Documentaries

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1. The Porn Diaries (2008)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary

9to5 - Days in Porn focuses on the people behind a controversial and multi-billion dollar industry "The Adult Entertainment industry". It depicts their stories, each one different, ... See full summary »

Director: Jens Hoffmann | Stars: Otto Bauer, Audrey Hollander, Belladonna, Jim Powers

Votes: 1,974

2. Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

PG | 91 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

69 Metascore

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth.

Director: Anthony Powell | Stars: Anthony Powell, Genevieve Bachman, William Brotman, Michael Christiansen

Votes: 3,044 | Gross: $0.29M

3. Beyond the Edge (2013)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

59 Metascore

Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight, Joshua Rutter

Votes: 1,580

4. Biggie and Tupac (2002)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

63 Metascore

Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole

Votes: 4,378 | Gross: $0.09M

5. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, News

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 57,597 | Gross: $2.07M

6. 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: 135,874 | Gross: $21.24M

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: 16,920 | Gross: $0.70M

8. Catfish (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost, Angela Wesselman-Pierce

Votes: 38,969 | Gross: $3.23M

9. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

59 Metascore

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Jon Roberts, Al Sunshine, Sam Burstyn, Mickey Munday

Votes: 11,980 | Gross: $0.15M

10. Cocaine Cowboys 2 (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Nelson Andreu, Jorge Ayala, Griselda Blanco, Sam Burstyn

Votes: 2,656

11. Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

CONOR McGREGOR: NOTORIOUS, filmed over the course of 4 years, is a gripping access-all- areas account of McGregor's personal and professional journey from claiming benefits and living in ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Fitzgerald | Stars: José Aldo, Audie Attar, Ryan Buescher, Kiefer Crosbie

Votes: 3,555

12. 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: 59,356 | Gross: $3.29M

13. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,189 | Gross: $119.19M

14. Fukushima: A Nuclear Story (2015)

84 min | Documentary, News

A powerful documentary - shot from March 11th, 2011 through March 2015 - that sheds some light on what really happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 2011 earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

Director: Matteo Gagliardi | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Massimo Dapporto, Hal Yamanouchi

Votes: 256

15. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 49,041 | Gross: $3.17M

16. Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)

R | 84 min | Documentary, Music, War

In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, ... See full summary »

Directors: Suroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti | Stars: Firas Al-Lateef, Suroosh Alvi, Marwan Reyad, Faisal Talal

Votes: 1,074

17. Hookers at the Point (2002 Video)

94 min | Documentary

In this documentary, director and producer Brent Owens takes us to the streets of Hunts Point in South Bronx, for a candid documentary about the local sex workers. We learn about the past, ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Owens

Votes: 161

18. How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Crime

69 Metascore

Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.

Director: Matthew Cooke | Stars: 'Freeway' Ricky Ross, Susan Sarandon, David Simon, 50 Cent

Votes: 6,509 | Gross: $1.50M

19. Icarus (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Sport, Thriller

68 Metascore

When Bryan sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller.

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Thomas Bach, Scott Brandt, Don Catlin, Sebastian Coe

Votes: 30,925

20. Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (2012)

R | 89 min | Documentary, Biography

56 Metascore

Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Hinojosa | Stars: Betty Beck, Camille Beck, Diane Beck, Misty Beck

Votes: 582

21. Iraq in Fragments (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

84 Metascore

Stories from modern day Iraq as told by Iraqis living in a time of war, occupation and ethnic tension.

Director: James Longley | Stars: Mohammed Haithem, Suleiman Mahmoud, Muqtada al-Sadr, George W. Bush

Votes: 1,364 | Gross: $0.20M

22. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz

Votes: 19,964

23. Korengal (2014)

R | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

67 Metascore

Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.

Director: Sebastian Junger | Stars: LaMonta Caldwell, Miguel Cortez, Stephen Gillespie, Aron Hijar

Votes: 3,367 | Gross: $0.06M

24. Long Time Running (2017)

97 min | Documentary, Music

After frontman Gord Downie is diagnosed with brain cancer, Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip goes on a cross-country tour that ends with a nationally televised concert.

Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier | Stars: Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair, Bobby Baker

Votes: 307

25. Meru (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

77 Metascore

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin, Amee Hinkley

Votes: 13,131 | Gross: $2.33M

26. Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

The inside story behind the Biggie and Tupac murder investigations is laid bare using police case files, taped confessions never before shown on film, and interviews with lead detective Greg Kading and other witnesses.

Director: Michael Dorsey | Stars: Imari Williams, Greg Kading, Frank Alexander, Xavien T. Bailey

Votes: 726

27. No Cameras Allowed (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

No Cameras Allowed is a documentary that follows James Marcus Haney's journey of breaking into music festivals and inserting himself into the world of some of the biggest names in the industry.

Director: James Marcus Haney | Stars: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, James Marcus Haney, Mumford & Sons

Votes: 252

28. Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, History, Music

59 Metascore

A documentary on the band Pearl Jam that marks their 20th anniversary in the year 2011.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Cameron Crowe

Votes: 7,360 | Gross: $0.45M

29. The Seven Five (2014)

R | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

69 Metascore

Meet the dirtiest cop in NYC history. Michael Dowd stole money and dealt drugs while patrolling the streets of 80s Brooklyn.

Director: Tiller Russell | Stars: Mike Dowd, Ken Eurell, Walter Yurkiw, Chickie

Votes: 4,844 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Pumping Iron (1977)

PG | 86 min | Documentary, Sport

72 Metascore

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »

Directors: George Butler, Robert Fiore | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno, Victoria Ferrigno

Votes: 20,246

31. Raw Deal: A Question of Consent (2001)

90 min | Documentary, Crime

A documentary about the circumstances during a party at a University of Florida fraternity that led up to what may or may not have been a rape. Interspersed with actual footage shot by the ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Craig C. DeThomasis, Alice Hendon, Disa Holly, Lisa King

Votes: 280

Haven't seen yet.

32. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 21,081 | Gross: $1.33M

33. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 72,035 | Gross: $24.54M

34. Sonic Highways (2014– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Sonic Highways commemorates the Foo Fighters 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.

Stars: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Randy Horte, Rami Jaffee

Votes: 3,190

35. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 11,585 | Gross: $0.42M

36. Square Grouper (2011)

R | 100 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A colorful portrait of Miami's pot smuggling scene of the 1970s, populated with redneck pirates, a ganja-smoking church, and the longest serving marijuana prisoner in American history.

Director: Billy Corben | Star: Robert Platshorn

Votes: 439

37. The Art of Flight (2011)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

Two years in the making, "The Art of FLIGHT" gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new ... See full summary »

Director: Curt Morgan | Stars: Travis Rice, Mark Landvik, John Jackson, Nicolas Müller

Votes: 7,373

38. The Carter (2009 Video)

72 min | Documentary, Music

An in-depth look at the artist Dwayne LIL' WAYNE Carter Jr, proclaimed by many as the "greatest rapper alive" With comprehensive and personal interviews with Lil' Wayne, this film will also... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bhala Lough | Stars: Birdman, Cortez Bryant, Reginae Carter, Drake

Votes: 621

39. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,671 | Gross: $0.87M

40. The Crash Reel (2013)

108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre, Daniel Amen

Votes: 4,567

41. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,956 | Gross: $4.20M

42. The Nightmare (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Horror

68 Metascore

A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Siegfried Peters, Estrella Cristina, Stephen Joseph, Yatoya Toy

Votes: 6,134

43. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to... See full summary »

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 5,949

44. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 31,857 | Gross: $4.59M

45. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)

R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

66 Metascore

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain, Bill Bellamy

Votes: 8,726 | Gross: $7.71M

46. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 11,767 | Gross: $0.89M

Need to watch still.

47. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

R | 130 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Julian Assange, Adrian Lamo, John 'FuzzFace' McMahon, Alex Gibney

Votes: 7,207 | Gross: $0.16M

48. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,587 | Gross: $1.44M