Documentary Movies
Tim’s Vermeer

Tim’s Vermeer

Tim’s Vermeer
IMDb: 7.8
80 min

Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years…

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Genre: Documentary
Visitors

Visitors

Visitors
IMDb: 6.2
87 min

From the director of KOYAANISQATSI, an astonishing film that documents the drama of how we both live and witness what we experience. Shot in rich black and white Godfrey Reggio’s…

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
IMDb: 7.5
81 min

Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains in the spotlight at eighty-seven years old. Join the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner both on and off stage in this revealing documentary. With interviews…

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Genre: Documentary
Mistaken for Strangers

Mistaken for Strangers

Mistaken for Strangers
IMDb: 7.3
75 min

Mistaken for Strangers follows The National on its biggest tour to date. Newbie roadie Tom (lead singer Matt Berninger’s younger brother) is a heavy metal and horror movie enthusiast, and…

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Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier
IMDb: 7.7
83 min

Vivian Maier’s photos were seemingly destined for obscurity, lost among the clutter of the countless objects she’d collected throughout her life. Instead these images have shaken the world of street…

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Genre: Documentary
Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jodorowsky’s Dune
IMDb: 8.1
90 min

Shot in France, England, Switzerland and the United States, this documentary covers director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre) and his 1974 Quixotic attempt to adapt the seminal…

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Genre: Documentary
For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason
IMDb: 7.0
89 min

For No Good Reason a film about Ralph Steadman. Johnny Depp guides the visually stunning journey, smashing narrative conventions, moving seamlessly from interview to animation and in the finest Gonzo…

The Final Member

The Final Member

The Final Member
IMDb: 6.5
75 min

Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum – the world’s only Penis museum. Over 40 years, the founder and…

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Genre: Documentary
Bears

Bears

Bears
IMDb: 7.4
78 min

Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey chronicle a year in the lives of an Alaskan brown bear named Sky and her cubs, Scout and Amber. Their saga begins as the…

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Genre: Documentary
Dancing in Jaffa

Dancing in Jaffa

Dancing in Jaffa
IMDb: 6.6
90 min

Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, is starting to fulfill his life long dream – to take his program Dancing Classrooms to Jaffa, where he was born. He is…

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Genre: Documentary
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
IMDb: 7.0
39 min

The incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. Through footage captured with IMAX 3D, audiences go on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Join trailblazing…

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Genre: Documentary
The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known
IMDb: 7.1
103 min

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq…

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Genre: Documentary
Korengal

Korengal

Korengal
IMDb: 6.8
84 min

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.

Genre: Documentary, War
Fed Up

Fed Up

Fed Up
IMDb: 7.7
92 min

Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to…

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Genre: Documentary
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
IMDb: 8.0
105 min

Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with…

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Genre: Documentary
Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger
IMDb: 6.8
107 min

A documentary that captures the sensational trial of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, using the legal proceedings as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of…

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
IMDb: 7.4
85 min

Supermensch documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis…

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Genre: Documentary
Alive Inside

Alive Inside

Alive Inside
IMDb: 8.2
78 min

Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia—many of them alone in nursing homes. A man with a simple idea discovers that songs embedded deep in memory can ease…

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Genre: Documentary
America: Imagine the World Without Her

America: Imagine the World Without Her

America: Imagine the World Without Her
IMDb: 5.4
105 min

Political commentator, author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza puts forth the notion that America’s history is being replaced by another version in which plunder and exploitation are the defining characteristics. D’Souza…

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Genre: Documentary
To Be Takei

To Be Takei

To Be Takei
IMDb: 6.9
94 min

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei journeyed from a World War II internment camp to the helm of the Starship Enterprise, and then to the daily news feeds…

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Genre: Documentary
Deepsea Challenge

Deepsea Challenge

Deepsea Challenge
IMDb: 6.8
91 min

Described as being a film about determination, danger and the ocean’s greatest depths, James Cameron’s “Deepsea Challenge 3D” tells the story of Cameron’s journey to fulfill his boyhood dream of…

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Genre: Documentary
The Dog

The Dog

The Dog
IMDb: 6.6
101 min

In 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation. The story was the basis for the film Dog Day Afternoon. The Dog…

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Genre: Documentary
Advanced Style

Advanced Style

Advanced Style
IMDb: 7.3
72 min

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog…

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Genre: Documentary
Pump

Pump

Pump
IMDb: 7.7
88 min

A documentary about the history of American dependence on oil.

