stars: Manuel 'Manny' Gomez, Sandy Gonzales, Rukia Lumumba

Votes: 455 | Gross: $0.02M

39. The Cleaners (2018)

88 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A look at the shadowy underworld of the Internet where questionable content is removed.

Directors: Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck | Stars: Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, Nicole Wong, Sarah T. Roberts

Votes: 1,203

40. Silenced (IV) (2016)

93 min | Documentary

Documentary about the state of free speech in the United States of America.

Directors: Loren Feldman, Loren Feldman | Stars: Scott Adams, Scott Barrows, Scott Barrows, Adonis Bravo

Votes: 95

41. Occupy: The Movie (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, News

On September 17 2011, a worldwide social movement was born in New York City. This film documents who they are and what they protest.

Director: Corey Ogilvie | Stars: Makh Aten, Andy Bichlbaum, Noam Chomsky, Pete Dutro

Votes: 58

42. Can We Do It Ourselves? (2015)

60 min | Documentary

This is a solid, thought provoking documentary covering a relevant economic topic in-depth. The question of capitalism's grip on the modern world is highly relevant today and the film ... See full summary »

Director: Patrik Witkowsky | Stars: Gustaf Arrhenius, Anna-Klara Bratt, Noam Chomsky, Viveca Dahlén

Votes: 39

43. I am fishead (2011)

Documentary

It is generally acknowledged that our society is shaped like a pyramid. A few at the top create the environment for the rest at the bottom. Who are those people?

Directors: Vaclav Dejcmar, Misha Votruba | Star: Peter Coyote

Votes: 128

44. Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison (2014)

Documentary

You'll never feel good about buying bananas again.

Directors: Jason Glaser, Diego Lopez | Star: Dorothy Conway

Votes: 27

45. What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

38 Metascore

A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics.

Directors: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente | Stars: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie, Robert Bailey Jr.

Votes: 12,843 | Gross: $10.94M

46. Taken for a Ride (1996)

52 min | Documentary

How the American auto industry engineered the demise of city public-transit systems.

Director: Jim Klein | Stars: Jim Klein, Renee Montagne, Bradford Snell, Joe Alfonsie

Votes: 107

47. American Circumcision (2017)

TV-14 | 101 min | Documentary

American Circumcision is about the modern circumcision debate, and the growing Intactivist movement, which says that all human beings should have the right to make their own choices about their bodies.

Director: Brendon Marotta | Stars: Georgeanne Chapin, Jonathon Conte, Dean Edell, Andrew Freedman

Votes: 442

48. Wartorn: 1861-2010 (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, War

With suicide rates among active military servicemen and veterans currently on the rise, the HBO special WARTORN 1861-2010 brings urgent attention to the invisible wounds of war. Drawing on ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Matthew O'Neill

Votes: 347



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