Real life events/documentaries that made my brain tingle

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1. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 9,330 | Gross: $0.31M

2. 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: 34,670

3. Tomorrow (2015)

G | 118 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.

Directors: Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent | Stars: Anthony Barnosky, Olivier De Schutter, Cyril Dion, Emmanuel Druon

Votes: 2,861 | Gross: $0.04M

4. Fractured Land (2015)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

With some of the world's largest fracking operations on his territory, a young indigenous leader and lawyer confronts the fractures within his community and himself as he struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.

Directors: Damien Gillis, Fiona Rayher | Stars: Caleb Behn, Janet Annesley, Maude Barlow, Terri Brown

Votes: 43

5. The Parking Lot Movie (2010)

PG | 74 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows a select group of parking lot attendants and their strange rite of passage... See full summary »

Director: Meghan Eckman | Stars: Patrick Baran, John Beers, Chris Farina, Tyler Magill

Votes: 1,810

6. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 20,139

7. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 34,012

8. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 78,339

9. The End of the Tour (2015)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer

Votes: 26,273 | Gross: $2.99M

10. Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)

TV-MA | 110 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin | Stars: Nick Broomfield, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Donna, Steve

Votes: 2,426

11. Particle Fever (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.

Director: Mark Levinson | Stars: David Kaplan, Fabiola Gianotti, Sherwood Boehlert, Joel Hefley

Votes: 6,892 | Gross: $0.87M

12. The Yes Men (2003)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy

68 Metascore

Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization.

Directors: Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith | Stars: Andreas Bichlbauer, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore

Votes: 5,566 | Gross: $0.20M

13. The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

87 min | Documentary, Comedy

71 Metascore

Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.

Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Reggie Watts, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Richard Ebeling

Votes: 5,106 | Gross: $0.19M

14. The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

Comedy troupe The Yes Men stage phony events and press releases in an effort to bring attention to environmental dangers and corporate greed.

Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Laura Nix | Stars: Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Benadette Chandia Kodili, Albert Mwesigwa

Votes: 689 | Gross: $0.05M

15. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,380

16. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 48,458 | Gross: $2.80M

17. You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama

A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman, Deirdre O'Connell

Votes: 25,096

18. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 59,100 | Gross: $3.97M

19. 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: 59,047 | Gross: $3.29M

20. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 14,538 | Gross: $0.05M

21. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 19,263 | Gross: $0.65M

22. 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: 59,047 | Gross: $3.29M

23. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 65,723 | Gross: $4.31M

24. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 314,311 | Gross: $70.26M

25. Finders Keepers (I) (2015)

R | 82 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A story about fame, addiction and a custody battle over a man's leg.

Directors: Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel | Stars: John Wood, Shannon Whisnant

Votes: 2,156 | Gross: $0.04M

26. Chef's Table (2015– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Documentary

Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Stars: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford, Lara Gilmore

Votes: 10,903

27. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, News

82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 13,898 | Gross: $0.27M

28. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.

Directors: Beth Aala, Mike Myers | Stars: Shep Gordon, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Alice Cooper

Votes: 3,040 | Gross: $0.21M

29. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 9,422 | Gross: $30.58M

30. City of Gold (2015)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

A documentary portrait that takes us into Jonathan Gold's universe to tell the improbable story of a revolution inspired by the pen, but driven by the palate.

Director: Laura Gabbert | Stars: David Chang, Roy Choi, Jonathan Gold, Ludo Lefebvre

Votes: 857 | Gross: $0.61M

31. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

R | 130 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Julian Assange, Adrian Lamo, John 'FuzzFace' McMahon, Alex Gibney

Votes: 7,175 | Gross: $0.16M

32. Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, AKA Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary ... See full summary »

Director: Nanfu Wang | Stars: Ye Haiyan, Huang, Wang Jianfen, Tang Jitian

Votes: 331

33. Iris (IX) (2014)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

80 Metascore

A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.

Director: Albert Maysles | Stars: Carl Apfel, Harold Koda, Dries Van Noten, Inez Bailey

Votes: 3,959 | Gross: $1.31M

34. The Spice Trail (2011– )

Documentary

Kate Humble travels to the places where various spices grow and tells the history of the spices. Very interesting and a lot is learned.

Star: Kate Humble

Votes: 47

35. Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His life was indicated by pain from the beginning and he started to develop sadomasochistic ... See full summary »

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Kathe Burkhart, Kirby Dick

Votes: 1,478 | Gross: $0.12M

36. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 15,461

37. Schooling the World (2010)

66 min | Documentary

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it... See full summary »

Director: Carol Black | Stars: Wade Davis, Manish Jain, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva

Votes: 141

38. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,147 | Gross: $1.51M

39. The Art of Listening (2016)

Documentary

The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener's ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist's voice.

Directors: Michael Coleman, Emmanuel Moran | Stars: John Luther Adams, Peter Alyea, Beacon, Jason Bentley

Votes: 354

40. 7 Deadly Sins (2014– )

Documentary

Morgan Spurlock presents a modern day interpretation of the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.

Stars: Jennifer Brito, Tommy Gunn, Mike Heslin, Jamie Keohane

Votes: 484

41. The Work (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.

Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous | Stars: Andrew 'Dark Cloud' Molino, Charles Tate Jr., Bharataji Joplin, Richard 'Rick' Misener

Votes: 1,581 | Gross: $0.01M

42. Santoalla (2016)

83 min | Documentary, Mystery

68 Metascore

A Dutch couple, Martin and Margo Verfondern, move to a remote Spanish village of Santoalla to start a new life. There is conflict with the Spanish residents, resulting in the disappearance of Martin.

Directors: Andrew Becker, Daniel Mehrer | Stars: Margo Verfondern, Martin Verfondern, Manolo Rodríguez, Jovita Rodríguez

Votes: 223 | Gross: $0.00M

43. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 30,081 | Gross: $2.67M

44. Wormwood (2017)

241 min | Documentary, Biography

In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.

Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Christian Camargo, Scott Shepherd

Votes: 2,975

45. 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: 16,772 | Gross: $12.32M

46. The Family (2019– )

TV-14 | Documentary

An enigmatic Christian group known as The Family wields enormous influence in Washington, DC, in pursuit of its global ambitions.

Stars: James Cromwell, Jeff Sharlet, Doug Hampton, Tessa Albertson

Votes: 841



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