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

150 min | Documentary

Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,518

2. 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: 5,300 | Gross: $0.07M

3. Herb & Dorothy (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector.

Director: Megumi Sasaki | Stars: Paula Antebi, Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis

Votes: 796 | Gross: $0.19M

4. A Letter to Elia (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary on the late Elia Kazan.

Directors: Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, Elias Koteas

Votes: 780

5. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 13,786 | Gross: $0.81M

6. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,105

7. Public Speaking (2010)

84 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Pau Casals

Votes: 1,421 | Gross: $0.06M

8. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker (1989)

TV-14 | 59 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Gary Giddins | Stars: Frank Morgan, Charlie Parker

Votes: 70

9. 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: 6,476

10. Beautiful Losers (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

Directors: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard | Stars: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson

Votes: 1,239 | Gross: $0.06M

11. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 863 | Gross: $0.15M

12. The Naked Brand (2013)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, History, News

The Naked Brand is a story about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It's an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard... See full summary »

Directors: Sherng-Lee Huang, Jeff Rosenblum | Stars: Julia Allison, Alex Bogusky, Bonin Bough, Porter Gale

Votes: 138

13. Objectified (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Andrew Blauvelt, Erwan Bouroullec

Votes: 3,195 | Gross: $0.01M

14. American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

American Artifact chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since it's birth in the'60s. Award-winning director, Merle Becker crosses the country interviewing the rock poster artists ... See full summary »

Director: Merle Becker | Stars: Mark Arminski, Lani Barry, Stan Beinstein, Julie Belcher

Votes: 24

15. Just Like Being There (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community ... See full summary »

Director: Scout Shannon | Stars: Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, Kevin Tong

Votes: 133

16. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.

Directors: Beth Aala, Mike Myers | Stars: Shep Gordon, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Alice Cooper

Votes: 2,972 | Gross: $0.21M

17. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,541 | Gross: $1.33M

18. 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: 87

19. More Than Honey (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

Director: Markus Imhoof | Stars: Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, John Miller, Liane Singer

Votes: 3,641 | Gross: $0.07M

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: 6,898 | Gross: $0.20M

21. Kochuu (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, History

KOCHUU is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. Winding its way through visions ... See full summary »

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister | Stars: Tadao Andô, Sverre Fehn, Kristian Gullichsen, Toyo Ito

Votes: 73

22. Art & Copy (2009)

TV-PG | 89 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Hal Riney, Lee Clow

Votes: 1,646

23. The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

90 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring.

Director: Christina Clausen | Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter

Votes: 345

24. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius.

Director: Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Jimmy Cleveland, Harry Colomby

Votes: 857 | Gross: $0.52M

25. The Freshest Kids (2002 Video)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

From the Boogie Down Bronx and beyond, the history of the B-Boy.

Director: Israel | Stars: Afrika Bambaataa, Yasiin Bey, Crazy Legs, Fab 5 Freddy

Votes: 333

26. 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: 64,043 | Gross: $4.31M

27. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 1,750 | Gross: $0.26M

28. Rock the Bells (2006)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival.

Directors: Denis Henry Hennelly, Casey Suchan | Stars: Chali 2na, D.J. Abilities, Babu, Jerome Baldwin

Votes: 335

29. Snow on Tha Bluff (2011)

R | 79 min | Crime, Drama

The story of Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow, who stole a camera from some college kids in a dope deal and made a documentary about his life.

Director: Damon Russell | Stars: Curtis Snow, Young Blo, Curtis Lockett, Poncho Perez

Votes: 2,180

30. 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: 11,223 | Gross: $0.42M

31. Still Bill (2009)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

76 Metascore

A portrait of soul legend Bill Withers.

Directors: Damani Baker, Alex Vlack | Stars: Bill Withers, Clarence Avant, Benorce Blackmon, Cornell Dupree

Votes: 531

32. Style Wars (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

Director: Tony Silver | Stars: Demon, Kase 2, Eric Haze, Spank

Votes: 2,357

33. Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Romance

A portrait, mostly chronological, of composer, cellist, and vocalist Arthur Russell (1951-1992). His parents, friends and colleagues such as Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, his long-time ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wolf | Stars: Bob Blank, Ernie Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass

Votes: 416

34. Teenage (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, History

64 Metascore

Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth.

Director: Matt Wolf | Stars: Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer, Jessie T. Usher

Votes: 690 | Gross: $0.02M

35. Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary, Music

The definitive film about Creation Records, one of the world's most successful and colorful independent labels.

Director: Danny O'Connor | Stars: Alan McGee, Bobby Gillespie, Noel Gallagher, Chris Abbot

Votes: 528

36. Tim's Vermeer (2013)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, History

76 Metascore

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Director: Teller | Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman

Votes: 7,114 | Gross: $1.66M

37. L'image manquante (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Randal Douc, Jean-Baptiste Phou

Votes: 2,686 | Gross: $0.05M

38. Particle Fever (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.

Director: Mark Levinson | Stars: David Kaplan, Fabiola Gianotti, Sherwood Boehlert, Joel Hefley

Votes: 6,740 | Gross: $0.87M

39. The Unbelievers (2013)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary

32 Metascore

Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss cross the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.

Director: Gus Holwerda | Stars: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Woody Allen, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett

Votes: 6,198

40. The Atheism Tapes (2004– )

Documentary

Jonathan Miller interviews five atheists and one theologian on the subject of atheism.

Stars: Jonathan Miller, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Colin McGinn

Votes: 368

41. Milk? (2012)

64 min | Documentary, News

An inquisitive man sets out to find the facts about milk and discovers more about the growing controversy surrounding it. Throughout the journey, he is left with more and more questions ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Howard | Stars: Sebastian Howard, Neal Barnard, T. Colin Campbell, Robert Cohen

Votes: 281

42. 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: 4,757

43. Sex, Drugs & Religion (2010)

71 min | Documentary, Comedy, News

A look into the wacky world of religion. Targeting groups from Catholics to Baptists, this movie exposes the idiocy that is associated to religion in general.

Director: B.A. Brooks | Stars: Chris Harper, Tom Cruise, Richard Dawkins, Sean Hannity

Votes: 92

44. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)

Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Marshall Brickman, Josh Brolin

Votes: 4,806

45. Harmontown (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A documentary that follows Dan Harmon on tour for his podcast series after he was fired from Community in 2012.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Dan Harmon, Jeff Bryan Davis, Erin McGathy, Spencer Crittenden

Votes: 2,038

46. Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

TV-14 | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

72 Metascore

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty ... See full summary »

Director: One9 | Stars: Nas, Cornel West, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz

Votes: 2,486 | Gross: $0.11M

47. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan.

Director: Erik Sharkey | Stars: Greg Aronowitz, Timothy Bradstreet, Joanna Cassidy, Ernie Cefalu

Votes: 830

48. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Andy Warhol: A Documentary (2006)

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Biography

86 Metascore

Ric Burns unearths rarely seen footage and offers keen observations on the life and artistic influence of Andy Warhol.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Irving Blum, Salvador Dalí, Candy Darling

Votes: 328