TDH's Top 20 Docs of 2013by TheDocHierarchy | created - 30 Nov 2013 | updated - 30 Nov 2013 | Public
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1. The Act of Killing (2012)
Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
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.
Votes: 33,118 | Gross: $0.49M
3. The Crash Reel (2013)
108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »
4. Dirty Wars (2013)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
Votes: 8,836 | Gross: $0.38M
TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History, War
Filled with testimony and recollections from actual C.I.A. agents, this in-depth account reveals the remarkable true story of the pursuit of the world's most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden.
9. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
Votes: 11,812 | Gross: $4.95M
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Documentary about deceased photojournalist Tim Hetherington directed by Sebastian Junger. Together with his friend and long-term collaborator Sebastian, Tim had travelled the world ... See full summary »
12. After Tiller (2013)
PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves... See full summary »
Votes: 1,003 | Gross: $0.07M
13. The Staircase II: The Last Chance (2013)
Not Rated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
Explosive developments - implicating both the forensics laboratory of the police department of North Carolina, and Duane Deaver, its chief - recently saw the convicted subject of 'The ... See full summary »
14. McCullin (2012)
91 min | Documentary
To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today's photojournalists. For the first time, McCullin speaks candidly about his ... See full summary »
15. Blood Brother (2013)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
Documentarian visits best friend in India to see the mutual unconditional love that keeps his buddy bonded to a village hostel housing AIDS-afflicted children.
Votes: 1,560 | Gross: $0.12M
17. The Gatekeepers (2012)
PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War
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.
Votes: 5,335 | Gross: $2.42M
75 min | Documentary, Biography, News
Jayson Blair is the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time. He unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism.
19. Muscle Shoals (2013)
PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
Votes: 3,368 | Gross: $0.70M
20. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Follows the court case of three members of the Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot after their performance in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.