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1. Western (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Western

89 Metascore

For generations, all that distinguished Eagle Pass, TX, from Piedras Negras, MX, was the Rio Grande. But when darkness descends upon these harmonious border towns, a cowboy and lawman face a new reality that threatens their way of life.

Directors: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross | Stars: Chad Foster, Brylyn Wall, Martín Wall

Votes: 183

2. Project: Ice (2014)

118 min | Documentary, Family, History

Formed by ice, filled by ice, often covered by ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, development and where we're headed. PROJECT ICE views North America's fresh ... See full summary »

Director: William Kleinert

Votes: 6

3. Romeo Is Bleeding (2015)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Donte Clark's poetic voice was honed on the violent street corners of a struggling city. Yet rather than succumb to the pressures of Richmond, CA, Clark uses his artistic perspective to help save his city from itself.

Director: Jason Zeldes | Stars: Donté Clark, Deandre Evans, Molly Raynor, D'Neise Robinson

Votes: 98

4. The Dinkytown Uprising (2015)

96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The year is 1970 and the disastrous Vietnam War keeps escalating. Protests are erupting all over U.S. campuses. But in Minneapolis, word that the national Red Barn Restaurant chain wants to... See full summary »

Directors: Al Milgrom, Daniel J. Geiger | Star: Peter Moore

Votes: 9

5. Among the Believers (2015)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, News

74 Metascore

An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age.

Directors: Mohammed Naqvi, Hemal Trivedi | Stars: Abdul Aziz, Pervez Hoodbhoy

Votes: 598 | Gross: $0.00M

6. (T)ERROR (2015)

84 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the perspective of "Shariff", a 63-year-old Black ... See full summary »

Directors: Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe | Stars: Khalifah Ali Al-Akili, Mike Healey, Ali Kareem, Saeed 'Shariff' Torres

Votes: 739

7. Landfill Harmonic (2015)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra. An unlikely orchestra made out of recycled trash. As this group takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world, we ... See full summary »

Directors: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley, Juliana Penaranda-Loftus

Votes: 182

8. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stella Adler, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Borne

Votes: 6,615 | Gross: $0.43M

9. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,813 | Gross: $0.11M

10. Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street (2000)

75 min | Documentary, Biography

This documentary follows the lives of a number of heroin addicts in the U.S.A. It shows their heroin life stories.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Tracey Helton, Alice McMunn

Votes: 927

11. The Last Man on the Moon (2014)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

78 Metascore

When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

Director: Mark Craig | Stars: Eugene Cernan, Alan Bean, Jonathan Cohen, Charles Duke

Votes: 3,009 | Gross: $0.05M

12. Seymour: An Introduction (2014)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Meet Seymour Bernstein: a beloved pianist, teacher and true inspiration who shares eye-opening insights from an amazing life. Ethan Hawke helms this poignant guide to life.

Director: Ethan Hawke | Stars: Seymour Bernstein, Ethan Hawke, Sam Bachelor, Jiyang Chen

Votes: 945 | Gross: $0.58M

13. In Transit (I) (2015)

76 min | Documentary, News

88 Metascore

Journey into the hearts and minds of passengers aboard the Empire Builder, America's busiest long-distance train route.

Directors: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu

Votes: 98

14. Dark Horse (2015)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

75 Metascore

An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Jan Vokes, Howard Davies, Brian 'Daisy' Vokes, Angela Davies

Votes: 944

15. A Film Unfinished (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.

Director: Yael Hersonski | Stars: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser

Votes: 1,670 | Gross: $0.31M

16. Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

R | 92 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: David Carr, Sarah Ellison, Larry Ingrassia, Dennis Crowley

Votes: 3,194 | Gross: $1.07M

17. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 17,477 | Gross: $3.17M

18. Let the Fire Burn (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985.

Director: Jason Osder | Stars: Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, Wilson Goode, William Brown III

Votes: 1,190 | Gross: $0.06M

19. Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Director: Jay Bulger | Stars: Ginger Baker, Femi Kuti, Eric Clapton, Stewart Copeland

Votes: 3,125 | Gross: $0.11M

20. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 9,520 | Gross: $0.31M

21. Under the Sun (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A propaganda documentary about North Korea that reveals a few hidden facts because the director continues filming between the scripted scenes.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Lee Zin-Mi, Yu-Yong, Hye-Yong, Oh-Gyong

Votes: 4,092 | Gross: $0.07M

22. Gleason (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.

Director: Clay Tweel | Stars: Steve Gleason, Mike Gleason, Scott Fujita, Mike McKenzie

Votes: 2,327 | Gross: $0.58M

23. Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 8,307 | Gross: $0.10M

24. Into the Inferno (2016)

104 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, Maurice Krafft, Katia Krafft

Votes: 6,211

25. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,927 | Gross: $0.61M

26. Just, Melvin: Just Evil (2000)

96 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism.

Director: James Ronald Whitney | Stars: James Ronald Whitney, Melvin Just

Votes: 1,500

27. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Crime

Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover

Votes: 4,023

28. Dancer (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

65 Metascore

Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.

Director: Steven Cantor | Stars: Sergei Polunin, Galyna Polunina, Galina Ivanovna, Larysa Lavrikova

Votes: 2,424 | Gross: $0.04M

29. The Other Side (VIII) (2015)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, Drama

65 Metascore

In an invisible territory at the margins of society lives a wounded community who face the threat of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled. ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Minervini | Stars: Mark Kelley, Lisa Allen, James Lee Miller, Austin Anderson

Votes: 984 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Unbranded (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

Sixteen mustangs, four men, one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada, up the spine of the American West. The documentary tracks four fresh-out-of-college buddies as they take ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Baribeau | Stars: Ben Masters, Jonny Fitzsimons, Thomas Glover, Ben Thamer

Votes: 1,306

31. My Scientology Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Louis Theroux, Tom Cruise, Marty Rathbun, Paz de la Huerta

Votes: 11,354 | Gross: $0.02M

32. Valley Uprising (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary

In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service.

Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Alex Honnold, Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins

Votes: 4,625

33. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,970 | Gross: $7.83M

34. Kink (2013)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary on fetish website Kink.com.

Director: Christina Voros | Stars: Peter Acworth, Maitresse Madeline, Chris Norris, Tomcat

Votes: 1,116

35. Art and Craft (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Directors: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker | Stars: Mark A. Landis, Lester Sullivan, Irwin Lakov, Matthew Leininger

Votes: 1,384 | Gross: $0.22M

36. Violent (2014)

102 min | Drama

A young woman, and her last memories of the five people who loved her most, recalled while experiencing a catastrophic event.

Director: Andrew Huculiak | Stars: Dagny Backer Johnsen, Mari Sofie Andreassen, Karl Bird, Bryn Bowen

Votes: 521

37. The Resurrection of Jake the Snake (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A fallen professional wrestling superstar battles his past demons in a struggle to reclaim his life and the family that has given up on him.

Director: Steve Yu | Stars: Steve Austin, Louie Benson, Joe Case, Adam Copeland

Votes: 2,629

38. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, News

82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 14,322 | Gross: $0.27M

39. Don't Breathe (2014)

86 min | Documentary

In Georgia a man in his 40s, Levan, is waiting in a clinic for an MRI examination. He needs to find out what's causing the pain in his shoulder. He's nervous. By the time he leaves the ... See full summary »

Director: Nino Kirtadze | Stars: Levan Murtazashvili, Irma Inaridze, Sandro Murtazashvili, Ina Inaridze

Votes: 46

40. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 1,966

41. The Hornet's Nest (2014)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Action, History

61 Metascore

Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.

Directors: David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud | Stars: Frank Adamski, Ofren Arrechaga, Ed Bankston, Carlos Boettcher

Votes: 2,172 | Gross: $0.31M

42. Tabloid (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

74 Metascore

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Joyce McKinney, Peter Tory, Troy Williams, Jackson Shaw

Votes: 6,411 | Gross: $0.68M

43. I Know That Voice (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Several voice actors discuss their art and their careers.

Director: Lawrence Shapiro | Stars: Charlie Adler, Pamela Adlon, Carlos Alazraqui, Jack Angel

Votes: 2,451

44. Dream/Killer (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Crime

In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, causing his father, Bill, to embark on a 10-year campaign to prove Ryan's innocence.

Director: Andrew Jenks | Stars: Kevin Crane, Chuck Erickson, Bill Ferguson, Leslie Ferguson

Votes: 965

45. Harry & Snowman (2015)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story of immigrant Harry DeLeyer and the plow horse he rescued from slaughter.

Director: Ron Davis | Stars: Harry DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer, Andre DeLeyer, Marty DeLeyer

Votes: 580 | Gross: $0.56M

46. Hungry for Change (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

7.5