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1. Knock Down the House (2019)

PG | 86 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A look at the people involved with various political campaigns during the 2018 U.S. congressional election.

Director: Rachel Lears | Stars: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Joe Crowley, Paula Jean Swearengin

Votes: 3,677

sundance - US audience

2. One Child Nation (2019)

R | 85 min | Documentary

92 Metascore

First-time mother and filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China's One-Child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

Votes: 79

sundance - US grand jury

3. American Factory (2019)

115 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Votes: 69

sundance - US directing

4. Honeyland (2019)

87 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

The last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood. This ... See full summary »

Directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

Votes: 126

sundance - world grand jury

5. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)

115 min | Documentary, Music

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis' life, and of this film is Davis' ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Flea

Votes: 26

6. Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (2019– )

Documentary, Music

Limited docuseries looks back on the group's career. It was music and shared lyrical genius that allowed them to form the most recognized musical movement in the world, all while walking the tightrope that links business with brotherhood.

Stars: Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, The GZA, Inspectah Deck

Votes: 207


7. Sea of Shadows (2019)

104 min | Documentary

The vaquita, the world's smallest whale, is near extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, the "cocaine ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Ladkani, Sean Bogle, Matthew Podolsky | Stars: Romel Eduardo Ledezma Abaroa, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Hector Capetillo, Andrea Crosta

Votes: 57

sundance - world audience

8. Midnight Family (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Action, Crime

85 Metascore

In Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.

Director: Luke Lorentzen

Votes: 88

sundance - US cinematography

9. The Rest (2019)

78 min | Documentary

"The Rest" is a documentary by Ai Weiwei about refugees who arrived in Europe, the world's bastion of human rights. These refugees fled war and persecution in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and ... See full synopsis »

Director: Weiwei Ai

Votes: 19

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10. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter (2019)


Teen Michelle Carter's actions shocked a nation - but what really happened behind closed doors? This HBO special showcases the prosecution's point of view and alternately the defense's. Which side do you fall on?

Director: Erin Lee Carr

Votes: 9


11. The Corporate Coup D'Etat (2018)

80 min | Documentary, News

THE CORPORATE COUP D'ÉTAT takes a complex political/historical theme and brings it to life. In the style of '13th', 'Manufacturing Consent', 'The Corporation', and 'All Governments Lie' it ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Peabody | Stars: Gar Alperovitz, Joe Atkins, Maude Barlow, Lee Fang

Votes: 25

12. XY Chelsea (2019)

92 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A look at the life and career of Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier in the United States Army, who was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-male military prison for leaking information about the country's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Director: Tim Travers Hawkins | Stars: Chelsea Manning, Nancy Hollander, Vincent J. Ward, Chase Strangio

Votes: 11

13. Push (2019)

92 min | Documentary

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Director: Fredrik Gertten

Votes: 14

14. Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

Documentary | Completed

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Director: Larry Weinstein

15. Human Nature (2019)

107 min | Documentary

The biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century isn't digital, it's biological. A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bolt | Stars: David Baltimore, Jill Banfield, Rodolphe Barrangou, Aliza Ben-Baruch

Votes: 22

16. Assholes: A Theory (2019)

81 min | Documentary

Inspired by the NYT bestselling book, this lively philosophical investigation into the rise of asshole behaviour across the world asks: What does it mean to be an asshole, and more importantly, how do we stop their proliferation?

Director: John Walker | Stars: Edoardo Albinati, Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk, Bethanye McKinney Blount, Caleb Chechota

Votes: 12

17. Inside Lehman Brothers (2018 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary

Messy mortgages taken out by Lehman Brothers caused a real estate crisis in America ten years ago. This led to a global financial crisis. Ten years later, the French journalist Jennifer ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Deschamps | Stars: Matthew Lee, Anton Valukas, Oliver Budde, Cheryl McNeil

Votes: 55

18. Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (2019)

82 min | Documentary

Cookbook author and environmental activist Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering Mexican cuisine.

Director: Elizabeth Carroll | Stars: Gabriela Camara, Diana Kennedy, Alice Waters

Votes: 5

19. Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story (2019)

116 min | Documentary

In the world of professional sports, no American athlete ever came back from a mental health disorder - until Ron Artest, now known to the world as Metta World Peace.

Director: Johnny Sweet | Stars: Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant, Capone, Havoc

20. Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Charting the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist.

Director: Ryan White | Stars: Susan Brown, Jonathan Capehart, Leora Einleger, Ari Einliger

Votes: 90 | Gross: $0.21M

21. Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

128 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a... See full summary »

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Göran Björkdahl, Neddy Banda, Jan Beuckels

Votes: 229

sundance - world directing

22. Midnight Traveler (2019)

90 min | Documentary, War

88 Metascore

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili's head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand... See full summary »

Director: Hassan Fazili | Stars: Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili, Fatima Hossaini

Votes: 68

sundance - special jury

23. Our Godfather (2019)


OUR GODFATHER is a feature-length documentary about Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking Italian mafia boss ever to turn against Cosa Nostra. Buscetta helped convict more than 400 ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Franchetti, Andrew Meier, Andrew Meier

24. Hi, A.I. (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Family, Sci-Fi

"With an A.I., you have to keep your sentences short and to the point." - This piece of advice is given to Chuck as he's picking up his new robot partner Harmony fresh from the factory. On ... See full summary »

Director: Isabella Willinger

Votes: 28

25. After Parkland (2018)

92 min | Documentary | Completed

In the aftermath of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman traveled to Parkland and began filming with ... See full summary »

Directors: Jake Lefferman, Emily Taguchi | Stars: David Hogg, Samuel Zeif, Manuel Oliver, Dillon McCooty

26. Lord of the Toys (2018)

95 min | Documentary

Max "Adlersson" Herzberg, 20 years of age, from Dresden decided not to spend his life working. Ever since, he reviews knives and other products, unboxes limited fan editions of mainly ... See full summary »

Director: Pablo Ben-Yakov | Stars: Max 'Adlersson' Herzberg, Maximiliane Häcke

Votes: 12

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