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1. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz

Votes: 20,564

2. Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

An exploration of the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane where the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds are revealed.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Denzel Washington, Reggie Workman, Ravi Coltrane, Ashley Kahn

Votes: 1,559 | Gross: $0.41M

3. 27: Gone Too Soon (2018)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, Music

An examination of the lives and deaths of the six most famous members of the '27 Club' - musicians who have died aged 27: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

Director: Simon Napier-Bell | Stars: Olly Alexander, Benny Andersson, Steve Blame, David Bowie

Votes: 822

4. The Brit Who Tried to Kill Trump (2017 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary, Crime

A young man from Dorking attempted to assassinate the would-be president. Now, a BBC documentary lays bare his life in US prison.

Director: Guy Simmonds | Stars: Adrian Bower, Cole Bartiromo, Greg Donovan, James Harvey

Votes: 119

5. The Defiant Ones (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, Verna Griffin

Votes: 9,814

6. Hired Gun (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.

Director: Fran Strine | Stars: John 5, Kenny Aronoff, Corey Britz, Kara Britz

Votes: 1,604

7. How the Beatles Changed the World (2017 Video)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, Music

The history of The Beatles and their influence on everything from music, art, and culture to fashion and politics.

Director: Tom O'Dell | Stars: The Beatles, Tony Bramwell, Robert Christgau, Anthony DeCurtis

Votes: 1,059

8. It Was Fifty Years Ago Today... Sgt Pepper and Beyond (2017)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Music

A documentation of the influences that went on to help create the seminal album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Director: Alan G. Parker | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 569

9. Sample This (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.

Director: Dan Forrer | Stars: Gene Simmons, Quest Love, Roosevelt Grier, Grandmaster Caz

Votes: 352

10. History of the Eagles (2013– )

Not Rated | 187 min | Documentary

The life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.

Stars: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh

Votes: 2,309

11. I Called Him Morgan (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Drama, History

90 Metascore

An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.

Director: Kasper Collin | Stars: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Larry Reni Thomas

Votes: 1,253 | Gross: $0.10M

12. Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016)

85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Combining footage from interviews with the late great David Bowie and contributions from those who knew him personally, this documentary celebrates the illustrious life of one of the greatest artists to ever grace the stage.

Director: Sonia Anderson | Stars: David Bowie, Angie Bowie, Breege Collins, Mary Finnigan

Votes: 984

13. Reincarnated (2012)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

42 Metascore

Hip-Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, and produces his first reggae record.

Director: Andy Capper | Stars: Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dr. Dre, Damian Marley

Votes: 2,253

14. You Laugh But It's True (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

In the world of stand-up comedy in South Africa, Trevor Noah uses his childhood experiences in a biracial family during apartheid to prepare for his first one-man show.

Director: David Paul Meyer | Stars: Loyiso Gola, Rabin Harduth, Kagiso Lediga, David Newton

Votes: 991

15. Hip-Hop Evolution (2016– )

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary, Music

MC and journalist Shad Kabango meets with Hip-Hop's biggest stars to retrace how Hip-Hop became the world's most popular music, but realizes that Hip-Hop's true legacy is something much more profound.

Stars: Shad, LL Cool J, Alonzo Williams, Melle Mel

Votes: 4,008

16. Comedian (2002)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

62 Metascore

A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.

Director: Christian Charles | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Greg Giraldo

Votes: 6,224 | Gross: $2.74M

17. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Unrated | 106 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney

Votes: 10,255 | Gross: $2.93M

18. ReMastered: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black (2018 TV Movie)

59 min | Biography

Concerned by a rising rock-n-roll influence on a growing liberal fanbase, President Nixon invited Johnny Cash to the White House to solidify his base in the traditionally more conservative ... See full summary »

Directors: Sara Dosa, Barbara Kopple | Stars: Johnny Cash, Richard Nixon, Aram Bakshian, Pat Buchanan

Votes: 863

19. ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff? (2018 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

The violent political suppression of the roots reggae movement in Jamaica told through an investigation into Jamaican politics and the CIA's involvement in the mysterious shooting of Bob Marley.

Director: Kief Davidson | Stars: Bob Marley, Arnold Bertram, Cindy Breakspeare, Nancy Burke

Votes: 693

20. Quincy (2018)

TV-MA | 124 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.

Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones | Stars: Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Clarence Avant

Votes: 2,702

21. ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? (2018 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

Run DMC's Jam Master Jay was shot and killed in a Jamaica, Queens recording studio in 2002. Despite six witnesses present at the murder, no one has ever been convicted.

Director: Brian Oakes | Stars: Jam Master Jay, DJ Hurricane, Rahman Dukes, Darryl McDaniels

Votes: 431

22. Sinatra Being Frank (2015)

TV-PG | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The life of Frank Sinatra, as an actor and singer and the steps along the way that led him to become such an icon.

Director: Simon Napier-Bell | Stars: Alice Cooper, Tony DeSare, Paul Gambaccini, Roger Moore

Votes: 233

23. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 14,791 | Gross: $6.35M

24. Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

Conducting a different social experiment in each episode -- including only spending money in the black community for three days, helping the Crips cash in on its personal brand by launching... See full summary »

Stars: Killer Mike, Mario Avani, Sir Maejor, Hasan 'Hocus45th' Harris

Votes: 950

25. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Directors: Constance Marks, Philip Shane | Stars: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Oz, Bill Barretta

Votes: 6,551 | Gross: $0.30M

26. ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium (2019 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary, Drama

This documentary questions who killed Victor Jara, Chilean musician and activist who died during the dictatorship in his country.

Directors: B.J. Perlmutt, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt | Stars: Víctor Jara, Joan Jara, Pascale Bonnefoy, Joyce Horman

Votes: 468

27. Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy (2019– )

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

Legendary comedy writer and director Larry Charles travels the world in search of humor in the most unusual, unexpected and dangerous places.

Stars: Larry Charles, Adrianne Chalepah, Sammy Halabi, Ahmad Rawf

Votes: 442

28. ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre (2019 TV Movie)

71 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

In 1974, while on the way home from a gig, the apolitical rock group, The Miami Showband, fell into the crosshairs of a Protestant unionist paramilitary group that planted explosives on their bus when it was stopped at a fake checkpoint.

Director: Stuart Sender | Stars: Stephen Travers, Bertie Ahern, Alan Brecknell, Anne Cadwallader

Votes: 753

29. ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads (2019 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at the short, mysterious life of blues legend, Robert Johnson, who was said to have made a deal with the Devil at a crossroads in rural Mississippi.

Director: Brian Oakes | Stars: Robert Johnson, Terry Harmonica Bean, Rory Block, Yvonne Chireau

Votes: 1,522

30. Knock Down the House (2019)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A look at the people involved with various political campaigns during the 2018 U.S. congressional election.

Director: Rachel Lears | Stars: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Joe Crowley, Paula Jean Swearengin

Votes: 8,908

31. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 18,078

32. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Massie Affair (2005)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In 1931, Honolulu's tropical tranquility was shattered when a young Navy wife made an allegation of rape against five islanders.

Directors: Mark Zwonitzer, Michael Chin | Stars: Thalia Massie, Thomas Massie, Grace Hubbard Fortescue, Kanalu Young

Votes: 162

33. ReMastered: The Lion's Share (2018 TV Movie)

84 min | Documentary, Music

South African journalist Rian Malan searches for the original writers of the legendary song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

Director: Sam Cullman | Stars: Rian Malan, Solomon Linda, Delphi Linda, Elizabeth Linda

Votes: 322

34. ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 74 min | Documentary, Music

An investigation into the circumstances and controversy surrounding Sam Cooke's murder.

Director: Kelly Duane | Stars: Sam Cooke, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick

Votes: 1,259

35. The Black Godfather (2019)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Clarence Avant, Hank Aaron, Gwen Adolph, Dina R. Andrews

Votes: 669

36. Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

71 Metascore

A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Director: Sophie Huber | Stars: Ambrose Akinmusire, Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane

Votes: 244

37. This Is It (2009)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova, Nick Bass

Votes: 37,367 | Gross: $72.09M

38. Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea (2019 TV Special)

64 min | Documentary

Chelsea Handler explores explores how white privilege impacts American culture and the ways it's benefited her life and career.

Director: Alex Stapleton | Stars: Chelsea Handler, Ryan Haygood, Jelly Roll

Votes: 1,359

39. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)

TV-MA | 142 min | Documentary, Biography, History

86 Metascore

In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Martin von Haselberg

Votes: 3,935

40. Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019)

107 min | Documentary, History

The history of Hong Kong martial arts cinema and its influence.

Director: Serge Ou | Stars: Jessica Henwick, Scott Adkins, JuJu Chan, Amy Johnston

Votes: 481

41. The Irishman: In Conversation (2019)

TV-MA | 23 min | Documentary, Short

A roundtable discussion about The Irishman (2019) with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 843

42. Dolly Parton: Here I Am (2019 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Music

In this documentary, the life, career and music of Dolly Parton are reflected in interviews with friends and companions and the artist herself, interlaced with clips of Parton's performances.

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: Jerry Douglas, Jane Fonda, Kylie Minogue, Dolly Parton

Votes: 102



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