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1. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

8.3
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98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,748 | Gross: $7.83M

2. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,300 | Gross: $0.81M

3. Prefontaine (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.8
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56 Metascore

Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young

Director: Steve James | Stars: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill, Breckin Meyer

Votes: 6,616 | Gross: $0.53M

4. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,410 | Gross: $0.07M

5. Minding the Gap (2018)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

8.1
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90 Metascore

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Director: Bing Liu | Stars: Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan

Votes: 5,944 | Gross: $0.01M

6. The Hunting Ground (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

7.4
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77 Metascore

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark, Claire Potter, Melinda Manning

Votes: 5,681 | Gross: $0.41M

7. 30 for 30 (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson, Ice Cube

Votes: 3,862

8. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,348 | Gross: $0.28M

9. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.2
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73 Metascore

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Thomas Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Cyrus Vance Jr., Matt Taibbi

Votes: 2,480 | Gross: $0.10M

10. Stevie (2002)

R | 140 min | Documentary

7.9
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72 Metascore

In 1995, director Steve James (of 'Hoop Dreams') returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy to whom he had been an "Advocate Big Brother" ten years earlier.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Tonya Gregory, Bernice Hagler

Votes: 2,374 | Gross: $0.10M

11. These Amazing Shadows (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.6
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Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton | Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek

Votes: 1,540

12. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Priyanka Boghani

Votes: 1,453

13. The War Tapes (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, War

7.3
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77 Metascore

Called up for service in Iraq, several members of the National Guard were given digital video cameras. This film, edited from their footage, provides a perspective on a complex and troubled conflict.

Director: Deborah Scranton | Stars: Zack Bazzi, Duncan Domey, Ben Flanders, Mike Moriarty

Votes: 1,206 | Gross: $0.25M

14. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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There has always been questions raised about Allen Iverson's conviction for a fight he was involved in as a young man. The film maker goes back to his home town to try and understand the ... See full summary »

Director: Steve James

Votes: 1,008

15. Joe and Max (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.7
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True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Til Schweiger, Leonard Roberts, Richard Roundtree, David Paymer

Votes: 925

16. Morning Joe (2007– )

180 min | News, Talk-Show

4.3
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Your one stop shop for all the late breaking news in our nation and all over the world.

Stars: Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle

Votes: 639

17. Edith+Eddie (2017)

TV-14 | 29 min | Documentary, Short

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Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

Director: Laura Checkoway

Votes: 617

18. Reel Paradise (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary

6.5
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63 Metascore

Former indie film "guru" John Pierson takes his family to Fiji for one year to run the world's most remote movie theater.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Georgia Pierson, Janet Pierson, John Pierson, Wyatt Pierson

Votes: 447 | Gross: $0.03M

19. Independent Lens (1999– )

Documentary

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Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.

Stars: America Ferrera, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 441

20. The New Yorker Presents (2015– )

M | 30 min | Documentary

6.5
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From award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions, Amazon Prime Video presents a groundbreaking new series that brings America's most award-winning magazine, The New Yorker, to ... See full summary »

Stars: Farley Katz, Roz Chast, Liana Finck, Benjamin Schwartz

Votes: 369

21. At the Death House Door (2008)

98 min | Documentary

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An investigation of the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in Texas on December 7, 1989, after prosecutors ignored evidence inculpating a man, who bragged to friends about committing the crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.

Directors: Peter Gilbert, Steve James | Stars: Carroll Pickett, Steve Mills, Maurice Possley, Anne Ellis

Votes: 355

22. Head Games (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

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A documentary that follows football player and pro-wrestler Chris Nowinski's quest to uncover the truth about the consequences of sports related head injuries.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Chris Nowinski, Gene Atkins, Laura Balcer, Hunt Batjer

Votes: 309 | Gross: $0.01M

23. America to Me (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

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A look inside one of Chicago's most progressive public schools, located in suburban Oak Park.

Stars: Charles Donalson Jr., Ke'Shawn Kumsa, Grant Lee, Kendale McCoy

Votes: 286

24. Passing Glory (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Drama, Sport

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A talented all-black high school basketball team challenges the top all-white team in civil-rights-era New Orleans.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Andre Braugher, Rip Torn, Sean Squire, Ruby Dee

Votes: 227

25. A Lion in the House (2006)

Not Rated | 225 min | Documentary

8.7
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Five families struggle with the ups and downs of cancer treatment over the course of six years.

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | Stars: Justin Ashcraft, Adam Ashcraft, Dale Ashcraft, Debbie Ashcraft

Votes: 182

26. The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005 TV Movie)

150 min | Documentary

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A countdown of the top 50 documentaries, based on a vote by documentary filmmakers.

Directors: Garry John Hughes, Elaine Shepherd | Stars: Zoë Wanamaker, David Aaronovitch, Barry Ackroyd, Randall Adams

Votes: 83

27. We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss (2014)

Documentary

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An anthology of short films that pairs directors with leading economic advisers to create stories that offer a better understanding of how the economy impacts all of our lives.

Directors: Ramin Bahrani, Bob Balaban, Jon M. Chu, Marshall Curry, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Adrian Grenier, Catherine Hardwicke, Mary Harron, Chris Henchy, Lee Hirsch, Albert Hughes, Steve James, Barbara Kopple, Shola Lynch, Jehane Noujaim, James Schamus, Morgan Spurlock, Miao Wang, Jessica Yu, Joe Berlinger, Adam McKay, Geeta Gandbhir | Stars: Chadd Smith, Robert Clotworthy, Billy Eichner, Will Janowitz

Votes: 61

28. WGN Morning News (1994– )

News

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Chicago news, traffic, weather and sports sprinkled with national news of interest, along with interviews, entertainment and technology reports, humorous segments and looks at pop culture.

Stars: Dean Richards, Mike Toomey, Robin Baumgarten, Larry Potash

Votes: 54

29. The Fabulous Picture Show (2006–2011)

History, Talk-Show

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Stars: Amanda Palmer, Mohamed Al Daradji, Scandar Copti, Cherien Dabis

Votes: 31

30. Orientations: Chris Doyle - Stirred But Not Shaken (2001)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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The life and work of Chris Doyle, the acclaimed Australian cinematographer who found regular work as the collaborator of maverick Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai.

Director: Rick Farquharson | Stars: Christopher Doyle, Matt Dillon, Paul Fonoroff, Curtis Hanson

Votes: 30

31. The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2012 TV Special)

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Director: Ivan Dudynsky | Stars: Seth Rogen, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John Hawkes

Votes: 28

32. 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

33. Lucky (II) (2014)

Unrated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography

5.8
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Spanning more than five years on the streets of New York City, this intimate story of survival follows Lucky Torres, a homeless mother masked in tattoos who longs to rise from a life of ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Checkoway | Star: Lucky Torres

Votes: 20

34. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017)

TV-PG | Documentary

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The story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the financial crisis, and a Chinese immigrant family's fight to clear their names.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Priyanka Boghani, Sarah Childress, Margaret Colin, Justin Deas

Votes: 20

35. Doc Talk (2006– )

Talk-Show

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Stars: Deena Dill, Lucy Walker, Gabriela Fresquez, Davis Guggenheim

Votes: 18

36. Life After Hoop Dreams (2015 Video)

40 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Steve James, Abbey Lustgarten | Stars: Arthur Agee, Sheila Agee, Catherine Gates, William Gates

Votes: 17

37. The Rescue List (2017)

81 min | Documentary | Completed

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Two boys escape from slavery, spend a year in a rehabilitation shelter, and eventually reunite with their families. Meanwhile, the man who rescued them launches another mission to liberate more children. For him, the work is personal.

Directors: Alyssa Fedele, Zachary Fink

Votes: 17

38. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Interrupters (2012)

TV-PG | 114 min | Documentary

7.5
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Follow a group of former gang leaders trying to "interrupt" shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once committed.

Director: Steve James | Star: Arun Rath

Votes: 17

39. Hoop Dreams Reunion (1995 TV Special)

Sport

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Stars: James Brown, Arthur Agee, William Gates, Peter Gilbert

Votes: 14

40. The New Yorker Presents (2015– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2016)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary

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The Ride of Their Lives: Filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) profiles two young people in the world's most dangerous sport - bull riding. Black Bodies in Motion and in Pain: Writer Edwidge ... See full summary »

Directors: Blair Foster, Steve James, Ryan Miller | Stars: Cody Bunn, Roz Chast, Edwidge Danticat, Liana Finck

Votes: 14

41. A Place Called Pluto (2014)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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Greg O'Brien, long-time Cape Cod reporter and newspaperman, has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's. Acting on instinct and journalistic grit, Greg has decided to face down the ... See full summary »

Director: Steve James | Star: Greg O'Brien

Votes: 10

42. Hard Earned (2015– )

Documentary

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Hard Earned, a six-part documentary series for Al Jazeera America, follows five families around the country to find out what it takes to get by on 8, 10, or even 17 dollars an hour.

Votes: 9

43. The New Americans (2003)

Not Rated | 411 min | Documentary

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The New Americans follows a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.

Directors: Susana Aikin, Carlos Aparicio, Jerry Blumenthal, Steve James, Indu Krishnan, Gordon Quinn, Renee Tajima-Pena

Votes: 8

44. Higher Goals (1993)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

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Higher Goals encourages young athletes to put their dreams of professional sports in perspective and focus on getting an education. The real life stories of two high school athletes ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve James, Frederick Marx | Stars: Tim Meadows, Isiah Thomas

Votes: 7

45. SXSW Flashback 2010 (2010 TV Special)

57 min | News

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Stars: Angela Bettis, Jo Bird, Debra Brown, Chamillionaire

Votes: 7

46. Grassroots Chicago (1991)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

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A documentary about neighborhood people creating change. Produced for the MacArthur Foundation by Kartemquin Films, this piece features six vignettes on community organizing in different ... See full summary »

Director: Steve James

Votes: 6

47. The Music Man (2012)

TV-G | 3 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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MUSIC MAN tells the story of professor and inventor Ge Wang who teaches computer music at Stanford University where he began the innovative Stanford Laptop Orchestra. Wang believes everyone... See full summary »

Director: Steve James

Votes: 5

48. Pep

Biography, Drama, Sport | Pre-production

A boxer with the most wins in the history of the sport. Based on a true story.

Director: Robert Kolodny | Stars: Keir Gilchrist, William Fichtner, Ron Livingston, James Madio

49. Generation Food

Documentary | Filming

Today, one in four people is overweight. One in six is malnourished, and more children die from malnutrition than anything else. For the first time in human history, tomorrow's generation ... See full summary »

Directors: Raj Patel, Zak Piper

50. Chicago Story

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