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1. Atari: Game Over (2014)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary

A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Zak Penn, Joe Lewandowski, Robert Rentschler, Paul Sanchez

Votes: 5,465

2. 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

3. 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: 59,022 | Gross: $2.07M

4. Burt's Buzz (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

A look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees.

Director: Jody Shapiro | Star: Burt Shavitz

Votes: 720

5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 31,973 | Gross: $2.55M

6. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)

Not Rated | 136 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,903 | Gross: $0.07M

7. A Year in Burgundy (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

The film follows seven wine-making families in the Burgundy region of France through the course of a full year, and delves into the cultural and creative process of making wine, as well as ... See full summary »

Director: David Kennard | Star: Martine Saunier

Votes: 485

8. 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: 6,525

9. Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003– )

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, History

Drama-documentary series which describes some of the key technological achievements of the industrial age.

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Erik J. Anderson, George Anton, Michael Attwell

Votes: 416

10. The Green Prince (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

The son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, becomes a spy for the Israelis.

Director: Nadav Schirman | Stars: Mosab Hassan Yousef, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak

Votes: 2,530 | Gross: $0.26M

11. 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

12. Life 2.0 (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

This feature-length documentary follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by a virtual world -- reshaping relationships, identities, and ultimately the very notion of reality.

Director: Jason Spingarn-Koff | Star: Teasa Copprue

Votes: 841

13. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 14,725

14. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 59,374 | Gross: $1.61M

15. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Losing Iraq (2014)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary

From PBS and FRONTLINE: FRONTLINE examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and military leaders,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, Peter Baker, Thomas Ricks, George W. Bush

Votes: 125

16. Vlast (Power) (2010)

88 min | Documentary

The collapse of the Soviet Union led to a volatile but highly advantageous environment for young Russian businessmen eager to build the fledgling market economy by any means necessary. ... See full summary »

Director: Cathryn Collins

Votes: 166

17. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Joe Cross, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross, Virginia Cross

Votes: 8,312

18. Resistance (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, History

80 years ago antibiotics revolutionized medicine. Only now are we realizing the potentially catastrophic consequences of these miracle drugs. The question is: have we reached a point where ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Graziano

Votes: 304

19. Pandora's Promise (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas

Votes: 1,781 | Gross: $0.07M

20. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 14,912 | Gross: $0.05M

21. 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

22. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,443 | Gross: $0.81M

23. Something Ventured (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Apple. Intel. Genentech. Atari. Google. Cisco. Stratospheric successes with high stakes all around. Behind some of the world's most revolutionary companies are a handful of men who (through... See full summary »

Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine | Stars: Bill Bowes, Herbert Boyer, Po Bronson, Nolan Bushnell

Votes: 657

24. Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014)

TV-14 | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

An intimate but explosive portrait of the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport, and the truth. But the former ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu, Kristin Armstrong

Votes: 2,630

25. Hank: 5 Years from the Brink (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, News

56 Metascore

For three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood the financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Henry Paulson, Wendy Paulson

Votes: 440

26. Quebrando o Tabu (2011)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary

Documentary uncovering the failure of the UN sanctioned war on drugs.

Directors: Fernando Grostein Andrade, Cosmo Feilding-Mellen | Stars: Fran Boyd Andrews, Brenda Blom, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 961

27. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis (2013)

TV-PG | 114 min | Documentary

An investigation of the health crisis threatening NFL players and the long-term fortunes of football.

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, Harry Carson, Steve Fainaru, Beth Wilkinson

Votes: 269

28. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, War

A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.

Directors: Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack, Reto Caduff | Stars: Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett

Votes: 1,897

29. After Porn Ends (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

An exploration of the lives of several former adult performers who have retired from the porn industry.

Director: Bryce Wagoner | Stars: Amber Lynn, Asia Carrera, Bobby Slayton, Crissy Moran

Votes: 7,225

30. The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

71 Metascore

A son's riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller. The secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster. Told by William Colby's son Carl, the story is at once a ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Colby | Stars: William Colby, Dale Andrade, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Corrado Cantatore

Votes: 415 | Gross: $0.18M

31. Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals (2013 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

This powerful story captures the heart of the 1970s - told through unseen footage and exclusive interviews with the people who were really there - the team managers, families, journalists ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Whiteman | Stars: Ed Stoppard, Daniel Audetto, Alastair Caldwell, Enzo Ferrari

Votes: 755

32. Mitt (2014)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

64 Metascore

Mitt Romney and his family are followed through their U.S. Presidential campaigns.

Director: Greg Whiteley | Stars: Mitt Romney, Candy Crowley, Eric Draper, Jim Lehrer

Votes: 2,363

33. Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded (2014)

R | 152 min | Documentary, Crime, History

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago. Cocaine Cowboys is the true story of how Miami ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Mickey Munday, Jon Roberts

Votes: 1,214

34. Cocaine Cowboys 2 (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Nelson Andreu, Jorge Ayala, Griselda Blanco, Sam Burstyn

Votes: 2,700

35. The Gatekeepers (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh | Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri

Votes: 5,332 | Gross: $2.42M

36. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: United States of Secrets (Part One): The Program (2014)

TV-PG | 114 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline: Last year Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government computer network. The revelations that followed touched... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, Thomas Drake, Barton Gellman, Peter Baker

Votes: 236

37. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: United States of Secrets (Part Two): Privacy Lost (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline: In Part Two of United States of Secrets, FRONTLINE explores the role of Silicon Valley in the National Security Agency's dragnet. As big technology companies ... See full summary »

Stars: Will Lyman, Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Ron Wyden

Votes: 176

38. Narco Cultura (2013)

R | 103 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto ... See full summary »

Director: Shaul Schwarz

Votes: 2,339 | Gross: $0.14M

39. As the Palaces Burn (2014)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Music

80 Metascore

Documentary that follows metal fans in different countries set against Lamb of God's 2012 world tour.

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Chris Adler, Willy Adler, Randy Blythe, Dave Brockie

Votes: 650

40. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,748 | Gross: $0.03M

41. The Search for General Tso (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

72 Metascore

Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.

Director: Ian Cheney | Star: Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,624 | Gross: $0.01M

42. I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

A documentary on the Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer who became a Nazi hunter after surviving the Holocaust.

Director: Richard Trank | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Simon Wiesenthal, Asher BenNatan, Frederick Forsyth

Votes: 626 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, History, News

57 Metascore

Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Bruce | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Paul Volcker, Janet Yellen, Peter Atwater

Votes: 851

44. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 16,051

45. 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: 937 | Gross: $0.05M

46. Secrets of Britain (2013– )
Episode: Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, History