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1. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,833 | Gross: $0.38M

2. Inequality for All (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.

Director: Jacob Kornbluth | Stars: Robert Reich, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen

Votes: 6,426 | Gross: $1.21M

3. 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: 22,163 | Gross: $4.20M

4. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 14,912 | Gross: $0.05M

5. Ne me quitte pas (2013)

107 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Set in a village on the edge of Belgium, Bob, Flemish, and Marcel, Walloon share their solitude, sense of humor and craving for alcohol.

Directors: Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden | Stars: Bob, Marcel

Votes: 368

6. The Notorious Mr. Bout (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

When he was arrested in 2008 in Thailand as a result of a U.S. government sting operation, the career of internationally known arms smuggler Viktor Bout came to a decisive end. Veiled by ... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin | Stars: Alla Bout, Sergei Bout, Viktor Bout, Wim Brown

Votes: 362

7. 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

83 Metascore

Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.

Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard | Stars: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader

Votes: 10,474 | Gross: $0.28M

8. 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: 43,406 | Gross: $0.89M

9. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston, Laurie Allen

Votes: 8,978 | Gross: $0.33M

10. R.E.M. by MTV (2014)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

On April 5, 1980 four college pals-Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe-took the stage together for the first time to play at a friend's birthday party. The band they ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Young | Stars: Bill Berry, Jay Boberg, Peter Buck, Stephen Colbert

Votes: 304

11. Kinshasa Kids (2012)

85 min | Drama

A film crew follow a group of children that live rough on Kinshasa's streets. The children are thought of as shegues, or witches, by many adults including their families. The kids' desire is to make money and music.

Director: Marc-Henri Wajnberg | Stars: Gabi Bolenge, Bebson Elemba, Joël Eziegue, Emmanuel Fakoko

Votes: 119

12. Rammstein in Amerika (2015)

R | 91 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary about the German Industrial Metal band Rammstein. Especially centering on their relationship with the USA, cumulating in the group's 2010 New York concert.

Director: Hannes Rossacher | Stars: Flake Lorenz, Richard Kruspe, Paul Landers, Till Lindemann

Votes: 968

13. In the Basement (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Fritz Lang, Alfreda Klebinger, Manfred Ellinger, Inge Ellinger

Votes: 2,285 | Gross: $0.00M

14. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 1,982

15. How to Change the World (2015)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

77 Metascore

In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life,... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Robert Hunter, Patrick Moore, Paul Watson, Rex Weyler

Votes: 1,009

16. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 50,172 | Gross: $2.80M

17. 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: 1,613 | Gross: $0.48M

18. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Director: Denny Tedesco | Stars: Denny Tedesco, Brian Wilson, Dick Clark, Cher

Votes: 2,516 | Gross: $0.80M

19. Johnny Cash: American Rebel (2015)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary that explains about the life of one of Country Music's most famous musicians, Johnny Cash.

Directors: Derik Murray, Jordan Tappis | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, June Carter Cash

Votes: 270

20. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Janis: Little Girl Blue (2016)

TV-14 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

Add a Plot

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, Karleen Bennett, Brad Campbell

Votes: 38

21. Presenting Princess Shaw (2015)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

A documentary on the collaborative relationship between New Orleans based songwriter/YouTube star Samantha Montgomery and composer/video artist Ophir Kutiel.

Director: Ido Haar | Stars: Kutiman, Samantha Montgomery

Votes: 510 | Gross: $0.06M

22. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: James Brown, Christian McBride, Bobby Byrd, Greg Tate

Votes: 1,166

23. A Strange Love Affair with Ego (2015)

93 min | Documentary

Ever since she was a young child, filmmaker Ester Gould has been amazed by the sheer self-confidence of her older sister Rowan, whose boundless creativity and natural beauty tended to make ... See full summary »

Director: Ester Gould

Votes: 196

24. 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: 35,534

25. The Polgar Variant (2014)

68 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The extraordinary story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters who were raised in communist Budapest of the 1970s to be chess masters.

