Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



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

TV-MA | 142 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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86 Metascore

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese' captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. Part ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,221

2. The Chef Show (2019– )

TV-14 | Documentary

8.5
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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: 788

3. 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: 74,605

4. Diego Maradona (2019)

130 min | Documentary, Sport

7.6
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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, Claudia Villafañe, Diego Maradona Jr., Cristiana Sinagra

Votes: 379

5. Ice on Fire (2019)

88 min | Documentary

7.1
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Can we reverse climate change? Ice on Fire explores the many ways we reduce carbon inputs to the atmosphere and, more important, how to "draw" carbon down, bringing CO2 out of the ... See full summary »

Director: Leila Conners | Stars: Raymond Baltar, Leonardo DiCaprio, Linwood Gill, Brigitte Knopf

Votes: 333

6. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,093 | Gross: $0.27M

7. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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87 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: 4,870 | Gross: $8.81M

8. Our Planet (2019)

TV-G | 403 min | Documentary

9.4
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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: 12,912

9. 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: 517 | Gross: $2.96M

10. Chernobyl (2015)

53 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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The document shows Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in 30 years after the nuclear power plant failure. Although there are a lot of documentary films about that disaster, none of them pay attention ... See full summary »

Director: Armin Kurasz | Star: Jacek Podemski

Votes: 110

11. Pavarotti (2019)

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

7.5
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67 Metascore

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

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Spike Lee, Luciano Pavarotti, Princess Diana, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 76 | Gross: $0.45M

12. Chasing Happiness (2019)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

8.0
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A behind-the-scenes look at the life and work of The Jonas Brothers as they prepare their first album in six years.

Director: John Taylor | Stars: Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Sophie Turner

Votes: 852

13. 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: 97,245

14. 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: 32,752 | Gross: $17.54M

15. The Black Godfather (2019)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary

7.4
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69 Metascore

Follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Hank Aaron, Dina R. Andrews, Clarence Avant, Nicole Avant

Votes: 251

16. 5B (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary

5.3
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69 Metascore

Documentary about the staff and patients of San Francisco General Hospital's AIDS ward during the early years of the epidemic.

Directors: Paul Haggis, Dan Krauss | Stars: Alison Moed Paolercio, Cliff Morrison, David Denmark, Mary Magee

Votes: 71

17. 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: 12,018

18. The Cold Blue (2018)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

7.9
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A tribute to one of the world's great filmmakers and the men of the 8th Air Force who flew mission after suicidal mission in the Second World War.

Director: Erik Nelson

Votes: 189 | Gross: $0.42M

19. Fantasy Flirt (2017–2018)

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

7.7
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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: 10

20. Grey Gardens (1975)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer | Stars: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Votes: 10,770 | Gross: $0.03M

21. 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: 15,843 | Gross: $17.96M

22. 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: 3,350

23. 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: 829

24. Killer Ratings (2019– )

Documentary, Crime

7.9
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The true-life story of Brazilian TV host Wallace Souza, who literally killed for ratings, and used his crime TV show to cover up the grizzly truth.

Votes: 378

25. 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: 149,414

26. The Russian Five (2018)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Sport

8.4
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75 Metascore

In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet Union, and in the process, changed the way North American hockey is played.

Director: Joshua Riehl | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Jim Devellano, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov

Votes: 217 | Gross: $0.44M

27. Echo In the Canyon (2018)

PG-13 | 82 min | Documentary, Music

6.8
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71 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: 148 | Gross: $0.81M

28. Last Breath (2019)

90 min | Documentary

7.7
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A deep sea diver is stranded on the seabed with 5 minutes of oxygen and no hope of rescue. With access to amazing archive this is the story of one man's impossible fight for survival.

Directors: Richard da Costa, Alex Parkinson | Stars: Duncan Allcock, Duncan Allcock, Kjetil Ove Alvestad, Stuart Anderson

Votes: 1,316

29. Game of Thrones: The Last Watch (2019 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 114 min | Documentary

7.4
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Chronicling the creation of Game of Thrones (2011)'s final season, its most ambitious and complicated one.

Director: Jeanie Finlay | Stars: Kevin Alexander, Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, Gethin Anthony

Votes: 4,024

30. Framing John DeLorean (2019)

Unrated | 109 min | Documentary

7.2
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67 Metascore

Who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles, Dean Winters

Votes: 58 | Gross: $0.01M

31. 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: 19,346

32. 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: 14,169

33. 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: 18,635

34. 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: 15,569 | Gross: $12.32M

35. 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: 4,544

36. 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: 19,806

37. 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: 13,724

38. Playboy Cyber Girls (2001– )

TV-MA | Documentary, Reality-TV

7.5
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An exclusive look at the best glamour models from the US and around the world. Discover the most glamorous, beautiful women during their photo-shoot and behind the scenes as they share their passions and desires.

Stars: Khloe Terae, Elizabeth Marxs, Jennifer Vaughn, Ali Rose

Votes: 37

39. 63 Up (2019 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary

8.3
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Tony Walker, Charles Furneaux, Bruce Balden, Peter Davies

Votes: 81

40. 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: 77,416

41. The Planets (2019– )

58 min | Documentary

9.3
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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: 229

42. 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: 25,562

43. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

PG | 103 min | Documentary

8.3
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80 Metascore

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks, John Corcoran

Votes: 4,318

44. 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: 7,990

45. John Wick Chapter 2: Wick-vizzed (2017 Video)

5 min | Documentary, Short

7.9
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A candid look at rehearsal footage in support of a focus on pre-viz.

Director: Josh Oreck | Stars: Pedro Hollywood, J.J. Perry, Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose

Votes: 2,070

46. Return to Chernobyl (2017)

54 min | Documentary

8.3
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Chernobyl after 30 years captures imagination people all over the world. It is mysterious place with many myths and legends. After failure in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 116 ... See full summary »

Director: Armin Kurasz | Stars: Jacek Podemski, Piotr Britan, Wladymir Holosza, Aleksander Kasztanow

Votes: 40

47. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.2
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90 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 19,622

48. Amazing Grace (2018)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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94 Metascore

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack | Stars: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir, C.L. Franklin

Votes: 896 | Gross: $4.35M

49. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019– )

40 min | Documentary, Sport

8.6
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Docuseries following the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Star: Carlos Sainz

Votes: 6,023

50. 16 Shots (2019)

82 min | Documentary

6.2
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79 Metascore

A documentary examining the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the cover-up that ensued.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Anita Alvarez, Dean Angelo, Alma Benitez, William Calloway

Votes: 50


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