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1. Fire in Castilla (Tactilvision from the Moor of the Fright) (1961)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Short documentary featuring sculptures of Alonso de Berruguete and Juan de Juni in the Valladolid National Museum.

Director: José Val del Omar

Votes: 299

2. Black Harvest (1992)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Joe Leahy is the half-caste son of one of the first explorers of the Papua New Guinean interior. His relations with the local Ganiga tribe who work his coffee plantation on their land are ... See full summary »

Directors: Robin Anderson, Bob Connolly | Star: Joe Leahy

Votes: 168

3. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 21,904 | Gross: $7.83M

4. Film ist a Girl & a Gun (2009)

93 min | Documentary, History, Romance

Fragments of several (mostly) silent films are shown. They're guided by quotes from, among others, Plato and Sappho and a soundtrack.

Director: Gustav Deutsch

Votes: 153

5. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives.

Director: Andrei Ujica | Stars: Nicolae Ceausescu, Elena Ceausescu, Stefan Andrei, Gheorghe Apostol

Votes: 1,273 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Moeder Dao, de schildpadgelijkende (1995)

90 min | Documentary

In a span of ninety minutes the film aims to show how the Netherlands administered its colony as a colonial enterprise and what the relations were like at the time. The usual commentary has... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Monnikendam

Votes: 133

7. Juvenile Court (1973)

144 min | Documentary

An unobtrusive and naturalistic examination of the goings-on of a children's court, Memphis Juvenile Court 616.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 160

8. Blockade (I) (2006)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The city of Leningrad and the blockade during the Second World War. No words. No music. Only sounds and black and white images of a dying city.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa

Votes: 336

9. Of Time and the City (2008)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography

81 Metascore

A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England.

Director: Terence Davies | Star: Terence Davies

Votes: 1,707 | Gross: $0.03M

10. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad | Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri

Votes: 3,404

11. Decasia (2002)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Tsuru Aoki, Julia Calhoun, Margaret Cullington, William S. Hart

Votes: 807

12. Die große Stille (2005)

Not Rated | 169 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

An examination of life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France.

Director: Philip Gröning

Votes: 2,061 | Gross: $0.79M

13. El Sicario, Room 164 (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

The story of a hitman for the drug cartels in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Votes: 576

14. Siddeshwari (1990)

123 min | Documentary

An impressionistic biographical look at Siddheshwari Devi (19081977), the classical Indian singer whose voice was appreciated by the maharajas and public alike. She was from Varanasi, India... See full synopsis »

Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Mita Vasisht, Muhar Biswas, Ranjana Srivastava, Shravani Mukherjee

Votes: 49

15. Homo sapiens (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Homo Sapiens shows stunning images of forgotten places, buildings we constructed and then left.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Votes: 673

16. Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (2003)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

81 Metascore

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni | Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam

Votes: 5,733 | Gross: $1.74M

17. Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)

Passed | 71 min | Documentary

The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Marguerite Harrison, Haidar Khan

Votes: 854

18. Two Years at Sea (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

After working at sea, a man realizes his dream of moving to the middle of the forest.

Director: Ben Rivers | Star: Jake Williams

Votes: 438

19. Que Viva Mexico (1979)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, Western

Eisenstein shows us Mexico in this movie, its history and its culture. He believes, that Mexico can become a modern state.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Grigoriy Aleksandrov

Votes: 1,334

20. Bei xi mo shou (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to ... See full summary »

Director: Liang Zhao

Votes: 679

21. 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: 19,286

22. Flamenco (1952)

Approved | 110 min | Documentary

Title changed to "Flamenco" when it was first released in the USA in 1954, this is a program of Spanish songs and dances with the emphasis on "flamenco" or gypsy contributions. The USA ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Neville | Stars: Antonio, Pilar López, Luz María Larraguivel, Juanita Acevedo

Votes: 54

23. The Great White Silence (1924)

108 min | Documentary

In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

Director: Herbert G. Ponting | Stars: Robert Falcon Scott, Herbert G. Ponting, Henry R. Bowers, Edgar Evans

Votes: 671

24. Leviathan (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry.

Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel | Stars: Brian Jannelle, Adrian Guillette, Arthur Smith, Asterias Vulgaris

Votes: 2,871 | Gross: $1.09M

25. Dying at Grace (2003)

148 min | Documentary

Director Allan King documents the final months of five terminally ill cancer patients at the Toronto Grace Health Centre.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Phyllis Bobbitt, Joyce Bone, Norman Collins, Lloyd Greenway

Votes: 308

26. Film Portrait (1972)

81 min | Documentary, Biography

A diary film in which Jerome Hill presents his life and milieu through different scenes, many hand-colored and animated.

