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1. The Life of Mammals (2002–2003)

50 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,647

2. Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2016)

84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Intimate and compelling documentary on the life and career of Leslie Howard (1893-1943)

Director: Thomas Hamilton | Stars: Leslie Ruth Howard, Norman Spencer, Matthew Sweet, Nick Cull

Votes: 192

3. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview of the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to... See full summary »

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, David Attenborough, Doug Allan, Barrie Britton

Votes: 35,006

4. Human Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Roger Munns

Votes: 21,270

5. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 389 min | Documentary

Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Jason Roberts

Votes: 29,431

6. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 23,285

7. Life in the Undergrowth (2005– )

50 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's ground-breaking exploration of a group of organisms that are vast in number, yet often too small to be noticed: the invertebrates.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,296

8. How the Universe Works (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

Stars: Phil Plait, Michelle Thaller, Mike Rowe, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 4,724

9. The Universe (2007– )

45 min | Documentary, History

This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 4,632

10. Reconvergence (2012)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

Reconvergence offers an intriguing exploration of mortality, consciousness and identity in the modern age from the perspectives of four distinct characters: a naturalist, a neuroscientist, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Tyndall | Stars: Eustace Conway, Preston Estep III, S. Waite Rawls III, Preston Roberts

Votes: 55

11. The Walkers Among Us (2015)

100 min | Documentary, History, Horror

With The Walking Dead franchise at the peak of it's popularity, Documentarians Cris Macht and Ian Vacek explore and examine why humanity is obsessed with the "zombie apocalypse". Cris and ... See full summary »

Director: Cris Macht | Stars: Arnold T. Blumberg, Jay Bonansinga, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Michelle Flanagan-Helmeczy

Votes: 26

12. Human Resources Documentary (2010)

119 min | Documentary

Human Resources is a documentary about Social Control, examining the history, the philosophy and ultimately the pathology of elite power.

Director: Scott Noble | Stars: Michael Albert, Morris Bermann, Noam Chomsky, John Taylor Gatto

Votes: 108

13. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008)

Documentary, History

Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, WHEN WE LEFT EARTH is the incredible story of humankind's greatest adventure, as it happened, told by the people who were there. From the early ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Kranz, Gary Sinise, Jim Lovell, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 1,756

14. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 3,977

15. Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Victor Baker, Phil Bland, Bernadette Carrion van Rijn

Votes: 1,867

16. Radio Wars (2012)

97 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Take a daring and unconventional look at the history of radio. From the pitched battles surrounding its invention to the secret fights for dominance between old and new media, radio has always been at war.

Director: Sandra Mohr | Stars: Bud Burrell, Tommy Calvert Jr., Dominique Garcia, Richard Keane

Votes: 285

17. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, History

There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy, and a thousand other names throughout history.

Director: Daniel Schmidt | Star: Patrick Sweeney

Votes: 1,563

18. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 16,307

19. Stephen Hawking's Universe (2010– )

Documentary

In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,699

20. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,554 | Gross: $1.33M

21. The Thought Exchange (2012)

92 min | Documentary

Thought Exchange is a simple yet profound way of looking at the world, that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time.

Director: Usher Morgan | Stars: Lucie Arnaz, David Friedman, Colleen McGloin, Dora Rubin

Votes: 58 | Gross: $0.07M

22. Hyperspace (2001)

180 min | Documentary

Explore the wonders of our universe with Sam Neill.

Star: Sam Neill

Votes: 1,343

23. The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996 TV Movie)

150 min | Documentary

Three part documentary that shows the insight look at the history of computers, from its rise in the 1970s to the beginning of the Dot-com boom of the late 1990s.

Stars: Robert X. Cringely, Douglas Adams, Sam Albert, Paul G. Allen

Votes: 1,197

24. Transcend (II) (2014)

Documentary

Long-distance running allowed Wesley Korir to escape the grinding poverty of Kenya. But after winning multiple American marathons, including taking running's most cherished prize - the ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Del Monte, Tad Munnings | Star: Wesley Korir

Votes: 61

25. Culture in Decline (2012– )

30 min | Documentary

A satirical yet serious expression that challenges various cultural phenomena existing today which most of society seem to take for granted.

