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1. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 10,017

2. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Fantasy, History, Horror

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 10,992

3. The Great White Silence (1924)

108 min | Documentary

In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

Director: Herbert G. Ponting | Stars: Robert Falcon Scott, Herbert G. Ponting, Henry R. Bowers, Edgar Evans

Votes: 836

4. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 20,643

5. The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1965)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Biography

John Huston, who directed Monroe in her first major film and her last completed role, pays tribute to the life and career of the tragic actress.

Director: Terry Sanders | Stars: John Huston, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Gladys Baker

Votes: 116

6. Rock in Reykjavik (1982)

83 min | Documentary, Music

Rokk í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavik) gives a thorough overview of the powerful and expanding rock scene in Iceland. Most of the film consists of performances by a wide variety of ... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, Júlíus Agnarsson, Eyþór Arnaldsson, Sigtryggur Baldursson

Votes: 160

8. Kurt & Courtney (1998)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Courtney Love, Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Mari Earle

Votes: 6,716 | Gross: $0.44M

9. The Exhibited (2000)

81 min | Documentary, Drama

A documentary that closely examines "Psychomobile 1", a theater project Lars Von Trier coordinated in 1996. 53 actors spent two months in a 19-room art museum improvising characters while ... See full summary »

Director: Jesper Jargil | Stars: Carsten Bjørnlund, Regitze Estrup, Lotte Aske Fredskov, Betina Henriette Grove

Votes: 92

10. The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2003 Video)

200 min | Documentary, Music

The music videos, documentaries and short stories of director and actor Spike Jonze.

Directors: Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs, Roman Coppola, Kim Gordon | Stars: Mark Gonzales, Lauren Curry, Rico Bueno, Gavin Scott

Votes: 1,151

11. The Five Obstructions (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmaker Lars Von Trier challenges Jørgen Leth, the filmmaker behind The Perfect Human (1967), to remake his classic short under circumstances of increasing constraint.

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier | Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Arenal

Votes: 7,778 | Gross: $0.09M

12. No Doubt: Rock Steady Live (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Sophie Muller | Stars: Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, Adrian Young

Votes: 98

13. Fuck (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use.

Director: Steve Anderson | Stars: Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Bill Maher, Reinhold Aman

Votes: 4,155 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, News

82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 14,251 | Gross: $0.27M

15. Picture Me (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

44 Metascore

A look at the inner world of modeling.

Directors: Ole Schell, Sara Ziff | Stars: Sara Ziff, Caitriona Balfe, Anne Bergstedt, Karl Lagerfeld

Votes: 510 | Gross: $0.01M

16. The Arbor (2010)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

88 Metascore

Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

Director: Clio Barnard | Stars: Manjinder Virk, Christine Bottomley, Natalie Gavin, Parvani Lingiah

Votes: 1,644 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Hit So Hard (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

52 Metascore

A documentary that follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction.

Director: P. David Ebersole | Stars: Patty Schemel, Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf der Maur

Votes: 632 | Gross: $0.03M

18. Love, Marilyn (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 1,591

19. When Björk Met Attenborough (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Documentary

Award-winning musician Björk and legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough have admired each other's work for years but this is the first time they have discussed their ... See full summary »

Director: Louise Hooper | Stars: David Attenborough, Björk, Andy Cavatorta, Henry Dagg

Votes: 238

20. Bettie Page Reveals All (2012)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Biography

64 Metascore

The world's greatest pinup model and cult icon, Bettie Page, recounts the true story of how her free expression overcame government witch-hunts to help launch America's sexual revolution.

Director: Mark Mori | Stars: Bettie Page, Hugh Hefner, Olivia de Berardinis, Dita Von Teese

Votes: 1,276 | Gross: $0.10M

21. Joanna (I) (2013)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A story of thoughtfulness in death, life and love.

Director: Aneta Kopacz

Votes: 313

22. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 26,768

23. Iris (IX) (2014)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

80 Metascore

A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.

Director: Albert Maysles | Stars: Carl Apfel, Harold Koda, Dries Van Noten, Inez Bailey

Votes: 4,026 | Gross: $1.31M

24. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.

Director: Stig Björkman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alicia Vikander, Pia Lindström, Roberto Rossellini

Votes: 1,811 | Gross: $0.14M

25. Björk! (2015 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

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Directors: Tita von Hardenberg, Hannes Rossacher

Votes: 27

26. He Named Me Malala (2015)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, Khushal Yousafzai

Votes: 4,323 | Gross: $2.64M

27. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Laura Nirider, Ken Kratz

Votes: 80,711

28. The Hunting Ground (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

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: 5,717 | Gross: $0.41M

29. Sticky: A (Self) Love Story (2016)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy

"Sticky" is everything your mother was too embarrassed to tell you about masturbation, in one stimulating documentary. Full of candid interviews from celebrated figures to everyday people, ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Tana | Stars: Denise Acosta, Muhammad Ali, Ant, Joani Blank

Votes: 120

30. 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: 14,818 | Gross: $0.61M

31. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 11,296 | Gross: $0.59M

32. Vanished: The Tara Calico Story

120 min | Documentary | Announced

On September 20, 1988 at the age of 19, Tara Calico, the promising University of New Mexico student disappeared about 150 yards from the Rio Communities golf course near her home in Belen, ... See full summary »

Director: Melinda Esquibel | Stars: Tara Calico, Ray Flores, Debbie Freeman, Michele Doel



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