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1. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,585 | Gross: $0.13M

2. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 48,391 | Gross: $4.42M

3. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 97,701 | Gross: $11.53M

4. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 30,934 | Gross: $2.67M

5. The Waiting Room (III) (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.

Director: Peter Nicks | Star: Sean Bennett

Votes: 738 | Gross: $0.24M

6. Surviving Progress (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Theorists consider the evolution of human society and question the sustainability of the current paradigm.

Directors: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks | Stars: Ronald Wright, Mark Levine, Robert Wright, Marina Silva

Votes: 1,742 | Gross: $0.05M

7. I Am (III) (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

38 Metascore

Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Tom Shadyac, Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Ray Anderson

Votes: 3,349 | Gross: $1.57M

8. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are... See full summary »

Director: Léa Pool

Votes: 665 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Chimpanzee (2012)

G | 78 min | Documentary, Family

57 Metascore

A 3-month-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Star: Tim Allen

Votes: 5,660 | Gross: $28.97M

10. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

An investigative documentary that uncovers the U.S. healthcare system's true design.

Directors: Susan Froemke, Matthew Heineman | Stars: Clive Alonzo, Don Berwick, Elizabeth Blackburn, Krystal Bracy

Votes: 488 | Gross: $0.10M

11. The Price of Sugar (2007)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

On the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic, tourists flock to pristine beaches, with little knowledge that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are under armed guard ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Haney | Stars: Paul Newman, Christopher Hartley

Votes: 168

12. Blood Relative (2012)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Blood Relative is a cinema verite documentary that follows the remarkable story of Indian activist Vinay Shetty who is fighting to save two children who are dying from the rare disease ... See full summary »

Director: Nimisha Mukerji | Star: Vinay Shetty

Votes: 44

13. USA in ICU (2010)


Like clean water and unadulterated food and drugs, adequate healthcare is a condition of civilized life. As a nation, we worked to guarantee that Americans are protected against ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Offenbach | Stars: Harold Forsythe, Jose Suarez, David Trueman

14. High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau (2012)

67 min | Documentary

On a doctor's philanthropic journey to give to the people of Tibet, he receives more than he could ever imagine.

Director: Michael Oved Dayan | Stars: Isaac Sobol, Jonathan Awerbuck, Ari Bacharach, Dana Bacharach

15. Bloodlines: A Medical Mission to Iloilo, Philippines (2004)

53 min | Documentary

Bloodlines chronicles the 2003 medical mission of the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California (PMSNC). Volunteer doctors, nurses and support staff travel to Iloilo, a province in ... See full summary »

Director: James Espinas

16. Signing On: Stories of Deaf Breast Cancer Survivors - Their families and the Deaf Community (2011 Video)

93 min | Documentary, Drama

The film's title, a play on words for people whose language is American Sign Language, is about a group of Deaf breast cancer survivors (the Pink Deafies) who struggle with communication in... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Allen

17. On Hostile Ground (2001)

71 min | Documentary

A small number of healthcare professionals in this country have become targets in a civil war. They receive little public support for their work and face dedicated and unpredictable ... See full summary »

Directors: Liz Mermin, Jenny Raskin

Votes: 10

18. I Am a Talkshow Survivor (2002 TV Movie)


A look at the confrontational world of the talkshow. A range of participants talk at how the system abuses, manipulates and exploits psychologically damaged people in search of ratings. The... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Willis

19. Restoring the Light (2011)

55 min | Documentary, Drama

A rural eye doctor helps under-served villagers in rural China regain their sight and restore their lives.

Director: Carol Liu | Stars: Juncheng Li, Caixia Li, Rongrong Wang, Guihua Yuan

Votes: 13

20. The War on Terror: Coming Home (2011)

51 min | Documentary

In the decade since the attacks on Sept. 11th, 2001, more than 6000 American lives have been lost in the War on Terror. Thousands more have returned with psychological damage - forever ... See full summary »

Directors: John Freidah, G. Wayne Miller, Cecilia Préstamo | Star: Bob Kerr

21. Giving Women Credit (2010 Video)

28 min | Documentary, Biography

Offers an on-the-ground look at the idea of Microfinance used as a tool for creating change in a third-world country through the direct work of Non-Profit and NGO WomensTrust Inc.

Director: Kai De Mello-Folsom | Stars: Rae-ann Smith, Vanessa Wolf

22. The Walking Hospital: Road to Lomanthang (2011)

50 min | Documentary, Drama

In the second segment of Tim Farrell's documentary, a small group of practitioners trained in an ancient form of Chinese field medicine embark on a rugged trek to their final destination of... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Farrell | Stars: Frank Butler, Robyn Hussa, Pascaline Servan-Schreiber, Kunzum Thakuri

23. The Rescue of Plastic Girl 2.0 (2011)

44 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

A strange love story Silent film witch is intertwined with today's current events. R.O.P.G 2.0 takes on the right wing and their opposition to public health-care. This fantasy world of ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Vadim | Star: Brian Vadim

24. Diabetesville, USA (2011)

63 min | Documentary, Drama, News

Diabetesville, USA tells the story of Cameron County, Texas, a region of the country suffering a healthcare crisis so severe it is affecting 30 percent of the total population. Diabetes and... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Seringer, Rogelio Zamora Chavez

Votes: 6

25. Dear Daddy (2011)

PG-13 | 52 min | Documentary

The lifelong effects of fatherlessness on women.

