Documentaries to watch

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1. Caballerango (2018)

61 min | Documentary

Members of a Mexican village ,which is slowly losing its old fashioned way of life, and where a young man has died ,describe their recollections of the event as the camera observes the setting.

Director: Juan Pablo González

Votes: 5

2. Born in the USSR (1991– )

Documentary

Born in the USSR: Up follows the lives of people who grew up in the Soviet Union. They give an insight into Russian life.

Stars: James McAvoy, Seva Novgorodtsev, Almaz, Andrei

Votes: 65

3. Bixa Travesty (2018)

75 min | Documentary

A documentary that follows Mc Linn Da Quebrada, a black trans woman, performer and activist living in impoverished São Paulo. Her electrifying performances (with plenty of nudity) brazenly take on Brazil's hetero-normative machismo.

Directors: Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla | Stars: Linn da Quebrada, Jup do Bairro, Liniker, As Bahias e a Cozinha Mineira

Votes: 129

4. America to Me (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

A look inside one of Chicago's most progressive public schools, located in suburban Oak Park.

Stars: Charles Donalson Jr., Ke'Shawn Kumsa, Grant Lee, Kendale McCoy

Votes: 250

6. Don't Be a Dick About It (2018)

69 min | Comedy

A hilarious and beautiful portrait of two brothers growing up. The film follows the brothers around for one summer capturing the nuances of pissing each other off.

Director: Ben Mullinkosson

Votes: 38

7. A Northern Soul (2018)

73 min | Documentary

A documentary following a resident of Hull as he attempts to make a positive impact on his community by travelling with a hip-hop tour bus.

Director: Sean McAllister | Stars: Steve Arnott, Sean McAllister

Votes: 70

8. My Soul Drifts Light (2018)

90 min | Documentary

One man's passion for life brings light to the lives of three suicidal friends.

Director: Heinrich Dahms

9. Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

Not Rated | 143 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Following the 2016 presidential election, Frederick Wiseman's documentary dissects small-town America to understand how its values impact and influence the political landscape of the nation.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 200 | Gross: $0.06M

10. Minding the Gap (2018)

93 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Director: Bing Liu | Stars: Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan

Votes: 4,233 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Mallory (2015)

97 min | Documentary

Life hasn't been easy on Mallory but after the birth of her son she tries desperately to kick her drug habit, and to stop living on the street. She wants to turn her back on her dark past ... See full summary »

Director: Helena Trestíková | Stars: Miroslava Neradová, Vrát'a, Krystof, Ludek

Votes: 91

12. Los Reyes (2018)

78 min | Documentary

Chola and Football are a couple of street dogs that live in the Los Reyes skatepark. A microcosm is organized around them, composed of things, animals and young adolescents in conflict with... See full summary »

Directors: Iván Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut

Votes: 59

13. In the Open (2017)

146 min | Documentary

On the island of Corsica, approximatively 130 men are imprisoned in the detention center of Casabianda for familial sexual offences. Here they spend the last years of their usually long ... See full summary »

Director: Guillaume Massart

Votes: 17

14. Heartbound: A Different Kind of Love Story (2018)

90 min | Documentary

In the small northern region of Jutland, Denmark, over 900 Thai women are married to Danish men, a trend that started 25 years ago when a former sex worker from Northeastern Thailand ... See full summary »

Directors: Janus Metz, Sine Plambech

Votes: 83

15. América (2018)

76 min | Documentary

América is a story of brothers confronting the chasm between adolescent yearning and adult realities when brought together to care for their ailing ninety-three year old grandmother.

Directors: Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside | Star: América

Votes: 52

16. The Raft (2018)

97 min | Documentary

In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Lindeen | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Maria Björnstam, Mary Gidley, Rachida Lièvre

Votes: 286

17. Private Universe (2012)

83 min | Documentary, Family, History

Covering a span of 35 years in the life of Honza, a man born 'on camera' in 1974.

Director: Helena Trestíková | Stars: Samuel Jirásek, Jan Kettner, Petr Kettner, Eva Kettnerová

Votes: 72

18. The Trade (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

An unflinching look inside America's heroin crisis. From Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, the opioid epidemic has ravaged communities on both sides of the... See full summary »

Votes: 227

19. Touch Me Not (I) (2018)

123 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, Touch Me Not follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic insight into their lives.

