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1. Locked Up Abroad (2007– )

90 min | Documentary, Drama

Survivors share their stories and experience of survival abroad.

Stars: Youssef Tounzi, Manuel Villasenor, Tato Alexander, Leigh Jones

Votes: 1,652

2. Nature's Weirdest Events (2012– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Chris Packham examines some of the weirdest natural events on the planet. With the help of footage taken by eyewitnesses and news crews, he unravels the facts behind each story.

Stars: Chris Packham, Brian Ladoon

Votes: 194

3. Best Kept Secret (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

100 Metascore

JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism ... See full summary »

Director: Samantha Buck | Stars: Alyce Barnhardt, Carla Byrd, Robert Caspar, Johnson Green

Votes: 287

4. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,050 | Gross: $0.21M

5. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview of the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to... See full summary »

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, David Attenborough, Doug Allan, Barrie Britton

Votes: 35,203

6. Inside the American Mob (2013– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Documentary film about the Italian Mafia and their organized crime activities in USA, mainly New York, between the '60's to mid '90's. Well documented with plenty of interviews and original... See full summary »

Stars: Salvatore Polisi, Kenneth Carrella, Thomas Logan Crown, John Farnworth

Votes: 540

7. Gangland (2007–2010)

TV-14 | 43 min | Biography, Crime, History

Follows the evolution and power of gangs across the United States.

Stars: Mike Hefley, Rahul Thakkar, Martin Cox, Tim Zaal

Votes: 775

8. The Source Family (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary, Music

62 Metascore

A charismatic leader founds a commune in Los Angeles in the early '70s based on natural food, spiritual practices and psychedelic rock. This short-lived era is recreated with archival material and the memories of participants.

Directors: Maria Demopoulos, Jodi Wille | Stars: Ahom Aquarian, Isis Aquarian, Elena Michaels, Father Yod

Votes: 981

9. The Waiting Room (III) (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.

Director: Peter Nicks | Star: Sean Bennett

Votes: 735 | Gross: $0.24M

10. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: World's Most Dangerous Drug (2006)

Documentary, History

Explorer examines the powerful and highly addictive drug methamphetamine also known as "meth". Correspondent Lisa Ling charts meth's impact in the United States and in the world.

Stars: Jason Gates, Janelle Hornickel, Coby Kempe, Bret King

Votes: 172

11. All This Mayhem (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Martin | Stars: Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas, Tommy Caudill, Lance Conklin

Votes: 3,003

13. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,428 | Gross: $0.09M

14. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

76 Metascore

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz

Votes: 3,249 | Gross: $0.16M

15. Alive Inside (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett | Stars: Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Nell Hardie, Norman Hardie

Votes: 2,829 | Gross: $0.15M

16. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,832 | Gross: $0.49M

17. Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Jim Brown, Tony Muhammad, Kershaun Scott, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 2,562 | Gross: $0.07M

18. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
Episode: Ultimate Tut (2013)

TV-PG | 110 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

Scientists investigate pharaoh Tutankhamun. Was his tomb originally his and why hasn't it been raided like the other pharaoh tombs? Also, how did he die, why was his burial so rushed and why was he erased from history by his successors?

Director: Sean Smith | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Chris Naunton, Yasmin El Shazly, Amit Roy-Chowdhury

Votes: 62

19. Korengal (2014)

R | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

67 Metascore

Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.

Director: Sebastian Junger | Stars: LaMonta Caldwell, Miguel Cortez, Stephen Gillespie, Aron Hijar

Votes: 3,367 | Gross: $0.06M

20. Monarchy with David Starkey (2004–2007)

60 min | Documentary, History

A history of the English Crown from AD 400 to today.

Stars: David Starkey, Tony Cottrell, Gerard Hayling, David Alder

Votes: 433

21. Prohibition (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,437

22. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro | Stars: Pat Mitchell, Jackson Katz, Jim Steyer, Marissa Mayer

Votes: 3,374

23. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Director: Mami Sunada | Stars: Hayao Miyazaki, Yumiko Miyoshi, Toshio Suzuki, Shinsuke Nonaka

Votes: 4,381

24. Moving Art (2014–2019)
Episode: Oceans (2014)

Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary

Viewers will experience the power of ocean waves and the sea's underwater splendor as filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg takes his camera into the deep.

