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1. Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk (1989)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

Jane Castleton leads a satirical tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Director: Andrea Fraser | Star: Andrea Fraser

Votes: 25

2. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 20,110

3. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 34,214

4. Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary film about the English photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

Directors: Thom Andersen, Fay Andersen, Morgan Fisher | Stars: Dean Stockwell, Eadweard Muybridge

Votes: 219

5. Salut les Cubains (1964)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

A photo montage of Cubans filmed by Agnes Varda during her visit to Cuba in 1963. The film explores Cuban society and culture post-revolution.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Sara Gómez, Nelson Rodríguez, Agnès Varda

Votes: 625

6. Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, History, Music

77 Metascore

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald

Votes: 3,281 | Gross: $0.00M

9. Inferno (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno (1964), is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary.

Directors: Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea | Stars: Romy Schneider, Bérénice Bejo, Serge Reggiani, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 1,437 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
Episode: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

225 min | Documentary

Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 4,444

11. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

PG | 103 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks, John Corcoran

Votes: 4,386

12. I Was a Soldier (1971)

16 min | Documentary, Short

Blind war veterans tell stories about loss, war, will to live and their dreams.

Directors: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrzej Titkow

Votes: 224

13. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez

Votes: 7,705

14. 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: 6,287 | Gross: $0.68M

15. L'acadie, l'Acadie (1971)

117 min | Documentary

Long métrage documentaire tourné dans les coulisses de l'action à l'Université de Moncton (Nouveau-Brunswick), théâtre du réveil acadien de la fin des années 1960. Dans une province où 40 ... See full summary »

Directors: Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Votes: 97

16. 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: 78,702

both parts

17. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,936 | Gross: $0.25M

18. Falkenau, the Impossible (1988)

52 min | Documentary

Documentary stems from 1945, when infantryman Sam Fuller, member of the U.S. Army's "Big Red One," helped liberate the Nazis' Falkenau death camp. Fuller shot footage of his commanding ... See full summary »

Directors: Samuel Fuller, Emil Weiss | Star: Samuel Fuller

Votes: 79

19. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 29,882

20. 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: 14,016

21. Anita (II) (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, History

68 Metascore

A profile of Anita Hill, the African-American lawyer who challenged Clarence Thomas' nomination to the US Supreme Court and thus exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world.

Director: Freida Lee Mock

Votes: 388

22. Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince | Stars: Annie Hartley, Adolphe Le Prince, Joseph Whitley, Sarah Whitley

Votes: 4,963

23. The Gleaners & I (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 5,232 | Gross: $0.15M

24. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,191 | Gross: $1.51M

26. Gates of Heaven (1978)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Lucille Billingsley, Zella Graham, Cal Harberts, Dan Harberts

Votes: 5,062

27. The Famine Within (1990)

90 min | Documentary

Documents the contemporary obsession with an unrealistic body size and shape among North American women and the eating disorders it engenders.

Director: Katherine Gilday | Star: Rebecca Jenkins

Votes: 38

28. From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995)

97 min | Documentary, Biography

Mark Rappaport's creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema,... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: Mary Beth Hurt, Jean Seberg

Votes: 235

29. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary that follows Dr. Penny Patterson's current scientific study of Koko, a gorilla who communicates through American Sign Language.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Koko, Penny Patterson, Saul Kitchener, Carl Pribram

Votes: 655

30. The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music (2007)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Prepare for an eclectic journey through The Old, Weird America. Rani Singh's new documentary film tracks the history of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music from its initial ... See full summary »

Director: Rani Singh | Stars: Beck, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, David Johansen

Votes: 31

31. Charlie Is My Darling (1966)

60 min | Documentary, Music

Two days in the life of the Rolling Stones during their tour of Ireland in 1965.

Director: Peter Whitehead | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman

Votes: 167

32. Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque (2004)

Not Rated | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, History

78 Metascore

Life and work of the founder of the Cinémathèque Française.

Director: Jacques Richard | Stars: Henri Alekan, Catherine Allégret, Jo Amorin, Jean-Michel Arnold

Votes: 371

33. The Five Obstructions (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmaker Lars Von Trier challenges Jørgen Leth, the filmmaker behind The Perfect Human (1967), to remake his classic short under circumstances of increasing constraint.

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier | Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Arenal

Votes: 7,664 | Gross: $0.09M

35. 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: 19,359 | Gross: $0.65M

36. Days of Waiting (1991)

28 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

The story of Estelle Ishigo, one of the few Caucasians interned with Japanese Americans during World War II. The wife of a Japanese American, Ishigo refused to be separated from her husband... See full summary »

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Estelle Peck Ishigo, Lynn O'Donnell, Dorothy Stroup

Votes: 46

37. Ornette: Made in America (1985)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

82 Metascore

Ornette: Made In America captures Ornette's evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke | Stars: Ornette Coleman, John Giordano, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Prime Time

Votes: 213

38. Meeting Woody Allen (1986)

26 min | Documentary, Short

Revolutionary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard conducts a twenty-five minute interview with influential and acclaimed American director Woody Allen on the cultural radiation, the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Woody Allen, Jean-Luc Godard, Annette Insdorf

Votes: 891

39. Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about the moviestar's last months including her tumultuous love affairs, drug and alcohol dependency, depression and eventual firing from her final film, 20th Century Fox's "... See full summary »

Director: Patty Ivins Specht | Stars: James Coburn, Gene Allen, Steve Allen, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 707

40. Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)

114 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary cataloging the life and music of the band leader and clarinetist, Artie Shaw.

Director: Brigitte Berman | Stars: Artie Shaw, John Best, Lee Castle, Helen Forrest

Votes: 72

41. Sound Test for Blackmail (1929)

1 min | Short, Documentary

Alfred Hitchcock makes an experiment in this short film where he uses the sound device for the first time in a motion picture of his own. This is a sound test where the master of suspense ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Anny Ondra

Votes: 500

42. Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (1972)

52 min | Documentary

Letter to Jane (1972) is a postscript film to Tout va bien directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin and made under the auspices of the Dziga Vertov Group. Narrated in a ... See full summary »

Directors: Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Marlon Brando, Moshe Dayan, James Dean, Maria Falconetti

Votes: 380

43. Little Lady Fauntleroy (2004 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Keith Allen spends some quality time with former child prodigy James Harries and his family. At first sight, they may seem to be a houseful of geniuses, but although every single member has... See full summary »

Director: Roger Pomphrey | Stars: Keith Allen, Lauren Harries

Votes: 82

44. Jimi Plays Monterey (1986)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Music

Jimi Hendrix's landmark concert in Monterey County Fairgrounds in California in which he plays signature songs like "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady," and "Wild Thing."

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, John Phillips

Votes: 914

46. 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: 3,724

47. Flore (2014)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

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Director: Jean-Albert Lièvre

Votes: 19

48. A Tale of the Wind (1988)

80 min | Documentary

An elderly, asthmatic filmmaker travels to China, hoping to film the wind.

Director: Joris Ivens | Stars: Joris Ivens, Henxiang Han, Zhuang Liu, Delong Wang

Votes: 686

49. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography