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1. E-Team (2014)

88 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals ... See full summary »

Directors: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman | Star: Anna Neistat

Votes: 678

2. Virunga (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, War

95 Metascore

A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel | Stars: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

Votes: 8,989

3. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 17,281 | Gross: $1.34M

4. Joanna (I) (2013)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A story of thoughtfulness in death, life and love.

Director: Aneta Kopacz

Votes: 301

5. 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: 7,305 | Gross: $1.66M

6. 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: 14,082 | Gross: $0.81M

7. Bridgend (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

Since 2007, dozens of teens and young people have been found hanged in Bridgend, South Wales. Most of them knew each other-they were friends, neighbors, even cousins. It's a mystery that ... See full summary »

Director: John Michael Williams

Votes: 797

8. Los Scandalous - Skid Row (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama, News

See what makes Skid Row tick, a tell all, never before seen, raw documentary about the harsh reality of the street life in Los Scandalous - Skid Row. The homeless capital of The United ... See full summary »

Director: Shanks Rajendran | Star: Lavell Putman

Votes: 388

9. These Amazing Shadows (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton | Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek

Votes: 1,521

10. Free the Mind (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure

51 Metascore

In 1992 Professor Richard Davidson, one of the world's leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and ... See full summary »

Director: Phie Ambo | Stars: Richard Davidson, Emma Seppala, John Osborne, Deborah Alagna

Votes: 316 | Gross: $0.16M

11. How Video Games Changed the World (2013 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Charlie Brooker takes you on a journey through time to show the most influential video games on everyday life.

Directors: Al Campbell, Marcus Daborn, Graham Proud, Dan Tucker | Stars: Charlie Brooker, Al Alcorn, Malorie Blackman, David Braben

Votes: 571

12. 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: 13,776 | Gross: $0.27M

13. 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: 65,336 | Gross: $4.31M

14. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,245 | Gross: $0.87M

15. Propaganda (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, News

An anti-western propaganda film about the influences of American visual and consumption culture on the rest of the world, as told from a North Korean perspective.

Director: Slavko Martinov | Stars: Eugene Chang, Susannah Kenton

Votes: 847

16. Artifact (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music

Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, this riveting and award-winning documentary gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto ("Requiem for a Dream," "Dallas Buyers ... See full summary »

Director: Jared Leto | Stars: Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, Tomo Milicevic, Irving Azoff

Votes: 4,399

17. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)

PG | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

79 Metascore

As he struggles with Alzheimer's disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.

Director: James Keach | Stars: Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ronald Petersen, Dave Kaplan

Votes: 1,368 | Gross: $0.37M

18. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

Votes: 3,704 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Lambert & Stamp (2014)

R | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

A documentary that reveals how the unlikely partnership between aspiring filmmakers Christopher Stamp and Kit Lambert produced one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who.

Director: James D. Cooper | Stars: Kit Lambert, Christopher Stamp, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend

Votes: 665 | Gross: $0.18M

20. Song of the New Earth (2014)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game, Miramax) follows one man's quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound. It features the extraordinary life ... See full summary »

Director: Ward Serrill

Votes: 77

21. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

A documentary detailing the epic Rogues' Gallery of DC Comics from The Joker and Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Darkseid and more, this documentary will explore the Super Villains of DC Comics.

Directors: Scott Devine, J.M. Kenny | Stars: Christopher Lee, Neal Adams, Brian Azzarello, Claudia Black

Votes: 1,008

22. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )

TV-PG | 180 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive history of the superhero comic book fantasy genre and its influence on American culture.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Danny Fingeroth, Mark Waid, Stan Lee

Votes: 634

23. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2005)

TV-G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

Alan Moore writer, artist and performer is the world's most critically acclaimed and widely admired creator of comic books and graphic novels.

Directors: Dez Vylenz, Moritz Winkler | Stars: Glenn Doherty, Florian Fischer, Alan Moore

Votes: 903

24. In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

A documentary on Henry Darger, visionary artist, janitor, and novelist.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Henry Darger, Dakota Fanning, Larry Pine, Frier McCollister

Votes: 2,001 | Gross: $0.41M

25. How to Draw a Bunny (2002)

90 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson.

Director: John W. Walter | Stars: Joseph Ialacci, Richard Feigen, Frances Beatty, Mort Janklow

Votes: 528 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Between the Folds (2008)

G | 56 min | Documentary

Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Through their determination to reinterpret... See full summary »

Director: Vanessa Gould | Stars: Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, Vincent Floderer, Miri Golan

Votes: 776

27. Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.

Director: Corinna Belz | Stars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker, Sabine Moritz-Richter

Votes: 600 | Gross: $0.24M

28. 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: 1,264 | Gross: $0.06M

29. 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: 140

30. Painters Painting (1973)

Not Rated | 116 min | Documentary

The definitive documentary on the New York School Painters. Featuring footage of all the major figures of the New York Art Scene between 1940-1970, showing many of the artists before they became famous.

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Philip Leider, Leo Castelli, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler

Votes: 145

31. Boy Interrupted (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Heinz Perry | Stars: Evan Scott Perry, Dana Heinz Perry, Hart Perry, Nicholas Kopple-Perry

Votes: 1,686

32. The Godfathers of Mondo (2003 Video)

90 min | Documentary

A look at the careers of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi who invented the mondo genre with MONDO CANE in 1962. It follows their career until their split in following the making of GOODBYE UNCLE TOM in 1971.

Director: David Gregory | Stars: David Flint, Benito Frattari, Gualtiero Jacopetti, David Kerekes

Votes: 149

33. Stripped (2001)

74 min | Documentary

Nonfiction filmmaker Jill Morley documents her exploration of the exotic dancer (stripper) experience. Through tactfully selected and edited sequences, you get an insider's view into the ... See full summary »

Director: Jill Morley | Stars: Beth Schakatt, Susan Walsh

Votes: 133

34. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary

This documentary explores the depth behind the case of a woman whose vehicle collision killed numerous people, including herself. Was she really the reckless drunk, or the perfect suburban mother?

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler, Jay Schuler

Votes: 3,487

35. Hypothesis (2010)

Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

In 2005, a physics professor named Steven Jones from conservative Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, raised a Hypothesis regarding the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11. He proposed... See full summary »

Director: Brett Smith | Stars: Tom Breidenbach, Frank Delessio, Jeffrey Farrer, C. Martin Hinkley

Votes: 30

36. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 13,076

37. All Tomorrow's Parties (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Music

A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Battles, Belle & Sebastian, Grinderman, Dirty Three

Votes: 599

38. Tarnation (2003)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 film, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more - culled from nineteen years of his life.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Jonathan Caouette, Renee Leblanc, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis

Votes: 6,099 | Gross: $0.59M

39. The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

How was it possible that a movie like "Plan 9 from Outerspace" could be made? This documentary about Ed Wood Jr.'s masterpiece gives the answer.

Director: Brett Thompson | Stars: Maila Nurmi, Dolores Fuller, Paul Marco, Conrad Brooks

Votes: 415

40. The Wasp Woman (1959)

Not Rated | 63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist develops a youth formula for a cosmetics queen from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical horrible side effects.

Directors: Roger Corman, Jack Hill | Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris, William Roerick

Votes: 3,400



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