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1. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

157 min | Documentary, History

78 Metascore

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Gilles Kepel, Melvin Goodman, Stephen Holmes, William Kristol

Votes: 3,745

2. The Society of the Spectacle (1974)

88 min | Documentary

Guy Debord's cinematic analysis of consumer society based on his influential book "La société du spectacle" (1967).

Director: Guy Debord | Stars: Guy Debord, Leonid Brezhnev, Fidel Castro, Jacques Duclos

Votes: 485

3. In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978)

100 min | Documentary

A Latin palindrome is the title of Guy Debord's last film, in which he, as narrator, explains that he will make neither concessions to the tastes of his viewers nor to the dominant ideas of... See full summary »

Director: Guy Debord | Star: Duygu Erkan

Votes: 229

4. Press for Truth (2006)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

The story and truth about 9/11

Director: Ray Nowosielski | Stars: Kristen Breitweiser, George W. Bush, Patty Casazza, Dick Cheney

Votes: 541

5. Draquila - L'Italia che trema (2010)

93 min | Documentary

An investigation on the management of 2009 L'Aquila earthquake by Berlusconi government and his staff.

Director: Sabina Guzzanti | Stars: Silvio Berlusconi, Sabina Guzzanti

Votes: 641

6. India: Matri Bhumi (1959)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

Several stories depicting the landscapes and fauna of India are mixed with documentary footage.

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Votes: 510

7. 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: 136,027 | Gross: $21.24M

8. 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: 72,103 | Gross: $24.54M

9. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,959 | Gross: $14.36M

10. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,305 | Gross: $119.19M

11. American Moon (2017)

214 min | Documentary, History

This documentary examines the authenticity of the photographic record of NASA's Apollo missions.

Director: Massimo Mazzucco | Stars: Paolo Attivissimo, Aldo Fallai, Peter Lindbergh, Danilo Pasqua

Votes: 58

12. Bhutto (2010)

Unrated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

A riveting documentary of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, a polarizing figure in the Muslim world. Following in her father's footsteps as a pillar for democracy, Bhutto was ... See full summary »

Directors: Duane Baughman, Johnny O'Hara | Stars: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari

Votes: 603 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Echoes From a Somber Empire (1990)

91 min | Documentary

Documentary examining Bokassa's rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Michael Goldsmith, Werner Herzog, Augustine Assemat, David Dacko

Votes: 489

15. 9/11 (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 112 min | Documentary

A real life documentary following the events of September 11 from an insider's view, through the lens of James Hanlon and two French filmmakers who were in Manhattan that one day.

Directors: James Hanlon, Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet | Stars: Tony Benatatos, Jamal Braithwaite, Steve Buscemi, Joe Casaliggi

Votes: 6,138

16. Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Sport

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: David Albritton, Arvo Askola, Jack Beresford, Erwin Blask

Votes: 4,027

17. In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2001)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

80 Metascore

Documentary about the life of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who led the independent film movement of the 1940s.

Director: Martina Kudlácek | Stars: Miriam Arsham, Stan Brakhage, Chao Li Chi, Rita Christiani

Votes: 347 | Gross: $0.01M

18. 911 Eyewitness Hoboken TV (2005 Video)

120 min | Documentary

Internet web-casting pioneer Richard A Siegel, of OnlineTV fame, captured both of the World Trade Towers collapsing and a lot more. See the raw footage and listen to Rick's eyewitness ... See full summary »

Director: David Schaufele | Star: Rick Siegel

Votes: 34

19. The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)

Not Rated | 80 min | Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

An alien narrates the story of his dying planet, his and his people's visits to Earth and Earth's man-made demise, while human astronauts attempt to find an alternate planet for surviving humans to live on.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Brad Dourif, Donald Williams, Ellen Baker, Franklin Chang-Diaz

Votes: 3,171

20. Operation Terror (2012)

91 min | Thriller

CIA agent Aaron Delgado works with a team of agents and engineers to implement a plan to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, pinning the blame on Muslim Terrorists.

Director: Paul Cross | Stars: Jack Brand, Paul Cross, Christopher Kriesa, Graham Clarke

Votes: 103

21. Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

R | 130 min | Documentary, Biography

77 Metascore

Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.

Director: John Dullaghan | Stars: Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan, Linda Lee Bukowski

Votes: 3,215 | Gross: $0.30M

22. Khodorkovsky (2011)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

Khodorkovsky, the richest Russian, challenges President Putin. A fight of the titans begins. Putin warns him. But Khodorkovsky comes back to Russia knowing that he will be imprisoned, once ... See full summary »

Director: Cyril Tuschi | Stars: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Pavel Khodorkovsky, Marina Khodorkovskaya, Lena Khodorkovskaya

Votes: 875 | Gross: $0.03M

23. Mondo cane (1962)

R | 108 min | Documentary

A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence.

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Rossano Brazzi, Yves Klein, Henning Skaarup

Votes: 3,220

24. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 46,905

26. It Might Get Loud (2008)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Music

70 Metascore

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Dallas Schoo

Votes: 11,949 | Gross: $1.61M

27. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,695 | Gross: $3.52M

28. Der Anständige (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Drama, History

55 Metascore

A documentary that uses a cache of letters, diaries and documents to reveal the life of SS-leader Heinrich Himmler.

Director: Vanessa Lapa | Stars: Tobias Moretti, Sophie Rois, Antonia Moretti, Lotte Ledl

Votes: 600

29. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,808 | Gross: $1.33M

30. Naqoyqatsi (2002)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Belladonna, Marlon Brando, Elton John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 5,042 | Gross: $0.13M

32. Everyday Rebellion (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

A documentary about modern and creative forms of non-violent protest and civil disobedience.

Directors: Arash T. Riahi, Arman T. Riahi | Stars: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Srdja Popovic, Inna Shevchenko

Votes: 292

33. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 49,164 | Gross: $3.17M

34. Igor Stravinsky: Composer (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

The life and work of one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century: Igor Stravinsky, narrated by himself. Footage, rehearsals, concerts, and interviews.

Director: János Darvas | Star: Igor Stravinsky

Votes: 9

35. Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (1938)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin, orchestrated as Nazi propaganda.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Sheigo Arai, Jack Beresford, Ralf Berzsenyi, Ferenc Csík

Votes: 3,366

36. Fire at Sea (2016)

114 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi | Stars: Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo

Votes: 5,022 | Gross: $0.11M

37. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 14,162 | Gross: $6.35M



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