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1. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.5
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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: 124,012 | Gross: $119.19M

2. Cartel Land (2015)

R | 100 min | Documentary, News

7.4
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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: 17,205 | Gross: $0.70M

3. The Girl Next Door (1999)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

6.0
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69 Metascore

A documentary about the rise to fame of adult movie star Stacy Valentine. Starting out as an under-confident woman pushed into entering a Hustler Magazine contest by her domineering husband... See full summary »

Director: Christine Fugate | Stars: Stacy Valentine, Jack Gallagher, Russell Hampshire, Veronica Hart

Votes: 780 | Gross: $0.51M

4. The Leather Boys (1964)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell, Dudley Sutton, Gladys Henson

Votes: 601

5. American Dream (1990)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

7.9
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Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »

Directors: Barbara Kopple, Cathy Caplan, Thomas Haneke, Lawrence Silk | Stars: Jesse Jackson, Juan Munoz, Ray Rogers

Votes: 694 | Gross: $0.27M

6. The Swedish Theory of Love (2015)

90 min | Documentary

6.6
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Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a role model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish... See full summary »

Director: Erik Gandini | Stars: Erik Gandini, Lars Trägårdh, Marie Helena Fjällås, Marta Corradi

Votes: 1,338

7. Objectified (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.1
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A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Andrew Blauvelt, Erwan Bouroullec

Votes: 3,315 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Pervert Park (2014)

77 min | Documentary, Crime

7.0
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80 Metascore

Pervert Park follows the everyday lives of the sex offenders in the park as they struggle to reintegrate into society.

Directors: Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors | Stars: William J. Fuery Jr., Tracy Hutchinson, James Broderick, James Turner

Votes: 1,172

9. Whore 2 (1994)

R | 85 min | Drama

4.4
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Jack sets himself up in the Hotel St James to work on his book on prostitution in New York. Along the way he meets and grows fond of Mary Lou.

Director: Amos Kollek | Stars: Nancy McPherson, Pat 'Delightful' Kelly, Sylvia Hill, Mari Nelson

Votes: 215

10. Of Time and the City (2008)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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81 Metascore

A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England.

Director: Terence Davies | Star: Terence Davies

Votes: 1,793 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Louis and the Nazis (2003 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary

7.7
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Louis Theroux travels to California to meet the man dubbed "the most dangerous racist in America"; Tom Metzger, his family and his publicity manager. Louis also meets 'Prussian Blue' an American white-nationalist preteen musical sibling duo.

Director: Stuart Cabb | Stars: Louis Theroux, April Gaede, Bill Gaede, Lamb Gaede

Votes: 1,743

12. Dreamcatcher (I) (2015)

TV-MA | 104 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.0
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86 Metascore

Takes us into a hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell.

Director: Kim Longinotto | Stars: Brenda Myers-Powell, T.T., Keena, Temeka

Votes: 403

13. Sex: My British Job (2013)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

6.1
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Nick Broomfield met Hsiao Hung Pai, a journalist who was working for the Guardian, when making his feature film 'Ghosts' (about the Morecambe Bay Chinese Cockle Pickers ). As an experiment ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Nick Broomfield, Hsiao-Hung Pai

Votes: 397

14. Checosamanca (2006)

98 min | Documentary

5.4
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From a Calabrian river to a night in Catania where stray dogs roam the city aimlessly: between these two extremes "full of emptiness" is built Checosamanca , a collective work, born with ... See full summary »

Directors: Chiara Bellosi, Marco Berrini, Enrico Cerasuolo, Francesco Cressati, Andrea D'Ambrosio, Sergio Fergnachino, Martina Parenti, Alice Rohrwacher, Andrea Segre, Nicola Zucchi | Stars: Clelia, Consiglia, Daniele, Donato

Votes: 9

15. A Call to Arms (2009)

85 min | Documentary, History, War

6.6
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The eyewitness story of the illegal U.S. and U.K. military anthrax vaccination programs, which is recommended by Montel Williams as the Must-See Documentary of the Year. Because of the ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Miller | Stars: Michael Douglas, Linda Hamilton, Scott Miller, Melissa Mosich Miller

Votes: 45

16. Sex Galore (1971)

83 min | Documentary

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The aftermath of the summer of pornography 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Live-show-clubs close down. Young Christians protest against the lack of morals.

Director: Nils Vest | Stars: Bodil Joensen, Jens Theander, Peter Theander

17. Forbidden Lie$ (2007)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Drama

7.8
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85 Metascore

A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.

Director: Anna Broinowski | Stars: Norma Khouri, Malcolm Knox, Rana Husseini, Caroline Overington

Votes: 570

18. Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2005)

88 min | Documentary

8.8
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"Homeland" tells the stories of five remarkable Native American activists in four communities who are fighting these "new Indian Wars" - each in his own way passionately dedicated to ... See full summary »

Director: Roberta Grossman | Stars: Mitchell Capitan, Rita Capitan, Barry Dana, Evon Peter

Votes: 26

19. LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary

7.7
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78 Metascore

This documentary follows a Mississippi Delta school district and a single Delta family as they struggle against the crippling effects of poverty in the wake of more than one hundred years of slavery.

Directors: Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke, Albert Maysles | Stars: LaLee Wallace, Reggie Barnes

Votes: 210

20. Tehran Has No More Pomegrenates! (2007)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Comedy, Musical

7.4
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This is the story of Tehran from the Qajar time (middle of 19th century) to today. Tehran has become a metropolis from a small village, now a developed city with many social problems.

Director: Massoud Bakhshi | Stars: Ain Al-Daula, Massoud Bakhshi, Winston Churchill, Forugh Farrokhzad

Votes: 296

21. Out in the Silence (2009)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

6.1
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The announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small hometown and a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school.

Directors: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson | Stars: C.J. Bills, Diane Granley, Linda Henderson, Roxanne Hitchcock

Votes: 467

22. The New Americans (2003)

Not Rated | 411 min | Documentary

8.2
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The New Americans follows a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.

Directors: Susana Aikin, Carlos Aparicio, Jerry Blumenthal, Steve James, Indu Krishnan, Gordon Quinn, Renee Tajima-Pena

Votes: 8

23. Dogging Tales (2013 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Leo Maguire

Votes: 26

24. Standing Tall (2004 Video)

50 min | Documentary

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Renato is 27 years old and is severely disabled. Standing only 2'6" with leg and spinal deformaties one would think he would lead an inactive life. But this man works 6 days a week selling ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Jacob

25. Growing Up in America (1988)

90 min | Documentary, History

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Documentary on 1960s radicals in the U.S.A.

Director: Morley Markson | Stars: Don Cox, Allen Ginsberg, Fred Hampton Jr., Fred Hampton

Votes: 42

26. Britain on Film (2012–2013)

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Star: Sidney James

Votes: 12

27. Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer (2010)

PG | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

9.2
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This feature length documentary, Mzungu, is our story about personal change, sacrifice, adventure, and ultimately the power of love and community. You will embark on a journey into the ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Gilbert | Stars: Shane Gilbert, Daniel Adams, Eric Byington, Scott Byington

Votes: 9

28. Libby, Montana (2004)

Not Rated | 124 min | Documentary, History

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Nestled below the rugged peaks of the Northern Rockies and along the crystal-clear Kootenai River lies the small logging town of Libby, Montana - an ironic setting for a town where many ... See full summary »

Directors: Drury Gunn Carr, Doug Hawes-Davis

Votes: 53

29. Shangku Shelter (2018)

54 min | Documentary

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Zanskar is a remote kingdom in the northwest Indian Himalaya, where local people are snow-bound for six months of the year. About 10,000 Zanskaris live in the isolated valley. In winter, ... See full summary »

Directors: Vera Neverkevich Hill, Yana Kehrlein, Ben Stephenson | Stars: Urgain Dorjay, Ben Stephenson, Amin Zanskari

30. Uprising (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Action, History

7.2
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73 Metascore

The inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall of... See full summary »

Director: Fredrik Stanton | Stars: Rasha Abdulla, Lisa Anderson, Shaima El-Elaimy, Mohamad El-Gebba

Votes: 59

31. 68 (2008 TV Movie)

110 min | Documentary, History, War

7.9
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From Washington to Saigon, Rome to Mexico, Paris to London, a wave of demonstrations shakes the world. 68 travels back in time to war torn Vietnam, freed and occupied Prague, Paris demonstrating, revolution in the Americas.

Director: Patrick Rotman | Stars: Edouard Balladur, The Beatles, Claude Berri, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 60

32. It's Still Elementary (2007 Video)

48 min | Documentary

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This moving story and political drama revisits the students and teachers from the original groundbreaking film, It's Elementary, and discovers the profound impact of using film as a tool for social change.

