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1. The Insider (1999)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

Votes: 150,755 | Gross: $28.97M

2. Infamous (2006)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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68 Metascore

While researching his novel "In Cold Blood", Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Toby Jones, Daniel Craig, Sandra Bullock, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 15,674 | Gross: $1.15M

3. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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81 Metascore

A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 24,749 | Gross: $51.72M

4. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

7.4
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70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 24,878 | Gross: $6.71M

5. E:60 (2007– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, News

7.2
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ESPN's award-winning news magazine show featuring sports profiles and innovative stories.

Stars: Jeremy Schaap, Tom Farrey, Lisa Salters, Michael Smith

Votes: 246

6. Jon Benjamin Has a Van (2011)

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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A reporter cruises around in his van and reports on all the trivial things no one cares about.

Stars: Leo Allen, H. Jon Benjamin, Nathan Fielder, Gary Wilmes

Votes: 1,556

7. The Awful Truth (1999–2000)

30 min | Documentary

6.6
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Activist film director Michael Moore hosts a show where he continues his crusade to expose wrongdoing by the high and mighty.

Stars: Michael Moore, Jay Martel, Gideon Evans, Karen Duffy

Votes: 2,001

8. The Mattei Affair (1972)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Luigi Squarzina, Peter Baldwin, Renato Romano

Votes: 1,403

9. Mr Paul (2016 TV Movie)

92 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.5
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It's 1972 and reporter Franck Jourdan is getting obsessed in an investigation to bring Paul Touvier to trial for crimes against humanity. During his quest, Jourdan discovers how Touvier remained hidden from the authorities all those years.

Director: Olivier Schatzky | Stars: Laurent Gerra, François Morel, Hélène Alexandridis, Madalina Constantin

Votes: 34

10. Der Fall Barschel (2015 TV Movie)

177 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.8
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Film about the death of the German politician Uwe Barschel, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his hotel room in 1987, and the surrounding political scandals.

Director: Kilian Riedhof | Stars: Alexander Fehling, Fabian Hinrichs, Matthias Matschke, Antje Traue

Votes: 226

11. TV Nation (1994–1995)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy, News

6.1
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Michael Moore presents a humorous news-magazine that focuses primarily on wrongdoing by big business, privileged society and right-wing politicians.

Stars: Michael Moore, Bruce Brown, Louis Theroux, Karen Duffy

Votes: 538

12. Bury the Lead (2002–2005)

60 min | Drama

7.3
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A drama that goes "behind the scenes" of a television prime-time news magazine (similar "Undercurrents" and the like).

Stars: Jeff Seymour, Sonja Smits, Waneta Storms, Tanya Reid

Votes: 92

13. Carte Blanche (1988– )

News

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Stars: Derek Watts, Devi Sankaree Govender, Bongani Bingwa, John Webb

Votes: 17

14. ESPN Outside the Lines (2005– )

30 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

6.5
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Stars: Bob Ley, Andy Katz, Jalen Rose, Jeremy Schaap

Votes: 255

15. Pilot Error (2014)

113 min | Drama, Mystery, News

7.1
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An Air Paris jet is missing at the bottom of the Atlantic. When Investigative reporter Nicola Wilson's newspaper editors refuse to assign her the story, she quits to find out what caused the accident that took the lives of 212 passengers.

Director: Joe Anderson | Stars: Kate Thomsen, Robert Cicchini, Larry Herron, Jennifer Jelsema

Votes: 15

16. Disco rojo (1973)

97 min | Crime, Drama

4.7
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A member of the jet-set dies in Lisbon, of drug overdose. A journalist tries to pass through disinformation nets to get to the traffick ring leader who is acting with such impunity. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Rafael Romero Marchent | Stars: Antonio Vilar, Mara Cruz, Hugo Blanco, Carlos Romero Marchent

Votes: 10

17. Daughters of Privilege (1991 TV Movie)

Drama

3.4
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A Florida newspaper owner's daughter gets involved with her father's archrival who uses this to bring down his business.

Director: Michael Fresco | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Daphne Ashbrook, Kate Vernon, Angela Alvarado

Votes: 69

18. Cleanflix (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.7
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When a small Utah-based edited movie company is caught sanitizing Hollywood's copyrighted material, the film industry strikes back with a devastating blow.

Directors: Andrew James, Joshua Aukai Ligairi | Stars: Ray Lines, Allan Erb, Scott Nybo, Danny Thompson

Votes: 556

19. Queer Britain (2017)

30 min

6.8
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Presented by YouTuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf, Queer Britain gets under the skin of queer culture and shines a light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

Star: Riyadh Khalaf

Votes: 23

20. The Lookout (2013– )

60 min | News

5.5
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Stars: Bill Weir, Cynthia McFadden, Nick Watt, JuJu Chang

Votes: 12

21. Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Goldsmith | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Edward Asner, Ben Bagdikian, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 96

22. The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

7.6
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Follows pioneer nineteenth-century female journalist Nellie Bly and her exposes of corruption in New York City.

Director: Henning Schellerup | Stars: Linda Purl, Gene Barry, Ray Buktenica, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 23

23. Geraldo Rivera Reports (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, Crime, News

2.4
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Stars: Geraldo Rivera, Craig Rivera, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Ann Coulter

Votes: 100

24. Inside the Gang (2017– )

60 min | Documentary, Crime

5.6
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Investigating the reality of aspects of gang culture in the UK today, where selling drugs, robbery and extreme violence are part of normal everyday life. Featuring interviews with gang members past and present.

Votes: 5

25. America Tonight (2013– )

60 min | News

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Stars: Benjamin Bryant, Adam May, Sarah Hoye, Joie Chen

26. Brutal (I) (1980)

105 min

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Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Amy Austria, Gina Alajar, Charo Santos-Concio, Jay Ilagan

Votes: 13

27. ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly (2003–2006)

30 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

6.7
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Stars: Bob Ley, Jeremy Schaap, Kelly Naqi, Ken Rosenthal

Votes: 29

28. The Maltese Double Cross (1994)

Not Rated | 157 min | Documentary

7.8
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An investigation into the crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Director: Allan Francovich | Stars: Martin Cadman, William Barr, Innes Graham, Jim Swire

Votes: 19

29. Godless in America (2006 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

6.9
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A documentary on atheism in contemporary America, framed around the story of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the founder of American Atheists, who was murdered in 1995 at age 76.

Director: Leslie Woodhead | Stars: Charlie Boy, Donna Cowling, Phil Donahue, Don Friend

Votes: 73

30. Good Riddance (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

6.2
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A documentary about 'The Most Hated Woman in America,' the man that kidnapped and brutally killed her, and the men who unraveled the mystery.

Director: Tr Young | Stars: Phil Donahue, John MacCormack, Tr Young, Ed Martin

Votes: 6

31. ESPN Outside the Lines Primetime (1990–2002)

60 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

6.7
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Stars: Bob Ley, Tom Farrey, Howard Cosell, Charley Steiner

Votes: 43

32. Gary Webb: In His Own Words (2002)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Anthony Lappé, Stephen Marshall | Star: Gary Webb

33. Stealing Home: The Case of Contemporary Cuban Baseball (2001 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, Sport

7.6
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Directors: Robert Anderson Clift, Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky | Stars: Carlos Rodriguez Acosta, Yareli Arizmendi, Sigfredo Barros, Orlando Chinea

Votes: 13

34. ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday (2000– )

30 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

6.1
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Sunday Morning sports news magazine show.

Stars: Bob Ley, Tom Farrey, Mark Schwarz, Jeremy Schaap

Votes: 62

35. The Lake Drain (2015)

Not Rated | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.8
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A crucial high-tech piece of CERN collides into the path of a retired and broken biker focusing covert recovery intelligence away from an actively targeted journalist.

Director: Jerry Griffin | Stars: Jerry Griffin, Shaw Williams, Jim Bob Meigs, Mike von Dee

Votes: 13

36. Planet in Peril: Battle Lines (2008 TV Special)

120 min | Documentary

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CNN examines the worldwide conflicts between growing populations and natural resources.

Stars: Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, Lisa Ling

37. The Bitter Taste of Tea (2008 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

7.8
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Poor rewards and toxic work conditions plague worldwide tea production despite fair trade brands and good intentions.

Directors: Erling Borgen, Tom Heinemann | Stars: Tisra Basanti, Parthima Bivi, Ritt Bjerregaard, Andrew Dawson

Votes: 10

38. Black Star Canyon (2006 Video)

20 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

6.0
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Director: Christian Ford | Stars: Tate Ammons, Melis Ayas, Larry Hanes, Debbie Hope

Votes: 5

39. The Notice Blog (2016– )

28 min | News

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40. Witness (2007– )

Documentary, News

8.4
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Stars: Marion Barry Jr., Kevin Gonzales, Josh Rushing

Votes: 17

41. Hare Krishna (I) (1974)

19 min | Documentary, Short, News

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Director: Alfredo Gurrola

42. The Legacy of I.F. Stone (2015 Video)

42 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Jeff Cohen, Glenn Greenwald, Peter Jennings, Lyndon Baines Johnson

43. Issues Reports (2008– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Helen Ferré, Ben Daniel, Eduardo Gonzalez Rubio, Joe Kehoskie

44. OTL Extra (2015– )

15 min | News, Sport, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bob Ley, Doug Glanville, Bill Shaikin, Christina Kahrl

45. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Around the World in 72 Days (1997)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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The story of the female investigative reporter, Nellie Bly and her race around the world in less than 80 days.

Directors: Mel Bucklin, Christine Lesiak | Star: David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 14

46. The Kyle Files (2015– )
Episode: Britain's Homeless (2017)

Documentary

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With the number of homeless people rising for the sixth year in a row, Jeremy Kyle goes undercover to experience life on the streets in Manchester. He also visits a tent city protest in Hull.

Star: Jeremy Kyle

47. The Kyle Files (2015– )
Episode: Dangerous Dogs (2017)

Documentary

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Jeremy Kyle tackles the issue of dangerous dogs, tracking down members of a criminal gang who use banned breeds as weapons as well as to enhance their own status.

Star: Jeremy Kyle

48. The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991)
Episode: Egon on the Rampage (1987)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.5
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A news crew disrupts Egon's latest experiment and as a result Egon's soul is sucked into another dimension while a demon takes over his body.

Stars: Arsenio Hall, Maurice LaMarche, Lorenzo Music, Laura Summer

Votes: 37

49. Mo'adon Layla (2006– )
Episode: Episode #5.6 (2014)

Comedy

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Director: Amir Ukrainetz | Stars: Erez Tal, Avi Nusbaum, Israel Katorza, Ori Hizkiah

50. NewsNight with Aaron Brown (2001–2005)
Episode: Episode dated 25 April 2005 (2005)

News

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Stars: Aaron Brown, Bob Barr, Robert Chase, Candy Crowley



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