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1. No Woman, No Cry (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Pregnancy is a death sentence for more than half a million women every year, but their deaths would be preventable if they could obtain the health care they needed. This documentary focuses on the personal stories behind those statistics.

Director: Christy Turlington

Votes: 51

2. King Corn (2007)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Woolf | Stars: Bob Bledsoe, Earl L. Butz, Dawn Cheney, Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,916 | Gross: $0.08M

3. Lake of Fire (2006)

Unrated | 152 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Bill Baird, Flip Benham, Dallas Blanchard

Votes: 2,397 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Man on Wire (2008)

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

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: 50,896 | Gross: $2.96M

5. My Kidnapper (2010)

83 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

In 2003 Mark Henderson was one of eight backpackers taken hostage in Colombia. One year after his release one of his kidnappers contacted him by email. Now he's going back to meet him and finally close this chapter in his life.

Directors: Mark Henderson, Kate Horne

Votes: 72

6. Nicky's Family (2011)

96 min | Documentary, History

52 Metascore

This docudrama tells the story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Jewish Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 102 ... See full summary »

Director: Matej Minac | Stars: Ben Abeles, Denisa Augustinova, Martin Bandzak, Tom Berman

Votes: 477

7. Nora's Will (2008)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

This story begins when José finds out that Nora, the woman he'd been married to for 30 years and then divorced, has committed suicide. The rabbi explains to José that due to the celebration... See full summary »

Director: Mariana Chenillo | Stars: Fernando Luján, Enrique Arreola, Ari Brickman, Juan Carlos Colombo

Votes: 888

8. One Lucky Elephant (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Ten years in the making, ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT follows the poignant journey of circus producer David Balding as he tries to find a nurturing and permanent home for Flora, the 18-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Leeman | Stars: Ivor David Balding, Flora

Votes: 185

9. Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

R | 92 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: David Carr, Sarah Ellison, Larry Ingrassia, Dennis Crowley

Votes: 3,195 | Gross: $1.07M

10. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steven Burg

Votes: 56,646 | Gross: $13.00M

11. 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: 60,983 | Gross: $3.97M

12. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

Votes: 11,695 | Gross: $5.73M

13. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 98,408 | Gross: $11.53M

14. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 46,227 | Gross: $0.87M

15. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,455 | Gross: $0.07M

16. The Last Lions (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Family

69 Metascore

Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »

Director: Dereck Joubert | Star: Jeremy Irons

Votes: 3,922 | Gross: $0.64M

17. La maleta mexicana (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, History

The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase that were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of WWII, contained many of the Spanish Civil War ... See full summary »

Director: Trisha Ziff | Stars: Ernest Alós, Juan Diego Botto, Sebastian del Amo, Antonio de la Fuente Ferraz

Votes: 222

18. The Rescuers (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

The film traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 ... See full summary »

Director: Michael King | Stars: Martin Gilbert, Agnes Hirschi, Stephanie Nyombayire, Sebastian Mendes

Votes: 27

19. The Woodmans (2010)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

The story of a family that suffers a tragedy, but perseveres and finds redemption through each other and their work - making art.

Director: Scott Willis | Stars: Francesca Woodman, George Woodman, Betty Woodman, Charles Woodman

Votes: 571 | Gross: $0.04M

20. They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

Documentary on the killing of 73-year-old Catholic nun and activist Sister Dorothy Stang in February 2005, in the state of Pará (Brazilian rain forest), where she, for 30 years, fought ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Junge | Stars: Wagner Moura, Felício Pontes, Martin Sheen, Becky Spires

Votes: 162

21. This Is Not a Film (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi | Stars: Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Votes: 4,526 | Gross: $0.08M

22. Urbanized (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Michael Sorkin, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer

Votes: 1,981

23. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,125 | Gross: $0.19M

24. Bill W. (2012)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

69 Metascore

A documentary about Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Directors: Dan Carracino, Kevin Hanlon | Stars: Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob, Blake J. Evans, Chris Gates

Votes: 170

25. Caris' Peace (2011)

76 min | Documentary

Documentary film about actress Caris Corfman and her theatrical one woman show, Caris' Peace.

Director: Gaylen Ross | Stars: Lewis Black, Yusef Bulos, Kate Burton, Caris Corfman

Votes: 13

26. Colour Me (2011)

78 min | Documentary, Drama

COLOUR ME is a documentary film that will change the way you think about race. We follow motivational speaker Anthony McLean into the ethnically explosive city of Brampton, Ontario - where ... See full summary »

Director: Sherien Barsoum | Star: Anthony McLean

Votes: 10

27. Detropia (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Noah Stewart, Rachele Gilmnore, Michael Wanko, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra

Votes: 1,504 | Gross: $0.36M

28. Girl Model (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Thriller

68 Metascore

A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.

Directors: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin | Stars: Ashley Arbaugh, Rachel Blais, Olivia Arben, Tigran Khachatrian

Votes: 2,143 | Gross: $0.02M

29. Give Up Tomorrow (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

When a teenager from a political family in the Philippines is accused of a double murder, the country's entire judicial system is put to the test after years of alleged corruption.

Director: Michael Collins

Votes: 559

30. Born to Be Wild (2011)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

66 Metascore

This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman, Chris Fries

Votes: 2,883 | Gross: $25.89M

31. Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

Votes: 1,402 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Downloaded (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Mike D, Henry Rollins, Noel Gallagher, Cindy Margolis

Votes: 2,613 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Brave Miss World (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

One woman's quest to turn personal tragedy into global awareness.

Director: Cecilia Peck | Stars: Linor Abargil, Morgan Carpenter, Joan Collins, Fran Drescher

Votes: 481

34. Anita (II) (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, History

68 Metascore

A profile of Anita Hill, the African-American lawyer who challenged Clarence Thomas' nomination to the US Supreme Court and thus exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world.

Director: Freida Lee Mock | Stars: Jill Abramson, Joe Biden, John Carr, Orrin Hatch

Votes: 403

35. Girl Rising (2013)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Drama

59 Metascore

This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Amina, Azmera, Arindol Bagchi, Rekha Banerjee

Votes: 1,147

36. Harvest of Empire (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

66 Metascore

A powerful documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. From the territorial ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Getzels, Eduardo Lopez | Stars: Junot Diaz, Luis Enrique, Juan Gonzalez, Maria Hinojosa

Votes: 142 | Gross: $0.06M

37. Honor Flight (2012)

PG | 82 min | Documentary, History, War

61 Metascore

Honor Flight chronicles a community coming together to honor World War II veterans. The film follows a team of Midwest volunteers as they race against the clock to send every local WWII veterans to see the memorials built in their honor.

Director: Dan Hayes | Stars: Bert Brach, Earl Bruss, Joe Dean, Joe Demler

Votes: 134

38. Lord Montagu (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The fascinating inside story of Lord Edward Montagu, one of England's most controversial and iconic aristocrats.

Director: Luke Korem | Stars: Oliver Tobias, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Prince Michael of Kent, Jackie Stewart

Votes: 65

39. McCullin (2012)

91 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today's photojournalists. For the first time, McCullin speaks candidly about his ... See full summary »

Directors: David Morris, Jacqui Morris | Stars: Harold Evans, Don McCullin, Michael Parkinson, Sue Ryder

Votes: 2,139

40. Musicwood (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

74 Metascore

The most famous guitar-makers in the world band together on a journey into one of the most primeval forests on earth. Their struggle is with a Native American logging company, their hope: to save the acoustic guitar.

Director: Maxine Trump | Stars: The Antlers, Dave Berryman, Turin Brakes, Kaki King

Votes: 27

41. Salma (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Internationally-acclaimed, multiple award winning filmmaker Kim Longinotto (ROUGH AUNTIES, World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary, Sundance, 2009) returns to Sundance 2013 with the World ... See full summary »

Director: Kim Longinotto

Votes: 78

42. Vera 68 (2012)

91 min | Documentary

Vera Cáslavská, with her seven gold and four silver Olympic medals, represents the most successful Czechoslovak sportswoman of all time as well as the fourth most successful Olympic sportswoman of the world.

Director: Olga Sommerová | Stars: Vera Caslavska, John Bok, Václav Havel, Jan Potmesil

Votes: 32

43. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 9,546 | Gross: $0.31M

44. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,572 | Gross: $0.27M

45. The Great Flood (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History, Music

75 Metascore

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Morrison

Votes: 122 | Gross: $0.01M

46. Hot Coffee (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.5