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1. Erin Brockovich (2000)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama

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73 Metascore

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick

Votes: 162,974 | Gross: $125.60M

2. The Strain (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.

Stars: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde

Votes: 72,634

3. Inherent Vice (2014)

R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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81 Metascore

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 87,120 | Gross: $8.11M

4. The Insider (1999)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a 60 Minutes (1968) exposé on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

Votes: 152,465 | Gross: $28.97M

5. Unspeakable (2019– )

44 min | Drama, History

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The drama chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early '80s and the tragedy that followed when thousands were unnecessarily infected by tainted blood.

Stars: Sarah Wayne Callies, Shawn Doyle, Michael Shanks, Camille Sullivan

Votes: 177

6. Fast Food Nation (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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64 Metascore

An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmer Valderrama

Votes: 22,773 | Gross: $1.00M

7. The Devil We Know (2018)

95 min | Documentary

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A group of citizens in West Virginia challenges a powerful corporation to be more environmentally responsible.

Directors: Stephanie Soechtig, Jeremy Seifert | Stars: Bucky Bailey, Melinda Bailey, Joe Kiger

Votes: 615

8. Fed Up (2014)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

7.7
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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: 11,041 | Gross: $1.54M

9. Panic in the Streets (1950)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance

Votes: 6,510

10. Miss Evers' Boys (1997 TV Movie)

PG | 118 min | Drama, War

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The true story of the U.S. Government's 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, in which a group of black test subjects were allowed to die, despite a cure having been developed.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Craig Sheffer, Joe Morton

Votes: 965

11. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)

Not Rated | 161 min | Documentary

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A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate, Richard Wilkinson

Votes: 17,036

12. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,056 | Gross: $0.21M

13. Medical Investigation (2004–2005)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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The cases of an elite government medical investigation unit specializing in public health emergencies, such as serious disease outbreaks.

Stars: Neal McDonough, Kelli Williams, Christopher Gorham, Anna Belknap

Votes: 927

14. The Plague (1992)

R | 148 min | Drama

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In the 1990s, a South American city is rocked by the imminent outbreak of a plague. While many attempt to flee the city, Dr. Bernard Rieux sends his sick wife away and does his best to care... See full summary »

Director: Luis Puenzo | Stars: William Hurt, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Marc Barr, Robert Duvall

Votes: 774

15. 75 (2017)

97 min | Crime, Drama

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A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.

Director: Joe Zappa | Stars: Tifani Ahren Davis, Kip Bennett, Marcus B. Jackson, Shannon Faith

Votes: 35

16. Atomic Homefront (2017)

TV-14 | 100 min | Documentary

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A terrifying look at the corruption that's destroying our nation and our planet. This should shake every American citizen. Citizens of an American city fight back against corruption and greed and try to save their own lives.

Director: Rebecca Cammisa | Stars: Dawn Chapman, Douglas Clemens, Robbin Ellison Dailey, Kay Drey

Votes: 350

17. Someone I Touched (1975 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

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A woman learns that her husband has been unfaithful and that he has acquired a venereal disease. Then she learns that, after years of trying, she is finally pregnant.

Director: Lou Antonio | Stars: Cloris Leachman, James Olson, Glynnis O'Connor, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 105

18. Garbage Dreams (2009)

79 min | Documentary

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67 Metascore

A look at the lives of Egyptian trash collectors.

Director: Mai Iskander

Votes: 139

19. Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special (2008 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

7.4
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National Geographic investigates the root causes and eventual effects of stress.

Director: John Heminway | Stars: Elizabeth Blackburn, Elissa Epel, Marcus Lovett, Michael Marmot

Votes: 214

20. One Man (1977)

PG | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

6.7
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A crusading TV reporter finds his life ripped apart as he investigates a story about a company's deadly criminal negligence.

Director: Robin Spry | Stars: Len Cariou, Jayne Eastwood, Carol Lazare, Barry Morse

Votes: 40

21. Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (2004 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

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Narrator Cori Brackett had a strange cause-and-effect experience with the diet cokes she was drinking and quickly found herself disabled and diagnosed with MS. Slowly able to walk and speak... See full summary »

Directors: Cori Brackett, J.T. Waldron | Star: Cori Brackett

Votes: 221

22. Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge (2005– )

Documentary

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Stars: James Flynn, Brad Pitt, Jacob Gaffney, Julia Joyce

Votes: 36

23. A World Without Water (2006 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

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Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. 'A World Without Water' tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatization of water supplies.

Director: Brian Woods

Votes: 47

24. The Sterilization of Leilani Muir (1996)

Documentary

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This film deals with one woman's attempt to sue the government of the Canadian province of Alberta for sterilizing her against her will because she was considered a "mental defective". In ... See full summary »

Director: Glynis Whiting | Stars: Thomas Peacocke, Judy Mahbey, Gord Marriott, Stephen Jay Gould

Votes: 12

25. Thirst for Justice (2019)

70 min | Documentary

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In the spring of 2015, residents from two separate communities enlist the help of scientists to prove their suspicions that their water had become dangerously contaminated. Now they are fighting back.

Director: Leana Hosea | Stars: Kern Collymore, Leana Hosea, Mary Lyons, Adam Murphy

26. The First Secret City (2015)

105 min | Documentary

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Before the creation of the secret cities of Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Hanford, the Manhattan Project hired the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works of St. Louis to refine the first uranium used in ... See full summary »

Directors: Alison Carrick, C.D. Stelzer | Stars: John Bell, Carolyn Bower, Conrad Bowers, Karl Brooks

Votes: 11

27. Unnatural Causes (2008– )

Documentary

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Stars: Llewellyn M. Smith, S. Leonard Syme, David Williams, Ana Diez-Roux

Votes: 24

28. The Raising of America (2015– )

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Stars: Llewellyn M. Smith, Vincent Coglianese, Robert Dugger, Marilyn Essex

29. Epidemic Africa (1999)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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A documentary short about the growing number of African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The film was screened at the United Nations Headquarters (NYC) for World Aids Day in ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Mulenga Kapwepwe, Bernadette Nakayima, Danny Siwila

30. An Enemy of the People (1990 TV Movie)

Drama

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When a scientist learns that his town's lucrative springs present a serious health threat, the community refuses to listen to him.

Director: Jack O'Brien | Stars: William Anton, Anne Gee Byrd, Dawn Didawick, Richard Easton

Votes: 37

31. The Specialists (1975 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama

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Inspectors for the U.S. Public Health Service try to track down the cause of a rash of mysterious ailments suddenly appearing among the general populace.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Robert Urich, Maureen Reagan, Jack Hogan, Jed Allan

Votes: 13

32. Pandemic: Facing AIDS (2003– )

113 min | Documentary

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Covers the key aspects of the world AIDS epidemic through powerful documentary stories about five victims and their communities, on five continents.

Stars: Danny Glover, Elton John

Votes: 49

33. The Last Cigarette (I) (1999)

82 min | Documentary

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In 1994, the Health and Environment Subcommittee of the US Congress, chaired by Henry Waxman (D-California), held a hearing on tobacco products and health. Excerpts from the hearing, where ... See full summary »

Directors: Frank Keraudren, Kevin Rafferty

Votes: 97 | Gross: $0.00M

34. Está Todo Bien (2018)

70 min | Documentary

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As the public health system collapses, a pharmacist, a trauma surgeon, a social activist, and two cancer patients confront the same questions as millions of other Venezuelans struggling to ... See full summary »

Director: Tuki Jencquel

Votes: 22

35. The Stud (1970)

90 min | Comedy

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In a small Mediterranean port, Lionel, a kind-hearted athlete, saves a young woman in dire straits who was about to kill herself. He is assisted by William Chaminade, a vet whose business ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Bourvil, Francis Blanche, Jacques Legras, René-Jean Chauffard

Votes: 123

36. Ecstasy: Lives Out of Balance (2012 Video)

25 min | Documentary, Short, Family

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A short documentary uniquely presented and targeted to teens and youth informing them of the risks associated with using the drug Ecstasy (MDMA.) This documentary film is factual not scary,... See full summary »

Director: Traci Hays | Stars: Paul Gabriel Rose, Daniel Craig, Leah Kolchinsky, Angela Dunford

37. A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms (2009)

91 min | Documentary

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This heart-stopping documentary exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to ... See full summary »

Director: Don McCorkell | Stars: Joanne Burkholder, Larry Cahoon, Parris N. Glendening, Michael Greger

Votes: 31

38. The End of the Road (1919)

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Childhood friends Mary Lee and Vera receive two different versions of the 'birds and the bees' from their mothers. Mary Lee gets the facts, while Vera gets a prudish fairytale version. ... See full summary »

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Richard Bennett, Claire Adams, Joyce Fair, Raymond McKee

39. So Much for So Little (1949)

10 min | Documentary, Short, Animation

6.1
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An illustration of the role public health agencies play in citizens' lives.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Frank Graham

Votes: 292

40. Different Moms (1999)

60 min | Documentary

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Each year, mothers with mental impairment give birth to an estimated 120,000 children. Approximately half of these children remain with the mother. "Different Moms" briefly documents the ... See full summary »

Directors: Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy | Stars: Juanita Ingraham, Margaret Main, Elaine Mayfield, Tim Mayfield

41. However Long

77 min | Documentary | Completed

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Director: Jenny Mackenzie

42. Health for the Americas: Cleanliness Brings Health (1945)

8 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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The comparison of two rural families to demonstrate the need for proper hygiene and the consequences of its neglect.

Director: James Algar

Votes: 115

43. The Subjection (2010)

87 min | Documentary

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Documentary in which director Stefan Jarl has a blood test performed on himself to show the "chemical burden" of trace chemicals in the blood of all people born since World War II.

Director: Stefan Jarl | Stars: Peter Andersson, Stefan Jarl, Eva Röse

Votes: 155

44. The Winged Scourge (1943)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

6.3
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The Seven Dwarves learn about the menace of mosquito borne malaria and the necessary precautions to control it.

Directors: Bill Justice, Bill Roberts | Star: Art Baker

Votes: 168

45. Tabac, retenez votre souffle! (2006 TV Movie)

92 min | Documentary

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The tobacco industry's conspiratorial efforts to market their products in the face of public health facts and public opposition.

Director: Nadia Collot | Star: Joe Eszterhas

Votes: 58

46. Fruits of Our Labour (2015)

45 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

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This "docudrama" is intended to educationally and artistically illuminate the issue of food and nutrition in three selected countries. In so doing it focuses urban settings.

Director: David Hallberg | Stars: Sebastian Hugo, Isabella Schoultz, Moa Björkroth, Fortesa Hoti

47. Wind Rush (2013 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Andrew Gregg

48. Talking with Angels (2004)

18 min | Short, Drama

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A young boy realizes the impact of trying to preserve the fictitious idea of what is normal.

Director: Yousaf Ali Khan | Stars: Tracy Kearney, Stephen Buckley, Reece Ryan, Sheridan Foster

Votes: 83

49. Misconceptions (1977)

17 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

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Director: Ron Saunders | Stars: James Belton, Lisa Gordon, Vivienne Graves, Cheryl Mansfield

50. San Fransicko (2019 Video)

Documentary

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Stars: Steven L. Anderson, Roger Jimenez



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