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1. Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.

Director: Jon Foy | Stars: Justin Duerr, Marc Duerr, Kevin Riley, Abby Miller

Votes: 1,912 | Gross: $0.01M

2. 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: 11,456 | Gross: $1.51M

3. Dreams of a Life (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Zawe Ashton, Alix Luka-Cain, Alistair Abrahams, Mandy Allen

Votes: 2,729 | Gross: $0.01M

4. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 40,923 | Gross: $0.89M

5. The Flat (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.

Director: Arnon Goldfinger | Stars: Michael Adler, Yaron Amit, Avrham Barkai, Meital Beili

Votes: 1,411 | Gross: $0.47M

6. 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: 6,022 | Gross: $0.68M

7. Birds (I) (2014)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Mystery

There it stands, the vulture. Majestically spreading its wings. Holding its position, it scours the open area. The other birds scrutinize their territory as well. Quo vadis, bird? Ulu ... See full summary »

Director: Ulu Braun

Votes: 20

8. One Million Dubliners (2014)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama, History

There are one million stories in Glasnevin Cemetery. Including one you'll never forget.

Director: Aoife Kelleher

Votes: 151

9. Australia's Lost Gold: The Legend of Lasseter (2012)

101 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In 1931 Harold Lasseter's body was found in Central Australia's deserts. His diary revealed that he'd found gold, worth millions...but that he'd give it all for a loaf of bread... The gold ... See full summary »

Director: Luke Walker

Votes: 980

10. The Bridgewater Triangle (2013)

91 min | Documentary, Crime, History

The Bridgewater Triangle sits within Southeastern Massachusetts, and includes a number of locations known for unexplained occurrences; the most prominent of which include the legendary ... See full summary »

Directors: Aaron Cadieux, Manny Famolare | Stars: Loren Coleman, Alan Alves, Christopher Balzano, Jeff Belanger

Votes: 158

11. The Teller and the Truth (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

The story of the disappearance of Francis, a beautiful young bank teller missing since her car was found submerged in a river in 1974. She has become the subject of myth and legend, and the town and townspeople have never been the same.

Director: Andrew Shapter | Stars: Leilani Galvan, Russell Gustave Ochoa, Helena Stoddard, Diane Perella

Votes: 30

12. The Last Days of Peter Bergmann (2013)

19 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

In the summer of 2009, a man calling himself Peter Bergmann arrived in Sligo Town. Over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from.

Director: Ciaran Cassidy

Votes: 83

13. The Disappearance of Maura Murray

Documentary, Crime, Mystery | Post-production

At 7:35pm, on February 9th, 2004, New Hampshire State Police are called to scene of a single car accident on Rt. 112. It was the intersection of Wild Ammonoosuc Road and Bradley Hill Road ... See full summary »

Director: Lance Reenstierna | Stars: Tim Pilleri, James Renner, Lance Reenstierna, Joshua F. Leonard

14. Lost in the Bewilderness (2014)

97 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

"Lost in the Bewilderness" is a modern-day Greek myth - a documentary about the filmmaker's cousin Lucas, kidnapped at age five from his native Greece, and found on the eve of his sixteenth birthday in the U.S.

Director: Alexandra Anthony

Votes: 63

15. The Institute (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

55 Metascore

A documentary on the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for.

Director: Spencer McCall | Stars: Arye Bender, Boston Blake, Jeff Hull, Chelsea London Lloyd

Votes: 988

16. 51 Birch Street (2005)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Documentary filmmaker Doug Block had every reason to believe his parents' 54-year marriage was a good one. But when his mother dies unexpectedly and his father swiftly marries his former ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Block | Stars: Carol Block, Doug Block, Ellen Block, Karen Block

Votes: 758 | Gross: $0.08M

17. The Parking Lot Movie (2010)

PG | 74 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows a select group of parking lot attendants and their strange rite of passage... See full summary »

Director: Meghan Eckman | Stars: Patrick Baran, John Beers, Chris Farina, Tyler Magill

Votes: 1,749

18. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 21,702 | Gross: $3.12M

19. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 6,868 | Gross: $0.05M

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

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary

The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. In ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,998

21. 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: 27,847

22. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

Votes: 5,997 | Gross: $1.13M

23. Jandek on Corwood (2003)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

"The longest-running, weirdest, loneliest enigma in popular music is a guy from Texas who calls himself Jandek." Jandek on Corwood is the 89-minute documentary that explores this man, his world and his music.

Director: Chad Freidrichs | Stars: Byron Coley, Calvin Johnson, Barry Hansen, John Foster

Votes: 263

24. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-MA | 628 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: 9,534

25. Must Read After My Death (2007)

73 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A grandmother dies and leaves behind hours of secret film and audio recordings as well as an envelope with the words "Must read after my death", which reveal a dark history for her family to discover.

Director: Morgan Dews

Votes: 165

26. Following Sean (2005)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

Thirty years, three generations, and a lifetime later, award-winning filmmaker Ralph Arlyck returns to San Francisco in search of Sean, the boy who was the subject of his controversy-sparking 1969 documentary.

Director: Ralph Arlyck | Stars: Ralph Arlyck, Sean Farrell

Votes: 755

27. 10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood

Votes: 6,319

28. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 13,924 | Gross: $0.05M

29. 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: 44,229 | Gross: $0.87M

30. 1971 (2014)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed.

Director: Johanna Hamilton | Stars: Bonnie Raines, John Raines, Bob Williamson, Keith Forsyth

Votes: 793

31. A Film Unfinished (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.

Director: Yael Hersonski | Stars: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser

Votes: 1,590 | Gross: $0.31M

32. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Crime

89 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: 29,683 | Gross: $0.49M



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