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1. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 6,897

2. Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

66 Metascore

When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too - as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Fred Durst, Shepard Fairey

Votes: 2,157

3. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,219 | Gross: $0.42M

4. Off the Rails (2016)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

How one man's love of transport led to a lifetime of incarceration.

Director: Adam Irving | Stars: Charles Bilal, Courtney Brown, Sally Butler, Jervis Cameron

Votes: 218

5. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War

82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 13,326 | Gross: $0.27M

6. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Dallas Schoo

Votes: 11,646 | Gross: $1.61M

7. Masters of Horror (2002 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

More clips from horror movies, plus interviews with other horror legends.

Directors: Mike Mendez, Dave Parker | Stars: Dario Argento, Bruce Campbell, John Carpenter, Wes Craven

Votes: 483

8. Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (2009 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

A documentary about evolution.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,778

9. They Call It Acid (2009)

100 min | Documentary, History, Music

The late 1980s in the UK saw the birth of a new culture, they called it Acid House. Driven by a media hate campaign, the British Government acted against it by pushing a bill through ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Mason | Stars: Steve Nallon, Robert Owens

Votes: 14

10. Cat Ladies (2009)

60 min | Documentary

When cats mean meow to you more than people. Cat Ladies takes viewers inside the real world of four "crazy cat ladies"

Director: Christie Callan-Jones

Votes: 57

11. Inhumanities II: Modern Atrocities (1989 Video)

76 min | Documentary, War

Compilation of newsreel footage of atrocities, murders, natural disasters, aircraft accidents, and other spectacles involving violent death or extremes of human suffering

Director: Wesley Emerson | Stars: Ayatollah Khomeini, Jeff Doucett, Gary Plauche

Votes: 31

12. 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: 414

13. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 56,984 | Gross: $3.97M

14. Dragonslayer (2011)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father in Fullerton, California, has to come to terms with the fact that it's time to grow up and be responsible for his son and family.

Director: Tristan Patterson | Star: Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval

Votes: 512

15. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

William S. Burroughs: featuring never before seen footage as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Born the heir of the Burroughs' adding machine estate, he ... See full summary »

Director: Yony Leyser | Stars: Fred Aldrich, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra

Votes: 963 | Gross: $0.05M

16. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 55,494 | Gross: $13.00M

17. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 38,170 | Gross: $3.23M

18. Unmade Beds (1997)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A black comedy about vanity and lust in contemporary America. In the middle of the sexual jungle of New York's singles' world, two men and two women try to achieve their dreams.

Director: Nicholas Barker | Stars: Aimee Copp, Michael De Stefano, Brenda Monte, Mikey Russo

Votes: 301 | Gross: $0.25M

19. 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: 63,994 | Gross: $4.31M

20. 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: 6,894 | Gross: $0.20M

21. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day.

Director: Michael Rapaport | Stars: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White

Votes: 3,168 | Gross: $1.20M

22. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 13,546 | Gross: $5.23M

23. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 9,730

24. 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: 1,042 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Tabloid (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

74 Metascore

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Joyce McKinney, Peter Tory, Troy Williams, Jackson Shaw

Votes: 6,058 | Gross: $0.68M

26. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 52,695 | Gross: $1.61M

27. Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.

Director: Jon Foy | Stars: Justin Duerr, Marc Duerr, Kevin Riley, Abby Miller

Votes: 1,916 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Popaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English (2005)

78 min | Documentary

Documentary about street artist Ron English, who vandalizes billboards with elaborate, anti-corporate propaganda.

Director: Pedro Carvajal | Stars: Pedro Carvajal, Ron English, Shepard Fairey

Votes: 110

29. The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008 TV Movie)

Unrated | 66 min | Documentary, Music

The film documents that remarkable concert and the politics around it. Boston Mayor Kevin White and his colleagues almost by accident realized that by televising the James Brown concert ... See full summary »

Director: David Leaf | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Michael Ambrosino, Tom Atkins, Charles Bobbitt

Votes: 157

30. Hubble 3D (2010)

G | 44 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Scott D. Altman, Megan McArthur, Andrew J. Feustel

Votes: 3,870 | Gross: $52.34M

31. Inside Mecca (2003 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

National Geographic follows three pilgrims from Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States as the travel to Mecca for the hajj.

Director: Anisa Mehdi | Stars: Keith David, Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Daisy Khan, Iyad Madani

Votes: 257

32. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 14,635 | Gross: $0.67M

33. Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack Obama (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 144 min | Documentary

Fall Of The Republic documents how an offshore corporate cartel is bankrupting the US economy by design. Leaders are now declaring that world government has arrived and that the dollar will... See full summary »

Director: Alex Jones | Stars: Michele Bachmann, Joe Barton, Ben Bernanke, Joe Biden

Votes: 645

34. A Film Unfinished (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.

Director: Yael Hersonski | Stars: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser

Votes: 1,595 | Gross: $0.31M

35. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,453 | Gross: $1.44M

36. The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

Director: Brian Flemming | Stars: Sam Harris, Robert M. Price, Richard Carrier, Earl Doherty

Votes: 4,755

37. Butterflies (I) (2009)

72 min | Documentary

Following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on a video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power and its future. Will the Internet overcome ... See full summary »

Director: Ester Brym | Stars: Michael Buckley, Dave Days, Philip DeFranco, Lisa Donovan

Votes: 89

38. Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan (2007)

90 min | Documentary, Music

In the summer of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan emerged from the burroughs of New York City and took the hip-hop world by storm. Their legacy spanned over a decade, garnering fans worldwide and ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Barclay | Stars: Ralph McDaniels, Remedy Roll, Gano Grills, Popa Wu

Votes: 291

39. Dirty: One Word Can Change the World (2009)

85 min | Documentary

A tribute to the controversial hip hop artist Ol' Dirty Bastard, also known as ODB, following his years with the group the Wu-Tang Clan as well as his successful solo career.

Director: Raison Allah | Star: Ol' Dirty Bastard

Votes: 34

40. 1 Giant Leap (2002)

155 min | Documentary, Music

Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman travelled for 7 months through all 5 continents, and recorded in over 50 locations to create the most inspiring film and album they could imagine. Their ... See full summary »

Directors: Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto | Stars: Asha Bhosle, Whirimako Black, Tim Booth, Duncan Bridgeman

Votes: 365

41. Double Take (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Director Johan Grimonprez casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. Subverting a meticulous array of TV footage ... See full summary »

Director: Johan Grimonprez | Stars: Ron Burrage, Mark Perry, Delfine Bafort, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 590 | Gross: $0.02M

42. Transcendent Man (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Ray Kurzweil is on a journey to bring his ideas to the world.

Director: Robert Barry Ptolemy | Stars: Tom Abate, Hugo De Garis, Peter Diamandis, Neil Gershenfeld

Votes: 1,755

43. Anyone Can Play Guitar (2009)

124 min | Documentary

A documentary which paints a portrait of Oxford's 30 year-strong music scene. Featuring new interviews and rare archival material from Radiohead, Supergrass, Ride, Swervedriver, Foals, ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Spira | Stars: Samantha Battles, Andy Bell, Robin Bennett, Nick Burton

Votes: 37

44. I Am (III) (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

38 Metascore

Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Tom Shadyac, Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Ray Anderson

Votes: 3,238 | Gross: $1.57M

45. Raw Opium (2010)

84 min | Documentary

Raw Opium is a feature length documentary (and two-part TV series) about a commodity that has tremendous power - both to ease pain and to destroy lives. The opium poppy is the raw material ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Findlay | Star: John Ralston

Votes: 26

46. The Short Films of David Lynch (2002 Video)

97 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

A collection of visionary director David Lynch's short films from the first 29 years of his career is accompanied by a special introduction to each film by the director himself.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jeffe Alperi, Robert Chadwick, Catherine E. Coulson, Eddy Dixon

Votes: 2,910

47. Humanzee: The Human Chimp (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary

Oliver is a chimpanzee who not only can walk upright, but does of his own accord. For years there have been debate's over Oliver's identity. All those who know Oliver swear that he is at ... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Thomson | Stars: Bhagavan Antle, Frank Burger, Janet Burger, Patrick Dixon

Votes: 14

48. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

R | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson

Votes: 2,015 | Gross: $0.01M

49. Orgasm Inc. (2009)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

Extraordinary behind-the-scenes access reveals a drug company's fevered race to develop the first FDA-approved Viagra for women - and offers a humorous but sobering look inside the cash-fueled pharmaceutical industry.

Director: Elizabeth Canner | Stars: Elizabeth Canner, Darby Stephens, Virgil Place, Leland Wilson

Votes: 495 | Gross: $0.05M

50. Brother's Keeper (1992)

R | 104 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery