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1. The Red Pill (2016)

TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary

The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?"

Director: Cassie Jaye | Stars: Cassie Jaye, Paul Elam, Attila Vinczer, Dean Esmay

Votes: 8,474

2. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 22,227 | Gross: $3.12M

3. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 31,284 | Gross: $4.59M

4. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 10,585 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Chicken Ranch (1983)

Unrated | 74 min | Documentary

Documentary on the "Chicken Ranch," a legal Nevada brothel.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Sandi Sissel | Stars: Fran, Walter Plankinton, Connie, Claudia

Votes: 273

6. 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: 34,075

7. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz

Votes: 18,670

8. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 48,083 | Gross: $3.17M

9. 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: 45,053 | Gross: $0.87M

10. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

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: 56,194 | Gross: $2.06M

11. Killing Ed (2015)

97 min | Documentary

KILLING ED is an exposé about the corruption, politics and anti-democratic efforts to privatize U.S. public schools. The documentary investigates the worst case scenario: a rapidly ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Hall

Votes: 90

12. Hoaxed (2019)

125 min | Documentary

HOAXED is an insider's look at the Fake News phenomenon and the consequences of media misinformation, with interviews from those who have been accused of spreading it themselves.

Directors: Scooter Downey, Johan A. du Toit | Stars: Scott Adams, Mike Cernovich, Ryan Holiday, Cassie Jaye

Votes: 346

13. Human Harvest (2014)

72 min | Documentary, Crime

Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and David Kilgour investigate the organ harvesting trade in China and uncover one of the world's worst crimes against humanity.

Director: Leon Lee | Stars: Ethan Gutmann, Shi-Wei Huang, Carlos Iglésias, David Kilgour

Votes: 86

14. Food Evolution (2016)

TV-PG | 92 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Using the controversy over genetically-modified foods as its entry point, 'Food Evolution' shows how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis.

Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy | Stars: Raoul Adamchak, Charles Benbrook, Karl Haro von Mogel, Tamar Haspel

Votes: 500 | Gross: $0.01M

15. 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: 29,111

16. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 76,221

17. Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery (2018)

Crime

Sex, lies, and murder - what happened to Travis Alexander? This three-part special examines the most salacious murder case in American history. We explore the investigation and trial that ... See full summary »

Stars: Yesse Rodriguez, Caleb J. Spivak, Adrian Bond, Gerald Edgell

Votes: 170

18. O.J.: Made in America (2016)

TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

Votes: 14,781

19. 30 for 30 (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Tyson, Chuck D, Dick Vitale

Votes: 3,707

20. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

Votes: 2,902 | Gross: $1.72M

21. California Typewriter (2016)

TV-PG | 103 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

California Typewriter is a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. The film is a meditation on creativity and technology featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others.

Director: Doug Nichol | Stars: Silvi Alcivar, Ken Alexander, Tom Hanks, Martin Howard

Votes: 535 | Gross: $0.24M

22. Trophy (2017)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz | Stars: Tim Black, Philip Glass, Christo Gomes, John Hume

Votes: 479 | Gross: $0.02M

23. Love Me, Love My Doll (2007 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, Romance

They say love is blind, but can it also be synthetic? This extraordinary film meets a group of lonely guys who have fallen in love with their customized, life-sized dolls.

Director: Nick Holt | Star: Mark Strong

Votes: 186

24. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 25,206 | Gross: $0.90M

25. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 47,639 | Gross: $4.42M

26. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Elizabeth Holmes, Errol Morris, Dan Ariely, John Carreyrou

Votes: 2,645

27. 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: 43,477 | Gross: $8.41M

28. Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015)

R | 87 min | Documentary, History, News

77 Metascore

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville | Stars: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 5,428 | Gross: $0.89M

29. The Rachel Divide (2018)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Rachel Dolezal becomes a social phenomenon when she passes herself off as an African American and becomes the head of her local N.A.A.C.P. chapter.

Director: Laura Brownson | Stars: Rachel Dolezal, Franklin Dolezal, Siobhan Abrams, Vanessa Bayer

Votes: 1,350

30. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Lorraine Barrett, June Downs

Votes: 11,890 | Gross: $2.40M

31. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music

75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 23,638

32. 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: 4,204 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Generation Wealth (2018)

R | 105 min | Documentary

53 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Lauren Greenfield, Limo Bob, George W. Bush, Paris Cronin

Votes: 1,733 | Gross: $0.24M



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