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1. Outsider (2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary

Beyond Hollywood, beyond "indie", and beyond the underground, there lies "outsider cinema", the backyard domain of some of the world's most creative, crafty, and truly cracked filmmakers ever to have cranked a camera.

Stars: Zack Carlson, Y.K. Kim, David 'The Rock' Nelson, Laz Rojas

Votes: 11

2. Louis Theroux's Altered States (2018)

60 min | Documentary

Louis Theroux explores the unusual ways modern America deals with birth, love and death.

Stars: Louis Theroux, Heidi Bringman, Jerry Bringman, Lawrie Brown

Votes: 344

3. Louis Theroux: A Different Brain (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Louis Theroux meets people living with the long-term effects of a brain injury.

Director: Jamie Pickup | Stars: Louis Theroux, Earl Linton, Yasmin Precious, Patricia Linton

Votes: 639

4. Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles (2009 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

Louis visits Coalinga Mental Hospital in California, home to over 500 convicted paedophiles, and spends some time with those undergoing treatment.

Director: Emma Cooper | Star: Louis Theroux

Votes: 1,752

5. Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Autism (2012 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

Louis travels to DLC Warren in New Jersey, an innovative autism school.

Director: Jamie Pickup | Stars: Louis Theroux, Nicky Ingrassia

Votes: 1,135

6. Wild Wild Country (2018– )

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

When the world's most controversial guru builds an utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 17,537

7. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

66 Metascore

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 14,252 | Gross: $0.64M

8. American Movie (1999)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy

84 Metascore

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt

Votes: 15,888 | Gross: $1.16M

9. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 44,560 | Gross: $8.41M

10. Father Figures (2013)

58 min | Documentary

Follows a Canadian filmmaker through Asia as she examines her father's relationship with his 23 year old bride-to-be who lives in the Philippines.

Directors: April Butler, Gillian Hrankowski | Star: April Butler

Votes: 103

11. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 14,031

12. André Hazes, zij gelooft in mij (1999)

86 min | Documentary, Drama

Portrait of the popular Dutch singer Andre Hazes.

Director: John Appel | Stars: André Hazes, Jos Brink, André Hazes, Rachel Hazes

Votes: 1,008

13. Tarnation (2003)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 film, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more - culled from nineteen years of his life.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Jonathan Caouette, Renee Leblanc, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis

Votes: 6,133 | Gross: $0.59M

14. 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: 59,168 | Gross: $3.29M

15. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Lorraine Barrett, June Downs

Votes: 12,052 | Gross: $2.40M

16. 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: 135,571 | Gross: $21.24M

17. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 32,390 | Gross: $1.72M

18. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | 141 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo

Votes: 16,423 | Gross: $1.22M

19. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 78,767

20. Deep Ocean: Lights in the Abyss (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

The NHK team that captured the world's first footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat is setting out for another deep-sea adventure.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 26

22. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,243 | Gross: $0.61M

23. VPRO Backlight (2002– )
Episode: What Makes You Click (2016)

Documentary

A documentary on companies adapting their websites and apps in order to get consumers staying on them longer and spending more money.

Stars: Tristan Harris, Timothy Prescott, Pepijn Rjvers, Natasha Schull

Votes: 9

24. Grayson Perry: All Man (2016– )

60 min | Documentary

Grayson Perry explores the concept of masculinity at the beginning of the 21st century England.

Star: Grayson Perry

Votes: 28

25. Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Louis Theroux traces the fortunes of different people living in South London suffering from alcoholism.

Director: Tom Barrow | Stars: Pieter Swanepoel, Mariana, Ian Webzell, Aurelie Fonjo

Votes: 906

26. Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

Louis investigates Ohio's state psychiatric hospitals, meeting patients who have committed crimes but have been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Stars: Michael G. Borack, Indre Rukseniene, Jonathan, Brian

Votes: 948



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