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1. 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: 15,019

2. American Vandal (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 34 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.

Stars: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro, Travis Tope

Votes: 24,205

3. The Toys That Made Us (2017– )

TV-14 | 46 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

The minds behind history's most iconic toy franchises discuss the rise (and sometimes fall) of their billion-dollar creations.

Stars: Donald Ian Black, Mark Bellomo, David Vonner, Jordan Bryce

Votes: 4,074

4. 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: 78,599 | Gross: $23.81M

5. The People vs. George Lucas (2010)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

55 Metascore

An examination of the widespread fan disenchantment with George Lucas.

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Joe Nussbaum, Daryl Frazetti, Doug Jones, Damian Hess

Votes: 4,383

6. Doc of the Dead (2014)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary

The definitive zombie culture documentary, brought to the screen by the makers of THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS.

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Kyle William Bishop, Charlie Adlard, Joanna Angel, Steven Barton

Votes: 1,209

7. Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys (2014)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

Plastic Galaxy explores the groundbreaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, toy experts, and collectors, it looks at the toys' history, their influence, and the feelings they elicit today.

Director: Brian Stillman | Stars: Tom Beaumont, Tom Berges, John Booth, John Cook

Votes: 526

8. Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A documentary that shows how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot his seminal film: Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Director: Rob Kuhns | Stars: George A. Romero, Fred Rogers, H. Rap Brown, Mark Harris

Votes: 1,501 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Rewind This! (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape.

Director: Josh Johnson | Stars: Ben Jousan, David Gregory, Micah Matthews, Mike Vraney

Votes: 1,837

10. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi, Menahem Golan

Votes: 4,797

11. 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: 50,530 | Gross: $2.96M

12. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

R | 96 min | Documentary

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, George Lucas

Votes: 17,489 | Gross: $1.32M

13. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 30,646

14. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 54,306 | Gross: $77.44M

15. 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: 59,999 | Gross: $3.29M

16. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, News

68 Metascore

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

Director: Cullen Hoback | Stars: Max Schrems, Moby, Mark Zuckerberg, Orson Scott Card

Votes: 5,768 | Gross: $0.06M

17. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,797

18. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 21,162

19. The Resurrection of Jake the Snake (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A fallen professional wrestling superstar battles his past demons in a struggle to reclaim his life and the family that has given up on him.

Director: Steve Yu | Stars: Steve Austin, Louie Benson, Joe Case, Adam Copeland

Votes: 2,618

20. 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

21. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Unrated | 106 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney

Votes: 10,282 | Gross: $2.93M

22. Secret History of Comics (2017– )

Documentary

Documentary series takes a deeper look into the stories, people and events that have transformed the world of comic books.

Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Todd McFarlane, Kevin Smith, Keri Russell

Votes: 375

23. Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist (2007)

Not Rated | 143 min | Documentary

A documentary about the legendary sequential artist, Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit.

Director: Andrew D. Cooke | Stars: Michael Chabon, Max Allan Collins, Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer

Votes: 29

24. In Search of Steve Ditko (2007 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

Jonathan Ross attempts to track down reclusive comic book artist Steve Ditko, best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange for Marvel Comics in the early 1960s.

Director: Peter Boyd Maclean | Stars: Jonathan Ross, Paul Gambaccini, Mark Millar, Alan Moore

Votes: 160

25. Batman & Bill (2017)

93 min | Documentary, Animation, Mystery

Documentary about the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Thomas Andrae, Benjamin Zaido Cruz, Athena Finger, Bill Finger

Votes: 1,282

26. Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (2010)

80 min | Documentary

Philosopher, pop-icon, shaman and story teller - as one of the most influential comic book writers in the market today, Grant Morrison is all of these things. His explosive and often ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Meaney | Stars: Jason Aaron, Abigail Bader, Amber Benson, Karen Berger

Votes: 321

27. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2005)

TV-G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

Alan Moore writer, artist and performer is the world's most critically acclaimed and widely admired creator of comic books and graphic novels.

Directors: Dez Vylenz, Moritz Winkler | Stars: Glenn Doherty, Florian Fischer, Alan Moore

Votes: 918

28. The Image Revolution (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

Twenty years ago, seven superstar artists left Marvel Comics to create their own company, Image Comics, a company that continues to influence mainstream comics and pop culture to this day. ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Meaney | Stars: Charlie Adlard, Greg Aronowitz, Ryan Benjamin, Tim Callahan

Votes: 186

29. Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 59 min | Documentary

Starz Inside takes a look at film adaptation of comics books. It interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to discuss the history and appeal of comic book movies.

Stars: Neal Adams, Scott Agostoni, Avi Arad, Shari Springer Berman

Votes: 119

30. The Smashing Machine (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

This is a documentary that follows M.M.A. great Mark Kerr, and his string of amazing victories in the ring.

Director: John Hyams | Stars: Mark Kerr, Mark Coleman, Dawn Staples, Bas Rutten

Votes: 1,627

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: 11,881

32. 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: 30,665

33. One Killer Punch (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

This documentary explores the phenomenon of a one punch kill, by examining three different assaults: single hits with dire consequences, but often in innocuous locations and circumstances.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Mark Teale, Taylor Cassar, Ross Hayhow, Thomasz Olivier

Votes: 45

34. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 17,419 | Gross: $3.17M

35. Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

62 Metascore

Ring legends such as The Fabulous Moolah and Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem Long provide candid insights into the history of women's professional wrestling.

Director: Ruth Leitman | Stars: Gladys Gillem, John Daly, Mildred Burke, Mae Young

Votes: 305 | Gross: $0.03M

36. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,817 | Gross: $0.61M

37. The Most Hated Woman in America (2017)

TV-MA | 91 min | Biography, Drama, History

41 Metascore

The life of Madelyn Murray O'Hair, the outspoken activist and founder of American Atheists.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Melissa Leo, Brandon Mychal Smith, Juno Temple, Michael Chernus

Votes: 4,172



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