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1. The Possibilities Are Endless (2014)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Imagine your mind has been wiped: memories, knowledge, experiences, language - every word you ever spoke, has vanished. If eventually you found the words, what would you say? For Edwyn Collins, 'The Possibilities Are Endless'.

Directors: James Hall, Edward Lovelace | Stars: Edwyn Collins, Grace Maxwell, William Collins, Yasmin Paige

Votes: 319

3. Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, History, Music

59 Metascore

A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Cameron Crowe

Votes: 7,360 | Gross: $0.45M

4. 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: 31,293 | Gross: $2.55M

6. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,674 | Gross: $3.52M

7. 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: 42,724 | Gross: $0.89M

8. More Than Honey (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

Director: Markus Imhoof | Stars: Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, John Miller, Liane Singer

Votes: 3,780 | Gross: $0.07M

9. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,584 | Gross: $0.42M

10. The Crash Reel (2013)

108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre, Daniel Amen

Votes: 4,566

11. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 11,498 | Gross: $4.95M

12. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,188 | Gross: $119.19M

13. Into Great Silence (2005)

Not Rated | 169 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

An examination of life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France.

Director: Philip Gröning

Votes: 2,109 | Gross: $0.79M

14. Ballets Russes (2005)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History, Music

81 Metascore

Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists -- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s -- who gave birth to modern ballet.

Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine | Stars: Irina Baronova, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Yvonne Chouteau, Yvonne Craig

Votes: 626 | Gross: $0.82M

15. Our Daily Bread (2005)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Stars: Claus Hansen Petz, Arkadiusz Rydellek, Barbara Hinz, Renata Wypchlo

Votes: 2,395

16. Ramses (2002)

70 min | Documentary

The life and times of Dutch singer and actor Ramses Shaffy. He became popular during the 1960s, and was most famous for his Dutch chansons.

Director: Pieter Fleury | Stars: Ramses Shaffy, Joop Admiraal, Kitty Courbois, Liesbeth List

Votes: 131

17. China Blue (2005)

86 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where Jasmine and her friends are trying to survive a harsh working environment. When the factory owner agrees to a deal with his Western ... See full summary »

Director: Micha X. Peled | Stars: Sylvain Francois, Liu Kaiming, Guo Xi Lam Lam

Votes: 558

18. Johan Cruijff - En un momento dado (2004)

90 min | Documentary

The story about the life of the legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruijff.

Director: Ramón Gieling | Stars: Xavier Pitarque, Gemma Folch, Sergi Pàmies, Emilio Butragueño

Votes: 714

19. Benda Bilili! (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of ... See full summary »

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Stars: Leon Likabu, Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali, Cubain Kabeya

Votes: 733

20. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 135,875 | Gross: $21.24M

21. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 78,090 | Gross: $23.81M

22. Children Full of Life (2003 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary

Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives them lessons on teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying.

Director: Noboru Kaetsu | Star: Toshiro Kanamori

Votes: 207

23. To Be and to Have (2002)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Family

87 Metascore

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin, Guillaume

Votes: 7,289 | Gross: $0.78M

24. 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: 6,139 | Gross: $0.59M

25. We Feed the World (2005)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Jean Ziegler, Peter Brabeck, Karl Otrok

Votes: 2,366

26. André Hazes, zij gelooft in mij (1999)

86 min | Documentary, Drama

Portrait of the popular Dutch singer Andre Hazes.

Director: John Appel | Stars: André Hazes, Jos Brink, André Hazes, Rachel Hazes

Votes: 1,010

27. Forever (II) (2006)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

Forever is a film about the power and vitality of art and a place where love and death go hand in hand and beauty lives on: the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Director: Heddy Honigmann | Stars: Yoshino Kimura, Bertrand Beyern, Camille Solari

Votes: 304

28. O Amor Natural (1996)

76 min | Documentary

A documentary on Brazil's relationship with the poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and to their own sexuality.

Director: Heddy Honigmann

Votes: 172

29. The Way Things Go (1987)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues. Fire, water, law of gravity as ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Fischli, David Weiss

Votes: 834

30. The Human Dutch (1963)

90 min | Documentary

How do the Dutch people live? Hidden cameras filmed the crowds on the beach, during carnival time, skating on the ice plains...

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Simon Carmiggelt, Bert Haanstra, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 414

31. De nieuwe wildernis (2013)

97 min | Documentary

Animal life in the nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen in the Netherlands during four seasons.

Directors: Ruben Smit, Mark Verkerk | Star: Harry Piekema

Votes: 1,401

32. He Named Me Malala (2015)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, Khushal Yousafzai

Votes: 4,246 | Gross: $2.64M

33. Shadow World (2016)

94 min | Documentary

Based on the book of The Shadow World, this feature length documentary is an investigation into the multi-billion dollar international arms trade.

Director: Johan Grimonprez

Votes: 617

34. Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014)

TV-14 | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

An intimate but explosive portrait of the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport, and the truth. But the former ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu, Kristin Armstrong

Votes: 2,543

35. A Mindful Choice (2016)

73 min | Documentary

Happiness and self-fulfillment are possible for each of us. All that's required is to make a choice. Individuals and communities are making that choice by meditating and the impact on their world is profound.

Director: Tony Simpson

Votes: 93

36. Leaving Neverland (2019)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary

At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Joy Robson, Chantal Robson

Votes: 22,214

37. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 26,502



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