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DOCUMENTARY
1982-Present
NOTE: Documentary as sub-genre of Non-Fiction.
Large format (ex. Everest), concert (music, ex. Woodstock, and comedy, ex. Raw) , compilation (ex. That's Entertainment) and reality TV movies (ex. Jackass) omitted.

Rows: #1-100, #101-200, #201-300, #301-400, #401-419
RankTitle (click to view)StudioLifetime Gross / TheatersOpening / TheatersDate
1 Fahrenheit 9/11 Lions $119,194,771 2,011 $23,920,637 868 6/23/04
2 March of the Penguins WIP $77,437,223 2,506 $137,492 4 6/24/05
3 An Inconvenient Truth ParC $24,146,161 587 $281,330 4 5/24/06
4 Bowling for Columbine UA $21,576,018 248 $209,148 8 10/11/02
5 Madonna: Truth or Dare Mira. $15,012,935 652 $543,250 51 5/10/91
6 Winged Migration SPC $11,689,053 202 $33,128 1 4/18/03
7 Super Size Me IDP $11,536,423 230 $516,641 41 5/7/04
8 Mad Hot Ballroom ParC $8,117,961 202 $45,348 2 5/13/05
9 Hoop Dreams FL $7,830,611 262 $18,396 3 10/14/94
10 Tupac: Resurrection Par. $7,718,961 804 $4,632,847 801 11/14/03
11 Roger and Me WB $6,706,368 265 $80,253 4 12/22/89
12 The Aristocrats Think $6,377,461 234 $243,796 4 7/29/05
13 Spellbound Think $5,728,581 117 $17,508 1 4/30/03
14 Touching the Void IFC $4,593,598 137 $96,973 5 1/23/04
15 The Fog of War SPC $4,198,566 261 $41,449 3 12/19/03
16 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Magn. $4,071,700 151 $76,639 3 4/22/05
17 Paris is Burning Mira. $3,779,620 91 $310,127 23 8/9/91
18 Imagine: John Lennon WB $3,753,977 561 $1,412,213 561 10/7/88
19 Step Into Liquid Art. $3,681,803 91 $135,985 5 8/8/03
20 Born Into Brothels Think $3,515,061 127 $14,605 1 12/8/04
21 The Corporation Zeit. $3,493,516 28 $28,671 2 6/4/04
22 Rize Lions $3,336,391 352 $1,574,787 352 6/24/05
23 Grizzly Man Lions $3,178,403 105 $269,131 29 8/12/05
24 Wordplay IFC $3,121,270 154 $32,847 2 6/16/06
25 Capturing the Friedmans Magn. $3,119,113 78 $65,154 3 5/30/03
26 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Shad. $3,058,527 67 $36,731 5 2/9/05
27 Crumb Sony $3,041,083 56 $19,859 1 4/21/95
28 Unzipped Mira. $2,875,086 119 $71,275 2 8/4/95
29 When We Were Kings Gram. $2,789,985 92 $12,479 2 10/25/96
30 Comedian Mira. $2,751,988 244 $60,224 4 10/11/02
31 My Architect NYer $2,750,707 39 $37,929 2 11/12/03
32 Freeriders WM $2,750,064 30 $264,548 11 10/20/98
33 Control Room Magn. $2,589,616 74 $27,125 1 5/21/04
34 The Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure Cow. $2,453,083 40 $18,931 3 10/5/01
35 Snowriders 2 WM $2,287,639 - n/a - 10/15/97
36 A Brief History of Time Trit $2,279,692 45 $84,025 5 8/21/92
37 Riding Giants SPC $2,276,368 64 $134,400 26 7/9/04
38 Rivers and Tides Roxie $2,200,276 15 $12,256 1 6/26/02
39 The Endless Summer II NL $2,155,385 302 $657,292 302 6/3/94
40 Snowriders WM $2,068,490 - n/a - 10/16/96
41 Beyond the Mat Lions $2,053,648 298 $9,532 1 10/22/99
42 Endless Winter WM $1,966,454 - n/a - 10/20/95
43 Vertical Reality WM $1,951,429 - n/a - 10/19/94
44 The Story of the Weeping Camel Think $1,763,052 55 $21,767 2 6/4/04
45 Koyaanisqatsi IsAl $1,723,872 - n/a - 4/27/83
46 Life & Times of Hank Greenberg Cow. $1,712,385 31 $21,675 1 1/12/00
47 Who Killed the Electric Car? SPC $1,678,874 74 $45,138 8 6/28/06
48 Black Diamond Rush WM $1,634,386 47 $161,115 11 10/12/93
49 Rhyme & Reason Mira. $1,608,277 280 $853,589 280 3/7/97
50 Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh Roxie $1,577,480 16 $4,632 1 8/19/88
51 Murderball Think $1,531,154 97 $57,286 8 7/8/05
52 Why We Fight SPC $1,439,972 64 $53,571 6 1/20/06
53 The Kid Stays in the Picture Focus $1,439,232 56 $89,087 4 7/26/02
54 Microcosmos Mira. $1,433,210 43 $35,189 2 10/9/96
55 Looking for Richard FoxS $1,408,575 81 $33,843 2 10/11/96
56 The Celluloid Closet SPC $1,400,591 38 $95,047 9 3/15/96
57 Hearts of Darkness Trit $1,318,449 28 $42,992 4 11/27/91
58 Anne Frank Remembered SPC $1,310,200 31 $26,697 4 2/23/96
59 Brother's Keeper CThnk $1,305,915 15 $10,758 1 9/9/92
60 Dogtown and Z-Boys SPC $1,300,682 70 $103,355 20 4/26/02
61 Startup.com Art. $1,283,356 35 $16,118 1 5/11/01
62 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster IFC $1,222,708 147 $46,359 3 7/9/04
63 Shut Up and Sing Wein. $1,215,045 84 $50,103 4 10/27/06
64 The Thin Blue Line Mira. $1,209,846 23 $17,814 1 8/26/88
65 Festival Express Think $1,174,079 43 $12,074 1 7/23/04
66 American Movie SPC $1,165,795 29 $20,260 2 11/5/99
67 Paper Clips Slow $1,121,744 43 $25,535 5 11/24/04
68 The U.S. Vs. John Lennon LGF $1,109,146 65 $69,143 6 9/15/06
69 Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man LGF $1,044,254 55 $17,130 1 6/21/06
70 The Eyes of Tammy Faye Lions $1,029,591 51 $46,111 9 7/21/00
71 35 Up Gold. $922,872 21 $13,690 1 1/15/92
72 The War Room Oct. $901,668 21 $15,264 1 11/3/93
73 Jesus Camp Magn. $894,404 52 $17,659 13 9/15/06
74 Fast, Cheap and Out of Control SPC $878,960 40 $23,665 2 10/3/97
75 Marlene Aliv $852,676 6 $14,490 1 11/7/86
76 Ballets Russes Zeit. $815,848 21 $12,230 1 10/26/05
77 Visions of Light Kino $799,856 13 $27,761 2 2/24/93
78 Trembling Before G-d NYer $788,896 8 $21,410 1 10/24/01
79 To Be and to Have NYer $777,129 14 $20,528 3 9/19/03
80 Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones WB $776,699 111 $99,740 26 10/5/90
81 The Girl Next Door (2000) Indic. $771,712 5 $25,807 5 4/14/00
82 For All Mankind Apol. $770,132 9 $33,777 6 11/1/89
83 First Descent Uni. $750,805 243 $438,615 243 12/2/05
84 Lost in La Mancha IFC $732,393 24 $63,303 8 1/31/03
85 The Big One Mira. $720,074 53 $146,909 33 4/10/98
86 Inside Deep Throat Uni. $691,880 27 $88,709 12 2/11/05
87 Wigstock: The Movie Gold. $686,152 30 $35,563 3 6/9/95
88 Kurt and Courtney Roxie $668,228 12 $16,835 1 2/27/98
89 Dust to Glory IFC $640,013 80 $15,757 2 4/1/05
90 Pumping Iron 2: The Women Cinc $628,050 - n/a - 5/3/85
91 Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry Think $614,138 163 $279,219 163 10/1/04
92 The Filth and the Fury FL $612,192 29 $13,305 1 3/29/00
93 Gunner Palace Palm $607,844 56 $63,520 8 3/4/05
94 Road Scholar Gold. $597,564 16 $8,635 1 7/16/93
95 Tarnation Wells $592,014 22 $12,740 1 10/6/04
96 Powaqqatsi Can. $589,244 22 $27,899 1 4/29/88
97 Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion AL $578,241 15 $9,482 1 9/19/03
98 The Weather Underground Shad. $564,632 14 $13,984 1 6/4/03
99 Hands on a Hard Body Prov. $563,482 6 $7,607 1 7/10/98
100 Incident at Oglala Mira. $536,848 12 $19,070 3 5/8/92
Rows: #1-100, #101-200, #201-300, #301-400, #401-419

Lifetime Gross Total (408): $500,001,672
Average: $1,225,494
Opening Gross Average (2): $14,276,742 (Wide Releases Only)

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