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1. The Staircase (2004–2018)

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 13,935

2. Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

Gory, Gory, Hallelujah! Take an outrageous ride through the wild world of exploitation films with this often-hilarious documentary, HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS, THE GODFATHER OF GORE!

Directors: Frank Henenlotter, Jimmy Maslon | Stars: Mal Arnold, John Bloom, Jerome Eden, David F. Friedman

Votes: 257

3. Bus 174 (2002)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Crime

83 Metascore

Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ... See full summary »

Directors: José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda | Stars: Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Anonymous

Votes: 7,583 | Gross: $0.22M

4. The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (2006)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Welcome to The Great Happiness Space: Rakkyo Café. The club's owner, Issei (22), has a staff of twenty boys all under his training to become the top escorts of Osaka's underground love ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Clennell

Votes: 1,347

5. The Kids Grow Up (2009)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A humorous and deeply moving look at father-daughter relationships, modern-day parenting, marriage and the looming empty nest.

Director: Doug Block

Votes: 146 | Gross: $0.01M

6. 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: 19,732 | Gross: $1.88M

7. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,889 | Gross: $14.36M

8. Tao of Peace (2010)

100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

13 people on a road-trip from Jerusalem to Tripoli looking for peace.

Director: Anton Pichler | Stars: Mohammad Alarja, Ray Benson, Gil Fogel, Lauren Frayer

Votes: 65

9. Chasing the Shadows (2009)

Documentary

Do you believe in ghosts? A recent Gallup poll suggests that 1/3rd of Americans swear they exist. A second poll from the UK suggests that there are now more people in the UK who believe in ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Schultz | Stars: Vicki Monroe, Timothy Schultz, John Zaffis

Votes: 13

10. Solartaxi: Around the World with the Sun (2010)

76 min | Documentary, Adventure

What began as a childhood dream is now an epic 18-month adventure that spans the globe. More than a few have embarked on an 'around the world' adventure; some have even completed it, but no... See full summary »

Director: Erik Schmitt | Stars: James Cameron, Larry Hagman, Jay Leno, Ted Levine

Votes: 23

11. Lolita: Slave to Entertainment (2003 Video)

56 min | Documentary

This Provocative and Revealing must-see documentary uniquely addresses man's relationship with wildlife. It speaks not only to animal lovers and activists, but to anyone at all who may have... See full summary »

Director: Tim Gorski | Stars: John Crowe, Lolita, Richard O'Barry, Russ Rector

Votes: 54

12. King Kaufman: The Passion of Lloyd (2008)

45 min | Documentary, Biography

What happens when Toronto filmmaker Shauna Jaeger sets out to discover what's behind the mad-genius of Lloyd Kaufman - president and founder of Troma Entertainment and the creator of The ... See full synopsis »

Director: Shauna Jaeger Kartt | Stars: Lloyd Kaufman, Jessica Dublin, James Gunn, Daniel Hanna

Votes: 71

13. Hot Coffee (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice.

Director: Susan Saladoff | Stars: Chuck Allen, Judy Allen, Jay Angoff, David Arredondo

Votes: 3,559

14. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

104 min | Documentary

BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC ... See full summary »

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Adam Scorgie, Chris Bennett, Steve Bloom, Renee Bojee

Votes: 7,497

15. The Lives of Mount Druitt Youth (2010)

60 min | Documentary, Drama

Come with Saad as he visits Mount Druitt & interviews the youth of Mount Druitt about everyday issues like crime, drugs, money & shows how its not all bad in Mount Druitt.

Director: Saad Adam | Stars: Drew Pearson, Saad Adam, Evan Adam, Simon Bodie

Votes: 591

16. My Date with Drew (2004)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

51 Metascore

"If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul." - Drew Barrymore. Ever since the second grade when he first saw her in E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Brian Herzlinger has had a crush on ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Gunn, Brian Herzlinger, Brett Winn | Stars: Brian Herzlinger, Drew Barrymore, John August, Stephanie Bedell Quartararo

Votes: 4,457 | Gross: $0.09M

17. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 15,122 | Gross: $0.67M

18. Overnight (2003)

R | 82 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A documentary on the rise and stumble of Troy Duffy, the bartender-cum-filmmaker who was swept up by Miramax's Harvey Weinstein to turn his script for The Boondock Saints into a feature film.

Directors: Tony Montana, Mark Brian Smith | Stars: Troy Duffy, Jeffrey Baxter, Chris Brinker, Jake Busey

Votes: 4,034

19. Stevie (2002)

R | 140 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

In 1995, director Steve James (of 'Hoop Dreams') returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy to whom he had been an "Advocate Big Brother" ten years earlier.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Tonya Gregory, Bernice Hagler

Votes: 2,337 | Gross: $0.10M

20. The Endless Summer (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord James Blears, Bruce Brown

Votes: 4,738

21. The Road to Guantanamo (2006)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, War

64 Metascore

Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui, Arfan Usman

Votes: 10,950 | Gross: $0.32M

22. Last Train Home (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

86 Metascore

A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower.

