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1. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

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: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 31,689 | Gross: $1.72M

2. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

Votes: 6,142 | Gross: $1.13M

3. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 58,492 | Gross: $3.29M

4. 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: 47,650 | Gross: $4.42M

5. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 77,097 | Gross: $23.81M

6. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography

The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner

Votes: 9,356

8. Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède (1993 TV Movie)

78 min | Documentary

Just before one of the locations for the 1960 film Breathless is about to be demolished 33 years later, journalist Claude Ventura seeks out as many of the surviving participants in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Ventura, Xavier Villetard | Stars: Richard Balducci, Jean-Paul Belmondo, José Bénazéraf, Claude Chabrol

Votes: 57

10. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,410 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Joy Division (2007)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Richard Boon, Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins, Ian Curtis

Votes: 2,919

13. We Feed the World (2005)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Jean Ziegler, Peter Brabeck, Karl Otrok

Votes: 2,355

14. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Octavio Calderon

Votes: 15,241 | Gross: $7.00M

15. 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: 29,460 | Gross: $2.60M

16. Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil (2007 Video)

31 min | Documentary, Short

Follow Stanley Kubrick as he creates his savage and brilliant Vietnam film, hewing closely to the theme that dominated his creative life for four decades - the duality of human nature. ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Leva | Stars: Jan Harlan, John Calley, David Hughes, R. Lee Ermey

Votes: 125

17. 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

18. The End of Time (2012)

TV-G | 109 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

Explores our perception of time.

Director: Peter Mettler | Stars: Peter Mettler, Freya Blekman, Richie Hawtin, George Mikenberg

Votes: 345 | Gross: $0.00M

19. Sunshine (I) (2011)

14 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Sunshine depicts John, an American advertising producer, who travels to China to make a TV commercial. A funny and sobering glimpse into the advertising world and globalization as John ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Nichol | Stars: John Benet, Joe Zizzo

Votes: 28

20. Bar25 (2012)

95 min | Documentary

Four young individuals whose freewheeling way of life, of music, individuality and never ending energy transforms a riverside wasteland into a fantasy land by the river Spree.

Directors: Britta Mischer, Nana Yuriko | Stars: Steffi Lotta, Quentin Tarantino, Klaus Wowereit

Votes: 235

21. Master of the Universe (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A former banker in Germany, who entered the business with the advent of modern computer systems reminisces of his working years in some of the world-leading banking corporations.

Director: Marc Bauder | Stars: Rainer Voss, Angela Merkel

Votes: 1,007

22. 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: 8,347 | Gross: $0.03M

23. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 32,895 | Gross: $1.25M

24. Workingman's Death (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living.

Director: Michael Glawogger

Votes: 1,569

25. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 19,679

26. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 16,031 | Gross: $0.94M

27. Our Daily Bread (2005)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Stars: Claus Hansen Petz, Arkadiusz Rydellek, Barbara Hinz, Renata Wypchlo

Votes: 2,343

28. Loss Is to Be Expected (1992)

118 min | Documentary

Looks at two communities on either side of the Czech - Austrian border. There's an elderly man in Austria looking for a new wife, and he meets a lone single woman on the Czech side of the border.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Paula Hutterová, Vladimir Kundrát, Rusena Machaloyá, Alois Paur

Votes: 162

29. The Incomplete (2013)

48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

"Can you describe yourself?" "Odenwald-Gay... or Gollum... or Klaus! 60 years old... gay... slave!" A documentary portrait of Klaus Johannes Wolf, who decided to live as a slave. Chained to... See full summary »

Director: Jan Soldat | Stars: Klaus Johannes Wolf, Jan Soldat

Votes: 28

33. Tristia: A Black Sea Odyssey (2014)

98 min | Documentary

A remarkable travelogue from a trip around the Black Sea: along its shores, lined by the boundaries of six states, and through bizarre seaside resorts. More than the tourist industry or ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislaw Mucha

Votes: 22

36. Klaus Fuchs - Atomspion (1990)

88 min | Documentary

England, 1950. A defector Russian points out the brilliant nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs as a spy for the Soviet Union. Apparently, five years earlier, Fuchs had smuggled documents out of ... See full summary »

Directors: Donatello Dubini, Franco Dubini, Wolfgang Meyer | Stars: Bernhard Baier, Lutz Göhnermeier

37. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,450

38. Nowhere Home (2012)

93 min | Documentary, Drama

In 2009 the Norwegian government introduced new rules to enforce immigration. One was the rule for preliminary stay for sole minors under 18. Who's responsible for them?

Director: Margreth Olin | Stars: Goli Mohammed Ali, Husein Ali, Khalid Faquiri, Hassan

Votes: 117

39. 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: 48,105 | Gross: $3.17M

40. O Lucky Malcolm! (2006)

86 min | Documentary, Biography

Actor Malcolm McDowell talks about his life and career. With interviews featuring his friends, family, directors and co-stars.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Christiane Kubrick, Lilly McDowell, Charlie McDowell

Votes: 297

41. Bavaria - Traumreise durch Bayern (2012)

92 min | Documentary

It's a documentary with great pictures from bavaria's landscapes, mountains and seas. You will be informed from bavaria and the citys in it after the movie, too.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Star: Joseph Vilsmaier

Votes: 124

45. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 47,693 | Gross: $2.80M

46. Taste the Waste (2010)

92 min | Documentary

Why do we throw away so much food? And how can we stop this kind of waste?Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump. Most of it before it ever reaches consumers.

Director: Valentin Thurn | Stars: Klaudia Fischer, Jörn Franck, Michael Gerling, Sylvain Sadoine

Votes: 464

47. 10 Billion - What's on your plate? (2015)

107 min | Documentary

How can we best meet every earth citizens need for healthy food facing our limited resources? Regarding the almost 10 billion humans living on earth by 2050, we have to decide now how we want to shape the future of agriculture.

Director: Valentin Thurn | Star: Valentin Thurn

Votes: 202

49. Homo Faber (trois femmes) (2014)

89 min | Drama