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1. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, News

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 57,774 | Gross: $2.07M

2. The Cult of the Suicide Bomber (2005 TV Movie)

96 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

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Directors: David Batty, Kevin Toolis | Star: Robert Baer

Votes: 146

3. Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? (1998)

74 min | Documentary

Documentary covering the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black nationalist and journalist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer and sentenced to death... See full summary »

Director: John Edginton | Stars: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Alfred Sabo

Votes: 69

4. American Hardcore (2006)

R | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music

69 Metascore

The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director: Paul Rachman | Stars: Greg Ginn, Ian MacKaye, James Drescher, Lucky Lehrer

Votes: 3,135 | Gross: $0.28M

5. The Filth and the Fury (2000)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock

Votes: 5,382 | Gross: $0.61M

6. End of the Century (2003)

Unrated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

The story of the punk rock band The Ramones.

Directors: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia | Stars: Rick Rubin, Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone

Votes: 3,366 | Gross: $0.39M

7. Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

69 Metascore

In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts.

Director: AJ Schnack | Stars: Kurt Cobain, Nathan Streifel, Michael Azerrad, Courtney Love

Votes: 3,438 | Gross: $0.08M

8. Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story (2005)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Documentary film based on the life of the late Andrew Wood, Singer/Songwriter for the legendary Seattle based band Mother Love Bone, a band that would later become Pearl Jam.

Director: Scot Barbour | Stars: Jeff Ament, Chris Cornell, Stone Gossard, Kim Thayil

Votes: 111

9. Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, History, Music

59 Metascore

A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Cameron Crowe

Votes: 7,370 | Gross: $0.45M

10. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

A look at James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most infamous criminals in American history.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Stephen Rakes, James 'Whitey' Bulger, Tommy Donahue, David Boeri

Votes: 2,765 | Gross: $0.08M

11. Stateless (2014)

86 min | Documentary, History

In the late 1980's, on the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Soviet Jews were finally allowed to leave the USSR. What these people did not expect was that ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Drob | Stars: Steven Bayme, Boris Bekker, Marina Belotserkovskaya, Gennady Drob

Votes: 36

12. A Band Called Death (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett | Stars: Bobby Hackney, David Hackney, Dannis Hackney, Robbie Duncan

Votes: 3,342 | Gross: $0.13M

13. Killing Lincoln (2013 TV Movie)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

Director: Adrian Moat | Stars: Tom Hanks, Regen Wilson, Billy Campbell, Jesse Johnson

Votes: 2,024

14. 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: 628 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steven Burg

Votes: 56,395 | Gross: $13.00M

16. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 96,931 | Gross: $11.53M

17. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 9,405 | Gross: $0.31M

18. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 39,020 | Gross: $3.23M

19. Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

A look at the lives of various students attending the historical school, and the racial, social, and economic divisions that exist between them.

Director: Brent Renaud

Votes: 31

20. Too Young to Die (2012– )
Episode: Kurt Cobain - Eine Überdosis Ruhm (2012)

52 min | Documentary

On April 5, 1994, the 27-year-old rock star took his own life at his home in Seattle. Kurt Cobain was the voice of his generation. The film traces the short dramatic life of the rock rebel ... See full summary »

Director: Niels Negendank | Stars: Kurt Cobain, Paul Bendelow, Charles Cross, Aaron Burckhard

Votes: 40

21. 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: 26,547

22. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 49,171 | Gross: $3.17M

23. Classic Albums (1997– )
Episode: Nirvana: Nevermind (2005)

74 min | Documentary, Music

It has sold millions and is responsible for the birth of grunge. This documentary looks at the story behind how Nirvana came to record Nevermind and the effect it was to have on the music ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Samuel Bayer, Steve Diggle, Dave Grohl, Thurston Moore

Votes: 546

24. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 136,028 | Gross: $21.24M

25. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,306 | Gross: $119.19M

26. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 72,104 | Gross: $24.54M

27. The Last Alaskans (2015– )

41 min | Reality-TV

An eight-part special event that documents the lives of some of the most isolated people in America - the last of their kind - as they struggle and thrive in Alaska's untouched wilderness ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Harte, Edna Korth, Ray Lewis

Votes: 690

28. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 44,947 | Gross: $8.41M

29. 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: 10,934

31. We Are Twisted Fucking Sister! (2014)

Not Rated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

65 Metascore

They were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While microcosm of Punk/New Wave ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Horn | Stars: Sally Avellino, Donna Boccuzzi, Garry Bushell, Phil Carson

Votes: 1,526

32. Batkid Begins (2015)

PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

63 Metascore

On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish. Batkid Begins looks at the 'why' of this flash phenomenon.

Director: Dana Nachman | Stars: Teresa Clovicko, Audrey Copper, Katie Cotton, James Coyne

Votes: 1,547 | Gross: $0.07M

33. After the Fire (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A gripping documentary detailing tales of incredible courage and cowardice in the aftermath of the 2000 Seton Hall Fire in New Jersey.

Director: Guido Verweyen

Votes: 71

34. The Hunt for Bin Laden (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

Witness the 20-year, billion-dollar hunt for the Al-Qaeda leader, as told by the main players who finally brought him down.

Director: Leslie Woodhead | Stars: Allen Farmer, Richard Clarke, J. Cofer Black, Pat D'Amuro

Votes: 143

35. The Hunt for the Boston Bombers (2014 TV Movie)

Documentary, Crime

A recounting of the 2013 terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon and its subsequent investigation and manhunt.

Directors: Sam Hobkinson, Sam L. | Stars: William B. Evans, Karen Odom, Michele Mahoney, Frank Armstrong

Votes: 181

36. Team Foxcatcher (2016)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Documentary filmmaker Jon Greenhalgh examines the life of Dave Schultz, a professional wrestler who was part of 'Team Foxcatcher', funded by multi-millionaire John du Pont.

Director: Jon Greenhalgh | Stars: Dan Chaid, John du Pont, Dave Schultz, Mark Schultz

Votes: 4,155

37. Iverson (2014)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized ... See full summary »

Director: Zatella Beatty | Stars: Allen Iverson, Tom Brokaw, Larry Brown, Dwyane Wade

Votes: 3,133

38. The Sheik (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

The Sheik is a pop culture documentary that chronicles Khosrow Vaziri's electrifying career. From his upbringing in Iran, to his journey in America, to his unprecedented experiences as America's most hated villain.

Director: Igal Hecht | Stars: Jack Black, Jim Duggan, Mick Foley, Todd W. Fulkerson

Votes: 868

39. Meine Tochter Anne Frank (2015 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

Feature scenes and interviews with Anne Frank's contemporaries to tell the story of the short life.

Director: Raymond Ley | Stars: Mala Emde, Götz Schubert, Lion Wasczyk, Rosalie Ernst

Votes: 186

40. 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: 4,311 | Gross: $0.44M

41. Whose Streets? (2017)

R | 90 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

Directors: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis | Stars: Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., David Whitt, Montague Simmons

Votes: 960 | Gross: $0.18M

42. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Music

Rising from the ashes of Nirvana, the Foo Fighters became a Grammy-winning sensation on their own. Sixteen years of the band's history comes to life in this documentary, from their demo ... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Shawn Cloninger, William Goldsmith, Jessy Greene, Dave Grohl

Votes: 5,730

43. The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

55 Metascore

A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 8,756 | Gross: $0.24M

44. HR Finding Joseph I (2016)

92 min | Documentary

"Finding Joseph I" is a feature documentary chronicling the eccentric life and struggles of punk rock reggae singer, Paul "HR" Hudson, a.k.a. Joseph I, legendary lead singer from Bad Brains.

Director: James Lathos | Stars: Mark Andersen, Yana Chupenko, Anthony Countey, Cro-Mags

Votes: 83

45. Bad Brains: A Band in DC (2012)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Bad Brains are one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. They melded punk and reggae into an innovative style that has yet to be copied. Their impact and... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Logan, Mandy Stein | Stars: Julian Cambridge, Anthony Countey, James Drescher, Harley Flanagan

Votes: 123

46. Sad Vacation (2016)

95 min | Documentary

A new documentary about the painful and poignant final days of the tragic couple Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

Director: Danny Garcia | Stars: Rachel Amodeo, Roberta Bayley, Den Browne, Leee Black Childers

Votes: 136

47. It's So Easy and Other Lies (2015)

TV-MA | 84 min | Documentary

35 Metascore

The lifetime story of Guns N' Roses bass player, Duff McKagan. How he struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, and overcame it. Talks about the real challenges in everyday life, his childhood, and how the band made it big.

Director: Christopher Duddy | Stars: Nikki Sixx, Slash, Benny Urquidez, Duff McKagan

Votes: 260

48. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 18,383 | Gross: $22.61M

49. McQueen (2018)

R | 111 min | Documentary, Biography