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1. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 10,377

2. Pumping Iron (1977)

PG | 86 min | Documentary, Sport

72 Metascore

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno face off in a no-holds-barred competition for the title of Mr. Olympia in this critically-acclaimed film that made Schwarzenegger a household name.

Directors: George Butler, Robert Fiore | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno, Victoria Ferrigno

Votes: 20,756

3. Life on Earth (1979– )

702 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,531

4. The Trials of Life (1990– )

Documentary

Each of the twelve 50-minute episodes features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,539

5. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 34,964 | Gross: $1.33M

6. Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007 Video)

214 min | Documentary

The definitive three-and-a-half hour documentary about the troubled creation and enduring legacy of the science fiction classic Blade Runner (1982), culled from 80 interviews and hours of never-before-seen outtakes and lost footage.

Director: Charles de Lauzirika | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Michael Deeley, Harrison Ford, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 1,797

8. Moon Machines (2008– )

Documentary

A collection of documentaries about project apollo,from the designers and engineers viewpoint.Each episode focused on individual components or equipment for the Apollo programme.

Stars: Robert Seamans, Bill Stoney, Sonny Morea, Cliff Hess

Votes: 359

9. Destroyed in Seconds (2008– )

30 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

Series shows what kind of devastation can happen, like race cars crashing and catching fire, planes in emergency landings, building collapses and many other things getting destroyed in seconds.

Star: Ron Pitts

Votes: 293

10. Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008)

60 min | Documentary

Naoki once had it all - the fast car, the executive home. Boss of his own business he lived the good-life when Japan's economy was at it's height. Then the bubble burst - and he met Yoshie.

Director: Sean McAllister | Stars: Naoki Sato, Yoshie Sato, Sean McAllister

Votes: 403

11. 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: 4,140

12. 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, Hakeem Oluseyi

Votes: 5,086

13. 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: 4,848

14. Through the Wormhole (2010–2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 16,412

15. Wonders of the Universe (I) (2011– )

TV-G | 59 min | Documentary

Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most dramatic parts of the globe to explain the fundamental principles that govern the laws of nature - light, gravity, energy, matter and time. With ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 3,727

16. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 31,889 | Gross: $2.67M

17. 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: 1,230

18. Line of Sight (2012)

60 min | Documentary

Line Of Sight is a rare view into underground bicycle messenger racing which has become a global phenomenon. For over a decade Lucas Brunelle has been riding with the fastest, most skilled ... See full summary »

Director: Benny Zenga | Star: Lucas Brunelle

Votes: 344

19. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: Eat, Fast and Live Longer (I) (2012)

52 min | Documentary

Different kinds of calorie restriction diets that are supposed to increase life expectancy and decrease brain damage due to aging are analyzed.

Director: Kate Dart | Stars: Michael Mosley, Joe Cordell, Luigi Fontana, Valter D. Longo

Votes: 150

20. Africa (2013)

360 min | Documentary

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred, Katrina Bartlam

Votes: 13,268

21. Wonders of Life (2013– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

Physicist and professor Brian Cox travels across the globe to uncover the secrets of the most extraordinary phenomenon in the universe: life.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,473

22. Strangest Weather on Earth (2013– )

Documentary

Various weather specialists explore and explain rare and unusual weather around the world

Stars: Mike Theiss, Derek Muller

Votes: 35

23. Redesign My Brain (2013– )

Documentary

See Australian television personality Todd Sampson put brain training to the test as he undergoes a radical brain makeover in a three-part documentary series on the revolutionary new science of brain plasticity.

Stars: Todd Sampson, Michael Merzenich, David Cropley, Tansel Ali

Votes: 112

24. Attention: A Life in Extremes (2014)

90 min | Documentary

Three exceptional athletes in the demanding field of extreme sport are followed. They fly along cliffs, dive without oxygen into the depths of the sea and prove the capabilities of the ... See full summary »

Director: Sascha Köllnreitner | Stars: Raphaël Enthoven, Guillaume Néry, Julie Gautier, Manfred Spitzer

Votes: 135

25. What on Earth? (2015– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

Scientist explore some of Earth's phenomenons.

Stars: Steven Kearney, Andrew Gough, David Krueger, Mike Capps

Votes: 443

26. Railroad Australia (2016– )

344 min | Documentary

Getting up close and personal with all things Railway in Australia! Freight trains, tourist trains, passenger trains, rail fans, building and maintenance.

Votes: 21

27. Unearthed (I) (2016– )

Documentary, History, Mystery

Exploration of great archaeological discoveries, fascinating ancient civilizations, forgotten architectural marvels and tantalizing historical mysteries.

Stars: Steven Kearney, Jo Buckberry, Memo De Anda, Edith Hall

Votes: 175

28. Deep Time History (2016– )

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary

The story of humans is often driven by events from the prehistoric past. How did physics, geology, biology, chemistry shape our history?

Stars: Jonathan Markley, Bernard Bullen, Seth Bellinger, Tim Christian

Votes: 85

29. Mediterranean with Simon Reeve (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

The travel writer and broadcaster journeys around the Mediterranean discovering the extremes that lie beneath the picture postcard tourist veneer.

Star: Simon Reeve

Votes: 140

31. American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | 110 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | Stars: Junming 'Jimmy' Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown, Dave Burrows

Votes: 14,456

32. The Planets (2019– )

58 min | Documentary

Welcome to the greatest story that's never been told. In a new, ground breaking series we'll be telling the story of the planets as never before.

Stars: Brian Cox, Fran Bagenal, Heidi Becker, Nancy Chabot

Votes: 1,873

33. Seven Worlds One Planet (2019– )

TV-PG | 407 min | Documentary

Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth's crust creating our seven continents - each with its own distinct climate, its own distinct terrain and its own unique animal... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Peter Drost

Votes: 3,028

34. James May: Our Man in Japan (2020)

Documentary

James May has always been intrigued and seduced by the idea of Japan, yet this nation and its culture remains a complete mystery to him. Now he's on a one-man mission to immerse himself in ... See full summary »

Stars: James May, Yujiro Taniyama, Masayo Fujii, Makiko Kobayashi

Votes: 2,451

35. Into the Okavango (2018)

88 min | Documentary

A passionate conservation biologist brings together a river bushman fearful of losing his past and a young scientist uncertain of her future on an epic, four-month expedition across three ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Gelinas | Star: Steve Boyes

Votes: 233

36. James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction (2018)

60 min | Documentary

An exploration into the science fiction genre, with some of the greatest pioneers of the genre.

Stars: James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Peter Capaldi

Votes: 850

37. Icarus (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Sport, Thriller

68 Metascore

When Bryan sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller.

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Thomas Bach, Scott Brandt, Don Catlin, Sebastian Coe

Votes: 35,053

38. Abandoned Engineering (2016– )

45 min | Documentary

Structures of steel and iron eerily stand unfinished after they were abandoned midway in construction, covered in weeds, moss and rust, the show explores what they could have been.

Stars: Andrew Gough, Tom Ward

Votes: 146

39. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

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

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 88,594

40. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

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, Thomas Anguti Johnston, Huw Cordey

Votes: 160,392

41. The Secret Life of Chaos (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists ... See full summary »

Director: Nic Stacey | Star: Jim Al-Khalili

Votes: 653

42. The Game Changers (2018)

86 min | Documentary

A UFC fighter's world is turned upside down when he discovers an elite group of world-renowned athletes and scientists who prove that everything he had been taught about protein was a lie.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: James Wilks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrik Baboumian, Dotsie Bausch

Votes: 13,427

43. Deepsea Challenge (2014)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron's diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible.

Directors: John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight | Stars: James Cameron, Suzy Amis, Frank Lotito, Paul Henri

Votes: 1,552 | Gross: $0.15M

44. The Living Planet (1984– )

660 min | Documentary

David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar).

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,760

45. Space Pioneer (2009– )

60 min | Documentary

It is a fascinating six-part series where physicist and host Dr. Basil Singer eagerly plays the role of human guinea pig in his quest to find answers. Follow him as he investigates whether ... See full summary »

Stars: Nancy Kiang, Basil Singer, Randall Lee Rose

Votes: 19

47. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama