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1. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 33,652 | Gross: $0.21M

2. I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)

X | 121 min | Drama

6.1
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Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Lena Nyman, Vilgot Sjöman, Börje Ahlstedt, Peter Lindgren

Votes: 3,274 | Gross: $20.24M

3. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

7.9
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80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,890 | Gross: $0.25M

4. Salesman (1969)

G | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

7.8
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Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos

Votes: 4,235

5. Primary (1960)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

7.1
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Cinéma vérité feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary.

Director: Robert Drew | Stars: Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, Muriel Buck Humphrey, Joseph Julian

Votes: 970

6. Kings of Pastry (2009)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

6.9
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69 Metascore

The collar awarded to the winners of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef - it is a dream and an obsession. ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Jacquy Pfeiffer, Regis Lazard, Philippe Rigollot, Rachel Beaudry

Votes: 990 | Gross: $0.34M

7. Cocksucker Blues (1972)

93 min | Documentary, Music

6.4
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This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont. Because of the free-form ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Frank | Stars: Truman Capote, Dick Cavett, Marshall Chess, Chris Collins

Votes: 717

8. From the Edge of the City (1998)

Unrated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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47 Metascore

A group of Pontian Greek immigrant teenage dreamers dwelling marginalised in the notorious and lustreless wild suburbia, witness the city's repulsive face and an unrelenting world defined by prostitution, drugs, and inevitably, loss.

Director: Constantine Giannaris | Stars: Stathis Papadopoulos, Costas Kotsianidis, Panayiotis Hartomatzidis, Dimitris Papoulidis

Votes: 1,207

9. Pour la suite du monde (1963)

105 min | Documentary

8.6
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At the instigation of the filmmakers, the young men of the Ile-aux-Coudres in the middle of the St-Lawrence River try as a memorial to their ancestors to revive the fishing of the belugas ... See full summary »

Directors: Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault | Stars: Léopold Tremblay, Alexis Tremblay, Abel Harvey, Louis Harvey

Votes: 567

10. In Transit (I) (2015)

76 min | Documentary, News

7.7
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88 Metascore

Journey into the hearts and minds of passengers aboard the Empire Builder, America's busiest long-distance train route.

Directors: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu

Votes: 95

11. Near Death (1989)

358 min | Documentary

8.5
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Renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman profiles the doctors, nurses, physicians, and patients at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, as he watches medical staff work around... See full summary »

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 161

12. La lutte (1961)

28 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Follows the professional wrestling scene in Montreal and observes the before, during, and after portions of a major show and the spectators who are enthralled by it.

Directors: Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière, Claude Fournier, Claude Jutra | Stars: Edouard Carpentier, Al Castello, Dominic DeNucci, Ivan Kalmykov

Votes: 142

13. La bête lumineuse (1982)

128 min | Documentary

7.7
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A documentary film about a group of hunters who gather annually to hunt moose near Maniwaki, Quebec.

Director: Pierre Perrault | Stars: Louis-Philippe Lécuyer, Philippe Cross, Stéphane-Albert Boulais, Maurice Chaillot

Votes: 197

14. Asylum (II) (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

7.1
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A documentary crew lives with the schizophrenic residents of a group home based upon radical psychiatrist R. D. Laing's controversial approach to healing through compassion and freedom.

Director: Peter Robinson | Stars: R.D. Laing, Leon Redler, David Bell, Julia

Votes: 103

15. Rhythm Thief (1994)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

6.8
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Simon is a street retailer, his shop a corner on the lower east side in New York, his stock bootleg cassette tapes,the ambience a boombox. He scrounges food from restaurants, exists on ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Harrison | Stars: Jason Andrews, Eddie Daniels, Kevin Corrigan, Kimberly Flynn

Votes: 181

16. Campaign (2007)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

7.3
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Can a candidate with no political experience and no charisma win an election if he is backed by the political giant Prime Minister Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party? This ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiro Sôda | Stars: Seiko Hashimoto, Nobuteru Ishihara, Yoriko Kawaguchi, Jun'ichirô Koizumi

Votes: 192

17. Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment (2000)

193 min | Documentary

6.6
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This is a documentary about direct-cinema from its very beginnings (Nanook of the North) to the fake-direct-cinema of the Blair Witch Project. All the important direct-cinema filmmakers are... See full summary »

Director: Peter Wintonick | Stars: Jean-Pierre Beauviala, Michel Brault, Gillian Caldwell, Robin Cowie

Votes: 189

18. A Face of War (1968)

Approved | 72 min | Documentary, War

8.8
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Most powerful Vietnam war doco not available except on Facebook page

Director: Eugene S. Jones | Star: Michael Mileham

Votes: 36

19. Sweetheart Deal

Documentary | Post-production

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Directors: Elisa Levine, Gabriel Miller

20. Animal Cinema (2017)

13 min | Documentary, Short

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Animal Cinema is a film composed of fragments of videos of animals operating cameras. All cameras were stolen by animals who acted autonomously. These video materials, downloaded from ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Vavarella | Stars: Cardisoma Guanhumi, Octopus Vulgaris, Amphioctopus Marginatus, Canis Lupus Familiaris

21. Mental (2008)

Not Rated | 135 min | Documentary

7.5
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MENTAL is a feature-length documentary that observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, interwoven with patients, doctors, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiro Sôda

Votes: 87

22. Georg (1964)

55 min | Drama

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A German WWII veteran and émigré to the United States depicts the increasingly downward progression of his family and life through the lens of his battlefield camera, including his own death during a stateside military protest.

Director: Stanton Kaye | Stars: Lynn Averill, Mark Cheka, Stanton Kaye

23. Druga generacija (1983)

88 min | Drama

6.9
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A teenager arrives from Germany to his grandparents in Novi Sad. He can't adjust to Yugoslavian schools, system or slow way of life, so he asks his folks to go back, but his parents insist on him staying. What now?

Director: Zelimir Zilnik | Stars: Petar Bosancic, Vlastimir Sinko, Dragan Sokoljanski, Sanja Zlatkovic

Votes: 29

24. The World According to David Liebe Hart (2010)

57 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.6
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David Liebe Hart is a self-described actor, artist, puppeteer, singer, and songwriter who has been trying to make it big in Hollywood for over thirty years.

Director: Kevin Schreck | Stars: David Liebe Hart, Adam Papagan, James Quall, Susan Diane Yurkew

Votes: 15

25. Le règne du jour (1967)

118 min | Documentary

7.7
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Four years after Pour la suite du monde (1963), the director 'Pierre Perrault' ask Alexis Tremblay if he agreed to travel with his wife Marie in the country of their ancestors, France. In a... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Perrault | Stars: Alexis Tremblay, Marie Tremblay, Léopold Tremblay, Marie-Paule Tremblay

Votes: 57

26. Adelheid, Kornelius & die Töde (2018)

90 min | Documentary | Completed

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Everything's supposed to stay as it's always been. Kornelius (82) doesn't trust the radiation therapy that could turn him into a 'eunuch'. He'd rather carry on 'doing rigorous stuff'. It's ... See full summary »

Director: Kirstin Schmitt

27. On Point (2008)

75 min | Documentary, Music

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A look at The Brasilia, Brazil Dance Seminar and Competition. Dancers and world renown judges come from around the world to dance and compete in ballet, modern, jazz and flamingo.

Director: Theodore Collatos

28. Les raquetteurs (1958)

15 min | Short, Documentary

6.9
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Footage of a snowshoe festival in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Depictions of culture in the early years including snowshoe races, and musical attractions.

Directors: Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx

Votes: 324

29. Wow (1970)

94 min | Documentary

7.0
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Nine teenagers are interviewed about social and cultural issues and then get to act out their dreams and fantasies.

Director: Claude Jutra | Stars: Danielle Bail, Philippe Dubé, Michèle Mercure, Dave Gold

Votes: 61

30. The Hellacopters: Goodnight Cleveland (2002 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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The Hellacopters "Goodnight Cleveland" is a fly on the wall documentary following the Hellacopters on their 2002 tour of America. Informed by the techniques of cinema verité and direct ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Heneghan | Stars: Nick Andersson, Chippen, Robert Dahlqvist, Robert Eriksson

Votes: 69

31. Break a Leg (2012)

15 min | Short, Comedy

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Two actors are cast to enact the same role in the same film.

Director: Prashant Bhilare | Stars: Prashant Bhilare, Sameer Kalbhor, Sanjeev Pandey, Sushil Sharma

32. Crazy Jeannot (2008)

75 min | Documentary

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In Saint-Hyacinthe, a little town in Quebec, Jeannot Caron is considered to be a crazy man. However, he has a dream. He wishes to build the first love hospital in the world for people in ... See full summary »

Directors: Francis Pinard, Benoit Thomassin | Stars: Jeannot Caron, Luc Jean Daviau

33. Bikini (2014)

20 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

6.7
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Masha is dreaming of winning the fitness bikini models championship cup. She has been working on achieving this goal for many years. She has been training under the supervision of her ... See full summary »

Director: Marina Nefedova | Star: Maria Tskirija

Votes: 6

34. Domace je najbolje (2009)

27 min | Documentary, Short

8.7
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A graphic presentation of Croatian traditional pig slaughter festivity, which has recently become illegal in Croatia as a result of the country's preparation for the membership in the ... See full summary »

Director: Slaven Zimbrek

Votes: 9

35. A People in the Shadows (2008)

92 min | Documentary

5.3
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Almost thirty years after the revolution, and twenty since the end of the long Iran-Iraq war, A People in the Shadows takes us on a voyage into the heart of Tehran, a megalopolis of 14 ... See full summary »

Director: Bani Khoshnoudi

Votes: 10

36. High Risk Offender (1998)

57 min | Documentary

8.6
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An unflinching look at ex-convicts, their parole officers and therapists, and the process that eases ex-cons back into society. For ten months, this cinema verite documentary followed the ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Greenwald

Votes: 17

37. Twenty-Seven Stories (2007)

24 min | Short

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Graduate business students from across the world, have two minutes to pitch start-up business ideas in moving elevators to venture capitalists during the 2006 Wake Forest Elevator Competition.

Director: Jeff M. Giordano

38. Sickfuckpeople - Short Version (2011)

42 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

7.6
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This is a documentary triptych about a group of homeless kids who have survived their drug-addicted childhood, grown up and begun to live an adult life. It is a story about a boy facing the... See full summary »

Director: Juri Rechinsky

Votes: 5

39. Tesis Laboral (2010)

68 min | Documentary

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Director: José Antonio Hernández Martínez

40. Jean Rouch: paroles données (2005)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Marc-Arnaud Boussat | Star: Jean Rouch

41. Independent Lens (1999– )
Episode: The New Americans (2004)

408 min | Documentary

8.9
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The New Americans follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. The detailed portraits--woven ... See full summary »

Directors: Laura Angelica Simon, Susana Aikin, Carlos Aparicio, Jerry Blumenthal, Steve James, Indu Krishnan, Gordon Quinn, Renee Tajima-Pena | Stars: Ismail Bashey, Don Cheadle, America Ferrera

Votes: 27



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