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1. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,716 | Gross: $1.43M

2. Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves (2004– )

28 min | Documentary

Documentary examining the world of martial arts.

Stars: Chris Crudelli, Mark Durden-Smith, Ting Leung

Votes: 223

3. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 48,361 | Gross: $4.42M

4. Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

64 Metascore

A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison.

Director: Erik Nelson | Stars: Harlan Ellison, Robin Williams, Neil Gaiman, Edie Adams

Votes: 554

5. I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

PG | 85 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Robert Bixby, Humphrey Bogart, Warren Buffett, George Bush

Votes: 1,814 | Gross: $0.82M

6. Deep Water (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

80 Metascore

A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Simon Russell Beale

Votes: 2,827 | Gross: $0.27M

7. The Life of Reilly (2006)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

72 Metascore

If, in 1940, you had a lobotomized aunt, an institutionalized father, a racist mother, and were the only gay kid on the block, what do you think the odds would be that you'd end up a Tony ... See full summary »

Directors: Frank L. Anderson, Barry Poltermann | Star: Charles Nelson Reilly

Votes: 308 | Gross: $0.04M

8. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Candi Staton

Votes: 3,332 | Gross: $0.70M

9. A Drummer's Dream (2010)

84 min | Documentary

A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven ... See full summary »

Director: John Walker | Stars: Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio 'Negro' Hernández

Votes: 141

10. Secrets of the Tribe (2010)

TV-14 | 110 min | Documentary

The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in this fiery investigation of the seminal research on Yanomami Indians. In the 1960s and '70s, a steady stream of anthropologists ... See full summary »

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Robert Borofsky, Jesus Cardozo, Napoleon A. Chagnon, Marie Isabel Eguillor

Votes: 333

11. 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 Ray Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 20,413 | Gross: $1.21M

12. Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock | Stars: James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Morgan Spurlock, Melvin Van Peebles

Votes: 6,532 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz

Votes: 10,392 | Gross: $6.41M

14. 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: 8,087 | Gross: $0.19M

15. First Position (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Director: Bess Kargman | Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty

Votes: 3,216 | Gross: $1.10M

16. Project Nim (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Nim Chimpsky, Stephanie LaFarge, Herbert Terrace, Wer LaFarge

Votes: 8,018 | Gross: $0.41M

17. Kareem: Minority of One (2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

The life and career of the NBA's all-time leading scorer; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Billy Crystal, Arsenio Hall, Magic Johnson

Votes: 333

18. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,673 | Gross: $0.03M

19. Censored Voices (2015)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History

72 Metascore

The 1967 'Six-Day' war ended with Israel's decisive victory; conquering Jerusalem, Gaza, Sinai and the West Bank. It is a war portrayed, to this day, as a righteous undertaking - a radiant ... See full summary »

Director: Mor Loushy | Star: Amos Oz

Votes: 284 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Democrats (2014)

100 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

In politically unstable Zimbabwe, a new constitution is being put together by the ruling party of strongman Robert Mugabe and the divided opposition. Various political, local and personal interests are bogging the process down.

Director: Camilla Nielsson | Stars: Paul Mangwana, Robert Mugabe, Douglas Mwonzora, Morgan Tsvangirai

Votes: 309

21. Blood in the Face (1991)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Using a blend of interviews and archive footage, this documentary offers an eye-opening look at neo-Nazism and its proponents in the United States.

Directors: Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, James Ridgeway | Stars: Robert E. Miles, George Lincoln Rockwell, Don Black, Thom Robb

Votes: 347

22. Call Me Lucky (2015)

106 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

64 Metascore

Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you've probably never heard of him. But once ... See full summary »

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Barry Crimmins, Jack Gallagher, Martin Olson, Steve Sweeney

Votes: 1,885

23. Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 8,264 | Gross: $0.10M

24. Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

Director: Matt Schrader | Stars: Marco Beltrami, Jon Burlingame, Leonard Maltin, Bill Field

Votes: 3,504 | Gross: $0.10M

25. The Work (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.

Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous | Stars: James McLeary, Alvin 'Bud' Wheeler, Eldra 'Vegas' III Jackson, Thaddeus Boudreaux

Votes: 1,723 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Lake of Fire (2006)

Unrated | 152 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Bill Baird, Flip Benham, Dallas Blanchard

Votes: 2,384 | Gross: $0.02M

27. Filmworker (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

73 Metascore

A documentary about how English actor Leon Vitali came to work as an assistant to American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for over 30 years.

