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1. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

66 Metascore

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 14,221 | Gross: $0.64M

2. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 58,792 | Gross: $3.29M

3. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 56,120 | Gross: $13.00M

4. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz

Votes: 10,303 | Gross: $6.41M

5. Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, History, Music

64 Metascore

Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for ... See full summary »

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: The Roots, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone

Votes: 259

6. Only When I Dance (2009)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Two young kids try to dance their way out of the favelas of Rio.

Director: Beadie Finzi | Stars: Irlan Santos da Silva, Isabela Coracy Alves Nascimento Santos, Mariza Estrella

Votes: 239 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Requiem for Detroit? (2010 TV Movie)

76 min | Documentary

A documentary about the decay and industrial collapse of America's fourth largest city.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Julien Temple, Lowell Boileau, Paul Thal, Mike Neeson

Votes: 416

8. The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2008)

109 min | Documentary, Biography, History

J. Robert Oppenheimer was a national hero, the brilliant scientist who during WWII led the scientific team that created the atomic bomb. But after the bomb brought the war to an end, in ... See full summary »

Director: David Grubin | Stars: Harold Agnew, Jeremy Bernstein, Robert Christy, Michael Cumpsty

Votes: 52

9. Welcome to Lagos (2010– )

60 min | Documentary

Lagos has expanded to a Megacity of 16 million people in less than 50 years. It contains some of the most extreme urban environments in the world. In this series, some of the inhabitants of this restless city take us into their lives.

Votes: 43

10. Enemies of the People (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now. Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath | Stars: Thet Sambath, Nuon Chea, Pol Pot, Khieu Samphan

Votes: 454 | Gross: $0.07M

11. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place.

Director: William Greaves | Stars: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Jonathan Gordon, Bob Rosen

Votes: 1,279

12. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 16,142

13. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 15,017 | Gross: $0.67M

14. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 65,387 | Gross: $4.31M

15. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,284 | Gross: $0.87M

16. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, was one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 4,815 | Gross: $2.28M

17. 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: 25,303 | Gross: $0.90M

18. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: God on the Brain (2003)

60 min | Documentary

New research into the human brain and asks are we programmed to believe in God?

Director: Liz Tucker | Stars: Barbara Flynn, Rudi Affolter, Michael Baime, Merlin Burt

Votes: 42

19. Holy Ghost People (1967)

53 min | Documentary

A study on a small Pentecostal congregation in Scrabble Creek, West Virginia.

Director: Peter Adair | Star: Peter Adair

Votes: 121

20. 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: 828

21. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,743 | Gross: $0.30M

22. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 1,030

23. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,610 | Gross: $4.04M

24. Bloodmoney (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary film that exposes the truth behind the Abortion Industry from the Pro Life perspective.

Director: David K. Kyle | Stars: Sandra Cano, Clenard Childress Jr., Carol Everett, Georgette Forney

Votes: 63

25. First Position (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Director: Bess Kargman | Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty

Votes: 3,184 | Gross: $1.10M

26. Rize (2005)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture.

Director: David LaChapelle | Stars: Tommy the Clown, Larry Berry, Dragon, Jassy Marie

Votes: 3,037 | Gross: $3.28M

27. Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Family, Music

71 Metascore

The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.

Director: Marilyn Agrelo | Stars: Heather Berman, Emma Therese Biegacki, Eva Carrozza, Evangelina Carrozzo

Votes: 3,258 | Gross: $8.04M

28. An Evening with the Royal Ballet (1963)

85 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about the Royal Ballet. Includes selections from "Les Sylphides" and "The Sleeping Beauty".

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Anthony Havelock-Allan | Stars: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, David Blair, Antoinette Sibley

Votes: 18

29. I Want (No) Reality: Needcompany on Life and Art (2012)

52 min | Documentary

The necessity of art, the price you have to pay for it and the search for the long forgotten secret of having a good life.

Director: Ana Brzezinska | Stars: Grace Ellen Barkey, Anneke Bonnema, Hans Petter Dahl, Misha Downey

Votes: 26

30. Riverdance: The Ten Years (2005 Video)

65 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

A look back at the Riverdance phenomenon...the first 10 years.

Director: John McColgan | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Jean Butler, Michael Flatley

Votes: 13

31. He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983)

51 min | Documentary, Family

Jacques d'Amboise, a noted former American ballet star who had dancing roles in such films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Carousel (1956), and who later became a New York dancing instructor.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Jacques d'Amboise, Judy Collins, Kevin Kline, Tom McCaffrey

Votes: 75

32. Dzi Croquettes (2009)

110 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

A Brazilian Theater group that through talent, irony and humor confronted the Brazilian violent dictatorship in the 1970's revolutionizing the gay movement worldwide and changing theater and dance language to an entire generation.

Directors: Raphael Alvarez, Tatiana Issa | Stars: Josephine Baker, Ciro Barcelos, Norma Bengell, Maria Zilda Bethlem

Votes: 312

33. The Work of Director Mark Romanek (2005 Video)

155 min | Documentary, Music

38-minute documentary accompanying a collection of shorts directed by Mark Romanek.

Directors: Mark Romanek, Lance Bangs | Stars: Mark Romanek, Fiona Apple, Audioslave, Beck

Votes: 310

34. Waxie Moon (2009)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

What happens when a classically-trained dancer/actor decides to pursue the lowbrow art of stripping? Waxie Moon a boylesque sensation takes the world of neo-burlesque by storm in this ... See full summary »

Director: Wes Hurley | Stars: Miss Kitty Baby, Jean Barron, Benjimen Blair, Miss Indigo Blue

Votes: 33

35. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette ... See full summary »

Director: Craig McCall | Stars: Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,061 | Gross: $0.02M

36. Rhythm Is It! (2004)

100 min | Documentary, Music

RHYTHM IS IT! records the first big educational project of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra ventured out of the ivory tower of high culture into ... See full summary »

Directors: Thomas Grube, Enrique Sánchez Lansch | Stars: Simon Rattle, Royston Maldoom, Susannah Broughton, Marie Theinert

Votes: 625

37. The Children of Theatre Street (1977)

G | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary on the Kirov School of Ballet in Russia, narrated by Princess Grace of Monaco.

Directors: Robert Dornhelm, Earle Mack | Stars: Grace Kelly, Angelina Armeiskaya, Michaela Cerna, Galina Mezenzewa

Votes: 121

38. La danse (2009)

159 min | Documentary

The film follows the production of seven ballets by the Paris Opera Ballet.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 562 | Gross: $0.53M

39. Thoth (2002)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Thoth is a street performer currently in New York. Thoth is an individual with a complicated life and background. Thoth plays on opera with a violin in a loincloth in Central Park. Thoth is.

Director: Sarah Kernochan | Star: S.K. Thoth

Votes: 184

40. Every Little Step (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line". Also investigates the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations.

Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern | Stars: German Alexander, Bob Avian, Justin Bellero, Michael Bennett

Votes: 1,307 | Gross: $1.72M

41. The Artsiders (2007 TV Short)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A rarely seen exploration of the artistic life through interviews with dozens of prolific artists, choreographers and performers, which examines why artists "do what they do" despite the ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Olsen | Stars: Jan Bartoszek, Samantha Michele Buchanan, Geoff Coates, Eric Eatherly

Votes: 12

42. Dancemaker (1998)

98 min | Documentary

A look at Paul Taylor (1930-2018) and his dance company over several months in 1997. Preparation of Taylor's piece, "Piazzolla Caldera," from conception and rehearsals to opening night at ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Andrew Asnes, Rachel Berman Benz, Patrick Corbin, Ross Kramberg

Votes: 110 | Gross: $0.24M

43. That's Dancing! (1985)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Musical

The history of dance depicted on film.

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ray Bolger, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly

Votes: 849 | Gross: $4.21M

44. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 10,898 | Gross: $5.02M

45. Ashes and Snow (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Drama

Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,654

46. Louis C.K.: Chewed Up (2008 TV Special)

TV-MA | 61 min | Documentary, Comedy

Louis C.K.'s second one-hour special filmed at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA.

Directors: Louis C.K., Shannon Hartman | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 9,161

47. Louis C.K.: Shameless (2007 TV Special)

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comedy and television star Louis C.K. returns to HBO for an hour of no-holds-barred, adults-only stand-up comedy! Taped before a live audience at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, the... See full summary »

Director: Steven J. Santos | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 7,338

48. George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (1999 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Documentary, Comedy