Documentaries - interesting people

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1. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 11,088 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Directors: Constance Marks, Philip Shane | Stars: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Oz, Bill Barretta

Votes: 6,525 | Gross: $0.30M

3. My Flesh and Blood (2003)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.

Director: Jonathan Karsh | Stars: Susan Tom, Anthony Tom, Faith Tom, Joe Tom

Votes: 1,671

4. Children Underground (2001)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era.

Director: Edet Belzberg | Stars: Cristina Ionescu, Mihai Alexandre Tudose, Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu, Ana Turturica

Votes: 2,141

5. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 42,883 | Gross: $0.89M

6. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 50,225 | Gross: $2.96M

7. Cutie and the Boxer (2013)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Director: Zachary Heinzerling | Stars: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Alex Shinohara, Ethan Cohen

Votes: 4,366 | Gross: $0.20M

8. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 31,471 | Gross: $2.55M

9. Winnebago Man (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

71 Metascore

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Steinbauer | Stars: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Keith Gordon, Nick Prueher

Votes: 4,480 | Gross: $0.18M

10. Are You Dave Gorman? (2001– )

60 min | Documentary

Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace had a bet that Dave couldn't meet 54 of his namesakes (1 for every card in the deck including the jokers). It all got out of hand and they ended up travelling ... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Gorman, Danny Wallace, Ellis Henican, Colin Hurley

Votes: 185

11. Confessions of a Superhero (2007)

R | 92 min | Documentary

Chronicles the lives of four mortal men and women who work as characters on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard.

Director: Matthew Ogens | Stars: Christopher Dennis, Maxwell Allen, Jennifer Wenger, Joe McQueen

Votes: 2,089

12. Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations.

Director: Matthew Bate | Stars: Eddie Lee Sausage, Mitch Deprey, Daniel Clowes, Ivan Brunetti

Votes: 1,082 | Gross: $0.02M

13. The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (2009)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Comedy

The film is about the utterly fantastic and eccentric 80-year-old Japanese inventor responsible for 3,357 inventions, including the floppy disk. NakaMats is an unlikely character made for ... See full summary »

Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder | Star: Yoshiro Nakamats

Votes: 237

14. The Mayor (2011)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

THE MAYOR is a stereotype-shattering documentary that reveals the humanity of seniors living life to the fullest in a retirement community in Texas.

Director: Jared Scheib | Stars: Sam Berger, Cordy Frieze, Dorothy June Wyll, Ceil Schwartz

Votes: 49

15. NoBody's Perfect (2008)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

NOBODY'S PERFECT is a documentary which shows Niko von Glasow's search for eleven people who, like him, were born disabled due to the side effects of the drug thalidomide. These eleven ... See full summary »

Director: Niko von Glasow | Stars: Fred Dove, Mat Fraser, Stefan Fricke, Sigrid Kwella

Votes: 105 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Radioman (2012)

75 min | Documentary

The New York film set mascot who overcame homelessness and alcoholism to become a fixture of the New York film industry, with over 100 small parts to his name.

Director: Mary Kerr | Stars: Josh Brolin, Craig Castaldo, George Clooney, Matt Damon

Votes: 205

17. Lunarcy! (2012)

PG | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

With wry humor and affection, Simon Ennis' "Lunarcy!" follows a disparate group of dreamers and schemers who all have one thing in common: they've devoted their lives to the Moon. From the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Ennis | Stars: Alan Bean, Christopher Carson, Matthew Goodman, Joe Gutheinz

Votes: 197

18. The American Scream (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

An original documentary which follows three families in a small seaside town in Massachusetts as they prepare for their annual home made haunted houses. This story highlights their long ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: Victor Bariteau, Tina Bariteau, Gwen Bariteau, Catherine Bariteau

Votes: 1,068

19. Wordplay (2006)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Will Shortz, Ken Burns, Jon Stewart, Merl Reagle

Votes: 3,533 | Gross: $3.12M

20. Meet the Fokkens (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

A documentary on Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years.

Directors: Gabrielle Provaas, Rob Schröder | Stars: Louise Fokkens, Martine Fokkens

Votes: 636 | Gross: $0.03M

21. I Think We're Alone Now (2008)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Two individuals, Jeff and Kelly, claim to be in love with the 80's pop singer Tiffany.

Director: Sean Donnelly | Stars: Kelly McCormick, Tiffany, Jeff Turner

Votes: 1,294

22. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early '60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through ... See full summary »

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Stars: Thea Spyer, Edea Windsor

Votes: 357

23. Billy the Kid (2007)

PG-13 | 84 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

"I'm not black, I'm not white, not foreign, just different in the mind. Different brains, that's all," explains 15-year-old Billy in Jennifer Venditti's provocative coming of age film. ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Venditti | Stars: Penny Baker, Billy P., Heather Pelletier

Votes: 506

24. Extraordinary People (2003– )
Episode: The Rainman Twins (2011)

Documentary

The World's Only Female Autistic Savant Twins.

Stars: Dick Clark, Flo Lyman, Kay Lyman

Votes: 15

25. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

G | 83 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots.

Director: Judy Irving | Stars: Mark Bittner, Maggie McCall, Ivan Stormgart, Gary Thompson

Votes: 2,890 | Gross: $3.06M



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