Documentary [WATCHLIST]

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1. The Way Things Go (1987)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues. Fire, water, law of gravity as ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Fischli, David Weiss

Votes: 832

2. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 10,463

3. True Gods Have Bones (2010)

90 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

Life in Guinea Bissau is not easy because it is one of the poorest countries in the world. Children with severe health problems have to be evacuated to Europe as their only chance for ... See full summary »

Directors: David Alfaro, Belén Santos

4. Touba (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, History

'Touba' reveals a different face of Islam by chronicling Sufi Muslims' annual pilgrimage to the Senegalese city of Touba. With unprecedented access and dynamic 16mm cinematography, this ... See full summary »

Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Sahr Ngaujah, M.C. Solaar

Votes: 13

5. The Light Bulb Conspiracy (2010)

75 min | Documentary

This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail.

Director: Cosima Dannoritzer | Stars: Molly Malcolm, Marcos López Merayo, Lynn Owens, Richard Jones

Votes: 1,955

6. Song from the Forest (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

70 Metascore

25 years ago, Louis Sarno, an American, heard a song on the radio and followed its melody into the Central Africa Jungle and stayed. He than recorded over 1000 hours of original BaAka music... See full summary »

Director: Michael Obert | Stars: Louis Sarno, Samedi Mathurin Bokombe, Jim Jarmusch, Albert Angende

Votes: 206

7. 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: 13,640 | Gross: $3.52M

8. The Jodorowsky Constellation (1994)

91 min | Documentary, Biography

The quest for the true personality of multi-talented cult artist and psycho-magician Alexandro Jodorowsky

Director: Louis Mouchet | Stars: Fernando Arrabal, Peter Gabriel, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Marcel Marceau

Votes: 477

9. 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov (2014)

83 min | Documentary

35 COWS AND A KALASHNIKOV is a film about African pride. Directed by Oswald von Richthofen and produced by Roland Emmerich, two old film school friends. It is not a classical documentary ... See full summary »

Directors: Oswald von Richthofen, Gernot Aschoff | Stars: Bar Jala, Kuwedo, Regole, Tanga

Votes: 59

10. Tim's Vermeer (2013)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, History

76 Metascore

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Director: Teller | Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman

Votes: 7,371 | Gross: $1.66M

11. Beats of the Antonov (2014)

68 min | Documentary, War

The story of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, showing how they deal with civil war. Traditionally music has always been part of daily life in these areas, but now, it has a new role in a society challenge by war.

Director: Hajooj Kuka

Votes: 111

12. All This Mayhem (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Martin | Stars: Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas, Tommy Caudill, Lance Conklin

Votes: 2,992

13. Ce qu'il reste de la folie (2014)

101 min | Documentary, History

Joris Lachaise takes us to Thiaroye, in a suburb near Dakar, to enter the psychiatric hospital accompanied by writer and filmmaker Khady Sylla who has been admitted there several times. She... See full summary »

Director: Joris Lachaise

Votes: 32

14. Machine Gun Preacher Documentary (2014)

TV-14 | 73 min | Documentary

The Machine Gun Preacher Documentary tells the true story of Pennsylvanian (USA) biker Sam Childers. It follows the raw story of a man who overcame a life of drugs and violence to become a ... See full summary »

Directors: Kevin Evans, Zac Simpson | Star: Sam Childers

Votes: 75

15. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Priyanka Boghani

Votes: 1,410

16. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman, Will Lyman

Votes: 2,042

17. Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez, Miguel Lawner

Votes: 4,324

18. The Five Obstructions (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Filmmaker Lars Von Trier challenges Jørgen Leth, the filmmaker behind The Perfect Human (1967), to remake his classic short under circumstances of increasing constraint.

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier | Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jacqueline Arenal

Votes: 7,671 | Gross: $0.09M

19. Miners Shot Down (2014)

86 min | Documentary, History, News

34 miners were killed in South Africa in 2012. A police cover-up was suspected.

Director: Rehad Desai

Votes: 73

20. Water to Tabato (2014)

46 min | Documentary

In mid-summer 2011, Paulo Carneiro and set out as assistant director for a film crew working on a project on the west African coast. There he unexpectedly ended up shooting his own film, a ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Carneiro | Stars: Mamadu Baio, António Pedro Figueiredo, João Viana

Votes: 7

21. I Dream of Wires (2014)

102 min | Documentary, History, Music

The history and resurgence of the electronic modular music synthesizer.

Director: Robert Fantinatto | Stars: Patti Schmidt, Joel Chadabe, John Mills-Cockell, Morton Subotnick

Votes: 599

22. A Syrian Love Story (2015)

76 min | Documentary, Drama

Filmed over 5 years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

Director: Sean McAllister

Votes: 618

23. We Like It Like That (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, History, Music

Latin boogaloo is New York City. It is a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx and Brooklyn. ... See full summary »

Director: Mathew Ramirez Warren

Votes: 41

24. Sembene! (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

68 Metascore

Meet Ousmane Sembene, the African freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon.

