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1. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 19,148

2. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.

Director: Kenneth Bowser | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Sam Peckinpah

Votes: 2,511

3. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

Votes: 2,421 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 56,252 | Gross: $13.00M

6. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, News

82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 13,911 | Gross: $0.27M

7. The True Cost (2015)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Drama, News

46 Metascore

The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

Director: Andrew Morgan | Stars: Livia Giuggioli, Stella McCartney, Vandana Shiva, Richard Wolff

Votes: 6,005

9. Twinsters (2015)

PG-13 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

81 Metascore

Adopted from South Korea, raised on different continents & connected through social media, Samantha & Anaïs believe that they are twin sisters separated at birth.

Directors: Samantha Futerman, Ryan Miyamoto | Stars: Anaïs Bordier, Samantha Futerman, Kanoa Goo

Votes: 4,470

10. Half the Sky (2012)

Not Rated | 224 min | Documentary

HALF THE SKY is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world's women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women everywhere.

Director: Maro Chermayeff | Stars: America Ferrera, Nicholas Kristof, Diane Lane, Dipti Mehta

Votes: 252

11. Death in Gaza (2004)

TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary

The harrowing documentary that portrays the horror of the Israeli conflict and the resulting death of its director, James Miller.

Director: James Miller | Stars: James Miller, Saira Shah

Votes: 1,155

12. Tears of Gaza (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, War

69 Metascore

In a rough style, by way of unique footage, the brutal consequences of modern wars are exposed. The film also depicts the ability of women and children to handle their everyday life after a... See full summary »

Director: Vibeke Løkkeberg

Votes: 488

13. Promises (2001)

106 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers ... See full summary »

Directors: B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro, Carlos Bolado | Stars: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Shlomo Green, Sanabel Hassan

Votes: 2,508 | Gross: $0.24M

14. Virunga (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, War

95 Metascore

A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel | Stars: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

Votes: 9,097

15. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,382 | Gross: $0.09M

16. Human (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 190 min | Documentary

A collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Luis Cancu, Atman, Berthony, Bruno

Votes: 6,415

17. The September Issue (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

Director: R.J. Cutler | Stars: Anna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington

Votes: 7,063 | Gross: $3.82M

18. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

69 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.

Directors: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,313 | Gross: $1.00M

19. Men of the Cloth (2013)

96 min | Documentary, Drama

An inspiring documentary portrait of three Italian master tailors who share their pride and devotion to their Old World craft while confronting their challenging role in the twilight of ... See full summary »

Director: Vicki Vasilopoulos

Votes: 94

20. Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany (2009)

58 min | Documentary

BBC 4 documentary about 1970s German progressive music.

Director: Benjamin Whalley | Stars: Amon Düül II, David Bowie, Can, Holger Czukay

Votes: 230

21. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 49,724 | Gross: $2.96M

22. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 9,121 | Gross: $1.61M

23. The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

76 min | Documentary

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrew Kukura, Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein | Stars: Grady Bankhead, Ron Cavanaugh, Jonathan Crowley, Edward Johnson

Votes: 414 | Gross: $0.03M

24. Miss You Can Do It (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Miss You Can Do It chronicles Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa USA 2008 and the first woman with a disability to compete at the Miss USA Pageant, and eight girls with various physical and ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Davis | Stars: Abbey Curran, May Diddy, Shawn Marie Diddy

Votes: 205

25. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,046 | Gross: $0.19M

26. Banking on Bitcoin (2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, News

Bitcoin is the most disruptive invention since the Internet, and now an ideological battle is underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism. The film shows the players who are defining how this technology will shape our lives.

Director: Christopher Cannucciari | Stars: Wences Casares, Nathanial Popper, Gavin Andresen, Naomi Brockwell

Votes: 3,293

27. The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (2014)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary, History, News

A computer programmer becomes fascinated with the digital currency Bitcoin, and through his involvement in the Bitcoin community, we learn about the impending global impact of this amazing new technology.

Director: Nicholas Mross | Stars: Gavin Andresen, Brian Armstrong, Margaux Avedisian, Vitalik Buterin

Votes: 1,283

28. Explorer (2015– )

Documentary

Explorer, the longest-running documentary series in cable television history, honored with nearly 60 Emmys and hundreds of other awards, continues as a series of major specials on the ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Bacon, Tim Samuels, Bryan Christy, Francesca Fiorentini

Votes: 26

29. De Palma (2015)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

A documentary about writer and director Brian De Palma.

Directors: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow | Star: Brian De Palma

Votes: 4,158 | Gross: $0.16M

30. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, Marko Realmonte, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,160 | Gross: $0.61M

31. Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

Director: Kent Jones | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, David Fincher

Votes: 5,064 | Gross: $0.30M

32. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 78,297

33. Amanda Knox (2016)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

Directors: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn | Stars: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Giuliano Mignini

Votes: 17,684

34. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Director: Jeff McQueen | Stars: Ed Green, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Joseph Stefano

Votes: 3,144

35. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 10,864 | Gross: $0.59M

36. The War on Democracy (2007)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Martin, John Pilger, Sean Crotty | Stars: John Pilger, Philip Agee, Salvador Allende, Jacobo Arbenz

Votes: 2,112

37. Live and Let Live (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Live and Let Live is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.

Director: Marc Pierschel | Stars: Kati Kosler, Ria Rehberg, Hendrik Haßel, Jan Gerdes

Votes: 709

38. The Witness (I) (2015)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

79 Metascore

The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.

Director: James D. Solomon | Stars: William Genovese, Shannon Beeby, Kitty Genovese, Catherine Pelonero

Votes: 3,650

39. Fire at Sea (2016)

114 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi | Stars: Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo

Votes: 4,929 | Gross: $0.11M

40. 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: 20,195

41. After Spring (2016)

TV-14 | 101 min | Documentary

After Spring is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict entering its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. This is the ... See full summary »

Directors: Steph Ching, Ellen Martinez

Votes: 88

42. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

Director: Fred Peabody | Stars: I.F. Stone, Chris Hedges, Leslie Moonves, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 405

43. Gimme Danger (2016)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, Bob Waller, The Stooges

Votes: 4,194 | Gross: $0.44M

44. Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

What we know today about many famous musicians, politicians, and actresses is due to the famous work of photographer Harry Benson. He captured vibrant and intimate photos of the most famous... See full summary »

Directors: Justin Bare, Matthew Miele | Stars: Harry Benson, Carl Bernstein, Bryant Gumbel, Ralph Lauren

Votes: 316 | Gross: $0.02M

45. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary