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1. Ellis Island: The Making of a Master Race in America (2018)

70 min | Documentary, History

The faces of immigrants to the U. S. changed over the years. The fear of them, fear of the other, never has. First, it was the Chinese, the Irish, the Slavs, the Jews, and the Italians. Now it is the Muslims and the Mexicans.

Director: Robert Tutak | Stars: Chris Biasizzo, William Bloomfield, Mark Alan Campbell, Jeffrey Buckner Ford

Votes: 9

2. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 71,941 | Gross: $24.54M

3. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

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: 48,055 | Gross: $4.42M

4. 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: 48,847 | Gross: $3.17M

5. Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (1975)

140 min | Documentary

Interview with the director of "M" & "Metropolis"

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Friedkin, Fritz Lang

Votes: 248

6. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 135,571 | Gross: $21.24M

7. Punk's Not Dead (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

On the edge of the 30th anniversary of punk rock, Punk's Not Dead takes you into the sweaty underground clubs, backyard parties, recording studios, and yes, shopping malls and stadium shows... See full summary »

Director: Susan Dynner | Stars: Craig Aaronson, Colin Abrahall, Adri, Lorraine Ali

Votes: 898

8. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 11,415 | Gross: $1.60M

9. Mulberry St. (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

Born in the Bronx and raised in upstate New York, Abel Ferrara started his professional film career on Mulberry Street in 1975. For the past year he's been living on the block, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Danny Aiello, Frank Aquilino, Frankie Cee, John 'Cha Cha' Ciarcia

Votes: 98

10. London (1994)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

An inspiring tale through London by pictures narrated by Paul Scofield.

Director: Patrick Keiller | Stars: Paul Scofield, John Major, Norma Major, Dennis Skinner

Votes: 472

11. Paragraph 175 (2000)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

85 Metascore

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath, Pierre Seel

Votes: 1,761 | Gross: $0.07M

12. Our Nixon (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

Never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon's closest aides - and convicted Watergate conspirators - offer a surprising and intimate new look into his Presidency.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Richard Nixon, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Dwight Chapin

Votes: 557 | Gross: $0.02M

13. 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: 59,286 | Gross: $3.97M

14. In Transit (I) (2015)

76 min | Documentary, News

88 Metascore

Journey into the hearts and minds of passengers aboard the Empire Builder, America's busiest long-distance train route.

Directors: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu

Votes: 95

15. Above and Below (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

77 Metascore

From Mars to Earth and underneath. Above and Below is a rough and rhythmic roller coaster ride seating five survivors in their daily hustle through an apocalyptic world. A journey of ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Steiner

Votes: 359

16. The Pearl Button (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Delving into the nearly-religious significance of water, this profound rumination on memory and loss bridges the gap between its mystical origins, Pinochet's coup d'état, and the secret of a mother-of-pearl button at the bottom of the sea.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Martín Calderón, Cristina, Patricio Guzmán, Ema Malig

Votes: 2,024

17. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 7,195

18. B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 (2015)

92 min | Documentary, Music

Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything... See full summary »

Directors: Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange, Klaus Maeck | Stars: Andi, Bela B., Blixa Bargeld, Ben Becker

Votes: 1,613

19. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

69 Metascore

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman | Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, James Drescher, Lucky Lehrer

Votes: 3,116 | Gross: $0.28M

20. Shoah (1985)

Not Rated | 566 min | Documentary, History, War

99 Metascore

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Simon Srebnik, Michael Podchlebnik, Motke Zaïdl, Hanna Zaïdl

Votes: 7,700 | Gross: $0.02M

21. The Other Side (VIII) (2015)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, Drama

65 Metascore

In an invisible territory at the margins of society lives a wounded community who face the threat of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled. ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Minervini | Stars: Mark Kelley, Lisa Allen, James Lee Miller, Austin Anderson

Votes: 937 | Gross: $0.01M

22. Rewind This! (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape.

Director: Josh Johnson | Stars: Ben Jousan, David Gregory, Micah Matthews, Mike Vraney

Votes: 1,769

23. Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

85 Metascore

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies ... See full summary »

Director: Xan Cassavetes | Stars: Robert Altman, Vera Carlisle Anderson, C.L. Batten, Jacqueline Bisset

Votes: 1,238

24. Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

PG | 86 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.

Director: Don Hahn | Stars: Roy Edward Disney, John Lasseter, Michael Eisner, Don Hahn

Votes: 2,135 | Gross: $0.08M

25. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.

Directors: Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Jon Nguyen | Stars: David Lynch, Lula Lynch, Edwina Lynch, Donald Lynch

Votes: 4,326 | Gross: $0.17M

26. 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: 939 | Gross: $0.00M

27. Orange Sunshine (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Orange Sunshine is the never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love - a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in California, which became the largest suppliers of LSD during ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Kirkley | Stars: Austin Arnold, Tyler Mauro, Francesca Galassi, Taylor Bottles

Votes: 445

28. The Spirit of '45 (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Winston Churchill, Tony Benn, Clement Attlee, Aneurin Bevan

Votes: 1,018

29. HyperNormalisation (2016)

166 min | Documentary

Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Adam Curtis, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Victor Gotbaum

Votes: 4,158

30. Lost in the Bewilderness (2014)

97 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

"Lost in the Bewilderness" is a modern-day Greek myth - a documentary about the filmmaker's cousin Lucas, kidnapped at age five from his native Greece, and found on the eve of his sixteenth birthday in the U.S.

Director: Alexandra Anthony

Votes: 66

31. Fire at Sea (2016)

114 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi | Stars: Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo

Votes: 4,962 | Gross: $0.11M

32. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a mesmerizing, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own ... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Huber | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 836

33. 1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, History, Music

David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The ... See full summary »

Director: David Markey | Stars: Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley

Votes: 1,282

34. Hype! (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History, Music

Documentary covering the growth and subsequent overexposure of the Seattle "grunge" music scene in the early 90s

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament

Votes: 2,178 | Gross: $0.27M

35. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 8,539 | Gross: $0.03M

36. Hôtel Terminus (1988)

Unrated | 267 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Marcel Ophüls, Johannes Schneider-Merck

Votes: 1,172 | Gross: $0.34M

37. Ludlow, Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War (2016)

71 min | Documentary, History

The story of Greek immigrants who were brought to the Colorado coal mines to work under inhuman conditions and who, together with immigrants from 22 other countries, revolted and wrote a ... See full summary »

Director: Leonidas Vardaros

Votes: 17

38. End of the Century (2003)

Unrated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

The story of the punk rock band The Ramones.

Directors: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia | Stars: Rick Rubin, Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone

Votes: 3,351 | Gross: $0.39M

39. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 32,390 | Gross: $1.72M

40. Dina (2017)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.

Directors: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles | Stars: Dina Buno, Scott Levin, Frank Costanzo, Jeannie Levin

Votes: 564 | Gross: $0.09M

41. American Dharma (2018)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

A portrait of controversial political strategist and former Donald Trump advisor, Steve Bannon.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Steve Bannon, Hillary Clinton, Errol Morris, Donald Trump

Votes: 162

42. Sherman's March (1985)

Not Rated | 157 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee sets out to make a movie about Union General Sherman's March to the Sea towards the end of the American Civil War, but keeps getting sidetracked by his own love life.

Director: Ross McElwee | Stars: Ross McElwee, Dede McElwee, Ross McElwee Jr., Patricia Rendleman

Votes: 2,192

43. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (2017)

TV-MA | 144 min | Documentary, History

92 Metascore

An in-depth look at the culture of Los Angeles in the ten years leading up to the 1992 uprising that erupted after the verdict of police officers cleared of beating Rodney King.

Director: John Ridley | Stars: Michael Moulin, Damian 'Football' Williams, Tom Elfmont, Henry Keith Watson

Votes: 434

44. Kill Your Idols (2004)

75 min | Documentary, Music

52 Metascore

A documentary on thirty years of alternative NYC rock 'n roll.

Director: Scott Crary | Stars: Ron Albertson, Angus Andrew, Tristan Bechet, Hisham Bharoocha

Votes: 520 | Gross: $0.01M

45. The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Brian Cox, Henry Kissinger, Anna Chennault, Amy Goodman

Votes: 1,872 | Gross: $0.52M

46. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

55 Metascore

Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Directors: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas | Stars: Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks

Votes: 4,629 | Gross: $0.09M



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