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1. Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (2019)

76 min | Documentary

A life and death story about extreme heat, the politics of "disaster" and survival by zip code.

Director: Judith Helfand | Stars: Valerie Brown, Richard M. Daley, Michelle Landis Dauber, Edmund Donoghue

Votes: 46

2. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 39,407 | Gross: $3.23M

3. Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

77 Metascore

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville | Stars: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 5,702 | Gross: $0.89M

4. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

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: 14,459 | Gross: $0.81M

5. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,540 | Gross: $1.51M

6. The Vivian Maier Mystery (2013)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary

The story of Vivian Maier a nanny in 60-70's New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. Her incredible body of work, only discovered after her ... See full summary »

Director: Jill Nicholls

Votes: 155

7. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, History

79 Metascore

This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Blair Anderson, Omar Barbour, Julian Bond, Elaine Brown

Votes: 1,614 | Gross: $0.48M

8. Chicago 10 (2007)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Animation, History

69 Metascore

Archival footage, animation, and music are used to look back at the eight anti-war protesters who were put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Nick Nolte, Roy Scheider, Hank Azaria

Votes: 1,164 | Gross: $0.18M

9. Independent Lens (1999– )
Episode: Chicago 10 (2008)


A Feature Documentary Presentation.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, David Boat, Catherine Curtin

Votes: 17

10. Life After People (2008 TV Movie)

108 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl (abandoned by humans after the 1986 nuclear disaster), travel to remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for abandoned towns that ... See full summary »

Director: David de Vries | Stars: Struan Rodger, John Anderson, David Brin, Bill Bruninga

Votes: 2,905

11. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

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: 3,368 | Gross: $0.28M

12. The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

86 Metascore

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Alk | Stars: Skip Andrew, Edward Carmody, James Davis, Rennie Davis

Votes: 214

13. Age 7 in America (1991 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Biography

US take on the classic UK documentary series "Up". This first US entry follows a group of economically, racially and socially diverse 7-year-olds. The idea was to make followup films on them every 7 years but the project ended in 2006.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Alexis, Ashtyn, Brandon, Douglas

Votes: 79

14. We Believe (2009)

103 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary on the love affair between the city of Chicago and its baseball team, the Cubs.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Gary Sinise, Lou Piniella, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg

Votes: 51

15. Chicago Blues (1970)

59 min | Documentary

CHICAGO BLUES (1972, 59 mins, 16mm, color) explores the hard lives of bluesmen in the Windy City narrated by an insightful and incendiary commentary from comedian turned political activist ... See full summary »

Director: Harley Cokeliss | Stars: Dick Gregory, Buddy Guy, Studs Terkel, Muddy Waters

Votes: 11

16. Scrappers (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Set within Chicago's labyrinth of alleyways, Scrappers is a cinema verite portrait of Otis and Oscar, two scrap metal scavengers searching for a living with brains, brawn and battered ... See full summary »

Directors: Brian Ashby, Ben Kolak, Courtney Prokopas

Votes: 22

17. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1997 TV Movie)

Documentary, Crime, History

A detailed history of the war between Chicago's North Side and South Side organized-crime gangs during the Prohibition era, leading up to the infamous "Saint Valentine's Day Massacre".

Director: Scott Paddor | Stars: Paul Sorvino, William Balsamo, John Binder, Al Capone

Votes: 35

18. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, History

Al Capone's Valentine's Day surprise for the rival Bugs Moran gang in 1929 Chicago.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Jason Robards, George Segal, Ralph Meeker, Jean Hale

Votes: 3,460

19. America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2002–2004)

225 min | Documentary, History

Through numerous personal interviews, professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. examines the past, present, and future of black/white race relations in the USA.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Maya Angelou, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Don Cheadle

Votes: 51

20. American Revolution 2 (1969)

86 min | Documentary

A gritty but essential documentary charting social turbulence in late 1960's Chicago. American Revolution 2 includes footage of the 1968 Democratic Convention protest and riot, a critique ... See full summary »

Directors: Howard Alk, Mike Gray | Stars: Richard J. Daley, Charles Geary, Dick Gregory, Bobby Lee

Votes: 35

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