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1. 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: 639

2. The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984)

57 min | Documentary

Ken Burns examines the American utopian 19th century religious sect known as the Shakers.

Directors: Ken Burns, Amy Stechler | Stars: Olga Bellin, Tucker Burr, Jesse Carr, Julie Harris

Votes: 311

3. The Statue of Liberty (1985)

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, History

Documentary showing the history of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, the impact it still has on people and the state of liberty as a personal and political concept in America in 1985.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Paul Roebling

Votes: 500

4. Huey Long (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

Ken Burns' portrait of Louisiana governor/U.S. senator Huey Long.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Huey Long, Russell Long, David McCullough, Jennings Randolph

Votes: 397

5. The Congress (1988 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Documentary

The U. S. Congress is one of the country's most important and misunderstood institutions. Ken Burns tells the story behind this branch of government.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Charles McDowell, Barbara Fields, John C. Stennis

Votes: 236

6. Thomas Hart Benton (1988 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

Thomas Hart Benton's paintings were energetic and uncompromising. Today his works are in museums, but Benton hung them in saloons for ordinary people to appreciate.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Henry Adams, Thomas Hart Benton, Arthur Danto, Burl Ives

Votes: 121

7. The Civil War (1990)

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

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

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

Votes: 11,689

8. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Coney Island (1991)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The film explores the beginnings of America's first amusement park and takes us through its good times all the way up to its end. The show was originally produced for PBS's American Experience.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Philip Bosco, Andrei Codrescu, Vincent Gardenia, Judd Hirsch

Votes: 96

9. Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991)

TV-G | 113 min | Documentary, History

For 50 years, radio dominated the airwaves as the first mass medium. Ken Burns examines the lives of three men who shared the responsibility for its invention and early success.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jason Robards, Red Barber, Erik Barnouw, Ken Bilby

Votes: 408

10. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Donner Party (1992)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Doomed attempt to get to California in 1846. More than just a riveting tale of death, endurance and survival. The Donner Party's nightmarish journey penetrated to the very heart of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: David McCullough, J.D. Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Gene Jones

Votes: 297

11. Baseball (1994–2010)

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

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: 3,390

13. The West (1996)

537 min | Documentary, History, War

Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.

Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Murphy Guyer, John Trudell

Votes: 1,553

14. Thomas Jefferson (1997– )

180 min | Documentary, History

A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.

Stars: Ossie Davis, Joseph Ellis, John Hope Franklin, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 537

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

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

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: 993

16. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

TV-PG | 146 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A biography of the life and work of the American architect.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Philip Bosco, Julie Harris, Sab Shimono

Votes: 688

17. Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999– )

TV-G | 181 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their life long fight to bring equal rights to women.

Stars: Carolyn McCormick, Adam Arkin, Lorie Barnum, Kathleen Barry

Votes: 231

18. 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: 813

19. 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: 1,725

20. Mark Twain (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 212 min | Documentary, Biography

A biographical film about the acclaimed American humourist and author.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Keith David, Kevin Conway, Philip Bosco, Blythe Danner

Votes: 753

21. Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary

An in depth study of Adams's life and work.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Ansel Adams, Josh Hamilton, Barbara Feldon, John Szarkowski

Votes: 113

22. Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 107 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

The saga of Horatio Nelson Jackson, the first man to cross the United States by automobile--in 1903!

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Keith David, Tom Hanks, Adam Arkin, Tom Bodett

Votes: 409

23. Columbia: A Celebration (2003 TV Movie)

Documentary

Prepared as part of the festivities of the 250th anniversary of the founding of America's fifth-oldest seat of higher education, "Columbia University: A Celebration" is an 82-minute film ... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Michael Rosenthal

24. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

Votes: 1,263

25. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film (2006)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The life and career of American playwright Eugene O'Neill.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Robert Brustein, Zoe Caldwell, Arthur Gelb, Barbara Gelb

Votes: 66

26. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Andy Warhol: A Documentary (2006)

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Biography

86 Metascore

Ric Burns unearths rarely seen footage and offers keen observations on the life and artistic influence of Andy Warhol.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Irving Blum, Salvador Dalí, Candy Darling

Votes: 332

27. The War (2007)

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

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: 4,225

28. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part II - Tecumseh's Vision (2009)

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

Each of the episodes focuses on important historical events and concludes with a short contemporary story that links the past to the present.

Directors: Ric Burns, Chris Eyre | Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Michael Greyeyes, Dwier Brown, Alex Meraz

Votes: 120

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

120 min | Documentary, History

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: 1,359

30. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World (2010)

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

The American Experience looks at the history of American whaling from its off-shore origins in the 17th century to the golden age of deep water whaling and the eventual decline in the decades after the Civil War.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Philip Bosco, D. Graham Burnett, Margaret S. Creighton, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 87

32. Prohibition (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,430

33. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Death and the Civil War (2012)

TV-14 | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, this film will explore how the American Civil War created a "republic of suffering" and will chart the far-reaching social, political, ... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: James Cromwell, Keith David, Josh Hamilton, Gene Jones

Votes: 118

34. The Dust Bowl (2012– )

Documentary

A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

Stars: Dorothy Williamson, Donald Worster, Timothy Egan, Calvin Crabill

Votes: 1,397

35. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,387 | Gross: $0.27M

36. The Address (2014 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary

Students of a special boarding school for kids with learning disabilities are challenged to learn about and recite the Gettysburg Address.

Director: Ken Burns

Votes: 129

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

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

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: Meryl Streep, Edward Herrmann, George Will, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Votes: 1,855

38. Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man Behind the National Enquirer (2014)

98 min | Documentary

Ric Burns examines history of The National Enquirer and the life and gangland ties of its founder, Gene Pope. The film also tells of Mr Pope's upbringing in New York City with his newspaper... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns | Star: Edward Susman

Votes: 107

39. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015– )

Documentary

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, this three-part series tells the complete story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Terrence Howard

Votes: 276

40. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: American Ballet Theatre: A History (2015)

TV-PG | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

Delve into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world's preeminent ballet companies. Ric Burns' documentary combines intimate rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns

Votes: 38

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

TV-14 | 69 min | Documentary

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: 8

42. The Pilgrims (2015 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

Arguably one of the most fateful and resonant events of the last half millennium, the Pilgrims' journey west across the Atlantic in the early 17th century is a seminal, if often misunderstood episode of American and world history.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Sue Allan, Bernard Bailyn, Michael Braddick, Marge Bruchac

Votes: 77

43. Jackie Robinson (2016– )

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary chronicles the personal and professional life of Jackie Robinson from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972. Robinson's rise from humble beginnings to became an American hero and pivotal figure in American history are detailed.

Stars: Keith David, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 330

44. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War: Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and Martha Sharp, a trained social worker, in February 1939, boldly commit to a life-threatening mission in Europe to assist refugees.

Directors: Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky | Stars: Marina Goldman, Tom Hanks

Votes: 381

45. The Vietnam War (2017)

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

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: 13,977

46. The Mayo Clinic, Faith, Hope and Science (2018 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 115 min | Documentary, History

The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science tells the story of a unique medical institution that has been called a "Medical Mecca," the "Supreme Court of Medicine," and the "place for hope ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Christopher Loren Ewers, Erik Ewers | Stars: Kevin Conway, Peter Coyote, Tom Hanks, Sam Waterston

Votes: 227



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