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1. Rokkasho Rhapsody (2006)

119 min | Documentary

In Rokkasho there is a reprocessing plant for nuclear fuel. Villagers and supporters engaging in a grassroots campaign around nuclear facilities.

Director: Hitomi Kamanaka

Votes: 5

3. The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011)

39 min | Documentary, Short

Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.

Director: Lucy Walker

Votes: 301

4. Ruhr (2009)

121 min | Documentary

James Benning's worrying and also reassuring vision of the Ruhr Valley, shot in six fascinating takes of a tunnel, a forest, a factory, a mosque, graffiti and a chimney.

Director: James Benning

Votes: 136

5. RR (2007)

111 min | Documentary

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Director: James Benning

Votes: 164

6. Casting a Glance (2007)

80 min | Documentary

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Director: James Benning

Votes: 102

7. 13 Lakes (2004)

135 min | Documentary

Shots of 13 great lakes in the USA, with each shot containing half water and half sky or land.

Director: James Benning

Votes: 237

8. Ten Skies (2004)

101 min | Documentary

An experimental film portraying different skies in very long takes.

Director: James Benning

Votes: 179

10. Down There (2006)

78 min | Documentary

Akerman spends a month in Tel Aviv, in an apartment by the sea, contemplating her family, her Jewish identity and her childhood.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 92

11. La villa Santo Sospir (1952)

36 min | Documentary, Short

Short about Mrs. Weisweiller's Villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferat, on Côte d'Azur, which was decorated by Jean Cocteau.

Director: Jean Cocteau | Stars: Jean Cocteau, Edouard Dermithe, Francine Weisweiller

Votes: 250

12. Study of a River (1997)

16 min | Documentary, Short

The first part (winter) of a seasonal study of the Hudson river in New York.

Director: Peter B. Hutton

Votes: 154

13. Dis-moi (1980 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

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Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 30

14. Paradjanov: The Color of Armenian Land (1969)

16 min | Documentary, Short

Blacklisted for portraying his dissident friends Paradjanov and Minas, Vartanov had to wait 20 years to complete the trilogy with Minas: A Requiem (1989) and Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)

Director: Mikhail Vartanov | Stars: Sergei Parajanov, Mikhail Vartanov, Minas Avetisyan, Sofiko Chiaureli

Votes: 47

15. The Globalisation Tapes (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

Documents their exploration of history, globalization, and how unions around the world can support each other and struggle together.

Directors: Anar, Basir, Christine Cynn, Erman, Hayati, Jumiati, Karman, Kirman, Mirza, Misnan, Muntoha, Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Intan Sinaga, Sharman Sinaga

Votes: 56

16. Cocksucker Blues (1972)

93 min | Documentary, Music

This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont. Because of the free-form ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Frank | Stars: Truman Capote, Dick Cavett, Marshall Chess, Chris Collins

Votes: 729

17. The Present (1996)

24 min | Short

Revolve around daily life in Frank's New York loft on Bleecker Street, and his ramshackle place in Mabou, Nova Scotia.

Director: Robert Frank | Star: Yûichi Hibi

Votes: 62

18. Pull My Daisy (1959)

30 min | Short

Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop,... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie | Stars: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers

Votes: 640

19. Cielo (2017)

78 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A love poem to the night sky, set in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Director: Alison McAlpine

Votes: 102

20. Filmworker (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

73 Metascore

A documentary about how English actor Leon Vitali came to work as an assistant to American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for over 30 years.

Director: Tony Zierra | Stars: Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Brian Capron, Mike Alfreds

Votes: 1,998 | Gross: $0.10M

21. A Thousand Thoughts (2018)

Documentary, Music

Filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground), in collaboration with writer and editor Joe Bini (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Grizzly Man), takes the stage with the legendary ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Bini, Sam Green

Votes: 16

22. Shirkers (2018)

97 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

A woman explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

Director: Sandi Tan | Stars: Sandi Tan, Jasmine Kin Kia Ng, Philip Cheah, Sophia Siddique Harvey

Votes: 3,237

23. Bisbee '17 (2018)

PG | 112 min | Documentary, Western

87 Metascore

An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

Director: Robert Greene | Stars: Mike Anderson, Charles Bethea, Ken Boe, Benjamin Joel Caron

Votes: 386 | Gross: $0.12M

24. 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: 5,640 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Paradjanov: A Requiem (1994)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

The film shows the unique world of artist Sergei Parajanov, whose brilliant images in films and collages aroused the suspicion of Soviet authorities.

Director: Ron Holloway | Star: Sergei Parajanov

Votes: 101

26. One More Time with Feeling (2016)

PG | 113 min | Documentary, Music

92 Metascore

Explores the creative process of Nick Cave and his band as the singer struggles with an unspoken personal tragedy.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos, Susie Bick

Votes: 3,868

27. Miradas múltiples (La máquina loca) (2012)

96 min | Documentary, History

They build myths, light passions, and practically never speak. In this documentary they'll complete with their words, the iconographic world of one of the most legendary cinematographers of... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Maillé | Stars: Javier Aguirresarobe, Ricardo Aronovich, Affonso Beato, Gabriel Beristain

Votes: 61

28. Bosch: The Garden of Dreams (2016)

90 min | Documentary

It's a documentary of the painting by "The Bosch", "The garden of early delights".

Director: José Luis López-Linares | Stars: Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Ludovico Einaudi, Orhan Pamuk, Miquel Barceló

Votes: 247

29. Burden of Dreams (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 5,749

30. Silenced (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Drama

Three National Security whistleblowers fight to reveal the darkest corners of America's war on terror, challenging a government that is increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.

Director: James Spione | Stars: Majdi Alghader, Marc Basil, Marc Blagowidow, Jeffrey Brewer

Votes: 330

31. Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

A visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States as seen through cemeteries, historic plaques and markers. Inspired by Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States".

Director: John Gianvito

Votes: 153

32. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

76 Metascore

A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Richard Feynman, Michèle Oshima

Votes: 3,165 | Gross: $0.13M

33. Tales by Light (2015– )

23 min | Documentary

Behind every powerful image is a powerful story. Uniting exploration, photography and the natural world, Tales By Light follows photographers from Australia and around the world as they push the limits of their craft.

Stars: Art Wolfe, Eric Cheng, Stephen Dupont, Jonathan Scott

Votes: 1,496

34. Objectified (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Andrew Blauvelt, Erwan Bouroullec

Votes: 3,276 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Chef's Table: France (2016– )

TV-14 | 46 min | Documentary

Chef's Table, French edition, goes inside the lives and kitchens of some of the world's most renowned French chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexandre Couillon, Alain Passard

Votes: 1,121

36. A sad se spusta vece (2019)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Bitter poetry of everyday life in the isolated hills of Eastern Bosnia shows the care and intimacy of the grannies, both in their mutual relations and in relationship with nature.

Director: Maja Novakovic | Stars: Obrenija Radic, Vinka Radic

37. Behemoth (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to ... See full summary »

Director: Liang Zhao

Votes: 763

38. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,735 | Gross: $1.88M

39. The Economics of Happiness (2011)

67 min | Documentary, News

'The Economics of Happiness' features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Gorelick, Helena Norberg-Hodge, John Page | Stars: Jan Barham, Ronald Colman, Eliana Amparo Apaza Espillico, Zac Goldsmith

Votes: 222

40. The Bad Kids (2016)

101 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A group of teachers at a Mojave Desert high school take an unconventional approach to improve the lives of their struggling students.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

Votes: 523 | Gross: $0.00M



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