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1. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 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: 32,557 | Gross: $0.49M

2. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,724 | Gross: $0.11M

3. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,753

4. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 45,527 | Gross: $8.41M

5. Audrie & Daisy (2016)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community.

Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk | Stars: Robin Bourland, Daisy Coleman, Charles Coleman, Melinda Coleman

Votes: 4,892

6. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | 141 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo

Votes: 16,774 | Gross: $1.22M

7. 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: 3,336 | Gross: $0.70M

8. 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: 49,752 | Gross: $3.17M

9. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 15,193 | Gross: $0.22M

10. Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer.

Director: George Hickenlooper | Stars: Rodney Bingenheimer, David Bowie, Joey Ramone, Exene Cervenka

Votes: 1,418 | Gross: $0.26M

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: 20,432 | Gross: $1.21M

12. Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig (2015)

TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A review of the wild New York City nightlife of the 90s. The cast of characters who made up the infamous Club Kids speak candidly about that era, culminating with Alig's release from incarceration.

Director: Ramon Fernandez | Stars: Michael Alig, Noel Ashman, Fenton Bailey, Victor Corona

Votes: 547

13. The Sunshine Makers (2015)

101 min | Documentary, History

68 Metascore

The story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counter-culture.

Director: Cosmo Feilding-Mellen | Stars: Nick Sand, Tim Scully

Votes: 1,123 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer? (2016)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

The story of Dr. William Hurwitz -- a preeminent pain specialist sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking -- provides a window into the ethical complexities of prescription painkillers.

Director: Eve Marson | Star: Matthew Teardrop

Votes: 133

15. I Am Your Father (2015)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

The story of the underappreciated bodybuilder, actor and Star Wars alumnus, David Prowse.

Directors: Toni Bestard, Marcos Cabotá | Stars: Colm Meaney, Lou Ferrigno, Julian Owen, Marcus Hearn

Votes: 1,773

16. 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: 11,684 | Gross: $4.95M

17. We Are Twisted Fucking Sister! (2014)

Not Rated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

65 Metascore

They were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While microcosm of Punk/New Wave ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Horn | Stars: Sally Avellino, Donna Boccuzzi, Garry Bushell, Phil Carson

Votes: 1,547

18. Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016)

85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Combining footage from interviews with the late great David Bowie and contributions from those who knew him personally, this documentary celebrates the illustrious life of one of the greatest artists to ever grace the stage.

Director: Sonia Anderson | Stars: David Bowie, Angie Bowie, Breege Collins, Mary Finnigan

Votes: 985

19. El Crazy Che (2015)

83 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

EL CRAZY CHE is a documentary about the most amazing case of industrial espionage: the unbelievable true life of an Argentine engineer who became a cold war spy. While he was working at AMD... See full summary »

Directors: Pablo Chehebar, Nicolás Iacouzzi | Stars: Jose Arenas, Bob Coiteaux, Liliana Fraigi, Alejandro Gaede

Votes: 117

20. An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story (2006)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

An intimate portrait of the legendary bass guitarist for The Who. This documentary includes the last footage ever recorded with John Entwistle, and features interviews with Pete Townshend, as well as other major figures in rock history.

Directors: Glenn Aveni, Steve Luongo, Jack Edward Sawyers | Stars: Gordon Cotten, John Entwistle, Peter Frampton, Steve Luongo

Votes: 102

21. Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story (2017)

102 min | Documentary

The story of Mick Ronson, the guitar great who helped to create the sound of David Bowie's hugely influential glam rock years.

Director: Jon Brewer | Stars: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Mary Finnigan, Bob Harris

Votes: 216 | Gross: $0.01M

22. Killing Kasztner (2008)

120 min | Documentary

53 Metascore

The story of Israel Kasztner, a Hungarian Jew who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann for the lives of thousands during the Holocaust. And a trial and verdict that stamped him as the "man who sold his soul to the devil."

Director: Gaylen Ross | Star: Rudolf Kasztner

Votes: 87 | Gross: $0.11M

23. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (2017)

103 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

A documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

Directors: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana | Stars: Link Wray, Wayne Kramer, Taylor Hawkins, David Fricke

Votes: 517 | Gross: $0.23M

24. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017)

94 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.

Director: Griffin Dunne | Stars: Hilton Als, Tom Brokaw, Dick Cheney, Jim Didion

Votes: 1,321

25. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Alan Cumming, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Orson Welles

Votes: 3,568

26. Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)

TV-MA | 115 min | Documentary

This documentary chronicles the life of Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) from his early years in Chicago, to his time in Poland and Los Angeles, and his artistic and political contributions to the world.

Director: Irek Dobrowolski | Stars: Stanislav Szukalski, Glenn Bray, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams

Votes: 2,392

27. Wild Wild Country (2018)

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

When the world's most controversial guru builds an utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 19,048

28. The Keepers (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 436 min | Documentary, Crime

A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Stars: Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber, Jean Hargadon Wehner

Votes: 15,008

29. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Laura Nirider, Ken Kratz

Votes: 80,692

30. Amanda Knox (2016)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

Directors: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn | Stars: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Giuliano Mignini

Votes: 18,546

31. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Director: Skye Borgman | Stars: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg

Votes: 11,871

32. Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018)

TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Crime

The extraordinary story of the "pizza bomber heist" and the FBI's investigation into a bizarre collection of suspects.

Stars: Kevin G. Calkins, Ann Smith

Votes: 17,548

33. The Staircase (2004–2018)

TV-MA | 629 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: 14,859

34. Shirkers (2018)

TV-14 | 97 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

A woman explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

Director: Sandi Tan | Stars: Sandi Tan, Jasmine Kin Kia Ng, Philip Cheah, Sophia Siddique Harvey

Votes: 3,488

35. Enlighten Us (2016)

93 min | Documentary

ENLIGHTEN US: THE RISE AND FALL OF JAMES ARTHUR RAY is the story of the motivational rock star's meteoric rise, fall and return to the $11 billion self-help industry after his negligent ... See full summary »

Director: Jenny Carchman | Star: James Arthur Ray

Votes: 544

36. Rodney King (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

Roger Guenveur Smith performs his one man show focusing on the life and times of Rodney King.

Director: Spike Lee | Star: Roger Guenveur Smith

Votes: 417

37. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jim Arnott, David Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Votes: 6,558

38. On Yoga the Architecture of Peace (2017)

87 min | Documentary

ON YOGA: The Architecture of Peace is director Heitor Dhalia's new film and his first documentary, it follows photographer Michael O'Neill as he talks to the great Yoga masters in India, Tibet and New York.

Director: Heitor Dhalia

Votes: 492

39. The Dog (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

Directors: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren | Stars: John Wojtowicz, Carmen Bifulco, Jeremy Bowker, Liz Debbie Eden

Votes: 828 | Gross: $0.04M

40. When God Sleeps (2017)

88 min | Documentary

This rap-punk-rock documentary tells the story of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that ... See full summary »

Director: Till Schauder | Stars: Shahryar Ahadi, Zari Ahadi, Leili Bazargan, Majid Kazemi

Votes: 327



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