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1. Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air (2014)

71 min | Documentary

A documentary exploring secret lives, behavior and extreme levels of human-beast intimacy and communication, focusing on the 'only in New York' story of Antoine Yates and his cohabitation ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Warnell | Stars: Antoine Yates, Rajiv, Brianna, Johnny Jarrett-Graham

Votes: 96

2. Match Me! (2014)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

How does dating and finding love work in an era where partnership has been radically redefined? All people share the yearning to connect and belong with others and the hope of experiencing ... See full summary »

Director: Lia Jaspers | Stars: Sampsa Kotajärvi, Sarah Psibilskis, Johanna Zey

Votes: 20

3. See No Evil (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

Documentary about three retired apes: a film star, a scientist and a cripple. They look back at their lives and the intriguing relationship between humans and apes. Who watches whom, and who learns from this?

Director: Jos de Putter | Stars: Cheeta, Nicole Henderson, Glen Schultz

Votes: 55

4. Waiting for August (2014)

88 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

75 Metascore

Fifteen year old Georgiana is left to raise her 6 siblings in Bacau (Romania), since mother has to work abroad to get by. Torn between adolescence and heavy responsibilities, the teenage girl struggles to keep everyone afloat.

Director: Teodora Mihai

Votes: 209

5. 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

6. Elephant's Dream (2014)

72 min | Documentary, News

Elephant's Dream is a portrait about three State-owned institutions and their workers in DR Congo, providing insight into their daily lives and survival in the third largest city of Africa, Kinshasa.

Director: Kristof Bilsen | Stars: Henriette, Simon Ngola, Van Nzai, Lieutenant Kasunga

Votes: 55

7. 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: 49,289 | Gross: $2.80M

8. Love & Engineering (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Comedy, Romance

Our modern life is largely designed by engineers. They like to invent and structure things and they are more at ease with figures and natural science than in relations with the opposite sex... See full summary »

Director: Tonislav Hristov | Stars: Atanas Boev, Todor Vlaev, Tuomas Nieminen, Markus Virtanen

Votes: 145

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: 61

10. America's Book of Secrets (2012– )
Episode: Secret Prisons (2014)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary

Go inside the maximum-security world of America's "secret prisons" and unveil their hidden agendas and covert operations. With about 1 in every 107 Americans serving time, why are there ... See full summary »

Stars: Jonathan Adams, Barry Aird, Ahilan Arulanantham, David Fathi

Votes: 17

11. Cosmos (2014–2020)
Episode: Standing Up in the Milky Way (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

A thrilling, new adventure across space and time begins.

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan, Bill Pope | Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Phil LaMarr, Seth MacFarlane, John Steven Rocha

Votes: 2,747

12. 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: 35,006

13. The Wolfpack (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes.

Director: Crystal Moselle | Stars: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Krsna Angulo

Votes: 11,281 | Gross: $1.30M

14. She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History

80 Metascore

A documentary that resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971.

Director: Mary Dore | Stars: Chude Pamela Allen, Alta, Judith Arcana, Nona Willis Aronowitz

Votes: 1,375 | Gross: $0.42M

15. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 6,085 | Gross: $0.10M

16. The Woodmans (2010)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

The story of a family that suffers a tragedy, but perseveres and finds redemption through each other and their work - making art.

Director: Scott Willis | Stars: Francesca Woodman, George Woodman, Betty Woodman, Charles Woodman

Votes: 564 | Gross: $0.04M

17. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 25,561 | Gross: $0.90M

18. Fed Up (2014)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

Director: Stephanie Soechtig | Stars: Michele Simon, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Michael Pollan

Votes: 11,035 | Gross: $1.54M

19. The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013)

93 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A cinematic documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

Director: Liz Marshall | Stars: Marcel Saba, Lori Reese, Perrie Wardell, Martin Rowe

Votes: 623 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Forest of Bliss (1986)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

A look at daily life in the city of Benares, India, one of the most religious places in the country.

Director: Robert Gardner

Votes: 197

21. The Missing Picture (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Randal Douc, Jean-Baptiste Phou

Votes: 2,875 | Gross: $0.05M

22. Forbidden Voices (2012)

95 min | Documentary

How to start a revolution with a laptop.

Director: Barbara Miller | Stars: Yoani Sanchez, Farnaz Seifi, Zeng Jinyan, Lucie Morillon

Votes: 44

24. In the Basement (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Fritz Lang, Alfreda Klebinger, Manfred Ellinger, Inge Ellinger

Votes: 2,208 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 19,586 | Gross: $0.65M

27. America in Primetime (2011– )

TV-14 | Documentary

This documentary series looks at the evolution of specific character types appearing on American primetime episodic television from post WWII to the early twenty-first century. These ... See full summary »

Stars: Diablo Cody, David Chase, Judd Apatow, Alan Yentob

Votes: 318

28. 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: 3,603

29. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,072 | Gross: $0.19M

30. I Am Eleven (2011)

98 min | Documentary, Biography

55 Metascore

The lives and thoughts of children from all around the world. It weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence.

Director: Genevieve Bailey | Stars: Billy, Dagan, Fang, Ginisha

Votes: 255 | Gross: $0.26M

31. One Peace at a Time (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Filmed in 20 countries, with the insights of Nobel Laureates: Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize), Steve Chu (Nobel Prize Physics and President Obama's Secretary of Energy) & Desmond Tutu (... See full summary »

Director: Turk Pipkin | Stars: Donna Berber, Philip Berber, Caroline Boudreaux, Steve Chu

Votes: 62 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 11,588 | Gross: $1.60M

33. Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home (2009)

78 min | Documentary

Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home explores the powerful struggle of conscience experienced by several people from traditional farming backgrounds who come to question the basic ... See full summary »

Director: Jenny Stein | Stars: Harold Brown, Cheri Ezell-Vandersluis, Howard Lyman, Cayce Mell

Votes: 214

34. Les Invisibles (2012)

115 min | Documentary, Romance

Several elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives, their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Stars: Bernard, Catherine, Christian, Thérèse Clerc

Votes: 427

35. We Live in Public (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez, David Amron

Votes: 1,758 | Gross: $0.04M

36. Be with Me (2013)

39 min | Documentary, Family

A family unites to help their son recover from autism.

Director: Michael Terrill | Stars: James Cairns, Lori Cairns, Shelby Cairns, Jim Cairns

Votes: 10

37. Living Without Money (2010)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

We meet the German woman Heidemarie Schwermer (68) who made a deliberate choice to live without money 14 years ago. One day she cancelled her flat, donated all of her belongings and started... See full summary »

Director: Line Halvorsen | Star: Heidemarie Schwermer

Votes: 40

38. 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

39. Our City Dreams (2008)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams is the story of a woman's struggles and successes as an artist in New York City. Told through five women artists, from youngest to ... See full summary »

Director: Chiara Clemente | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ghada Amer, Caledonia Curry, Kiki Smith

Votes: 97 | Gross: $0.03M

40. The Gleaners & I (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 5,335 | Gross: $0.15M

41. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Votes: 11,237 | Gross: $10.76M

42. Love, Marilyn (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 1,571

43. 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: 13,716 | Gross: $3.52M

44. The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Family

81 Metascore

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni | Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam

Votes: 5,847 | Gross: $1.74M

45. Ashes and Snow (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Drama

Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,720

46. Last Train Home (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

7.7