Interesting documentaries

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1. 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: 38,689 | Gross: $3.23M

2. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 9,276 | Gross: $0.31M

3. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 8,350

4. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 TV Movie)

Unrated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime

The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Damien Wayne Echols, Melissa Byers, Norris Deajon, Tim Sullivan

Votes: 7,268

5. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 13,740

6. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 56,651 | Gross: $2.06M

7. 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: 6,276

8. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,107 | Gross: $0.27M

9. All This Mayhem (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Martin | Stars: Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas, Tommy Caudill, Lance Conklin

Votes: 2,961

10. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,149 | Gross: $0.49M

11. Bridegroom (2013)

R | 80 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom's family refuses Shane from attending the funeral.

Director: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason | Stars: Cindy Bitney, David Crone, Jessica Mitchell, Lizzy Mohl

Votes: 4,210

12. Jonestown: Paradise Lost (2007 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, History

Cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass-suicide.

Director: Tim Wolochatiuk | Stars: Ted Biggs, Stephan Jones, Vernon Gosney, Tim Reiterman

Votes: 879

13. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 77,439

14. Kids for Cash (2013)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American... See full summary »

Director: Robert May | Stars: Charlie Balasavage, Joanne Balasavage, Justin Bodnar, Lisa Griffiths

Votes: 1,830 | Gross: $0.09M

15. Tig (2015)

95 min | Documentary

The personal Biography of Tig Notaro, a Stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with cancer.

Directors: Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York | Stars: Stephanie Allynne, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Bliss

Votes: 2,178

16. The Hunting Ground (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark, Claire Potter, Melinda Manning

Votes: 5,604 | Gross: $0.41M

17. The Fear of 13 (2015)

96 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

A convicted murderer who has spent 23 years on Death Row tells his story.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Herbert A. Fuchs, Sammy Silverwatch, Nick Yarris

Votes: 5,940

18. What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, History

69 Metascore

A human-rights lawyer conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as war criminals for their roles in WWII - Nazi Governors and consultants to Adolf Hitler himself.

Director: David Evans | Stars: Niklas Frank, Horst von Wächter, Philippe Sands

Votes: 1,055 | Gross: $0.04M

19. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

90 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 19,642

20. The Witness (I) (2015)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

79 Metascore

The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.

Director: James D. Solomon | Stars: William Genovese, Shannon Beeby, Kitty Genovese, Catherine Pelonero

Votes: 3,598

21. Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

Friends and family reflect on the life and death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in a targeted homophobic attack in Wyoming in 1998.

Director: Michele Josue | Stars: Michele Josue, Judy Shepard, Zeina Barkawi, Dennis Shepard

Votes: 1,401

22. The Keepers (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 436 min | Documentary, Crime

A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Stars: Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber, Jean Hargadon Wehner

Votes: 13,499

23. Unacknowledged (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

"Unacknowledged" focuses on the historic files of the Disclosure Project and how UFO secrecy has been ruthlessly enforced-and why. The best evidence for extraterrestrial contact, dating ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mazzola | Stars: Steven M. Greer, George Filer, Tom Bearden, John Callahan

Votes: 4,904

24. Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 4,186 | Gross: $3.75M

25. TIME: The Kalief Browder Story (2017– )

Documentary, Biography

After his arrest at age 16, Kalief Browder fought the system and prevailed, despite unthinkable circumstances. He became an American hero.

Stars: Kalief Browder, Venida Browder, Jay Z, Paul Prestia

Votes: 1,291

26. Love & Bananas (2018)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

73 Metascore

Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert, embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year old ... See full summary »

Director: Ashley Bell | Stars: Ashley Bell, Lek Chailert, Noi Na

Votes: 180

27. Ghosthunter (2018)

96 min | Documentary

Follows a real life ghost hunter.

Director: Ben Lawrence

Votes: 57

28. The Innocent Man (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

The story of Ron Williamson, a man who sat on Oklahoma's death row for 11 years for a crime he didn't commit. Based on John Grisham's "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town."

Stars: Heather McPhaul, Maura Antas, J.J. Arends, Serena Burns

Votes: 3,346

29. Murder Mountain (2018– )

43 min | Documentary

What happens when California dreaming becomes a nightmare? When people head to Humboldt County, California in search of quick riches in the form of marijuana, often times they are unaware ... See full summary »

Votes: 1,704

30. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 8,157 | Gross: $14.02M

31. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

Votes: 3,051 | Gross: $1.72M

32. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 13,988 | Gross: $7.12M

33. The Dawn Wall (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

81 Metascore

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 7,182 | Gross: $0.07M

34. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 16,850 | Gross: $22.61M



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