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1. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 59,463 | Gross: $3.29M

2. Letters from an Indian Clerk (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

The story of how, in 1914, the self-taught Indian mathematical genius SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN came to England and Trinity College, Cambridge, to work with the great British pure mathematician GH Hardy.

Director: Christopher Sykes | Stars: Béla Bollobas, C.J. Hamson, Janaki Ramanujan

Votes: 23

3. N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös (1993)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Biography

N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdos is a 1993 biographical documentary about the life of mathematician Paul Erdos, directed by George Paul Csicsery.

Director: George Paul Csicsery | Stars: Paul Erdös, Ronald Graham, Joel Spencer, J.W.S. Cassels

Votes: 204

4. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 1,894 | Gross: $0.26M

5. 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: 7,978 | Gross: $0.41M

6. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 31,377 | Gross: $2.55M

7. Big Alma (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Director: Susanne Freund | Stars: Alma Mahler-Werfel, Isolde Radzinowicz

Votes: 8

8. Isaac Newton: The Last Magician (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 51 min | History

Newton's third law of motion

Director: Renny Bartlett | Stars: Jonathan Hyde, Hywel Morgan

Votes: 99

9. The Ascent of Man (1973)

50 min | Documentary

An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.

Stars: Jacob Bronowski, Joss Ackland, Roy Dotrice, Stefan Bor-Grajewicz

Votes: 685

10. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 904 | Gross: $0.15M

11. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: Archimedes' Secret (2002)

60 min | Documentary

The extraordinary saga of a document lost for hundreds of years, that could have changed the course of history.

Director: Liz Tucker | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Felix De Marez Oyens, Roger Easton, Alexander Jones

Votes: 23

12. Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995 Video)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History

A documentary presenting mankind's most ambitious effort at perfecting the means to its own annihilation. Featuring newly unclassified atomic test footage.

Director: Peter Kuran | Stars: William Shatner, Edward Teller, W.H.P. Blandy, Frank H. Shelton

Votes: 3,142

13. Dawkins: Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life (2012– )

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary

Ideas about the soul and the afterlife, of sin and God's purpose have shaped human thinking for thousands of years. Religious rituals remain embedded in the major events of our lives. In ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dawkins, Ricky Gervais

Votes: 486

14. Order & Disorder (2012– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Professor Jim Al-Khalili unwraps the evolutionary histories responsible for the modern human condition, as currently represented by our sophistication in energy manipulation and information technology.

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Annabel Troost, Janet Anders, Peter Atkins

Votes: 236

15. Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity (2011– )

55 min | Documentary

Until recently, electricity was seen as a magical power. It could slay the living, revive the dead, and bend the laws of nature. It is now the lifeblood of the modern world, fueling our ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Jon Agar, Patricia Fara, Iwan Morus

Votes: 345

16. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: The Quest for Tannu Tuva (I) (1988)

45 min | Documentary

The story of physicist Richard Feynman's fascination with - and efforts to visit - a remote country in the center of Asia, called Tannu Tuva, "the land where the reindeer meets the camel".

Director: Christopher Sykes | Stars: Richard Feynman, Ralph Leighton

Votes: 42

17. The Day After Trinity (1981)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Else | Stars: Hans Bethe, Holm Bursom, Haakon Chevalier, Stirling Colgate

Votes: 440

18. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2003)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share ... See full summary »

Director: Heinz Bütler | Stars: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alexander Brooks, Robert Delpire, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 299 | Gross: $0.03M

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

21. Fifi Howls from Happiness (2013)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A documentary on provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran.

Director: Mitra Farahani | Star: Bahman Mohasses

Votes: 344 | Gross: $0.01M

Fifi Howls from Happiness (Documentary about Bahman Mohassess)

22. 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: 323

23. Il était une forêt (2013)

78 min | Documentary

From the creators of March of the Penguins and The Fox and the Child. Written and directed by Luc Jaquet, Once Upon a Forest invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural ... See full summary »

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Francis Hallé, Michel Papineschi

Votes: 521

24. Everything or Nothing (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary

A history of the James Bond franchise.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Ken Adam, Maud Adams, John Barry, Shirley Bassey

Votes: 1,953

27. Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma (2016)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

HOMEGROWN: THE COUNTER-TERROR DILEMMA explores the real and perceived threat of homegrown Islamic extremism in America today through first-hand accounts from those on the front lines of ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Peter Bergen, Kerry Cahill, Robert McBurney, Omer M. Mozaffar

Votes: 178

28. Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (2016)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Biography

Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper discuss their notable family's history.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Anderson Cooper, Pearson Marx, Stan Stokowski, Alfred Vanderbilt III

Votes: 590

29. Becoming Mike Nichols (2016)

TV-14 | 72 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Mike Nichols sits down with theater director Jack O'Brien to discuss his personal life and professional work.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Mike Nichols, Jack O'Brien

Votes: 335

30. Everything Is Copy (2015)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

88 Metascore

A look at the life and work of writer/filmmaker Nora Ephron.

Directors: Jacob Bernstein, Nick Hooker | Stars: Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg

Votes: 633

31. 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: 10,336

32. The Code (2011)

Documentary

Numbers are the rulers of the universe. What if there is a code for life's perfection? A code making the world we see, the "what we are" and the "everything else in the universe"?

Stars: Marcus du Sautoy, Jennifer Basil, Loren Carpenter, Corrie Conrad

Votes: 556

33. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 17,756 | Gross: $1.34M

34. Banking on Bitcoin (2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, News

Bitcoin is the most disruptive invention since the Internet, and now an ideological battle is underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism. The film shows the players who are defining how this technology will shape our lives.

Director: Christopher Cannucciari | Stars: Wences Casares, Nathanial Popper, Gavin Andresen, Naomi Brockwell

Votes: 3,323

35. Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.

Director: Corinna Belz | Stars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker, Sabine Moritz-Richter

Votes: 613 | Gross: $0.24M

36. A Symphony of Summits: The Alps from Above (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

The Cineflex-camera, developed by US secret services, brings razor sharp aerial close-ups and breathtaking panoramic images to life. Filmed exclusively with aerial shots, this is a unique ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Bardehle, Sebastian Lindemann | Star: Udo Wachtveitl

Votes: 91

37. Moonwalk One (1971)

G | 96 min | Documentary

This documentary from 1970 explores all aspects of the Apollo 11 Moon mission.

Director: Theo Kamecke | Stars: Laurence Luckinbill, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins

Votes: 223

38. Into the Inferno (2016)

104 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft, Clive Oppenheimer

Votes: 5,944

39. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019– )

40 min | Documentary, Sport

Docuseries following the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Stars: Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Marcus Ericsson, Pierre Gasly

Votes: 8,198

40. Secrets of Britain (2013– )
Episode: Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, History

This documentary exposes the secret and dangerous world of the British Secret Service. We learn some of the history and current methods.

Stars: Gordon Corera, Oleg Gordievsky, Peter Hawkshaw, John Scarlett

Votes: 310

41. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,850 | Gross: $1.33M

42. Apex: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

"APEX: The Story of the Hypercar" spotlights a new class of exotic sports cars designed to blast from zero to 200 miles per hour in seconds. Rocket science meets the auto industry as "APEX"... See full summary »

Directors: J.F. Musial, Josh Vietze | Stars: Manuel Berglung, Chris Goodwin, Dan Greenawalt, Chris Harris

Votes: 1,381

43. Le Mans: Racing Is Everything (2017– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Documentary

Limited series follows the participants of France's 24-hour car race that takes place annually in Le Mans.

Stars: Shea Adam, John Hindhaugh, André Lotterer, Louis Mellis

Votes: 469

44. Everything and Nothing (2011)

Documentary

Two-part documentary which deals with two of the deepest questions there are - what is everything, and what is nothing? In two episodes, Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Carlos Frenk, Simon Schaffer, Ian Stewart

Votes: 519

45. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 12,712

46. Long Shot (2017 TV Short)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he insists he didn't commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw footage from a popular TV show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Director: Jacob LaMendola | Stars: Tasha Boggs, Juan Catalan, Melissa Catalan, Miguel Catalan

Votes: 3,557

47. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music

75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 28,934

48. 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: 2,268

49. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Errol Morris, Alex Gibney, Elizabeth Holmes, Ken Auletta

Votes: 5,510