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1. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 8,569 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Statues also Die (1953)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary of black art.

Directors: Ghislain Cloquet, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais | Stars: Jean Négroni, François Mitterrand, Pope Pius XII, Sugar Ray Robinson

Votes: 980

3. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 26,498

4. All This Mayhem (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Martin | Stars: Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas, Tommy Caudill, Lance Conklin

Votes: 3,003

5. Finding Fela! (2014)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, History

64 Metascore

A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti

Votes: 633

6. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 32,510 | Gross: $1.72M

7. 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: 11,155 | Gross: $5.02M

8. Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

An exploration of the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane where the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds are revealed.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Denzel Washington, Reggie Workman, Ravi Coltrane, Ashley Kahn

Votes: 1,468 | Gross: $0.41M

9. The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

87 min | Documentary, Drama, War

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops ... See full summary »

Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Stars: Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor, Zulfu

Votes: 511

10. Voyage in Time (1983 TV Movie)

62 min | Documentary

Like the Russian poet of 'Nostalghia', who, accompanied by his Italian guide and translator, traveled through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer, Andrei ... See full summary »

Directors: Tonino Guerra, Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Tonino Guerra, Andrei Tarkovsky

Votes: 1,352

11. The Seafarers (1953)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short

Stanley Kubrick's first film made in color, lost for over forty years. The documentary extols the benefits of membership to the Seafarers International Union.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Don Hollenbeck, Paul Hall

Votes: 2,240

12. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 20,261

13. À Propos de Nice (1930)

Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants.

Directors: Boris Kaufman, Jean Vigo

Votes: 3,478

14. The Cruise (1998)

PG-13 | 76 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Affectionate portrait of Tim "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses. He talks fast, is in love with the city, and dispenses historical facts, ... See full summary »

Director: Bennett Miller | Star: Timothy 'Speed' Levitch

Votes: 1,573 | Gross: $0.24M

15. 13th (2016)

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

88 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: 20,524

16. Makala (2017)

96 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Trials tribulation dreams and aspirations of a young farmer earning a living making and selling charcoal in Congo.

Director: Emmanuel Gras | Stars: Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo

Votes: 484

17. The Red Pill (2016)

TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary

The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?"

Director: Cassie Jaye | Stars: Cassie Jaye, Paul Elam, Attila Vinczer, Dean Esmay

Votes: 9,115

18. Ride, Rise, Roar (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Music

This feature-length documentary profiles David Byrne - famous lead vocalist of the former band Talking Heads, today a solo artist, event organizer and publisher. A clever combination of ... See full summary »

Director: Hillman Curtis | Stars: Lily Baldwin, David Byrne, Layla Childs, Mark De Gli Antoni

Votes: 112

19. HyperNormalisation (2016)

166 min | Documentary

Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Adam Curtis, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Victor Gotbaum

Votes: 4,205

20. Rocco (2016)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary

A behind-the-scene account of the porn world and its stars as they've never been seen before - and the no-holds-barred portrait of a true giant.

Directors: Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai | Stars: Rocco Siffredi, Anikka Albrite, Veronica Avluv, Eva Berger

Votes: 2,536

21. Making of Dreams: A Movie Conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nobuhiko Ôbayashi (1990 Video)

150 min | Documentary

On set making-of documentary about Akira Kurosawa's Dreams.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Akira Kurosawa, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Votes: 24

22. It for Others (2013)

54 min | Documentary

With 'It for Others', Irish artist Duncan Campbell has created an impressive study of the web of ideas that we enshroud things, art, consumption, life and death with - nothing less. ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Campbell

Votes: 7

25. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,845

27. Le volcan interdit (1966)

80 min | Documentary

An account of Vulcanologist Haroun Tazieff's long "love story" with the formidable Nigarongo, a volcano situated in what was formerly Belgian Congo, from 1948 when Tazieff was the first man... See full summary »

Director: Haroun Tazieff | Star: Pierre Vaneck

Votes: 5

28. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez

Votes: 7,745

29. The Grand Bizarre (2018)

60 min | Documentary

A playful trip around the world, through its fabrics and textiles and their place in a busy international market.

Director: Jodie Mack

Votes: 47

30. Ante Mis Ojos (2018)

7 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Lina Rodriguez

Votes: 5

31. Dead Souls (2018)

495 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A dozen aging survivors are interviewed from Jiabiangou, a complex of three work camps in Northwest China where supposed rightists were sent for re-education in the 1950s and 1960s under Mao Zedong.

Director: Bing Wang

Votes: 114

32. Introduzione all'oscuro (2018)

71 min | Documentary

A man wanders the streets of Vienna, guided by the memory of a friend who has recently passed away. The vestiges of a once sumptuous empire become the setting for a cinematic elegy and a dark celebration of life.

Director: Gastón Solnicki | Star: Gastón Solnicki

Votes: 52

34. Fotoamator (1998 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

The historic discovery of more than 400 photos from the Lódz Ghetto, taken by the Ghetto accountant Walter Genewain, help trace the wartime existence of the local Jewish community.

Director: Dariusz Jablonski | Stars: Arnold Mostowicz, Jürgen Andreas, Hans Bitow, Artur Brauner

Votes: 59

35. Instrument (1999)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary

A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen | Stars: Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto

Votes: 776

36. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 11,945 | Gross: $9.04M

37. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 11,008 | Gross: $0.03M

38. Fishing with John (1991)

Not Rated | 152 min | Documentary, Comedy, Sport

Musician John Lurie knows nothing about fishing, but that doesn't stop him from embarking on fishing in exotic locations with friends.

Stars: John Lurie, Willem Dafoe, Nik Tyler, Robb Webb

Votes: 1,269

39. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 17,151 | Gross: $3.17M

40. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 15,054 | Gross: $0.22M

41. Into the Inferno (2016)

104 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft, Clive Oppenheimer

Votes: 5,885

42. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,817 | Gross: $0.49M

43. Handicapped Future (1971 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary

Illuminating look at the way physically disabled people were dealt with in West Germany in the late 60's / early 70's.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Rolf Illig, Werner Herzog, Adolf Ratzka

Votes: 301

44. A Constant Forge (2000)

Not Rated | 200 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

A look at the life, times, and art of independent film pioneer John Cassavetes through interviews with his family, friends, and admirers of his work.

Director: Charles Kiselyak | Stars: Seymour Cassel, Carol Kane, Jon Voight, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 391

45. Antonio Gaudí (1984)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

The work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí, as seen by Japanese New Wave director Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Isidro Puig Boada, Antoni Gaudí, Seiji Miyaguchi

Votes: 1,198

46. Dying at Grace (2003)

148 min | Documentary

Director Allan King documents the final months of five terminally ill cancer patients at the Toronto Grace Health Centre.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Phyllis Bobbitt, Joyce Bone, Norman Collins, Lloyd Greenway

Votes: 325

47. Warrendale (1967)

100 min | Documentary

Chronicles 7-weeks in the lives of 12 emotionally disturbed children and their therapist's experimental method of treatment at the Toronto-area Warrendale facility.

Director: Allan King | Star: Martin Fischer

Votes: 471

48. Shoah (1985)

Not Rated | 566 min | Documentary, History, War

99 Metascore

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Simon Srebnik, Michael Podchlebnik, Motke Zaïdl, Hanna Zaïdl

Votes: 7,724 | Gross: $0.02M

49. Salesman (1969)

G | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos

Votes: 4,276