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1. Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike - her elongated, ... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Buirski | Stars: Tanaquil Le Clerq, Jacques d'Amboise, Barbara Horgan, Randall Bourscheidt

Votes: 178 | Gross: $0.17M

2. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,515 | Gross: $0.49M

3. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 30,110 | Gross: $2.67M

5. Bill Cunningham: New York (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.

Director: Richard Press | Stars: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, Editta Sherman

Votes: 4,912 | Gross: $1.51M

6. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,045 | Gross: $0.19M

7. U.N. Me (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

46 Metascore

Documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz takes us on a brutal tour of a number of places where the UN has intervened. Through interviews with those involved - some of whom wish to remain ... See full summary »

Directors: Matthew Groff, Ami Horowitz | Stars: David Bosco, Roberta Cohen, Norm Coleman, Simon Deng

Votes: 108

8. 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: 13,909 | Gross: $0.27M

10. Heir to an Execution (2004)

TV-PG | 99 min | Documentary

A filmmaker explores the lives and deaths of her grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as spies in 1953.

Director: Ivy Meeropol | Stars: Sally Kanter Bruin, Bob Considine, David Greenglass, J. Edgar Hoover

Votes: 319

11. 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: 21,872 | Gross: $4.20M

12. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Crime

Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover

Votes: 3,983

13. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 389 min | Documentary

Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Jason Roberts

Votes: 29,100

14. No End in Sight (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, War

89 Metascore

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Omar Fekeiki

Votes: 7,914 | Gross: $1.43M

15. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,381 | Gross: $0.07M

16. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,791 | Gross: $1.33M

17. It's a Girl! (2012)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary

Every year in India and China, millions of babies are killed, neglected or abandoned simply because they are girls.

Director: Evan Grae Davis

Votes: 450

18. Small Small Thing (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

A look at the high profile case of Liberian Olivia Zinnah, who died in 2012 of complications from a rape that occurred when she was just 7 years old.

Director: Jessica Vale | Stars: Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Louis Johnson, Dannetha Sampson

Votes: 19

19. Killer Legends (2014)

86 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Delving into our collective nightmares, this horror-documentary investigates the origins of our most terrifying urban legends and the true stories that may have inspired them.

Director: Joshua Zeman | Stars: Rachel Mills, Joshua Zeman, Stephen Winick, James Presley

Votes: 2,921

20. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 7,203 | Gross: $0.05M

21. Streetwise (1984)

91 min | Documentary

Gritty documentary that looks at the lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Director: Martin Bell | Stars: Roberta Joseph Hayes, Baby Gramps, Erin Blackwell, Lou Ellen Couch

Votes: 1,463 | Gross: $0.01M

22. The Man Who Saved the World (2014)

110 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

Retired Soviet Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov, who saved the world from WW3, talks about his life as retiree and shares his opinions on the Cold War with actor Kevin Costner in this melancholic mixture of documentary and reenacted footage.

Director: Peter Anthony | Stars: Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Sergey Shnyryov, Nataliya Vdovina

Votes: 1,653

23. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Director: Mami Sunada | Stars: Hayao Miyazaki, Yumiko Miyoshi, Toshio Suzuki, Shinsuke Nonaka

Votes: 4,339

24. The Invisible Front (2014)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The Invisible Front was the code name used by the Soviet Interior Forces for the armed resistance in the occupied territories of the former Soviet Union. This resistance sprang to life ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonas Ohman, Vincas Sruoginis | Stars: Andrius Mamontovas, Darius Udrys

Votes: 532

25. Botso (2014)

82 min | Documentary, Music

71 Metascore

A man from the Republic of Georgia who, against all odds, survives the horrors of World War II. He then goes on to transform a small coastal town in California through his passion for art, ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Walters

Votes: 23

26. Terror at the Mall (2014 TV Special)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

A documentary detailing an indiscriminate terrorist attack that left 71 dead in Kenya.

