Jason's Favorite Documentaries

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1. GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon

Votes: 10,011 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Thin (2006)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

The story of four women suffering from anorexia and bulimia in South Florida.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Shelly Guillory, Brittany Robinson, Alisa Williams, Polly Williams

Votes: 1,596

3. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

Votes: 11,650 | Gross: $5.73M

4. 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: 10,369 | Gross: $6.41M

5. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,757 | Gross: $0.87M

6. How to Die in Oregon (2011)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person's request to end his or her life with medication. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson | Stars: Harry Bruton, Ray Carnay, Cody Curtis, Paul Darley

Votes: 1,795

7. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 66,233 | Gross: $4.31M

8. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 48,187 | Gross: $4.42M

9. Murderball (2005)

R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

87 Metascore

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan, Joe Bishop

Votes: 9,609 | Gross: $1.52M

10. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,656 | Gross: $4.04M

11. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Directors: Christopher Dillon Quinn, Tommy Walker | Stars: Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Abol Pach

Votes: 2,673 | Gross: $0.28M

12. Outrage (I) (2009)

R | 90 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Wayne Barrett, Elizabeth Birch

Votes: 1,554 | Gross: $0.04M

13. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,049 | Gross: $0.21M

14. Vito (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, George Bancroft, Richard Barrios, Edmund Bergler

Votes: 470

15. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,561 | Gross: $0.13M

16. Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)

Unrated | 72 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A group of women rise up to peace to Liberia and help bring to power the country's first female head of state.

Director: Gini Reticker | Stars: Janet Johnson Bryant, Etweda Cooper, Vaiba Flomo, Leymah Gbowee

Votes: 470 | Gross: $0.08M

17. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.

Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

Votes: 5,298 | Gross: $0.01M

18. One Day in September (1999)

R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport

82 Metascore

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer, Jamal Al Gashey, Gerald Seymour

Votes: 5,451 | Gross: $0.16M

19. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

PG | 122 min | Documentary, History, War

79 Metascore

The secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Germany in the late 1930s.

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris | Stars: Judi Dench, Lory Cahn, Kurt Fuchel, Eva Hayman

Votes: 1,512 | Gross: $0.37M

20. Born Rich (2003)

75 min | Documentary

A documentary on children of the insanely rich. Directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson.

Director: Jamie Johnson | Stars: Ivanka Trump, Georgina Bloomberg, Si Newhouse IV, Luke Weil

Votes: 1,689

21. 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: 15,251 | Gross: $3.41M

22. Control Room (2004)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Samir Khader, Josh Rushing, George W. Bush, Hassan Ibrahim

Votes: 4,939 | Gross: $2.59M

23. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 21,145 | Gross: $1.33M

24. The Tillman Story (2010)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

86 Metascore

Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Bar-Lev | Stars: Pat Tillman, Josh Brolin, Mary Tillman, Russell Baer

Votes: 4,379 | Gross: $0.80M

25. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,591 | Gross: $1.44M

26. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Lee Scott, Don Hunter, Jon Hunter, Jeremy Hunter

Votes: 4,344

27. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 15,660

28. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,996 | Gross: $4.20M

29. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 25,528 | Gross: $0.90M

30. Small Town Gay Bar (2006)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

The story of community in the Deep South that is forced to deal with the struggles of ignorance, hypocrisy and oppression.

Director: Malcolm Ingram | Stars: Jim Bishop, Terry Capps, Jackie Cox, Bill Curtis

Votes: 1,067

31. The Gates (2007)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

A documentary on New York City's biggest public art project ever, an installation called "The Gates," by Christo and Jeanne Claude.

Directors: Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Matthew Prinzing | Stars: Michael Bloomberg, Christo, Rudy Giuliani, Jeanne-Claude

Votes: 222

32. I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

A documentary on the Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer who became a Nazi hunter after surviving the Holocaust.

Director: Richard Trank | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Simon Wiesenthal, Asher BenNatan, Frederick Forsyth

Votes: 622 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Baghdad ER (2006 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary

Winner of four Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill)! The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH)--the U.S. Army's premier ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill | Stars: Jeffrey Beltran, William Berterm, Edward Dunton, James Hill

Votes: 451

34. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary, Romance

73 Metascore

An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

Director: Daniel G. Karslake | Stars: Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson, Gene Robinson, Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel

Votes: 4,276 | Gross: $0.31M

35. A Man Named Pearl (2006)

G | 78 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It offers a message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can ... See full summary »

Directors: Scott Galloway, Brent Pierson | Star: Pearl Fryar

Votes: 293 | Gross: $0.20M

36. The Rape of Europa (2006)

Unrated | 117 min | Documentary, History, War

77 Metascore

The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.

Directors: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham | Stars: Joan Allen, E. Randol Schoenberg, Maria Altmann, Wolfgang Fischer

Votes: 1,355

37. Trekkies (1997)

PG | 86 min | Documentary, Comedy

64 Metascore

Denise Crosby takes a first look at the huge fans of "Star Trek" and how the series from around America has affected and shaped their lives.

Director: Roger Nygard | Stars: Denise Crosby, Frank D'Amico, Barbara Adams, Denis Bourguignon

Votes: 4,668 | Gross: $0.32M

38. Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)

TV-MA | 78 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of the prisoner abuse scandal involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in the fall of 2003.

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Israel Rivera, Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, George W. Bush

Votes: 888

39. Every Little Step (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line". Also investigates the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations.

Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern | Stars: Bob Avian, Justin Bellero, Michael Bennett, Jay Binder

Votes: 1,320 | Gross: $1.72M

40. Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

Documentary about deceased photojournalist Tim Hetherington directed by Sebastian Junger. Together with his friend and long-term collaborator Sebastian, Tim had travelled the world ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Junger | Stars: Chris Anderson, Peter Bouckaert, James Brabazon, Guillermo Cervera

Votes: 626

41. The Gatekeepers (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh | Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri

Votes: 5,279 | Gross: $2.42M

42. Triangle: Remembering the Fire (2011)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary

On March 25, 1911, a catastrophic fire broke out at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City. Trapped inside the upper floors of a ten-story building, 146 workers - mostly young ... See full summary »

Director: Daphne Pinkerson | Stars: Suzanne Pred Bass, Leigh Benin, Dennis Clancey, Tovah Feldshuh

Votes: 133

43. About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

'About Face' explores beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels: women, now between fifty and eighty years old, whose images defined our sense of beauty over the last... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Carmen Dell'Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Christie Brinkley

Votes: 501

44. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

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: 6,398 | Gross: $0.07M

45. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,413 | Gross: $0.27M

46. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

59 Metascore

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Jon Roberts, Al Sunshine, Sam Burstyn, Mickey Munday

Votes: 11,995 | Gross: $0.15M

47. I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1993)

89 min | Documentary

Filmmakers Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond document Philadelphia teachers facing challenges at an inner-city school.

Director: Susan Raymond | Stars: Susan Raymond, Deanna Burney, Clary Jansson

Votes: 165

48. I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA (2007)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

A candid and introspective look at the extreme beliefs and motives of Ingrid Newkirk, the British-born co-founder and driving force behind People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world's largest animal-rights organization.

Director: Matthew Galkin | Stars: Pamela Anderson, Marc Bouwer, Ralph Dell, Priscilla Feral

Votes: 282

49. Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13