Best documentary films...

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1. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2005)

TV-G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

Alan Moore writer, artist and performer is the world's most critically acclaimed and widely admired creator of comic books and graphic novels.

Directors: Dez Vylenz, Moritz Winkler | Stars: Glenn Doherty, Florian Fischer, Alan Moore

Votes: 928

2. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)

TV-14 | 106 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn

Votes: 3,289

3. Peter Gabriel's Secret World (1994 TV Special)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Music

Featuring singer Peter Gabriel live in concert in Modena in Italy.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Peter Gabriel, Manu Katché, Tony Levin, David Rhodes

Votes: 567

4. Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed (2007 TV Movie)

155 min | Documentary

Filmmakers, critics and even politicians discuss the social impact of the "Star Wars" films and the franchise's reliance in mythology and history.

Director: Kevin Burns | Stars: George Lucas, Linda Ellerbee, Tom Brokaw, Newt Gingrich

Votes: 626

6. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 20,061 | Gross: $0.65M

7. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Andy Warhol: A Documentary (2006)

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Biography

86 Metascore

Ric Burns unearths rarely seen footage and offers keen observations on the life and artistic influence of Andy Warhol.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Irving Blum, Salvador Dalí, Candy Darling

Votes: 339

8. Love, Marilyn (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 1,606

9. Kiss (1963)

55 min | Documentary, Drama

Close-ups of couples kissing for three minutes each.

Director: Andy Warhol | Stars: Rufus Collins, Johnny Dodd, Fred Herko, Jane Holzer

Votes: 355

10. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,457 | Gross: $0.07M

11. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 20,933

12. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 20,273 | Gross: $0.26M

13. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 72,595 | Gross: $24.54M

14. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Not Rated | 142 min | Documentary, Biography

The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.

Director: Jan Harlan | Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick, Barbara Kroner

Votes: 9,636

15. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 1,958 | Gross: $0.26M

16. Peter Gabriel: Growing Up Live (2003 Video)

133 min | Documentary, Music

Concert film documenting Peter Gabriel's "Growing Up" tour stop at Milan's FilaForum in May 2003.

Director: Hamish Hamilton | Stars: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Richard Evans, Melanie Gabriel, Peter Gabriel

Votes: 346

17. Jim Carrey: I Needed Color (2017)

6 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Jim Carrey was once the king of movie comedies, but he's been something of a recluse on the big screen over the last several years. His last string of starring roles came in 2013 and 2014 ... See full summary »

Director: David L. Bushell | Star: Jim Carrey

Votes: 234

18. 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: 50,185 | Gross: $2.80M

19. 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: 17,629 | Gross: $3.17M

20. 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: 17,629 | Gross: $3.17M

22. Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004 Video)

151 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

An in-depth making of documentary about the original Star Wars trilogy, covering the productions of the three films and their impact on popular culture.

Directors: Edith Becker, Kevin Burns | Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg

Votes: 3,675

23. The Arrival of a Train (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Action

A train arrives at La Ciotat station.

Directors: Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière | Stars: Madeleine Koehler, Marcel Koehler, Mrs. Auguste Lumiere, Jeanne-Joséphine Lumière

Votes: 9,818

24. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 34,007

26. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Janis Joplin (2000)

Documentary, Biography

An intimate portrait of the rock/blues legend.

Stars: Janis Joplin, Tary Owens, Laura Joplin, Pat Nichols

Votes: 58

27. All About Us (1993 Video)

55 min | Documentary

All About US is an interesting foray into the thinking and the technology that lies behind the most popular tracks from Peter Gabriel's US album. It contains documentary coverage of the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Coulson | Stars: Peter Gabriel, Tony Levin, Sinéad O'Connor

Votes: 23

28. 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: 12,754 | Gross: $0.03M

29. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 54,571 | Gross: $77.44M

30. Pioneers of Television (2008– )
Episode: Robin Williams Remembered (2014)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, History

Celebrating the life of Robin Williams with interviews, tributes and clips from his career.

Director: Steve Boettcher | Stars: Robin Williams, Louie Anderson, Bea Arthur, Terry Bertram

Votes: 285

31. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,695 | Gross: $4.04M

32. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

R | 91 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai, Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy

Votes: 4,076 | Gross: $0.53M

33. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 12,809 | Gross: $1.41M

34. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)

Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Marshall Brickman, Josh Brolin

Votes: 4,916



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