Insightful Documentaries

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1. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, History

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 9,279 | Gross: $0.38M

2. Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006 Video)

50 min | Documentary, History, War

This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged form the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeremy Earp, Sut Jhally | Stars: Bo Derek, Ana Obregón, Jack Shaheen

Votes: 604

3. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11 and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 130,010 | Gross: $119.19M

4. Doctors of the Dark Side (2011)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Crime, News

Doctors of the Dark Side is the first feature length documentary about the pivotal role of physicians and psychologists in detainee torture. The stories of four detainees and the doctors ... See full summary »

Director: Martha Davis | Stars: Diane Davis, Gian-Murray Gianino, Lee Aaron Rosen, Mercedes Ruehl

Votes: 100

5. Permission to Engage (2011 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

Victims' families and an ex-US soldier unpick the Wikileaks film that showed US forces killing Iraqi civilians in 2007.

Director: Shuchen Tan | Stars: Ethan McCord, Josh Steber

Votes: 6

6. Docs interdits (2011– )
Episode: Afghanistan: The Price of Revenge (2012)

90 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Alberto Marquardt

Votes: 18

7. Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, History, News

57 Metascore

Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Bruce | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Paul Volcker, Janet Yellen, Peter Atwater

Votes: 1,092

9. Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

From PBS - Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story brings to life the story of a woman's extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Nazi-occupied Paris. With an American mother... See full summary »

Director: Robert H. Gardner | Stars: Helen Mirren, Grace Srinivasan, Joe Isenberg, Mike Sullivan

Votes: 181

10. Living Without Money (2010)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

We meet the German woman Heidemarie Schwermer (68) who made a deliberate choice to live without money 14 years ago. One day she cancelled her flat, donated all of her belongings and started... See full summary »

Director: Line Halvorsen | Star: Heidemarie Schwermer

Votes: 43

11. Freedom from Choice (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Life is about choice. What we eat, what we read, who we elect; every day we make choices that determine how we want to live. But what if these choices are just an illusion?

Director: Tim Delmastro | Stars: Jeff Berwick, Gerald Celente, Jonathan Emord, G. Edward Griffin

Votes: 84

12. 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: 68,969 | Gross: $3.97M

13. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)

Unrated | 74 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made.

Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain | Stars: Hugo Chávez, Pedro Carmona, Jesse Helms, Colin Powell

Votes: 2,572

14. Seeds of Freedom (2012)

Documentary, Short

Seeds of Freedom (2012, narrated by Jeremy Irons) provides an overview of the history of agriculture, charting the transition of the farm into a factory, and highlighting the impact of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jess Phillimore | Stars: Mburu Gathuru, Zac Goldsmith, Ramón Herrera, Henk Hobbelink

Votes: 18

15. Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

PG | 91 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

69 Metascore

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth.

Director: Anthony Powell | Stars: Anthony Powell, Genevieve Bachman, William Brotman, Michael Christiansen

Votes: 3,570 | Gross: $0.29M

16. In Prison My Whole Life (2007)

90 min | Documentary

A look at the life of imprisoned political activist and former Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose death sentence for killing a police officer was overturned in 2001 due to errors made during his original 1982 sentencing hearing.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Yasiin Bey, Noam Chomsky, Steve Earle

Votes: 188

17. 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: 109,490 | Gross: $11.53M

18. The True Story of Che Guevara (2007 TV Movie)


This documentary surveys the life of iconic revolutionary Che Guevara, from early formative experiences to his final hours.

Director: Maria Berry | Stars: Mario Ramirez Reyes, Andrew Blood, Jay Costelo, Steven Del Castro

Votes: 176

19. 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: 51,341 | Gross: $4.42M

20. Schooling the World (2010)

66 min | Documentary

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it... See full summary »

Director: Carol Black | Stars: Wade Davis, Manish Jain, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva

Votes: 182

21. Arduino the Documentary (2011)

38 min | Documentary, Short

Arduino the documentary is a look at the story of the open-source hardware board that now artists, engineers, students use to build many things. See who are behind the wonder. See the ... See full summary »

Directors: Raúl Alaejos, Rodrigo Calvo

Votes: 29

22. Art of War (2009 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary, History, War

Documentary on the main principles of Sun Tzu's "Art of War" illustrated with examples from the Vietnam War (Demoralization), the Second World War (Invasion of Normandy), the American Civil War (Gettysburg) and Tzu's own battles.

Director: David Padrusch | Stars: James Lurie, James Wong, Toshishiro Obata, Andrew Amani

Votes: 147

23. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Steve Jobs, Alex Gibney, Steve Wozniak, Michael S. Malone

Votes: 6,225 | Gross: $0.49M

24. The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, History

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Janine Huard, Ewen Cameron, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman

Votes: 3,015

25. Killing Us Softly 3 (1999)

34 min | Documentary, Short

Jean Kilbourne's pioneering work helped develop and popularize the study of gender representation in advertising. Her award-winning Killing us Softly films have influenced millions of ... See full summary »

Director: Sut Jhally | Star: Jean Kilbourne

Votes: 259

26. Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women (2010)

46 min | Documentary

Jean Kilbourne discusses the representation of women in advertisements.

Director: Sut Jhally | Star: Jean Kilbourne

Votes: 240

27. 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: 21,390 | Gross: $1.88M

28. Revolution OS (2001)

85 min | Documentary, Comedy

46 Metascore

While Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, not every computer user is a fan of their products, or their way of doing business. While Microsoft's Windows became the ... See full summary »

Director: J.T.S. Moore | Stars: Linus Torvalds, Richard M. Stallman, Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens

Votes: 2,540 | Gross: $0.00M

29. Love Me (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Is there such thing as love before first sight? This doc explores the mail-order bride industry, chronicling on a group of Ukrainian women and the Western men they marry, in a search for modern love.

Director: Jonathon Narducci

Votes: 1,416

30. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

How might your life be better with less?

Director: Matt D'Avella | Stars: Dan Harris, Ryan Nicodemus, Rick Hanson, Jesse Jacobs

Votes: 16,200

31. Mankind the Story of All of Us (2012)

720 min | Documentary, History

From the power of science to how physics and biology combined to shape our shared journey, experience the human story like it's never been told before.

Stars: Josh Brolin, Richard Machowicz, James Meigs, George Wunderlich

Votes: 1,753

32. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Joe Cross, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross, Virginia Cross

Votes: 8,778

33. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, History

79 Metascore

This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Blair Anderson, Omar Barbour, Julian Bond, Elaine Brown

Votes: 2,064 | Gross: $0.48M

34. Sir! No Sir! (2005)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History, War

74 Metascore

NO! SIR! tells an almost entirely forgotten story of the military men and women who forced the U.S. government to end the Vietnam War

Director: David Zeiger | Stars: Michael Alaimo, Edward Asner, Joe Bangert, Tom Bernard

Votes: 794 | Gross: $0.11M

35. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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: 56,024 | Gross: $2.80M

36. 4 Artists Paint 1 Tree: A Walt Disney 'Adventure in Art' (1958)

Unrated | 16 min | Documentary, Short

Four Disney artists paint their own interpretations of a tree, and explain their techniques and methods.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Charles A. Nichols | Stars: Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle, Joshua Meador, Walt Peregoy

Votes: 84

37. The Social Dilemma (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

78 Metascore

Explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

Director: Jeff Orlowski-Yang | Stars: Tristan Harris, Jeff Seibert, Bailey Richardson, Joe Toscano

Votes: 83,232

38. Gaza Fights for Freedom (2019)

84 min | Documentary

Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018.

Director: Abby Martin

Votes: 625

39. HyperNormalisation (2016)

166 min | Documentary

Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Adam Curtis, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Victor Gotbaum

Votes: 6,774

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