Tim Ferriss Tools Of Titans Documentaries

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1. The Bridge (I) (2006)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

58 Metascore

Filmmakers use hidden cameras to capture the various suicide attempts at the Golden Gate Bridge - the world's most popular suicide destination. Interviews with the victims' loved ones describe their lives and mental health.

Director: Eric Steel | Stars: Eric Geleynse, Chris Brown, Susan Ginwalla, Caroline Pressley

Votes: 10,540 | Gross: $0.18M

2. Pumping Iron (1977)

PG | 86 min | Documentary, Sport

72 Metascore

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »

Directors: George Butler, Robert Fiore | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno, Victoria Ferrigno

Votes: 20,376

3. Comedian (2002)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

62 Metascore

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.

Director: Christian Charles | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Greg Giraldo

Votes: 6,199 | Gross: $2.74M

4. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,752 | Gross: $7.83M

5. High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell (1995 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

Documents 18 months in the lives of three crack addicts in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Directors: Maryann DeLeo, Richard Farrell | Star: Dicky Eklund

Votes: 656

6. Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Sport

80 Metascore

An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director: Chris Bell | Stars: Chris Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Bell, Hank Aaron

Votes: 12,881 | Gross: $0.31M

7. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,962 | Gross: $1.33M

8. 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, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,584 | Gross: $0.61M

9. 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: 50,259 | Gross: $2.96M

10. Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

An exploration of the fierce rivalry between NBA superstars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson during their decade of dominance.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Steve Springer, Evelyn Johnson

Votes: 1,337

11. Meru (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

77 Metascore

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin, Amee Hinkley

Votes: 13,285 | Gross: $2.33M

12. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 49,398 | Gross: $3.17M

13. Daft Punk Unchained (2015)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about the entire career of Daft Punk, from their start in early 90's with their first group called Darlin', until their grammy awards in 2014. We learn how the artists have ... See full summary »

Director: Hervé Martin-Delpierre | Stars: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, Skrillex, Jean-Daniel Beauvallet

Votes: 2,855

15. 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, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Michael Pollan

Votes: 11,041 | Gross: $1.54M

16. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,433

17. Jazz (2001)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington

Votes: 1,746

18. Transcendent Man (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Ray Kurzweil is on a journey to bring his ideas to the world.

Director: Robert Barry Ptolemy | Stars: Tom Abate, Hugo De Garis, Peter Diamandis, Neil Gershenfeld

Votes: 1,776

19. 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: 10,733

20. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Coney Island (1991)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The film explores the beginnings of America's first amusement park and takes us through its good times all the way up to its end. The show was originally produced for PBS's American Experience.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Philip Bosco, Andrei Codrescu, Vincent Gardenia, Judd Hirsch

Votes: 96

21. Sugar Coated (2015)

90 min | Documentary

How the food industry sugar-coated science, sweetened the food supply, and seduced a planet, one spoonful at a time.

Director: Michèle Hozer | Stars: Gary Taubes, Robert Lustig, Craig Wilcox, Alexis Gomez

Votes: 755

22. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,318 | Gross: $1.51M

23. Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary

51 Metascore

TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU, a feature documentary film about internationally renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins, is a revelatory cinéma vérité film that goes behind ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Sage Bonnie Humphrey, Steven Kronick, Anthony Robbins, Dawn Watson

Votes: 3,323

24. 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: 78,352 | Gross: $23.81M

25. The Overnighters (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Drama

89 Metascore

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

Director: Jesse Moss | Stars: Jay Reinke, Andrea Reinke, Alan Mezo, Shelly Schultz

Votes: 2,249 | Gross: $0.11M

26. 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, Lucy Siegle, Vandana Shiva

Votes: 6,130

27. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 22,057 | Gross: $4.20M

28. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 48,261 | Gross: $4.42M

29. Buck (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.

Director: Cindy Meehl | Stars: Buck Brannaman, Gary Myers, Bibb Frazier, Betty Staley

Votes: 3,075 | Gross: $4.02M

30. 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: 7,094

31. Neurons to Nirvana (2013)

85 min | Documentary, History, News

A stylish, in depth look at the renaissance in psychedelic drug research in light of current scientific, medical and cultural knowledge.

Director: Oliver Hockenhull | Stars: William S. Burroughs, Wade Davis, Rick Doblin, Lesley Ewen

Votes: 1,071

32. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 21,231 | Gross: $1.33M

33. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Bush's War: Part I (2008)

TV-MA | 150 min | Documentary

Frontline examines the war in Iraq and offers an inside look at a number controversies surrounding the war including September 11, al-Qaida, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraid, WMDs, and Fallujah.

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Richard Armitage, Rick Baccus, Dan Balz, James Bamford

Votes: 93

34. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 33,135

35. 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: 59,668 | Gross: $3.29M

36. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, News

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 58,029 | Gross: $2.07M

37. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 57,158 | Gross: $1.61M

38. On Any Sunday (1971)

G | 96 min | Documentary, Sport

75 Metascore

Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dave Aldana, Mark Brelsford, Bruce Brown

Votes: 1,188

39. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 34,883

40. Into Eternity (2010)

75 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage.

Director: Michael Madsen | Stars: Carl Reinhold Bråkenhjelm, Mikael Jensen, Berit Lundqvist, Michael Madsen

Votes: 2,741 | Gross: $0.06M

41. We Live in Public (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez, David Amron

Votes: 1,758 | Gross: $0.04M

42. Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Tim Robbins, Dan Neil, Danny DeVito, Ray Wert

Votes: 1,706 | Gross: $0.15M

43. Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and ... See full summary »

Director: Grant Baldwin | Stars: Grant Baldwin, Jenny Rustemeyer, Dana Gunders, Jonathan Bloom

Votes: 595

44. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 33,626 | Gross: $0.68M

45. A State of Mind (2004)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance.

Director: Daniel Gordon | Stars: Daniel Gordon, Hyon Sun Pak, Song Yun Kim, Jong-Il Kim

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