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1. 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: 1,369

2. Scenes of a Crime (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

71 Metascore

Explores a nearly 10-hour interrogation that culminates in a disputed confession, and an intense, high-profile murder trial in New York state. Police video-recordings reveal the complicated... See full summary »

Directors: Grover Babcock, Blue Hadaegh | Stars: Tim Colaneri, Adrian Thomas

Votes: 49

3. An Omar Broadway Film (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

An incarcerated gang member sneaks a video camera into prison in order to document the use of excessive force and corruption among the institution's guards.

Directors: Omar Broadway, Douglas Tirola | Stars: Marc Agnifilo, Kwame Amoaku, Lynne Broadway, Omar Broadway

Votes: 93

4. 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: 62,799 | Gross: $3.97M

5. 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: 32,553 | Gross: $2.67M

6. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Lorraine Barrett, June Downs

Votes: 12,436 | Gross: $2.40M

7. Knuckleball! (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

73 Metascore

A documentary that showcases baseball's most unpredictable pitch.

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Tim Wakefield, Dave Lennon, Jim Bouton, Charles Hough

Votes: 1,579

8. $ellebrity (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

53 Metascore

Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur gives an all access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera.

Director: Kevin Mazur | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kid Rock

Votes: 1,013

9. Cocaine Unwrapped (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, News

Moving from country to country in South America, reporting from across the drugs frontline and interviewing top-level international politicians this film exposes the human cost of one of ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Seifert

Votes: 108

10. Cargo: Innocence Lost (2008)

75 min | Drama

A documentary that exposes the underworld of sex trafficking of women and children in the United States.

Director: Michael Cory Davis | Stars: Elen Koleva, Jonas Talkington, George Zlatarev

Votes: 11

11. Very Young Girls (2007)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Crime

Very Young Girls, whose title reflects the fact that in the United States the average age of entry into prostitution is just thirteen. The film takes us into the work of a former sexually ... See full summary »

Directors: David Schisgall, Nina Alvarez | Stars: Laura Guzman, Rachel Lloyd

Votes: 419

12. Fatal Promises (2009)

90 min | Documentary

Fa.tal: adj- Causing ruin or destruction;disastrous / Prom.ise(s): noun- something that effects an express assurance; indication of what may be expected. Every year, an estimated 800,000 ... See full summary »

Director: Kat Rohrer

Votes: 15

13. The Price of Sex (2011)

72 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

A documentary about young Eastern European women who've been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by survivors; a film that gives a voice to women who ... See full summary »

Director: Mimi Chakarova | Star: Mimi Chakarova

Votes: 149

14. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 23,708 | Gross: $3.12M

15. Strange Culture (2007)

75 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary in which actors interpret the legally touchy subject of artist Steve Kurtz, who is being held as a suspected terrorist because of his work.

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson | Stars: Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote, Josh Kornbluth

Votes: 353

16. 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: 14,708 | Gross: $0.27M

17. Harvard Park (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

A moving documentary about how a small baseball field in South Central Los Angeles became the proving ground for several legendary baseball players, including All-Stars Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry.

Director: Bryan Coyne | Stars: Eric Davis, Darryl Strawberry

Votes: 35

18. How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Crime

69 Metascore

Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.

Director: Matthew Cooke | Stars: 'Freeway' Ricky Ross, Susan Sarandon, David Simon, 50 Cent

Votes: 6,591 | Gross: $1.50M

19. The Dust Bowl (2012– )

229 min | Documentary, History

A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

Stars: Dorothy Williamson, Donald Worster, Timothy Egan, Calvin Crabill

Votes: 1,584

20. Shadow Company (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

A groundbreaking investigation into the secretive world of private security forces in Iraq.

Directors: Nick Bicanic, Jason Bourque | Stars: Alan Bell, Phil Lancaster, Madelaine Drohan, Robert Young Pelton

Votes: 702

21. Schooled: The Price of College Sports (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History, Sport

A documentary that examines how college sports in America became a billion dollar enterprise built on the backs of its unpaid athletes.

Directors: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jon Paley | Stars: Kevin Anderson, Jay Bilas, Taylor Branch, Bob Costas

Votes: 581

22. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2009)

R | 124 min | Documentary, Biography

55 Metascore

A look at the battles Hugh Hefner fought over the years against the U.S. government, the religious right, and militant feminists.

