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1. 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: 12,562 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogen

Votes: 2,652 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan.

Director: Erik Sharkey | Stars: Greg Aronowitz, Timothy Bradstreet, Joanna Cassidy, Ernie Cefalu

Votes: 858

4. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

Director: Alek Keshishian | Stars: Madonna, Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, Luis Camacho

Votes: 8,325 | Gross: $15.01M

5. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,849 | Gross: $0.30M

6. Girl Model (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Thriller

68 Metascore

A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.

Directors: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin | Stars: Ashley Arbaugh, Rachel Blais, Olivia Arben, Tigran Khachatrian

Votes: 2,128 | Gross: $0.02M

7. $ellebrity (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

53 Metascore

Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur gives an all access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera.

Director: Kevin Mazur | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kid Rock

Votes: 1,003

8. Life After Film School (2006– )

TV-PG | 23 min | Talk-Show

Film Students interview various actors.

Stars: Katie Lovejoy, Kelly Gardner, Iqbal Ahmed, Clark Childers

Votes: 41

9. Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless (2010– )

TV-G | 131 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary series on Taylor Swift's tour "Fearless".

Stars: Taylor Swift, Andrea Swift, Claire Callaway, Jonathan Sylvan Carey

Votes: 409

10. Who Needs Sleep? (2006)

78 min | Documentary

A documentary that highlights the deadly combination of sleep deprivation and long days of work.

Director: Haskell Wexler | Stars: David Agus, Netta Bank, Annette Bening, Gilbert Cates

Votes: 176

11. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and career of the comic book writer and editor.

Directors: Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes, Will Hess | Stars: Avi Arad, Jim Goodkind, Jeremy Piven, Sean Astin

Votes: 839

12. Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008)

G | 74 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

A 3-D concert film of the 2007 Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus tour.

Director: Bruce Hendricks | Stars: Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Kenny Ortega, Billy Ray Cyrus

Votes: 8,381 | Gross: $65.28M

13. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)

G | 76 min | Documentary, Music

45 Metascore

A 3-D concert film of the 2008 Jonas Brothers "Burning Up" concert tour, as well as documentary footage on the lives of the three brothers.

Director: Bruce Hendricks | Stars: Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, John Taylor

Votes: 17,198 | Gross: $19.16M

14. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Music

48 Metascore

A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live! In Concert! summer 2011 tour, featuring song performances and Glee fans' life stories and how the show influenced them.

Directors: Kevin Tancharoen, Jennifer Arnold | Stars: Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer

Votes: 5,478 | Gross: $11.86M

15. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

52 Metascore

Follows Justin Bieber with some footage of performances from his 2010 concert tour.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Justin Bieber, Boyz II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston

Votes: 75,016 | Gross: $73.01M

16. This Is It (2009)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova, Nick Bass

Votes: 37,094 | Gross: $72.09M

17. Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Music

57 Metascore

A look at the life, career and music of singer Katy Perry as we follow her on the California Dreams World Tour.

Directors: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz | Stars: Katy Perry, Adam Marcello, Casey Hooper, Patrick Matera

Votes: 13,072 | Gross: $25.24M

18. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,552 | Gross: $0.42M

19. Kim Cattrall: Sexual Intelligence (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary

This documentary explores the mysteries and origins of sexual desire.

Director: Catherine Annau | Stars: Michael Bader, Kim Cattrall, Betty Dodson, Thomas Moore

Votes: 242

20. 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: 19,787 | Gross: $0.26M

21. 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: 9,637 | Gross: $4.04M

22. Happy (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Happy takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Marci Shimoff, Ed Diener, Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Votes: 3,041

23. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

PG | 91 min | Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner, John Clarke

Votes: 7,669 | Gross: $12.50M

24. American Teen (2008)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

Director: Nanette Burstein | Stars: Hannah Bailey, Jake Tusing, Megan Krizmanich, Colin Clemens

Votes: 3,992 | Gross: $0.94M

25. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.

Director: Jon Schnepp | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, Dan Gilroy

Votes: 4,062

26. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr

Votes: 9,717

27. Video Games: The Movie (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Animation, History

40 Metascore

Learn how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers.

Director: Jeremy Snead | Stars: Sean Astin, Al Alcorn, Peter Armstrong, Cliff Bleszinski

Votes: 5,212 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Under the Electric Sky (2014)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

42 Metascore

Beginning in 1997 with a few thousand revelers in Los Angeles, the Electric Daisy Carnival has become the largest dance music event in North America. Known for its over the top displays of ... See full summary »

Directors: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz | Stars: Avicii, Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Tiësto

Votes: 548 | Gross: $0.20M

29. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 33,469 | Gross: $0.68M

30. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 77,944 | Gross: $23.81M

31. Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special (2008 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

National Geographic investigates the root causes and eventual effects of stress.

Director: John Heminway | Stars: Elizabeth Blackburn, Elissa Epel, Marcus Lovett, Michael Marmot

Votes: 213

32. 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: 19,371 | Gross: $0.65M

33. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 1,038

34. This Is Not a Film (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi | Stars: Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Votes: 4,371 | Gross: $0.08M

35. Traces of a Dragon (2003)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A surprising look at the past of movie star Jackie Chan and the difficulties of Chinese families during the Culture Revolution.

Director: Mabel Cheung | Stars: Jackie Chan, Kristina Cepraga, Yuk-Lan Chan, Gui-Lan Chen

Votes: 131

36. The Houses October Built (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

Five friends are stalked by a group of mysterious and disturbed individuals while on a road trip looking for the ultimate haunted house attraction.

Director: Bobby Roe | Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe

Votes: 7,274

37. 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

It's been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Dunaway, Tara Wood | Stars: Joey Lauren Adams, Jack Black, Louis Black, Rebecca Campbell

Votes: 566

38. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2019)
Episode: Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001)

TV-G | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Walt Disney was a great person and he created Disneyland and other things for people all over the world and they are so proud of his great work and Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins.

Director: Jean-Pierre Isbouts | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Walt Disney, Diane Disney, Roy Edward Disney

Votes: 743

39. The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995)
Episode: Rock 'n' Roll Explodes (1995)

60 min | Documentary, History, Music

This volume of the series explores the roots of Rock 'n' Roll as a musical genre.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: Gary Busey, Hank Ballard, Chuck Berry, Bono

Votes: 196

40. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,577 | Gross: $1.44M

41. Bystander Revolution (2014– )

Documentary

Simple acts of kindness, courage, and inclusion anyone can use to take the power out of bullying.

Stars: Kenny Ortega, Salma Hayek, Anthony Robbins, Jason Collins

Votes: 105

42. I Am (III) (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

38 Metascore

Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Tom Shadyac, Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Ray Anderson

Votes: 3,327 | Gross: $1.57M

43. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 29,906

44. Batkid Begins (2015)

PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

63 Metascore

On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish. Batkid Begins looks at the 'why' of this flash phenomenon.

Director: Dana Nachman | Stars: Teresa Clovicko, Audrey Copper, Katie Cotton, James Coyne

Votes: 1,540 | Gross: $0.07M

45. A Lego Brickumentary (2014)

G | 93 min | Documentary

51 Metascore

A look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys.

Directors: Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge | Stars: Jason Bateman, Jamie Berard, Bryan Bonahoom, Alice Finch

Votes: 1,689 | Gross: $0.10M

46. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 10,379

47. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple | Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster, Michael Tronick

Votes: 2,438