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1. Dark Days (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Director: Marc Singer | Star: Marc Singer

Votes: 5,887 | Gross: $0.43M

2. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 45,324

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: 56,410 | Gross: $3.29M

4. Executions (1995 Video)

56 min | Documentary

"Executions" is a documentary showing real footage of the many different methods humanity has used through-out history for capital punishment. During the film, the makers point out how ... See full summary »

Directors: David Herman, Arun Kumar, David Monaghan

Votes: 405

5. 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: 26,739

6. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)

Not Rated | 136 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,095 | Gross: $0.07M

7. Heckler (2007)

R | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. After starring in a film that was critically bashed, Jamie Kennedy takes on hecklers and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Addis | Stars: Louie Anderson, Criss Angel, Dave Attell, Vince August

Votes: 2,577

8. 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, Alyse Barker, Lorraine Barrett

Votes: 11,564 | Gross: $2.40M

9. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,222 | Gross: $0.07M

10. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 39,950 | Gross: $0.89M

11. Girl Model (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Thriller

68 Metascore

A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.

Directors: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin | Stars: Ashley Arbaugh, Rachel Blais, Olivia Arben, Tigran Khachatrian

Votes: 2,061 | Gross: $0.02M

12. 2016: Obama's America (2012)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

28 Metascore

A documentary that examines the question, "If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?"

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan | Stars: Jay Bastian, Joe Biden, Cait Brasel, Gene Burris Jr.

Votes: 9,502 | Gross: $33.45M

13. The American Scream (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

An original documentary which follows three families in a small seaside town in Massachusetts as they prepare for their annual home made haunted houses. This story highlights their long ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: Victor Bariteau, Tina Bariteau, Gwen Bariteau, Catherine Bariteau

Votes: 1,025

14. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 12,523

15. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 8,686 | Gross: $0.31M

16. Twist of Faith (2004)

TV-MA | 87 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A man confronts the trauma of past sexual abuse as a boy by a Catholic priest only to find his decision shatters his relationships with his family, community and faith.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Jeff Anderson, Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy, Sandy Comes

Votes: 741 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Why Can't We Be a Family Again? (2002)

27 min | Short, Documentary

Two extraordinary brothers struggle to believe in their mother's love.

Directors: Murray Nossel, Roger Weisberg | Star: Ossie Davis

Votes: 59

18. Autism Is a World (2004 TV Short)

40 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary on an autistic woman's inner world, her writing, and the friends she made while in college.

Director: Gerardine Wurzburg | Stars: Julianna Margulies, Sue Rubin

Votes: 116

19. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,164 | Gross: $1.88M

20. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,281 | Gross: $0.30M

21. Wretches & Jabberers (2011)

TV-G | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

63 Metascore

In 'Wretches & Jabberers and Stories from the Road', two men with autism embark on a global quest to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence. With limited speech, ... See full summary »

Director: Gerardine Wurzburg | Stars: Larry Bissonnette, Tracy Thresher

Votes: 84

22. After Porn Ends (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

An exploration of the lives of several former adult performers who have retired from the porn industry.

Director: Bryce Wagoner | Stars: Amber Lynn, Asia Carrera, Bobby Slayton, Crissy Moran

Votes: 6,204

23. Britney: For the Record (2008 TV Movie)

68 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about Britney Spears.

Director: Phil Griffin | Stars: Britney Spears, Jamie Spears, Larry Rudolph, Adam Leber

Votes: 834

24. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 12,845 | Gross: $3.52M

25. The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club (2004)

27 min | Documentary, Short

In 1994, a South African photojournalist received the Pulitzer Prize for his picture of a starving girl stalked by a vulture. Weeks later, he carried out a terrible, desperate act--an act that embodied the anguish of an entire nation.

Director: Dan Krauss

Votes: 118

26. Talhotblond: (2009)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Thriller

This is the true story of a love triangle that takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder in real life, as a teenage vixen (screen name 'talhotblond') lures men into her web. ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Schroeder | Stars: Steve Clement, Thomas Montgomery, Ken Case, Rex Beaber

Votes: 2,581

27. Chasing Madoff (2010)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

A look at how one investigator spent ten years trying to expose Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme that scammed an estimated $18 billion from investors.

Director: Jeff Prosserman | Stars: Bernie Madoff, Frank Casey, Gaytri Kachroo, Neil Chelo

Votes: 937

28. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,414 | Gross: $4.04M

29. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 62,705 | Gross: $4.31M

30. Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life and music of singer Beyonce Knowles.

Directors: Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Ilan Y. Benatar | Stars: Beyoncé, Ilan Y. Benatar, Ebony Knowles, Solange

Votes: 1,832

31. Helvetica (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Manfred Schulz, Massimo Vignelli, Rick Poynor, Wim Crouwel

Votes: 6,751 | Gross: $0.20M

32. Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

A live concert performance of Grammy-winning pop/soul sensation Adele Adkins at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Director: Paul Dugdale | Stars: Adele, Jo Allen, Stephanie Cavey, Sarah Chapman

Votes: 839

33. Little Man (2005)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Little man is the story of how a micro-preemie brought a family to its knees.  Throughout his struggle for life, so struggle filmmaker, Nicole Conn and political activist Gwen Baba to keep ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Conn | Stars: Nicholas James Baba-Conn, Lily Chow, Michele Hakakha, Nicole Conn

Votes: 190

34. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 7,783 | Gross: $0.19M

35. Devil's Playground (2002)

77 min | Documentary

Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose.

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Velda Bontrager, Mark Bontrager, Dewayne Chupp, Dylan Cole

Votes: 2,379

36. A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

A humorous look at life for a loser in love.

Director: Chris Waitt | Stars: Danielle McLeod, Olivia Trench, Chris Waitt, Hilary Waitt

Votes: 3,573

37. Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations.

Director: Matthew Bate | Stars: Eddie Lee Sausage, Mitch Deprey, Daniel Clowes, Ivan Brunetti

Votes: 1,023 | Gross: $0.02M

38. Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock | Stars: James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Bill Gates, Morgan Spurlock

Votes: 6,277 | Gross: $0.10M

39. American Swing (2008)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Chronicles the rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat.

Directors: Jon Hart, Mathew Kaufman | Stars: Bryce Britton, Irwin Corey, William Davidson, Dan Dorfman

Votes: 532 | Gross: $0.03M

40. 9 to 5: Days in Porn (2008)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary

9to5 - Days in Porn focuses on the people behind a controversial and multi-billion dollar industry "The Adult Entertainment industry". It depicts their stories, each one different, ... See full summary »

Director: Jens Hoffmann | Stars: Otto Bauer, Audrey Hollander, Belladonna, Jim Powers

Votes: 1,894

41. Slacker Uprising (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

Footage from Michael Moore's 60-city tour of college campuses and other venues showcases what the filmmaker calls "the birth of a new political generation."

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Eddie Vedder, Robert Ellis Orrall, Steve Earle

Votes: 2,474

42. Trouble the Water (2008)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning.

Directors: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin | Stars: Michael Brown, George W. Bush, Julie Chen, Ray Nagin

Votes: 1,807 | Gross: $0.52M

43. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 9,015 | Gross: $30.58M

44. Shut Up & Sing (2006)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert.

Directors: Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck | Stars: Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Clayton Allen

Votes: 4,578 | Gross: $1.22M

45. Die große Stille (2005)

Not Rated | 169 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

An examination of life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France.

Director: Philip Gröning

Votes: 2,008 | Gross: $0.79M

46. Sister Rose's Passion (2004)

39 min | Documentary, Short

Celebrates Sister Rose Thering, for 67 years a Dominican nun. Her passion is anti-Semitism. Archival footage looks at her growing up in Wisconsin and taking the veil in her teens. ... See full summary »

Director: Oren Jacoby

Votes: 85

47. This Is What Love in Action Looks Like (2011)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

In the summer of 2005 a 16yo Memphis, TN wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a "Fundamentalist Christian" program that strives to turn gay teens straight. This ... See full summary »

Director: Morgan Jon Fox | Stars: Alice Buchanan, Lance Carroll, Chris Davis, Katherine Dohan

Votes: 198

48. Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

69 Metascore

In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts.

Director: AJ Schnack | Stars: Kurt Cobain, Nathan Streifel, Michael Azerrad, Courtney Love

Votes: 3,266 | Gross: $0.08M

49. Salinger (2013)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

40 Metascore

An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Director: Shane Salerno | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow, John Cusack

Votes: 2,222 | Gross: $0.58M

50. Lake of Fire (2006)

Unrated | 152 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Bill Baird, Flip Benham, Dallas Blanchard

Votes: 2,286 | Gross: $0.02M

51. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

150 min | Documentary

7.9