Best Documentariesby niamhbarrett | created - 07 Sep 2018 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
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3. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)
TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary
4. Alive Inside (2014)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News
Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.
Votes: 2,870 | Gross: $0.15M
TV-MA | 60 min | Talk-Show
Comedian David Letterman interviews people he finds fascinating.
7. Blue Planet II (2017–2018)
TV-G | 364 min | Documentary
David Attenborough returns to the world's oceans in this sequel to the acclaimed documentary filming rare and unusual creatures of the deep, as well as documenting the problems our oceans face.
9. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)
PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
Votes: 19,874 | Gross: $0.65M
10. Attenborough's Paradise Birds (2015)
60 min | Documentary
Birds of paradise are one of David Attenborough's lifelong passions. He was the first to film many of their beautiful and often bizarre displays, and over his lifetime he has tracked them ... See full summary »
TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime
12. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015)
Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary
A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.
13. Cuba and the Cameraman (2017)
113 min | Documentary
Life in Cuba for three struggling families over the course of 45 years, from the cautious optimism of the early 1970s to the harrowing 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union and the 2016 death of Fidel Castro.
Director: Jon Alpert
ITV Exposure (2011– )
White Right: Meeting the Enemy
55 min | Documentary, News
Emmy award-winning film-maker Deeyah Khan joins the front line of the race wars in America, sitting down face-to-face with Neo-Nazis and fascists.
16. Samsara (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music
Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
Votes: 31,077 | Gross: $2.67M
17. The Source Family (2012)
TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary, Music
A charismatic leader founds a commune in Los Angeles in the early '70s based on natural food, spiritual practices and psychedelic rock. This short-lived era is recreated with archival material and the memories of participants.
18. Planet Earth (2006)
TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary
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.
21. Fourteen Days in May (1987)
87 min | Documentary
Fourteen Days in May is a documentary film directed by Paul Hamann and originally shown on television by the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1987. The programme recounts the final days ... See full summary »
22. Louis Theroux: Dark States (2017)
177 min | Documentary
Louis Theroux visits three American cities and examines a uniquely devastating human crisis in each - opioid and heroin addiction in Huntington, sex trafficking in Houston, and murder in Milwaukee.
24. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Votes: 23,028 | Gross: $3.12M
27. My Son the Jihadi (2015 TV Special)
47 min | Documentary
Channel 4 documentary about British mother, Sally Evans, whose son, Thomas, had been recruited - and joined - Islamist terrorist organisation, Al Shabaab, in Somalia.
Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
Votes: 14,877 | Gross: $0.05M
29. Philip and His Seven Wives (2005)
70 min | Documentary
Six years ago God told former rabbi, Philip Sharp, that he was to become a Hebrew king. Philip then decided to take seven women to be his wives and created a new Godly family. Now they all ... See full summary »
32. Louis Theroux: Savile (2016 TV Movie)
75 min | Documentary
33. The Cove (2009)
PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
Votes: 46,100 | Gross: $0.87M
36. Tower (2016)
TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime
Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.
Votes: 6,880 | Gross: $0.09M
37. Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)
PG | 86 min | Documentary
The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.
Votes: 2,254 | Gross: $0.08M
38. Bukowski: Born into This (2003)
R | 130 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.
Votes: 3,244 | Gross: $0.30M
39. Making a Murderer (2015– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime
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.
45. Long Shot (2017 TV Short)
TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Sport
When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he insists he didn't commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw footage from a popular TV show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm."