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1. The World Before Her (2012)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernizing India-one wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.

Director: Nisha Pahuja | Stars: Pooja Chopra, Manasvi Mamgai, Marc Robinson, Ankita Shorey

Votes: 800

2. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Joe Cross, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross, Virginia Cross

Votes: 8,311

3. Educating Yorkshire (2013– )

Documentary

"Educating Yorkshire is a British documentary television series broadcast on Channel 4. The eight-episode first series was first broadcast on 5 September 2013. It follows the everyday lives... See full summary »

Stars: Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Burton, Ryan Ward, Mr. Steer

Votes: 283

4. Educating Essex (2011– )

48 min | Documentary

A group of GCSE students face the most important year in their education.

Stars: Mr. Drew, Mr. Goddard

Votes: 173

5. The Secret (2006 Video)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

Interviews with self-proclaimed authors, philosophers, scientists, with an in-depth discussion of visualizing your goals. The audience is shown how they can learn and use 'The Secret' in their everyday lives.

Director: Drew Heriot | Stars: Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, John Assaraf, Loral Langemeier

Votes: 11,710

6. Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Music

57 Metascore

A look at the life, career and music of singer Katy Perry as we follow her on the California Dreams World Tour.

Directors: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz | Stars: Katy Perry, Adam Marcello, Casey Hooper, Patrick Matera

Votes: 13,149 | Gross: $25.24M

7. This Is It (2009)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova, Nick Bass

Votes: 37,517 | Gross: $72.09M

8. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

61 Metascore

An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.

Director: Chris James Thompson | Stars: Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen, Pat Kennedy

Votes: 1,807

9. 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: 78,901 | Gross: $23.81M

10. Hubble's Cosmic Journey (2015 TV Movie)

44 min | Documentary

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured thousands of stunning images of space, revolutionized our understanding of the universe and become a global icon. To mark ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Riley | Stars: Charles F. Bolden Jr., Chris Burrows, Michael Griffin, John M. Grunsfeld

Votes: 102

11. What's Love Got to Do with It? (2013)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Marriage pressure? Haven't found the right person? In love with the wrong person What's love got to do with it? tells real life stories of people like you and me... who are simply looking ... See full summary »

Director: Rohena Gera

Votes: 33

12. India's Daughter (I) (2015)

63 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The life and death of Jyoti Singh, an Indian medical student whose violation and murder by gang rapists exposed the violent misogyny of Indian society.

Director: Leslee Udwin | Stars: Asha Devi, Badri Singh, Satendra, Mukesh Singh

Votes: 1,896

13. Fed Up (2014)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

Director: Stephanie Soechtig | Stars: Michele Simon, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Michael Bloomberg

Votes: 11,163 | Gross: $1.54M

14. The Kids Menu (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

THE KIDS MENU is a feature documentary from the team that brought you "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." As filmmaker Joe Cross spent time traveling the world with his previous two films, he met ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Tim Baird, Jennifer Bond, Joe Cross, Curt Ellis

Votes: 153

15. Girl Rising (2013)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Drama

59 Metascore

This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Amina, Azmera, Arindol Bagchi, Rekha Banerjee

Votes: 1,146

16. Cesar Millan: The Real Story (2012)

45 min | Documentary, Biography

The rise of Cesar Millan from impoverished illegal immigrant to celebrity dog trainer and international superstar.

Director: Doug Shultz | Stars: Jahira Dar, Lou Dimovitch, Tara King, Calvin Millan

Votes: 28

17. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, News

78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 15,560 | Gross: $3.41M

18. Serial Killers: The Real Life Hannibal Lecters (2001 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

This documentary examines a selection of real life serial killers and compares them to the fictional Hannibal Lecter.

Director: Sean Buckley | Stars: Richard Morgan, Melanie Porter, Jennifer Franks, Deane Hughes

Votes: 389

19. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 23,117 | Gross: $3.12M

20. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 6,160 | Gross: $0.10M

21. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 98,355 | Gross: $11.53M

22. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 9,554 | Gross: $30.58M

24. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 50,863 | Gross: $2.96M

25. The September Issue (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

Director: R.J. Cutler | Stars: Anna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington

Votes: 7,201 | Gross: $3.82M

26. Kings of Pastry (2009)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

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: 1,003 | Gross: $0.34M

27. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 7,382 | Gross: $0.05M

28. Hubble 3D (2010)

G | 45 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Scott D. Altman, Megan McArthur, Andrew J. Feustel

Votes: 4,053 | Gross: $52.45M

29. Monica & David (2009)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

Explores the marriage of a young couple with Down syndrome, and the family who strives to support their needs.

Director: Alexandra Codina

Votes: 389

30. 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: 10,437 | Gross: $6.41M

31. Race to Nowhere (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

A silent epidemic, cheating, has become commonplace in our schools; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and workplaces unprepared and uninspired.

Directors: Vicki Abeles, Jessica Congdon

Votes: 194

32. Trek Nation (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

The son of the creator of "Star Trek" explores his father's famous creation and how it has affected people.

Director: Scott Colthorp | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Indira Addington, Sallie Baliunas, Majel Barrett

Votes: 634

33. Dreams of a Life (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Zawe Ashton, Alix Luka-Cain, Alistair Abrahams, Mandy Allen

Votes: 2,898 | Gross: $0.01M

34. (A)sexual (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Romance

Facing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals - people who experience no sexual attraction - struggle to claim their identity.

Director: Angela Tucker | Stars: Aliza, Antonia, Barb, Joy Behar

Votes: 699

35. Kumaré (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.

Director: Vikram Gandhi | Stars: Vikram Gandhi, Toby, Greg, Molly

Votes: 4,592 | Gross: $0.13M

36. This Is What Love in Action Looks Like (2011)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

In the summer of 2005 a 16yo Memphis, TN wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a "Fundamentalist Christian" program that strives to turn gay teens straight. This ... See full summary »

Director: Morgan Jon Fox | Stars: Alice Buchanan, Lance Carroll, Chris Davis, Katherine Dohan

Votes: 199

37. The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of Gucci fashion designer, Frida Giannini.

Director: Christina Voros | Stars: Frida Giannini, Matvey Lykov

Votes: 199

38. Autism in Love (2015)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama

Autism in Love follows the story of four adults with autism spectrum disorders as they search for and manage romantic relationships.

Director: Matt Fuller

Votes: 445

39. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

68 Metascore

A portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century art.

Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland | Stars: Peggy Guggenheim, Jacqueline Bograd Weld, Francine Prose, John Richardson

Votes: 641 | Gross: $0.50M

40. David Blaine: Beyond Magic (2016 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary, Mystery

Magic meets documentary in the one-hour special, as Blaine blows the minds of the most recognizable celebrities in the world, including David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Drake, Steph Curry, Dave ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Akers | Stars: David Beckham, David Blaine, Dave Chappelle, Stephen Curry

Votes: 293

41. The Mask You Live In (2015)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, News

Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Stars: Joe Herman, Michael Kimmel, Caroline Heldman, Tony Porter

Votes: 2,253

42. 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: 11,295

44. Bodyshock (2003– )
Episode: The Girl Who Never Ate (2014)

Documentary

Tia was born with a condition that requires tube feeding. By age 7 she has never taken anything by mouth, not even water. The doctors agree she can and should eat, and so her mother takes her to a clinic in Austria.

Director: Dominick French

Votes: 11

45. Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees (2017 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

Judi Dench embarks on a mission to learn and understand more about the beautiful giants that surround us: the trees.

Director: Harvey Lilley | Stars: Judi Dench, Robert Hardy, Michael Williams

Votes: 79

46. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 14,704

47. Ask the Sexpert (2017)

80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A longtime sex advice columnist gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on comprehensive sex-education in schools in several Indian states.

Director: Vaishali Sinha | Star: Aditi Mittal

Votes: 134



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