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1. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 32,018 | Gross: $0.49M

2. Room 666 (1982 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

During the '35th Cannes International Film Festival' (14th-26th May 1982), German director Wim Wenders asked a sample of 15 other international film directors to get, each one at a time, ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Wim Wenders, Michelangelo Antonioni, Maroun Bagdadi, Ana Carolina

Votes: 977

3. Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

An 'essayistic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Emily Holmes

Votes: 751

4. 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: 59,518 | Gross: $3.29M

5. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

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

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 17,777 | Gross: $1.34M

6. Under the Sun (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A propaganda documentary about North Korea that reveals a few hidden facts because the director continues filming between the scripted scenes.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Lee Zin-Mi, Yu-Yong, Hye-Yong, Oh-Gyong

Votes: 4,003 | Gross: $0.07M

7. 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: 5,026 | Gross: $0.11M

8. 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: 5,157 | Gross: $0.30M

9. Other Worlds (2004)

90 min | Documentary

The secrets about unlocking the mysteries of consciousness by plant-drugs. The related chances and risks involved in this shamanism.

Director: Jan Kounen | Stars: Pablo Amaringo, Guillermo Arévalo, Michel Boccara, J.C. Callaway

Votes: 309

10. Anton's Right Here (2012)

110 min | Documentary

How is it possible to feel someone elses pain? The hero of this film is an autistic boy. His life is divided between an apartment with peeling walls on the outskirts of a large city, and a ... See full synopsis »

Director: Lyubov Arkus

Votes: 242

11. Putin's Kiss (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

52 Metascore

Masha Drokova joins Nashi, a Russian ultra nationalist youth group, at the age of 16 and rapidly ascends its ranks, famously garnering a medal and the opportunity to kiss Vladimir Putin. The film details her growing disillusion with the group's leaders and her falling in with the anti-Putin opposition, especially a journalist and blogger named Oleg Kashin, who gets brutally attacked.

Director: Lise Birk Pedersen | Stars: Masha Drokova, Oleg Kashin, Viktoria Drokova, Garry Kasparov

Votes: 669 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2002)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, History

75 Metascore

A film about the state of Chinese occupied Tibet and its history of oppression and resistance.

Director: Tom Piozet | Stars: Edward Edwards, Ed Harris, Shirley Knight, Tim Robbins

Votes: 613 | Gross: $0.58M

13. Pered sudom istorii (1965)

99 min | Documentary

One of the most paradoxical films in the history of soviet cinema. The film is based on a dialogue between historian Sergei Svistunov and Vasily Vitalyevich Shulgin, who was one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Fridrikh Ermler | Star: Vasili Shulgin

Votes: 73

14. Triumph Over Violence (1965)

R | 82 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary about the rise and fall of fascism and the effects of Nazism on German society.

Director: Mikhail Romm | Stars: Mikhail Romm, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Göring

Votes: 1,369

15. Lullaby (1937)

58 min | Documentary

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Director: Dziga Vertov

Votes: 46

16. 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: 20,384

17. From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (2014)

119 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Focuses on the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) and its 'collective spirit' in cinema. The purpose of film as a cultural tool is examined. Based on celebrated sociologist Siegfried Kracauer's seminal book 'From Caligari to Hitler' (1947).

Director: Rüdiger Suchsland | Stars: Rüdiger Suchsland, Hans Henrik Wöhler, Fritz Lang, Volker Schlöndorff

Votes: 584

18. Putin's Witnesses (2018)

102 min | Documentary

A rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vitaliy Manskiy, Boris Yeltsin

Votes: 567

19. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,342 | Gross: $119.19M

20. The Making of Fanny and Alexander (1984)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

A chronicle of the making of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar winning film.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Daniel Bergman, Ingmar Bergman, Gunnar Björnstrand, Allan Edwall

Votes: 783

21. La vie est à nous (1936)

66 min | Drama, History

A propaganda film of the communist party of France, showing who the comrades help the proletarian people against the capitalists. It also features propagandistic speeches of leading members... See full summary »

Directors: Jacques Becker, Jacques B. Brunius, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Maurice Lime, Pierre Unik, André Zwoboda, Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Dasté, Jacques B. Brunius, Simone Guisin, Teddy Michaud

Votes: 209

24. Germany in Autumn (1978)

123 min | Documentary, Drama

Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie ... See full summary »

Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert, Bernhard Sinkel | Stars: Wolfgang Bächler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann, Joachim Bißmeier

Votes: 1,076

25. Bread Day (1998)

55 min | Documentary

The story of old people living in a forgotten village. Once a week they need to push the carriage with bread for several kilometers towards their gloomy settlement.

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy

Votes: 145

26. Arirang (2011)

100 min | Documentary, Drama

Documentary on director Kim Ki-Duk looking back at his film career.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Star: Ki-duk Kim

Votes: 1,053

27. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 12,962

28. White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History

Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Harold Agnew, Shuntaro Hida, Kiyoko Imori, Morris Jeppson

Votes: 1,621

29. The Suicide Tourist (2007)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates suicide tourism by following a Chicago native as he travels to Switzerland in order to take his life with help of a nonprofit organization that legally assists suicides.

Director: John Zaritsky | Stars: Arthur Bernard, Craig Ewert, Ivan Ewert, Katrina Ewert

Votes: 159



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