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1. Queen Mimi (2015)

TV-PG | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Marie found "home" at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi's passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood's red carpets.

Director: Yaniv Rokah | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Renée Zellweger, Yaniv Rokah, Graham McTavish

Votes: 533

2. Sour Grapes (2016)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary

Documentary about the fine and rare wine auction market centering around a counterfeiter who befriended the rich and powerful and sold millions of dollars of fraudulent wine through the top auction houses.

Directors: Reuben Atlas, Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Laurent Ponsot, Jay McInerney, Jefery Levy, Maureen Downey

Votes: 3,063

3. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,453

4. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 44,817 | Gross: $8.41M

5. LA 92 (2017)

R | 114 min | Documentary, History

66 Metascore

Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Henry Alfaro, Danny Bakewell, John D. Barnett, Michael Bostic

Votes: 2,712

6. 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: 10,516

7. AlphaGo (2017)

90 min | Documentary

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the observable universe, the ancient Chinese game of 'Go' has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Kohs | Stars: Ioannis Antonoglou, Lucas Baker, Nick Bostrom, Yoo Changhyuk

Votes: 3,705

8. The Prince of Nothingwood (2017)

85 min | Documentary

French documentarist Sonia Kronlund follows actor and director Salim Shaheen, an Afghan movie star who produced more than 110 low-budget movies in a country devastated by war.

Director: Sonia Kronlund | Stars: Qurban Ali, Salim Shaheen, Sonia Kronlund

Votes: 231

9. 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: 34,867

10. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 15,598

11. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 21,081 | Gross: $1.33M

12. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, News

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 57,597 | Gross: $2.07M

13. Dealt (2017)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

66 Metascore

Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world's greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic's greatest hidden treasures.

Director: Luke Korem | Stars: Richard Turner, Johnny Thompson, Max Maven, Armando Lucero

Votes: 1,303 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit (2018)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

Meet the fascinating felines and the people who pamper then in this whimsical look at the ins and outs of Canada's competitive cat show circuit, where the claws come out when a Turkish ... See full summary »

Directors: Aaron Hancox, Michael McNamara

Votes: 413

15. Into the Inferno (2016)

104 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft, Clive Oppenheimer

Votes: 5,895

16. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, James Willbanks

Votes: 14,050

17. Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014)

TV-14 | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

An intimate but explosive portrait of the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport, and the truth. But the former ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu, Kristin Armstrong

Votes: 2,543

18. GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon

Votes: 10,000 | Gross: $0.03M

19. Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia (2017 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Louis meets different people suffering from anorexia and sees how it impacts their family as well as their personal health.

Director: Ellena Wood | Stars: Louis Theroux, Frances Connan, James Kelly

Votes: 460

20. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 15,126 | Gross: $0.67M

21. Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime (2014)

102 min | Documentary

BEFORE THE INTERNET. BEFORE SOCIAL MEDIA. BEFORE BREAKING NEWS. THE VICTIMS OF THALIDOMIDE HAD TO RELY ON SOMETHING EVEN MORE EXTRAORDINARY TO FIGHT THEIR CORNER: INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM. ... See full summary »

Directors: David Morris, Jacqui Morris | Stars: Harold Evans, Ralph Nader, Michael Sheen

Votes: 381

22. 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: 59,529 | Gross: $3.97M

23. 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: 8,586 | Gross: $0.12M

24. The Accountant of Auschwitz (2018)

78 min | Documentary, History

Seventy years after WWII, Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving members of the SS, goes on trial as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Director: Matthew Shoychet | Stars: Oskar Gröning, Jeff Ansell, Hedy Bohm, Hans-Jürgen Brennecke

Votes: 884

25. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 12,136

26. Being Evel (2015)

TV-MA | 99 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

72 Metascore

The real story behind the myth of American icon Robert 'Evel' Knievel and his legacy.

Director: Daniel Junge | Stars: Ken Berg, Seth Enslow, Ray Gunn, George Hamilton

Votes: 832

27. American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

End 2008, GM closes a plant in Ohio. A Chinese billionaire/Fuyao Glass buys the plant 2014 and invests in auto glass production. There are 2000 jobs there by late 2016. USA meets PRChina.

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | Stars: Junming 'Jimmy' Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown, Dave Burrows

Votes: 3,502

28. For the Birds (I) (2018)

92 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A woman's love for her pet ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys - all 200 of them - ignites a battle with local animal rescuers and puts her marriage in jeopardy.

Director: Richard Miron | Stars: William Brenner, Sheila Hyslop, Gary Murphy, Kathy Murphy

Votes: 144



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