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1. Real Time with Bill Maher (2003– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

7.4
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Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.

Stars: Bill Maher, Andrew Sullivan, Michael Moore, Arianna Huffington

Votes: 11,954

2. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

8.1
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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: 50,123 | Gross: $2.80M

3. Strong Island (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary

6.4
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86 Metascore

When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker's brother.

Director: Yance Ford | Stars: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers, Lauren Ford

Votes: 3,157

4. City of Ghosts (2017)

R | 92 min | Documentary, War

7.4
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86 Metascore

A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Heineman | Stars: Abdelaziz Alhamza, Mohamad Almusari, Hamoud Almousa, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Votes: 3,186 | Gross: $0.13M

5. The Panama Papers (2018)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

7.2
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76 Metascore

A documentary feature film about the biggest global corruption scandal in history, and the hundreds of journalists who risked their lives to break the story.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Luke Harding, Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer, Elijah Wood

Votes: 843

6. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

7.6
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82 Metascore

After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 3,283 | Gross: $0.11M

7. Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

6.3
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85 Metascore

A kaleidoscopic and humanistic view of the Black community in Hale County, Alabama.

Director: RaMell Ross | Stars: Latrenda 'Boosie' Ash, Quincy Bryant, Daniel Collins, RaMell Ross

Votes: 1,546 | Gross: $0.11M

8. Cameraperson (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

7.4
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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: 2,107 | Gross: $0.10M

9. The Square (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, News

8.1
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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: 8,277 | Gross: $0.12M

10. In the Absence (2018)

28 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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Documents the sinking of a South Korean Ferry. As a result of the ineptitude of the first response to the emerging situation, hundreds of people, mostly children lost their lives

Director: Seung-jun Yi

Votes: 937

11. The Oscars (2015 TV Special)

TV-14 | 223 min | Comedy, Music

6.5
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the year's achievements in film.

Director: Hamish Hamilton | Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick, Lupita Nyong'o, Robert Duvall

Votes: 3,623

12. Ghosts of Sugar Land (2019)

TV-MA | 21 min | Documentary, Short

5.5
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A group of suburban Muslims attempt to reconcile the disappearance of a close friend and must learn to live with the consequences of his actions.

Director: Bassam Tariq | Stars: Jennifer Julian, Kc Okoro

Votes: 882

13. Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary

6.5
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68 Metascore

The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Nick Denton, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, James G Wright

Votes: 3,312

14. Risk (I) (2016)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary

6.3
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72 Metascore

The story of WikiLeak's editor-in-chief Julian Assange as seen by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Jacob Appelbaum, Joseph Farrell

Votes: 1,910 | Gross: $0.20M

15. Democracy Now! (2001– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

6.0
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Journalist Amy Goodman hosts this independent news program which features international journalists, grassroots leaders, independent analysts, as well as ordinary people directly affected by world events and U.S. policy.

Stars: Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Nermeen Shaikh, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Votes: 326

16. P.O.V. (1988– )

Documentary

7.6
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POV, a cinema term for "point of view," is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented more than 300 of the best, boldest and most... See full summary »

Stars: Angela Davis, Deann Borshay, Peter Dinklage, Mohamed Bangura

Votes: 144

17. XY Chelsea (2019)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

4.7
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60 Metascore

A look at the life and career of Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier in the United States Army, who was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-male military prison for leaking information about the country's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Director: Tim Travers Hawkins | Stars: Chelsea Manning, Nancy Hollander, Vincent J. Ward, Chase Strangio

Votes: 210

18. Crime + Punishment (2018)

112 min | Documentary

7.4
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88 Metascore

A group of brave NYPD officers risk it all to expose the truth about illegal quota practices in police departments.

Director: Stephen Maing | Stars: Manuel 'Manny' Gomez, Sandy Gonzales, Rukia Lumumba, Edwin Raymond

Votes: 504 | Gross: $0.02M

19. The Proposal (II) (2018)

86 min | Documentary

6.1
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80 Metascore

An artist fights to make the archives of Mexico's most famous architect available to the public.

Director: Jill Magid | Stars: Jill Magid, Federica Zanco

Votes: 74 | Gross: $0.05M

20. A Night at the Garden (2017)

TV-PG | 7 min | Documentary, Short, History

6.6
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Archival footage of an American Nazi rally that attracted 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden in 1939, shortly before the beginning of World War II.

Director: Marshall Curry | Star: Fritz Kuhn

Votes: 1,288

21. The Oath (2010)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

7.3
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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: 770 | Gross: $0.04M

22. The Loving Story (2011)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.7
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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Buirski | Stars: Jane Alexander, Lindsay Almond Jr., Edward L. Ayers, Leon M. Bazile

Votes: 672

23. 1971 (2014)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, History, Thriller

7.2
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73 Metascore

The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed.

Director: Johanna Hamilton | Stars: Bonnie Raines, John Raines, Bob Williamson, Keith Forsyth

Votes: 820

24. Project X (2016)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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A top-secret handbook takes viewers on an undercover journey to TITANPOINTE, the site of a hidden partnership. Narrated by Rami Malek and Michelle Williams, and based on classified NSA ... See full summary »

Directors: Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras | Stars: Rami Malek, Michelle Williams

Votes: 87

25. My Country, My Country (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.2
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Documentary by Oscar winner Laura Poitras about the war in Iraq.

Director: Laura Poitras

Votes: 269

26. Trump's Lobby (2017)

Documentary, Short

5.3
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Since the election of Donald Trump, there has been a continual flow of high level visitors to the penthouse apartment in Trump Tower. Their arrivals were turned into a media spectacle.

Director: Alex Winter

Votes: 25

27. Tavis Smiley (2004–2017)

30 min | Talk-Show

5.4
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A diverse panel of experts on various social, political, economic, and legal issues that are key to Detroit's turnaround.

Stars: Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, Bernie Sanders, Harry Belafonte

Votes: 321

28. Church and the Fourth Estate (2020)

Documentary, Short

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A reporter uncovers a case file that reveals a shocking series of child abuse allegations in Idaho's Boy Scouts, which rattle the community and implicate the Mormon Church. The case ends up... See full summary »

Director: Brian Knappenberger

29. Flag Wars (2003)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.0
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"Flag Wars" is a cinema verite documentary that follows the conflicts that arise when gay white professionals move into a black working-class neighborhood. Filmed over a four years in ... See full summary »

Directors: Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras | Stars: Nina Masseria, Floyd Goode, Josephine Goode, Shango Baba Olugbala

Votes: 195

30. Angels Are Made Of Light (2018)

117 min | Documentary

6.9
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82 Metascore

A dozen years after his Oscar-nominated Iraq in Fragments, American documentarian James Longley delivers a sweeping, profoundly compassionate group portrait of Afghan students and teachers still weathering national turbulence.

Director: James Longley | Stars: Fazula, Hasiba, Yaldash Mir-Habibullah, Rostam Mir-Mohammed-Ullah

Votes: 37 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Free Tibet (1998)

90 min | Documentary, Music

5.4
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Director: Sarah Pirozek | Stars: A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk

Votes: 119

32. The Art of Making Money (2019)

Short

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What if the best way to make more money - is to create it yourself? In this new documentary series from filmmaker Nathan Truesdell and Field of Vision, we follow folks who decided to take ... See full summary »

33. The Engineer (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.8
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Israel Ticas is the only criminologist working in one of Latin America's most dangerous countries. In El Salvador, one child goes missing every three minutes*. Many children are killed by ... See full summary »

Directors: Mathew Charles, Juan Luis Passarelli

Votes: 36

34. Split Screen (1997–2000)

Reality-TV, Talk-Show

5.3
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Split Screen is an irreverent, sly, magazine format show which looks at the tremendous diversity within the world of independent filmmaking in the United States. Created, written and hosted... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Flemming, John Pierson, Kevin Smith, Anthony Barounis

Votes: 46

35. The Law in These Parts (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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Can justice truly be served in the occupied territories given the current system of law administered by Israel for Palestinians?

Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Votes: 352

36. Convention (2009)

95 min | Documentary

4.3
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A group of documentary filmmakers chronicle the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Director: AJ Schnack | Stars: Katherine Archuleta, Chantal Unfug, Guillermo Vidal, John Hickenlooper

Votes: 55

37. The Fabulous Picture Show (2006–2011)

History, Talk-Show

7.1
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Stars: Amanda Palmer, Mohamed Al Daradji, Scandar Copti, Cherien Dabis

Votes: 30

38. Personal Truth (2018)

18 min | Documentary, Short

7.3
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The 'Pizzagate' conspiracy theory of 2016 claimed that Hillary Clinton and other high-ranking US Democratic Party officials were operating a child sex-trafficking ring from a popular ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Lyne | Stars: Alex Jones, Edgar Maddison Welch

Votes: 7

39. Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.8
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From cinema-verite; pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick movie makers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the world's best documentarians reflect upon ... See full summary »

Director: Pepita Ferrari | Stars: Jennifer Baichwal, Manfred Becker, Michel Brault, Nick Broomfield

Votes: 201

40. Evaporating Borders (2014)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Drama

7.7
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Evaporating Borders is a visual essay on displacement and the search for identity. Told through a series of vignettes portraying the lives political migrants on the island of Cyprus, the ... See full summary »

Director: Iva Radivojevic | Star: Iva Radivojevic

Votes: 103

41. Zapp (2002– )

30 min | News

6.4
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The Zapp magazine observes, questions, explains and evaluates the current media coverage.

Stars: Anja Reschke, Inka Schneider, Constantin Schreiber, Philipp Walulis

Votes: 43

42. The Above (2015)

8 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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In Kirsten Johnson's The Above, a U.S. military surveillance balloon floats on a tether high above Kabul, Afghanistan. Its capacities are both highly classified and deeply mysterious.

Director: Kirsten Johnson

Votes: 55

43. The Program (2012)

9 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans' personal data.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: William Binney, Daniel Ellsberg, Jameel Jaffer, James Bamford

Votes: 30

44. Gatekeeper (2016)

39 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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Patrolling a popular tourist destination of steep cliffs that plummet into the Sea of Japan, a retired police officer vigilantly intercepts troubled souls looking to jump, his count of lives saved now over 500.

Director: Yung Chang | Stars: Misako Kawagoshi, Kenji Morioka, Yukio Shige

Votes: 54

45. Easter Snap (2019)

14 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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With a baited handling of American symbolism, filmmaker RaMell Ross joins five men in the deep South, Alabama, who resurrect the homestead ritual of hog processing under the guidance of Johnny Blackmon.

Director: RaMell Ross

Votes: 8

46. Garbage Dreams (2009)

79 min | Documentary

7.5
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67 Metascore

A look at the lives of Egyptian trash collectors.

Director: Mai Iskander

Votes: 139

47. Fish Out of Water (I) (2009)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Animation, History

6.6
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A documentary that faces down the controversies between homosexuality and religion, examining Bible verses quoted as condemnatory and discussing alternative meanings.

Director: Ky Dickens | Stars: Terri Abbott, James Bankston, Ryan Barrett, Trish Bendix

Votes: 263

48. Days of Black and Yellow (2019)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Ray Levé, Willie Miesmer, Lotfy Nathan

49. The World Tomorrow (2012)

28 min | Talk-Show

8.2
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Stars: Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Jérémie Zimmermann

Votes: 46

50. Relatively Free (2016)

19 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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A short film following the release of journalist and activist Barrett Brown from prison, and his drive across Texas to a halfway house. 'Relatively Free' is an examination of Brown's return to a very different world, post the election.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Barrett Brown, Marlo Cadeddu

Votes: 14



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