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Genre: Documentary
Keep On Keepin’ On

Keep On Keepin’ On

Keep On Keepin’ On
IMDb: 7.8
84 min

Eighty-nine year old trumpeting legend Clark Terry has mentored jazz wonders like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but Terry’s most unlikely friendship is with Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano…

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Genre: Documentary
20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth
IMDb: 7.5
97 min

A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave’s persona.

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I Am Eleven

I Am Eleven

I Am Eleven
IMDb: 6.3
98 min

A globe-spanning portrait of humanity at a crucial age – no longer children, not quite adults, preparing to inherit a world changing as quickly and dramatically as they are. This…

Genre: Documentary
The Green Prince

The Green Prince

The Green Prince
IMDb: 7.2
101 min

This real-life thriller tells the story of one of Israel’s prized intelligence sources, recruited to spy on his own people for more than a decade. Focusing on the complex relationship…

God the Father

God the Father

God the Father
IMDb: 6.1
101 min

Michael Franzese, the son of a Colombo crime family under boss, recounts his spiritual transformation.

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Genre: Documentary
Magical Universe

Magical Universe

Magical Universe
IMDb: 7.2
80 min

A documentarian strikes up an odd friendship with reclusive 80 year old outsider artist Al Carbee, whose strange Barbie-doll photography gains acclaim and interest over the course of the project’s…

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Genre: Documentary
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show
IMDb: 6.7
90 min

“Showrunners” is the first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These are the people responsible…

Genre: Documentary
The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible
IMDb: 6.5
92 min

Penetrating the oil industry’s secretive world, The Great Invisible examines the Deepwater Horizon disaster through the eyes of oil executives, explosion survivors and Gulf Coast residents who were left to…

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Genre: Documentary
Citizenfour

Citizenfour

Citizenfour
IMDb: 8.0
114 min

In June 2013, Laura Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her.

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Genre: Documentary
Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky
IMDb: 7.2
120 min

Five interwoven stories of remarkable courage from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Darfur to Syria, and from apathy to action.

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Genre: Documentary
The Overnighters

The Overnighters

The Overnighters
IMDb: 7.4
102 min

Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor’s decision to help them has extraordinary and unexpected consequences.

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I Am Ali

I Am Ali

I Am Ali
IMDb: 7.2
111 min

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali’s personal archive of “audio journals” as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend’s…

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Genre: Documentary
Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Antarctica: A Year on Ice
IMDb: 7.6
91 min

Filling the giant screen with stunning time-lapse vistas of Antarctica, and detailing year-round life at McMurdo and Scott Base, Anthony Powell’s documentary is a potent hymn to the icy continent…

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Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical
IMDb: 6.3
81 min

Amid the nation’s ongoing debate over health care reform, this bracing new documentary examines the everyday realities of Americans who lack access to affordable medical treatment. Filmed during three days…

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Genre: Documentary
Happy Valley

Happy Valley

Happy Valley
IMDb: 7.1
98 min

The children of “Happy Valley” were victimized for years, by a key member of the legendary Penn State college football program. But were Jerry Sandusky’s crimes an open secret? With…

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Genre: Documentary
National Gallery

National Gallery

National Gallery
IMDb: 7.3
180 min

A portrait of the day-to-day operations of the National Gallery of London, that reveals the role of the employees and the experiences of the Gallery’s visitors. The film portrays the…

Genre: Documentary