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2. 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: 96,690 | Gross: $11.53M

3. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 1,888 | Gross: $0.26M

4. !Women Art Revolution (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Through intimate interviews, provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage, this feature documentary reveals how art addressing political consequences of discrimination and ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson | Star: Lynn Hershman-Leeson

Votes: 198 | Gross: $0.05M

5. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro | Stars: Pat Mitchell, Jackson Katz, Jim Steyer, Marissa Mayer

Votes: 3,371

6. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 72,019 | Gross: $24.54M

7. Visions of Light (1992)

92 min | Documentary, History

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Charles Lang

Votes: 2,904 | Gross: $0.80M

8. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Ray Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 20,155 | Gross: $1.21M

9. Speakers for the Dead (2000)

48 min | Documentary, History

A film about small Ontario town's struggle to restore a desecrated African-Canadian cemetary and the resulting turmoil over it.

Directors: Jennifer Holness, Sudz Sutherland | Star: Karolyn Smardz Frost

Votes: 6

10. 21-87 (1964)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short

Snippets from discarded footage, and with footage shot on the streets of Montreal and New York City, combined to a collage with the underlying argument as to whether man is a complex machine or a creature with a soul.

Director: Arthur Lipsett

Votes: 481

11. Ryan (2004)

TV-PG | 14 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late '60s and the early '70s.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb

Votes: 2,636

12. Sonita (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami | Stars: Sonita Alizadeh, Latifah Alizadeh, Fadia Alizadeh, Ahmad Ahmadi

Votes: 706

13. Aka Dan (2014)

96 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

YouTube musician and Korean American adoptee Dan Matthews travels to South Korea to perform and reunite with his biological family, including a long lost twin he never knew he had.

Director: Jon Maxwell

14. 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: 45,653 | Gross: $0.87M

15. Le clitoris (2016)

3 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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Director: Lori Malépart-Traversy

Votes: 70

16. Edges (2016)

9 min | Short

At the ripe age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen was ice skating at least five days a week and competing in figure skating competitions across the country. Yvonne has lived her life on the ice: ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonathan Hiller, Katie Stjernholm

Votes: 6

17. Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas (2016)

43 min | Documentary, Short

One of the greatest engineering feats in history, the modern US nuclear carrier is a masterpiece of technology, and the flagship of a fleet. With RIMPAC, the world's most comprehensive ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Low | Star: Maurice Dean Wint

Votes: 41

18. The Search for General Tso (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

72 Metascore

Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.

Director: Ian Cheney | Star: Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,601 | Gross: $0.01M

19. In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents (2005)

31 min | Documentary, Short

In a time when LGBT families are debated and attacked in the media, courts and Congress, from school houses to state houses across the country, five young people give you a chance to walk ... See full summary »

Director: Jen Gilomen

Votes: 11

20. Zero Silence (2011)

Documentary

Young people in the Middle East have grown angry over the authoritarian regimes they live in and are using the Internet to bring about change in their societies where free speech is ... See full summary »

Directors: Javeria Rizvi Kabani, Alexandra Sandels, Jonny von Wallström | Stars: Wael Abbas, Miral Brinjy, Hossam El-Hamalawy, Issandr

21. The Illusionists (2015)

91 min | Documentary

A documentary about the commodification of the body and the marketing of unattainable beauty around the world.

Director: Elena Rossini | Stars: Gail Dines, Jean Kilbourne, Laura Mulvey, Susie Orbach

Votes: 21



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