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1. Everybody Street (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn, illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers - including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell... See full summary »

Director: Cheryl Dunn | Stars: Boogie, Martha Cooper, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 613

2. Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography, History

65 Metascore

Set in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest, the film unearths the history of land art during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. Troublemakers is ultimately a story ... See full summary »

Director: James Crump | Stars: Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Germano Celant, Paula Cooper

Votes: 113 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (2013)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

This documentary highlights the more the 40 movies that Clint Eastwood has made. It explores his style of direction and features comments from people with whom he has worked.

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Kevin Bacon, John Calley, Kevin Costner, Joel Cox

Votes: 201

4. Milarepa (2006)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

52 Metascore

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong, Jamyang Lodro, Jamyang Nyima

Votes: 893

5. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,792 | Gross: $0.11M

6. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 13,773

7. Air Sex: The Movie (2014)

81 min | Documentary, Comedy, Sport

A feature length documentary film about the most bizarre touring comedy show there is - the Air Sex World Championships.

Director: Jonathan Evans | Stars: David Arquette, Colt Cabana, David Liebe Hart, Twanna Hines

Votes: 20

8. 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: 5,526 | Gross: $0.09M

9. Song of the New Earth (2014)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game, Miramax) follows one man's quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound. It features the extraordinary life ... See full summary »

Director: Ward Serrill

Votes: 80

10. Rihanna: Good Girl, Bad Girl (2012 Video)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

Good Girl Bad Girl tells the story of Rihanna, and her triumphant journey from poverty and obscurity on the Caribbean island of Barbados, to becoming a worldwide pop sensation.

Director: Thomas Gibson

Votes: 54

11. Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.

Director: John Ridley | Stars: André Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga

Votes: 5,961 | Gross: $0.32M

12. Corbo (2014)

119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A teenage Québecer in the 1960s evolves from pro-independence activist to radical terrorist, in this gripping chronicle of the origins of the FLQ in the decade preceding the 1970 October Crisis.

Director: Mathieu Denis | Stars: Anthony Therrien, Antoine L'Écuyer, Karelle Tremblay, Tony Nardi

Votes: 444

13. Cantinflas (2014)

PG | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

The untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Director: Sebastian del Amo | Stars: Óscar Jaenada, Michael Imperioli, Ilse Salas, Bárbara Mori

Votes: 3,662 | Gross: $6.37M

14. The Last of Robin Hood (2013)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

The last days in the life of legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland | Stars: John Hudson Messerall, Brian Bascle, Daniel J. Clancy, Kelly O'Neal

Votes: 1,930 | Gross: $0.27M

15. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 43,183 | Gross: $0.89M

16. Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, Biography

A profile and history of film director Akira Kurosawa.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Mike Hodges, Paul Joyce

Votes: 229

17. The Redemption of the Devil (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

Jesse Hughes, AKA Boots Electric, AKA The Fabulous Weapon, AKA "The Devil" - guitarist, beloved frontman of the band Eagles of Death Metal, man of God, and (possibly) aspiring conservative ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Hoffman | Star: Jesse Hughes

Votes: 116

18. loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

63 Metascore

loudQUIETloud is the story of this unforseen plot twist. A deeply compelling portrait of four band members and their difficult, tense, and ultimately triumphant return.

Directors: Steven Cantor, Matthew Galkin | Stars: Frank Black, Kim Deal, David Lovering, Joey Santiago

Votes: 1,270 | Gross: $0.00M

19. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Dallas Schoo

Votes: 12,046 | Gross: $1.61M

20. The Secret Life of Nikola Tesla (1980)

115 min | Biography, Drama

Life and times of Nikola Tesla, famous scientist whose inventions were stolen, but whose greatest contribution to mankind remain a mystery to this day.

Director: Krsto Papic | Stars: Petar Bozovic, Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Strother Martin

Votes: 1,163

21. Soaked in Bleach (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Crime

50 Metascore

Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain.

Director: Benjamin Statler | Stars: Daniel Roebuck, Sarah Scott, August Emerson, Tyler Bryan

Votes: 11,037

22. Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (1993 TV Special)

Not Rated | 204 min | Documentary, Music

On October 16, 1992, an impressive and eclectic group of artists gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the purpose of celebrating the music of Bob Dylan on occasion of his ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Taylor | Stars: Bob Dylan, The Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter, June Carter Cash

Votes: 287

23. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stella Adler, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Borne

Votes: 6,606 | Gross: $0.43M

24. Rebel in the Rye (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, "The Catcher in the Rye".

Director: Danny Strong | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Victor Garber, Hope Davis

Votes: 7,151 | Gross: $0.38M

25. Coming Through the Rye (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

64 Metascore

In 1969, the Holden Caulfield-obsessed Jamie Schwartz runs away from boarding school to find the reclusive author J.D. Salinger. Inspired by actual events, Jamie's search is a journey into the meaning of friendship, love and loss.

Director: James Steven Sadwith | Stars: Alex Wolff, Stefania LaVie Owen, Chris Cooper, Jacob Leinbach

Votes: 784 | Gross: $0.00M

26. The Girl King (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

37 Metascore

THE GIRL KING paints a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant

Votes: 3,288

27. The Young Messiah (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Fantasy

33 Metascore

Tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity.

Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh | Stars: Adam Greaves-Neal, Vincent Walsh, Sara Lazzaro, Sean Bean

Votes: 2,983 | Gross: $6.46M

28. Good Ol' Freda (2013)

PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, History

60 Metascore

A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.

Director: Ryan White | Stars: Freda Kelly, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Votes: 1,777 | Gross: $0.14M

29. Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018)

Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

While keeping a low profile after his defeat by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi gets into trouble after getting in a fight with a powerful foreigner.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jin Zhang, Dave Bautista, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa

Votes: 4,888 | Gross: $6.21M

30. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A (2018)

96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

70 Metascore

Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

Director: Steve Loveridge | Stars: M.I.A., Madonna, Bill Maher, Nicki Minaj

Votes: 1,456 | Gross: $0.23M

31. Giger's Necronomicon (1975)

40 min | Short, Documentary

Inside the Giger studio creating one of his famous pieces, carving a mountain of clay into the famous "Alien". Experience Giger designing the Alien Eggs and the Derelict ship, as well as rare deleted scenes from the movie itself.

Directors: H.R. Giger, J.J. Wittmer | Star: H.R. Giger

Votes: 40

32. Waiting for Hockney (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A young working class Baltimore man spends 10 years on a single portrait, believing it is his means to fame and fortune. But he also believes that only one man can lead him there---the ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Checkoway | Stars: Billy Pappas, Larry Link, Cookie Pappas, Bill Schulte

Votes: 130

33. The Act (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy's quest for independence opens up a Pandora's box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, AnnaSophia Robb, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 14,331



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