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1. 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: 33,251 | Gross: $1.72M

2. Powaqqatsi (1988)

G | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Pope John Paul II, Dan Rather

Votes: 7,422 | Gross: $0.59M

3. Naqoyqatsi (2002)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Belladonna, Marlon Brando, Elton John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 5,161 | Gross: $0.13M

5. Chronos (1985)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Short

Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 3,053

6. Sacred Site (1986)

7 min | Documentary, Short

High speed film and time-lapse photography combined to create breathtaking images of the night sky and Halley's Comet in this astronomical short subject.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 37

7. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 34,316 | Gross: $1.33M

8. 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: 31,136 | Gross: $2.67M

9. Manhatta (1921)

Not Rated | 11 min | Documentary, Short

This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors.

Directors: Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand

Votes: 1,245

10. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 10,069

11. Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)

Passed | 71 min | Documentary

The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Marguerite Harrison, Haidar Khan

Votes: 892

12. Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse (1925)

8 min | Short

A black and white short film which documents a trip through Paris by train.

Director: Henri Chomette

Votes: 168

13. Nothing But Time (1926)

45 min | Documentary

The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was).

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Blanche Bernis, Nina Chousvalowa, Philippe Hériat, Clifford McLaglen

Votes: 425

14. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night.

Director: Walter Ruttmann | Star: Paul von Hindenburg

Votes: 3,654

15. 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: 20,780

16. Bezucelná procházka (1930)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A young man sets out for an aimless stroll by tram from the center to the outskirts of Prague.

Director: Alexander Hammid

Votes: 153

17. Atlantis (I) (1991)

TV-PG | 78 min | Documentary, Music

Atmospheric soundtrack follows this compilation of nature footage that focuses on the ocean and various life forms that live, mate and die in it.

Director: Luc Besson

Votes: 1,715 | Gross: $0.14M

18. Anima Mundi (1991)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Image and music are intertwined in this third collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. The film was produced to celebrate the World Wildlife Fund's ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Votes: 1,066

20. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 10,437 | Gross: $1.57M

21. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Votes: 11,300 | Gross: $10.76M

22. Genesis (2004)

G | 81 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A storyteller relates the creation of the world. A tall tale like all yarns. But this tall tale is a true tale - it is our very own story. The birth of the universe, the formation of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Star: Sotigui Kouyaté

Votes: 1,370 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Dogora - Ouvrons les yeux (2004)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Director Patrice Leconte weaves an impressionistic, sensorial tapestry of existence in and around early 21st-century Cambodia. Journeying through the country's farmlands, factories, streets... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte

Votes: 189

24. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,709 | Gross: $0.24M

25. Laya Project (2007)

Documentary

A musical, visual journey. Recorded and filmed on location, it resurrects ancient and forgotten folk music from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, India and Myanmar. The experience ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Monfils

Votes: 26

26. Highway World: Living, Changing, Growing (2008)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

In this nonverbal documentary film the industrial footage as well as the musical style of sitar master Al Gromer Khan create the film's base for an immersion into the highway spheres.

Director: Martin H. Schmitt

Votes: 5

27. Landscapes at the World's Ends (2010)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

A non-verbal visual journey to the polar regions of our planet portrayed through a triptych montage of photography and video. Landscapes at the World's Ends is a multi-dimensional canvas of... See full summary »

Director: Richard Sidey

Votes: 9

28. Heild (2014)

70 min | Documentary

Iceland's first non-narrative full-feature film's focus is set on presenting Iceland in a way it has never been presented before, using various elements of high-end cinematography.

Director: Petur Kristjan Gudmundsson

Votes: 15

29. Ballet mécanique (1924)

19 min | Short

A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy | Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, Katherine Murphy

Votes: 2,569

30. Entr'acte (1924)

22 min | Short

An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp

Votes: 3,273

31. Emak-Bakia (1927)

18 min | Short

A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car ... See full summary »

Director: Man Ray | Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Jacques Rigaut

Votes: 1,128

32. Themes and Variations (1928)

10 min | Short

An avant-garde dance short, integrating slow motion, and cutting between the movements of a ballerina, close-ups of machinery and images of nature.

Director: Germaine Dulac

Votes: 56

33. The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama

This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized (he is identified by the number 9314 written on his forehead),... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich | Stars: Jules Raucourt, Voya George, Robert Florey, Adriane Marsh

Votes: 1,068

34. H2O (1929)

13 min | Documentary, Short

A study on water, the reflections and motions of the liquid that accentuates its ethereality and metallic beauty.

Director: Ralph Steiner

Votes: 630

35. Moods of the Sea (1942)

Unrated | 10 min | Short, Musical

A recently unearthed experimental documentary of the crashing sea set to Mendelssohn's "Fingal's Cave." An example of the filmmakers' "new cinema" theory which held that film should be more... See full summary »

Directors: John Hoffman, Slavko Vorkapich

Votes: 228

36. At Land (1944)

15 min | Short

Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.

Director: Maya Deren | Stars: John Cage, Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman

Votes: 2,478

37. Pacific 231 (1949)

9 min | Short, Music

An engine moves from the roundhouse to a track where it couples with several passenger cars. At 2:10 in the afternoon, it starts a trip out of the station through the countryside to its ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Mitry

Votes: 283

38. Allures (1961)

8 min | Short

An experimental short film by Jordan Belson which combines various colors and shapes.

Director: Jordan Belson

Votes: 370

39. Thanatopsis (1962)

5 min | Short

Introducing some innovative film techniques, Emshwiller won a Special Award at the Brussels Experimental Film Festival for this expression of internal anguish. He described the film as "The... See full summary »

Director: Ed Emshwiller | Stars: Becky Arnold, Mac Emshwiller

Votes: 338

40. Snow (1963)

9 min | Documentary, Short

Documental account of trains, railway workers, passengers and landscapes in the winter of 1963 in the UK (The Big Freeze).

Director: Geoffrey Jones

Votes: 247

41. 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: 498

43. Castro Street (1966)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short

Inspired by a lesson from Erik Satie; a film in the form of a street - Castro Street running by the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, California ... switch engines on one side and refinery... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Baillie

Votes: 462

44. Herbie (1966)

3 min | Short

It is an abstract film with no story and no actors, that graphically depicts the reflections of moving light streaks and light flashes from traffic at night.

Directors: Paul Golding, George Lucas

Votes: 524

45. 6-18-67 (1967)

5 min | Short, Documentary

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film MacKenna's Gold (1969).

Director: George Lucas

Votes: 122

46. Rail (1967)

14 min | Documentary, Short

A collage of trains running on London railway lines set to music.

Director: Geoffrey Jones

Votes: 47



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