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1. The Panama Papers (2018)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A documentary feature film about the biggest global corruption scandal in history, and the hundreds of journalists who risked their lives to break the story.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Luke Harding, Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer, Elijah Wood

Votes: 953

2. Eating Animals (2017)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

An examination of our dietary choices and the food we put in our bodies. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer's memoir.

Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jim Keen, Bruce Friedrich, Bob Martin

Votes: 907 | Gross: $0.13M

3. Killing for Love (2016)

Unrated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime

The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of ... See full summary »

Directors: Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger | Stars: Imogen Poots, Daniel Brühl, Jens Söring, Chuck Reid

Votes: 1,351

4. Minding the Gap (2018)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Director: Bing Liu | Stars: Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan

Votes: 7,134 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Hail Satan? (2019)

R | 95 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Jex Blackmore, Chalice Blythe, Nicholas Crowe, Sal De Ciccio

Votes: 4,966 | Gross: $0.42M

6. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 26,104 | Gross: $0.90M

7. Wrinkles the Clown (2019)

78 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror

53 Metascore

In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children.

Director: Michael Beach Nichols | Stars: Christopher Barcia, Trevor J. Blank, Andrew Caldwell, George Holden

Votes: 885

8. The White Helmets (2016)

TV-14 | 41 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel | Stars: Khalid Farah, Mohammed Farah, Abu Omar, Raed Saleh

Votes: 6,820

9. 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: 23,251 | Gross: $12.32M

10. Circus of Books (2019)

92 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flynt was seeking ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Mason | Stars: Karen Mason, Barry Mason, Micah Mason, Rachel Mason

Votes: 2,923

11. 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: 15,523

12. Icarus (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Sport, Thriller

68 Metascore

When Bryan sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller.

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Bryan Fogel, Dave Zabriskie, Don Catlin, Grigory Rodchenkov

Votes: 36,438

13. One Child Nation (2019)

R | 88 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | Stars: Nanfu Wang, Zaodi Wang, Zhimei Wang, Tunde Wang

Votes: 3,989 | Gross: $0.18M

14. 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: 7,174 | Gross: $0.03M

15. 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: 12,001 | Gross: $3.78M

16. The Gleaners & I (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Jean La Planche, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 5,736 | Gross: $0.15M

17. Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

Not Rated | 128 min | Documentary, Animation, History

76 Metascore

Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a... See full summary »

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Clarinah Mfengu, Saphir Wenzi Mabanza, U Thant

Votes: 1,788 | Gross: $0.09M

18. Honeyland (2019)

Unrated | 89 min | Documentary, Drama

86 Metascore

The last female bee-hunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood.

Directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov | Stars: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam

Votes: 11,609 | Gross: $0.82M

19. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 9,537 | Gross: $1.61M

20. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 15,829 | Gross: $0.61M

21. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 47,421 | Gross: $8.41M

22. 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: 62,505 | Gross: $3.97M

23. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 51,638 | Gross: $3.17M

24. The War Room (1993)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, History

78 Metascore

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Votes: 3,762 | Gross: $0.90M

25. The Pharmacist (2020)

TV-MA | 215 min | Documentary, Crime

In 1999, after losing his son in a drug-related shooting in New Orleans and lacking answers from police, a small town pharmacist - Dan Schneider - beats the odds when he embarks on a dogged... See full summary »

Votes: 4,509

26. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 23,584 | Gross: $3.12M

27. 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: 6,820 | Gross: $0.27M

28. Sonic Highways (2014– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Sonic Highways commemorates the Foo Fighters 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.

Stars: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Randy Horte, Rami Jaffee

Votes: 3,321

29. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,965 | Gross: $0.42M

30. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Music

Rising from the ashes of Nirvana, the Foo Fighters became a Grammy-winning sensation on their own. Sixteen years of the band's history comes to life in this documentary, from their demo ... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Shawn Cloninger, William Goldsmith, Jessy Greene, Dave Grohl

Votes: 5,897

31. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Dallas Schoo

Votes: 12,229 | Gross: $1.61M

32. From the Sky Down (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Music

In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction; this band has endured and thrived. This documentary asks the question why.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 894

33. Newtown (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History

87 Metascore

A look at how the community of Newtown, Connecticut came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history.

Director: Kim A. Snyder | Stars: Gene Rosen, Syeda Suriya Ahmed, Abbey Clements, Sally Cox

Votes: 1,617 | Gross: $0.01M

34. 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: 300

35. 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: 19,719 | Gross: $9.04M

36. Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) (2019)

TV-MA | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl) is the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write-and skateboard-in Kabul.

Director: Carol Dysinger | Stars: Fatima, Kashida

Votes: 780

37. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 20,623 | Gross: $0.26M

38. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 3,367 | Gross: $0.11M



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