Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. The Last Czars (2019– )

TV-MA | Documentary

7.2
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A Chronicled look at the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia.

Stars: Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright, Oliver Dimsdale

Votes: 1,879

2. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong, Neil Armstrong

Votes: 7,798 | Gross: $8.96M

3. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter (2019)

TV-MA | 143 min | Documentary

7.7
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Teen Michelle Carter's actions shocked a nation - but what really happened behind closed doors? This HBO special showcases the prosecution's point of view and alternately the defense's. Which side do you fall on?

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Star: Michelle Carter

Votes: 645

4. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2018)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

5.6
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In 1989, physicist Bob Lazar broke the story of Area 51 and the US government's work on alien spacecrafts. He blew the whistle, shocked the world, then went silent - until now.

Director: Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell | Stars: Bob Lazar, George Knapp, Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 2,270

5. Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2018)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

8.0
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58 Metascore

Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a tiger shark at age 13, but this didn't stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a professional surfer. However, it wasn't only the competition that ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Lieber | Stars: Alana Blanchard, Adam Dirks, Tobias Dirks, Bethany Hamilton

Votes: 93 | Gross: $0.39M

6. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

9.5
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David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 76,333

7. Pavarotti (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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66 Metascore

A look at the life and work of opera legend, Luciano Pavarotti.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder, Princess Diana, Phil Donahue

Votes: 330 | Gross: $3.73M

8. Cosmos (2014– )

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

9.3
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An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 98,187

9. Echo in the Canyon (2018)

PG-13 | 82 min | Documentary, Music

7.1
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70 Metascore

A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.

Director: Andrew Slater | Stars: Lou Adler, Fiona Apple, The Beach Boys, Beck

Votes: 341 | Gross: $2.48M

10. Diego Maradona (2019)

130 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.7
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75 Metascore

Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centers on the career of celebrated football player Diego Armando Maradona, who played for S.S.C. Napoli in the 1980s.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Diego Armando Maradona, Diego Maradona Jr., Claudia Villafañe, Corrado Ferlaino

Votes: 1,128

11. Fantasy Flirt (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 25 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

6.9
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A high energy mix of the newest and sexiest girls to pose for Playboy. Models share their turn-ons, fantasies and secret desires while taking it all off for the cameras.

Stars: Elle Georgia, Ali Rose, Pamela, Lauren Rosas

Votes: 14

12. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Sport

8.2
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83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 34,692 | Gross: $17.54M

13. The Movies (2019– )

Documentary

8.4
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A look at the history of movies and their impact on our culture.

Stars: Lorraine Ali, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Arndt, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 104

14. Armstrong (2019)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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57 Metascore

Dramatic, moving and deeply human, ARMSTRONG offers the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong: from his childhood in Ohio to his first steps on the Moon, and beyond.

Director: David Fairhead | Stars: Harrison Ford, Neil Armstrong, Mark Armstrong, Dave Scott

Votes: 120

15. Dark Money (2018)

TV-14 | 99 min | Documentary

7.0
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72 Metascore

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. ... See full summary »

Director: Kimberly Reed | Stars: Jon Tester, Debra Bonogofsky, Jim Peterson, Ellie Hill

Votes: 664 | Gross: $0.21M

16. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.9
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Chronicles the reign of Commodus, the emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome's fall.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Sean Bean, Aaron Jakubenko, Edwin Wright

Votes: 3,451

17. Our Planet (2019)

TV-G | 403 min | Documentary

9.3
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Documentary series focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 14,576

18. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

8.4
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91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson

Votes: 16,886 | Gross: $17.96M

19. The Planets (2019– )

58 min | Documentary

9.2
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Welcome to the greatest story that's never been told. In a new, ground breaking series we'll be telling the story of the planets as never before.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 768

20. Inside Look: The Assassination of Gianni Versace - American Crime Story (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 3 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Stars: Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 4,822

21. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, James Willbanks

Votes: 12,610

22. Dope (II) (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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Ride along for an uncompromising look at the lives of those who sell, use and wage a war on drugs in the U.S. and Mexico.

Votes: 1,108

23. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)

TV-MA | 142 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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86 Metascore

In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Martin von Haselberg

Votes: 2,484

24. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

8.0
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74 Metascore

Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.

Director: John Chester | Stars: John Chester, Molly Chester, Matthew Pilachowski

Votes: 786 | Gross: $4.00M

25. Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson - American Crime Story (2016)

TV-14 | 5 min | Documentary, Short

8.4
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Inside the series of the same name.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Brad Simpson, Sterling K. Brown, Nina Jacobson

Votes: 19,762

26. The Chef Show (2019– )

TV-14 | Documentary

8.3
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Writer, director and food enthusiast Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi explore food in and out of the kitchen with accomplished chefs and celebrity friends.

Stars: Jon Favreau, Roy Choi, Aaron Franklin, David Chang

Votes: 1,446

27. The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019)

137 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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English rock band The Cure honor their 40 years together with a live concert at London's Hyde Park in July 2018.

Director: Tim Pope | Stars: Jason Cooper, Reeves Gabrels, Simon Gallup, Roger O'Donnell

Votes: 85 | Gross: $0.37M

28. Exhibit A (I) (2019– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Crime

6.3
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This true crime series shows how innocent people have been convicted with dubious forensic techniques and tools such as touch DNA and cadaver dogs.

Votes: 339

29. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 26,367

30. Maiden (2018)

PG | 97 min | Documentary

7.3
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82 Metascore

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, Mikaela Von Koskull

Votes: 209 | Gross: $0.59M

31. The Accountant of Auschwitz (2018)

78 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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Seventy years after WWII, Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving members of the SS, goes on trial as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Director: Matthew Shoychet | Stars: Oskar Gröning, Jeff Ansell, Hedy Bohm, Hans-Jürgen Brennecke

Votes: 421

32. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

6.1
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A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 13,825

33. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.7
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81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 16,242 | Gross: $12.32M

34. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019)

R | 102 min | Documentary, Music

6.6
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69 Metascore

An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Ron Cornelius, Helle Goldman

Votes: 82 | Gross: $0.25M

35. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

7.4
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress, Jonathan Young

Votes: 8,062

36. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019– )

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Crime

7.8
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A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 14,918

37. Leaving Neverland (2019)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary

7.1
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At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Joy Robson, Shane Robson

Votes: 20,473

38. Sea of Shadows (2019)

PG-13 | 104 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.2
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80 Metascore

The vaquita, the world's smallest whale, is near extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, the "cocaine ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Ladkani, Sean Bogle, Matthew Podolsky | Stars: Romel Eduardo Ledezma Abaroa, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Hector Capetillo, Andrea Crosta

Votes: 94

39. Beyond Stranger Things (2017)

TV-PG | 21 min | Documentary, Talk-Show

7.6
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Secrets from the "Stranger Things 2" universe are revealed as cast and guests discuss the latest episodes with host Jim Rash.

Stars: Jim Rash, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Shawn Levy

Votes: 1,522

40. After Porn Ends 3 (2018)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary

5.4
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After Porn Ends 3 continues to explore whether a career as an adult performer is inherently damaging to the balance of a performer's life once retired.

Director: Brittany Andrews | Stars: Buck Angel, Joanna Angel, Christy Canyon, Manuel Ferrara

Votes: 866

41. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

9.4
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 150,666

42. Alone (2015– )

44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.4
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Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Dan, David, Desmond

Votes: 1,993

43. Deadliest Catch (2005– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

7.9
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A documentary series chronicling the real-life high-sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen. This is the most deadliest profession in the world.

Stars: Mike Rowe, Sig Hansen, Keith Colburn, Edgar Hansen

Votes: 7,185

44. Jackass 3D (2010)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

7.0
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56 Metascore

Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn

Votes: 53,571 | Gross: $117.22M

45. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jim Arnott, David Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Votes: 5,641

46. Unacknowledged (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

7.1
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"Unacknowledged" focuses on the historic files of the Disclosure Project and how UFO secrecy has been ruthlessly enforced-and why. The best evidence for extraterrestrial contact, dating ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mazzola | Stars: Steven M. Greer, George Filer, Tom Bearden, John Callahan

Votes: 5,076

47. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 18,902

48. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 77,910

49. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

Stars: Nathan Fielder, Anthony Filosa, William Heath, Brian S. Wolfe

Votes: 14,287

50. The Game Changers (2018)

88 min | Documentary

8.3
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A UFC fighter's world is turned upside down when he discovers an elite group of world-renowned athletes and scientists who prove that everything he had been taught about protein was a lie.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: James Wilks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrik Baboumian, Dotsie Bausch

Votes: 279


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