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1. Empire (1965)

485 min | Documentary

A single shot of the Empire State Building from early evening until nearly 3 am the next day.

Director: Andy Warhol | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Andy Warhol

Votes: 1,038

2. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,190

3. Point of Order! (1964)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for ... See full summary »

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Roy M. Cohn, Joseph McCarthy, John L. McClellan, Karl E. Mundt

Votes: 408

4. Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, History, Music

77 Metascore

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald

Votes: 3,016 | Gross: $0.00M

5. The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975)

Not Rated | 191 min | Documentary

The chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Abilio Fernández

Votes: 1,004

6. Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

A visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States as seen through cemeteries, historic plaques and markers. Inspired by Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States".

Director: John Gianvito

Votes: 140

7. High School (1968)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside Northeast High School as a fly on the wall to observe the teachers and how they interact with the students.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 1,477

8. Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland (1977)

442 min | Biography, Drama

Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece, which incorporates puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Heinz Schubert, Peter Kern, Hellmut Lange, Rainer von Artenfels

Votes: 645

9. 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: 2,316 | Gross: $0.02M

10. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.

Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

Votes: 5,112 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 9,365

12. 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: 7,310 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

Director: James Toback | Stars: James Toback, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Bérénice Bejo

Votes: 1,663

14. Presunto culpable (2008)

87 min | Documentary

Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent.

Directors: Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith

Votes: 1,268

15. Home Movie (2001)

TV-14 | 66 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Documentary look at five unusual homes and the people who built (or adapted) them.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Ed Peden, Ben Skora, Diana Peden, Linda Beech

Votes: 693 | Gross: $0.12M

16. Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy

A documentary horror film about the environmental devastation left in the wake of the giant toads' unstoppable march across Australia.

Director: Mark Lewis | Stars: Henry Richards, Neil Young

Votes: 397

17. Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama, History

40 Metascore

A series of grisly events that took place in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, between 1890 and 1900 are dramatized.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Ian Holm, Jeffrey Golden, Jo Vukelich, Marcus Monroe

Votes: 1,302

18. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 1,012

19. The Sweetest Sound (2001)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

In The Sweetest Sound, Alan Berliner (the filmmaker from New York) is tired of being mistaken for people who might share his name and decides to rid himself of the dreaded Same Name Syndrome (In HD).

Director: Alan Berliner | Stars: Alan Berliner, Alain Berliner, Allen Berliner, Alan S. Berliner

Votes: 190

20. Dream Tower (1994)

Not Rated | 47 min

Dream Tower chronicles Toronto's most notorious social experiment of the sixties. Inspired by cultural critic Paul Goodman, philosophies of alternative education, and the decade's political... See full summary »

Director: Ron Mann | Star: Paul Evitts

Votes: 36

21. The Day After Trinity (1981)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Else | Stars: Hans Bethe, Holm Bursom, Haakon Chevalier, Stirling Colgate

Votes: 426

22. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad | Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri

Votes: 3,377

23. Fire in Babylon (2010)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Sport

69 Metascore

Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Richie Benaud, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Brian Close

Votes: 1,477

24. Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011)

R | 107 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

Directors: Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney | Stars: Stanley Tucci, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Jim Meskimen

Votes: 1,267 | Gross: $0.15M

25. The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A chronicle of the impact early movie special effects had on star creators of future sci-fi films.

Director: Paul Davids | Stars: Peter Jackson, Ray Harryhausen, Leonard Maltin, Forrest J. Ackerman

Votes: 377

26. This Filthy World (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

68 Metascore

Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters.

Director: Jeff Garlin | Star: John Waters

Votes: 1,321

27. For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

The history of American film criticism.

Director: Gerald Peary | Stars: Roger Ebert, Andrew Sarris, Pauline Kael, Jami Bernard

Votes: 378

28. Let the Fire Burn (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985.

Director: Jason Osder | Stars: Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, Wilson Goode, William Brown III

Votes: 1,133 | Gross: $0.06M

29. At Berkeley (2013)

244 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system, is also one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the ... See full summary »

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 487 | Gross: $0.01M



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