Documentaries

by cdchugger | created - 23 Apr 2016 | updated - 11 Dec 2018 | Public

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1. Underworld, Inc. (2015– )

Documentary

A docu-series that provides an inside look into various illegal activities and black markets around the world, where drugs, firearms and even people are reduced to mere commodities.

Stars: Huey Morgan, Aceface, Jay Cee, Cesar Chahin

Votes: 171

2. World War II in Colour (2009– )

65 min | Documentary, War

Recounts the events of world War II in color.

Stars: Robert Powell, Erich von Manstein, Mamoru Shigemitsu

Votes: 3,751

3. 21 Days Under the Sky (2016)

Unrated | 70 min | Documentary

4 bikers pull an "Easy rider". How it used to be or at least how it was for me.

Director: Michael Schmidt | Stars: Troy Critchlow, Gentry Dayton, Tom Fugle, Ryan Grossman

Votes: 235

4. Soaked in Bleach (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Crime

50 Metascore

Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain.

Director: Benjamin Statler | Stars: Daniel Roebuck, Sarah Scott, August Emerson, Tyler Bryan

Votes: 10,955

5. High Profits (2015– )

42 min | Documentary

Dreams of Empire. In Colorado a young couple set of with a dream to build the worlds first marijuana empire. This takes place on the eve of recreational marijuana open for anyone over 21 ... See full summary »

Stars: Caitlin McGuire, Brian Rogers, Katherine Grimm

Votes: 325

6. American Genius (2015– )

Documentary, History

Documentaries about great American thinkers, and how their ideas have changed the world.

Stars: Jeff Wilburn, John S. Howell Sr., Benjamin Loeh, Nicholas Augusta

Votes: 500

7. Inside the American Mob (2013– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Documentary film about the Italian Mafia and their organized crime activities in USA, mainly New York, between the '60's to mid '90's. Well documented with plenty of interviews and original... See full summary »

Stars: Salvatore Polisi, Kenneth Carrella, Thomas Logan Crown, John Farnworth

Votes: 544

8. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz | Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst, Steven Barker

Votes: 4,253

9. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (2014)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The historical account of outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whose turn of the last century exploits made headlines, led them to be pursued by Pinkerton detectives hired by the railroads, and inspired a hit 1969 film.

Director: John Maggio | Stars: Michael Murphy, Michael Rutter, Ken Verdoia, Gerald Kolpan

Votes: 125

10. JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, "JFK: A President Betrayed" uncovers new evidence that reveals how JFK embarked on secret back channel peace efforts with Nikita Khrushchev ... See full summary »

Director: Cory Taylor | Stars: Alex Akalovsky, Günter Bischof, Andrea Cousins, Candis Cousins

Votes: 196

11. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Henry Ford (2013)

TV-PG | 115 min | Documentary, Biography, History

HENRY FORD paints a fascinating portrait of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.

Director: Sarah Colt | Stars: Oliver Platt, Henry Ford, Steven Watts, Douglas Brinkley

Votes: 176

12. Reincarnated (2012)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Music

42 Metascore

Hip-Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, and produces his first reggae record.

Director: Andy Capper | Stars: Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dr. Dre, Damian Marley

Votes: 2,229

13. The Culture High (2014)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, News

37 Metascore

Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveal the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Joe Rogan, Snoop Dogg, Penn Jillette, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 3,507

14. Cocaine Cowboys 2 (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Nelson Andreu, Jorge Ayala, Griselda Blanco, Sam Burstyn

Votes: 2,669

15. History of the Eagles (2013– )

Not Rated | 187 min | Documentary

The life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.

Stars: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh

Votes: 2,304

16. Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded (2014)

R | 152 min | Documentary, Crime, History

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago. Cocaine Cowboys is the true story of how Miami ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Mickey Munday, Jon Roberts

Votes: 1,171

17. The Hunt for Bin Laden (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

Witness the 20-year, billion-dollar hunt for the Al-Qaeda leader, as told by the main players who finally brought him down.

Director: Leslie Woodhead | Stars: Allen Farmer, Richard Clarke, J. Cofer Black, Pat D'Amuro

Votes: 144

18. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,056 | Gross: $0.21M

19. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at the life and career of the technology business innovator and entrepreneur.

Directors: Sarah Hunt, Mimi O'Connor | Stars: Robert X. Cringely, Bill Fernandez, Demetri Goritsas, Dean Hovey

Votes: 728

20. The Human Experiment (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

44 Metascore

A documentary that explores chemicals found in everyday household products.

Directors: Don Hardy, Dana Nachman | Star: Sean Penn

Votes: 617

21. Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny (2010)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Trank | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Bryan McArdle, Doron Avraham, Richard Ben Asher

Votes: 223

22. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Director: Mami Sunada | Stars: Hayao Miyazaki, Yumiko Miyoshi, Toshio Suzuki, Shinsuke Nonaka

Votes: 4,423

23. A Drummer's Dream (2010)

84 min | Documentary

A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven ... See full summary »

Director: John Walker | Stars: Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio 'Negro' Hernández

Votes: 141

24. Independent Lens (1999– )
Episode: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

R | 105 min | Documentary

53 Metascore

A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.

Director: Ramona S. Diaz | Stars: Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory

Votes: 1,197

25. Quebrando o Tabu (2011)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary

Documentary uncovering the failure of the UN sanctioned war on drugs.

Directors: Fernando Grostein Andrade, Cosmo Feilding-Mellen | Stars: Fran Boyd Andrews, Brenda Blom, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 945

26. Sins of My Father (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

This is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, told for the very first time by his son, Sebastian and his widow Maria Isabel Santos. In... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Entel | Stars: Jorge Enrique Abello, Pablo Escobar, Sebastian Marroquín, María Isabel Santos

Votes: 1,531

27. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' (2013)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Bob Smeaton | Stars: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Al Hendrix

Votes: 403

28. Imagine (2003– )
Episode: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' (2013)

Documentary, History

Jimi Hendrix revolutionised the music scene with his transcendent sound and explosive stage presence. 'Imagine' presents an artistic, in depth look at the career of one of the most ... See full summary »

Votes: 115

29. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)

Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Woody Allen, Letty Aronson, Marshall Brickman, Josh Brolin

Votes: 4,887

30. Ethos (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty.

Director: Pete McGrain | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Justin Lewis, Bill Hogan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 1,147

31. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

72 Metascore

This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. The right have triumphed and the human values of the liberals have been consigned ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas D. Wrathall | Stars: Gore Vidal, Howard Auster, James Best, Karen Black

Votes: 1,168 | Gross: $0.13M

32. Pentatonix: On My Way Home (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

Grammy Award-winners and platinum selling artists Pentatonix are bringing their concert documentary On My Way Home to their fans to see. The documentary follows the group on their 2015 sold... See full summary »

Directors: Devin Chanda, Matt Mitchenor, James Rothman | Stars: Pentatonix, Danny Graham, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying

Votes: 540

33. Mitt (2014)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

64 Metascore

Mitt Romney and his family are followed through their U.S. Presidential campaigns.

Director: Greg Whiteley | Stars: Mitt Romney, Candy Crowley, Eric Draper, Jim Lehrer

Votes: 2,335

34. Ellis (2015)

15 min | Short, Drama

A short film that evokes the early years of Ellis Island through the experience of one immigrant.

Director: JR | Star: Robert De Niro

Votes: 1,871

35. Russell Brand: End the Drugs War (2014 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Russell Brand sets out to find out how other countries are tackling their problems of drug abuse and to explore how the framework of criminalization implicit in the 'war on drugs' produces enormous harm in the treatment of addicts.

Director: Ross Wilson | Stars: Russell Brand, Nick Clegg, David Cameron, João Goulão

Votes: 282

36. The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled (2012)

TV-MA | 81 min | Documentary

Two Comedians, Doug Benson and Graham Elwood. decide to make a movie detailing their lives on the road.

Director: Ryan Polito | Stars: Doug Benson, Cameron Buchholtz, Lydia Demange, Graham Elwood

Votes: 476

37. Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged (2011)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary

'Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged is a feature length documentary film that examines the resurging interest in Ayn Rand's epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America.

Director: Chris Mortensen | Stars: John Allison, Clifford Asness, Rajia Baroudi, Mike Berliner

Votes: 423

38. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Ray | Stars: The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Bagdro, Bob Dole, Richard Gere

Votes: 713 | Gross: $0.22M

39. Good Ol' Freda (2013)

PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, History

60 Metascore

A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.

Director: Ryan White | Stars: Freda Kelly, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Votes: 1,761 | Gross: $0.14M

40. Respectable - The Mary Millington Story (2016)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary chronicling the extraordinary life and tragic death of Mary Millington - Britain's most famous pornographic actress of the 1970s.

Director: Simon Sheridan | Stars: Dexter Fletcher, David Sullivan, Dudley Sutton, Pat Astley

Votes: 253

41. Prescription Thugs (2015)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. As Bell learns more about Big Pharma,... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Bell, Josh Alexander, Greg Young | Stars: Jeff Hatch, Chris Leben, Matthew Wiese

Votes: 1,938

42. Sexy Baby (2012)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

An ex adult film star, a 12 year old girl and a 22 year old who yearns for "normal" private parts are chronicled in this thought provoking doc about how porn, social media and pop culture affect women and girls. A FilmBuff Presentation.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Winnifred Bonjean Alpart, Nikita Cash, Laura Castle

Votes: 1,094

43. The Hunting Ground (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark, Claire Potter, Melinda Manning

Votes: 5,680 | Gross: $0.41M

44. 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: 97,168 | Gross: $11.53M

45. Narco Cultura (2013)

R | 103 min | Documentary