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1. Das radikal Böse (2013)

96 min | Documentary

Radical evil is a documentary asking why ordinary people become mass murderers.its particular focus is on nazi soldiers who murdered Jewish civilians with pistols and rifles in the years ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Devid Striesow, Benno Fürmann, Alexander Fehling, Volker Bruch

Votes: 150

2. Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What (2009)

105 min | Documentary, Mystery

Quirky feature documentary on science behind psychic phenomena.

Director: Renée Scheltema | Stars: Melinda Connor, Larry Dossey, Arielle Ford, Jack Houck

Votes: 56

3. Master of the Universe (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A former banker in Germany, who entered the business with the advent of modern computer systems reminisces of his working years in some of the world-leading banking corporations.

Director: Marc Bauder | Stars: Rainer Voss, Angela Merkel

Votes: 1,004

4. 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: 777

5. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 15,758

6. System Error (2018)

95 min | Documentary

Melting glaciers, gullied seas, the financial markets are about to collapse. Spectacular images of how growth continues to be blinding. Outside you can hardly see anything because of the smog and the smoke screen.

Director: Florian Opitz | Stars: Ulrike Herrmann, Florian Opitz, Anthony Scaramucci

Votes: 40

7. Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 7,625 | Gross: $0.10M

8. Frohes Schaffen - Ein Film zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral (2012)

94 min | Documentary, Comedy, News

It is a fetish, a mantra, a secret religion to modern man: work. In times of the financial crisis and massive job reductions, this documentary movie questions work as our 'hallow' sense in life in a way that both humors and pains us.

Director: Konstantin Faigle | Stars: Susan Blackmore, Konstantin Faigle, Piet Fuchs, Helene Grass

Votes: 129

9. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, 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: 30,302 | Gross: $0.49M

10. We Feed the World (2005)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Jean Ziegler, Peter Brabeck, Karl Otrok

Votes: 2,344

11. The Symphony of Uncertainty (2018)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

What is the meaning of life? Set on the grounds of Hamburg's famous DESY, Claudia Lehmann embarks on a philosophical journey together with her PhD supervisor Gerhard Mack, one of Germany's most prolific and transboundary physicists.

Director: Claudia Lehmann

12. Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock | Stars: James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Morgan Spurlock, Melvin Van Peebles

Votes: 6,421 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2012)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

41 Metascore

The film chronicles the life and revolutionary times of the former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Director: Stephen Vittoria | Stars: Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter

Votes: 435 | Gross: $0.04M

14. David Wants to Fly (2010)

96 min | Documentary

David Sieveking walks on David Lynchs path into the world of transcendental meditation (TM). He comes across the founder of this worldwide movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to whom the Beatles already pilgrimed.

Director: David Sieveking | Stars: Judith Bourque, Donovan, Raja Emanuel, Raja Felix

Votes: 544

15. The True Cost (2015)

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

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: 5,341

17. Love & Engineering (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Comedy, Romance

Our modern life is largely designed by engineers. They like to invent and structure things and they are more at ease with figures and natural science than in relations with the opposite sex... See full summary »

Director: Tonislav Hristov | Stars: Atanas Boev, Todor Vlaev, Tuomas Nieminen, Markus Virtanen

Votes: 144

18. Whores' Glory (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

An examination of the lives, needs, troubles and hopes of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.

Director: Michael Glawogger | Stars: Emma, Ning, Toh, Wat

Votes: 4,323 | Gross: $0.03M

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

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

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

Votes: 33,520

20. 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: 44,662 | Gross: $0.87M

21. Darwin's Nightmare (2004)

107 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers.

Director: Hubert Sauper | Stars: Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nsese, Raphael Tukiko Wagara, Dimond Remtulia, Marcus Nyoni

Votes: 5,171 | Gross: $0.20M

22. Im Schatten der Netzwelt (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 | Star: Illma Gore

Votes: 910

23. Wie ich lernte, die Zahlen zu lieben (2014)

88 min | Documentary

How I Learned to Love the Numbers is a New York film and at the same time the study of a young man suffering from an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The Berlin filmmaker Oliver ... See full summary »

Directors: Oliver Sechting, Max Taubert | Stars: Joseph Arias, Jonathan Caouette, Phoebe Legere, Yony Leyser

Votes: 36

25. Sandgirl (2017)

85 min | Documentary

A film about the power of imagination. A young author who can neither walk nor speak invites us into her unique world. A world of poetry and subtlety, where the gravity of physical existence is overcome by the weightlessness of fantasy.

Director: Mark Michel

26. Pervert Park (2014)

77 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

Pervert Park follows the everyday lives of the sex offenders in the park as they struggle to reintegrate into society.

Directors: Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors | Stars: William J. Fuery Jr., Tracy Hutchinson, James Broderick, James Turner

Votes: 1,089

27. Women with Gunpowder Earrings (2018)

77 min | Documentary, War

The documentary is about Nour, a journalist who covers the plight of Syrian and Iraqi women and children in the war against the Islamic State terrorists and mercenaries.

Director: Reza Farahmand | Star: Nour Alhelli

Votes: 9

29. Experience of Exorcist (2011)

17 min | Documentary, Short

Film is a monolog in which Catholic priest Vojtech Kodet recounts his experiences with souls in the clutches of evil forces. The film, which frequently quotes from the writings of Raul ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Rendl

30. All Creatures Welcome (2018)

87 min | Documentary

A documentary about Germany's hacker group Chaos Computer Club.

Director: Sandra Trostel | Stars: Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Constanze Kurz, Jérémie Zimmermann

Votes: 9

31. Alles unter Kontrolle (2015)

93 min | Documentary

Facebook, Amazon and Google provide us with around the clock access to the convenient digital world! Surveillance cameras on the streets take care of our security. But who actually collects... See full summary »

Director: Werner Boote | Stars: Jacob Appelbaum, Zygmunt Baumann, Zero Belo, Werner Boote

Votes: 39

32. When the Bull Cried (2017)

67 min | Documentary

Danger, toil, and superstition pervade life in a mining town high up in the Bolivian mountains.

Directors: Bart Goossens, Karen Vazquez Guadarrama

Votes: 16

33. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Animation

76 Metascore

A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Richard Feynman, Michèle Oshima

Votes: 3,073 | Gross: $0.13M

34. Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Drama

68 Metascore

An exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity's place in the future. With narration by Cate Blanchett.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Jamal Cavil, Maisha Diatta, Yagazie Emezi

Votes: 3,235

35. 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: 16,757 | Gross: $1.34M

36. Sugar Coated (2015)

90 min | Documentary

How the food industry sugar-coated science, sweetened the food supply, and seduced a planet, one spoonful at a time.

Director: Michèle Hozer | Stars: Gary Taubes, Robert Lustig, Craig Wilcox, Alexis Gomez

Votes: 722

37. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 64,445 | Gross: $4.31M

38. The Poetess (2017)

49 min | Documentary

This is the story of a Saudi woman who grabs the opportunity to speak against religious extremism and stands up for a peaceful Islam. This is Hissa's story.

Directors: Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff | Star: Hissa Hilal

Votes: 58

40. 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: 28,853 | Gross: $2.60M

42. Reach for the SKY (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Can one day shape the rest of your life? A feature documentary on the South-Korean education system

Directors: Wooyoung Choi, Steven Dhoedt

Votes: 72

43. Machines (2016)

71 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of ... See full summary »

Director: Rahul Jain

Votes: 406 | Gross: $0.01M

44. 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: 9,761 | Gross: $0.11M

45. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)

Not Rated | 136 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,378 | Gross: $0.07M

46. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

R | 130 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Julian Assange, Adrian Lamo, John 'FuzzFace' McMahon, Alex Gibney

Votes: 7,047 | Gross: $0.16M

47. At Night I Fly (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

In At Night I Fly: Images from New Folsom, inmates at one of California's most maximum security prisons let us see their world. This world is less about dangerous drama and more, as one of ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Wenzer | Stars: Jim Carlson, Spoon Jackson, Rick Misener, Charles Owens

Votes: 349

48. 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 Bloomberg

Votes: 10,431 | Gross: $1.54M

49. Carte Blanche (III) (2011)

91 min | Documentary

7.6