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1. 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: 490

3. De la servitude moderne (2009)

52 min | Documentary

A mesmerizing documentary about the origins and causes of the widespread unbalances of modern West societies. The unchallenged victory of the free market utopia turned into an all-engulfing... See full summary »

Director: Jean-François Brient

Votes: 108

4. Frozen Planet (2011–2012)
Episode: The Epic Journey (2011)

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

The harsh lives of polar species, like the Antarctic penguin and the Arctic polar bear, as the seasons turn and climatic change exacts a growing toll.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 397

5. Kumaré (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.

Director: Vikram Gandhi | Stars: Vikram Gandhi, Toby, Greg, Molly

Votes: 4,594 | Gross: $0.13M

6. Sharkwater (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

An investigation of sharks' importance to ecosystems and humankind's mass destruction of shark species worldwide.

Director: Rob Stewart | Stars: Rob Stewart, Paul Watson, Erich Ritter, Boris Worm

Votes: 4,703 | Gross: $0.85M

7. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

66 Metascore

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 14,388 | Gross: $0.64M

8. Workingman's Death (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living.

Director: Michael Glawogger

Votes: 1,619

9. Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Seen through the eyes of activist Peter Jay Brown, Confessions grants the viewer an intimate look at shipboard life amongst these self proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels who shaped ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Brown | Stars: Peter Brown, Robert Hunter, Paul Watson

Votes: 290

10. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Reverend Gadget

Votes: 11,988 | Gross: $1.68M

11. TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry.

Director: Simon Klose | Stars: Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Peter Althin

Votes: 13,193

12. Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

78 Metascore

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat

Votes: 5,610 | Gross: $0.11M

13. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Anon2World, Anonyops, Julian Assange, Aaron Barr

Votes: 9,355

14. The Untold History of the United States (2012–2013)

58 min | Documentary, History, War

Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 7,561

15. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, Laura Monaghan

Votes: 26,589 | Gross: $6.17M

16. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, News

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 59,021 | Gross: $2.07M

17. Samsara (2001)

R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Shawn Ku, Christy Chung, Neelesha Barthel, Lhakpa Tsering

Votes: 7,269

18. Birdwatchers (2008)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama

When a tribe of indigenous Guarani Indians attempts to re-inhabit their ancestral land, which lies on the border of a wealthy landowner's fields, tensions escalate.

Director: Marco Bechis | Stars: Claudio Santamaria, Alicélia Batista Cabreira, Chiara Caselli, Pedro Abrísio da Silva

Votes: 794

19. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,867

20. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogen

Votes: 2,673 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Mansome (2012)

PG-13 | 82 min | Documentary

35 Metascore

A documentary that explores the question: In the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore - what does it mean to be a man?

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Morgan Spurlock, Zach Galifianakis

Votes: 2,761 | Gross: $0.02M

22. DEFCON: The Documentary (2013)

110 min | Documentary

DEFCON is the world's largest hacking conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2012 it was held for the 20th time. The conference has strict no-filming policies, but for DEFCON 20, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Scott Sadofsky | Stars: Dead Addict, Brian Baskin, Ryan Clarke, Matthew M. Conley

Votes: 423

23. Flatland: The Movie (2007)

34 min | Animation, Short

Based on Edwin Abott's book "Flatland", this is an animated film about geometric characters living in a two-dimensional world. When a young girl named "Hex" decides to "think outside the ... See full summary »

Directors: Dano Johnson, Jeffrey Travis | Stars: Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, Michael York, Joe Estevez

Votes: 740

24. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Why Ships Sink (2012)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

NOVA looks at questions about cruise ship safety and the science of the ships' buoyancy

Directors: Jonathan Challis, Brian Leckey | Stars: Eric Meyers, Jim Walker, Michael Bruno, Rick Comeau

Votes: 86

25. Human Planet (2011)
Episode: Rivers: Friend and Foe (2011)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary

Man always was attracted by rivers, not unlike seas, for water, fishing, irrigation, transport. And he deals in many ways with their dangers, ranging from torrents, frost and perilous ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Flowers | Star: John Hurt

Votes: 264

27. The Unwinking Gaze: The Inside Story of the Dalai Lama's Struggle for Tibet (2008)

79 min | Documentary

A rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of Tibet's revered leader, the Dalai Lama.

Director: Joshua Dugdale | Star: The Dalai Lama

Votes: 58

28. The Rise of Man (2007 TV Movie)

105 min | Documentary

The story of the birth of modern mankind, between 12,000 B.C. and 2,500 B.C., through four key-periods, in the Middle East.

Director: Jacques Malaterre | Stars: Helmi Dridi, Rabeb Srairi, Philippe Kara-Mohamed, Lotfi Dziri

Votes: 97

29. Village Without Women (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

On a mountaintop in southwest Serbia lies the womanless hamlet of Zabrdje, where the Jankovic brothers hold the fort. Veering between the utterly hilarious and deeply poignant, this ... See full summary »

Director: Srdjan Sarenac | Stars: Zoran Jankovic, Rodoljub Jankovic, Dragan Jankovic, Velimir Maksimovic

Votes: 176

30. The Flower of Kim Jong II (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama

44 Metascore

North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

Director: N.C. Heikin | Stars: Young Hun Choi, Chol-Hwan Kang, Lee Shin

Votes: 785 | Gross: $0.00M

31. Rafea: Solar Mama (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot ... See full summary »

Directors: Mona Eldaief, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Rafea Anad, Bunker Roy, Raouf Dabbas, Alian Anad

Votes: 93

32. 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: 33,057 | Gross: $0.49M

33. Up the Yangtze (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China.

Director: Yung Chang | Stars: Jerry Bo Yu Chen, Campbell Ping He, Cindy Shui Yu

Votes: 1,749 | Gross: $0.78M

34. The Century of the Self (2002)
Episode: The Engineering of Consent (2002)

59 min | Documentary

Episode two looks into the theories of Edward Bernuys and Anna Freud, and how different organizations, CIA and corporate America included, applied them to society.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Martin Bergmann, Ann Bernays, Harold P. Blum, Michael Burlingham

Votes: 107

35. The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution (2011– )

60 min | Documentary

This 4 part series describes the various artists, their style, their likes and travails of the day. Introduced by an amusing Waldemar Januzczak in an easy to watch production. Each part has... See full summary »

Star: Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 71

36. Arena (1975– )
Episode: The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima (1985)

55 min | Documentary

About Yukio Mishima that highlights the many known major aspects of his life and personality. Mishima was a pen name he adopted en route to his chosen life as a writer.

Director: Michael McIntyre | Stars: Yukio Mishima, John Hurt, Nobuko Lady Albery, Hirohito

Votes: 62

37. Isle of Flowers (1989)

13 min | Documentary, Short

The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Paulo José, Ciça Reckziegel, Douglas Trainini, Júlia Barth

Votes: 5,252

38. The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (2012– )

Documentary, History

Christianity slowly emerged from being a persecuted minority to the state religion of the Roman Empire. This episode is a history of the ways believers grappled with a way to depict Jesus. ... See full summary »

Stars: Shaun Greenhalgh, Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 164

39. Barres (1984)

14 min | Short, Comedy

A humorous short in which passengers subvert toll checkpoints in order to avoid paying.

Director: Luc Moullet | Stars: Jean Abeillé, Jean-Pierre Bonneau, André Chauchat, Odette Duval

Votes: 269

40. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

76 Metascore

A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Richard Feynman, Michèle Oshima

Votes: 3,230 | Gross: $0.13M

41. Alamar (2009)

G | 73 min | Documentary, Drama

77 Metascore

Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef.

Director: Pedro González-Rubio | Stars: Jorge Machado, Roberta Palombini, Natan Machado Palombini, Nestór Marín

Votes: 2,313 | Gross: $0.06M

42. Even the Rain (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, History

69 Metascore

As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde, Juan Carlos Aduviri

Votes: 12,234 | Gross: $0.56M

43. Merci patron! (2016)

84 min | Documentary

A family fired by a company owned by LVMH (Group owned by French billionaire, Bernard Arnault) seeks reparation from their previous employer with the help of the movie director.

Director: François Ruffin | Stars: François Ruffin, Bernard Arnault, Marie-Hélène Bourlard, François Chérèque

Votes: 803

44. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 40,311 | Gross: $14.36M

45. We Come as Friends (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed ... See full summary »

Director: Hubert Sauper

Votes: 634