Director: Lixin Fan | Stars: Changhua Zhang, Yang Zhang, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang

Votes: 3,289 | Gross: $0.29M

23. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.

Directors: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise | Stars: Tom Araya, Gavin Baddeley, Blasphemer, Randy Blythe

Votes: 11,198

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: 9,588 | Gross: $1.52M

25. Reindeerspotting - Escape from Santaland (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

This documentary tells the story of Jani, a 19-year-old drug addict living on social welfare among with his friends. Tired of his life in a remote city in Rovaniemi, he decides to travel by... See full summary »

Director: Joonas Neuvonen | Star: Jani Raappana

Votes: 2,880

26. My Flesh and Blood (2003)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.

Director: Jonathan Karsh | Stars: Susan Tom, Anthony Tom, Faith Tom, Joe Tom

Votes: 1,669

27. Life After People (2008 TV Movie)

108 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl (abandoned by humans after the 1986 nuclear disaster), travel to remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for abandoned towns that ... See full summary »

Director: David de Vries | Stars: Struan Rodger, John Anderson, David Brin, Bill Bruninga

Votes: 2,867

28. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

An exploration of the careers of four unrelated professionals: a lion tamer, a robotics expert, a topiary gardener, and a naked mole rat specialist.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Dave Hoover, George Mendonça, Rodney Brooks, Raymond A. Mendez

Votes: 3,432 | Gross: $0.83M

29. Alien Planet (2005 TV Movie)

94 min | Documentary, Animation, Adventure

The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre de Lespinois | Stars: Wayne D. Barlowe, Curtis Clark, James Garvin, Jamie Hanes

Votes: 1,390

30. Naqoyqatsi (2002)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Belladonna, Marlon Brando, Elton John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 5,018 | Gross: $0.13M

32. J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

An insight into what life is like for well-known "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling as she finishes the final book in the series.

Director: James Runcie | Stars: James Runcie, J.K. Rowling, Sarah Beal, Neil Murray

Votes: 422

33. Powaqqatsi (1988)

G | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Pope John Paul II, Dan Rather

Votes: 7,222 | Gross: $0.59M

34. Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.

Director: Frank H. Woodward | Stars: Robin Atkin Downes, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 1,351

35. The Cruise (1998)

PG-13 | 76 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Affectionate portrait of Tim "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses. He talks fast, is in love with the city, and dispenses historical facts, ... See full summary »

Director: Bennett Miller | Star: Timothy 'Speed' Levitch

Votes: 1,572 | Gross: $0.24M

36. Steam of Life (2010)

81 min | Documentary

Finnish men in sauna, speaking straight from the heart.

Directors: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen | Stars: Timo Aalto, Pekka Ahonen, Aarne Aksila, Mauno Alasuutari

Votes: 2,355

37. Which Way Home (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

"Which Way Home" is a feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like ... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Cammisa

Votes: 1,017

38. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 239 min | Documentary, Horror

Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,826

39. My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

PG-13 | 82 min | Documentary, Family, Mystery

74 Metascore

A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Director: Amir Bar-Lev | Stars: Marla Olmstead, Laura Olmstead, Mark Olmstead, Amir Bar-Lev

Votes: 3,027 | Gross: $0.23M

40. Blue Water, White Death (1971)

G | 99 min | Documentary

Documentary focusing on great white sharks.

Directors: Peter Gimbel, James Lipscomb | Stars: Tom Chapin, Phil Clarkson, Stuart Cody, Peter Lake

Votes: 330

41. Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A year in the making, Still Screaming is the definitive documentary on the making of the iconic Scream movies. Dive into the fascinating success story of the classic trilogy with on-set ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Turek | Stars: David Arquette, Brian Avery, Lisa Beach, Marco Beltrami

Votes: 336

42. The Reinactors (2008)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary

Filmmaker David J Markey interviews people who dress like their favourite movie characters on Hollywood Boulevard.

Director: David Markey | Stars: Gerard Christian Zacher, Christopher Dennis, Michael A. Luce, Tiena Marie Johns

Votes: 119

43. Jupiter's Wife (1995)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

Michel Negroponte, a documentary filmmaker, meets Maggie one day in Central Park. Maggie claims to be married to the god Jupiter and the daughter of actor Robert Ryan. Michel gets to know ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Negroponte | Stars: Maggie Cogan, Katina Pendleton

Votes: 225

44. 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: 1,752 | Gross: $0.04M

45. Tarnation (2003)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 film, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more - culled from nineteen years of his life.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Jonathan Caouette, Renee Leblanc, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis

Votes: 6,136 | Gross: $0.59M

46. The Rock-afire Explosion (2008)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

A cult fan favorite documentary which explores the rise and fall of Showbiz Pizza Place, it's animatronic rock band, and the origins of Chuck E. Cheese's.

Director: Brett Whitcomb | Stars: Chris Thrash, Aaron Fechter, Travis Schafer, Mike Scherpenberg

Votes: 360

47. Cinemania (2002)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary