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1. Carrier (2008– )
Episode: Rites of Passage (2008)

TV-14 | 57 min | Documentary

9.5
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The last day in the Gulf before the Nimitz heads home.

Director: Maro Chermayeff | Stars: Chris Altice, Randy Brock, Susan Clapp, David Fravor

Votes: 13

2. Le refuge (2014)

23 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

9.3
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LE REFUGE is a short comedy about an American lawyer -- on vacation with her family in Lausanne, Switzerland -- who's coming unhinged from the guilt of representing the manufacturer of a cheap car that tips over when it turns left.

Director: Elliot Thomson | Stars: Ana Girardot, Jessica Hecht, Peter K. Hirsch, Elina Löwensohn

Votes: 7

3. Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History (2015)

TV-14 | 69 min | Documentary

9.3
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Disabled veterans hold a unique place in the history of veterans in the United States, one that palpably illustrates the human cost of war and speaks to the enormous sacrifices of military ... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns

Votes: 10

4. 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: 3,477

5. Carrier (2008– )
Episode: Controlled Chaos (2008)

TV-14 | 57 min | Documentary

9.2
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An aircraft carrier is a perilous environment.

Director: Maro Chermayeff | Stars: Chris Altice, Randy Brock, Kevin McLaughlin

Votes: 12

6. 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: 15,828

7. Carrier (2008– )
Episode: Groundhog Day (2008)

TV-14 | 57 min | Documentary

9.1
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After two months in the Gulf, one day starts to become indistinguishable from the next.

Director: Maro Chermayeff | Stars: Chris Altice, William Ault, Randy Brock, Susan Clapp

Votes: 11

8. Carrier (2008– )
Episode: Show of Force (2008)

TV-14 | 57 min | Documentary

9.1
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The Nimitz arrives in the Gulf and conditions are extreme.

Director: Maro Chermayeff | Stars: Chris Altice, Randy Brock, David Fravor, Kevin McLaughlin

Votes: 14

9. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )
Episode: Sunshine and Shadow (1865-1898) (1999)

TV-PG | 110 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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This period in New York's history covers many local characters and the corruption but also the building of the Brooklyn bridge and the erection of the Statue of Liberty.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Ruth J. Abram, Philip Bosco, Robert A. Caro, Caleb Carr

Votes: 20

10. 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: 12,290

11. 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: 4,451

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

600 min | Documentary, History

9.0
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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: 832

13. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )
Episode: Order and Disorder (1825-1865) (1999)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary, History

9.0
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The period of 1825 to 1865 in the history on New York City is narrated by David Ogden Stiers. We see the rise of the city as a cultural centre, to influx of blacks, Italians and Germans. ... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Thomas Bender, Marshall Berman, Philip Bosco, Calvin O. Butts III

Votes: 22

14. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )
Episode: The Country and the City (1609-1825) (1999)

TV-PG | 111 min | Documentary, History

9.0
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The first of 8 shows of the history of New York City. This one starts with the first Europeans and how the city started to grow.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Thomas Bender, Carol Berkin, Calvin O. Butts III, Caleb Carr

Votes: 25

15. Nature (1982– )

60 min | Documentary, Family

8.9
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Documentary series exploring various global wildlife issues and subjects.

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Chris Morgan, George Page, David Attenborough

Votes: 515

16. Carrier (2008– )
Episode: Squared Away (2008)

TV-14 | 57 min | Documentary

8.9
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Deployment is stressful for everyone aboard, and there can be friction between enlisted personnel and their superiors.

Director: Maro Chermayeff | Stars: Chris Altice, Randy Brock, David Fravor, Kevin McLaughlin

Votes: 15

17. 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: 215

18. 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: 1,920

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

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

8.8
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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: 103

20. 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: 228

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: 215

22. 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: 115

23. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )
Episode: Cosmopolis (1919-1931) (1999)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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Episode five tells the African-American experience, the birth of the new media industries and the incredible array of human and cultural energies converge, ending with construction of the world's tallest building.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Philip Bosco, Robert A. Caro, Daniel Czitrom, Keith David

Votes: 21

24. Carrier (2008– )
Episode: Get Home-itis (2008)

TV-14 | 57 min | Documentary

8.7
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Looks at the burden of spending six months away from friends and family.

Director: Maro Chermayeff | Stars: Chris Altice, Randy Brock, Susan Clapp, Lonnie Fields

Votes: 15

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

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

8.7
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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: 108

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

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

8.7
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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: 100

27. 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: 451

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

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

8.7
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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: 519

29. 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, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington

Votes: 1,773

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

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

8.6
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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: 139

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

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

8.6
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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: 173

32. 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: 136

33. 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: 312

34. 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: 108

35. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )
Episode: The Fire of Life (1910-1919) (2014)

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

8.6
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T.R. runs for a third term as a Progressive, explores the Amazon and suffers one final grave loss in his twilight years. FDR as President Wilson's Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Eleanor faces life's harsh realities. America in WWI.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Geoffrey C. Ward, Clay Jenkinson, Jonathan Alter

Votes: 116

36. 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: 469

37. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )
Episode: The Rising Road (1933-1939) (2014)

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

8.6
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FDR's pre-WWII presidency. The New Deal renews America. FDR's unprecedented popularity, the conservative opposition and Huey Long's populism. FDR warns isolationists of Hitler. Eleanor's platonic friendship with Lorena Hickok.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, William Leuchtenburg, George F. Will, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Votes: 110

38. 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: 584

39. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )
Episode: The Storm (1920-1933) (2014)

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

8.6
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FDR's battle with polio. Eleanor's independence and political activism. Political division within the Roosevelt clan. FDR returns to politics in a big way. The Great Depression ends the Roaring Twenties. Assassin targets FDR.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Geoffrey C. Ward, Doris Kearns Goodwin, George F. Will

Votes: 105

40. 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: 221

41. 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: 1,454

42. 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: 1,022

43. Carrier (2008– )

Documentary

8.5
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CARRIER is a character-driven immersion in the high-stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier, shot on the USS Nimitz during a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf. The program follows... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Altice, Randy Brock, Kevin McLaughlin, David Fravor

Votes: 567

44. The World's Greatest Fair (2004)

116 min | History

8.5
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A fascinating view of the largest World's Fair in history held in 1904. Hundreds of images, early film footage, and engaging interviews bring to life stories of dog-eating tribes on exhibit... See full summary »

Directors: Scott Huegerich, Bob Miano | Stars: John David, Francis Slay, Ozzie Smith

Votes: 41

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

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

8.5
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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: 442

46. 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: 768

47. 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: 126

48. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )
Episode: In the Arena (1901-1910) (2014)

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

8.5
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The presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Franklin's marriage to Eleanor. Eleanor's search for her own identity and place in the world.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, George F. Will, David McCullough, Clay Jenkinson

Votes: 117

49. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990)

TV-PG | 72 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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By the summer of 1864, the Union push had been stopped. At Petersburg, Union troops had been entrenched in an intricate network trenches for two months. The key to victory lay in Sherman ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Ed Bearss, Stephen B. Oates

Votes: 220

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

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

8.5
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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: 147



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