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1. The Take (2004)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The film in not about auto-parts workers in suburban Buenos Aires, but about workers of a ceramic floors factory in Neuquen, several hundred miles southward, in Argentinian Patagonia.

Director: Avi Lewis | Stars: Matilde Adorno, Michel Camadessus, Bill Clinton, Gustavo Cordera

Votes: 1,122

2. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, War

A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.

Directors: Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack, Reto Caduff | Stars: Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett

Votes: 1,883

3. Beyond the Mat (1999)

R | 102 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

73 Metascore

A heartfelt documentary focusing on the day-to-day lives of professional wrestlers, some on the rise, some on the wane, and others fighting for their lives.

Director: Barry W. Blaustein | Stars: Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Jake Roberts, Barry W. Blaustein

Votes: 7,490 | Gross: $2.05M

4. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War

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: 13,845 | Gross: $0.27M

5. The War You Don't See (2010)

97 min | Documentary, War

Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it.

Directors: Alan Lowery, John Pilger | Stars: Julian Assange, Tony Blair, Wilfred Burchett, George W. Bush

Votes: 1,111

6. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 53,577 | Gross: $77.44M

7. Requiem for Detroit? (2010 TV Movie)

76 min | Documentary

A documentary about the decay and industrial collapse of America's fourth largest city.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Julien Temple, Lowell Boileau, Paul Thal, Mike Neeson

Votes: 417

8. Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality (2003 Video)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary

The noted scholar, political and social analyst Noam Chomsky presents his critique of America's "War on Terror" with his support for the fact that such a "War" cannot exist.

Director: John Junkerman | Star: Noam Chomsky

Votes: 469

9. Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2004 Video)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary

Greg Palast has been following the Bush family around for years as an investigative reporter for the BBC. This is some of the information he has found, as recorded in his book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy".

Director: Steven Grandison | Stars: Clayton Roberts, Greg Palast, Jim Hightower, Bill White

Votes: 345

10. The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, War

The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil, when the automobile became the center of the way people ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Greene | Stars: Barrie Zwicker, James Howard Kunstler, Peter Calthorpe, Michael Klare

Votes: 977

11. Stealing a Nation (2004 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

This tells a story literally 'hidden from history'. In the 1960s and 70s, British governments, conspiring with American officials, tricked into leaving, then expelled the entire population ... See full summary »

Directors: John Pilger, Sean Crotty | Star: John Pilger

Votes: 313

13. Much Ado About Something (2001)

70 min | Documentary, Mystery

66 Metascore

Did Christopher Marlowe write the works of Shakespeare?

Director: Michael Rubbo | Stars: Michael Rubbo, Bill Browning, Jonathan Bate, John Michell

Votes: 73

14. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,773 | Gross: $0.30M

15. Apartheid Did Not Die (1998 TV Movie)


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Director: Alan Lowery | Star: John Pilger

Votes: 30

17. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Inside the Meltdown (2009)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates the 2008 economic meltdown and offers an inside look at what caused the crisis and who, if anyone, could have stopped it.

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Nick Ashooh, Sheila Bair, Bill Bamber, Bryan Burrough

Votes: 105

18. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Son of Al Qaeda (2004)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

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Director: Don Knox

Votes: 9

19. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Close to Home (2009)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary

Producer Ofra Bikel chronicles how the middle class is faring in this recession through the stories of the people who she's come to know at the hair salon she's frequented for the past ... See full summary »

Director: Ofra Bikel | Stars: Ofra Bikel, Arun Rath

Votes: 12

20. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Chasing the Sleeper Cell (2003)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

A profile of an alleged terrorist group tracked by U.S. intelligence agents.

Stars: A.J. Ahmed, Sahim Alwan, Will Lyman

Votes: 12

21. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Real Sex Traffic (2005)

TV-MA | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary exposé inside the global sex slave trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc.

Director: Ric Esther Bienstock | Stars: Ric Esther Bienstock, Felix Golubev, Will Lyman

Votes: 134

22. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Age of AIDS (2006)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary

On the 25th anniversary of the first diagnosed cases of AIDS, FRONTLINE examines one of the worst pandemics the world has ever known. After a quarter-century of political denial and social ... See full summary »

Directors: Greg Barker, William Cran | Stars: Will Lyman, Peter Staley

Votes: 31

23. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The New Asylums (2005)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

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Directors: Miri Navasky, Karen O'Connor | Star: Will Lyman

Votes: 15

24. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Crash (1999)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

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Star: Will Lyman

25. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: College, Inc. (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates for-profit colleges and universities. It examines their recruitment methods, their online curriculum, and connections to big business.

Stars: Tami Barker, Nicholas Burbules, Ray Campbell, Kevin Carey

Votes: 80

27. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Kim's Nuclear Gamble (2003)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

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Director: Marcela Gaviria | Star: Will Lyman

Votes: 12

29. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The War Briefing (2008)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary

Whoever wins the 2008 presidential election will have to confront the war in Afghanistan. Frontline takes a deep look at developments there.

Directors: Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith | Stars: Kenneth Alexander, Richard Armitage, Benazir Bhutto, Steve Coll

Votes: 25

30. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Vaccine War (2010)

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary

Frontline examines both sides of the debate over vaccines. On one side, the public health community wholeheartedly endorses them. One the other, parents and politicians accuse them of causing disorders like autism.

Director: Jon Palfreman | Stars: Lorie Anderson, Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Donna Bradshaw-Walters

Votes: 104

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