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1. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 18,379 | Gross: $12.32M

WOW!! Go see this engrossing film!

2. Love, Antosha (2019)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

78 Metascore

A portrait of the extraordinary life and career of actor Anton Yelchin.

Director: Garret Price | Stars: Anton Yelchin, J.J. Abrams, Sofia Boutella, Nicolas Cage

Votes: 281 | Gross: $0.05M

3. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 9,118 | Gross: $14.02M

4. Icarus (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Sport, Thriller

68 Metascore

When Bryan sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller.

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Thomas Bach, Scott Brandt, Don Catlin, Sebastian Coe

Votes: 31,625

5. Cameraperson (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

Director: Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Jacques Derrida, Kirsten Johnson, Roger Phenix

Votes: 2,014 | Gross: $0.10M

An extraordinary look at the human condition around the globe.

6. The September Issue (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

Director: R.J. Cutler | Stars: Anna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington

Votes: 7,117 | Gross: $3.82M

7. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 18,831 | Gross: $22.61M

8. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 35,043

A Must-See, Terrifying Documentary!

9. 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

10. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 45,165 | Gross: $8.41M

11. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Joe Cross, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross, Virginia Cross

Votes: 8,255

12. Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Twenty male inmates in a Kentucky prison form an unlikely Shakespearean acting troupe.

Director: Hank Rogerson

Votes: 345 | Gross: $0.05M

13. My Architect (2003)

116 min | Documentary, Biography

81 Metascore

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

Director: Nathaniel Kahn | Stars: Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Balkrishna Doshi, Frank Gehry

Votes: 2,985 | Gross: $2.75M

14. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 97,186 | Gross: $11.53M

15. Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

81 Metascore

The love story between British writer, Christopher Isherwood (whose book 'The Berlin Stories' inspired the musical and film Cabaret) and Don Bachardy, American portrait artist.

Directors: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi | Stars: W.H. Auden, Don Bachardy, Ted Bachardy, James Berg

Votes: 812 | Gross: $0.21M

16. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

Votes: 11,661 | Gross: $5.73M

17. Pressure Cooker (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Infamously blunt, Wilma Stephenson runs a "boot camp" teaching Culinary Arts at Frankford High, disciplining her students into capable chefs and responsible students. But behind her tough ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Becker, Jennifer Grausman

Votes: 374

18. The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

69 Metascore

A documentary look, mostly through the eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, at her rise and fall as a popular televangelist with husband Jim Bakker. Traces their rise: her teen marriage to ... See full summary »

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: RuPaul, Tammy Faye Bakker, Virginia Fairchild, Johnny Grover

Votes: 1,464 | Gross: $1.03M

19. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

69 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.

Directors: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,336 | Gross: $1.00M

20. 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: 136,212 | Gross: $21.24M

21. Six by Sondheim (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

An intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist.

Directors: James Lapine, Autumn de Wilde, Todd Haynes | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Jack Bashkow, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning

Votes: 515

22. Africa: The Serengeti (1994)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

Tanzania's Serengeti Plains are the landscape we picture when we think of Africa. For millions of years, the drama of survival has played out here and once a year, millions of antelope ... See full summary »

Director: George Casey | Star: James Earl Jones

Votes: 590

23. Paragraph 175 (2000)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

85 Metascore

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath, Pierre Seel

Votes: 1,772 | Gross: $0.07M

24. Murderball (2005)

R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

87 Metascore

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan, Joe Bishop

Votes: 9,628 | Gross: $1.52M

25. 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: 48,260 | Gross: $4.42M

26. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Reverend Gadget

Votes: 11,935 | Gross: $1.68M

27. 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: 54,113 | Gross: $77.44M

28. 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: 78,347 | Gross: $23.81M

29. Every Act of Life (2018)

93 min | Documentary, Biography

The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Kaufman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Lynn Ahrens, Jon Robin Baitz, Christine Baranski

Votes: 93

30. Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Charting the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist.

Director: Ryan White | Stars: Susan Brown, Jonathan Capehart, Ari Einleger, Leora Einleger

Votes: 530 | Gross: $0.30M

31. Love, Gilda (2018)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa D'Apolito | Stars: Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader

Votes: 1,133 | Gross: $0.63M

32. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

Votes: 3,417 | Gross: $1.72M



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