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1. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, News

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 60,022 | Gross: $2.07M

2. Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016)

76 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Trace the rise of contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang from childhood in Mao's China to global art world superstar, and join his quest to realize his lifelong obsession: Sky Ladder.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Ian Buruma, Guo-Qiang Cai, Wen-You Cai, Wenhao Cai

Votes: 1,050

3. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 11,560 | Gross: $0.59M

4. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen | Stars: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Trent Reznor

Votes: 4,004

5. Peter and the Farm (2016)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary on Peter Dunning, the proprietor of Mile Hill Farm in Vermont who has isolated himself away from his family and often suggests to the filmmakers to make his own suicide a narrative device.

Director: Tony Stone | Star: Peter Dunning

Votes: 681 | Gross: $0.02M

6. Notes on Blindness (2016)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

75 Metascore

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney | Stars: John M. Hull, Marilyn Hull, Miranda Beinart-Smith, Jamie Bradley

Votes: 1,853

7. Silicon Cowboys (2016)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, History

75 Metascore

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

Director: Jason Cohen | Stars: Rod Canion, Jim Harris, Bill Murto, Bill Fargo

Votes: 1,849 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017)

TV-14 | 79 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

When the Chinese Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong decides to save his city. Rallying thousands of kids to skip school and occupy the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Piscatella | Star: Joshua 'Chi-Fung' Wong

Votes: 1,132

9. Saving Banksy (2017)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Internationally known graffiti artist, Banksy, left his mark on San Francisco in April 2010. Little did he know that this act of vandalism would spark a chain of events that includes one of... See full summary »

Director: Colin M. Day | Stars: Ben Eine, Glen E. Friedman, Kelly 'Risk' Graval, Doze Green

Votes: 1,003 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Rocco (2016)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary

A behind-the-scene account of the porn world and its stars as they've never been seen before - and the no-holds-barred portrait of a true giant.

Directors: Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai | Stars: Rocco Siffredi, Anikka Albrite, Veronica Avluv, Eva Berger

Votes: 3,010

11. Myths & Monsters (2017– )

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Fantasy

This documentary series tells the stories that have gripped imaginations for centuries and reveals the fascinating and unexpected history behind them.

Stars: Nicholas Day, Diane Purkiss, Liz Gloyn, Juliette Wood

Votes: 576

12. Brother's Keeper (1992)

R | 104 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

93 Metascore

This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's of a family of 4 brothers (the other 3 being Roscoe, Lyman and William - Bill, for ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward, Walt Geisler

Votes: 3,801 | Gross: $1.31M

13. The Most Unknown (2018)

92 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cheney | Stars: Jennifer L. Macalady, Davide D'Angelo, Axel Cleeremans, Emilie Caspar

Votes: 1,492 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2017)

95 min | Documentary, History

The history of Mattel's definitive action figure toy line.

Directors: Randall Lobb, Robert McCallum | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Anthony De Longis, Richard Edlund

Votes: 973

15. The Surrounding Game (2018)

97 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Go is the oldest game still played in its original form. In east Asia, it is hailed as one of mankind's greatest cultural achievements and considered both ancient art and national sport. At... See full summary »

Directors: Will Lockhart, Cole D. Pruitt | Stars: Allan Abramson, Keith Arnold, Terence Benson, Michael Chen

Votes: 312

16. Flint Town (2018)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Crime

Documentary following the police department in Flint, Michigan as they struggle with dwindling resources and crumbling infrastructure in a community crippled by violence and a contaminated water crisis.

Stars: Tim Johnson, Bridgette Balasko, Robert Frost, Dion Reed

Votes: 2,996

17. Rotten (2018–2019)

55 min | Documentary

Rotten dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits.

Stars: Latif Nasser, Casey Cox, Stanley Crawford, Leslie Lopatofsky

Votes: 2,611

18. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Alan Cumming, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Orson Welles

Votes: 3,910

19. Sad Hill Unearthed (2017)

86 min | Documentary

A documentary following film fans working to restore the set of the climatic graveyard scene from the iconic spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).

Director: Guillermo de Oliveira | Stars: Ennio Morricone, James Hetfield, Joe Dante, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 1,069

20. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 11,327

21. In Defense of Food (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary

In Defense of Food tackles a question more and more people around the world have been asking: What should I eat to be healthy? Based on award-winning journalist Michael Pollan's ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schwarz | Stars: Michael Pollan, Stephen Ritz

Votes: 684

22. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

PG | 98 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change to the heart of popular culture, the follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk | Stars: Al Gore, Cory Booker, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton

Votes: 7,401 | Gross: $3.50M

23. Life 2.0 (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

This feature-length documentary follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by a virtual world -- reshaping relationships, identities, and ultimately the very notion of reality.

Director: Jason Spingarn-Koff | Star: Teasa Copprue

Votes: 850

24. Live and Let Live (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Live and Let Live is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.

Director: Marc Pierschel | Stars: Kati Kosler, Ria Rehberg, Hendrik Haßel, Jan Gerdes

Votes: 761

25. The Magic Pill (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary

People around the globe are combating illness through a paradigm shift in eating. And this simple change -- embracing fat as our main fuel -- is showing profound promise in improving the health of people, animals and the planet.

Director: Robert Tate | Stars: Pete Evans, Nora Gedgaudas, Sara Karan, Lierre Keith

Votes: 1,945

26. Star Men (2015)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Four of the world's leading astronomers celebrate 50 years of friendship and exploration on a reunion road trip through the American Southwest.

Director: Alison E. Rose | Stars: Andrew Carnegie, Roger Griffin, George Ellery Hale, John Hazelhurst

Votes: 102

27. Stink! (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

"Stink!" opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pajamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon... See full summary »

Director: Jon J. Whelan | Stars: Arlene Blum, Jack Corley, Richard Denison, Calvin M. Dooley

Votes: 220

28. Sustainable (2016)

92 min | Documentary, History, News

America is facing a food crisis driven by profitability and a lack of consumer education. While the window to transforming our heartland continues to shrink, passionate individuals have ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wechsler | Stars: Marty Travis, Dan Barber, Rick Bayless, Mark Bittman

Votes: 516

29. 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: 4,042

30. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 9,986 | Gross: $0.95M

31. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (2016– )

TV-14 | Drama

An anthology of human relationship stories connected by the only open in the wee hours diner the characters frequent. Resolutions are often facilitated by the owner/chef.

Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Mansaku Fuwa, Asako Kobayashi, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 2,514

32. Memory Games (2018)

85 min | Documentary

Glimpse into the brain's vast potential for memorization through the eyes of four competitive memory athletes as they share techniques and insights.

Directors: Janet Tobias, Claus Wehlisch | Stars: Yanjaa Wintersoul, Andy Fong, Kyle Bryan Johnson, Simon Reinhard

Votes: 252

33. The Milk System (2017)

90 min | Documentary

There's one thing milk stands for - health. It's seen as natural and nutrient-rich. But is it really that healthy? We set out to take a critical look at the milk system. Along the way we'll... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Pichler | Star: Karim Cherif

Votes: 292

34. American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | 110 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | Stars: Junming 'Jimmy' Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown, Dave Burrows

Votes: 14,668

35. The Toys That Made Us (2017– )

TV-14 | 46 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

The minds behind history's most iconic toy franchises discuss the rise (and sometimes fall) of their billion-dollar creations.

Stars: Donald Ian Black, Mark Bellomo, David Vonner, Jordan Bryce

Votes: 4,374

36. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jeff Ament

Votes: 11,959 | Gross: $1.29M

37. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 21,216 | Gross: $22.84M

38. Enter the Anime (2019)

58 min | Documentary

It is a documentary aimed at newcomers to anime, and follows anime newbie, Alex Burunova, as she dives into the mysterious world of the genre. The documentary features some of the biggest ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Burunova | Stars: Shinji Aramaki, Kôzô Morishita, Tania Nolan, Adi Shankar

Votes: 1,319

39. The Queen (1968)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

The behind the scenes of a national drag queen contest in New York City, including the rehearsals leading up to the contest, the conversations in the dressing room and the jealousies that emerge before and after the competition.

Director: Frank Simon | Stars: Jim Dine, Jack Doroshow, Bruce Jay Friedman, Bernard Giquel

Votes: 497 | Gross: $0.05M

40. Lemmy (2010)

116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.

Directors: Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski | Stars: Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, Dave Navarro

Votes: 7,538

41. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 11,626 | Gross: $3.78M

42. Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us' (2018)

TV-14 | 59 min | Documentary

The rise of black actors as they have gone from being the backdrop to calling the shots. This is the inside story of the turning points of black life on both sides of the lens, from Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, to the present day.

Stars: Simon Frederick, Nelson George, Lil Rel Howery, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 127

43. Road to Roma (2020)

72 min | Documentary

Director Alfonso Cuaron reflects on the creative decisions behind ROMA.

Directors: Andres Clariond, Gabriel Nuncio | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Odín Ayala, Eugenio Caballero, Zarela Lizbeth Chinolla Arellano

Votes: 353

44. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

Oasis's breakthrough years documented into a detailed depiction of the infamous brothers from Manchester forming the band in the early 90's leading up to the legendary performance at Knebworth.

Director: Mat Whitecross | Stars: Paul Arthurs, Christine Biller, Mark Coyle, Debbie Turner

Votes: 9,682 | Gross: $0.24M

46. The Animal People (2019)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

A chilling portrait of what happens when activism rattles the institutions of power.

Directors: Denis Henry Hennelly, Casey Suchan | Stars: Steven Best, Heidi Boghosian, George W. Bush, Brian Cass

Votes: 186

47. Queen Victoria and Her Tragic Family (2018)

180 min | Documentary, History

Documentary series charting the story of Queen Victoria after the death of her beloved husband Albert in 1861, examining how one-by-one her children rebelled against her and the family were touched by tragedy.

Stars: Tracy Ann Oberman, Duchess of Argyll Princess Louise, Queen Victoria, Prince Leopold of Duke of Albany

Votes: 40



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