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1. City of Gold (2015)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

A documentary portrait that takes us into Jonathan Gold's universe to tell the improbable story of a revolution inspired by the pen, but driven by the palate.

Director: Laura Gabbert | Stars: David Chang, Roy Choi, Jonathan Gold, Ludo Lefebvre

Votes: 864 | Gross: $0.61M

2. The Search for General Tso (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

72 Metascore

Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.

Director: Ian Cheney | Star: Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,601 | Gross: $0.01M

3. 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: 5,001 | Gross: $0.11M

4. Mr. X, a Vision of Leos Carax (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

67 Metascore

The image of a mysterious, solitary filmmaker - a cineaste maudit - who flees from both the media and the public, is unrelentingly bound to the figure of Leos Carax, in France. Elsewhere, ... See full summary »

Director: Tessa Louise-Salomé | Stars: Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Juliette Binoche, Richard Brody, Leos Carax

Votes: 213

5. A Year in Burgundy (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

The film follows seven wine-making families in the Burgundy region of France through the course of a full year, and delves into the cultural and creative process of making wine, as well as ... See full summary »

Director: David Kennard

Votes: 469

6. Natural Resistance (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Ten years after the landmark wine documentary Mondovino, filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter returns to the subject, documenting the drastic shifts that have affected the industry in the time since... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Nossiter | Stars: Stefano Bellotti, Elena Pantaleoni, Giovanna Tiezzi, Corrado Dottori

Votes: 57

7. Cartel Land (2015)

R | 100 min | Documentary, News

76 Metascore

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Director: Matthew Heineman | Stars: Tim Nailer Foley, José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles, Paco Valencia, Chaneque

Votes: 16,921 | Gross: $0.70M

8. The Bridge (I) (2006)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

58 Metascore

People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Steel | Stars: Eric Geleynse, Chris Brown, Susan Ginwalla, Caroline Pressley

Votes: 10,513 | Gross: $0.18M

9. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 11,019 | Gross: $0.59M

10. SOMM: Into the Bottle (2015)

90 min | Documentary

The history, politics, pleasure, and BS of wine told through opening ten very different bottles.

Director: Jason Wise | Stars: Silvia Altare, Brian Carmody, Ian Cauble, Jean-Louis Chave

Votes: 1,422

11. Racing Extinction (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, News

81 Metascore

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton

Votes: 7,053

12. Trapped (IV) (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From 2011 to 2013, hundreds of regulations were passed restricting access to abortion in America. Reproductive rights advocates refer to these as "TRAP" laws, or Targeted Regulation of ... See full summary »

Director: Dawn Porter | Stars: June Ayers, Andrea Ferrigno, Gloria Gray, Dalton Johnson

Votes: 245

13. My Name Is Salt (2013)

92 min | Documentary

Year after year, for an endless eight months, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth. Every monsoon their salt fields are washed away, as the desert turns into sea.

Director: Farida Pacha

Votes: 110

14. A Life in Dirty Movies (2013)

Unrated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

69 Metascore

A documentary shot at the end of pornographer Joe Sarnos's life, which reveals his attempt to make one last film, as well as his relationship with his wife, Peggy.

Director: Wiktor Ericsson | Stars: Joseph W. Sarno, Peggy Steffans, Michael J. Bowen, John Waters

Votes: 460

15. Pump (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

A documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.

Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell | Stars: Adhemar Altieri, Greg Anderson, Edwin Black, David Blume

Votes: 611 | Gross: $0.07M

16. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,452 | Gross: $0.11M

17. Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

TV-14 | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, History

72 Metascore

Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty ... See full summary »

Director: One9 | Stars: Nas, Cornel West, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz

Votes: 2,565 | Gross: $0.11M

18. Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

73 Metascore

A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Birkenstock | Stars: Wolfgang Beltracchi, Helene Beltracchi, Henrik Hanstein, James Roundell

Votes: 1,375

19. 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: 573

20. Soul of a Banquet (2014)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

A documentary on Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Cecilia Chiang, Ruth Reichl, Alice Waters

Votes: 54

21. Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)

TV-MA | 110 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin | Stars: Nick Broomfield, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Donna, Steve

Votes: 2,463

22. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 48,924 | Gross: $2.80M

23. The Overnighters (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Drama

89 Metascore

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

Director: Jesse Moss | Stars: Jay Reinke, Andrea Reinke, Alan Mezo, Shelly Schultz

Votes: 2,240 | Gross: $0.11M

24. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 34,868

25. Touch the Wall (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Family, Sport

Swimming superstar Missy Franklin was destined for greatness at an early age, but it wasn't until the arrival of Veteran Kara Lynn Joyce that those sky-high expectations began to take shape.

Directors: Grant Barbeito, Christo Brock | Stars: Missy Franklin, Kara Lynn Joyce, Da Franklin, Dick Franklin

Votes: 100 | Gross: $0.79M

26. Seymour: An Introduction (2014)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Meet Seymour Bernstein: a beloved pianist, teacher and true inspiration who shares eye-opening insights from an amazing life. Ethan Hawke helms this poignant guide to life.

Director: Ethan Hawke | Stars: Seymour Bernstein, Ethan Hawke, Sam Bachelor, Jiyang Chen

Votes: 932 | Gross: $0.58M

27. Live from New York! (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

51 Metascore

"Saturday Night Live" has been reflecting and influencing life in the United States for 40 years. Live From New York! goes deep inside this cultural phenomenon exploring the laughter that ... See full summary »

Director: Bao Nguyen | Stars: Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Anne Beatts, Candice Bergen

Votes: 311

28. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,246 | Gross: $0.81M

29. The Armstrong Lie (2013)

R | 124 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

67 Metascore

A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu

Votes: 6,937 | Gross: $0.38M

30. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 26,503

31. Bolshoi Babylon (2015)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi Theatre as it's rocked by an acid-attack scandal in 2013.

Directors: Nick Read, Mark Franchetti | Stars: Maria Allash, Andrei Budberg, Anastasiya Meskova, Roman Adamov

Votes: 385

32. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 17,690 | Gross: $1.34M

33. The Kindergarten Teacher (2014)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A kindergarten teacher discovers in a five year-old child a prodigious gift for poetry. Amazed and inspired by this young boy, she decides to protect his talent in spite of everyone.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz, Gilles Ben-David

Votes: 964

34. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of "celebrity chef"... A consummate hedonist... See full summary »

Directors: Lydia Tenaglia, Morgan Fallon | Stars: Stephen Torres, Martha Stewart, James Villas, Mario Batali

Votes: 332 | Gross: $0.23M

35. The Case Against 8 (2014)

TV-14 | 109 min | Documentary, Biography, News

A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White | Stars: Ted Olson, Christopher D. Dusseault, Jeffrey J. Zarrillo, Paul T. Katami

Votes: 990

36. Heart of a Dog (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle.

Director: Laurie Anderson | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Archie, Jason Berg, Heung-Heung Chin

Votes: 1,893 | Gross: $0.42M

37. The First Monday in May (2016)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, "China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Anna Wintour, Andrew Bolton, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld

Votes: 1,325 | Gross: $0.53M

38. After Tiller (2013)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves... See full summary »

Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson | Stars: George Tiller, Warren Hern, Leroy Carhart, Susan Robinson

Votes: 982 | Gross: $0.07M

39. Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day.

Director: Michael Rapaport | Stars: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White

Votes: 3,290 | Gross: $1.20M

40. Free to Run (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History, Sport

54 Metascore

Today, all anybody needs to run is the determination and a pair of the right shoes. But just fifty years ago, running was viewed almost exclusively as the domain of elite male athletes who ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Morath | Stars: Joe Henderson, George Hirsch, Fred Lebow, Kathrine Switzer

Votes: 271

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41. The Eagle Huntress (2016)

G | 87 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

72 Metascore

Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.

Director: Otto Bell | Stars: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley, Rys Nurgaiv

Votes: 3,178 | Gross: $3.17M



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