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1. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 73,349 | Gross: $24.54M

2. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,762 | Gross: $4.04M

3. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 25,441 | Gross: $6.71M

4. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 139,004 | Gross: $21.58M

5. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport

71 Metascore

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels

Votes: 6,718 | Gross: $0.56M

6. Life According to Sam (2013)

TV-G | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix | Stars: Sam Berns, Leslie Gordon, Scott Berns, Francis Collins

Votes: 775

7. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: Rand University (2014)

TV-G | 51 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Life story of NFL wide receiver Randy Moss who grew up in Rand, West Virginia. Made by filmmaker Marquis Daisy in a journey back to the small town where troubles with the law nearly ... See full summary »

Director: Marquis Daisy | Stars: Bobby Bowden, Cris Carter, Lou Holtz, Randy Moss

Votes: 586

8. Year of the Quarterback (2010– )
Episode: The Brady 6 (2011)

Documentary

Six QBs were taken ahead of Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL draft. The six - Tee Martin, Marc Bulger, Chris Redman, Spergon Wynn, Chad Pennington, and Giovanni Carmazzi - are profiled along with ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Belichick, Brian Billick, Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady Sr.

Votes: 103

9. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: Four Days in October (2010)

53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Boston Red Sox overcome "The Curse" and defeat the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series. In the process, they also become the first team ever to win a series after trailing three games to none.

Director: Gary Waksman | Stars: Bronson Arroyo, Lenny Clarke, Johnny Damon, Terry Francona

Votes: 1,026

10. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 79,925 | Gross: $23.81M

11. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz, Harriet Ball

Votes: 10,619 | Gross: $6.41M

12. Super Size Me (2004)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary

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: 100,350 | Gross: $11.53M

13. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 49,133 | Gross: $4.42M

14. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 68,773 | Gross: $4.31M

15. 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: 36,587

16. Amanda Knox (2016)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

Directors: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn | Stars: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Giuliano Mignini

Votes: 20,623

17. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime

83 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: 30,560

18. Before the Flood (2016)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ki-moon Ban, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mike Brune

Votes: 25,919

19. In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2016)

96 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A portrait of Israeli people, told through food. We shot in fine restaurants, home kitchens, wineries, cheese caves, on the street and everything in between. Though, Americans see Israelis ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Sherman | Star: Mike Solomonov

Votes: 123

20. Baltimore Rising (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Documentary

Baltimore Rising follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.

Director: Sonja Sohn | Stars: Devin Allen, Genard Shadow Barr, Elijah Cummings, Kevin Davis

Votes: 293

21. Boy Interrupted (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Heinz Perry | Stars: Evan Scott Perry, Dana Heinz Perry, Hart Perry, Nicholas Kopple-Perry

Votes: 1,904

22. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 25,339 | Gross: $12.32M

23. The Final Year (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Ben Rhodes, Samantha Power, John Kerry, Susan Rice

Votes: 2,800 | Gross: $0.19M

24. Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis (2018)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary, History

This documentary looks at the factors that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the efforts made by then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President Timothy... See full summary »

Director: John Maggio | Stars: Gary Ackerman, Ben Bernanke, Jill Biden, Joe Biden

Votes: 535

25. A Dangerous Son (2018)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

Documentary following three families each coping with a child affected by serious emotional or mental illness. The families explore treatment opportunities and grapple with the struggle of living with their child's condition.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Tony Beliz, Creigh Deeds, Thomas Insel, Liza Long

Votes: 453

26. The Witness (I) (2015)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

79 Metascore

The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.

Directors: James D. Solomon, Jessica Robinson | Stars: William Genovese, Shannon Beeby, Aaron Adler, Linda Ellen Bonekoskey

Votes: 3,937

27. The Seven Five (2014)

R | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

69 Metascore

Meet the dirtiest cop in NYC history. Michael Dowd stole money and dealt drugs while patrolling the streets of 80s Brooklyn.

Director: Tiller Russell | Stars: Mike Dowd, Ken Eurell, Walter Yurkiw, Chickie

Votes: 5,295 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Strong Island (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker's brother.

Director: Yance Ford | Stars: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers, Lauren Ford

Votes: 3,443

29. 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: 6,882 | Gross: $0.27M

30. Heroin(e) (2017)

39 min | Documentary, Short

Three women fight to break the cycle one life at a time.

Director: Elaine McMillion Sheldon | Stars: Jan Rader, Patricia Keller, Necia Freeman, Najah Menapace

Votes: 2,206

31. They Call us Monsters (2016)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

Legislators debate legislation that allows for adult charges for juvenile offenders.

Director: Ben Lear | Stars: Allegra Acosta, Joel Anderson, Richard Bloom, Scott Budnick

Votes: 518

32. Long Shot (2017 TV Short)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he insists he didn't commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw footage from a popular TV show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Director: Jacob LaMendola | Stars: Tasha Boggs, Juan Catalan, Melissa Catalan, Miguel Catalan

Votes: 5,169

33. Take Your Pills (2018)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, where competition is ceaseless from school to the workforce and everyone wants a performance edge, Adderall and other prescription stimulants are the defining drugs of this generation.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Ariana, Delaney, Jasper Holt-Teza, Leigh

Votes: 4,277

34. 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: 35,634

35. Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Through the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

Directors: Anna Chai, Nari Kye | Stars: Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 351 | Gross: $0.02M

36. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 51,973 | Gross: $17.54M

37. Leaving Neverland (2019)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary

At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Joy Robson, Chantal Robson

Votes: 25,567

38. Apollo 11 (I) (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 20,677 | Gross: $9.04M

39. Warning: This Drug May Kill You (2017)

TV-14 | 59 min | Documentary

An unflinching look at the devastating effects of addiction through the stories of four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers.

Director: Perri Peltz

Votes: 466

40. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jim Arnott, David Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Votes: 7,530

41. Far From the Tree (V) (2017)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Based on the NY Times bestselling book by Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in a variety of ways.

Directors: Rachel Dretzin, Jamila Ephron | Stars: Amy Allnutt, Jack Allnutt, Harry Burdick, Emily Perl Kingsley

Votes: 409 | Gross: $0.16M

42. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 32,740

43. Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana (2016)

84 min | Documentary

A tiny community in rural Ghana recently discovered that the religion they have been practicing for centuries is Judaism. Filmmaker Gabrielle Zilkha explores their story from isolation to ... See full summary »

Director: Gabrielle Zilkha | Star: Gabrielle Zilkha

Votes: 24

44. 16 Shots (2019)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

A documentary examining the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the cover-up that ensued.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Anita Alvarez, Dean Angelo, Alma Benitez, William Calloway

Votes: 323

45. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Crime

68 Metascore

Tracing from his rise in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years.

Director: Eva Orner | Stars: Larissa Anderson, Francesca Asumah, Sarah Baughn, Bikram Choudhury

Votes: 5,137

46. Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime