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1. Sirocco: Prophecy of Wind (2017)

Short, Adventure, Drama

9.8
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The Sirocco winds are a rare environmental force that causes dusty dry conditions in Northern Africa, storming across the Mediterranean Sea, bringing rain called "Blood rain" because of the fallout of red sand with falling rain.

Director: John Taschner

Votes: 5

2. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

9.2
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,605

3. 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: 17,762

4. Country Music (2019)
Episode: I Can't Stop Loving You (1953 - 1963) (2019)

TV-14 | 111 min | Documentary, Music

9.1
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In Memphis, the confluence of blues and hillbilly music at Sun Studios gives birth to "rockabilly," the precursor of rock and roll. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash are at the forefront. ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Star: Peter Coyote

Votes: 129

5. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 12,711

6. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 4,623

7. Vietnam (2017)

History

9.0
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Votes: 44

8. MLB Network Presents (2015– )

Documentary, History, Sport

9.0
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A series of documentaries and profiles on some of baseball's most prominent personalities.

Stars: Bob Costas, Bruce Bochy, Tim Flannery, Keith David

Votes: 21

9. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.9
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Former Daily Show host and correspondent John Oliver brings his persona to this weekly news satire program.

Stars: John Oliver, David Kaye, Ryan Barger, Noel MacNeal

Votes: 74,603

10. Country Music (2019)

Documentary, Music

8.9
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The story of the creation of modern Country music.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Marty Stuart, Brenda Lee, Dolly Parton

Votes: 852

11. Glue Man (2012)

7 min | Short, Comedy

8.9
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Nick Douglas is a documentary filmmaker's best friend. He is a 'professional expert,' a talking head that can glue any story together, a man who always has the perfect sound bite for any ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Pickett | Stars: Nick Prueher, Morgan Spurlock, Ken Burns, Bobby Ciraldo

Votes: 16

12. Baseball (1994–2010)
Episode: A National Heirloom (1994)

TV-PG | 114 min | Documentary, History, Sport

8.9
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The 1920s begin with America trying to recover from World War I and baseball trying to recover from the scandal of the 1919 World Series.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Roger Angell, Adam Arkin, Red Barber

Votes: 112

13. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990)

TV-PG | 68 min | Documentary, History, War

8.9
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The North celebrated Lee's surrender and the end of the war. On April 14, Good Friday, John Wilkes Booth learned that President Lincoln, General Grant and others were to attend a play at ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Barbara Fields, Shelby Foote, James Symington

Votes: 223

14. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )

TV-14 | 795 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

Stars: Peter Coyote, George F. Will, Geoffrey C. Ward, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Votes: 2,016

15. The Dust Bowl (2012– )
Episode: Dust to Eat (2012)

Documentary

8.8
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In the first night of Ken Burns's THE DUST BOWL, feel the full force of the worst manmade environmental disaster in America's history as survivors recall the terror of the dust storms, the ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Dorothy Williamson, Timothy Egan, Donald Worster, Charles Shaw

Votes: 12

16. Baseball (1994–2010)
Episode: The Capital of Baseball (1994)

TV-PG | 132 min | Documentary, History, Sport

8.8
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Americans are on the move. Moving to the suburbs. Moving across the country. They are, it seems, restless. Of course, if you're a baseball fan in New York, you don't want to move. You're in baseball heaven.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: John Chancellor, Bob Costas, Billy Crystal, Mario Cuomo

Votes: 100

17. Country Music (2019)
Episode: The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 - 1953) (2019)

TV-14 | 113 min | Documentary, Music

8.8
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Country music adapts to the cultural changes of post-war society. Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs transform string band music into Bluegrass. Out of the bars comes a new sound and songs about ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, June Carter Cash, Anita Carter, Carlene Carter

Votes: 124

18. Baseball (1994–2010)
Episode: The National Pastime (1994)

TV-PG | 148 min | Documentary, History, Sport

8.8
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In Europe, in the Pacific, on the homefront, both African-Americans and whites fight to make the world safe for democracy. When the world ends, Major League Baseball becomes, in fact, what it has always claimed to be: the national pastime.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Roger Angell, Adam Arkin, Arthur Ashe, Red Barber

Votes: 108

19. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990)

TV-PG | 96 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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In trying to draw Union troops away from the siege of Vicksburg, Robert E. Lee invaded Pennsylvania and over three days 150,000 men would do battle at Gettysburg. Confederate soldiers had ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Barbara Fields, Daisy Turner

Votes: 238

20. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: Things Fall Apart (January-June 1968) (2017)

TV-MA | 84 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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Shaken by the violence of the Tet Offensive, assassinations of leaders and domestic unrest, Americans begin to doubt President Lyndon B. Johnson's promise that victory in Vietnam is near and he ultimately decides not to seek reelection.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Philip Brady, Ellsworth Bunker, Stokely Carmichael

Votes: 567

21. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: War Is All Hell (1865) (1990)

TV-PG | 69 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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By the beginning of 1865, the Confederacy was coming to an end. Atlanta had been overrun and Sherman was marching to the sea. Lincoln approved Sherman's plan against the advice of those ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Ed Bearss, James Symington

Votes: 223

22. Country Music (2019)
Episode: Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968 - 1972) (2019)

111 min | Documentary, Music

8.8
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Country music draws artists to Nashville, Tennessee as the war in Vietnam rages on; Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard; Bob Dylan, The Byrds and other rock and pop artists come to Nashville to record.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Jan Howard

Votes: 113

23. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 352,334

24. The War (2007)
Episode: A World Without War: March 1945 - September 1945 (2007)

TV-14 | 125 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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A few weeks after the death of President Roosevelt shocks the country, Germany surrenders. Meanwhile, American sailors, soldiers and Marines endure the worst battle of the Pacific--Okinawa.... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Keith David, Sam Hynes, Emma Belle Pelcher, Maurice Bell

Votes: 128

25. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: The Weight of Memory (March 1973 - Onward) (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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Civil war continues in Vietnam as President Richard Nixon resigns. After North Vietnamese troops regain control of Saigon and the war ends, people from all sides search for reconciliation.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Everett Alvarez, Nancy Biberman, Nguyen Thoi Bung

Votes: 498

26. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.6
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74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,418,989 | Gross: $188.02M

27. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)

120 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

Stars: Peter Coyote, William Cronon, Dayton Duncan, Shelton Johnson

Votes: 1,460

28. Jazz (2001)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.6
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Giddins, Kevin Conway

Votes: 1,840

29. The Vietnam War (2017 TV Movie)

41 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick

Votes: 5

30. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973) (2017)

TV-MA | 109 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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The South Vietnamese fight on their own, succumbing to terrible losses in Laos. After he is reelected, President Richard Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that sees the release of American prisoners of war.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Everett Alvarez, Joan Baez, Rennie Davis

Votes: 482

31. Country Music (2019)
Episode: Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973 - 1983) (2019)

139 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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The 1970s to early 80s are a vibrant time in country, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their fathers' shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings starting the "Outlaw" style.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Bill Anderson, Ray Benson, Charlie Daniels

Votes: 109

32. Baseball (1994–2010)
Episode: Our Game (1994)

TV-PG | 112 min | Documentary, History, Sport

8.6
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In New York City, in the 1840s, people need a diversion from the "railroad pace" at which they work and live. They find it in a game of questionable origins.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Roger Angell, Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Thomas Boswell

Votes: 163

33. The War (2007)
Episode: Pride of Our Nation: June 1944 - August 1944 (2007)

TV-14 | 137 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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On June 6, 1944, D-Day, 1.5 million Allied troops take part in the greatest invasion in history, but then bog down in the Norman hedgerows for weeks. Saipan proves the costliest Pacific ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Keith David, Quentin Aanenson, Joseph Vaghi, Paul Fussell

Votes: 149

34. The Colbert Report (2005–2014)
Episode: Same to You, Pal (2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.6
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Stephen invites his colleague and lifelong friend Grimmy to the show for the final episode of The Colbert Report.

