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1. We Live in Public (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez, David Amron

Votes: 1,758 | Gross: $0.04M

2. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 59,886 | Gross: $3.97M

3. My Scientology Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Louis Theroux, Tom Cruise, Marty Rathbun, Paz de la Huerta

Votes: 11,205 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 35,025

5. Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009)

90 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Untangling the web of cultural and historical ties underlying Japan's deep fascination with insects.

Director: Jessica Oreck

Votes: 159 | Gross: $0.01M

6. 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: 4,001 | Gross: $1.31M

7. The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (2007– )

180 min | Documentary

Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It's what our leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone to war to impose freedom around the ... See full synopsis »

Stars: James M. Buchanan, Paul McHugh, Philip Mirowski, John Nash

Votes: 1,617

8. It Felt Like a Kiss (2009)

54 min | Documentary, History, Music

The story of America's rise to power starting with 1959; it uses archive footage and American pop music to highlight the consequences to the rest of the world and in the peoples' minds.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: H. Rap Brown, Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon

Votes: 671

9. The Century of the Self (2002)

235 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Ann Bernays, Robert Reich, Alfred Pritz

Votes: 4,409

10. Holy Hell (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

64 Metascore

An inside look at Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

Director: Will Allen | Stars: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido, Phillipe Coquet, David Christopher

Votes: 4,283 | Gross: $0.02M

11. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

69 Metascore

About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.

Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Diane Kruger

Votes: 1,232 | Gross: $0.25M

12. I Escaped a Cult (2012 TV Movie)

Documentary

I Escaped a Cult talks to survivors of a polygamist breakaway Mormon sect (Warren Jeffs's FLDS) and a fundamentalist Christian community (Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps).... See full summary »

Director: Sally Howell | Stars: Brent Jeffs, Warren Jeffs, Rebekah Schmierer, Maura Schmierer

Votes: 34

13. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,467 | Gross: $0.09M

14. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,323

15. 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: 11,116 | Gross: $0.59M

16. One More Time with Feeling (2016)

PG | 113 min | Documentary, Music

92 Metascore

Explores the creative process of Nick Cave and his band as the singer struggles with an unspoken personal tragedy.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos, Susie Bick

Votes: 3,927

17. I'm Still Here (I) (2010)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

48 Metascore

Documents Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.

Director: Casey Affleck | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Antony Langdon, Carey Perloff, Larry McHale

Votes: 19,489 | Gross: $0.41M

18. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 11,569 | Gross: $4.95M

19. Seoul Train (2004)

54 min | Documentary

The gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China

Directors: Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky, Lisa Sleeth

Votes: 286

20. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz | Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst, Steven Barker

Votes: 4,253

21. Casting JonBenet (2017)

TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

In the months following the unsolved murder of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, responses were elicited from her Colorado hometown community, creating a work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

Director: Kitty Green | Stars: Hannah Cagwin, Aeona Cruz, Liv Bagley, Shylee Sagle

Votes: 4,287

22. Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (1998–2000)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Louis Theroux documents some of the US's most bizarre happenings, events and rituals, by getting involved himself.

Stars: Louis Theroux, David Paul, Randy James, J.J. Michaels

Votes: 2,510

23. Marina Abramovic In Brazil: The Space In Between (2016)

86 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

In search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil experiencing sacred rituals and exploring limits between art, immateriality and consciousness. How far will she go to create her work of art?

Director: Marco Del Fiol | Stars: Marina Abramovic, João de Deus, Andy Grice, Dorothy W. Cooke

Votes: 344

24. Seven Easy Pieces (2007)

93 min | Documentary

About the performing body and how it affects viscerally the people who confronts it, looks at it and participates in the transcendental experience that is its primary affect. The ceremonial... See full summary »

Director: Babette Mangolte | Star: Marina Abramovic

Votes: 63

25. Project Cancer (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Ulay is conceptual artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen, whose photography pushed the boundaries of the medium, and whose love affair with Marina Ambramovic produced some of the world's best-known ... See full summary »

Director: Damjan Kozole | Stars: Ulay, Marina Abramovic, Chrissie Iles, Roselee Goldberg

Votes: 22

26. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 10,401 | Gross: $3.78M

27. A Life in Waves (2017)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Musical

A Life in Waves explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani.

Director: Brett Whitcomb | Stars: Peter Baumann, Don Buchla, Dorit Chrysler, Suzanne Ciani

Votes: 93

28. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017)

82 min | Documentary

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Sng | Stars: Rushanara Ali, Gary Barton, Joe Beaver, Siân Berry

Votes: 96

29. SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A joyride that delves deep into the mind of rock and roll's greatest living photographer: Mick Rock.

Director: Barney Clay | Star: Mick Rock

Votes: 447 | Gross: $0.01M

30. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Directors: Ken Loach, Laura Obiols | Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

Votes: 46,548 | Gross: $0.26M

31. HyperNormalisation (2016)

166 min | Documentary

Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Adam Curtis, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Victor Gotbaum

Votes: 4,287

32. Love and Saucers (2017)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

The story of David Huggins, an unassuming 72 year-old who claims to have had a lifetime of encounters with otherworldly beings - including an inter-species romance with an E.T. woman (with ... See full summary »

Director: Brad Abrahams | Star: David Huggins

Votes: 101

33. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 16,592

34. Putin's Witnesses (2018)

102 min | Documentary

A rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vitaliy Manskiy, Boris Yeltsin

Votes: 575

35. Rams (2018)

74 min | Documentary

It is a documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability, and the future of design.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Naoto Fukasawa, Dieter Rams

Votes: 142

36. Timothy Leary's Dead (1996)

R | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

Journalizing his final year before dying of cancer in May 1996, this documentary takes a sentimental walk down memory-lane to honor a man whose place in history is surely guaranteed. ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Davids | Stars: Todd Mills, Mark Bernheimer, Michael Bowen, Ram Dass

Votes: 125

37. The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

90 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring.

Director: Christina Clausen | Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter

Votes: 362

38. People's Republic of Desire (2018)

95 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

As an entire generation has come of age on social media, virtual relationships are slowly replacing real-life human connections. And China has taken it to an extreme. Here, live streaming ... See full summary »

Director: Hao Wu

Votes: 295 | Gross: $0.02M

39. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,722 | Gross: $3.52M



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