My favorite Documentaries

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1. Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018)

TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Crime

The extraordinary story of the "pizza bomber heist" and the FBI's investigation into a bizarre collection of suspects.

Stars: Kevin G. Calkins, Ann Smith

Votes: 19,832

2. Lore (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Horror

Our collective nightmare mythologies are rooted in real-life horror stories.

Stars: Aaron Mahnke, Steven Berkoff, Josh Bowman, Paula Malcomson

Votes: 4,315

3. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 15,518 | Gross: $0.61M

4. 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: 43,912 | Gross: $0.89M

5. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Laura Nirider, Ken Kratz

Votes: 83,138

6. Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (2017– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Documentary

Porn has gone mainstream; the question is, can we handle it? This exploration of the intersection of sex and technology is told through the stories of the people whose lives are defined by ... See full summary »

Stars: James Rhine, Lena Anderson, James Bartholet, Lily Cade

Votes: 1,778

7. Long Shot (2017 TV Short)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he insists he didn't commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw footage from a popular TV show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Director: Jacob LaMendola | Stars: Tasha Boggs, Juan Catalan, Melissa Catalan, Miguel Catalan

Votes: 4,690

8. 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: 11,565 | Gross: $0.02M

9. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Errol Morris, Elizabeth Holmes, Dan Ariely

Votes: 7,105

10. Kidnapped for Christ (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, News

A young evangelical filmmaker is granted unprecedented access inside a controversial Christian behavior modification program for teens, where she discovers shocking secrets and young ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Logan | Stars: David Wernsman, Tai Mathieu, Kate Logan, Dan Anderson

Votes: 927

11. Beyond the Spectrum: Being Taken (2018)

74 min | Documentary

This is the definitive Documentary on Alien Abduction. A careful fact based study of the most credible cases, hoaxes, military historical involvement and expert interviews.

Stars: Dean Alioto, Stephen Bassett, Stanton Friedman, Steven M. Greer

Votes: 121

12. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 15,041

13. Billion Dollar Bully (2019)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

This documentary takes an investigative look into accusations that online marketing giant Yelp! is running a mob-like extortion racket against business owners who refuse, or can't afford to pay-to-play.

Director: Kaylie Milliken

Votes: 96

14. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

61 Metascore

An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.

Director: Chris James Thompson | Stars: Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen, Pat Kennedy

Votes: 1,823

15. Beware the Slenderman (2016)

TV-14 | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Tells the story of two 12-year old girls, who attempted to murder one of their friends in an attempt to appease Slenderman, a fictional monster from a horror website.

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky | Stars: Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier, Angie Geyser, Bill Weier

Votes: 5,766

16. No One Dies in Lily Dale (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A candid portrayal of Lily Dale, a spiritualist community in upstate New York, where most of the town's residents are registered Mediums who regularly give spiritual readings to visitors through alleged communication with the deceased.

Director: Steven Cantor | Star: Michelle Whitedove

Votes: 116

17. The Nightmare (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Horror

68 Metascore

A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Siegfried Peters, Elise Robson, Stephen Joseph, Estrella Cristina

Votes: 6,305

18. The Slave Circle (2018)

98 min | Documentary

Pyramid scheme, scam, cult...all words used to describe the direct sales/marketing operation profiled in The Slave Circle - a film about a business where you are owned. From how the ... See full summary »

Director: Alex J. Semchuck | Stars: Meagan Edwards, Jessica Schmidt, Justin Schmidt, Alex J. Semchuck

Votes: 18

19. I Think We're Alone Now (2008)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Two individuals, Jeff and Kelly, claim to be in love with the 80's pop singer Tiffany.

Director: Sean Donnelly | Stars: Kelly McCormick, Tiffany, Jeff Turner

Votes: 1,338

20. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 20,317

21. E-Motion (2014)

TV-G | 87 min | Documentary, News

E-Motion is a factual documentary that explores how human emotions affect the physiology of the human body and how once negative emotions are replaced with positive emotions bona fide ... See full summary »

Director: Frazer Bailey | Stars: Joseph Dispenza, Nassim Haramein, Ty Hungerford, Lauren A Jackson

Votes: 179

22. 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: 4,395

23. Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)

TV-PG | 72 min | Documentary, History

The story of Ted Slauson, a contestant who gamed the rules of The Price Is Right (1972) through extensive analysis and became a sensation on the game show.

Director: C.J. Wallis | Stars: Theodore Slauson, Bob Barker, Roger Dobkowitz, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 1,901

24. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 36,961

25. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Crime

68 Metascore

Tracing from his rise in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years.

Director: Eva Orner | Stars: Larissa Anderson, Francesca Asumah, Sarah Baughn, Bikram Choudhury

Votes: 4,524

26. God Knows Where I Am (2016)

97 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

Through diary entries, this documentary follows the life and death of homeless woman Linda Bishop and her struggles with starvation, sanity and God.

Directors: Jedd Wider, Todd Wider | Stars: Kevin Carbone, Matthew Nelson, Wayne DiGeronimo, Brian Smith

Votes: 723

27. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter (2019)

TV-MA | 143 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Teen Michelle Carter's actions shocked a nation - but what really happened behind closed doors? This HBO special showcases the prosecution's point of view and alternately the defense's. Which side do you fall on?

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jesse Barron, Emily Bazelon, Sam Boardman, Peter Breggin

Votes: 3,340

28. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 21,891 | Gross: $12.32M

29. The Family (V) (2016)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary

An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its survivors still bear today.

Director: Rosie Jones | Stars: Sung Yun Cho, Jordan Fraser-Trumble, Anne Hamilton-Byrne

Votes: 282

30. Derren Brown: Apocalypse (2012– )

60 min | Documentary, Horror, Mystery

A member of the public is given a second chance at life when mentalist Derren Brown makes him realize how important life is by tricking him into believing that a meteor has hit the earth and is now populated by zombies.

Stars: Derren Brown, Steven Brosnan, Gilbert Martin, Jordan Loughran

Votes: 866

31. America's Most Hated Family in Crisis (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Louis returns to the Phelps family to find that several members have left the cult, and that they are being sued.

Director: Emma Cooper | Stars: Louis Theroux, Lauren Drain, Steve Drain, Betty Phelps

Votes: 2,301

32. The Most Hated Family in America (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Louis meets the Phelps family, who protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality

Director: Geoffrey O'Connor | Stars: Louis Theroux, Lauren Drain, Steve Drain, Fred Phelps

Votes: 4,103

33. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 31,698

34. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 25,955 | Gross: $0.90M

35. 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: 56,836 | Gross: $13.00M

36. 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: 35,918

37. Hot Coffee (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice.

Director: Susan Saladoff | Stars: Chuck Allen, Judy Allen, Jay Angoff, David Arredondo

Votes: 3,633

38. The Woman Who Wasn't There (2012)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

The Woman Who Wasn't There is a psychological thriller that goes inside the mind of history's most infamous 9/11 survivor.

Director: Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr. | Stars: Tania Head, Elia Zedeno, Gerry Bogacz, Brendan Chellis

Votes: 1,718

39. Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

Haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme "full contact" terror simulations. But how far is too far?

Director: Jon Schnitzer | Stars: Jason Blum, McKenzie Westmore, Jen Soska, Jessica Cameron

Votes: 796

40. Hellier (2019)

50 min | Documentary

A small crew of paranormal researchers find themselves in a dying coal town, where a series of strange coincidences leads them to a decades-old mystery with far-reaching implications.

Stars: Dana Matthews, Greg Newkirk, Karl Pfeiffer, Connor Randall

Votes: 565

41. Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

A group of online justice seekers track down a guy who posted a video of himself killing kittens.

Stars: Deanna Thompson, John Green, Claudette Hamlin, Antonio Paradiso

Votes: 28,837

42. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Director: Skye Borgman | Stars: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg

Votes: 13,531



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