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1. The (Dead Mothers) Club (2014)

TV-MA | 75 min | Documentary

Three women bound by the shared experience of having lost their mothers during adolescence yet whose paths never cross.

Directors: Katie Green, Carlye Rubin | Stars: Hope Edelman, Jane Fonda, Letitia Guimaraes-Lyle, Jordyn Levine

Votes: 134

2. Storyville (1997– )
Episode: 112 Weddings (2014)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

After two decades of filming weddings Doug had long wondered what became of those couples.. Are they still together? Is married life what they thought it would be? How have they navigated ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Block | Stars: Doug Block, Augie Alexander, Erica Beckman, Jonathan Blake

Votes: 426

3. 12th & Delaware (2010)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary, Drama

The abortion battle continues to rage in unexpected ways on one corner in an American city.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Votes: 419

5. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

Votes: 2,591 | Gross: $0.13M

6. 5 American Kids - 5 American Handguns (1995 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Five true stories about handgun related accidents involving children and their families.

Directors: Vince DiPersio, Bill Guttentag | Star: Beau Bridges

Votes: 71

7. The 50 Year Argument (2014)

97 min | Documentary

A documentary on the history and influence of the New York Review of Books.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi | Stars: Barbara Epstein, W.H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin, Stephen Jay Gould

Votes: 541

8. About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

'About Face' explores beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels: women, now between fifty and eighty years old, whose images defined our sense of beauty over the last... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Carmen Dell'Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Christie Brinkley

Votes: 502

9. Addiction (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

A documentary made up of nine separate segments on the topic of drug addiction. Segments include: "Saturday Night in a Dallas ER," by Jon Alpert; "A Mother's Desperation," by Susan Froemke ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Joe Berlinger, Kate Davis, Liz Garbus, Chris Hegedus, Eugene Jarecki, Barbara Kopple, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, Susan Raymond, Bruce Sinofsky

Votes: 95

11. Anna Deavere Smith: A YoungArts Masterclass (2014 TV Movie)

PG | 30 min | Documentary

Award-winning actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith mentors a group of promising young actors in this special.

Directors: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon | Stars: Jaz Sinclair, Anna Deavere Smith, Justice Smith, Joseph Wood

12. Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq (2007 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 57 min | Documentary

American Soldiers fighting in the Iraq war and their homecomings.

Directors: Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent | Stars: James Gandolfini, Dawn Halfaker, Dexter Pitts, Jacob Schick

Votes: 352

13. All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State (2014)

82 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

HBO presents the life story of Ann Richards, the hilarious straight-talking Governor of Texas.

Directors: Keith Patterson, Phillip Schopper | Stars: Tom Brokaw, Barbara Bush, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 145

14. The Alzheimer's Project (2009– )

TV-PG | Documentary

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible brain disorder that destroys a person's memory and thinking skills. It is a disease that affects millions of Americans. This four-part documentary ... See full summary »

Stars: Alissa Anderegg, Cici Carmen, Maria Shriver

Votes: 68

15. Anna Deavere Smith: A YoungArts Masterclass (2014 TV Movie)

PG | 30 min | Documentary

Award-winning actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith mentors a group of promising young actors in this special.

Directors: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon | Stars: Jaz Sinclair, Anna Deavere Smith, Justice Smith, Joseph Wood

16. An Apology to Elephants (2013)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this documentary short traces mankind's long history with elephants and explores the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.

Director: Amy Schatz | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Pat Derby, Colleen Kinzley, Jeff Kinzley

Votes: 400

17. Autopsy 4: The Dead Speak (1997 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Crime

Pine needles. Chewing gum. Cat hair. Paint. They've all been important clues that aided America's 'detectives of death' in solving mysterious cases of unnatural or violent death. This ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg | Stars: Marlene Sanders, Robert Tressel, Joseph Burton, Michael Baden

Votes: 95

18. Autopsy 5: Dead Men Do Tell Tales (1998 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Crime

The strangled corpse of a pregnant woman turns up in a chunk of ice floating in the Hudson; a man is poisoned to death by a lethal chemical that is almost impossible to obtain. The ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg | Stars: Marlene Sanders, Susan Hooper, Peter Olszewski, Michael Baden

Votes: 92

19. Autopsy 6: Secrets of the Dead (1999 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 47 min | Documentary, Crime

Autopsy examines how forensic examiners can help solve crimes. "The Case of the Severed Hand" examines a case where a waterlogged hand leads to a defiled corpse and a practitioner of black ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg | Stars: Marlene Sanders, Jeffrey J. Lewis, Michael Baden, Andrew Katrinak

Votes: 99

20. Autopsy 7: Dead Men Talking (2001 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Crime

Autopsy examines how forensic examiners can help solve crimes. "Maggots For The Defense" maggots help forensic scientists to develop a time-line that exonerates a wrongly-convicted Boy ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg | Stars: Marlene Sanders, Skip Gochenour, Donald Ruby, Jerry A. Philpott

Votes: 82

21. Autopsy 8: Dead Giveaway (2002 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Autopsy examines how forensic examiners can help solve crimes. "Pure Evil" looks at the case of Canadian serial rapists and murderers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. "The Lady Vanishes" ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg | Stars: Marlene Sanders, Paul Bernardo, Karla Homolka, Tammy Homolka

Votes: 94

22. Autopsy 9: Dead Awakening (2003 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 43 min | Documentary, Crime

An entire family poisoned by an unknown intruder. A suicide made to look like a murder. An airbag that becomes a perfect crime scene. These fascinating stories and more are unveiled in this... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg | Stars: Marlene Sanders, Kurrie Nieman, Michael Baden, Garritt Anderson

Votes: 78

23. Baghdad ER (2006 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary

Winner of four Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill)! The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH)--the U.S. Army's premier ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill | Stars: Jeffrey Beltran, William Berterm, Edward Dunton, James Hill

Votes: 455

24. Banksy Does New York (2014)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

Documentary chronicling the famed street artist's "31 works of art in 31 days" in New York city.

Director: Chris Moukarbel | Stars: Beth Stebner, Keegan Hamilton, Jaime Rojo, Steven P. Harrington

Votes: 1,930

25. The Battle for Marjah (2010)

88 min | Documentary

On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke

Votes: 634

26. The Battle of Amfar (2013)

TV-14 | 41 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

When AIDS struck in the early 1980s, a scientist and a movie star did not have to respond - but they did. Dr. Mathilde Krim and Elizabeth Taylor joined forces to create amfAR, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Richard Berkowitz, Timothy Ray Brown, Michael Callen, Kenneth Cole

Votes: 65

27. Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life and music of singer Beyonce Knowles.

Directors: Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Ilan Y. Benatar | Stars: Beyoncé, Ilan Y. Benatar, Ebony Knowles, Solange

Votes: 1,971

28. Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays (2014 TV Special)

TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Billy Crystal tells the stories of his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood. The Tony Award-winning show is a funny and poignant exploration of family and fate, loving and loss.

Director: Des McAnuff | Star: Billy Crystal

Votes: 939

29. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,495

30. Brave New Voices 2010 (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 54 min | Documentary

[HBO] HD. The excitement and poetry of the Brave New Voices 2010 National Slam team championships is captured in this special.

Stars: Common, Rosario Dawson, Mayda Del Valle, Penn Jillette

Votes: 24

31. Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary

A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremiah Zagar | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Nicole Kidman, Helen Hunt, Matt Dillon

Votes: 898

32. The Case Against 8 (2014)

TV-14 | 109 min | Documentary, Biography, News

A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White | Stars: Ted Olson, Christopher D. Dusseault, Jeffrey J. Zarrillo, Paul T. Katami

Votes: 994

33. Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

Votes: 1,394 | Gross: $0.01M

34. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

A documentary about a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Marilyn Bartoli, Deb Biggins, Michael Daluz, Jeremiah Donovan

Votes: 1,838

35. Citizen USA: A 50 State Road Trip (2011)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary

Documentary about new United States immigrants spanning all fifty states.

Director: Alexandra Pelosi

Votes: 139

36. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

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: 49,699 | Gross: $2.80M

37. Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show (2008 TV Short)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

Poems about This special presents some of the world's greatest works of poetry in a way that children can appreciate. From William Shakespeare and Robert ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Schatz | Stars: Andy Garcia, Langston Hughes, John Lithgow, Maria Molloy

Votes: 29

38. Coma (I) (2007)

PG | 102 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

Al'Khan, Roxanne, Sean, and Tom have each emerged from their Traumatic Brain Injury comas, but just how conscious are they, and will they get better?

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Lynda Delorenzo, Al'Khan Edwards, Devonia Edwards, Joseph Giacino

Votes: 135

39. The Concert for Valor (2014 TV Special)

Not Rated | 172 min | Music

A live HBO concert honoring United States veterans in Washington DC.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: The Black Keys, Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Eminem

Votes: 35

40. The Crash Reel (2013)

108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre, Daniel Amen

Votes: 4,586

41. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Counselors provide support, guidance and hope to despondent servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles.

Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Votes: 478

42. Crossfire Hurricane (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones mark their 50th year together.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 2,225

43. Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (2013)

76 min | Documentary, Drama

Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, DANGEROUS ACTS gives audiences a front row seat to a resistance movement as it unfolds both on the stage and in the streets. As the ... See full summary »

Director: Madeleine Sackler | Stars: Pavel Gorodnitski, Nikolai Khalezin, Natalia Koliada, Tatyana Mikhailovna Kaliada

Votes: 144

44. Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers (2009)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Can vision succeed where eyesight fails? Can a blind person make meaningful photographs? How can the creator appreciate his own work? This film explores the artistry and innovation of Pete ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Leifer | Star: James Nachtwey

Votes: 56

45. David McCullough: Painting with Words (2008 TV Movie)

TV-G | 40 min | Documentary

[HBO] HD. Author/historian David McCullough welcomes viewers into his public and private world in this documentary.

Director: Mark Herzog | Stars: David McCullough, Rosalee McCullough

Votes: 101

46. Dead Men Talking (2011)

52 min | Documentary