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1. Ashes and Snow (2005)

63 min | Documentary, Drama

Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,539

2. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,655 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

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: 46,479 | Gross: $2.80M

4. Earl Hamner Storyteller (2015)

95 min | Documentary

This is a wonderful documentary, that shows the full scope of Earl Hamner Jr's talent. Most people know him as the real life "John Boy," but do not realize that he wrote for shows such as ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Castro Jr. | Stars: Phillip Alford, Mary Badham, James Best, Robert Butler

Votes: 37

5. Isole (2014)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

'Islands' is about an inner journey, about a young person searching for answers on how to deal with the future after the end of the studies. The director tries to answer a thousand ... See full summary »

Directors: Francesca Floris, Kristijonas Dirse

Votes: 10

6. Hundvakten (2014)

14 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A humorous and moving portrait of a man whose main job is to care for a dog.

Director: Caroline Ingvarsson | Star: Lars-Gunnar Persson

Votes: 19

7. Jogo de Cena (2007)

100 min | Documentary, Drama

Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Marília Pêra, Andrea Beltrão, Fernanda Torres, Aleta Gomes Vieira

Votes: 819

8. 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: 13,748 | Gross: $0.81M

9. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 16,235 | Gross: $3.17M

10. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 29,767 | Gross: $2.55M

11. Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

R | 130 min | Documentary, Biography

77 Metascore

Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

Director: John Dullaghan | Stars: Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan, Linda Lee Bukowski

Votes: 3,130 | Gross: $0.30M

12. Les plages d'Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 2,230 | Gross: $0.24M

13. Ônibus 174 (2002)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Crime

83 Metascore

Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda | Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Anonymous

Votes: 7,360 | Gross: $0.22M

14. Red Army (2014)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The story of the Soviet Union's famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its players.

Director: Gabe Polsky | Stars: Viacheslav Fetisov, Scotty Bowman, Herb Brooks, Don Cherry

Votes: 5,943 | Gross: $0.69M

15. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,228

16. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night.

Director: Walter Ruttmann | Star: Paul von Hindenburg

Votes: 3,300

17. Palme (2012)

103 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and times of Olof Palme, the prime minister of Sweden until his assassination in 1986.

Directors: Kristina Lindström, Maud Nycander | Stars: Olof Palme, Catharina Palme, Lisbet Palme, Richard Guston

Votes: 1,391

18. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 46,975 | Gross: $3.17M

19. Darwin's Nightmare (2004)

107 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers.

Director: Hubert Sauper | Stars: Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nsese, Raphael Tukiko Wagara, Dimond Remtulia, Marcus Nyoni

Votes: 5,142 | Gross: $0.20M

20. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,486 | Gross: $0.30M

21. National Gallery (2014)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Leanne Benjamin, Kausikan Rajeshkumar, Jo Shapcott, Edward Watson

Votes: 1,114 | Gross: $0.10M

22. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.

Director: Kenneth Bowser | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Sam Peckinpah

Votes: 2,448

23. Tokyo-Ga (1985)

92 min | Documentary

Moved by the work of director Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in Ozu's films.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Werner Herzog, Yûharu Atsuta, Chris Marker

Votes: 1,947

24. London: The Modern Babylon (2012)

Not Rated | 125 min | Documentary, History, Music

77 Metascore

London: The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Keith Allen, Michael Gambon, Steve Jones, Bill Nighy

Votes: 516

25. Fata Morgana (1971)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Lotte Eisner, Eugen Des Montagnes, James William Gledhill, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg

Votes: 2,946

26. Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

Director: James Toback | Stars: James Toback, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Bérénice Bejo

Votes: 1,652

27. Crazy Horse (2011)

Not Rated | 134 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A look inside Paris' Crazy Horse, a club that boasts the greatest and most chic nude dancing in the world.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Philippe Decouflé, Naamah Alva, Daizy Blu, Philippe Katerine

Votes: 653 | Gross: $0.16M

28. Car Date (2011)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Short

Explore the psychological warfare of the first date, and see what happens when you give an average Joe $500 and send him on a date with two porn stars. Watch the highs and lows, the triumphs and failures as he tries to seduce the girls in their escapade across the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Lacy Burke | Stars: Lacy Burke, Victoria White, Charlie Laine, Jeannie Galarza

29. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 31,997 | Gross: $1.25M

30. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 7,891 | Gross: $0.19M

31. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 57,366 | Gross: $3.29M

32. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple | Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster, Michael Tronick

Votes: 2,309

33. L'odyssée de l'espèce (2003 TV Movie)

270 min | Documentary

8 million years of the human species

Directors: Jacques Malaterre, Javier G. Salanova | Stars: Pere Arquillué, Peter Batakliev, Léa-Marie Cantin, Emmanuel Charest

Votes: 279

34. 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: 18,042 | Gross: $0.65M

35. 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: 29,819 | Gross: $0.49M

36. Misery Loves Comedy (2015)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy

51 Metascore

Over fifty very famous American, Canadian, British and Australian funny people (filmmakers, writers, actors and comedians) share life and professional journeys and insights, in an effort to shed light on the thesis: Do you have to be miserable to be funny?

Director: Kevin Pollak | Stars: Amy Schumer, James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 1,014 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Live from New York! (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

51 Metascore

"Saturday Night Live" has been reflecting and influencing life in the United States for 40 years. Live From New York! goes deep inside this cultural phenomenon exploring the laughter that ... See full summary »

Director: Bao Nguyen | Stars: Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Anne Beatts, Candice Bergen

Votes: 303

38. 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: 8,560

39. Brotherhood of the Popcorn (2015)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A group of lively senior citizens meet bi-weekly in Hollywood for over 35 years to watch and celebrate classic American films. A nostalgic documentary about friendship, classic movies, growing old, and living life to the fullest.

Director: Inda Reid | Stars: Woody Wise, James T. Walker, Dennis Penna, Bill Exter

Votes: 18

40. Skate (2014)

Documentary, Short

An exploration of the relationship between skateboarding and punk rock.

Director: Daniel Sarkissian | Star: Jesse Bruni

Votes: 10

41. Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015)

47 min | Documentary

Living in the Age of Airplanes is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most ... See full summary »

Director: Brian J. Terwilliger | Star: Harrison Ford

Votes: 411

42. Capturing the Light (2008 Video)

45 min | Documentary

Follows the true story of Dorothy Izatt, a contactee who has accumulated over 30,000 feet of film footage backing her claim.

Director: Frank Longo | Stars: Peter Guttilla, Dorothy Izatt

Votes: 13

43. Cathouse (2002 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary

Between March # April 2002 the HBO team went into the legal brothel that is the Bunny Ranch. We meet the owners and the staff as well as some of those coming to use the girls. With hidden ... See full summary »

Director: Patti Kaplan | Stars: Madam Suzette, Kent Wallace, Karla, Deanna

Votes: 332

44. 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: 18,935

45. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 19,127 | Gross: $1.21M

46. The Ascent of Money (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary

Niall Ferguson takes us on a historical adventure through the ascent of money, applying fact and opinion throughout.

Director: Adrian Pennick | Stars: Gareth Armstrong, Niall Ferguson, Richard Lintern

Votes: 577

47. A Small Act (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

A young Kenyan's life changes drastically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founds his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received.

Director: Jennifer Arnold

Votes: 295

48. In Berlin (2009)

97 min | Documentary

By accompanying 20 very different individuals in today's Berlin, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and filmmaker Ciro Cappellari sketch a portrait of a modern, stimulating metropolis.

Directors: Michael Ballhaus, Ciro Cappellari | Stars: Danielle de Picciotto, Alexander Hacke, Beate Gütschow, Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Votes: 84

49. The Rules of Film Noir (2009 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, History

7.3