Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. The Family (2019– )

TV-14 | Documentary

6.3
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An enigmatic Christian group known as The Family wields enormous influence in Washington, DC, in pursuit of its global ambitions.

Stars: James Cromwell, Jeff Sharlet, Doug Hampton, Tessa Albertson

Votes: 1,134

2. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary

7.0
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67 Metascore

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 8,913

3. Free Meek (2019– )

Documentary

5.2
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Chronicling the life of Philadelphia based rap artist, Meek Mill, from his rise in music to his incarceration and eventual release from prison.

Stars: Julian Blondell, Jay Z, Van Jones, Meek Mill

Votes: 274

4. Bring The Soul: The Movie (2019)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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Korean pop group BTS set out on a world tour.

Stars: BTS, Jung Hoseok, Jeong-guk Jeon, Park Jimin

Votes: 675 | Gross: $4.81M

5. The Last Czars (2019– )

TV-MA | Documentary

7.2
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A Chronicled look at the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia.

Stars: Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright, Oliver Dimsdale

Votes: 3,037

6. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

9.5
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David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 78,244

7. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 10,198 | Gross: $9.04M

8. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.2
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 14,980 | Gross: $50.00M

9. Hard Knocks (2001– )

55 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport

8.6
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Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary produced by the NFL and HBO. Each season the show follows an NFL team during training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Vontaze Burfict, Todd Heap, Jared Goff

Votes: 1,418

10. Fantasy Flirt (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 25 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

6.5
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A high energy mix of the newest and sexiest girls to pose for Playboy. Models share their turn-ons, fantasies and secret desires while taking it all off for the cameras.

Stars: Elle Georgia, Ali Rose, Pamela, Lauren Rosas

Votes: 17

11. The Food That Built America (2019)

Documentary, History

8.2
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Food will tell the unknown stories of innovation and rivalries behind food industry tycoons Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, Henry Heinz, C.W. Post, the McDonald brothers and more.

Director: Nick White | Stars: Morgan Bradley, Emily Austin, Matthew Crawley, Joseph Gray

Votes: 69

12. Diego Maradona (2019)

130 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.7
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75 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, Claudia Villafañe, Diego Maradona Jr., Corrado Ferlaino

Votes: 1,732

13. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Sport

8.2
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83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 36,824 | Gross: $17.54M

14. Woodstock (2019 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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66 Metascore

In August 1969, 500,000 people gathered at a farm in upstate New York. What happened there was far more than just a concert. Woodstock tells the story of a legendary event that defined a ... See full summary »

Directors: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron | Stars: Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman

Votes: 518 | Gross: $0.08M

15. Cosmos (2014– )

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

9.3
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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: 99,060

16. One Child Nation (2019)

R | 85 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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85 Metascore

After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | Stars: Jiaoming Pang, Brian Stuy, Longlan Stuy, Peng Wang

Votes: 248 | Gross: $0.08M

17. Serengeti (2019– )

TV-PG | 146 min | Documentary

7.2
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Wildlife docuseries examining the Serengeti region of Africa following different species of animals throughout their daily lives.

Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, John Boyega

Votes: 274

18. Screwball (2018)

105 min | Documentary

7.3
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72 Metascore

Billy Corben's true-crime dramedy investigates the MLB's infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Frankie Diaz, Bryan Blanco, Ian Mackles, Samuel Kai Taylor

Votes: 472 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Our Planet (2019)

TV-G | 403 min | Documentary

9.4
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Documentary series focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 16,135

20. 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: 3,587

21. Happy Jail (2019– )

Documentary

7.0
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The Philippine jail known for a viral Michael Jackson dance video comes under the management of an ex-convict, sparking controversy and criticism.

Votes: 104

22. Last Chance U (2016– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, Sport

8.5
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Intense look inside the world of junior college football, chronicling the stories of players and coaches in the classroom and on the field.

Stars: Ron Ollie, John III Franklin, Buddy Stephens, Brittany Wagner

Votes: 5,047

23. Maiden (2018)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

7.6
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82 Metascore

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Frank Bough, John Chittenden, Bruno Du Bois, Pat Edwards

Votes: 407 | Gross: $2.37M

24. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, James Willbanks

Votes: 13,203

25. The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019)

91 min | Documentary

7.0
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54 Metascore

What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician - "The Amazing Johnathan" - becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion.

Director: Benjamin Berman | Stars: The Amazing Johnathan, Eric André, Benjamin Berman, Simon Chinn

Votes: 373

26. Scary Stories (2019)

84 min | Documentary

7.1
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A documentary about children's horror classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It includes the author's family, scholars, folklorists, artists, and children's book authors such as R.L. Stine, Q.L. Pearce, and more.

Director: Cody Meirick | Stars: Amelia Cotter, Bruce Coville, Debbie Dadey, Tracey Dils

Votes: 85

27. Enter the Anime (2019)

58 min | Documentary

2.7
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It is a documentary aimed at newcomers to anime, and follows anime newbie, Alex Burunova, as she dives into the mysterious world of the genre. The documentary features some of the biggest ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Burunova | Stars: Shinji Aramaki, Kôzô Morishita, Tania Nolan, Yoko Takahashi

Votes: 801

28. Inside Look: The Assassination of Gianni Versace - American Crime Story (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 3 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Stars: Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 5,082

29. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 27,403

30. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

6.8
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69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 12,916 | Gross: $6.35M

31. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson

Votes: 17,739 | Gross: $17.96M

32. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

6.1
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A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 13,964

33. QB1: Beyond the Lights (2017– )

35 min | Documentary, Sport

7.9
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Follows three high school quarterbacks from different backgrounds, playing in different environments as they face immense pressure and similar challenges in trying to be successful high school quarterbacks.

Stars: Tayvon Bowers, Jake Fromm, Tate Martell, Justin Fields

Votes: 379

34. I Am a Killer (2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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Follows Death Row inmates, who tell the story of how they ended up there.

Stars: Reece Putinas, Deandra Buchanan, Asher Carter, Justin Dickens

Votes: 1,639

35. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2018)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

5.5
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In 1989, physicist Bob Lazar broke the story of Area 51 and the US government's work on alien spacecrafts. He blew the whistle, shocked the world, then went silent - until now.

Director: Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell | Stars: Bob Lazar, George Knapp, Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 2,883

36. Amazing Grace (2018)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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94 Metascore

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack | Stars: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir, C.L. Franklin

Votes: 1,169 | Gross: $4.45M

37. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

9.4
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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.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 152,003

38. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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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.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 78,416

39. Ghost Hunters (2004– )

60 min | Documentary

6.2
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This one-hour weekly docu-soap from the creator/executive producer of "American Chopper" follows a group of real-life paranormal researchers as they investigate haunted houses throughout ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Grant Wilson

Votes: 6,058

40. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.8
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Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

Stars: Nathan Fielder, Anthony Filosa, William Heath, Brian S. Wolfe

Votes: 14,550

41. Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson - American Crime Story (2016)

TV-14 | 5 min | Documentary, Short

8.4
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Inside the series of the same name.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Brad Simpson, Sterling K. Brown, Nina Jacobson

Votes: 20,073

42. Hail Satan? (2019)

R | 95 min | Documentary

7.1
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76 Metascore

A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Jex Blackmore, Chalice Blythe, Nicholas Crowe, Sal De Ciccio

Votes: 1,346 | Gross: $0.42M

43. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress, Jonathan Young

Votes: 8,140

44. Honeyland (2019)

87 min | Documentary, Drama

8.0
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86 Metascore

The last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood. This ... See full summary »

Directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov | Stars: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam

Votes: 367 | Gross: $0.24M

45. This is Football (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Sport

8.4
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A documentary series that captures the emotions, stories, passions and triumphs surrounding the international sport of football.

Stars: Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola, Megan Rapinoe, Juan Mata

Votes: 164

46. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

8.0
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74 Metascore

Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.

Director: John Chester | Stars: John Chester, Molly Chester, Matthew Pilachowski

Votes: 1,019 | Gross: $4.35M

47. Alone (2015– )

44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.4
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Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Dan, David, Desmond

Votes: 2,048

48. Roll Red Roll (2018)

80 min | Documentary

7.1
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83 Metascore

When social media, "boys will be boys", and vigilante justice collide, Steubenville, Ohio will never be the same.

Director: Nancy Schwartzman | Stars: Mark Cole, Anthony Craig, Rachel Dissell, Alexandria Goddard

Votes: 519

49. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019– )

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Crime

7.8
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A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 15,732

50. Lore (2017– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Horror

6.7
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Our collective nightmare mythologies are rooted in real-life horror stories.

Stars: Aaron Mahnke, Steven Berkoff, Josh Bowman, Paula Malcomson

Votes: 3,849


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