Directors: Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Ousmane Sembene

Votes: 120 | Gross: $0.03M

25. A Thousand Suns (2013)

45 min | Documentary

Magaye Niang, the main actor of Senegalese film classic Touki Bouki (1973), is an average farmer today. After a screening of the film he recalls his first love, who left the country years ago.

Director: Mati Diop | Stars: Magaye Niang, Wasis Diop, Ben D. Beye, Issa Samb

Votes: 75

26. Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll (2014)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary, Music

79 Metascore

Through the eyes, words, and songs of its popular music stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, 'Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll' examines and unravels Cambodia's tragic ... See full summary »

Director: John Pirozzi | Stars: Norodom Sirivudh, Norodom Sihanouk, Sisowath Kossamak, Samley Hong

Votes: 270 | Gross: $0.12M

27. The Last Song Before the War (2013)

74 min | Documentary, Adventure, Music

The story of the most remote music festival in the world, Festival Au Desert, and the battle to make it happen.

Director: Kiley Kraskouskas

Votes: 12

28. Independência (2015)

110 min | Documentary, History, War

Independence begins with memories of the colonial situation in Angola, reveals the first steps in the struggle and covers the main settings where it took place. From 1961 to 1974, the war ... See full summary »

Director: Fradique | Stars: Kalaf Epalanga, Elisângela Rita

Votes: 9

29. Kung Fu Elliot (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

63 Metascore

The film tells the bizarre story of Elliot 'White Lightning' Scott, who plans on becoming Canada's first kung fu action hero with his low-budget karate epic, Blood Fight.

Directors: Matthew Bauckman, Jaret Belliveau | Star: Elliot Scott

Votes: 322

30. 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: 15,897 | Gross: $1.16M

31. American Chronicles (1990)

30 min | Documentary

A three-month series of documentaries, hosted by actor Richard Dreyfuss, look at some of the more unusual aspects of American society. Considering that the director is David Lynch, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Michael Horse

Votes: 61

32. The Blues (2003)

Documentary, Music

A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.

Stars: B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, Ike Turner, Dick Waterman

Votes: 985

33. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson

Votes: 18,366 | Gross: $17.96M

34. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2017)

80 min | Documentary, Music

Where would our favorite movies be without the music that fuels them? From the Top Gun jets soaring through the Danger Zone to everybody shaking' their Bacon in Footloose, music is an ... See full summary »

Director: Chris McDaniel | Stars: Air Supply, Kevin Bacon, Christophe Beck, Richard Blade

35. Arcadia (II) (2017)

78 min | Documentary

From the earliest days of movie-making to the present day, through rare and unseen footage, we see the changing relationship the British have with their land. From images of local ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wright | Stars: Laura Rennie, Ian Sexon

Votes: 157

36. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019– )

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Crime, History

A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 16,216

37. Morgan Agren's Conundrum: A Percussive Misadventure (2013)

119 min | Documentary, Music

What do Frank Zappa, Devin Townsend, and Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah have in common? They all re-invented rock music, and they all selected Morgan as their drummer. Yet his '... See full summary »

Director: Carl Millard King | Stars: Dweezil Zappa, Brendon Small, Devin Townsend, Danny Carey

Votes: 6

38. Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)

TV-MA | 115 min | Documentary

This documentary chronicles the life of Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) from his early years in Chicago, to his time in Poland and Los Angeles, and his artistic and political contributions to the world.

Director: Irek Dobrowolski | Stars: Stanislav Szukalski, Glenn Bray, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams

Votes: 2,213

39. Dead Souls (2018)

495 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A dozen aging survivors are interviewed from Jiabiangou, a complex of three work camps in Northwest China where supposed rightists were sent for re-education in the 1950s and 1960s under Mao Zedong.

Director: Bing Wang

Votes: 110

40. Elektro Moskva (2013)

Unrated | 89 min | Documentary

Elektro Moskva is an essayistic documentary about the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The story begins with the inventor of the world's first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, ... See full summary »

Directors: Dominik Spritzendorfer, Elena Tikhonova | Stars: Alexey Borisov, Stanislav Kreichi, Dmitriy Morozov, Richardas Norvila

Votes: 123

41. Self Discovery for Social Survival (2019)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

Self Discovery for Social Survival is a collaborative film from record label Mexican Summer and surf and outdoor brand Pilgrim Surf + Supply. Filmed in Mexico, the Maldives, and Iceland in ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Gentile | Stars: Jamie Brisick, Ari Browne, Ryan Burch, Corey Colapinto

Votes: 5



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