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1. James Dean: The First American Teenager (1975 TV Movie)

PG | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

Explores the myth and the man behind it.

Director: Ray Connolly | Stars: James Dean, Stacy Keach, Carroll Baker, Leslie Caron

Votes: 90

2. The Farthest (2017)

PG | 121 min | Documentary, History

87 Metascore

It is one of humankind's greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so.

Director: Emer Reynolds | Stars: Frank Drake, Carolyn Porco, John Casani, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 3,861 | Gross: $0.01M

Drawer documentary of Voyager's spacecrafts towards the outer planets till borderlines of solar system and beyond

3. The Last Dalai Lama? (2016)

82 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, featuring interviews with his family and the people he has inspired since his exile from Tibet in 1959.

Director: Mickey Lemle | Stars: George W. Bush, Rinchen Khando Choegyal, Tenzin Choegyal, Thupten Chokdhen

Votes: 50 | Gross: $0.14M

The life of His Holiness Dalai Lama of Thibet

4. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 21,945 | Gross: $1.33M

5. The Yogis of Tibet (2002 Video)

Documentary

For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices.

Director: Jeffrey M. Pill | Stars: Jeffrey Gibson, Geshe Yeshi Chophel, The Dalai Lama, Ani Konchok Khandro

Votes: 180

6. The Courtesans of Bombay (1983 TV Movie)

74 min | Documentary, Music

Roughly structured over 24 hours, we visit Pavan Pool, a compound in Bombay where poor women sing, dance, and engage in prostitution. By day, they practice singing and dancing, both ... See full summary »

Director: Ismail Merchant | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Zohra Sehgal, Kareem Samar

Votes: 91

by Ismail Merchant

7. The Making of 'Sands of Iwo Jima' (1993 Video)

Documentary, Short

A documentary hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin, detailing the making of the classic 1949 John Wayne war film "The Sands of Iwo Jima." Included are clips from the film and interviews ... See full summary »

Stars: Leonard Maltin, John Agar, Wally Cassell, Len Fribourg

Votes: 31

8. Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City - 1900-1922 (2012)

87 min | Documentary

An examination of the destruction of cosmopolitan city Smyrna in 1922.

Director: Maria Ilioú | Stars: Eleni Bastea, Alexandros Kitroev, Giles Milton, Jack Nalbantian

Votes: 78

Maria Iliou

9. Fritänkaren (1994 Video)

Not Rated | 276 min | Biography, Drama

a 274-minute documentary portrait of the life of playwright August Strindberg. The topic of the movie is inextricable from its method of production: for two years, beginning in 1992, Watkins created the film in a communal collaboration.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Anders Mattsson, Lena Settervall, Roland Borgström, Ingela Berger

Votes: 78

11. Person to Person (1953–1961)

30 min | Documentary, News

Interviews with figures from public life.

Stars: Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Jayne Meadows, Jerry Lewis

Votes: 121

12. Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)

G | 108 min | Biography, Drama

G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Dragan Maksimovic, Terence Stamp, Mikica Dimitrijevic, Athol Fugard

Votes: 991

(Gurdjieff's search for hidden knowledge) A film by Peter Brook

13. La rabbia (1963)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

"La Rabbia" employs documentary footage (from the 1950s) and accompanying commentary to attempt to answer the existential question, Why are our lives characterized by discontent, anguish, ... See full summary »

Directors: Giovanni Guareschi, Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Giorgio Bassani, Renato Guttuso, Gigi Artuso, Carlo Romano

Votes: 423

Guareschi contro Pasolini

14. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 12,694 | Gross: $3.78M

(I having a ball... wish you were here...)

15. The Walk (II) (2015)

PG | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

70 Metascore

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Émilie Leclerc

Votes: 119,916 | Gross: $10.14M

(The walk a true story)

16. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

96 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash

Votes: 53,001 | Gross: $0.06M

"La battaglia di Algeri" Gillo Pontecorvo

17. The Odyssey (2016)

PG | 122 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The aquatic adventure of the highly influential and fearlessly ambitious pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher, and conservationist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, covers roughly thirty years of an inarguably rich in achievements life.

Director: Jérôme Salle | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 5,035

18. Lenin in October (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

The movie about events of October revolution of 1917 and Lenin's role in the organization of revolt of Bolsheviks.

Directors: Mikhail Romm, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Boris Shchukin, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Vasili Vanin, Nikolai Svobodin

Votes: 286

19. Triumph Over Violence (1965)

R | 82 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary about the rise and fall of fascism and the effects of Nazism on German society.

Director: Mikhail Romm | Stars: Mikhail Romm, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Göring

Votes: 1,525

20. Great Directors (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, ... See full summary »

Director: Angela Ismailos | Stars: David Lynch, Catherine Breillat, Bernardo Bertolucci, Liliana Cavani

Votes: 450 | Gross: $0.02M

21. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr

Votes: 10,605

22. Moskovskaya elegiya (1987)

88 min | Documentary

A film in homage to Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. It concentrates on his absence from the Soviet Union and what he left behind. There are episodes of his funeral and places he lived ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Andrei Tarkovsky, Tonino Guerra, Aleksandr Sokurov

Votes: 335

23. A Lego Brickumentary (2014)

G | 93 min | Documentary

51 Metascore

A look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys.

Directors: Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge | Stars: Jason Bateman, Jamie Berard, Bryan Bonahoom, Alice Finch

Votes: 1,904 | Gross: $0.10M

24. I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth (2004)

90 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

This film examines the creation and exhibition of the propaganda film I Am Cuba, a Soviet/Cuban collaboration unknown in the West until the 1990s.

Director: Vicente Ferraz | Stars: Othon Bastos, Alexander Calzatti, Fidel Castro, Luz María Collazo

Votes: 360

25. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

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

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 19,889 | Gross: $1.34M

26. The Armstrong Lie (2013)

R | 124 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

67 Metascore

A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu

Votes: 7,248 | Gross: $0.38M

27. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 63,798 | Gross: $3.97M

28. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 52,651 | Gross: $2.96M

29. Wheel of Time (2003)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: The Dalai Lama, Lama Lhundup Woeser, Takna Jigme Sangpo, Matthieu Ricard

Votes: 2,293

30. Triumph Over Violence (1965)

R | 82 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary about the rise and fall of fascism and the effects of Nazism on German society.

Director: Mikhail Romm | Stars: Mikhail Romm, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Göring

Votes: 1,525

31. La morte rouge (2006)

32 min | Short, Drama

Spanish director Victor Erice discusses the first film he saw as a 5 year old and the impact it had on his life.

Director: Víctor Erice | Star: Víctor Erice

Votes: 260

32. The Quince Tree Sun (1992)

133 min | Documentary, Biography

82 Metascore

The artist Antonio López tries to capture the sunlight hitting his quince tree all autumn, but the struggle seems futile.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Antonio López, María Moreno, Enrique Gran, María López

Votes: 1,677

33. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)

TV-14 | 106 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn

Votes: 3,408

34. Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

77 Metascore

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville | Stars: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 5,890 | Gross: $0.89M

35. Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

Director: Ceyda Torun | Stars: Yaman Barlas, Sari, Arzu Göl, Kemal Suncu

Votes: 13,072 | Gross: $2.83M

The Cats of Istanbul

36. The Divine Order (2017)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1971, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote.

Director: Petra Biondina Volpe | Stars: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner

Votes: 2,379 | Gross: $0.08M

The case of women vote in Switzerland

37. Nowhere to Hide (2016)

86 min | Documentary, War

82 Metascore

"Nowhere to Hide" follows a man - the medic and father Nori Sharif - through 5 years of dramatic change in the war-torn Diyala-province; one of the most dangerous provinces in the middle of... See full summary »

Director: Zaradasht Ahmed | Stars: Abu Fallah, Hans Husum, Mudhafar, Nori Sharif

Votes: 176

About Iraqi people living the war tragedy

38. Here Was Cuba (2013)

78 min | Documentary

It is hard to to imagine a time when international conflict had to be resolved over great distances and excruciating suspense, when communication between the world's most powerful leaders ... See full summary »

Directors: John Murray, Emer Reynolds

Votes: 17

39. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCall | Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,158 | Gross: $0.02M

40. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.

Director: Stig Björkman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alicia Vikander, Pia Lindström, Roberto Rossellini

Votes: 2,010 | Gross: $0.14M

41. Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen (2013)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen is an unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.Utter opposites... nothing in common. The cowboy and the ... See full summary »

Director: John Mulholland | Stars: Sam Waterston, Len Cariou, Nancy Crawford, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 65

42. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Nati Abascal, Giorgio Armani

Votes: 1,751 | Gross: $1.76M

43. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

69 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.

Directors: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,442 | Gross: $1.00M

44. Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint-Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Bergé.

Director: Jalil Lespert | Stars: Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet

Votes: 11,254 | Gross: $0.72M

45. Francofonia (2015)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, History

71 Metascore

A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals Altes

Votes: 2,617 | Gross: $0.30M

46. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

7.9