Director: Yossi Aviram | Star: Judit Polgar

Votes: 33

26. Michael Moore in TrumpLand (2016)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

In the weeks before the 2016 general election, Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore performs a pro-Hillary Clinton stand-up show deep in the heart of TrumpLand.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Votes: 3,638 | Gross: $0.15M

27. Genesis: Together and Apart (2014 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks reunite to do a documentary spanning most of the career of Genesis and their solo careers.

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett

Votes: 349

28. 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: 26,983

29. Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police (2012)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

33 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of The Police.

Directors: Andy Grieve, Lauren Lazin | Stars: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland, The Police

Votes: 503 | Gross: $0.02M

30. Darwin (2011)

G | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Darwin is a documentary feature about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (... See full summary »

Director: Nick Brandestini

Votes: 292

31. Arno: Dancing Inside My Head (2016)

78 min | Documentary, Music

For the first time in over 40 years career Arno Hintjens allows a filmmaker to follow his creative process. The documentary follows him during the recording of his latest album 'Human ... See full summary »

Director: Pascal Poissonnier | Stars: Arno, Jane Birkin

Votes: 28

32. 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: 11,425 | Gross: $0.02M

33. The Rolling Stones Olé, Olé, Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (2016)

TV-14 | 105 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

Rocknroll concert doc following the Stones on their 2016 tour, culminating in their historic stop in Havana, Cuba.

Director: Paul Dugdale | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 862

34. Maori Boy Genius (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

What if you could turn back the clock and watch the minds forming of those who would create political zeitgeist shifts in the future - the US's first black President Barack Obama, South ... See full summary »

Director: Pietra Brettkelly | Star: Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti

Votes: 43

35. Rent a Family Inc. (2012)

80 min | Documentary

This is the unique and unpredictable story about Mr. Ryuichi Ichinokawa and his unusual way of life. On the surface Ryuichi looks like an ordinary Japanese man. He is 44 years old, married ... See full summary »

Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder

Votes: 80

36. Dream Empire (2016)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

Yana's company uses actors to turn remote Chinese ghost towns into temporary "international booming cities," tricking visitors into buying overpriced property. But when the real estate ... See full summary »

Director: David Borenstein | Stars: Yana Yang, Jimmy, David Borenstein, Derk

Votes: 137

37. The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

87 min | Documentary, Drama, War

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops ... See full summary »

Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Stars: Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor, Zulfu

Votes: 531

38. The Lovers & the Despot (2016)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Thriller

65 Metascore

The story of the South Korean actor, Choi Eun-hee, and her ex-husband and film director, Shin Sang-ok, who were individually kidnapped and reunited by dictator and film fan Kim Jong-il to force them to develop North Korea's film industry.

Directors: Ross Adam, Robert Cannan | Stars: Eun-hie Choi, Paul Courtenay Hyu, Sang-ok Shin

Votes: 884 | Gross: $0.06M

39. Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Director: Jay Bulger | Stars: Ginger Baker, Femi Kuti, Eric Clapton, Stewart Copeland

Votes: 3,129 | Gross: $0.11M

40. The Loving Story (2011)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Buirski | Stars: Jane Alexander, Lindsay Almond Jr., Edward L. Ayers, Leon M. Bazile

Votes: 673

41. Promises and Lies: The Story of UB40 (2016 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Music

One of the most commercially successful acts of all time, UB40 enjoyed decades of huge success, selling over 70 million records with global hits including 'Red Red Wine', 'Can't Help ... See full summary »

Directors: Roger Penny, Charlie Thomas | Stars: UB40, Ian Campbell Group, Ian Campbell, David Campbell

Votes: 79

42. The Settlers (2016)

107 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

An intimate look at life inside the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Director: Shimon Dotan

Votes: 181

43. 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: 11,395 | Gross: $0.59M

44. Shadow World (2016)

94 min | Documentary

Based on the book of The Shadow World, this feature length documentary is an investigation into the multi-billion dollar international arms trade.

Director: Johan Grimonprez

Votes: 644

45. Gimme Danger (2016)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, Bob Waller, The Stooges

Votes: 4,521 | Gross: $0.44M

46. The Age of Consequences (2016)

TV-PG | 80 min | Documentary, News, War

6.7