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1. María Sabina, mujer espíritu (1978)

80 min | Documentary

"Maria Sabina, woman spirit", is the cinematic portrait of one of the most famous healers-shamans of Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Star: María Sabina

Votes: 62

2. Electro Chaabi (2013)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Music

A music documentary film that covers the emergence of a new electronic genre called Mahraganat in Cairo.

Director: Hind Meddeb

Votes: 42

3. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 12,105

4. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 16,327 | Gross: $0.61M

5. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Stars: Mikhail Kaufman, Elizaveta Svilova

Votes: 22,250

6. The Coen Brothers (2000 TV Short)

41 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary showing the lives of the famous directors Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Including many guests featuring in their films.

Director: Sarah Aspinall | Stars: Neil Pearson, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Roger Deakins

Votes: 215

7. Men of the City (2009)

58 min | Documentary

Men working in the City of London make money out of money or from its proximity. But what do they feel about their life and jobs? We follow brokers, a cleaner, a Bengalí separate father, etc.

Director: Marc Isaacs

Votes: 35

8. Lift (II) (2001)

25 min | Documentary, Short

Director Marc Isaacs installs himself in the lift of a typical English tower. People start talking to him and we discover their lives.

Director: Marc Isaacs | Star: Marc Isaacs

Votes: 388

9. Gates of Heaven (1978)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Lucille Billingsley, Zella Graham, Cal Harberts, Dan Harberts

Votes: 5,431

10. On Tour with Pina Bausch (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Music

Chantal Akerman followed famous Choreographer Pina Bausch and her company of dancers, The Tanzteater Wuppertal, for five weeks while they were on tour in Germany, Italy and France. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Pina Bausch, Chantal Akerman

Votes: 123

11. Divine Trash (1998)

97 min | Documentary

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a 1972 interview of Waters are clips from his first films and recent interviews with his ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Yeager | Stars: John Waters, Pat Waters, John Waters Sr., Steve Buscemi

Votes: 1,015 | Gross: $0.04M

12. Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2015)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

Mr. Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.

Director: Tomer Heymann | Stars: Ohad Naharin, Tzofia Naharin, Olivia Ancona, Avi Belleli

Votes: 833 | Gross: $0.17M

13. Gayby Baby (2015)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family

GAYBY BABY follows the lives of four kids - Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham - whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with personal change, the outside world wrestles with the ... See full summary »

Director: Maya Newell | Stars: Ebony, Graham, Gus, Matt

Votes: 736

14. Chemsex (2015)

83 min | Documentary

In hidden basements, bedrooms and bars across London, "Chemsex" is a documentary that exposes frankly and intimately a dark side to modern gay life. Traversing an underworld of intravenous ... See full summary »

Directors: William Fairman, Max Gogarty | Star: Mike Ferguson

Votes: 591

15. 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: 6,207 | Gross: $0.07M

16. 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: 33,000 | Gross: $2.67M

17. The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, Biography

86 Metascore

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Directors: Agnès Varda, Laura Obiols | Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier

Votes: 3,298 | Gross: $0.24M

18. Almost Holy (2015)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

Gennadiy calls himself "Pastor Crocodile." He's known throughout Ukraine for his years working to rehabilitate drug-addicted kids. But he's also a vigilante who uses any force necessary to carry out his moral vision. Gennadiy believes he has made Mariupol a better place, but now, the violence in Ukraine threatens everything.

Director: Steve Hoover | Star: Gennadiy Mokhnenko

Votes: 450 | Gross: $0.01M

19. A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki (2006)

77 min | Documentary

About the life & legacy of D.T. Suzuki (1870 - 1966), credited with introducing Zen philosophy to the West.

Director: Michael Goldberg | Stars: Robert Aitken, Shojun Bando, John Cage, Alwin Carus

Votes: 30

20. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

R | 91 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai, Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy

Votes: 4,194 | Gross: $0.53M

22. We Live in Public (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez, David Amron

Votes: 1,805 | Gross: $0.04M

23. The Sandwich Nazi (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Deli owner Salam Kahil is an art collector, a former male escort, an amateur musician, and a sandwich maker to the homeless in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, but his true passion is talking about blow jobs.

Director: Lewis Bennett | Star: Derek Gunning

Votes: 31

24. In the Basement (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Fritz Lang, Alfreda Klebinger, Manfred Ellinger, Inge Ellinger

Votes: 2,437 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Pablo of Medellin (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

Pablo, Angel o Demonio is the untold story of a man who changed our world forever. He created the multinational enterprise of cocaine trafficking and through terror brought a country to its... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Granier

Votes: 172

26. La rabbia di Pasolini (2008)

83 min | Documentary

An attempt to reconstruct the complete version of Pier Paolo Pasolini's segment of La rabbia (1963).

Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Bertolucci | Stars: Giorgio Bassani, Renato Guttuso, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Vittorio Magrelli

Votes: 140

27. The Visit (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie

Votes: 112,684 | Gross: $65.21M

28. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 9,461 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Out of Iraq (2016)

81 min | Documentary

In 2004, Ramadi was the most dangerous place on earth and the last place anyone would expect to find love. But that's what happened between an Iraqi translator working for the U.S. and an Iraqi soldier.

Directors: Chris McKim, Eva Orner | Stars: Btoo Allami, Michael Failla, Nayyef Hrebid

Votes: 125

30. The Advocate for Fagdom (2011)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

The Advocate for Fagdom unites the puzzle pieces one by one. Testimonies are combined with rare archive images. Art galeries present movie extracts that are succeeded by images shot on ... See full summary »

Director: Angélique Bosio | Stars: Bruce La Bruce, Glenn Belverio, Bruce Benderson, Jürgen Brüning

Votes: 87

31. Tongues Untied (1989)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

A documentary about the experiences of black homosexual men living in the United States of America.

Director: Marlon Riggs | Stars: Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell, Kerrigan Black, Blackberri

Votes: 1,065

32. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, History

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in Eastern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 12,240

33. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 19,083 | Gross: $7.12M

34. Body Without Soul (1996)

R | 94 min | Documentary

Documentary look at doomed male prostitutes in Prague, ages 15 to 18, who troll at the public swimming pool, the train station, a video arcade, and a disco. After the boys talk about how ... See full summary »

Director: Wiktor Grodecki | Stars: Vaclav Cernogursky, David, Jarda, Marek

Votes: 623

35. The Clowns (1970 TV Movie)

G | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy

A ragout of real memories and mockumentary, as Fellini explores a childhood obsession: circus clowns.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Riccardo Billi, Federico Fellini, Gigi Reder, Tino Scotti

Votes: 2,251

36. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 17,056 | Gross: $0.94M

37. Arakimentari (2004)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

61 Metascore

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Director: Travis Klose | Stars: Araki, Nobuyoshi Araki, Björk, Richard Kern

Votes: 336

38. Salesman (1969)

G | 91 min | Documentary, Drama

80 Metascore

Four dogged door-to-door Bible salesmen travel from Boston to Florida on a seemingly futile quest to sell luxury editions of the Good Book to working-class Catholics.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos

Votes: 4,686

39. Holy Hell (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

64 Metascore

An inside look at Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

Director: Will Allen | Stars: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido, Phillipe Coquet, David Christopher

Votes: 5,088 | Gross: $0.02M

40. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 18,394 | Gross: $3.17M

42. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 12,931 | Gross: $5.02M

43. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a mesmerizing, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own ... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Huber | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 902

44. News from Home (1977)

85 min | Documentary

Impersonal but beautiful images of Akerman's life in New York are combined with letters from her loving but manipulative mother, read by Akerman herself.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 1,481

45. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Edward Asner, Pat Benatar, Jerry Brown, Johnny Carson

Votes: 34,982 | Gross: $1.72M

46. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime