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1. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,298 | Gross: $0.81M

2. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 14,155 | Gross: $2.67M

3. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 20,049 | Gross: $0.26M

4. Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (2000)

24 min | Documentary

A self-help guide which applies the teachings of philosophers to dealing with life's everyday problems.

Star: Alain de Botton

Votes: 286

5. I Am Ali (2014)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

55 Metascore

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

Director: Clare Lewins | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali Jnr, Hana Ali, Maryum Ali

Votes: 3,022 | Gross: $0.00M

6. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,742

7. The Elephant in the Living Room (2010)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

The Elephant in the Living Room takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world, as common household pets. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Webber | Stars: Tim Harrison, Terry Brumfield, Russ Clear, Casey Craig

Votes: 965

8. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 11,803 | Gross: $0.89M

9. Breaking a Monster (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

BREAKING A MONSTER chronicles the break-out year of the band UNLOCKING THE TRUTH, following 13-year-old members Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins as they first encounter ... See full summary »

Director: Luke Meyer | Stars: Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins, Alec Atkins, Alan Sacks

Votes: 269 | Gross: $0.00M

10. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.

Directors: Michael Fiore, Erik Sharkey | Stars: Cosmo Anzilotti, Jane Baer, Dave Bossert, Suzanne Bothke

Votes: 501

11. Tower (2016)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

92 Metascore

Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

Director: Keith Maitland | Stars: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir

Votes: 6,775 | Gross: $0.09M

12. 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: 5,764 | Gross: $0.07M

13. Junun (2015)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, Music

78 Metascore

Musician Jonny Greenwood travels to Rajasthan, where he performs with a multitude of Indian musicians.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri, Nihal Khan, Nathu Lal Solanki, Narsi Lal Solanki

Votes: 1,317

14. Festival Express (2003)

R | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music

85 Metascore

The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour boasting major acts like Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and The Band.

Directors: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich | Stars: Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Band, Rick Danko

Votes: 2,074 | Gross: $1.17M

15. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 20,807

16. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History

A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Roger Corman, John Landis, Pete Tombs, Mark Holcomb

Votes: 1,473

17. 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016)

82 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary exploring the birth, death, and resurrection of the illustrated movie poster.

Director: Kevin Burke | Stars: Paul Ainsworth, Dave Alexander, Andrea Alvin, David Byrd

Votes: 564

18. I Am Bruce Lee (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day he died over three decades ago.

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: Bruce Lee, Paul Bowman, Daniele Bolelli, Richard Bustillo

Votes: 3,489

19. Andre the Giant (2018 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A look at the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as Andre the Giant.

Director: Jason Hehir | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Rob Reiner

Votes: 4,792

20. Rodman (2020)

Documentary | Post-production

"Rodman" is the story of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman told by Penny Marshall. Dennis told Penny he didn't trust or want anyone else to tell his story. If you think you have heard it all about Dennis Rodman this film will open your eyes.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Dennis Rodman, Jay Leno, John Salley, Mark Cuban

21. The Carter Effect (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Sport

In his latest documentary, Sean Menard gives viewers an unprecedented look at Vince Carter: the six-foot-six, eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach who made waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he joined the Raptors in 1998.

Director: Sean Menard | Stars: Vince Carter, Drake, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash

Votes: 1,075

22. Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A documentary that follows the early career of basketball star Dirk Nowitzki, his relationship with coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner, and their path to NBA glory.

Director: Sebastian Dehnhardt | Stars: Dirk Nowitzki, Holger Geschwindner, Kobe Bryant, Rick Carlisle

Votes: 1,745 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Nash (2013)

TV-14 | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

This coming of age documentary chronicles the life of NBA All Star Steve Nash as he tries to navigate his way through the somewhat toils of professional sports while trying to leave a lasting legacy on and off the court.

Directors: Michael Hamilton, Corey Ogilvie | Stars: David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Doug Ellin, Andy Garcia

Votes: 161

24. Whitney (2018)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Whitney Houston, Ellen White, Michael Houston, Cissy Houston

Votes: 5,440 | Gross: $3.03M

25. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Scotty Bowers, Lois Bowers, William Mann, David Kuhn

Votes: 814 | Gross: $0.46M

26. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

TV-MA | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

74 Metascore

An intimate look into the life and work of the revered master comedian and actor, Robin Williams.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Robin Williams, Steve Allen, Robert Altman, Roseanne Barr

Votes: 5,654

27. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 18,797 | Gross: $22.61M

28. Minding the Gap (2018)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Director: Bing Liu | Stars: Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan

Votes: 5,924 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Michael Moore in TrumpLand (2016)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

In the weeks before the 2016 general election, Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore performs a pro-Hillary Clinton stand-up show deep in the heart of TrumpLand.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Votes: 3,585 | Gross: $0.15M

30. Big Men (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men's ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Boynton

Votes: 542 | Gross: $0.04M

31. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz

Votes: 20,264

32. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 10,342 | Gross: $1.57M

33. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music

75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 29,428

34. Xangadix Lives! (2017)

50 min | Documentary, Horror

In 1992 The Johnsons was released in the Netherlands. A horror film where the cream of the crop of the Dutch film world had been working on. It was one of the biggest films of the year, won... See full summary »

Directors: Bram Roza, Yfke Van Berckelaer | Stars: Harry Ammerlaan, Haig Balian, Theo Bierkens, Michel Bonset

Votes: 25

35. The Five Obstructions (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmaker Lars Von Trier challenges Jørgen Leth, the filmmaker behind The Perfect Human (1967), to remake his classic short under circumstances of increasing constraint.

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier | Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Arenal

Votes: 7,736 | Gross: $0.09M

36. Hail Satan? (2019)

R | 95 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Jex Blackmore, Chalice Blythe, Nicholas Crowe, Sal De Ciccio

Votes: 2,588 | Gross: $0.42M

37. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

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: 11,211

38. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

Directors: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn | Stars: Lisa Agabian, Manucher Alemi, Lindsey Allen, Kip Andersen

Votes: 18,777

39. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,944 | Gross: $1.33M

40. In Search of Darkness (2019)

260 min | Documentary, Horror

An exploration of '80s horror movies through the perspective of the actors, directors, producers and SFX craftspeople who made them, and their impact on contemporary cinema.

Director: David A. Weiner | Stars: Tom Atkins, Doug Bradley, John Bloom, Diana Prince

Votes: 117



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