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1. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Hunting the Elements (2012)

TV-G | 114 min | Documentary

Where do nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from? They're the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets.

Director: Chris Schmidt | Stars: David Pogue, Mike Lassiter, Lawrence L. Jones, Lindsay Baker

Votes: 91

2. The Human Family Tree (2009 TV Movie)

PG | 93 min | Documentary

On a single day on a single street, with the DNA of just a couple of hundred random people, National Geographic Channel sets out to trace the ancestral footsteps of all humanity.

Director: Chad Cohen | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Michelle DeJesus, George Delis, Mehmet Demirci

Votes: 158

3. Stephen Hawking's Universe (2010– )


In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,738

4. Jazz (2001)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington

Votes: 1,745

5. Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

TV-G | 58 min | Documentary, History

This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction process is described in interesting detail; later parts of the film interview ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Votes: 644

6. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

600 min | Documentary, History

Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, John Steele Gordon, Kenneth Jackson, Robert A.M. Stern

Votes: 823

7. In Search of Beethoven (2009)

Not Rated | 139 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances.

Director: Phil Grabsky | Stars: Emanuel Ax, Jonathan Biss, Riccardo Chailly, Alban Gerhardt

Votes: 330

8. Future by Design (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Future by Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught ... See full summary »

Director: William Gazecki | Stars: William Gazecki, Jacque Fresco, Larry King, Roxanne Meadows

Votes: 1,338

9. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 78,305 | Gross: $23.81M

10. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 48,240 | Gross: $4.42M

11. Pumping Iron (1977)

PG | 86 min | Documentary, Sport

72 Metascore

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »

Directors: George Butler, Robert Fiore | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno, Victoria Ferrigno

Votes: 20,349

12. Ring of Fire (2012– )

Drama, Sci-Fi

When an oil rig causes a volcanic eruption in a small town, it's just the first in a trigger effect called the Ring of Fire that stretches across the globe. If these cataclysmic series of ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Vartan, Terry O'Quinn, Ian Tracey, Brian Markinson

Votes: 806

13. Moving Art: Deserts (2014)

Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg takes viewers to the scenic Four Corners region of America, where the night stars shine as brightly as the day's sun.

Director: Louie Schwartzberg

Votes: 137

14. Speed of Life (2010– )


The subtle nuances and hidden majesty of the natural world are revealed by using modern technology to manipulate time, light and size to analyze the speed of life.

Stars: Devon Massyn, Myke Clarkson, James Milner, Robert Alleva

Votes: 145

15. Out of the Blue (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, History

The definitive investigation on the UFO phenomenon narrated by Peter Coyle.

Directors: Tim Coleman, James Fox, Boris Zubov | Stars: Peter Coyote, Amir D. Aczel, Bernhard Haisch, John Samford

Votes: 470

16. Dark Legacy (2009)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

The death of John Kennedy is viewed through another angle in this conspiracy-themed film defending the theory that George Herbert Walker Bush was a key player in all aspects of the assassination of American president John F. Kennedy.

Director: John Hankey

Votes: 189

17. Moving Art: Flowers (2014 Video)

Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary

Celebrated filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg takes viewers on an enchanting journey, unveiling the mysteries and wonders of the natural world as elegant flowers come to life through his stunning time-lapse cinematography.

Director: Louie Schwartzberg

Votes: 180

18. The Fruit Hunters (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

Adventurers, exotic fruits fanatics and even movie star Bill Pullman, are the subjects of The Fruit Hunters, the new film from acclaimed director Yung Chang. A thrilling journey through ... See full summary »

Director: Yung Chang | Stars: Kyle Allatt, Marie-Alice Depestre, Kyle Gatehouse, Henry Kwok

Votes: 236

19. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Decoding Neanderthals (2013)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary

What happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did they make love or war?

Director: Nick Clarke Powell | Stars: Corey Johnson, John Hawks, April Nowell, Ed Green

Votes: 117

21. Tesla: Master of Lightning (2000 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Biography of electrical inventor and visionary genius Nikola Tesla.

Director: Robert Uth | Stars: Stacy Keach, Elisabeth Noone, Leland I. Anderson, John Jacob Astor

Votes: 887

22. Nova (1974– )
Episode: At the Edge of Space (2013)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

Between the blue sky above and the infinite blackness beyond lies a frontier that scientists have only just begun to investigate. In "At the Edge of Space," NOVA takes viewers on a ... See full summary »

Directors: Keisuke Hatate, Tomohiro Inoue, Taro Ishii, Atsuki Yamazaki | Stars: Craig Sechler, Ronald Williams, Earle Williams, Kerri Cahoy

Votes: 59

23. Inequality for All (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.

Director: Jacob Kornbluth | Stars: Robert Reich, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Conan O'Brien

Votes: 6,372 | Gross: $1.21M

24. How the Universe Works (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

Stars: Phil Plait, Michelle Thaller, Mike Rowe, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 4,795

26. Evacuate Earth (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

If we faced a countdown to destruction, could we build a spacecraft to take us to new and habitable worlds? Can we Evacuate Earth? This documentary special examines this terrifying but ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Schillinger | Stars: Caleb Scharf, Kelvin Long, Hakeem Oluseyi, Karl Stapelfeldt

Votes: 283

27. Particle Fever (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.

Director: Mark Levinson | Stars: David Kaplan, Fabiola Gianotti, Sherwood Boehlert, Joel Hefley

Votes: 6,952 | Gross: $0.87M

28. Hawking (2013)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Finnigan | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Arthur Pelling, Finlay Macrae, Nathan Chapple

Votes: 1,552

29. The Square (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, News

84 Metascore

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam

Votes: 8,180 | Gross: $0.12M

30. Mega Engineering (2009– )


Take a journey inside the monumental future of mega-builds for a high stakes look at tomorrow's extreme engineering.

Stars: Jeff Wilburn, Patri Friedman, Eugene Tsui

Votes: 30

31. Raging Planet (1997– )

60 min | Documentary

Take a thrilling ride right into the heart of the planet's most amazing forces - revealing the speed of a twister, the power of a hurricane, the lethal force of a lightning bolt, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Randall Lee Rose, Mike Theiss, Jose Borrero, Mark Halliley

Votes: 54

32. Curiosity (2011– )
Episode: Did God Create the Universe? (2011)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

Are the earliest moments of existence a question for science? Or religion? The world's most famous living scientist takes on the ultimate question: Did god create the universe?

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chad A. Fehr

Votes: 203

33. Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

55 Metascore

Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter | Stars: Harley K. Dubois, Marian Goodell, Larry Harvey, John Law

Votes: 538 | Gross: $0.12M

35. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 14,273 | Gross: $5.23M

36. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Secrets of the Viking Sword (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

The Vikings were the most ferocious warriors of the Middle Ages. Especially fearsome were the select few who wielded a formidable weapon: a light, razor sharp, virtually indestructible ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yost | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, John Clements, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Niels Lynnerup

Votes: 167

37. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
Episode: China's Terracotta Warriors (2011)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

Secrets of the Dead looks at the construction and history of the Terracotta Warriors who were built to guard the tomb of the first emperor of China.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Catharina Blaensdorf, Glen Cameron, Yang Fuxi

Votes: 54

38. 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: 1,146

39. Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (2006)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Music

54 Metascore

A film about jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.

Directors: Doug Biro, Jon Fine | Stars: Christina Aguilera, Trey Anastasio, Brian Eno, Gina Gershon

Votes: 133 | Gross: $0.00M

40. Ring of Fire (II) (1991)

40 min | Documentary, Short

This spectacular presentation explores the volcano belt known as the Ring of Fire. Breathtaking cinematography displays close up shots of past and present Pacific Rim volcanoes from Chile, USA, Japan and the Philippines.

Director: George Casey | Stars: Robert Foxworth, Norman Banks, Lawrence Blair, Gary Rosenquist

Votes: 209

42. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Mystery of Easter Island (2012)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary

Easter Island has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722.

Director: Andy Awes | Stars: Lance Lewman, Carl Lipo, Sergio A. Rapu Haoa, Terry Hunt

Votes: 105

43. How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

51 Metascore

The film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

Directors: Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado | Stars: Norman Foster, Deyan Sudjic

Votes: 652 | Gross: $0.01M

44. Inside Deep Throat (2005)

NC-17 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

64 Metascore

An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Dennis Hopper, Gerard Damiano

Votes: 6,315 | Gross: $0.65M

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography