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Jackass: The Movie (2002)

Jackass: The Movie (2002)

Jackass: The Movie (2002)
IMDb: 6.6
87 min

Johnny Knoxville and his crazy friends appear on the big screen for the very first time in Jackass: The Movie. They wander around Japan in panda outfits, wreak havoc on...

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Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
IMDb: 8.0
141 min

With commentary from Hollywood stars, outtakes from his movies and footage from his youth, this documentary looks at Stanley Kubrick’s life and films. Director Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s brother-in-law and sometime...

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Genre: Documentary
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
IMDb: 7.7
90 min

This award-winning, thrilling story is about a group of discarded kids who revolutionized skateboarding and shaped the attitude and culture of modern day extreme sports. Featuring old skool skating footage,...

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Genre: Documentary
American Movie (1999)

American Movie (1999)

American Movie (1999)
IMDb: 7.9
107 min

American Movie is the story of filmmaker Mark Borchardt, his mission, and his dream. Spanning over two years of intense struggle with his film, his family, financial decline, and spiritual...

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Genre: Documentary
Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
IMDb: 7.7
105 min

In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native...

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Beyond the Mat (1999)

Beyond the Mat (1999)

Beyond the Mat (1999)
IMDb: 7.6
102 min

Beyond the Mat is a 1999 professional wrestling documentary, directed by Barry W. Blaustein. The movie focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley,...

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Genre: Documentary
The Big One (1997)

The Big One (1997)

The Big One (1997)
IMDb: 7.0
91 min

The Big One is an investigative documentary from director Michael Moore who goes around the country asking why big American corporations produce their product abroad where labor is cheaper while...

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Genre: Documentary
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
IMDb: 8.3
150 min

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

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When We Were Kings (1996)

When We Were Kings (1996)

When We Were Kings (1996)
IMDb: 8.0
89 min

It’s 1974. Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Foreman is ten years younger and the heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don...

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Genre: Documentary
Looking for Richard (1996)

Looking for Richard (1996)

Looking for Richard (1996)
IMDb: 7.3
112 min

Al Pacino’s deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare’s significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of “Richard III.”

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Genre: Documentary
Hoop Dreams (1994)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Hoop Dreams (1994)
IMDb: 8.3
174 min

Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban...

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Genre: Documentary
Crumb (1994)

Crumb (1994)

Crumb (1994)
IMDb: 8.0
119 min

This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin’, Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in...

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Genre: Documentary
Baraka (1992)

Baraka (1992)

Baraka (1992)
IMDb: 8.6
98 min

A paralysingly beautiful documentary with a global vision—an odyssey through landscape and time—that attempts to capture the essence of life.

Genre: Documentary
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)
IMDb: 8.1
96 min

A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors’ health, war near the filming locations, and more — which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and...

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Genre: Documentary
Paris Is Burning (1991)

Paris Is Burning (1991)

Paris Is Burning (1991)
IMDb: 8.2
71 min

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American...

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Genre: Documentary
Roger & Me (1989)

Roger & Me (1989)

Roger & Me (1989)
IMDb: 7.4
91 min

A documentary about the closure of General Motors’ plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an...

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The Thin Blue Line (1988)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)
IMDb: 8.0
103 min

Errol Morris’s unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer’s murder in Dallas.

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Stop Making Sense (1984)

Stop Making Sense (1984)

Stop Making Sense (1984)
IMDb: 8.6
88 min

A concert film documenting Talking Heads at the height of their popularity, on tour for their 1983 album “Speaking in Tongues.” The band takes the stage one by one and...

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Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
IMDb: 8.3
86 min

Takes us to locations all around the US and shows us the heavy toll that modern technology is having on humans and the earth. The visual tone poem contains neither...

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Genre: Documentary
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980)

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980)

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980)
IMDb: 9.3
60 min

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced by...

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Genre: Documentary
The Last Waltz (1978)

The Last Waltz (1978)

The Last Waltz (1978)
IMDb: 8.2
117 min

Martin Scorsese’s documentary intertwines footage from “The Band’s” incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and other rock...

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Top Gear (1978)

Top Gear (1978)

Top Gear (1978)
IMDb: 8.3
30 min

Motoring programme featuring reviews of and reports about cars of all types.

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Genre: Documentary
Pumping Iron (1977)

Pumping Iron (1977)

Pumping Iron (1977)
IMDb: 7.4
86 min

Pumping Iron is a 1977 documentary film about the run-up to the 1975 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition. The film focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger and his competitors, Lou Ferrigno and Franco...

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Genre: Documentary
Grey Gardens (1976)

Grey Gardens (1976)

Grey Gardens (1976)
IMDb: 7.6
95 min

Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate. The women reveal themselves to be...

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Genre: Documentary