Director: Jerome Hill | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Ernest Borgnine, Cyd Charisse, Jerome Hill

Votes: 62

27. Über die Jahre (2015)

Not Rated | 188 min | Documentary

Nikolaus Geyrhalter accompanies the last few workers of an old textile mill over the span of ten years: how they deal with the mill closing and consequently move on with their lives.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Votes: 46

28. The Face of Britain (1935)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Paul Rotha | Star: A.J. Cummings

Votes: 32

29. Route One USA (1989)

255 min | Documentary

Doc (McIsaac), back from a decade in in Africa, and filmmaker Kramer, decide to follow Route 1, from the Canadian border all the way to the tip of Florida.

Director: Robert Kramer | Stars: Jesse Jackson, Paul McIsaac, Pat Robertson

Votes: 197

30. El sol del membrillo (1992)

133 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

The artist Antonio López tries to capture the sunlight hitting his quince tree all autumn, but the struggle seems futile.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Antonio López, María Moreno, Enrique Gran, María López

Votes: 1,467

31. Domestic Violence (2001)

196 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

Renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman turns his observational camera on The Spring, a Florida shelter for battered women and children. For one-hundred and ninety-six minutes, Wiseman ... See full summary »

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 209

32. Feng ai (2013)

227 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

50 men live for 12 months in a madhouse, they passing their days in a single plane and having little contact with the medical team. Every one of the inmates is not there for mental health ... See full summary »

Director: Bing Wang

Votes: 223

34. Ornette: Made in America (1985)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

82 Metascore

Ornette: Made In America captures Ornette's evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke | Stars: Ornette Coleman, John Giordano, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Prime Time

Votes: 207

35. The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971)

65 min | Documentary

Mr. Page and his two sons and two daughters live a primitive life in the woods in southern England with traction engines.

Director: Philip Trevelyan

Votes: 77

36. Himmel und Erde (1983)

285 min | Documentary

An epic documentary in two parts about life in the Styrian mountain village of St. Anna.

Director: Michael Pilz

Votes: 31

37. Salt for Svanetia (1930)

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary

Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people, focuses on the scarcity of salt in Svaneti region. Rich with documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov

Votes: 509

38. Les plages d'Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 2,277 | Gross: $0.24M

39. Come Back, Africa (1959)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

Come Back, Africa chronicles the life of Zachariah, a black South African living under the rule of the harsh apartheid government in 1959.

Director: Lionel Rogosin | Stars: Zacharia Mgabi, Vinah Bendile, Miriam Makeba, Lewis Nkosi

Votes: 270

40. Picture of Light (1994)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

A documentary of an expedition to Churchill, Manitoba to film the Northern Lights.

Director: Peter Mettler | Stars: Gavin Connor, Brian Ladoon, Don Lind, Peter Mettler

Votes: 203

41. Poslední z rodu (1977)

15 min | Documentary, Short

It's morning. A man goes with his horse into the wood to start today's work. The Kriz family has a long tradition of working with horses, but now he is the only one who still does it. He ... See full summary »

Director: Drahomíra Vihanová

Votes: 15

42. Dhrupad (1983)

72 min | Documentary

This documentary about the classical music of India covers a genre in which a text of poetry is sung.

Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Fariduddin Dagar, Zia Mohiyuddin Dagar

Votes: 26

43. Water and Power (1989)

57 min | Documentary

By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing and animation techniques, the film explores the complex battle for natural ... See full summary »

Director: Pat O'Neill | Stars: Joel Lorimen, Beth Block, George Lockwood, Megan Williams

Votes: 193

44. La bocca del lupo (2009)

68 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of a criminal Vincenzo and his transsexual lover Mary, who waited for him for many years while he served his prison sentence.

Director: Pietro Marcello | Stars: Vincenzo Motta, Mary Monaco, Franco Leo, Stefano Carappa

Votes: 340

46. Ghost Town (2008)

169 min | Documentary

A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence. Zhiziluo is a town barely clinging to life. Tucked away in ... See full summary »

Director: Dayong Zhao

Votes: 35

47. Dalpaengee eui byeol (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

Young-Chan comes from planet of snail where deaf blind people live slow and quiet lives. When Young-Chan came to Earth, nobody understood his language and he was desperate. Then an angel ... See full summary »

Director: Seung-jun Yi | Stars: Cho Young-Chan, Kim Soon-ho, Choi Jungah

Votes: 321 | Gross: $0.00M

48. The Good Old Naughty Days (2002)

Unrated | 69 min | Documentary, Adult

Series of 12 short movies from the start of the twentieth century, compiled by Michel Reilhac. These movies were the first adult movies, most of them were made in order to explain how sex ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Reilhac

Votes: 326 | Gross: $0.05M

49. Cuadecuc, vampir (1971)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Horror