My Documentary Paradise

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1. 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: 7,322 | Gross: $1.66M

2. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 48,252 | Gross: $2.80M

3. 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: 14,125 | Gross: $0.81M

"I have seen untold numbers of movies and forgotten most of them, I hope, but I remember those worth remembering, and they are all on the same shelf in my mind"

4. 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: 47,890 | Gross: $4.42M

5. Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary about Roman Polanski, the man and filmmaker. Roman Polanski speaks about his eventful life story and career in conversation with Andrew Braunsberg, his former business partner, producer, and friend of many years.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Roman Polanski, Andrew Braunsberg, Catherine Deneuve, Pawel Edelman

Votes: 994

6. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 29,927 | Gross: $2.67M

7. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,320

8. 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: 5,766

9. The Unknown Known (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

69 Metascore

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris

Votes: 3,623 | Gross: $0.28M

10. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Marlon Brando, Ed Sullivan, Stella Adler, Bernardo Bertolucci

Votes: 6,373 | Gross: $0.43M

11. 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: 31,304 | Gross: $0.49M

12. The Mayfair Set (1999– )

240 min | Documentary

The effects on Britains economic and political power brought by unscrupulous, reckless gamblers from the notorious gambling club in the 60s - the Clermont Club.

Stars: James Goldsmith, Tiny Rowland, Jim Slater, David Stirling

Votes: 325

13. 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: 3,708

14. Bitter Lake (2015)

136 min | Documentary

An experimental documentary that explores Saudi Arabia's relationship with the U.S. and the role this has played in the war in Afghanistan.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: George Bush, George W. Bush, Joanne Herring, Hamid Karzai

Votes: 2,319

15. 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: 77,923

16. Trespassing Bergman (2013)

107 min | Documentary

A group of filmmakers visit Ingmar Bergman's house on the remote Swedish island of Faro to discuss his legacy.

Directors: Jane Magnusson, Hynek Pallas | Stars: Tomas Alfredson, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 663

17. Requiem for the American Dream (2015)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography, News

The academic and activist Noam Chomsky describes the systems that have led to financial inequality, and the current concentration of wealth and power.

Directors: Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott | Star: Noam Chomsky

Votes: 7,901 | Gross: $0.04M

18. Attenborough's Life That Glows (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Family

Sir David Attenborough explores the world of bio-luminescence, the often spectacular natural light produced by some creatures. Specially designed cameras reveal nature's leading lights.

Director: Joe Loncraine | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 397

19. The Century of the Self (2002– )

235 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Ann Bernays, Robert Reich, Alfred Pritz

Votes: 4,291

20. Milius (2013)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

A look at the life of filmmaker John Milius.

Directors: Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson | Stars: John Milius, Ethan Milius, Amanda Milius, Walter Murch

Votes: 1,695

21. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,583 | Gross: $1.43M

22. HyperNormalisation (2016)

166 min | Documentary

Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Adam Curtis, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Victor Gotbaum

Votes: 4,066

23. Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

77 Metascore

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 33,431

24. Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

The inside story behind the Biggie and Tupac murder investigations is laid bare using police case files, taped confessions never before shown on film, and interviews with lead detective Greg Kading and other witnesses.

Director: Michael Dorsey | Stars: Imari Williams, Greg Kading, Frank Alexander, Xavien T. Bailey

Votes: 707

25. Icarus (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Sport, Thriller

68 Metascore

When Bryan sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller.

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Thomas Bach, Scott Brandt, Don Catlin, Sebastian Coe

Votes: 29,512

26. Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

Director: Ceyda Torun | Stars: Yaman Barlas, Sari, Arzu Göl, Kemal Suncu

Votes: 11,043 | Gross: $2.83M

27. Civilisations (2018– )

Documentary, History

Nine-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale. It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark's ... See full summary »

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Simon Schama, David Olusoga, Mary Beard

Votes: 341

29. Egypt (1998– )

Documentary

At the height of Egypt's new kingdom, the most powerful Pharaohs who ever lived were buried in tombs full of gold, a divine metal which was regarded as the flesh of the gods. Where did this... See full summary »

Star: Philip Madoc

Votes: 44

30. Wormwood (2017)

241 min | Documentary, Biography

In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.

Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Christian Camargo, Scott Shepherd

Votes: 2,939

31. Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told (2013)

350 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Adolf Hitler, born in Braunau, one man who will change the history of the world forever. It follows his childhood to the death of his mother and his broken ambition to become an artist, ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Wise | Stars: Eva Braun, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Adolf Galland

Votes: 4,817

33. The Eternal Jew (1940)

62 min | Documentary, History

Under the guise of a brutally honest documentary, this malevolent propaganda film aims to be an "indispensable tool in the hands of the Aryan race", designed to depict the "true" Jew when the masks of western civilisation fall off.

Director: Fritz Hippler | Stars: Curt Bois, Charles Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 3,319

34. Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand (2015)

60 min | Documentary

This is a powerful documentary, filmed over a 16 year span, about the rise of a Coalition of six lions, branded The Mapogo Lions, and their takeover of the largest territory by a pride.

Director: Daniel Huertas | Stars: Luke Allen-Gale, Craig Packer, Amy Dickman, Dave Salmoni

Votes: 531

35. The Making of 'Never Cry Wolf' (1983 TV Movie)

Documentary

This documentary treats movie fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Never Cry Wolf, the film version of Farley Mowat's book about his experiences researching the behavior of ... See full summary »

Director: William Riead | Stars: Carroll Ballard, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah

Votes: 9

36. ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 74 min | Documentary, Music

An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding Sam Cooke's murder.

Director: Kelly Duane | Stars: Sam Cooke, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick

Votes: 1,052

37. Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

Pope Francis travels the world speaking to those in need and delivering a message of hope.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pope Francis, Ignazio Oliva, Sister María Eufemia Goycoechea, Joe Biden

Votes: 1,450 | Gross: $1.82M

38. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Alan Cumming, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Orson Welles

Votes: 3,157

39. 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: 9,561 | Gross: $1.44M

40. Filmworker (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

73 Metascore

A documentary about how English actor Leon Vitali came to work as an assistant to American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for over 30 years.

Director: Tony Zierra | Stars: Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Brian Capron, Mike Alfreds

Votes: 1,864 | Gross: $0.10M

41. What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019)

165 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali's incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is explored through his own voice and never-before-seen archival material.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Bill Cosby, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, Ossie Davis

Votes: 746

43. The Silence of Others (2018)

96 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo | Stars: María Martín, José María Galante, Carlos Slepoy, Ana Messuti

Votes: 635 | Gross: $0.06M

44. Ice on Fire (2019)

88 min | Documentary

Can we reverse climate change? Ice on Fire explores the many ways we reduce carbon inputs to the atmosphere and, more important, how to "draw" carbon down, bringing CO2 out of the ... See full summary »

Director: Leila Conners | Stars: Raymond Baltar, Leonardo DiCaprio, Linwood Gill, Brigitte Knopf

Votes: 624

45. The Occupation of the American Mind (2016 Video)

82 min | Documentary

Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp | Stars: Phyllis Bennis, Max Blumenthal, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein

Votes: 117

46. Comandante (2003)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Fidel Castro, Oliver Stone, Juanita Vera, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Votes: 3,494

47. Drain the Oceans (2018– )

Documentary, History, Mystery

By scanning the locations at the bottom of the ocean where sunken ships, treasures and even cities lie, the show tries to answer what they look like, how they got there and if they hide any secrets.

Stars: Craig Sechler, James Delgado, Eric Grove, Jon Henderson

Votes: 113

48. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,702 | Gross: $14.36M



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