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1. Happy (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Happy takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Marci Shimoff, Ed Diener, Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Votes: 3,042

2. Surviving Progress (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Theorists consider the evolution of human society and question the sustainability of the current paradigm.

Directors: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks | Stars: Ronald Wright, Mark Levine, Robert Wright, Marina Silva

Votes: 1,730 | Gross: $0.05M

3. Slingshot Hip Hop (2008)

80 min | Documentary, Music

The voice of a new generation rocks and rhymes as Palestinian rappers form alternative voices of resistance within the Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Director: Jacqueline Reem Salloum | Stars: Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, Mahmoud Jreri, Mahmud Shalaby

Votes: 123

4. Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take? (2011)

Unrated | 132 min | Documentary

An unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's really going on in our world by following the money upstream - uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Gagné, Kimberly Carter Gamble | Stars: Foster Gamble, Duane Elgin, Nassim Haramein, Steven M. Greer

Votes: 2,617

5. School of Babel (2013)

94 min | Documentary

How to integrate into French society when you are a young immigrant newly arrived in Paris? Just join the school of La Grange aux Belles where, whether you are named Agnieszka, Eduardo, ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Bertuccelli | Stars: Maryam Aboulgila, Felipe Arellano Santibanez, Miguel Angel Cegarra Monsalve, Brigitte Cervoni

Votes: 353

6. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 540,373 | Gross: $136.03M

7. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 96,401 | Gross: $11.53M

8. The Return to Homs (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

85 Metascore

A look behind the barricades of the besieged city of Homs, where for nineteen-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them.

Director: Talal Derki | Star: Abdul Basset Saroot

Votes: 957

9. The Search (III) (2014)

135 min | Drama, War

37 Metascore

A French woman who works for a non-governmental organization forms a special relationship with a lost young boy in war-torn Chechnya in 1999.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maksim Emelyanov, Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev

Votes: 2,277

10. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen -- one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy -- investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 499,586 | Gross: $64.62M

11. Monsanto (2013)

8 min | Short, Comedy

Monsanto employees are under siege by a rogue reporter.

Director: Tom Beaver | Stars: Tom Beaver, Mike Savage

12. Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories (2011– )
Episode: Monsanto (2012)

Action, Crime, Drama

Monsanto - Food to die for. The corporate layers are pealed back to see what truth lies within the food you are being fed or asked to swallow.

Director: Julia Davis | Stars: Robert C. Bonner, BJ Davis, Julia Davis, Eric Holder

13. Persona Non Grata (2015)

139 min | Adventure, Biography, History

Against his country's orders, a Japanese diplomat issues visas to refugees, saving over 6,000 Jewish lives at the outbreak of World War II.

Director: Cellin Gluck | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Koyuki, Borys Szyc, Agnieszka Grochowska

Votes: 169

14. Silent Scream (1999)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Emma Jones, is an up and coming actress in Hollywood, who catches the eye of celebrated film producer, Roger Hardiman. He is making a movie about his Silent Screen Legend mother, Helena ... See full summary »

Director: James Chean | Stars: Dana Plato, Joe Estevez, Penny Ray, Rigg Kennedy

Votes: 17

15. Occupy Love (2012)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

OCCUPY LOVE captures the heart of the movement of movements that is sweeping the planet in response to today's economic and environmental crises. 'Philosopher-filmmaker' Velcrow Ripper ... See full summary »

Director: Velcrow Ripper | Stars: Amr Adel, Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, Colin Beavan, Reverend Billy

Votes: 86

16. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 167,262 | Gross: $161.20M

17. Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan (2013)

90 min | Documentary, Biography

A journey into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experiences in modern day Japan. For some hafus, Japan is the only home they know, for some living in Japan is ... See full summary »

Directors: Megumi Nishikura, Lara Perez Takagi

Votes: 147

18. Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Smith | Stars: Lisa Oz, Robin Bernhoft, Myrto Ashe, Doris Rapp

Votes: 231

19. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

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: 48,593 | Gross: $2.80M

20. Poverty Inc (2014)

112 min | Documentary, History, News

Poverty Inc., traces the history of capitalism, examines corporate globalization, exposes a failed economic system and focuses on America's descent into third world status driven by the new amoral predatory power elite

Directors: Gary Null, Valerie Van Cleve | Stars: Sasha Abramsky, Jordan Belfort, Joel Berg, Steve Brigham

Votes: 47

22. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 631,432 | Gross: $13.09M

