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1. Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary about the junior version of the annual Eurovision song festival.

Director: Jamie Jay Johnson | Stars: Bab Buelens, Marina Baltadzi

Votes: 206

2. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,626 | Gross: $1.43M

3. Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst (2006)

Documentary

A Colourful Life is a Docu/Drama based on the colourful life of flamboyant design pioneer Florence Broadhurst.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judi Farr, Felicity Price, Hannah Garbo, Robert Lloyd-Lewis

Votes: 77

4. Marlene (1984)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

Retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Annie Albers, Bernard Hall

Votes: 677 | Gross: $0.85M

5. An Unreasonable Man (2006)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah.

Directors: Henriette Mantel, Steve Skrovan | Stars: Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, Howard Zinn, Eric Alterman

Votes: 1,618 | Gross: $0.18M

6. Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 77 min | Documentary

Martin Scorsese narrates this tribute to Val Lewton, the producer of a series of memorable low-budget horror films for RKO Studios. Raised by his mother and his aunt, his films often ... See full summary »

Director: Kent Jones | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Elias Koteas, Orson Welles, Val E. Lewton

Votes: 491

7. Join Us (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Award winning filmmaker, Ondi Timoner, follows four families as they leave an abusive church in South Carolina and realize they have been in a cult. The film documents them as they enter ... See full summary »

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Raymund Melz, Deborah Melz, Joaquin Sullivan, Liz Shaw

Votes: 131

8. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 135,789 | Gross: $21.24M

9. The Trouble with Merle (2002)

55 min | Documentary, Biography

The director explores the birth origins of actress Merle Oberon, traveling to Tasmania and India in search of the truth, but her quest ultimately results in probably more questions than it answers.

Director: Maree Delofski | Stars: Merle Oberon, Charles Higham, Alexander Korda, Harry Selby

Votes: 9

10. Behind the Burly Q (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

An impressive number of veteran strippers are interviewed here, offering their memories. Also on hand are Lou Costello's daughter, and Alan Alda. He's introduced here as "son of Robert Alda... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Zemeckis | Stars: Bud Abbott, Alan Alda, Joan Arline, Beverly Arlynne

Votes: 302 | Gross: $0.02M

11. 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: 2,655

12. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

59 Metascore

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Jon Roberts, Al Sunshine, Sam Burstyn, Mickey Munday

Votes: 11,971 | Gross: $0.15M

13. Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary

Ken Murray shares three decades of personal home movies of dozens of Hollywood stars. Not only does he share his own, but home movies from several celebrity friends, as well.

Directors: Rudy Behlmer, Loring d'Usseau, Ken Murray | Stars: Ken Murray, Eddie Albert, June Allyson, George K. Arthur

Votes: 265

15. Trek Nation (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

The son of the creator of "Star Trek" explores his father's famous creation and how it has effected people.

Director: Scott Colthorp | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Indira Addington, Sallie Baliunas, Majel Barrett

Votes: 608

16. Trantasia (2006)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

Las Vegas promoters planning a review starring Jahna Steele invited transgender women to participate in "The World's Most Beautiful Transsexual Pageant," a two-day contest from which eight ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Stanford | Stars: Erica Andrews, Cassandra Cass, Mimi Marks, Maria Roman

Votes: 180

17. Toots (2006)

84 min | Documentary

The '40s and '50s were a classic period in New York City nightlife, when the saloonkeeper was king and regular folks could drink with celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason. In this documentary, Kristi Jacobson profiles her grandfather, the king of kings: Toots Shor of the eponymous restaurant and saloon, which was once the place to be seen in Manhattan.

Director: Kristi Jacobson | Stars: Maury Allen, Dave Anderson, Yogi Berra, David Brown

Votes: 103

18. All Jokes Aside (2000)

76 min | Documentary, Comedy

"Laughumentary" about black comedians in Hollywood.

Director: Harell Smith | Stars: Joe Blount, Cedric the Entertainer, Ty Flynn, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 20

19. Phunny Business: A Black Comedy (2011)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary, Comedy

For a decade, Chicago's ALL JOKES ASIDE was one of the preeminent comedy clubs in the country and gave early exposure and early paychecks to many of the nations most important young ... See full summary »

Director: John Davies | Stars: Lori Alexander, Doug Banks, Bill Bellamy, J. Anthony Brown

Votes: 71

20. The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard, Naomi Klein, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Votes: 2,545

21. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 59,316 | Gross: $3.29M

22. Maxed Out (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering ... See full summary »

Director: James D. Scurlock | Stars: Beth Naef, Mike Hudson, Louis C.K., Catherine Brown

Votes: 2,121 | Gross: $0.06M

23. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

48 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes is on the trail of criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, who is carrying out a string of random crimes across Europe.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams

Votes: 399,301 | Gross: $186.85M

24. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

48 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes is on the trail of criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, who is carrying out a string of random crimes across Europe.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams

Votes: 399,301 | Gross: $186.85M

26. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Director: Denny Tedesco | Stars: Denny Tedesco, Brian Wilson, Dick Clark, Cher

Votes: 2,428 | Gross: $0.80M

27. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

PG | 108 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Director: Paul Justman | Stars: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Richard 'Pistol' Allen

Votes: 3,200 | Gross: $1.60M

28. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2009)

Unrated | 102 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Phil Spector is a pioneer of American music, a legendary producer to John Lennon and Tina Turner, and, as of April 13th 2009, a convicted murderer. Yet the Spector who appears in Vikram ... See full summary »

Director: Vikram Jayanti | Stars: Lana Clarkson, Bobby Hatfield, Bill Medley, Ronma Perry

Votes: 198

29. Phil Spector: He's a Rebel (1982 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, Music

Biography of famed record producer Phil Spector, noted for discovering and producing the records of such rock icons as The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes and The Crystals, and who worked ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeff Barry, Rodney Bingenheimer, Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell, The Blossoms

Votes: 5



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