Directors: Debra Chasnoff, Johnny Symons

Votes: 17

33. We Did It on a Song (2014)

82 min | Documentary

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Director: David André | Stars: Gaëlle Bridoux, Caroline Brimeux, Nicolas Dourdin, Alice Dutertre

Votes: 77

34. Gypsy Blood: The Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian IDPs of Mitrovica, Kosovo (2005)

15 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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In July 2000, WHO (the World Health Organization) urgently appealed to the UN administration in Kosovo to close their three Roma (Gypsy) IDP (internally displaced peoples) camps in the ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lanctot | Stars: Ashima Avdi, Seljimoni Avdi, Bekim Dubovic, Ilija Elezovich

Votes: 9

35. 5 Sides of a Coin (2003)

TV-PG | 70 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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"5 Sides of a Coin" is a comprehensive overview of the worldwide cultural movement of Hip-Hop.

Director: Paul Kell | Stars: A-Trak, Afrika Bambaataa, The Beat Junkies, The Beatnuts

Votes: 86

36. Tumaranké (2018)

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A participatory film realized through a one year visual storytelling workshop, dedicated to minor migrants based in Siracusa. The film is entirely made by the videos shot by the young participants using with their own smartphone.

37. Enquête au Paradis (2017)

135 min | Documentary

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This documentary interweaves in-person interviews with a dramatized road trip as a pair of journalists travel throughout Algeria asking their fellow citizens about the meaning of paradise that promises men 72 virgins after death.

Director: Merzak Allouache | Star: Salima Abada

Votes: 62

38. Bad Girl (2001 TV Movie)

53 min | Documentary

6.3
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A documentary about the evolution of female involvement in porn.

Director: Marielle Nitoslawska | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Veronica Hart, Nina Hartley, Christi Lake

Votes: 18

39. Ultramegalopolis (1995)

155 min | Documentary

7.7
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A two and a half hour Hell-Ride through the vast continuously urban sprawl known as Los Angeles. Explore the War-Zone from within it's riot-torn, graffiti-covered walls. Listen in horror to... See full summary »

Director: Larry Wessel

Votes: 6

40. Herbe (2009)

76 min | Documentary

6.0
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Directors: Matthieu Levain, Olivier Porte

Votes: 8

41. Libre te quiero (2012)

60 min | Documentary

7.1
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Filmed in 2011, the documentary begins with images of the arrival of 15M's demonstrators to Puerta del Sol, continues with the establishment of the camp, where they initiate multiple ... See full summary »

Director: Basilio Martín Patino

Votes: 23

42. Reggio Calabria (1972)

90 min | Documentary

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Director: Gian Maria Volontè

43. Crying Earth Rise Up (2015)

57 min | Documentary, News

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Crying Earth Rise Up is a compelling story of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on the water, land and people of the Great Plains.

Director: Suree Towfighnia | Stars: Debra White Plume, Tantoo Cardinal, Bruce Ellison, Alex White Plume

44. La tenda in piazza (1972)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Gian Maria Volontè | Stars: Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Luchino Visconti, Gian Maria Volontè

45. Comme tout le monde (2017)

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Kenny, Loubna and Mickaël are friends and young homeless. During three years they have been confiding in us their daily life and their journey between hope and discouragement in the streets of Paris.

Directors: Philippe Dinh, Patrick Muller

46. Arid Lands (2007)

102 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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Documentary about the land and people of the Columbia Basin and the Hanford Nuclear site in southeastern Washington state.

Directors: Grant Aaker, Josh Wallaert

Votes: 16

47. Istanbul - Meeting Of Souls (2010)

95 min | Documentary

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Istanbul - Meeting Of Souls is a 95 minutes documentary film telling the story from the Asian to the European side of the metropole. The spectator gets in touch with different people of the... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hehl

48. Our Story Our Voice (2007)

77 min | Documentary

7.8
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Our story our voice engages the diverse voices of the dis-empowered in a multi-cultural world that has no multi-culture voice. Beyond the mainstream media and politics of newspapers Our ... See full summary »

Director: Owen Alik Shahadah | Stars: Hakim Adi, Sunara Begum, Ishmahil Blagrove, David Gustave Dawood

Votes: 32

49. Apollon: An Unoccupied Factory (1969)

76 min | Documentary

6.8
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Director: Ugo Gregoretti | Star: Gian Maria Volontè

Votes: 8

50. Crossroad (2008)

54 min | Documentary

7.2
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Different forms of seeing the world. The boundaries formed between social and cultural differences. Religion, politics and behavior on the day to day basis through the eyes of political analysts and chosen individuals.

Director: Guilherme Castro | Stars: Guy Sorman, Jorge Castañeda, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Patrick Dixon

Votes: 30



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