Director: Adina Pintilie | Stars: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Christian Bayerlein, Grit Uhlemann

Votes: 1,337 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 14,077 | Gross: $12.32M

21. A Strange Love Affair with Ego (2015)

93 min | Documentary

Ever since she was a young child, filmmaker Ester Gould has been amazed by the sheer self-confidence of her older sister Rowan, whose boundless creativity and natural beauty tended to make ... See full summary »

Director: Ester Gould

Votes: 180

22. Skip Day (I) (2018)

16 min | Documentary, Short

School's almost out. For seniors in Pahokee - a small, mainly African-American industrial town on Florida's Lake Okeechoboee - the Monday after prom is 'Skip Day.' Multitudes of long-time ... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas

Votes: 25

23. Skjold & Isabel (2018)

66 min | Documentary

First Love. First Break up. A Story About Letting Go

Directors: Emil Næsby Hansen, Emil Naesby Hansen

Votes: 96

24. René (II) (2008)

83 min | Documentary

An intimate portrait of a man on the edge of society, filmed over the course of twenty years.

Director: Helena Trestíková | Stars: René Plásil, Helena Trestíková

Votes: 188

25. The Silk and the Flame (2018)

87 min | Documentary

Yao struggles to fulfill his father's dying wish to marry and continue the family's bloodline. He travels from Beijing to his tiny rural hometown for Chinese New Year, where he's reunited ... See full summary »

Director: Jordan Schiele | Stars: Fuqin, Muqin, Jordan Schiele, Yao

Votes: 56

26. #Female Pleasure (2018)

97 min | Documentary

#FEMALE PLEASURE embarks on a journey to discover the remaining obstacles that stand in the way of female sexuality in the 21st century.

Director: Barbara Miller | Stars: Deborah Feldman, Leyla Hussein, Rokudenashiko, Doris Wagner

Votes: 227

27. Yours in Sisterhood (2018)

101 min | Documentary, History

What might be revealed in the slippery space of inviting strangers to act out and respond to 1970s feminism in 2017? YOURS IN SISTERHOOD invites strangers in communities all over the US to ... See full summary »

Director: Irene Lusztig

Votes: 58

29. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,269 | Gross: $0.09M

30. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 8,709 | Gross: $3.78M

31. 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: 11,960 | Gross: $1.51M

32. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 55,971 | Gross: $13.00M

33. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

66 Metascore

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 14,188 | Gross: $0.64M

34. 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: 29,459 | Gross: $2.60M

35. 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: 43,505 | Gross: $8.41M

36. Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

60 Metascore

The story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from teenage stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Tab Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Portia de Rossi, Debbie Reynolds

Votes: 2,680

37. 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: 4,370 | Gross: $0.03M

38. Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016)

96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

63 Metascore

Daryl Davis is an accomplished musician who was played all over the world. He also has an unusual hobby, particularly for a middle aged black man. When not displaying his musical chops, ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Ornstein | Stars: Daryl D. Davis, Kenneth Nwadike, Michael Wood Jr.

Votes: 922 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Station to Station (2015)

71 min | Documentary, Drama

63 Metascore

A train travels 4,000 miles across North America with a revolving community of artists and musicians who collaborate on recordings, artworks, films, and 10 "happenings" across the country.

Director: Doug Aitken | Stars: Rick Prelinger, Doug Aitken, Chris Camp, Lydia Johnson-Gallegos

Votes: 138

40. Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

TV-MA | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Cat Power, Janis Joplin, Karleen Bennett, Laura Joplin

Votes: 4,446 | Gross: $0.41M

41. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.

Director: Stig Björkman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alicia Vikander, Pia Lindström, Roberto Rossellini

Votes: 1,731 | Gross: $0.14M

42. All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, History, Music

73 Metascore

'All Things Must Pass' is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.

Director: Colin Hanks | Stars: Russ Solomon, Chuck D, Chris Cornell, Heidi Cotler

Votes: 2,703 | Gross: $0.17M

43. Alive and Kicking (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, History, Music

77 Metascore

Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society.

Director: Susan Glatzer | Stars: Hilary Alexander, Evita Arce, Kimberly Clever, Sharon Davis

Votes: 240 | Gross: $0.07M

44. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 29,133

45. Down to Earth (I) (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Adventure

Breaking away from convention, this family went on a five year journey to find a new perspective on life. Their life with tribal communities around the world has led to a thought-provoking cinematic experience of ancient, earthly wisdom.

Directors: Renata Heinen, Rolf Winters

Votes: 259

46. The Pistol Shrimps (2016)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A group of actresses, musicians, writers, comedians, and moms who compete in the Los Angeles women's recreational basketball league.

Director: Brent Hodge | Stars: Stephanie Allynne, Maria Blasucci, Steven Brydle, Matt Gourley

Votes: 128

47. Sexology (2016)

92 min | Documentary

A taboo-breaking quest to discover the secrets of the female orgasm.

Director: Gabrielle Anwar | Stars: Gabrielle Anwar, Catherine Oxenberg

Votes: 145

48. Dancer (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

65 Metascore

Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.

Director: Steven Cantor | Stars: Jade Hale-Christofi, David LaChapelle, Sergei Polunin

Votes: 2,188 | Gross: $0.04M

49. School Life (2016)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary