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3. Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So (1997 TV Movie)

43 min | Documentary

Examines the public's trust in science and how that trust can be manipulated.

Director: Roger Goodman | Star: John Stossel

4. The Blame Game: Are We a Country of Victims? (1994 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

A documentary examination of the rise of "victim" status and the corresponding decline in personal responsibility.

Votes: 5

8. Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock | Stars: James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Morgan Spurlock, Melvin Van Peebles

Votes: 6,544 | Gross: $0.10M

9. These Amazing Shadows (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton | Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz, Brooks Boliek

Votes: 1,549

10. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 12,302

11. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

TV-PG | 146 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A biography of the life and work of the American architect.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Philip Bosco, Julie Harris, Sab Shimono

Votes: 705

12. Looking for Lincoln (2009 TV Movie)

Biography

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s quest to piece together Lincoln's complex life takes him from Illinois to Gettysburg to Washington, D.C. and face-to-face with people who live with Lincoln... See full summary »

Directors: John Maggio, Muriel Soenens | Stars: Lerone Bennett, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Henry Louis Gates

Votes: 18

13. Maxed Out (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering ... See full summary »

Director: James D. Scurlock | Stars: Beth Naef, Mike Hudson, Louis C.K., Catherine Brown

Votes: 2,128 | Gross: $0.06M

14. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,358 | Gross: $0.28M

15. Hot Coffee (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice.

Director: Susan Saladoff | Stars: Chuck Allen, Judy Allen, Jay Angoff, David Arredondo

Votes: 3,599

16. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 97,951 | Gross: $11.53M

17. Four Days in November (1964)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, History

From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Richard Basehart, John Brewer, Raymond Buck, Earle Cabell

Votes: 426

18. United 93 (2006)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller

90 Metascore

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson

Votes: 94,964 | Gross: $31.57M

19. CNBC Documentaries (2003– )
Episode: House of Cards (2009)

90 min | Documentary

CNBC investigates the causes of the 2007 financial crisis by examining the roles of mortgage lenders and Wall Street financiers in the disaster.

Stars: David Faber, Alan Greenspan, Joe Dunckley, Barbara Dunkley

Votes: 14

21. This Emotional Life (2010– )

TV-PG | 120 min | Documentary

This 3-part series opens a window into real lives, exploring ways to improve our social relationships, cope with emotional issues, and become more positive, resilient individuals. Each ... See full summary »

Stars: Daniel Gilbert, Dallas Malloy, Kenneth Siddons, Thomas Bradbury

Votes: 135

22. I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash (2010 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary

On Friday, the 13th of October, 1972, a charter plane carrying 45 passengers, including a college rugby team, vanished over the desolate, snow-covered Andes Mountains. For 72 days, the world thought they were dead.

Director: Brad Osborne | Stars: James Lentzsch, Benjamin Josse, Kelly Haitz, Cindy Latch

Votes: 354

23. The Elegant Universe (2003– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary examining string theory.

Stars: Michael Duff, Michael B. Green, Brian Greene, Walter Lewin

Votes: 2,088

24. Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History

Forty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, more than 80% of Americans still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. This documentary attempts to separate fact from conspiracy theories to get to the truth.

Director: Mark Obenhaus | Stars: Robert Goldberg, John F. Kennedy, Robert Dallek, Lee Harvey Oswald

Votes: 230

25. Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1970)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

The home movie footage shot by Abraham Zapruder that caught the assassination of the U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Director: Abraham Zapruder | Stars: Charles Brehm, Howard Brennan, John Connally, Nellie Connally

Votes: 2,051

27. In Search of... (1976–1982)
Episode: Lee Harvey Oswald (1980)

22 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

New information on President Kennedy's assassination, including a police tape revealing a fourth shot, expert handwriting analysis on Oswald's diary, and a possible Oswald lookalike as a stealth assassin.

Stars: Leonard Nimoy, James Barger, Robert J. Groden, Edward Jay Epstein

Votes: 16

28. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 25,085 | Gross: $6.71M

30. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Who Shot President Kennedy? (1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Star: Walter Cronkite

Votes: 11

31. The Century: America's Time (1999– )

Not Rated | 750 min | Documentary

Peter Jennings hosts this 15 part documentary that chronicles the defining events of the 20th century. Through archive footage and hundreds of interviews the series examines 100 years of ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Jennings, John Updike, Stephen Ambrose, Neil Simon

Votes: 67

32. People's Century: 1900-1999 (1995– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Series documenting the history of the twentieth century through the testimony of those who lived through it.

Stars: Sean Barrett, Veronika Hyks, Raymond Abescat, Maurice Bourgeois

Votes: 126

33. Oswald's Ghost (2007)

83 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

It accounts the events before and after one the most important events during that time, and they were told through eyewitnesses who were living at that time.

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Hugh Aynesworth, David Bellin, Hale Boggs, Judith Campbell Exner

Votes: 200

34. JFK: Breaking the News (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Looking back over 40 years television and print journalists recall their stories and memories of reporting the murder of President Kennedy and how it changed the country and changed the way the public gets it's news.

Director: Alastair Layzell | Stars: Hugh Aynesworth, John Connally, Nellie Connally, Walter Cronkite

Votes: 22

35. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Killer's Trail: The Story of Dr. Sam Sheppard (1999)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

The real case what inspired one of the more famous TV series of all times, "The Fugitive".

Directors: Marian Marzynski, Joel Olicker | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Sam Reese Sheppard, Samuel Sheppard, Terry Gilbert

Votes: 10

36. The 1900 House (1999– )

60 min | History, Reality-TV

A modern English family embark on a real-life time-travel adventure to late Victorian London.

Votes: 316

39. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 TV Movie)

TV-G | 240 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose

Votes: 1,022

41. ADD & Loving It?! (2009)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Comedian Patrick McKenna seeks a diagnosis for Adult ADHD and learns the facts from an impressive array of experts (some of whom have ADHD themselves!) including medical researchers, ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Green | Stars: Rick Green, Patrick McKenna

Votes: 39

42. The Century (1999– )

720 min | Documentary, History

Peter Jennings hosted this 6 episode special that reviews some of the most important events of the 20th Century. Each episode is a two part examination of two events in history that ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Jennings, Henry Kissinger, Steve Allen, Don Arabian

Votes: 45

43. Longitude (2000 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama, History

In two parallel stories, the clockmaker John Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea in the 18th Century and the horologist Rupert Gould becomes obsessed with restoring it in the 20th Century.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Anna Chancellor, Emma Kay, Samuel West

Votes: 2,041

45. The Iran Job (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

67 Metascore

A documentary that follows one year in the life of American pro basketball player Kevin Sheppard, who signed on to play for the upstart Iranian Super League team A.S. Shiraz.

Director: Till Schauder | Stars: Kevin Sheppard, Eunice Sheppard, Leah Sheppard, Gholam Reza Khajeh

Votes: 570 | Gross: $0.02M