Director: Janks Morton

26. Beneath the Beauty (2010)

120 min | Documentary, Music

Provocative national filmmakers Nico Holthaus and Chris Valentine ask: What the hell is going on in Montana? Holthaus was drawn to the beautiful Bitterroot Valley in May, 2009. Spurred on ... See full summary »

Directors: Nicholas Holthaus, Chris Valentine | Star: Nicholas Holthaus

27. WomensTrust Inc. (2010 Video)

5 min | Documentary, Biography

This film offers an on-the-ground look at the idea of Microfinance used as a tool for creating change in a third-world country through the direct work of Non-Profit and NGO WomensTrust Inc.... See full summary »

Director: Kai De Mello-Folsom | Stars: Rae-ann Smith, Vanessa Wolf

28. Of Unknown Etiology (2008 Video)

96 min | Documentary

A young man struggles with a rare and debilitating mysterious disease and documents his struggles to find out what is happening to his body.

Star: John J. Fowler

29. Occupation of the New York State Capitol (2011)

14 min | Documentary, Short, News

A sea of people from different walks of life, take over the New York state capitol building and make their voices be heard through out the night. As a new state budget is passed that ... See full summary »

Director: Messiah Rhodes

30. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz | Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst, Steven Barker

Votes: 4,294

31. Head Games (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary that follows football player and pro-wrestler Chris Nowinski's quest to uncover the truth about the consequences of sports related head injuries.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Chris Nowinski, Gene Atkins, Laura Balcer, Hunt Batjer

Votes: 311 | Gross: $0.01M

32. The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (2009)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Comedy

The film is about the utterly fantastic and eccentric 80-year-old Japanese inventor responsible for 3,357 inventions, including the floppy disk. NakaMats is an unlikely character made for ... See full summary »

Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder | Star: Yoshiro Nakamats

Votes: 237

33. The Living Matrix (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Our film, The Living Matrix - The Science of Healing, uncovers new ideas about the intricate web of factors that determine our health. We talk with a group of dedicated scientists, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Becker | Stars: Adam Dreamhealer, Arielle Essex, Peter Fraser, Bruce Lipton

Votes: 168

34. Cut Poison Burn (2010)

TV-G | 92 min | Documentary, History

The Film tells the grim tale of the half century War on Cancer and focuses on the character of Thomas Navarro. In 1999, the four year old boy was diagnosed with brain cancer and thrust into... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Chesler

Votes: 46

35. Incredible Human Machine (2007 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

National Geographic: Incredible Human Machine takes viewers on a two-hour journey through an ordinary, and extraordinary, day-in-the-life of the human machine. With stunning high-definition... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur F. Binkowski, Chad Cohen | Stars: Craig Sechler, Steven Tyler, Diana Cherkas, Neal McNeil

Votes: 214

36. The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Witz | Stars: Trevor J. Roling, Hanspeter Müller, Mario Scarabelli, Albert Hofmann

Votes: 689

37. 9000 Needles (2009)

83 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Having faced the confines of the American health care system, a forty year old stroke patient travels to Tianjin, China in search of the rehabilitation he needs.

Director: Doug Dearth

Votes: 46

38. Addiction (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

A documentary made up of nine separate segments on the topic of drug addiction. Segments include: "Saturday Night in a Dallas ER," by Jon Alpert; "A Mother's Desperation," by Susan Froemke ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Joe Berlinger, Kate Davis, Liz Garbus, Chris Hegedus, Eugene Jarecki, Barbara Kopple, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, Susan Raymond, Bruce Sinofsky

Votes: 95

39. Forgetting Dad (2008)

84 min | Documentary

One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, a 45-year-old man suffers total amnesia. Christening himself the "New Richard," he embarks upon a new life with a new wife far away from ... See full summary »

Directors: Rick Minnich, Matt Sweetwood

Votes: 127

40. Inside the Living Body (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

The story of a human life, from first breath to last. Told from within the body.

Director: Martin Williams | Stars: Howard Ward, Ellie-Jo Brooks, Malcolm Davey, Robyn Evans

Votes: 216

41. Serotonin Rising (2009)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A revolution of good deeds positively changing the planet. In a groundbreaking experiment, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered that humans are hard-wired to be ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Perri | Stars: Bill LeVasseur, Michelle Tuttle, Roxy King, Don Kraus

Votes: 30

42. Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (2011)

PG | 82 min | Documentary

37 Metascore

Filmmaker and Founder of the Webby Awards, Tiffany Shlain, investigates the interconnections between the major issues of the 21st century and her own experience of these issues during a family crisis.

Director: Tiffany Shlain | Stars: Ken Goldberg, Peter Coyote, Leonard Shlain, Tiffany Shlain

Votes: 330 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Coma (I) (2007)

PG | 102 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

Al'Khan, Roxanne, Sean, and Tom have each emerged from their Traumatic Brain Injury comas, but just how conscious are they, and will they get better?

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Lynda Delorenzo, Al'Khan Edwards, Devonia Edwards, Joseph Giacino

Votes: 135

44. The PhanDom Menace (2002 Video)

62 min | Documentary

The PhanDom Menace presents the definitive look at the most devoted fans on the planet. Follow the lives of Australia's most passionate Star Wars fans as the moment they've waited 16 years ... See full summary »

Directors: Warwick Holt, Craig E. Tonkin | Stars: Don Bies, Chris Brennan, Karen Fletcher, Dylan Lewis

Votes: 18

45. Toxic Soup (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Action