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1. 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: 46,947

2. Totality (1999)

Documentary, Music

A unique look at total eclipses, capturing the experience within the scenery of a wide range of settings around the planet, from ancient ruins to city skylines. Totality is constantly ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Mallery

Votes: 31

3. Epic Java (2013)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Epic Java is a visual of the universe and human culture. A searching process of the mysteries of life and everything related to it. A contemplative depiction that will take us into God ... See full summary »

Director: Febian Nurrahman Saktinegara

Votes: 198

4. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 30,616 | Gross: $2.67M

5. 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: 59,624 | Gross: $3.29M

6. Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary, Family

A journey through space and time.

Director: Yavar Abbas | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Sean Pertwee

Votes: 3,657

7. How the Universe Works (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

Stars: Phil Plait, Michelle Thaller, Mike Rowe, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 4,796

8. Wonders of the Universe (I) (2011– )

TV-G | 59 min | Documentary

Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most dramatic parts of the globe to explain the fundamental principles that govern the laws of nature - light, gravity, energy, matter and time. With ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 3,605

9. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 4,012

10. Through the Wormhole (2010–2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 16,070

11. The Universe (2007– )

45 min | Documentary, History

This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 4,693

12. Journey of Hanuman (2013 Video)

85 min | Documentary, Adventure, Mystery

'Journey of Hanuman' preserves moments still existing in India that have not been disturbed by globalization and are connected with the antique spiritual knowledge of India. I wanted to ... See full summary »

Director: Lola Creel | Stars: Rip Brar, Peter Coyote, Arun Mathai, Bekah Rife

Votes: 32

13. Cosmos (2014–2020)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 101,100

14. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,915 | Gross: $1.33M

15. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, History

There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy, and a thousand other names throughout history.

Director: Daniel Schmidt | Star: Patrick Sweeney

Votes: 1,607

16. CoSM the Movie: Alex Grey & the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (2006)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A cinematic journey through the visionary art of Alex Grey and The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.

Director: Nick Krasnic | Star: Alex Grey

Votes: 125

17. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

112 min | Drama

A portrayal of the lives of the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his beautiful and headstrong daughter, Apak. Based on the journals of 1920s Danish ethnographer Knud Rasmussen.

Directors: Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Pakak Innuksuk, Leah Angutimarik, Neeve Irngaut, Natar Ungalaaq

Votes: 330

18. The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

76 min | Documentary

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrew Kukura, Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein | Stars: Grady Bankhead, Ron Cavanaugh, Jonathan Crowley, Edward Johnson

Votes: 419 | Gross: $0.03M

19. La belle verte (1996)

99 min | Comedy

The "Green Planet" belongs to another solar system. Through the simplicity of their lifestyle those who live there are a real step ahead of us: they spend their time concentrating their ... See full summary »

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Coline Serreau, Vincent Lindon, James Thierrée, Samuel Tasinaje

Votes: 3,790

20. Tuning In (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary exploring, for the very first time and in a very down-to-earth fashion, the phenomenon of channeling.

Director: David Thomas | Stars: Darryl Anka, John Cali, Lee Carroll, Geoffrey Hoppe

Votes: 181

21. The Living Matrix (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Our film, The Living Matrix - The Science of Healing, uncovers new ideas about the intricate web of factors that determine our health. We talk with a group of dedicated scientists, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Becker | Stars: Adam Dreamhealer, Arielle Essex, Peter Fraser, Bruce Lipton

Votes: 168

22. A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki (2006)

77 min | Documentary

About the life & legacy of D.T. Suzuki (1870 - 1966), credited with introducing Zen philosophy to the West.

Director: Michael Goldberg | Stars: Robert Aitken, Shojun Bando, John Cage, Alwin Carus

Votes: 26

23. The Yogis of Tibet (2002 Video)

Documentary

For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices.

Director: Jeffrey M. Pill | Stars: Jeffrey Gibson, Geshe Yeshi Chophel, The Dalai Lama, Ani Konchok Khandro

Votes: 158

24. 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: 3,059

25. 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: 3,335 | Gross: $1.57M

26. Awake: The Life of Yogananda (2014)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

Unique biopic about Yogananda, telling the story of his life and influence on yoga, religion and science, combining re-enactment, interviews, and verité.

Directors: Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman | Stars: George Harrison, Anupam Kher, Reed Rudy, Russell Simmons

Votes: 1,009 | Gross: $1.02M

27. Song of the New Earth (2014)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game, Miramax) follows one man's quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound. It features the extraordinary life ... See full summary »

Director: Ward Serrill

Votes: 80

28. Ayurveda: Art of Being (2001)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

Ayurveda is science of life and art of healing; where body, mind and spirit are given equal importance. This voyage of thousands of miles across India and abroad takes you on a unique ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Nicolos Kostopoulos, Vaidya Narayan Murthy, Brahmanand Swamigal

Votes: 418 | Gross: $0.02M

29. On Yoga the Architecture of Peace (2017)

87 min | Documentary

ON YOGA: The Architecture of Peace is director Heitor Dhalia's new film and his first documentary, it follows photographer Michael O'Neill as he talks to the great Yoga masters in India, Tibet and New York.

Director: Heitor Dhalia

Votes: 471

30. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Ray | Stars: The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Bagdro, Bob Dole, Richard Gere

Votes: 713 | Gross: $0.22M

31. I Am That I Am: Experience the Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (2005 Video)

157 min | Documentary

The spiritual teacher Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj is the subject of this documentary, which also includes "experiential meditations" to lead the viewer into the I Am.

Director: Maurizio Benazzo | Stars: Nisargadatta Maharaji, Stephen Wolinsky

Votes: 9



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