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1. Capitaine Thomas Sankara (2012)

90 min | Documentary

A portrait comprised of material from the archives of Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso from 1983 until his assassination in 1987. Through his desire to liberate his country and ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Cupelin

Votes: 49

4. Meet Your Meat (2002 Video)

12 min | Short

In a moving narration, actor and activist Alec Baldwin exposes the truth behind humanity's cruelest invention - the factory farm.

Directors: Bruce Friedrich, Cem Akin | Star: Alec Baldwin

Votes: 90

6. Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Wim Wenders, Yohji Yamamoto

Votes: 721

7. The World According to Monsanto (2008 TV Movie)

108 min | Documentary

You do not have to believe that God exists, but you will after this movie know that the devil poster! Monsanto is the largest global company that produces agricultural products: pesticides,... See full summary »

Director: Marie-Monique Robin | Stars: David Baker, Ken Cook, David Carpenter, Robert Bellé

Votes: 1,662

8. Let's Make Money (2008)

110 min | Documentary

Most of us don't know where their money is. However, one thing is for certain, it's is not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank and our money is already a part of the cycle of the global money market.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Mark Mobius, Mirko Kovats, K. Sujatha Raaju, Gerhard Schwarz

Votes: 1,651

9. Our Daily Bread (2005)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Stars: Claus Hansen Petz, Arkadiusz Rydellek, Barbara Hinz, Renata Wypchlo

Votes: 2,375

10. Land der Vernichtung (2004)

140 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Romuald Karmakar

Votes: 14

11. Istanbul United (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History, Sport

The 'Ultra' fans of Istanbul's three biggest football clubs, known for their violent rivalries begin fighting side-by-side to protect civilians from police, as 'Istanbul United'.

Directors: Farid Eslam, Oliver Waldhauer | Stars: Can Atalay, Cahit Binici, Ayan Güner, Kerem Gürbüz

Votes: 125

12. Alphabet (2013)

113 min | Documentary

A documentary that analyzes the modern educational system and argues that it squelches children's capacity for imagination, creativity, and independent thought.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Ken Robinson, Yang Dongping, Andreas Schleicher, Qu Pei

Votes: 749

13. The Gatekeepers (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh | Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri

Votes: 5,244 | Gross: $2.42M

14. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,583 | Gross: $3.52M

15. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary reflects on artist Ai Weiwei's battle against the lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him.

Director: Andreas Johnsen | Stars: Weiwei Ai, Andreas Johnsen, Lao Ai, Jerome A. Cohen

Votes: 274 | Gross: $0.04M

16. Journey to Jah (2013)

92 min | Documentary, Music

The forceful feature-length documentary Journey to Jah by Noel Dernesch and Moritz Springer catches the global phenomenon of crossing borders by documenting the experiences of integration ... See full summary »

Directors: Noël Dernesch, Moritz Springer | Stars: Gentleman, Alborosie, Alberto D'Ascola, Terry Lynn

Votes: 136

17. Der Berührbare - Der Filmregisseur Oskar Röhler (2013)

52 min | Documentary

The "Enfant terrible", the scandalous person, the hope of the German cinema, the new Fassbinder. The director, author and autodidact Oskar Roehler separates the opinions. The actrice ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Wehn | Star: Oskar Roehler

18. After Tiller (2013)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves... See full summary »

Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson | Stars: George Tiller, Warren Hern, Leroy Carhart, Susan Robinson

Votes: 981 | Gross: $0.07M

19. The Assassination of Dr. Tiller (2010)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary

MSNBC looks at the events leading to the assassination of Dr. George Tiller a prominent later-term abortion provided who was killed by an anti-abortion activist.

Director: Carrie Wysocki | Stars: Rachel Maddow, Joan Armentrout, Peggy Bowman, Eddie Ebacher

Votes: 24

20. The Jodorowsky Constellation (1994)

91 min | Documentary, Biography

The quest for the true personality of multi-talented cult artist and psycho-magician Alexandro Jodorowsky

Director: Louis Mouchet | Stars: Fernando Arrabal, Peter Gabriel, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Marcel Marceau

Votes: 475

21. End of the Century (2003)

Unrated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

The story of the punk rock band The Ramones.

Directors: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia | Stars: Rick Rubin, Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone

Votes: 3,331 | Gross: $0.39M

22. H2Omx (2014)

82 min | Documentary, Drama, History

With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and become water sustainable?

Directors: José Cohen, Lorenzo Hagerman

Votes: 63

23. Yalom's Cure (2014)

77 min | Documentary, Biography

This cinematic feature documentary is more than a classic biography. Yalom takes the audience on an existential journey through the many layers of the human mind while he shares his fundamental insights and wisdom.