Director: Brigitte Berman | Stars: Larry Adler, Bobbie Arnstein, Joan Baez, Count Basie

Votes: 684 | Gross: $0.02M

23. UnHung Hero (2013)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary

UnHung Hero charts a humiliated man's fact-finding journey as he consults porn stars, doctors and anthropologists to learn whether the size of one's manhood matters.

Director: Brian Spitz | Stars: Patrick Moote, Wendy Suzann Miller, Axel Braun, Jonah Falcon

Votes: 2,591

24. Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Director: Jay Bulger | Stars: Ginger Baker, Femi Kuti, Eric Clapton, Stewart Copeland

Votes: 3,207 | Gross: $0.11M

25. Generation Iron (2013)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition.

Director: Vlad Yudin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, Lou Ferrigno

Votes: 7,524 | Gross: $0.85M

26. After Porn Ends (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

An exploration of the lives of several former adult performers who have retired from the porn industry.

Director: Bryce Wagoner | Stars: Amber Lynn, Asia Carrera, Bobby Slayton, Crissy Moran

Votes: 7,486

27. Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

Director: James Toback | Stars: James Toback, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Bérénice Bejo

Votes: 1,747

28. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

91 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: 34,436 | Gross: $0.49M

29. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,951 | Gross: $0.38M

30. 9 to 5: Days in Porn (2008)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary

9to5 - Days in Porn focuses on the people behind a controversial and multi-billion dollar industry "The Adult Entertainment industry". It depicts their stories, each one different, ... See full summary »

Director: Jens Hoffmann | Stars: Otto Bauer, Audrey Hollander, Belladonna, Jim Powers

Votes: 2,009

31. The Gatekeepers (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh | Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri

Votes: 5,396 | Gross: $2.42M

32. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to... See full summary »

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 6,150

33. Jedi Junkies (2010)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary

A film about the world's most dedicated Star Wars fans. From lightsaber wielding martial arts academies to a filmmaker who built the world's only life-size Millennium Falcon, from a Monster... See full summary »

Director: Mark Edlitz | Stars: Jay Shrivastava, Ray Park, Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch

Votes: 456

34. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 12,120 | Gross: $1.60M

35. Medora (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Sport

64 Metascore

In America's basketball heartland, four boys from rural Medora, Indiana fight to end their high school's team's losing streak, as their dwindling town faces the threat of extinction.

Directors: Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart

Votes: 120

36. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 12,152 | Gross: $4.95M

37. Ladders (2004)

55 min | Documentary

The subject of Ladders is artist Yankel Ginzburg. Ladders are a recurring theme in Ginzburg's art. The film charts an ascent from a boyhood in Stalinist Eastern Europe to the circles of ... See full summary »

Director: Liron Unreich | Stars: Yankel Ginzburg, Harry Belafonte

38. 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: 151

39. The Newburgh Sting (2014)

87 min | Documentary

The FBI targets a Muslim community in Newburgh, New York and arrests four men in 2009 during a sting operation, claiming they tried to help a Pakistani business man, who was working with the FBI, with terrorist attacks.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Votes: 425

40. To Be Takei (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

66 Metascore

A look at the many roles played by eclectic actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot | Stars: George Takei, Brad Takei, Walter Koenig, William Shatner

Votes: 1,457 | Gross: $0.05M

41. 7 Deadly Sins (2014– )

Documentary

Morgan Spurlock presents a modern day interpretation of the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

Stars: Jennifer Brito, Tommy Gunn, Mike Heslin, Jamie Keohane

Votes: 498

42. Adult Entertainment: Disrobing an American Idol (2007 Video)

108 min | Documentary

A fresh, scientific and sometimes humorous look at the effects of the Adult Industry on a single man and a married couple who view porn & frequent xxx-clubs for 30 days. Strip club owners, ... See full summary »

Director: Lance Tracy | Stars: Lance Tracy, Kenny, Joshua, Debbie

Votes: 127

43. The Day My God Died (2003)

R | 70 min | Documentary

Filmed in Nepal and India this documentary presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex slave trade. The film provides actual footage from inside the... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Levine | Stars: Anuradha Koirala, Tim Robbins, Winona Ryder

Votes: 236

44. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, News

78 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman | Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das, Manik

Votes: 15,995 | Gross: $3.41M

45. Redlight (2009)

72 min | Documentary

A powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world. Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories ... See full summary »

Directors: Adi Ezroni, Guy Jacobson, Charles Kiselyak | Stars: Somaly Mam, Reena, Sokha, Srey Peuv

Votes: 63

46. Anonymously Yours (2002)

90 min | Documentary