Director: Tony Zierra | Stars: Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Brian Capron, Mike Alfreds

Votes: 2,129 | Gross: $0.10M

28. The Great White Silence (1924)

108 min | Documentary

In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

Director: Herbert G. Ponting | Stars: Robert Falcon Scott, Herbert G. Ponting, Henry R. Bowers, Edgar Evans

Votes: 833

29. Pripyat (1999)

100 min | Documentary

After 1986, a restricted zone was erected at a radius of 30km around Chernobyl. More than 100.000 people have been evacuated from there, but some have remained or returned. "Pripyat" follows four protagonists who live or work in this zone.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Votes: 264

30. Don't Be Nice (2018)

95 min | Documentary

A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016.

Director: Max Powers | Stars: Lauren Whitehead, Ashley August, Sean DesVignes, Timothy DuWhite

Votes: 74

31. The War at Home (1979)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war.

Directors: Glenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown | Stars: Karleton Armstrong, Betty Boardman, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Haslach

Votes: 193

32. 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Marli Renfro, Alfred Hitchcock, Tere Carrubba, Alan Barnette

Votes: 2,652 | Gross: $0.04M

33. Scheme Birds (2019)

90 min | Documentary

As her childhood turns into motherhood, teenage troublemaker Gemma comes of age in her fading Scottish steel town. But in a place where "you either get knocked up or locked up," innocent games can easily turn into serious crime.

Directors: Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin

Votes: 75

34. Rewind (III) (2019)

86 min | Documentary, Drama

91 Metascore

Digging through the vast collection of his father's home videos, a young man reconstructs the unthinkable story of his boyhood and exposes vile abuse passed through generations.

Director: Sasha Joseph Neulinger

Votes: 35

35. What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019)

TV-14 | 165 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali's incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is explored through his own voice and never-before-seen archival material.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Jim Brown, Bill Cosby, Diana Ross, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 1,047

36. The Serengeti Rules (2018)

TV-14 | 84 min | Documentary, Biography

82 Metascore

Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make surprising discoveries that flip our understanding of nature on its head, and offer new hope for restoring our world.

Director: Nicolas Brown | Stars: Jim Estes, Jaime Excell, Bob Paine, Mathieson McCrae

Votes: 72

37. The Pearl Button (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Delving into the nearly-religious significance of water, this profound rumination on memory and loss bridges the gap between its mystical origins, Pinochet's coup d'état, and the secret of a mother-of-pearl button at the bottom of the sea.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Martín Calderón, Cristina, Patricio Guzmán, Ema Malig

Votes: 2,099

38. Keep on Keepin' On (2014)

R | 84 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.

Director: Alan Hicks | Stars: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock

Votes: 912 | Gross: $0.16M

39. Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

Not Rated | 128 min | Documentary, Animation, History

76 Metascore

Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a... See full summary »

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Clarinah Mfengu, Saphir Wenzi Mabanza, U Thant

Votes: 1,312 | Gross: $0.09M

40. The Ambassador (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Heather Schmid

Votes: 3,732 | Gross: $0.03M

41. Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Bijan Aalam, Tim Boxell, Axelle Carolyn, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 1,317

42. Diego Maradona (2019)

TV-14 | 130 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

78 Metascore

Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centers on the career of celebrated football player Diego Armando Maradona, who played for S.S.C. Napoli in the 1980s.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Pelé, Diego Armando Maradona, Claudia Villafañe, Dalma Maradona

Votes: 5,420

43. Fantastic Fungi (2019)

81 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Fantastic Fungi is a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.

Director: Louie Schwartzberg | Stars: Eugenia Bone, Lori Carris, Mary P. Cosimano, Tradd Cotter

Votes: 194

44. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,352

45. Midnight Family (2019)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Action, Crime

82 Metascore

In Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.

Director: Luke Lorentzen | Stars: Fer Ochoa, Josue Ochoa, Juan Ochoa

Votes: 400

46. At the Video Store

72 min | Documentary | Completed

Equal parts personal essay, intense rumination, and playful satire, AT THE VIDEO STORE is an ode to the death (and life!) of the American Video Store.

Director: James Westby | Stars: Bill Hader, Abel Ferrara, John Waters, Todd Haynes

47. Everybody's Everything (2019)

116 min | Documentary

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