Director: Jim Hoskinson | Stars: Stephen Colbert, Andrew Young, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, J.J. Abrams

Votes: 70

35. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: The Cause (1861) (1990)

TV-PG | 100 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Slavery began to flourish in the U.S. at the end of the 18th century with Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin. Whereas it would take one person a day to produce a pound of clean ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Barbara Fields, Ed Bearss

Votes: 325

36. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )
Episode: The Common Cause (1939-1944) (2014)

TV-14 | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.6
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WWII starts in Europe. FDR prepares the country for war and aids Churchill. Isolationists fight him at every step - until Pearl Harbor. FDR's unprecedented third term. Eleanor tackles racism and poverty. New jobs bring more diversity.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Geoffrey C. Ward, Jon Meacham, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Votes: 121

37. Baseball (1994–2010)
Episode: The Faith of Fifty Million People (1994)

TV-PG | 117 min | Documentary, History, Sport

8.6
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Before and after World War I, a steady stream of immigrants lands on the shores of America. They want instantly to become American. To pursue the American dream. To play the American game.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Adam Arkin, Red Barber, Keith Carradine

Votes: 117

38. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970) (2017)

TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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President Richard Nixon begins withdrawing American troops from Vietnam, but his authorization of the invasion of Cambodia sparks large protests in America.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Creighton Williams Abrams, Spiro Agnew, Nancy Biberman

Votes: 508

39. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965) (2017)

TV-MA | 114 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Fearing Saigon's collapse, President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes the bombing of North Vietnam, and sends U.S. ground troops to the south.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Everett Alvarez, Charles A. Beckwith, Philip Brady

Votes: 641

40. Country Music (2019)
Episode: The Sons and Daughters of America (1964 - 1968) (2019)

114 min | Documentary, Music

8.6
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Country music artists like Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Charley Pride reflect a changing America as they appeal to wide audiences.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Jeannie C. Riley

Votes: 110

41. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: This Is What We Do (July-December 1967) (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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As casualties mount on both sides, American soldiers face deadly ambushes and artillery. President Lyndon B. Johnson assures the American public that victory is within reach.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, David Brinkley, Ellsworth Bunker, Rion Causey

Votes: 557

42. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990)

TV-PG | 69 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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By 1864, Union forces had the upper hand, though the end of war was not yet in sight. President Lincoln named U.S. Grant overall commander of the Union army, 533,000 strong and the largest ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Ed Bearss, Sam Waterston

Votes: 228

43. American Experience (1988– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

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

Votes: 1,488

44. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 TV Movie)

TV-G | 240 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose

Votes: 1,057

45. Country Music: Live at the Ryman - A Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns (2019 TV Special)

115 min | Music

8.5
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Country music artists perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee in celebration of the upcoming country music documentary series directed by Ken Burns.

Director: Don Carr | Stars: Asleep at the Wheel, Ken Burns, Larry Gatlin, Riders in the Sky

Votes: 67

46. The War (2007)
Episode: A Deadly Calling: November 1943 - June 1944 (2007)

TV-14 | 111 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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Americans are shocked by terrible losses on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, while in Italy Allied forces are stalled for months at Monte Cassino and a risky landing at Anzio fails utterly. At ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Keith David, Burt Wilson, Paul Fussell, John Hope Franklin

Votes: 152

47. The War (2007)
Episode: A Necessary War: December 1941 - December 1942 (2007)

TV-14 | 143 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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This series profiles World War II as seen primarily through the eyes of people living in just four U.S. Cities. This episode details an antebellum period before the attack on Pearl Harbor, ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Keith David, Glenn D. Frazier, Sam Hynes, Jim Sherman

Votes: 187

48. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) (2017)

TV-MA | 81 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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After nearly a century of French colonial rule, Vietnam emerges independent, but divided.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Nguyen Thoi Bung, Max Cleland, Le Quan Cong

Votes: 845

49. The War (2007)
Episode: FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 (2007)

TV-14 | 125 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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Victory in Europe seems imminent, but in Holland, the Vosges Mountains, and the Hurtgen Forest, GIs learn painful lessons as old as war itself--that generals make plans, plans go wrong and ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Keith David, Quentin Aanenson, Emma Belle Pelcher, Paul Fussell

Votes: 138

50. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015– )
Episode: Finding an Achilles Heel (2015)

TV-14 | 113 min | Documentary

8.5
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This episode starts at a moment of optimism: Scientists believe they have cracked the mystery of the malignant cell, and the first targeted therapies have been developed. But very quickly ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Durrance, Barak Goodman | Star: Edward Herrmann

Votes: 17



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