Director: Sabine Gisiger | Stars: Irvin D. Yalom, Marilyn Yalom

Votes: 345 | Gross: $0.00M

24. The Oath (2010)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Tells the story of two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a course of events that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Osama bin Laden, Salim Hamdan, Abu Jandal, Troy Lebane

Votes: 755 | Gross: $0.04M

25. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 13,381

26. White Shadow (2013)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

The story of Alias, a young Albino on the run, hunted by local witch doctors who use Albinos body parts for their potions.

Director: Noaz Deshe | Stars: Hamisi Bazili, Salum Abdallah, Riziki Ally, James Gayo

Votes: 343

27. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place.

Director: William Greaves | Stars: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Jonathan Gordon, Bob Rosen

Votes: 1,287

28. The Voice of La Raza (1972)

53 min | Documentary

Documentary depicting the struggle for equality by Spanish-speaking residents of the USA. Anthony Quinn relates his own family's struggles as Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles.

Director: William Greaves | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Rita Moreno

Votes: 44

29. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 (2005)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

In Central Park, 1968, a director shot scenes of a young couple whose marriage was falling apart - 35 years later they are back in Central Park as the director relentlessly pursues the ever-elusive symbiopsychotaxiplasmic moment.

Director: William Greaves | Stars: Audrey Heningham, Shannon Baker, Shannon Baker Davis, Marcia Karp

Votes: 231

30. The African Twintowers (2008)

75 min | Documentary

About Richard Wagner, about 9/11, about Hagen von Tronje, about Hereros alive and dead, about ghosts of the past and the present. It is abandoned at day 2.

Director: Christoph Schlingensief | Stars: Christoph Schlingensief, Stefan Kolosko, Irm Hermann, Norbert Losch

Votes: 22

31. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 32,275 | Gross: $1.72M

33. Small Small Thing (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

A look at the high profile case of Liberian Olivia Zinnah, who died in 2012 of complications from a rape that occurred when she was just 7 years old.

Director: Jessica Vale | Stars: Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Louis Johnson, Dannetha Sampson

Votes: 19

34. Reel Paradise (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Former indie film "guru" John Pierson takes his family to Fiji for one year to run the world's most remote movie theater.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Georgia Pierson, Janet Pierson, John Pierson, Wyatt Pierson

Votes: 445 | Gross: $0.03M

35. Dreaming Nicaragua (2010)

60 min | Documentary

DREAMING NICARAGUA is a film about HOPE. It's about love for the dignity and courage of the human spirit that, even immersed in uttermost tragic conditions, fights for a better life, and in... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Bukin

Votes: 25

36. The Carrier (I) (2010)

83 min | Documentary, Drama

'The Carrier' is a feature-length documentary that tells the inspiring story of an HIV-positive and pregnant mother trying to protect her baby from being born with HIV/AIDS. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Maggie Betts

Votes: 22

37. Latcho Drom (1993)

103 min | Documentary, Music

The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

Director: Tony Gatlif | Star: La Caita

Votes: 1,740 | Gross: $1.03M

38. Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve (2015)

109 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

Thomsen presents previously unseen interview footage recorded with Fassbinder throughout their fifteen-year friendship, which spans exactly the length of his career - their first encounter ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Braad Thomsen | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Irm Hermann, Harry Baer, Lilo Pempeit

Votes: 142

39. Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1993)

90 min | Documentary

A detailed look into the process of filming of Robert Altman's masterpiece "Short Cuts". The great ensemble cast composed of 22 actors, Raymond Carver's widow, few members of the crew and ... See full summary »

Directors: John Dorr, Mike Kaplan | Stars: Robert Altman, Tim Robbins, Fred Ward, Matthew Modine

Votes: 149

40. Israel, Why (1973)

185 min | Documentary

A documentary examining life in Israel twenty-five years after the birth of the state.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Jacques Barkat, Schmuel Birger, Ran Cohen, Mikael Feldman

Votes: 99

41. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 12,603 | Gross: $1.41M

42. Virunga (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, War

95 Metascore

A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel | Stars: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

Votes: 9,087

43. Underwater Impressions (2002)

45 min | Documentary

A collection of underwater footage directed by Leni Riefenstahl over nearly 30 years.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Star: Leni Riefenstahl

Votes: 272

44. 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: 13,897

45. Sonic Highways (2014– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Sonic Highways commemorates the Foo Fighters 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.

Stars: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel

Votes: 3,174

47. The Way Things Go (1987)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues. Fire, water, law of gravity as ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Fischli, David Weiss

Votes: 832

48. 10 Billion - What's on your plate? (2015)

107 min | Documentary

How can we best meet every earth citizens need for healthy food facing our limited resources? Regarding the almost 10 billion humans living on earth by 2050, we have to decide now how we want to shape the future of agriculture.

Director: Valentin Thurn | Star: Valentin Thurn

Votes: 208

49. Nice Places to Die (2015)

105 min | Documentary, Family, Mystery