Director: Louie Schwartzberg

Votes: 235

25. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, News

68 Metascore

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

Director: Cullen Hoback | Stars: Max Schrems, Moby, Mark Zuckerberg, Orson Scott Card

Votes: 5,728 | Gross: $0.06M

26. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Hitler's G.I. Death Camp (2011)

50 min | Documentary, History

The story of 350 American POWs held at a reclusive and secret concentraion camp administered by the Nazi regime.

Director: Steven Hoggard | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Steve Luckert, Mitchell Bard, Kyra Schuster

Votes: 95

27. Girl Rising (2013)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Drama

59 Metascore

This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Amina, Azmera, Arindol Bagchi, Rekha Banerjee

Votes: 1,129

28. 30 Days (2005–2008)

60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

An unscripted, documentary-style program where an individual is inserted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession for 30 days.

Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Alexandra Jamieson, Scott Bridges, Ryan Hickmott

Votes: 1,869

29. The Mortified Sessions (2011– )

30 min | Reality-TV

People reminisce over artifacts from childhood.

Star: David Nadelberg

Votes: 22

30. Mile... Mile & a Half (2013)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary

In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason M. Fitzpatrick, Ric Serena | Star: Laura Obiols

Votes: 670

31. Time to Remember (2010– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary

A look back at the original Time to Remember (1959) series, exploring the different themes covered throughout its long run.

Star: Lesley Sharp

Votes: 21

32. Ancient X-Files (2010– )

60 min | Documentary, History

International historical documentary series looking at the enigmas behind well known classical and medieval mysteries. (the Minotaur's Labyrinth, the Holy Grail, the Phaistos Disk, The Sudarium of Oviedo)

Stars: Jason Alan Carvell, Chris Porter, Shimon Gibson, Michael Hesemann

Votes: 103

33. Happy (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Happy takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Marci Shimoff, Ed Diener, Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Votes: 3,050

34. The Goebbels Experiment (2005)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, History

67 Metascore

Through archival footage and dramatic readings of his personal writings, the life of Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, is examined.

Director: Lutz Hachmeister | Stars: Udo Samel, Kenneth Branagh, Heinrich Brüning, Winston Churchill

Votes: 926 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 14,199 | Gross: $5.23M

36. The Square (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, News

84 Metascore

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam

Votes: 8,135 | Gross: $0.12M

37. Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012)

106 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

Shin Dong-Huyk was born on November 19, 1983 as a political prisoner in a North Korean re-education camp. He was a child of two prisoners who had been married by order of the wardens. He ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Wiese | Stars: Shin Dong-Hyuk, Oh Yangnam, Hyuk Kwon, August Diehl

Votes: 976

38. In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine (1997)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine examines the step-by-step process that led the German medical profession down an unethical road to genocide.

Director: John Michalczyk | Stars: Donald Winning, Arthur Caplan, Donald Dietrich, Michael Grodin

Votes: 123

39. The Institute (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

55 Metascore

A documentary on the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for.

Director: Spencer McCall | Stars: Arye Bender, Boston Blake, Jeff Hull, Chelsea London Lloyd

Votes: 1,020

40. Wildest Indochina (2014– )

Join us on the most diverse peninsula in the world. From Malaysia, to southwest China and Vietnam to Cambodia and Thailand, Indochina boasts breath-taking landscapes, historic cities, ... See full summary »

Star: Paul McGann

Votes: 112

41. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and work of the renowned film visual effects artist and producer.

Director: Gilles Penso | Stars: Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 1,115

42. Weird or What? (2010– )

Documentary

From medical oddities to abnormal natural disasters to puzzling disappearances,this investigative series delves into all manner of mysteries. With William Shatner as your host

Stars: William Shatner, Joe Nickell, Talia Russo, Brian Dunning

Votes: 380

44. Egypt (2005– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, History

Dramatization of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt, from the exploration of tombs in the early 1800s, to the unraveling of the Rosetta Stone to translate the ancient language on the tombs, to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.

Stars: Neji Nejah, Andrew Sachs, Stuart Graham, Julian Wadham

Votes: 670

45. Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron's diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible.

Directors: John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight | Stars: James Cameron, Suzy Amis, Frank Lotito, Paul Henri

Votes: 1,484 | Gross: $0.15M

46. Destination Truth (2007– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Reality-TV

A globe-trekking reality show that follows Josh Gates around the world as he explores different sites of supernatural import.

Stars: Josh Gates, Gabriel Copeland, Mike Morrell, Erin Ryder

Votes: 2,656

47. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A documentary on the Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities.

Director: Matthew Miele | Stars: Rachel Zoe, Candice Bergen, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen

Votes: 772 | Gross: $0.50M