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1. Kumaré (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.

Director: Vikram Gandhi | Stars: Vikram Gandhi, Toby, Greg, Molly

Votes: 4,544 | Gross: $0.13M

2. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 59,357 | Gross: $3.29M

3. 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: 49,990 | Gross: $2.96M

4. Population Boom (2013)

91 min | Documentary

A well-known nightmarish vision of the future: The Earth's population reaches seven billion. Dwindling resources, mountains of toxic waste, hunger and climate change-the results of ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Boote | Stars: Farida Akther, Ki-moon Ban, Werner Boote, Benjamin Fulford

Votes: 116

5. Plastic Planet (2009)

TV-G | 95 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

Werner Boote presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. He takes us on a ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Boote | Stars: Werner Boote, John Taylor, Peter Lieberzeit, Marques Brown

Votes: 1,130 | Gross: $0.00M

6. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 78,092 | Gross: $23.81M

7. The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

87 min | Documentary, Comedy

71 Metascore

Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.

Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Reggie Watts, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Richard Ebeling

Votes: 5,117 | Gross: $0.19M

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: 30,408 | Gross: $2.67M

9. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,727 | Gross: $1.33M

10. Alphabet (2013)

113 min | Documentary

A documentary that analyzes the modern educational system and argues that it squelches children's capacity for imagination, creativity, and independent thought.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Ken Robinson, Yang Dongping, Andreas Schleicher, Qu Pei

Votes: 753

11. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Director: Nina Paley | Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya

Votes: 4,258

12. Ayurveda: Art of Being (2001)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

Ayurveda is science of life and art of healing; where body, mind and spirit are given equal importance. This voyage of thousands of miles across India and abroad takes you on a unique ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Nicolos Kostopoulos, Vaidya Narayan Murthy, Brahmanand Swamigal

Votes: 418 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Y Yoga Movie (2008)

88 min | Documentary, War

The documentary is an invitation to a better life. This is accomplished through an exploration of why people practice yoga and how it changes them.

Director: Arthur Klein | Stars: Leah Ayres, Micheline Berry, Kathryn Budig, Julie Chertow

Votes: 11

14. That Sugar Film (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body.

Director: Damon Gameau | Stars: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Milla Bakaitis, Richard Davies

Votes: 8,316

15. Racing Extinction (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, News

81 Metascore

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton

Votes: 7,053

16. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

77 Metascore

Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston, Laurie Allen

Votes: 8,775 | Gross: $0.33M

17. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 10,503

18. GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon

Votes: 10,000 | Gross: $0.03M

19. Bidder 70 (2012)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

61 Metascore

Tim DeChristopher is Bidder 70, a young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.

Directors: Beth Gage, George Gage | Star: Tim DeChristopher

Votes: 118 | Gross: $0.00M

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: 10,310 | Gross: $1.57M

21. 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: 32,532 | Gross: $1.72M

22. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)

Not Rated | 136 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,707 | Gross: $0.07M

23. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)

150 min | Documentary

Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,838

24. Waking Life (2001)

R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

82 Metascore

A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Wiley Wiggins

Votes: 57,808 | Gross: $2.89M

25. Trashed (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, ... See full summary »

Director: Candida Brady | Stars: Paul Connett, Jeremy Irons, Evangelos Kalafatis, Charles Moore

Votes: 548

26. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,739 | Gross: $1.88M

27. Future by Design (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Future by Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught ... See full summary »

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: William Gazecki, Jacque Fresco, Larry King, Roxanne Meadows

Votes: 1,334

28. Fed Up (2014)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

Director: Stephanie Soechtig | Stars: Michele Simon, Bill Clinton, Katie Couric, Michael Pollan

Votes: 10,995 | Gross: $1.54M

29. Tomorrow (2015)

G | 118 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.

Directors: Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent | Stars: Anthony Barnosky, Olivier De Schutter, Cyril Dion, Emmanuel Druon

Votes: 2,896 | Gross: $0.04M

30. Shine a Light (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

76 Metascore

A career-spanning documentary on The Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 10,598 | Gross: $5.36M

31. Pump (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

A documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.

Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell | Stars: Adhemar Altieri, Greg Anderson, Edwin Black, David Blume

Votes: 611 | Gross: $0.07M

32. Let's Get Lost (1988)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Weber | Stars: Chet Baker, Carol Baker, Vera Baker, Paul Baker

Votes: 1,673

33. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Dallas Schoo

Votes: 11,934 | Gross: $1.61M

34. Meeting People Is Easy (1998)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien

Votes: 2,939 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,586 | Gross: $0.42M

36. 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: 20,550

37. The Happy Film (2016)

93 min | Documentary

Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the... See full summary »

Directors: Hillman Curtis, Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister | Stars: Jonathan Haidt, Sheenah Hankin, Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister

Votes: 614

38. Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

Miss Sharon Jones: Dreams never expire but sometimes they are deferred. Miss Sharon Jones follows the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy nominated R&B band "Sharon Jones and ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Sharon Jones, Starr Duncan-Lowe, Binky Griptite, Megan Holken

Votes: 504 | Gross: $0.12M

39. Freedom from Choice (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Life is about choice. What we eat, what we read, who we elect; every day we make choices that determine how we want to live. But what if these choices are just an illusion?

Director: Tim Delmastro | Stars: Jeff Berwick, Gerald Celente, Jonathan Emord, G. Edward Griffin

Votes: 52

40. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 135,879 | Gross: $21.24M

41. Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

Director: Matt Schrader | Stars: Marco Beltrami, Jon Burlingame, Leonard Maltin, Bill Field

Votes: 3,395 | Gross: $0.10M

42. 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: 1,211 | Gross: $0.10M

43. 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 with an unspoken personal tragedy.

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

Votes: 3,877

44. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Director: Paul Justman | Stars: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Richard 'Pistol' Allen

Votes: 3,202 | Gross: $1.60M

45. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 13,921 | Gross: $6.35M

46. Cuba and the Cameraman (2017)

113 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Life in Cuba for three struggling families over the course of 45 years, from the cautious optimism of the early 1970s to the harrowing 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union and the 2016 death of Fidel Castro.

Director: Jon Alpert

Votes: 1,995



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