Stars: Peter Joseph, Dutch Merrick, Scott Dennett, Karine Martin

Votes: 467

26. Stephen Hawking's Grand Design (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this documentary, Stephen Hawking tries to explain what science can tell us about the meaning of life through physics, philosophical discussion,and Hawking's own unique scientific ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Funke Adeleke, Tom Bonington

Votes: 1,146

27. The Up in Smoke Tour (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Music

This is it! Your front row seat to the greatest hip hop experience ever captured on film. This is the ultimate back stage pass for your total pleasure. "Up In Smoke" is it and now you've got it all. Fire it up.

Director: Philip G. Atwell | Stars: Ice Cube, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

Votes: 1,772

28. Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (1989– )

156 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's comprehensive study of fossils, which give many clues to how life existed on pre-historic Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 739

29. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003)

Unrated | 74 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made.

Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain | Stars: Hugo Chávez, Pedro Carmona, Jesse Helms, Colin Powell

Votes: 2,315

30. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,564 | Gross: $0.87M

31. Occupation 101 (2006)

90 min | Documentary

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

Directors: Abdallah Omeish, Sufyan Omeish | Stars: James Akins, Arik Ascherman, Bishop Barltlett Jr., Phyllis Bennis

Votes: 1,675

32. The Invisible Front (2014)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The Invisible Front was the code name used by the Soviet Interior Forces for the armed resistance in the occupied territories of the former Soviet Union. This resistance sprang to life ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonas Ohman, Vincas Sruoginis | Stars: Andrius Mamontovas, Darius Udrys

Votes: 534

33. Men in Suits (2012 Video)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

Godzilla, Predator, Robby the Robot, the Gill Man - these are some of the most iconic characters in cinema, but many people still don't know about the incredible actors who bring these creatures to life.

Director: Frank H. Woodward | Stars: Doug Jones, Tom Woodruff Jr., Douglas Tait, Brian Steele

Votes: 56

34. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 13,963

35. The Elegant Universe (2003– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary examining string theory.

Stars: Michael Duff, Michael B. Green, Brian Greene, Walter Lewin

Votes: 2,068

36. Owned & Operated (2012)

106 min | Documentary

Owned & Operated is a mosaic of the world through the lens of the Internet. Showing our lives as consumers, under the thumbs of privileged individuals and their methods of control. But the ... See full summary »

Director: Relic | Stars: Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Dalai Lama, George Carlin, Eric Schurenberg

Votes: 487

37. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 32,382 | Gross: $1.72M

38. The Crash Reel (2013)

108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre, Daniel Amen

Votes: 4,554

39. Artifact (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Music

Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, this riveting and award-winning documentary gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto ("Requiem for a Dream," "Dallas Buyers ... See full summary »

Director: Jared Leto | Stars: Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, Tomo Milicevic, Irving Azoff

Votes: 4,419

40. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

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: 31,635 | Gross: $0.49M

41. Undaunted: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory (2012)

62 min | Documentary

This film tells the surprising story of how the Allegheny Observatory has been a world leader in the study of the stars since the 1860s. Self-educated, and often facing unrelenting ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Handley | Stars: Cain Alexander, Kurt Bell, Robert R. Bell, Len Caric

Votes: 490

42. An Arctic Space Odyssey (2014)

48 min | Documentary, Biography, History

At an isolated outpost in the Arctic, the pioneering spirit of the Space Race clashes with the suspicions of the Cold War.

Director: Lars Einar Skageberg | Stars: Roald Søfteland, Finn Schau

Votes: 14

43. Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line (2012 Video)

55 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This documentary looks at architecture and design team Diller Scofidio + Renfro through the lens of two important urban projects - the High Line and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Directors: Muffie Dunn, Thomas Piper | Stars: Amanda Burden, James Corner, Joshua David, Elizabeth Diller

Votes: 7

44. Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015)

47 min | Documentary

Living in the Age of Airplanes is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most ... See full summary »

Director: Brian J. Terwilliger | Star: Harrison Ford

Votes: 426

45. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 8,485

46. Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

A documentary analyzing the role of the modern American media and its effects on democracy.

Director: Robert Kane Pappas | Stars: Vincent Bugliosi, Jeff Cohen, Dennis Kucinich, Charles Lewis

Votes: 1,090 | Gross: $0.02M