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1. A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

R | 85 min | Animation, Comedy

45 Metascore

An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

Directors: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Votes: 1,592 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Carmine Street Guitars (2018)

80 min | Documentary, Music

82 Metascore

Five days in the life of fabled Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Eszter Balint, Christine Bougie, Nels Cline, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 252 | Gross: $0.04M

3. For Sama (2019)

TV-PG | 100 min | Documentary, War

89 Metascore

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

Directors: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts | Stars: Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab

Votes: 6,431 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Hunting for Hedonia (2019)

100 min | Documentary

Hunting for Hedonia explores how the burgeoning technology of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) will impact human identity and our sense of self. DBS is a revolutionary tool in neuroscience and ... See full summary »

Director: Pernille Rose Grønkjær

Votes: 74

5. Itzhak (2017)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A look at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Director: Alison Chernick | Stars: Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Alan Alda, Billy Joel

Votes: 233 | Gross: $0.61M

6. Presumed Guilty (2008)

87 min | Documentary

Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent.

Directors: Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith

Votes: 1,311

7. Sea of Shadows (2019)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Crime, History

72 Metascore

The vaquita, the world's smallest whale, is near extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, the "cocaine ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Ladkani, Sean Bogle, Matthew Podolsky | Stars: Romel Eduardo Ledezma Abaroa, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Hector Capetillo, Andrea Crosta

Votes: 415

8. Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

TV-MA | 102 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN and LE MANS is the story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It is the story of how one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who ... See full summary »

Directors: Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna | Stars: Sharon Tate, Steve McQueen, Roman Polanski, Chad McQueen

Votes: 1,326 | Gross: $0.00M

9. Stiv (2019)

85 min | Documentary

The life and times of Stiv Bators, legendary frontman of the Dead Boys and The Lords of The New Church.

Director: Danny Garcia | Stars: Nina Antonia, David Arnoff, Stiv Bators, Eddy Best

Votes: 59

10. The American Dreamer (1971)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

A documentary about actor/director Dennis Hopper, showing him at his home and studio putting together his film The Last Movie (1971).

Directors: L.M. Kit Carson, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Princess Lida Amun, L.M. Kit Carson, Lawrence Schiller

Votes: 344

11. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 114 min | Documentary

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 17

13. The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein (2018)

55 min | Documentary

A history of Frankenstein. The background of the original novel, and the subsequent fascination with Mary Shelley's creation.

Director: Jean Froment | Stars: Jean-Claude Carrière, Béatrice Chéramy, Christopher Frayling, Gwyneth Jones

Votes: 94

14. Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 8,500 | Gross: $0.10M

15. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

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: 22,856

16. HAK_MTL (2019)

67 min | Documentary

The internet has become a mass surveillance machine. Our information is captured, stored and made accessible to corporations and governments across the world.

Director: Alexandre Sheldon | Stars: Antoine Beaupré, William Budington, Gabriella Coleman, Danukeru

Votes: 66

17. Lourdes (2019)

95 min | Documentary

The rock of the Grotto of Lourdes is caressed by tens of millions of people who left there the imprint of their dreams, their expectations, their hopes and their sentences. In Lourdes converge all the fragility's, all the poverty's.

Directors: Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai

Votes: 135

18. Tails You Win: The Science of Chance (2012 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Professor David Spiegelhalter tries to pin down what chance truly is and how it works in the real world. With his unique storytelling method, he applies a blend of wit and wisdom, animation... See full summary »

Director: Dan Hillman | Stars: David Spiegelhalter, Chris Brune, Spencer Dale, Margaret de Valois

Votes: 33

19. The Soviet Story (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History, War

The Soviet Story offers an alternative history of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale.

Director: Edvins Snore | Stars: Jon Strickland, Vladimir Bukovsky, V.I. Lenin, Norman Davies

Votes: 3,015

20. The Cave (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, War

83 Metascore

Amidst air strikes and bombings, a group of female doctors in Ghouta, Syria struggle with systemic sexism while trying to care for the injured using limited resources.

Director: Feras Fayyad | Stars: Amani Ballour, Salim Namour, Alaa, Samaher

Votes: 1,932

21. National Parks Exploration Series: Voyageurs - Spirit of the Boundary Waters (2011)

Not Rated | 70 min

Experience the indigenous spirit and beauty that nature holds in this magnificent journey through Voyageurs National Park!

22. Who Owns Water (2014)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

There's a lot at stake on a few big, slow, brown rivers in the Deep South. The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (ACF) is becoming the canary-in-the-coal mine for a looming East ... See full summary »

Directors: David Hanson, Michael Hanson, Andrew Kornylak | Stars: David Hanson, Michael Hanson

Votes: 8

23. Ageless Gardens (2018– )

TV-PG | Documentary

The series Ageless Gardens is a visual celebration of gardens - and gardeners - with a special emphasis on the role gardens can play in healthy aging.

Star: Carolyn Thomas

Votes: 7

24. Connections (1978– )

50 min | Documentary, History

Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology in this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect."

Stars: James Burke, Mark Wing-Davey, Ted Burnett, Keith Macey

Votes: 995

25. Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

An exploration of the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane where the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds are revealed.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Denzel Washington, Reggie Workman, Ravi Coltrane, Ashley Kahn

Votes: 1,817 | Gross: $0.41M

26. Playing with FIRE: The Documentary (2019)

90 min | Documentary

Playing with FIRE captures the truths and dispels the myths of the growing culture known as FIRE: Financial Independence Retire Early.

Director: Travis Shakespeare | Stars: Pete Adeney, Brad Barrett, J.L. Collins, Tanja Hester

Votes: 102

27. Virunga (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, War

95 Metascore

A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel | Stars: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

Votes: 9,724

28. I Am a Killer (2018–2020)

TV-MA | 52 min | Documentary, Crime

Follows Death Row inmates, who tell the story of how they ended up there.

Stars: Reece Putinas, David Galea, Deandra Buchanan, Justin Dickens

Votes: 2,540

29. The Messenger (III) (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Family

76 Metascore

The Messenger is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet.

Director: Su Rynard | Stars: Erin Byne, Dominik Eulberg, Bill Evans, Andrew Farnsworth

Votes: 100

30. Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer (2017)


The Yellowstone is one of the most remarkable places on the planet. Its home to North America's most iconic wildlife and every year these animals must survive The Thaw - one of the harshest... See full summary »

Stars: Kate Humble, Patrick Aryee

Votes: 32

31. Holidays in the Danger Zone (2003– )
Episode: Meet the Stans: Kazakhstan (2003)


Holidays in the Danger Zone: Meet the Stans begins on Monday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT in Kazakhstan, a country whose oil deposits are thought to rival those of Saudi Arabia. In Kazakhstan, ... See full synopsis »

Star: Simon Reeve

Votes: 9

32. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

76 Metascore

Musicians, scholars, family and friends reflect on the life of jazzer Miles Davis to reveal the man behind the legend. Full access to Davis' estate provides rare footage and photos, outtakes from recording sessions and new interviews.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Carl Lumbly, Miles Davis, Reginald Petty, Quincy Troupe

Votes: 2,084 | Gross: $0.19M

33. Watergate (2018– )

260 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Patient compendium drawing from 3400 hours of audio tapes, archival footage, declassified documents, et al, weaves a rich texture of understanding, particularly effective in flashbacks from... See full summary »

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Douglas Hodge, Stewart Alexander, Richard Ben-Veniste, Russell Bentley

Votes: 187

34. After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary

A look at the ongoing threat caused by the phenomenon of "fake news" in the U.S., focusing on the real-life consequences that disinformation, conspiracy theories and false news stories have on the average citizen.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Jack Burkman, Elizabeth Williamson, Molly McKew, Troy Michalik

Votes: 504

35. Land of Look Behind (1982)

90 min | Documentary, Music

i would like to watch the much have been said. so much i expect.

Director: Alan Greenberg | Stars: Micalon Stevenson, Jammy Galloway, Louie Lepkie, Mutabaruka

Votes: 103

36. Meet the Orangutans (2014– )

Meet the Orangutans is a window into the extraordinary daily drama of the world's oldest Orangutan Sanctuary. From babies being bottle-fed and wearing nappies, to teenagers being taught how... See full summary »

Votes: 9

37. Alone (2015– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Dan, David, Desmond

Votes: 2,312

38. Troll Inc. (2017)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

The avant-garde has moved online, and they have an agenda. Coming from deep within computer programming culture, Internet trolls are pissed off and using the click-bait obsessed mass media ... See full summary »

Director: George Russell | Stars: Malik Pasha, Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer, Adrian Chen, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 25

39. Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections (2020)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary

Finnish hacker and election expert Harri Hursti investigates election-related hacks, uncovering just how unprotected voting systems really are.

Directors: Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels, Sarah Teale | Stars: Harri Hursti, Jeff Moss, Carsten Schürmann, Tom Welling

Votes: 192

40. Money Heist: The Phenomenon (2020 TV Special)

57 min | Documentary

A documentary on why and how "Money Heist" sparked a wave of enthusiasm around the world for a lovable group of thieves and their professor.

Directors: Luis Alfaro, Pablo Lejarreta

Votes: 1,624

41. Jimi Hendrix Electric Church (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about Jimi Hendrix historic July 4, 1970 performance in front of over 300,000 US fans.

Director: John McDermott | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Merlis, Billy Cox, Susan Tedeschi

Votes: 165

42. Time Is Art: Synchronicity and the Collective Dream (2015)

88 min | Documentary

"Time is Art" is ultimately the story of an artist's search for inspiration in a money-driven society that shuns creativity, and of the human search for meaning in a seemingly meaningless world.

Directors: Joel Mejia, Katy Walker Mejia, Maia Monasterios | Stars: Gary S. Bobroff, East Forest, Robin Gunkel, Graham Hancock

Votes: 30

43. Shooting the Mafia (2019)

94 min | Documentary, Biography

61 Metascore

Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia spends her career documenting the life and crimes of the Mafia.

Director: Kim Longinotto | Star: Letizia Battaglia

Votes: 393

44. Invisible Killers (2018)

TV-PG | Documentary

Invisible Killers, a three-part documentary series, looks at how viruses have shaped our health and history, the biological and social impact they have on our global society, and the incredible science that has arisen to combat them.

Votes: 17

45. Rise (I) (2017– )


Vice travels to Indigenous communities across the Americas to meet people protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization.

Stars: Sarain Fox, Gitz Crazyboy, Iphy Murphy

Votes: 41

46. Mobsters (1997–2012)


an in depth look with interviews with former associates, law enforcement officials and others as well as reenactments of their criminal activities to show how each real life mobster made an impact on society individually and as a whole.

Stars: Michael McGlone, John Lurie, Ernest Volkman, Selwyn Raab

Votes: 131

47. Beastie Boys Story (2020)