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1. The Gatekeepers (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh | Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri

Votes: 5,216 | Gross: $2.42M

2. One More Time with Feeling (2016)

PG | 113 min | Documentary, Music

92 Metascore

Explores the creative process of Nick Cave and his band as the singer struggles an unspoken personal tragedy.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Jim Sclavunos, Susie Bick

Votes: 3,741

3. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,168 | Gross: $0.11M

4. Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez, Miguel Lawner

Votes: 4,245

5. Sherpa (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

93 Metascore

A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 6400 m (21,000 ft) as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Peedom | Stars: Russell Brice, Tim Medvetz, Phurba Tashi Sherpa, Edmund Hillary

Votes: 2,256

6. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 11,239 | Gross: $1.60M

7. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

90 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 19,576

8. Tower (2016)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

92 Metascore

Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

Director: Keith Maitland | Stars: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir

Votes: 6,558 | Gross: $0.09M

9. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 8,286 | Gross: $0.95M

10. Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017)

197 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elvis Costello, Richard Dawkins, Edmund de Waal

Votes: 807 | Gross: $0.16M

11. I Called Him Morgan (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Drama, History

90 Metascore

An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.

Director: Kasper Collin | Stars: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Larry Reni Thomas

Votes: 1,137 | Gross: $0.10M

12. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,727 | Gross: $0.01M

13. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 13,966 | Gross: $7.12M

14. 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: 4,648 | Gross: $0.01M

15. My Perestroika (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

90 Metascore

Tells the story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain. Just coming of age when the USSR collapsed, they witnessed the world ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Hessman

Votes: 573 | Gross: $0.24M

16. This Is Not a Film (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi | Stars: Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Votes: 4,313 | Gross: $0.08M

17. Big Men (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men's ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Boynton

Votes: 528 | Gross: $0.04M

18. The Tale (2018)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

90 Metascore

A woman filming a documentary on childhood rape victims starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach.

Director: Jennifer Fox | Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Laura Dern, Common, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 10,221

19. 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: 22,388 | Gross: $3.12M

20. Fluke (1995)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

After a man dies in a car crash, he is reincarnated as a dog and attempts to reconnect with his family.

Director: Carlo Carlei | Stars: Matthew Modine, Nancy Travis, Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 6,068 | Gross: $3.99M

21. Earth Made of Glass (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

On August 6th, 2008, against the backdrop of the world's deadliest war in neighboring Eastern Congo, Rwandan President Paul Kagame issued a report detailing the French government's hidden ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Scranton | Stars: Rose Kabuye, Paul Kagame, Jean Pierre Sagahutu, Serge Sagahutu

Votes: 61

22. Earth: One Amazing Day (2017)

G | 95 min | Documentary, Family

From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the sequel - Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Dale, Lixin Fan, Peter Webber | Stars: Robert Redford, Jackie Chan

Votes: 1,912 | Gross: $0.08M



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