24. Once in a Lifetime (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

The fact based story of a class of schoolchildren, teenagers, in a, from the look of it, mixed ethnic district of Paris, who's teacher decides to enter them in a competition to examine the ... See full summary »

Director: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar | Stars: Ariane Ascaride, Ahmed Dramé, Noémie Merlant, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 1,448

25. Cu-Bop (2015)

107 min | Documentary

Two Genius musicians... One still living in Cuba, the other taking refuge in New York U.S.A. When the prodigal son came back to his hometown of Havana, only one jam session starts

Director: Shinichi Takahashi

26. Before the Flood (2016)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ki-moon Ban, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mike Brune

Votes: 23,980

27. School Days with a Pig (2008)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

A teacher and his sixth grade class raise a piglet together.

Director: Tetsu Maeda | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ren Osugi, Tomoko Tabata, Seiji Ikeda

Votes: 261

28. Fueled: The Man They Called 'Pirate' (2016)

145 min | Drama, History

The grand story of Japan's post-war reconstruction is based on the actual story of an oil company's president, namely Tetsuzo Kunioka, who believed in the power of oil, as opposed to coal, ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shôta Sometani, Tôru Nomaguchi

Votes: 169

30. Snowden (2016)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 121,786 | Gross: $21.59M

31. The Other Son (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Director: Lorraine Lévy | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi

Votes: 3,175 | Gross: $1.16M

32. Under the Sun (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A propaganda documentary about North Korea that reveals a few hidden facts because the director continues filming between the scripted scenes.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Lee Zin-Mi, Yu-Yong, Hye-Yong, Oh-Gyong

Votes: 3,960 | Gross: $0.07M

33. Okinawa: The Afterburn (2015)

148 min | Documentary, History, War

A major hit in Japanese theaters since its release in June, 'Okinawa: The Afterburn' is the first documentary film to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ... See full summary »

Director: John Junkerman

Votes: 158

34. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

Director: Fred Peabody | Stars: I.F. Stone, Chris Hedges, Leslie Moonves, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 407

35. The Music of Strangers (2015)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other international artists of The Silk Road Project discuss their philosophies on music and culture.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor, Cristina Pato

Votes: 609 | Gross: $1.16M

37. Free Tibet (1998)

90 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Sarah Pirozek | Stars: A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk

Votes: 117

39. Brain on Fire (2016)

PG-13 | 88 min | Biography, Drama

34 Metascore

A young, capable professional cannot explain her newly erratic behavior.

Director: Gerard Barrett | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 13,566

40. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 15,179

41. The True Cost (2015)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Drama, News

46 Metascore

The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

Director: Andrew Morgan | Stars: Livia Giuggioli, Stella McCartney, Vandana Shiva, Richard Wolff

Votes: 6,028

42. Passage of Life (2017)

104 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A Burmese family of four is living in Japan. One day they get a letter that will change their lives forever - Based on a true story, this is a tale of love that crosses borders.

Director: Akio Fujimoto | Stars: Issace, Htet Myat Naing, Kuromiya Niina, Kaung Myat Thu

Votes: 62

43. Pura vida - The Ridge (2012)

86 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

A unique rescue operation in the most dangerous mountain of the Himalayas. A film about love of life, friendship and action, passion and truth that encourages living life a full.

Directors: Pablo Iraburu, Migueltxo Molina | Stars: Sergei Bogomolov, Sergey Bogomolov, Alexei Bolotov, Alexey Bolotov

Votes: 151

44. Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Wataru Akashi, Kyôko Kagawa, Takeshi Katô, Hisao Kurosawa

Votes: 723 | Gross: $0.06M

45. A Bold Peace (2016)

102 min | Documentary

One nation's quest to abandon the fever of war.

Directors: Matthew Eddy, Michael Dreiling | Star: Pedro Garcia-Caro

Votes: 8

46. Taxi Tehran (III) (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Star: Jafar Panahi

Votes: 12,113 | Gross: $0.32M

47. The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Taking place during the Chilean Coup d'état in 1973, this film opens with the attempted military coup of June 1973, which is put down by troops loyal to the government. The left is divided ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Carlos Altamirano, Fernando Castillo, Luis Corvalán

Votes: 841

49. Spy Nation (2016)

106 min | Documentary

Yu Woo-seong who had been working as a civil servant is on trial for espionage following his sibling's confession. A reporter who has been laid off begins following the traces of a spy ... See full summary »

Director: Seung-ho Choi

Votes: 18

50. Outside the Great Wall (2011)

118 min | Documentary

7.6