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1. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime

A documentary about a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Marilyn Bartoli, Deb Biggins, Michael Daluz, Jeremiah Donovan

Votes: 2,024

2. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 51,524 | Gross: $2.80M

3. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Counselors provide support, guidance and hope to despondent servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles.

Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Votes: 494

4. The Diplomat (2015)

TV-14 | 104 min | Documentary, Biography

THE DIPLOMAT tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spanned fifty years of American foreign policy - from Vietnam to Afghanistan.

Director: David Holbrooke | Stars: Madeleine Albright, Christiane Amanpour, Rina Amiri, Kofi Annan

Votes: 267

5. Dirty Driving: Thundercars of Indiana (2008 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 69 min | Documentary, Sport

Auto racing is an obsession in Anderson, Indiana. Even with local auto factories closing down and jobs being lost, the town's residents continue to flock to the local speedway every Friday ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Alpert

Votes: 123

6. Dope Sick Love (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 93 min | Documentary

When you're a junkie, the money comes and goes--and so does the high. Do relationships stand a chance among addicts? Meet Matt & Tracy and Sebastian & Michelle--two New York City couples ... See full summary »

Directors: Felice Conte, Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud | Stars: Matt, Michelle, Sebastian, Tracy

Votes: 743

7. Fall to Grace (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Documentary

Emmy(R)-winning filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi ('Journeys With George') explores scandalized former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey's new life as a spiritual advisor to female prison inmates and a soon-to-be ordained Episcopalian priest.

Director: Alexandra Pelosi | Stars: Oscar Aviles, Geoff Curtiss, Stephen Haller, Dina Matos McGreevey

Votes: 92

8. Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary

Documentary filmmaker Alexandria Pelosi tours red state America examining the practices, politics and beliefs of fundamentalist evangelical Christians. Interviewees include Jerry Falwell (... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Pelosi | Stars: Joel Osteen, Ted Haggard, Robert Vaughn, Ken Ham

Votes: 463

9. Gasland Part II (2013)

Not Rated | 125 min | Documentary

A documentary that declares the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Al Armendariz, Kindra Arnesen, Lon Burnam, Lois Capps

Votes: 1,604

10. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 36,442

11. A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Acclaimed actor and FDNY veteran Steve Buscemi looks at what it's like to work as a New York City firefighter. Utilizing exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and firsthand accounts from past... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Alfred Benjamin, Robert Brown, Steve Buscemi, Salvatore Cassano

Votes: 326

12. Hard as Nails (2007)

TV-MA | 78 min | Documentary

Unordained evangelical minister Justin Fatica and his Hard As Nails Ministry promote the gospel to all Christian faiths and reach out to the MTV generation.

Director: David Holbrooke | Star: Justin Fatica

Votes: 190

13. The End (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

One of the most powerfully intimate films ever made about the final stages of life, 'The End' is a profound and moving chronicle of five hospice patients whose stories are in turns honest, humorous, and heart-breaking.

Director: Kirby Dick | Star: Sonia Woodfield

Votes: 96

14. Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal (2008 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary

A look at the creation of former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss' latest venture, a Nevada-based male brothel called Heidi's Stud Farm, which caters to female clientèle.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Heidi Fleiss, Anthony Brooklier, Larry King, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 151

15. Heir to an Execution (2004)

TV-PG | 99 min | Documentary

A filmmaker explores the lives and deaths of her grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as spies in 1953.

Director: Ivy Meeropol | Stars: Sally Kanter Bruin, Bob Considine, David Greenglass, J. Edgar Hoover

Votes: 351

16. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 75 min | Documentary

Documentary examining the impact heroin has had on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, following the stories of eight people who are all in their twenties as they battle with their addiction.

Director: Steven Okazaki

Votes: 575

17. The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History

The strange history of the now abandoned American 1993-bill, «Don't ask, don't tell» where sexual orientation was a "non-talk" policy in the American forces, leading to 13.368 getting kicked out before 2011.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Carl Levin, Robert Gates, Mike Mullen, John McCain

Votes: 171

18. Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary that explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels within walking distance of Disneyland, living in limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Pelosi

Votes: 251

19. How to Dance in Ohio (2015)

TV-G | 89 min | Documentary, Drama

In Columbus, Ohio, a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum prepare for an iconic American rite of passage -- a Spring Formal. They spend 12 weeks practicing their ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Shiva

Votes: 213

20. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

TV-MA | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

73 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014.

Director: Brian Oakes | Stars: James Foley, Unai Aranzadi, Zac Baillie, Manu Brabo

Votes: 1,377

21. Koran by Heart (2011)

TV-G | 90 min | Documentary, News

A global contest reading of the Quran by young Muslim children that takes place in Cairo, Egypt annually during Ramadan. A coming of age story about Muslim kids in modern times.

Director: Greg Barker

Votes: 294

22. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 27,624

23. The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009 TV Short)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short

To the residents of Moraine, Ohio, General Motors was more than just a car company, it was the lifeblood of a community. In the wake of GM's 2008 announcement that it was closing the plant,... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | Stars: Popeye Hurst, Kim Clay, Kate Geiger, Kathe Day

Votes: 340

24. Mann V. Ford (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 105 min | Documentary

Follows the Ramapough Indians and their legal team as they take on Ford and the EPA.

Directors: Maro Chermayeff, Micah Fink | Star: Wayne Mann

Votes: 149

25. McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 65 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Tennis players John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg have a fierce rivalry during their championship years.

Stars: John McEnroe, Björn Borg, Percy Rosberg, Lennart Eriksson

Votes: 183

26. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)

TV-14 | 106 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn

Votes: 3,353

27. Namath (2012 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A documentary featuring "Broadway" Joe Namath of the New York Jets. A chronicle of his life and career as one of the most iconic quarterbacks to ever play the game of football.

Stars: Joe Namath, Frank Namath, Rita Sims, Linwood Alford

Votes: 181

28. 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

29. Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

From 1971 to 1973, Richard Nixon secretly recorded his private conversations in the White House. This revealing film chronicles the content of those tapes, which include Nixon's ... See full summary »

Director: Peter W. Kunhardt | Stars: Ramona Banuelos, David Brinkley, Pat Buchanan, Stephen Bull

Votes: 438

30. No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D'Oro Strike (2010)

TV-14 | 39 min | Documentary, Short

Follows the struggle of 138 mostly immigrant workers who strike to save their jobs at a famous bakery in the Bronx when a private equity firm buys the bakery and demands wage cuts of up to 30%.

Directors: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill

Votes: 64

31. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 14,981

32. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 TV Movie)

Unrated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime

The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Damien Wayne Echols, Melissa Byers, Norris Deajon, Tim Sullivan

Votes: 8,022

33. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 9,115

34. Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE & TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT tells the moving story of a year in the life of one mother whose daily struggles illuminate the challenges faced by more than 42 ... See full summary »

Directors: Shari Cookson, Nick Doob

Votes: 138

35. Project Nim (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Nim Chimpsky, Stephanie LaFarge, Herbert Terrace, Wer LaFarge

Votes: 8,134 | Gross: $0.41M

36. Questioning Darwin (2014)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

Literal and creationist interpretation of the Bible is the fastest-growing branch of Christianity in the U.S. This film takes an in-depth look at the views of these Christians who reject ... See full summary »

Director: Antony Thomas | Stars: William Jennings Bryan, Angel Dague, Clarence Darrow, Ken Ham

Votes: 478

37. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,799 | Gross: $0.06M

38. Runnin' Rebels of UNLV (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 58 min | Documentary, Sport

[HBO] HD. A look at the UNLV men's basketball team and their controversial coach Jerry Tarkanian from 1973 to 1992.

Director: George Roy | Stars: Richie Adams, Clifford Allen, Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmon

Votes: 76

39. San Francisco 2.0 (2015 TV Short)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

The invasion of the technology elite causes economic division and upheaval in the city of San Francisco.

Director: Alexandra Pelosi | Stars: Alexandra Pelosi, William Wong

Votes: 337

40. Saving Pelican 895 (2011)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Presents the story of the effort to save the 895th surviving oiled pelican in Louisiana, showing how conservationists, government agencies and wildlife activists joined forces to preserve this one life.

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky | Stars: Michael Carloss, Jay Holcomb

Votes: 88

41. Skinheads USA: Soldiers of the Race War (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary

An examination of a group of skinheads--white, mostly male youths involved in the neo-Nazi, white supremacist hate movement in the U.S.--and the older adults who brought them into, and try to keep them in, the movement in the first place.

Director: David Keane | Stars: Bill Riccio, Mark Lane, Frank Meeink, Christian Picciolini

Votes: 224

42. State of Play (2013– )
Episode: Trophy Kids (2013)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

The growing obsession of parents in the scholastic athletic competition of their children is the focus of this installment in HBO Sports innovative documentary series.

Votes: 177

43. Tales from the Organ Trade (2013 TV Movie)

82 min | Documentary, Crime

A look into the underground world of trafficking human body parts.

Director: Ric Esther Bienstock | Stars: Chas Bruns, David Cronenberg

Votes: 220

44. Terror at the Mall (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

A documentary detailing an indiscriminate terrorist attack that left 71 dead in Kenya.

Director: Dan Reed

Votes: 570

45. Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House (2008 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary, Biography

Journalist Helen Thomas has covered nine presidents and her venerable career has earned her the moniker 'The First Lady of the Press.' Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, this... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: George Bush, George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 118

46. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary