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1. Sea of Shadows (2019)

PG-13 | 104 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.2
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80 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: 95

2. Maiden (2018)

PG | 97 min | Documentary

7.3
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82 Metascore

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, Mikaela Von Koskull

Votes: 218 | Gross: $0.85M

3. David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Music

5.8
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81 Metascore

Meet David Crosby in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind.

Director: A.J. Eaton | Stars: David Crosby, Jan Crosby, Cameron Crowe, Henry Diltz

Votes: 74 | Gross: $0.04M

4. The Great Hack (2019)

113 min | Documentary

7.0
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The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Steve Bannon, Jamie Bartlett, Carole Cadwalladr, David Carroll

Votes: 50

5. Chasing the Moon (2019 TV Movie)

360 min | Documentary, History

8.5
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An unprecedented look at the decade-long odyssey to land a man on the moon that pulls back the curtain on the familiar narrative of the moonshot that we think we know, revealing a ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, George Alexander, Bill Anders, Joel Banow

Votes: 230

6. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

6.4
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80 Metascore

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Toni Morrison, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Banks

Votes: 90 | Gross: $0.46M

7. For Sama (2019)

95 min | Documentary

8.6
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89 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 77

8. One Child Nation (2019)

R | 85 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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92 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

Votes: 124

9. Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

128 min | Documentary

8.2
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88 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, Göran Björkdahl, Dag Hammarskjöld, Neddy Banda

Votes: 288

10. The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019)

91 min | Documentary

7.9
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58 Metascore

What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician - "The Amazing Johnathan" - becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion.

Director: Benjamin Berman | Stars: The Amazing Johnathan, Anastasia Synn

Votes: 67

11. American Factory (2019)

115 min | Documentary

7.1
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75 Metascore

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Votes: 91

12. Aquarela (I) (2018)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

7.1
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Water is the main protagonist, seen in all its great and terrible beauty. Mountains of ice move and break apart as if they had a life of their own. Kossakovsky's film travels the world, ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Kossakovsky

Votes: 180

13. Midnight Family (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Action, Crime

7.9
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85 Metascore

In Mexico City's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.

Director: Luke Lorentzen

Votes: 121

14. Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary

6.9
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73 Metascore

A look at the career of '60 Minutes' newsman, Mike Wallace.

Director: Avi Belkin | Star: Mike Wallace

Votes: 51

15. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

Documentary

9.4
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68 Metascore

With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Star: Linda Ronstadt

Votes: 9

16. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019)

115 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis' life, and of this film is Davis' ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Flea

Votes: 43

17. The Elephant Queen (2019)

96 min | Documentary, Family

8.7
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Athena is a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole. This epic journey, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, takes audiences across the African savannah, and into the heart of an elephant family. A tale of love, loss and coming home.

Directors: Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone | Star: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 7

18. Gay Chorus Deep South (2019)

100 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South.

Director: David Charles Rodrigues | Stars: Tim Seelig, Chris Verdugo, Ashle Blow, Jimmy White

Votes: 36

19. The Apollo (2019)

Documentary

7.3
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The history of New York City's Apollo Theater in Harlem is given the full treatment.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Pharrell Williams

Votes: 10

20. Human Nature (2019)

107 min | Documentary

8.0
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The biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century isn't digital, it's biological. A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bolt | Stars: David Baltimore, Jill Banfield, Rodolphe Barrangou, Aliza Ben-Baruch

Votes: 29

21. 17 Blocks (2019)

96 min | Documentary

8.1
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75 Metascore

Using two decades of intimate home video, the story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence eventually lead to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance.

Director: Davy Rothbart

Votes: 11

22. Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019)

93 min | Documentary

8.4
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RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Janice Engel | Stars: Harold Cook, Andy Ivins, Margo Johnston, Charles Kaiser

Votes: 15

23. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019)

87 min | Documentary

8.1
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76 Metascore

Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years from 1975 until her death in 2012. For Marion taping was a form of activism to seek the truth, and she believed that a... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wolf

Votes: 14

24. We Believe In Dinosaurs (2019)

105 min | Documentary

7.9
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Amid protests and controversy, young earth creationists build an enormous, $120 million, "life-size" Noah's Ark in Kentucky with the specific aim of debunking the Theory of Evolution. They ... See full summary »

Directors: Clayton Brown, Monica Long Ross

Votes: 14

25. Always in Season (2019)

89 min | Documentary

6.8
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When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother's search for justice and reconciliation begins while the trauma of more than a ... See full summary »

Director: Jacqueline Olive | Stars: William J. Barber II, Danny Glover

Votes: 20

26. Searching Eva (2019)

85 min | Documentary

6.5
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When in 1996 Grateful Dead songwriter John Perry Barlow announced "a civilization of the spirit" with cyberspace - "may it be more humane and just than the world your governments have built... See full summary »

Director: Pia Hellenthal | Star: Eva Collé

Votes: 39

27. Tongues Untied (1989)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

6.6
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A documentary about the experiences of black homosexual men living in the United States of America.

Director: Marlon Riggs | Stars: Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell, Kerrigan Black, Blackberri

Votes: 842

28. In My Blood It Runs (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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An intimate and compassionate observational documentary from the perspective of a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy in Alice Springs, Australia, struggling to balance his traditional Arrernte/Garrwa upbringing with a state education.

Director: Maya Newell | Stars: Carol Turner, Dujuan Turner, Megan Turner

Votes: 7

29. Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019)

90 min | Documentary

8.2
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Moonlight Sonata is a deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata.... See full summary »

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky

Votes: 12

30. Picture Character

81 min | Completed

Emojis are a worldwide phenomenon, with some arguing that these smiling poops and heart-eyed faces are on the verge of actually becoming their own language. Who, if anyone, is in charge of this new global digital language?

Directors: Ian Cheney, Martha Shane

31. Slay the Dragon (2019)

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It influences elections and sways outcomes-gerrymandering has become a hot-button political topic and symbol for everything broken about the American electoral process. But there are those on the front lines fighting to change the system.

Directors: Chris Durrance, Barak Goodman | Stars: Ari Berman, David Daley, Margaret Dickson, Anita Earls

32. We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019)

95 min | Documentary

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WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS documents an Oakland-based alternative to the Girl Scouts - specifically for girls of color, ages 8-13. The girls earn badges for units on social justice, such ... See full summary »

Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton

33. Autonomy (2019)

80 min | Documentary

6.4
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Brief history of the development of self-driving cars along with an even-handed look at the pros and cons of giving up human control of something that has been a significant part of ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Horwitz | Stars: Eddie Alterman, Malcolm Gladwell, Ray Magliozzi, Sadayuki Tsugawa

Votes: 7

34. Made in Boise (2019)

84 min | Documentary

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Four women find purpose carrying babies for strangers in Boise, ID - the unofficial surrogacy capital of the United States - and encounter complexities along the way.

Director: Beth Aala

35. After Parkland (2018)

92 min | Documentary | Completed

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In the aftermath of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman traveled to Parkland and began filming with ... See full summary »

Directors: Jake Lefferman, Emily Taguchi | Stars: David Hogg, Manuel Oliver, Dillon McCooty, Andrew Pollack

36. RUTH - Justice Ginsburg in her own Words

90 min | Documentary | Post-production

How does some one with three strikes against her, rise to the highest court in the land, the U. S. Supreme Court?

Director: Freida Lee Mock | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kathleen Peratis, Irin Carmon, Shannon Knizhnik

37. Ernie & Joe (2019)

Documentary

8.2
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A pair of officers with the San Antonio Police Department mental health unit work to divert people away from jail and into mental health treatment.

Director: Jenifer McShane

Votes: 9

38. Chez jolie coiffure (2018)

71 min | Documentary

7.8
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Director: Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam

Votes: 5

39. Law and Order (1969 TV Movie)

81 min | Documentary

7.8
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Also known as The Greater Good, this series of vignettes focuses on the day-to-day work of Kansas City, Missouri police covers the range of circumstances they encounter and the variety of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Star: Richard Nixon

Votes: 227

40. A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019)

Documentary

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Football and feminism collide in this documentary that follows former NFL cheerleaders battling the league to end wage theft and illegal employment practices that have persisted for 50 years.

Director: Yu Gu

41. An American Family Revisited: The Louds 10 Years Later (1983 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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In HBO's one-hour follow-up film, footage of the Loud family in 1983 is intercut with scenes from PBS' original 1973 An American Family documentary series. This HBO film was not aired on PBS until 1991.

Directors: Alan Raymond, Susan Raymond | Stars: Bill Loud, Delilah Loud, Grant Loud, Kevin Loud

Votes: 15




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