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1. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,643 | Gross: $0.87M

2. Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels (2002 Video)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

Filmmaker/Comic Writer Kevin Smith interviews comic book legend Stan Lee about his life and work in comics.

Director: Scott Zakarin | Stars: Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Joan Lee

Votes: 832

3. Capitali culturali d'Europa (1983– )
Episode: Athens, Return to the Acropolis (1983)

43 min | Documentary

A poetic visit to the city of Athens, based on paintings, poems and philosophical texts.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Kostas Meleounis, Giorgos Alexiou, Petros Fyssoun, Kostas Arzoglou

Votes: 64

4. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003)

90 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming goes on a world tour to uncover the life of her great grandfather, a legendary magician and acrobat who performed all over the world in the first half of the 20th century.

Director: Ann Marie Fleming | Stars: Bill Meilen, Alessandro Juliani, Ann Marie Fleming

Votes: 105

5. Live Aid (1985 TV Special)

960 min | Documentary, Music

The broadcast of the biggest benefit concert in history, organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

Directors: Vincent Scarza, Kenneth Shapiro | Stars: Bob Geldof, Bryan Adams, Stuart Adamson, Mo Amin

Votes: 1,920

6. Norah Jones: Live in New Orleans (2003 Video)

56 min | Documentary, Music

Norah Jones and the Handsome Band live in concert at the House of Blues in New Orleans 2002.

Director: Jim Gabour | Stars: Norah Jones, Adam Levy, Lee Alexander, Andrew Borger

Votes: 163

7. Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)

Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary, Sport

57 Metascore

A documentary that follows Michael Jordan's basketball career, stint in baseball, and his last championship season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Directors: Don Kempf, James D. Stern | Stars: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Greene

Votes: 1,939 | Gross: $18.64M

8. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

54 Metascore

Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Clebert Ford

Votes: 17,370 | Gross: $50.50M

9. Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again (2004 TV Special)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Documentary

Bill Engvall, Ron "Tater Salad" White, Jeff Foxworthy, and Larry the Cable Guy return on-stage to give some funny redneck laughs and humorous spins on everyday affairs.

Director: C.B. Harding | Stars: Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White

Votes: 1,677

10. The Heat Is On (1989 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary, Music

A behind-the-scenes look at the production of a musical, this feature chronicles the development of "Miss Saigon," from its early beginnings, through casting, preparations, choreography to ... See full summary »

Director: David Wright | Stars: Cameron Mackintosh, Nicholas Hytner, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Greg Ellis

Votes: 164

11. 10 on Ten (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

46 Metascore

Documentary where Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami reflects on his own film-making techniques, drawing from his own films - and 2001's Ten in particular.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 511

12. 1:42.08 (1966)

7 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

An early film by George Lucas during his USC days. It depicts a race car driver trying to qualify for a race. He finishes the lap in 1 minute 42.08 seconds.

Director: George Lucas

Votes: 291

13. A Bronx Morning (1931)

Not Rated | 11 min | Documentary, Short

Arrival in the Bronx is shown with a view from an elevated train as it enters the city. Then follows a montage of sights from the Bronx. Many typical neighborhood activities are shown, along with scenes from many local businesses.

Director: Jay Leyda

Votes: 366

14. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built (2007)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

Ahmet Ertegun created a new genre of music that combined the African-American music of 1940s Washington, D.C., with the European sensibility.

Director: Susan Steinberg | Stars: Ahmet Ertegun, Bette Midler, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles

Votes: 118

15. Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

85 Metascore

A film shot over during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Pegi Young, Ben Keith

Votes: 2,715 | Gross: $1.83M

16. Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Music

Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Director: Denis Sanders | Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge

Votes: 2,166

18. Pink Floyd: P. U. L. S. E. Live at Earls Court (1994 TV Special)

145 min | Documentary, Music

Pink Floyd's final live show in 1995.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Guy Pratt

Votes: 4,395

19. The Beatles... Off the Record: Newsreel Footage 1964-1966 (2001 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Music

The early days of The Beatles are captured in this fascinating film. Featuring behind the scenes clips, it traces the Fab Four's start as Liverpool lads playing the local clubs to 'making ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Santilli | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 15

21. Victory at Sea (1952–1953)

30 min | Documentary, Action, War

Twenty-six episode series about naval combat during World War Two. Famous for its music score, eloquent narration and combat footage.

Stars: Leonard Graves, Karl Dönitz, Winston Churchill, Andrew Cunningham

Votes: 530

23. In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (1998)

240 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary series retracing the journey of Alexander the Great across sixteen countries.

Star: Michael Wood

Votes: 386

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: 78,055 | Gross: $23.81M

25. Kenny Loggins: Outside from the Redwoods (1994 TV Special)

Not Rated | 81 min | Music

The Emmy-nominated Outside: From The Redwoods features an intimate set by Kenny Loggins packed with new arrangements of his greatest hits. Includes new versions of Footloose, Celebrate Me ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenny Loggins, Will Ackerman, Michael McDonald, Shanice

Votes: 21

26. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 53,877 | Gross: $77.44M

27. Aerosmith: The Making of Pump (1990 Video)

110 min | Documentary, Music

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Pump, the album that carried Boston band Aerosmith into the nineties. While this video doesn't include album versions of any of the songs from Pump... See full summary »

Director: Martin Torgoff | Stars: Aerosmith, Catherine Epps, Bruce Fairbairn, Tom Hamilton

Votes: 121

28. One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Music

49 Metascore

A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan

Votes: 23,047 | Gross: $28.87M

29. Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth (2003 TV Special)

100 min | Documentary, Music

Robbie Williams captured live in concert at Knebworth House on Saturday, 2nd August, 2003.

Director: Hamish Hamilton | Stars: Robbie Williams, Max Beesley, Yolanda Charles, Simon Gardner

Votes: 518

30. Tiësto in Concert (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 200 min | Documentary, Music

Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we've all been waiting for...The 10th of May 2003 will be a day to remember in the history of dance music...For the first time on our planet...1 deejay... ... See full summary »

Director: Peter van Eyndt | Star: Tiësto

Votes: 231

31. Tiësto in Concert 2 (2005 Video)

184 min | Documentary, Music

Footage from Tiësto's concerts at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland on October 29/30, 2004.

Directors: Guus Albregts, Jeroen Jansen | Stars: Matt Hales, DJ Mason, Tiësto

Votes: 99

33. Nostradamus: Beyond the Prophecies (2001 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

Who was Nostradamus? What are his predictions about the future? A documentary about this mysterious man who, according to some investigators, could predict huge events like the Second World War.

Stars: Chad Bantner, Brad Douglas, John Hogue

Votes: 21

34. Come Fly with Me (2004 Video)

63 min | Music

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Director: Peter Kagan | Star: Michael Bublé

Votes: 26

36. 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: 19,733 | Gross: $1.88M

37. Elvis on Tour (1972)

G | 93 min | Documentary, Music

Concert footage and offstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Directors: Robert Abel, Pierre Adidge | Stars: Elvis Presley, Bill Baize, Estell Brown, James Burton

Votes: 1,278

38. Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen (1996– )

50 min | Documentary, History

A six hour series exploring the 100 year evolution of sexuality and censorship in motion pictures.

Stars: Raquel Welch, Jason Alexander, Dan Aykroyd, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 76

39. John Mayer: Any Given Thursday (2003 Video)

G | 120 min | Documentary, Music

John Mayer's appealing pop songcraft and killer guitar abilities are on full display in Any Given Thursday, his first concert video. Recorded in 2002, Mayer tackles the hits from his ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Erickson | Stars: John Mayer, Michael Chaves, Stephen Chopek, David Labruyere

Votes: 167

40. Pirate for the Sea (2008)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

A documentary on Paul Watson, who takes the law into his own hands on the open seas, confronting, by any nonviolent means necessary, the hunters who indiscriminately slaughter whales, seals... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Colby | Stars: Peter Brown, Ronald Colby, Alex Cornelissen, Julie Farris

Votes: 149

41. The James Bond Story (1999 TV Movie)

Unrated | 52 min | Documentary

One Bond is not enough, and this documentary proves it! The James Bond Story celebrates the 39th Anniversary of James Bond in the cinema.

Director: Chris Hunt | Stars: Sean Connery, Michael G. Wilson, Roger Moore, George Lazenby

Votes: 458

42. JFK: The Case for Conspiracy (1993 Video)

103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Director: Robert J. Groden | Stars: Mark Crouch, Malcolm Kilduff, Charles Brehm, Audrey Bell

Votes: 90

43. Kino Eye (1924)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

This documentary promoting the joys of life in a Soviet village centers around the activities of the Young Pioneers. These children are constantly busy, pasting propaganda posters on walls,... See full summary »

Director: Dziga Vertov

Votes: 793

44. Three Songs About Lenin (1934)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary

Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin's role in creating them.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Stars: Dolores Ibárruri, Nadezhda Krupskaya, V.I. Lenin, Joseph Stalin

Votes: 597

45. Thrilla in Manila (2008 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary, Sport

A filmed recounting of the final championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Joe Frazier, Marvis Frazier, Thomas Hauser, Muhammad Ali

Votes: 798

46. Battle of Manila (2004)

50 min | Documentary

MANILA - Declared an 'Open City' by General MacArthur to be spared the horrors of war...but the Japanese paid little heed to their enemy's words.

Director: Robin Jacob | Star: Nigel Hogge

Votes: 7

47. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 13,977

48. Zoo (2007)

Unrated | 75 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at the life of an Enumclaw, Washington man who died as a result of an unusual encounter with a horse.

Director: Robinson Devor | Stars: Coyote, Jenny Edwards, John Edwards, John Paulsen

Votes: 2,586 | Gross: $0.07M

49. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Music