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1. Billions in Change (2015)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Short

The world is facing some huge problems. There's a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn't reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the ... See full summary »

Stars: Manoj Bhargava, David Letterman, Rick Perry, Jerry Seinfeld

Votes: 387

2. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 19,160 | Gross: $0.65M

3. 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: 19,646 | Gross: $1.88M

4. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

157 min | Documentary, History

78 Metascore

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Gilles Kepel, Melvin Goodman, Stephen Holmes, William Kristol

Votes: 3,709

5. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Spy Factory (2009)

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

Nova examines the clandestine practices of the National Security Agency and investigates changes in the Agency that are the result of 9/11.

Director: Scott Willis | Stars: James Bamford, Frank Blanco, David Murfee Faulk, Eric Haseltine

Votes: 65

6. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 52,460 | Gross: $2.28M

7. 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: 6,080 | Gross: $0.43M

8. Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, War

68 Metascore

Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Katy Helvenston-Wettengal, Scott Helvenston, Donna Zovko, Jozo Zovko

Votes: 1,559

9. An Unreasonable Man (2006)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah.

Directors: Henriette Mantel, Steve Skrovan | Stars: Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, Howard Zinn, Eric Alterman

Votes: 1,611 | Gross: $0.18M

10. Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Vartek | Stars: Jim Olson, Tony Clarke, Maude Barlow, Octavio Rosas Lando

Votes: 1,111

11. Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, History, War

Zeitgeist: Addendum attempts to locate the root causes of the pervasive social corruption, while also offering a solution.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows, John Perkins, George Carlin

Votes: 17,158

12. 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: 58,916 | Gross: $3.29M

13. Collapse (II) (2009)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.

Director: Chris Smith | Star: Michael Ruppert

Votes: 6,712 | Gross: $0.05M

14. Earth 2100 (2009 TV Movie)

Documentary, Sci-Fi

Follows the account of Lucy, who is born into a society where people are desperate for natural resources, while the global temperature and population are highly increasing.

Director: Rudy Bednar | Stars: Jameel Ahmad, Janine Benyus, Malcolm Bowman, Reinhard Bütikofer

Votes: 962

15. The End of America (2008)

74 min | Documentary

"The End of America" details the ten steps a country takes when it slides toward fascism. It's not a "lefty" taught-to-me, but rather a historical look at trends in once-functioning ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: David Antoon, Vincent Cannistraro, James Cullen, Amy Goodman

Votes: 760

16. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 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: 65,552 | Gross: $4.31M

17. GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon

Votes: 9,964 | Gross: $0.03M

18. Beyond Pollution (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, History

Watching his hometown and its surrounding areas being desecrated by BP's massive oil spill, director Barker White was compelled to uncover the truth. Traveling thousands of miles across the... See full summary »

Director: Barker White | Stars: Dean Blanchard, Dean Cain, Billy Nungesser, Riki Ott

Votes: 13

19. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Inside the Meltdown (2009)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates the 2008 economic meltdown and offers an inside look at what caused the crisis and who, if anyone, could have stopped it.

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Nick Ashooh, Sheila Bair, Bill Bamber, Bryan Burrough

Votes: 105

20. Beer Wars (2009)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A contemporary David and Goliath story that takes you inside the cutthroat world of the big business of American beer.

Director: Anat Baron | Stars: Norman Adami, Anat Baron, Roberta Baskin, Jeff Becker

Votes: 1,104

21. ReGeneration (2010)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

ReGENERATION explores the inherent cynicism found in many of today's youth and young adults, and the influences that perpetuate our culture's apathetic approach to social and political ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Montgomery | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Ryan Gosling, Talib Kweli, Jay Walker

Votes: 212

22. 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: 1,723 | Gross: $0.05M

23. The Light Bulb Conspiracy (2010)

75 min | Documentary

This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail.

Director: Cosima Dannoritzer | Stars: Molly Malcolm, Marcos López Merayo, Lynn Owens, Richard Jones

Votes: 1,938

24. Hacking Democracy (2006)

82 min | Documentary

The film the voting machine corporations don't want you to see. HACKING DEMOCRACY follows investigator/grandmother, Bev Harris, and her citizen-activists as they set out to uncover how ... See full summary »

Directors: Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels | Stars: James Naughton, Bev Harris, Deanie Lowe, Harri Hursti

Votes: 1,198

25. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,824 | Gross: $4.20M

26. Addicted to Plastic (2008)

85 min | Documentary

A Canadian documentary on modern society's 'addiction' to plastic; our prolific use of this product, its effects on the earth and on us, and where our unwanted plastic ends up.

Director: Ian Connacher

Votes: 311

28. Tapped (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.

Directors: Stephanie Soechtig, Jason Lindsey | Stars: Sally Bethea, Earl Blumenauer, Amanda Brown, Eugene Brown

Votes: 1,207

29. The Age of Stupid (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Director: Franny Armstrong | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Jehangir Wadia, Alvin DuVernay, Layefa Malini

Votes: 4,028

30. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Reverend Gadget

Votes: 11,867 | Gross: $1.68M

31. Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Tim Robbins, Dan Neil, Danny DeVito, Ray Wert

Votes: 1,693 | Gross: $0.15M

32. Loose Change: Final Cut (2007 Video)

80 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

Loose Change Final Cut sets out to prove the official story of 9/11 - 'that the impact of two planes flying into two World Trade Center towers and the resulting fires caused three World ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dylan Avery | Stars: Dylan Avery, Mahmoud Ahmad, Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, Hamza Al-Ghamdi

Votes: 2,302

33. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 15,393

34. 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: 71,748 | Gross: $24.54M

35. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

R | 117 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Eliot Spitzer, Alex Gibney, Hulbert Waldroup, Lloyd Constantine

Votes: 2,102 | Gross: $0.19M

36. Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)

R | 118 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, William Branner, Melanie Sloan

Votes: 1,522 | Gross: $0.18M

37. Secrecy (2008)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Amidst the American hunger for instantaneous news and up-to-date "facts," this unflinching film uncovers the vast, invisible world of government secrecy.

Directors: Peter Galison, Robb Moss | Stars: Steven Aftergood, Thomas Blanton, James Bruce, Steven Garfinkel

Votes: 283

38. The Big One (1997)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

On his book tour, Michael Moore exposes more wrongdoing by greedy big businesses and callous politicians around America.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Elaine Bly, Dan Burns, Chip Carter

Votes: 7,511 | Gross: $0.72M

39. Maxed Out (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering ... See full summary »

Director: James D. Scurlock | Stars: Beth Naef, Mike Hudson, Louis C.K., Catherine Brown

Votes: 2,119 | Gross: $0.06M

40. I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

PG | 85 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Robert Bixby, Humphrey Bogart, Warren Buffett, George Bush

Votes: 1,805 | Gross: $0.82M

41. 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: 47,896 | Gross: $4.42M

42. King Corn (2007)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Woolf | Stars: Bob Bledsoe, Earl L. Butz, Dawn Cheney, Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,888 | Gross: $0.08M

43. The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

87 min | Documentary, Comedy

71 Metascore

Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.

Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Reggie Watts, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Richard Ebeling

Votes: 5,097 | Gross: $0.19M

44. 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, Lorraine Barrett, June Downs

Votes: 11,989 | Gross: $2.40M

45. The Botany of Desire (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary

Michael Pollan, a professor of journalism and a student of food, presents the history of four plants, each of which found a way to make itself essential to humans, thus ensuring widespread ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Schwarz, Edward Gray | Stars: Frances McDormand, Michael Pollan

Votes: 479

46. Good Hair (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.9