Director: Dan Reed

Votes: 553

27. 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: 10,326 | Gross: $0.11M

28. The Animal Condition (2014)

90 min | Documentary

Four friends learn about animal farming on an unforgettable road trip.

Director: Michael Dahlstrom | Stars: Ande Cunningham, Michael Dahlstrom, Sarah-Jane McAllan, Augusta Miller

Votes: 21

29. Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (2013)

76 min | Documentary, Drama

Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, DANGEROUS ACTS gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets. As the ... See full summary »

Director: Madeleine Sackler | Stars: Pavel Gorodnitski, Nikolai Khalezin, Natalia Koliada, Tatyana Mikhailovna Kaliada

Votes: 143

30. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

71 Metascore

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

Directors: Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Debra Spinney

Votes: 1,230 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Tomorrow We Disappear (2014)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama

Since the 1970s New Delhi's magicians, puppeteers, and circus performers have called the tinsel slum, the Kathputli Colony, their home. Last year the government issued relocation permits to... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Goldblum, Adam M. Weber

Votes: 75

32. 1971 (2014)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed.

Director: Johanna Hamilton | Stars: Bonnie Raines, John Raines, Bob Williamson, Keith Forsyth

Votes: 816

33. Love Is a Verb (2014)

55 min | Documentary

A video documentation of a transnational social movement of Sufi inspired Sunni Muslims that originated in Turkey and Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Islamic preacher and an influential religious figure of the movement.

Directors: Terry Spencer Hesser, Stephan Mazurek | Stars: Fethullah Gülen, Ashley Judd

Votes: 2,278

34. Veil of Tears (2014)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, News

A gripping look into the difficulties facing of the women of India and what is being done to counteract generations of oppression against them.

Directors: Kenny Saylors, Kyle Saylors | Stars: Natalie Grant, K.P. Yohannan, Daniel Johnson, Nikita Hattangady

Votes: 60

35. Mission Blue (2014)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

77 Metascore

Feature documentary about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.

Directors: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens | Stars: Barbara Block, James Cameron, Michael deGruy, Sylvia Earle

Votes: 1,278

36. 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: 10,238 | Gross: $0.28M

37. People of a Feather (2011)

90 min | Documentary

Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada's Hudson Bay. Connecting... See full summary »

Director: Joel Heath

Votes: 95 | Gross: $0.01M

38. An Apology to Elephants (2013)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this documentary short traces mankind's long history with elephants and explores the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.

Director: Amy Schatz | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Pat Derby, Colleen Kinzley, Jeff Kinzley

Votes: 379

39. The Gardener (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

65 Metascore

The Gardener is a surreal film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about a religion (Baha'i faith) that ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Ririva Eona Mabi, Paula Asadi, Bal Kumari Gurung, Ian David Huang

Votes: 193

40. The Ghost Army (2013)

TV-PG | 68 min | Documentary, History

During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their... See full summary »

Director: Rick Beyer | Stars: Wesley Clark, Peter Coyote

Votes: 475

41. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)

Not Rated | 136 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,662 | Gross: $0.07M

42. Oma & Bella (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Oma and Bella is an intimate glimpse into the life of two dynamic elderly Jewish women in Berlin. The film follows them as make elaborate dishes recalled from their childhoods, before the ... See full summary »

Director: Alexa Karolinski | Stars: Regina Karolinski, Bella Katz

Votes: 58

43. Bus 174 (2002)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Crime

83 Metascore

Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda | Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Anonymous

Votes: 7,553 | Gross: $0.22M

44. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,152 | Gross: $1.51M

45. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

86 Metascore

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington, Juan Valdez

Votes: 3,519 | Gross: $0.47M

46. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Counselors provide support, guidance and hope to despondent servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles.

Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Votes: 465

47. Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the 'War on Terror' (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 28 min | Documentary, War

The stories of Khaled El-Masri and Binyam Mohamed, two men who have survived extraordinary rendition, secret detention, and torture by the U.S. government working with various other ... See full summary »

Votes: 8