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Last updated April 16, 2021

Bill Cunningham New York Poster

Bill Cunningham New York

2010 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Living simply and using a bicycle to get around New York, 80-year-old photographer Bill Cunningham tirelessly records what people are wearing in the city -- both out on the sidewalk and in the salons of the wealthy.
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I Am Poster

I Am

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

In this contemplative documentary, filmmaker Tom Shadyac conducts in-depth interviews with prominent philosophers and spiritual leaders -- including Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- about what ails the world and how to improve it.
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Farmageddon

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Americans' right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action.
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Ken Burns: Baseball Poster

Ken Burns: Baseball

1994 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Award-winning documentarian Ken Burns takes a swing at a unique and much-loved aspect of life in the United States: baseball. Burns chronicles the sport's signature people, places and events as well as a deep-rooted relationship to American culture.
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David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials Poster

David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

World-renowned naturalist David Attenborough -- considered the father of the modern nature documentary -- headlines this collection of programs that explore the planet's most fascinating animals and most breathtaking landscapes. Attenborough travels around the world to get up-close footage of polar bears, leopards and other amazing creatures, and visits stunning locations such as the ice caves of Europe and South America's Angel Falls.
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Waiting for Lightning Poster

Waiting for Lightning

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Danny Way's passion for skateboarding would one day bring him and his creation, a ramp of dangerous proportions, to the height of fame. This documentary captures pro skater Way as he attempts to jump the Great Wall of China.
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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Poster

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Venerated documentarian Werner Herzog teams with director Dmitry Vasyukov for this observant look at life along the River Yenisei in northern Russia, where the industrious inhabitants of a rural village truly live off the land.
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Zeitgeist: Moving Forward Poster

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This compelling documentary examines the current state of the global socioeconomic monetary paradigm and concludes that we need to transition to a new resource-based economy for our continued human and social survival.
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Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts Poster

Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This documentary follows Audi's emotional triumph at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race. After two Audi R18 TDI are knocked out via spectacular accidents, the remaining Audi fights a dramatic battle to the finish with Peugeot.
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God of Wonders

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Led by a selection of Christian authors, ministers and biblical scholars, this documentary makes a compelling argument for the theory that the universe is the creation of an intelligent being. With contributions from theologian John Whitcomb, Berean Call ministry founder Dave Hunt and others, the program examines many aspects of the physical world, from the complex structure of DNA to the formation of water molecules, that point to a divine plan.
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The New and Improved DX

2007 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Triple H and Shawn Michaels created the WWE's popular faction D-Generation X, also known as DX. This program follows DX from its formation to the wild skits, promos and wrestling matches as members wreak havoc on "RAW" and Mr. McMahon's WWE.
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Crime After Crime

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Convicted of killing her brutally abusive boyfriend in 1983, Deborah Peagler languished in prison for 20 years. When California legislation allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases becomes law, a pair of novice attorneys agree to take on her case. Armed with evidence of their client's innocence, the two encounter a bewildering maze of bureaucratic procedures and political corruption as they seek justice.
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Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea Poster

Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

2009 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

The award-winning documentarian turns his insight and cameras to the history and breathtaking splendor of America's national parks. The words of early naturalists and modern advocates accompany panoramas of Yosemite, Glacier, Redwood and other parks.
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Shelter Me Poster

Shelter Me

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Aiming to boost the adoption of shelter pets, this uplifting documentary focuses on the success stories, including dogs trained as service animals for the disabled and others who are helping returning war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials Poster

David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Naturalist David Attenborough travels around the world to get up-close footage of polar bears, leopards and other amazing creatures, visiting stunning locations like the ice caves of Europe and South America's Angel Falls.
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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Poster

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path -- including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables -- that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.
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Food Matters

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better.
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Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes Poster

Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This documentary chronicles glass pipe-making from the origins of the "color-changing" pipe to the radical emerging art movement it has become. Pioneering new glass-working techniques, pipe makers have created a whole new genre of American folk art.
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Ken Burns: Baseball Poster

Ken Burns: Baseball

1994 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Documentarian Ken Burns takes a swing at baseball, chronicling the sport's signature people, places and events and its deep-rooted relationship to American culture. The pastime's history unfolds over nostalgic, informative "innings."
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Buck Poster

Buck

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Buck Brannaman, inspiration for "The Horse Whisperer," is revealed as a complex figure in this Sundance Audience Award winner for Best Documentary by Cindy Meehl. The master horseman reveals details of his troubled childhood and his dawning awareness of new ways that humans and horses might work with one another. As Buck learns more about horses, he finds that the ways we communicate with our animal companions offer lessons on how we relate to fellow human beings.
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Ken Burns: Prohibition Poster

Ken Burns: Prohibition

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father Poster

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby's grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew's loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son.
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Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive Poster

Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Usain St. Leo Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who's widely regarded as the fastest man in the world and became a legend at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea Poster

Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea

2009 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Narrated by actor Peter Coyote, this Emmy-winning miniseries chronicles the history of America's national parks system, recounting how visionary conservationists such as John Muir fought to preserve nature for all people.
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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Poster

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Beloved by millions of children, Elmo is a global icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary follows Clash's remarkable career as a puppeteer.
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