Top 50 Biography, Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.9
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Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Sean Bean, Aaron Jakubenko, Edwin Wright

Votes: 3,828

2. Any One of Us (2019)

TV-PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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Through the inspiring journey of a recovering athlete, Any One of Us offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world of spinal cord injuries

Director: Fernando Villena | Stars: Paul Basagoitia, Nichole Munk

Votes: 60

3. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.3
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77 Metascore

With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris

Votes: 455 | Gross: $0.16M

4. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 18,340 | Gross: $22.61M

5. Pavarotti (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.5
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66 Metascore

A look at the life and work of opera legend, Luciano Pavarotti.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Andrea Griminelli, Nicoletta Mantovani, Bono, Angela Gheorghiu

Votes: 1,134 | Gross: $4.60M

6. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.7
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81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 17,950 | Gross: $12.32M

7. Framing John DeLorean (2019)

Unrated | 109 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.4
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67 Metascore

Who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles, Dean Winters

Votes: 520 | Gross: $0.15M

8. Diego Maradona (2019)

TV-14 | 130 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.7
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78 Metascore

Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centers on the career of celebrated football player Diego Armando Maradona, who played for S.S.C. Napoli in the 1980s.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Diego Armando Maradona, Pelé, Claudia Villafañe, Dalma Maradona

Votes: 3,635

9. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

8.1
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88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 49,090 | Gross: $2.80M

10. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019)

R | 102 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

6.9
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69 Metascore

An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Nick Broomfield, Marianne Ihlen, Leonard Cohen, Nancy Bacal

Votes: 534 | Gross: $1.00M

11. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)

TV-MA | 142 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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86 Metascore

In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Martin von Haselberg

Votes: 3,481

12. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.2
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90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,953 | Gross: $0.49M

13. American Dharma (2018)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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62 Metascore

A portrait of controversial political strategist and former Donald Trump advisor, Steve Bannon.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Steve Bannon, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Errol Morris

Votes: 179

14. The Last Waltz (1978)

PG | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.2
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88 Metascore

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Van Morrison

Votes: 14,936 | Gross: $0.32M

15. The Dawn Wall (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.1
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81 Metascore

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 9,299 | Gross: $0.07M

16. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 49,147 | Gross: $3.17M

17. 30 for 30 (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson, Ice Cube

Votes: 3,851

18. Meeting Gorbachev (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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74 Metascore

The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union in chronological order.

Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer | Stars: Yuri Andropov, James Baker, Leonid Brezhnev, Konstantin Chernenko

Votes: 570 | Gross: $0.25M

19. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.6
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79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 56,768 | Gross: $1.61M

20. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.2
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79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 59,660 | Gross: $3.97M

21. Wormwood (2017)

241 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.

Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Christian Camargo, Scott Shepherd

Votes: 3,087

22. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.6
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82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 30,143

23. Untouchable (2019)

98 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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A look at the rise and fall of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein featuring interviews with former colleagues and those who accused him of sexual misconduct.

Director: Ursula Macfarlane | Stars: Erika Rosenbaum, Nannette Klatt, Ken Auletta, Ronan Farrow

Votes: 1,030

24. The Defiant Ones (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.6
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"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, Verna Griffin

Votes: 9,531

25. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.5
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77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 42,779 | Gross: $0.89M

26. No Small Parts (2014– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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No Small Parts is a fan-made documentary web series about character actors. Most episodes focus on a specific character actor and chronicle their life and career in the entertainment industry.

Stars: Brandon Hardesty, Wesley Mann, Josh Perry, Scott Allen Perry

Votes: 714

27. Hitler's Circle of Evil (2018)

52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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This is the story of the rise and fall of the Third Reich told like the drama it really was: through the personal relationships of the movers and shakers of the Nazi Party.

Stars: Jonathon Michaels, Alisdair Simpson, Conan Sweeny, Steve Munroe

Votes: 1,827

28. It Takes a Lunatic (2019)

126 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.4
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The life and career of acting teacher and co-founder/director of the American Place Theater, Wynn Handman.

Directors: Billy Lyons, Kim Ferraro, Seth Isler | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Wynn Handman, André Bishop, Michael Douglas

Votes: 69

29. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.0
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91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 52,946 | Gross: $2.28M

30. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.0
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93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 17,199 | Gross: $3.17M

31. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 8,991 | Gross: $14.02M

32. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 11,520 | Gross: $4.95M

33. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 17,755 | Gross: $1.34M

34. Armstrong (2019)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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57 Metascore

Dramatic, moving and deeply human, ARMSTRONG offers the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong: from his childhood in Ohio to his first steps on the Moon, and beyond.

Director: David Fairhead | Stars: Harrison Ford, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Janet Armstrong

Votes: 484

35. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,682 | Gross: $1.43M

36. Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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68 Metascore

Charting the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist.

Director: Ryan White | Stars: Susan Brown, Jonathan Capehart, Ari Einleger, Leora Einleger

Votes: 495 | Gross: $0.30M

37. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 44,936 | Gross: $8.41M

38. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell, Anderson Cooper

Votes: 600

39. Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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55 Metascore

It will tell the story of a group that went from backing up Bob Dylan to become one of the most influential groups of its era.

Director: Daniel Roher | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson

Votes: 36

40. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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70 Metascore

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.

Director: Alexandra Dean | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Jennifer Hom, Anthony Loder

Votes: 2,640 | Gross: $0.82M

41. Whitney (2018)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.2
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75 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Whitney Houston, Ellen White, Michael Houston, Cissy Houston

Votes: 5,306 | Gross: $3.03M

42. O.J.: Made in America (2016)

TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.9
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A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

Votes: 15,486

43. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 22,740 | Gross: $3.12M

44. American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (2017– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.5
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The Amazon Original Series draws from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal archives, chronicling the life of an American icon and the history of the brand he created.

Stars: Matt Whelan, Emmett Skilton, Adam Jonas Segaller, Chelsie Preston Crayford

Votes: 1,390

45. Little Miss Sumo (2018)

19 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

6.8
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A female sumo wrestler fights against tradition and stigma to win her place in the ring.

Director: Matt Kay | Star: Hiyori Kon

Votes: 112

46. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Oliver Platt, Michael Murphy

Votes: 1,421

47. E! True Hollywood Story (1996– )

Documentary, Biography

6.6
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A documentary about celebrities lives before and after being famous.

Stars: Phil Crowley, Chip Bolcik, Beng Spies, Ken Baker

Votes: 767

48. Filmworker (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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73 Metascore

A documentary about how English actor Leon Vitali came to work as an assistant to American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for over 30 years.

Director: Tony Zierra | Stars: Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Brian Capron, Mike Alfreds

Votes: 2,036 | Gross: $0.10M

49. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.3
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92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,491 | Gross: $0.11M

50. What The Durrells Did Next (2019 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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The Durrells in Corfu (2016) star Keeley Hawes hosts this documentary about the extraordinary lives of The Durrell family after WWII forced them to leave Corfu, with special focus on Gerald, his seminal naturalist work and his visionary zoo.

Directors: Toby Roebuck, Ewen Thomson | Stars: Keeley Hawes, Eamonn Andrews, David Attenborough, Nick Baker

Votes: 14


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