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1. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 33,251 | Gross: $1.72M

2. Anima Mundi (1991)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Image and music are intertwined in this third collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. The film was produced to celebrate the World Wildlife Fund's ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Votes: 1,066

3. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 31,136 | Gross: $2.67M

4. Chronos (1985)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Short

Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 3,053

5. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 34,315 | Gross: $1.33M

6. Naqoyqatsi (2002)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Belladonna, Marlon Brando, Elton John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 5,161 | Gross: $0.13M

7. Powaqqatsi (1988)

G | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Pope John Paul II, Dan Rather

Votes: 7,422 | Gross: $0.59M

8. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 20,876

9. Visitors (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Votes: 967 | Gross: $0.07M

10. Sacred Site (1986)

7 min | Documentary, Short

High speed film and time-lapse photography combined to create breathtaking images of the night sky and Halley's Comet in this astronomical short subject.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 37

11. Totality (1999)

Documentary, Music

A unique look at total eclipses, capturing the experience within the scenery of a wide range of settings around the planet, from ancient ruins to city skylines. Totality is constantly ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Mallery

Votes: 31

12. Epic Java (2013)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Epic Java is a visual of the universe and human culture. A searching process of the mysteries of life and everything related to it. A contemplative depiction that will take us into God ... See full summary »

Director: Febian Nurrahman Saktinegara

Votes: 208

13. Reconvergence (2012)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

Reconvergence offers an intriguing exploration of mortality, consciousness and identity in the modern age from the perspectives of four distinct characters: a naturalist, a neuroscientist, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Tyndall | Stars: Eustace Conway, Preston Estep III, S. Waite Rawls III, Preston Roberts

Votes: 75

14. Neurons to Nirvana (2013)

85 min | Documentary, History, News

A stylish, in depth look at the renaissance in psychedelic drug research in light of current scientific, medical and cultural knowledge.

Director: Oliver Hockenhull | Stars: William S. Burroughs, Wade Davis, Rick Doblin, Lesley Ewen

Votes: 1,108

15. Kymatica (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

We may be quick to blame secret organizations, corporations and corrupt politicians for the state of the environment. The harsh truth is that the world is in its current state because humanity is evolving and taking the world with it.

Director: Benjamin Stewart | Stars: Bruce Lipton, Henrik Palmgren

Votes: 516

16. Ayahuasca: Vine of the Soul (2010)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, Adventure

On a quest for spiritual awakening and healing, a naturopathic doctor and an accountant join others in the Amazon to drink a hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca or 'Vine of the Soul'. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Meech | Stars: Guillermo Arévalo, Gabor Mate, Dennis J. McKenna, Kenneth Tupper

Votes: 361

17. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz | Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst, Steven Barker

Votes: 4,323

18. DMTSoup (2014)

78 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

After being exposed to an ultra-rare powder, a drug dealer is met by a spiritual force that induces a life-altering ultimatum.

Director: Chris Budziszewski | Stars: Chris Budziszewski, Tom Foolery, Filip Hajduk, Vanessa Budziszewski

Votes: 38

19. Aya: Awakenings (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Mystery

An experiential journalist ventures into the Amazon Jungle to discover the mysteries of a powerful visionary plant medicine and the shamans who work with it.

Directors: Timothy Parish, Rak Razam | Stars: Guillermo Arévalo, Even Dawn, Kevin Furnas, Percy Garcia Lozano

Votes: 86

20. The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Witz | Stars: Trevor J. Roling, Hanspeter Müller, Mario Scarabelli, Albert Hofmann

Votes: 692

21. Free the Mind (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure

51 Metascore

In 1992 Professor Richard Davidson, one of the world's leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and ... See full summary »

Director: Phie Ambo | Stars: Richard Davidson, Emma Seppala, John Osborne, Deborah Alagna

Votes: 331 | Gross: $0.16M

22. The Culture High (2014)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, News

37 Metascore

Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveal the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Bo Dietl, Joe Rogan, Snoop Dogg, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 3,535

23. Ayahuasca (I) (2014)

51 min | Documentary, Adventure

Documentary about a journey to the heart of the Peruvian Amazon in search of a healer who works with jungle plants. Recounts the experience of the preparation of an Ayahuasca's ceremony.

Directors: Fabiola Simonetti, Roberto Cañas

Votes: 37

24. Amongst White Clouds (2005 Video)

86 min | Documentary

A journey exploring the practices of Chinese hermits living in the Zhongnan Mountains.

Director: Edward A. Burger

Votes: 429

25. Ashes and Snow (2005)

62 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: 3,783

26. Long Yearning (2017)

24 min | Short

"Long Yearning" is a cinematic exploration of the lives of Chinese factory workers and the nature of repetitive industrialized work.

Director: Elliot J. Spencer

Votes: 52

27. Destressed (2014)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

A heartfelt look at the medical, psychological and holistic reality of the effect of stress on the human body and mind.

Director: Garry Pastore | Stars: Garry Pastore, Frank Amoruso, Shellia Baldwin, Jody Burke

Votes: 54

28. The Thought Exchange (2012)

92 min | Documentary

Thought Exchange is a simple yet profound way of looking at the world, that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time.

Director: Usher Morgan | Stars: Lucie Arnaz, David Friedman, Colleen McGloin, Dora Rubin

Votes: 60 | Gross: $0.07M

29. The Reality of Me (TROM) (2011)

Documentary

From The Big Bang to The Monetary System, Religion, Human Behaviour, War or Slavery, to a new Global Social System, TROM Documentary tries to analyze the world we live in.

Stars: George Carlin, Richard Dawkins, Aubrey de Grey, Richard Feynman

Votes: 324

30. Owned & Operated (2012)

106 min | Documentary

Owned & Operated is a mosaic of the world through the lens of the Internet. Showing our lives as consumers, under the thumbs of privileged individuals and their methods of control. But the ... See full summary »

Director: Relic | Stars: Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Dalai Lama, George Carlin, Eric Schurenberg

Votes: 490

31. Culture in Decline (2012– )

30 min | Documentary

A satirical yet serious expression that challenges various cultural phenomena existing today which most of society seem to take for granted.

Stars: Peter Joseph, Dutch Merrick, Scott Dennett, Karine Martin

Votes: 493

32. Tell It on the Mountain (2013)

122 min | Documentary, Sport

Follow a handful of diverse hikers as they walk 2,663 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. They begin in April at the U.S. Mexico border and battle their way through bone-dry deserts in ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Diener

Votes: 100

33. On Meditation (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Biography, History

ON MEDITATION explores the deeply personal practice of meditation through an exploration of extraordinary people and their practices including David Lynch, Giancarlo Esposito, Russell ... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Dreyfus | Stars: Giancarlo Esposito, David Lynch, Russell Simmons, Peter Matthiessen

Votes: 50

34. Vers un monde altruiste? (2015 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary

This documentary examines the theory that cooperation and altruism are a part of human nature more overriding than self-interest.

Directors: Sylvie Gilman, Thierry de Lestrade | Stars: Daniel Batson, Paul Bloom, Richard Davidson, Andy Gonzalez

Votes: 74

35. In Search of Balance (2016)

TV-PG | 74 min | Documentary

An exploration of a new paradigm of health, science, and medicine, based on the interconnections between us and nature.

Director: Adam Pfleghaar | Stars: Miguel Altieri, Eshel Ben-Jacob, Jamie Boyd, John Calverly

Votes: 190

36. Food Choices (2016)

TV-PG | 91 min | Documentary

This documentary follows filmmaker Michal Siewierski as he explores the impact that food choice has on people's health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other species sharing ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Siewierski | Stars: Pam Popper, T. Colin Campbell, Joe Cross, Ashlee Piper

Votes: 2,838

37. Innsaei (2016)

75 min | Documentary

A story of soul searching, science, nature and creativity, InnSæi takes us on a global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today's world of distraction and stress.

Directors: Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir, Kristín Ólafsdóttir | Star: Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir

Votes: 1,065

38. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

How might your life be better with less?

Director: Matt D'Avella | Stars: Dan Harris, Ryan Nicodemus, Rick Hanson, Jesse Jacobs

Votes: 11,091

39. Terence McKenna's True Hallucinations (2016)

Documentary

An experimental documentary about Terence McKenna's adventure into the Amazon basin and the ideas that sprang from those events, resulting in an eschatological theory of time and a lifetime... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bergmann | Star: Terence McKenna

Votes: 99

40. The Transcendental Object at the End of Time (2014)

Documentary

An audio-visual journey through the mind of Terence McKenna.

Director: Peter Bergmann | Star: Terence McKenna

Votes: 114

41. Planetary (2015)

85 min | Documentary, History

We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross ... See full summary »

Directors: Guy Reid, Steve Watts Kennedy | Stars: Janine Benyus, Ronald Garan, Joan Halifax, Paul Hawken

Votes: 337

42. Our Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell (2012 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

There is a battle playing out inside your body right now. It started billions of years ago and it is still being fought in every one of us every minute of every day. It is the story of a viral infection - the battle for the cell.

Director: Michael Davis | Stars: David Tennant, Susanna Bidgood, Steve Jones, Nick Lane

Votes: 282

43. Samadhi (2017)

PG | 60 min | Documentary

Samadhi Part 1 is the first installment in a series of films exploring Samadhi, an ancient Sanskrit word which points toward the mystical or transcendent union that is at the root of all spirituality and self inquiry.

Director: Daniel Schmidt

Votes: 359

44. Shamans of the Amazon (2001 Video)

52 min | Documentary

An informative and compelling exploration of Shamanic use of Ayahuasca, the extraordinary visionary brew.

Director: Dean Jeffreys | Stars: Dean Jeffreys, Terence McKenna, Rick Strassman, Yatra da Silveira Barbosa

Votes: 29

45. Journey of Hanuman (2013 Video)

85 min | Documentary, Adventure, Mystery

'Journey of Hanuman' preserves moments still existing in India that have not been disturbed by globalization and are connected with the antique spiritual knowledge of India. I wanted to ... See full summary »

Director: Lola Creel | Stars: Rip Brar, Peter Coyote, Arun Mathai, Bekah Rife

Votes: 48

46. Untamed Romania (2018)

92 min | Documentary

Beyond the commotion of the cities in Romania, there is a world unbeknown to anyone. Mountains, ancient forests and expansive wetlands provide undisturbed habitats to many of the ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Barton-Humphreys | Stars: Victor Rebengiuc, Irina Rimes, Mark Strong

Votes: 719

47. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4