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2. Athens: The Dawn of Democracy (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, History

Bettany Hughes searches for the truth about the 'Golden Age' of Ancient Athens, investigating how a barren rock wedged between the East and West became the first democracy 2,500 years ago. ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Copestake | Stars: Bettany Hughes, Sue Blundell, Paul Cartledge, Michael Cosmopoulos

Votes: 74

3. Rome: Engineering an Empire (2005 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary, History

Despite their personal short comings, many of the Roman Empires great engineering accomplishments were introduced during the reign of the Caesars. The tradition continued under Vespasian, ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Cassel | Stars: Michael Carroll, George Piscopo, Massimo Vari, Giorgio Cuneo

Votes: 219

5. War of the Birds (2005 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

This is the untold story of the forgotten Secret Service heroes of World War II: members of the elite MI-14 division, the intelligence group in charge of carrier pigeon operations. Pigeons ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Cane

Votes: 18

6. Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary, Family

A journey through space and time.

Director: Yavar Abbas | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Sean Pertwee

Votes: 3,645

7. Extreme Marksmen (2008 TV Movie)

100 min | Action

In this sequel to Sharp Shooters discover people who perform seemingly impossible shooting feats with all kinds of firearms. Watch world-class shooters perform amazing shots as well as ... See full synopsis »

Director: W. Scott Goldie | Stars: Phil Crowley, Byron Ferguson, Tom Knapp, Jerry Miculek

Votes: 25

8. I Was There: The Great War Interviews (2014 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

In the early 1960s, the BBC interviewed 280 eye-witnesses of the First World War for the series, 'The Great War'. This film presents never before seen footage from these interviews.

Director: Detlef Siebert | Stars: Robert Bell, Alan E. Bray, Frank Brent, Charles Carrington

Votes: 20

9. Great Communist Bank Robbery (2004)

75 min | Documentary

In 1959, in Romania, six former members of the nomenklatura and the secret police organize a hold up of the National Bank. After their arrest, the state forces them to play themselves in a ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandru Solomon | Stars: Gheorghe Alexandrescu, Gheorghe Blidaru, Gheorghe Bratescu, Mihai Calin

Votes: 189

10. The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, History

A behind-the-scenes look at November 22, 1963 from the unique perspective of Lyndon Johnson. On his pivotal first day as President, Lyndon Johnson is put to the test as he contends with the... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Giacchino | Stars: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Fidel Castro, Chester V. Clifton, Walter Cronkite

Votes: 77

11. Warrior Queen Boudica (2006 TV Special)


When the cowardly bureaucrat Catus Decianus breaks a peace treaty with the Iceni by brutalizing and humiliating their queen Boudica and her daughters the Iceian and allies join the queen in... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick Taulère, Kim Hawkins | Stars: Charlotte Comer, Simona Cuciurianu, Danny Green, Radu Andrei Micu

Votes: 93

12. Radioman (2012)

75 min | Documentary

The New York film set mascot who overcame homelessness and alcoholism to become a fixture of the New York film industry, with over 100 small parts to his name.

Director: Mary Kerr | Stars: Josh Brolin, Craig Castaldo, George Clooney, Matt Damon

Votes: 199

14. Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

PG | 91 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

69 Metascore

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth.

Director: Anthony Powell | Stars: Anthony Powell, Genevieve Bachman, William Brotman, Michael Christiansen

Votes: 3,064 | Gross: $0.29M

15. Curiosity (2011– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

This program is made by the Discovery Network, and the show's 'full-name' has the suffix phrase of "The Questions of Our Life", after curiosity. The show tries to answer mysteries and ... See full summary »

Stars: Josh Charles, Martin Sheen, Sean Barrett, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 625

16. Do We Really Need the Moon? (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Through an immersive combination of footage, photos and 3D CGI, this documentary reveals how different the Earth might be if the moon wasn't exactly where it is now. How does a rock ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Lambert | Stars: Maggie Aderin-Pocock, David Criswell, Gary Lofgren, Russet J. McMillan

Votes: 97

17. Softwaring Hard (2014)

G | 79 min | Documentary, News

A documentary about the world of software and the software makers. How do people from outside the industry see it and what do people from inside the industry think about regular computer users?

Director: Alex Pop | Stars: Vanda Ciuban Serban, Sebastian Deery, Antonia Iulia Pop, Marie Goursolas

Votes: 50

18. How We Invented the World (2012– )

300 min | Documentary

Series explores the most iconic inventions and breakthroughs of the modern age, from the cell phone to the airline black box. The project will explore the secrets of what's to come, from ... See full summary »

Stars: Seth Porges, Sarah Armstrong, Tristan Beint, Dermot Brogan

Votes: 41

19. Generation X (2016– )

44 min | Documentary

This documentary takes a look back at the times and inventions for those who were born between 1961-81 who got to experience them and even inspire them to change the world as a result

Star: Christian Slater

Votes: 103

20. Nature (1982– )

60 min | Documentary, Family

Documentary series exploring various global wildlife issues and subjects.

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Chris Morgan, George Page, David Attenborough

Votes: 505

21. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
Episode: Carthage's Lost Warriors (2014)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

Did Iberian Celts reach Brazil 1500 years before Columbus by joining the fleet of refugees from defeated Carthage in search of a new home like Peruvian Andes, where a strange tribe of "white Indians" known as the Chachapoya later lived?

Director: Michael Gregor | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Hans Giffhorn, Janice Jakait, Marcos Albuquerque

Votes: 17

22. Genius of the Ancient World (2015– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China, profiling Buddha, Socrates and Confucius, the three greatest thinkers of antiquity.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Seewalee Bhante, Shirley Chan, Michael Cosmopoulos

Votes: 306

23. Around the World in 80 Treasures (2005– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary

Dan Cruickshank goes in search of 80 treasures that define civilizations around the world.

Star: Dan Cruickshank

Votes: 227

24. APOCALYPSE the Battle of Verdun (2016– )

90 min | Documentary, History, War

A gripping and shocking documentary composed of numerous colorized archive footage. Apocalypse: Verdun takes us to the infamous and bloody battle of Verdun that occurred in February 1916, when World War I had been raging for two years.

Votes: 350

25. Humanity from Space (2015 TV Movie)

PG | 116 min | Documentary

Trace humankind's long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this two-hour special uses mind-boggling data and CGI to disclose the ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Copp | Star: Kasper Michaels

Votes: 61

26. Mysteries at the Monument (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, History, Mystery

Monumental Mysteries scours the country for America's most extraordinary monuments and reveals the amazing mysteries hidden. From New York's iconic Chrysler Building that was once the site ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Wildman, Paul Meltzer, Jim Rosenbloom, Bec Fordyce

Votes: 263

27. Discovery Atlas (2006–2008)


Discovery Channel presents DISCOVERY ATLAS, the global television event that shows you the world as you've never seen it, through the fascinating stories of its people. DISCOVERY ATLAS ... See full summary »

Stars: James Spader, Andre Braugher, Russell Crowe, Mira Nair

Votes: 186

28. Great Migrations (2010– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

Great Migrations takes viewers on the epic journeys animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.

Stars: Alec Baldwin, Stephen Fry, Thomas Fritsch, James Byrne

Votes: 675

29. Cosmos (2014–2020)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

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: 100,670

30. Ancient X-Files (2010– )

60 min | Documentary, History

International historical documentary series looking at the enigmas behind well known classical and medieval mysteries. (the Minotaur's Labyrinth, the Holy Grail, the Phaistos Disk, The Sudarium of Oviedo)

Stars: Jason Alan Carvell, Chris Porter, Shimon Gibson, Michael Hesemann

Votes: 103

31. Earth's Natural Wonders (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

The "Earth's Natural Wonders" series tells the stories of some of our planet's most spectacular places and how they have shaped the lives of those who live there.

Stars: Sophie Okonedo, Olivia Colman

Votes: 173

32. Inside the Factory (2015– )


How our favorite foods and products are made? Cherry Healey and Gregg Wallace go into the factories to figure out, while Ruth Goodman tell us about the historical development of the manufacturing process of these products.

Stars: Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey, Ruth Goodman

Votes: 97

33. Origins: The Journey of Humankind (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

Our primal curiosity has sparked new inventions and revealed the mysteries of the universe. This eight part mini series strives to trace the pivotal innovations that make us modern.

Stars: Jason Silva, Mark Monroe, Chris Fisher, John Hedgecoth

Votes: 335

34. Year Million (2017)

Documentary, Drama, Sci-Fi

An in depth look into what our future will look like when technology takes over, for better or worse.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Miklós Bányai, Joe Corrigall, Siobhan Dillon

Votes: 329

35. Xploration Outer Space (2014– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

Host Emily Calandrelli, Harvard scholar and former Nasa employee, takes viewers on incredible journeys through space. She visits various NASA facilities as we search for answers about our universe.

Stars: Emily Calandrelli, Deborah Bass, Matthew Golombek, Chris McKay

Votes: 32

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