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1. The Civil War (1990– )

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

9.2
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

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

Votes: 7,292

2. Baseball (1994– )

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: 2,854

3. The War (2007– )

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, War

9.1
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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: 2,895

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

600 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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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: 686

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

Documentary

8.9
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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: Meryl Streep, Edward Herrmann, George Will, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Votes: 1,196

6. Baseball (1994– )
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: 74

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

Documentary, History

8.8
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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: 9

8. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part I) (1996)

110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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Director: David Grubin | Stars: John Morton Blum, John Milton Cooper, Edith Derby Williams, John Gable

Votes: 70

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

Documentary, History

8.8
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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: 12

10. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009– )
Episode: The Last Refuge: 1890-1915 (2009)

131 min | Documentary, History

8.8
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At the end of the 19th century, some Americans begin to question the nation's headlong rush across the continent that has devastated forests and ravaged entire species of animals. ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Shelton Johnson, Clay Jenkinson, Terry Tempest Williams

Votes: 40

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

TV-14 | 125 min | Documentary, 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: 67

12. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 6 - Blind with Weeping (2001)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.7
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Director: David Grubin | Stars: Holly Hunter, David McCullough, David Morse

Votes: 18

13. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo (1991)

Documentary, Biography, History

8.7
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Director: Robert Levi | Stars: Julian Bond, Duke Ellington, Mercer Ellington

Votes: 15

14. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: FDR: Part I (1994)

55 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.7
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Polio at age 39, president at age 50. Explore the public and private life of a determined man who steered this country through two monumental crises: the Depression and World War II. FDR ... See full summary »

Director: David Grubin | Stars: Winston Churchill, David McCullough, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Votes: 101

15. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009– )
Episode: Going Home: 1920-1933 (2009)

115 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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As the nation enters the 1920s, Stephen Mather and Horace Albright ally themselves with the automobile to "democratize" the national parks and attract more Americans to them. Nebraskans ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Ruth Kirk, Dayton Duncan, Alfred Runte

Votes: 35

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

Documentary, History

8.7
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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: 10

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

TV-14 | 137 min | Documentary, War

8.7
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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: 78

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

TV-14 | 68 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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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: 121

19. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009– )
Episode: The Empire of Grandeur: 1915-1919 (2009)

111 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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America boasts a dozen national parks as the park idea turns 50 years old. A millionaire businessman named Stephen Mather impulsively accepts the offer to oversee them for one year. Mather ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Shelton Johnson, William Cronon, Kim Heacox

Votes: 35

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

Documentary

8.7
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FDR, now 28 years old, first sought and won elected office in 1910 when he ran for a seat in the New York state senate. He ran and won as a Democrat and his party did well in these midterm ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jonathan Alter, William Jennings Bryan, Keith Carradine, Patricia Clarkson

Votes: 87

21. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )
Episode: The Power and the People (1898-1918) (1999)

Documentary, History

8.7
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This episode covers the period from 1898 to 1914, and documents the rise of Al Smith to governer after he enacted laws to protect working people in the state of New York after the terrible ... See full summary »

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Ruth J. Abram, Joan Allen, Carol Berkin, Philip Bosco

Votes: 9

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

Documentary

8.7
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Franklin Roosevelt was nominated as the vice presidential candidate for the 1920 election. He campaigned vigorously and was joined by Eleanor who, along with all other women, were going to ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jonathan Alter, Keith Carradine, Kevin Conway, Blanche Wiesen Cook

Votes: 78

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

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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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: 131

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

TV-14 | 69 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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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: 118

25. 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: 1,037

26. 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: 1,457

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

240 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.6
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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: 809

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

TV-14 | 143 min | Documentary, 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: 91

29. The Civil War (1990– )
Episode: The Cause (1861) (1990)

TV-14 | 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: 177

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

Documentary

8.6
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After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 Franklin Roosevelt assured the nation that the USA would remain neutral. The public generally agreed. He did ask Congress to authorize ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 78

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

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.6
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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: 261

32. The War (2007– )
Episode: The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007)

TV-14 | 118 min | Documentary, War

8.6
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Americans are shocked by Hitler's massive counterattack in the Ardennes Forest--but by mid March, 1945, they are across the Rhine, while the Russians are 50 miles from Berlin. In the ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Keith David, Ray Leopold, Paul Fussell, Burnett Miller

Votes: 69

33. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009– )
Episode: The Morning of Creation: 1946-1980 (2009)

114 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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After World War II, an increasingly mobile and affluent nation begins placing demands on the parks as never before, and the parks are in danger of being "loved to death." A Park Service ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Dayton Duncan, William Cronon, Paul Schullery

Votes: 31

34. Baseball (1994– )
Episode: The National Pastime (1994)

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

8.6
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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: 72

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

Documentary

8.6
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By the time Franklin was inaugurated in March 1933, 5000 banks had failed and 9 million bank accounts were wiped out. He declared a 3 day bank holiday and went on the radio urging people to... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 82

36. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009– )
Episode: The Scripture of Nature: 1851-1890 (2009)

114 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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A study of the first ideas which led to the establishment of America's national parks, with an emphasis on the work of John Muir and the exploration and preservation of Yosemite and Yellowstone.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Dayton Duncan, Carl Pope, Clay Jenkinson

Votes: 47

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

TV-14 | 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: 123

38. The War (2007– )
Episode: When Things Get Tough: January 1943 - December 1943 (2007)

TV-14 | 115 min | Documentary, War

8.6
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Americans mobilize for total war at home and overseas. Factories hum around the clock, while in North Africa and then Italy, inexperienced GIs learn how to fight. Meanwhile, in the skies ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Keith David, Olga Ciarlo, Katharine Phillips, Ward Chamberlin

Votes: 77

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

TV-14 | 111 min | Documentary, 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: 74

40. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )
Episode: A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) (2014)

Documentary

8.5
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The war - and the resulting levels of work and security - had kept Franklin Roosevelt out of public sight. By the spring of 1944 however, he was seriously ill with bronchitis. This ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jonathan Alter, H.W. Brands, Patricia Clarkson, Blanche Wiesen Cook

Votes: 72

41. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 1 - Ambition (2001)

360 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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Stars: David Morse, Holly Hunter, David McCullough, Jean Harvey Baker

Votes: 122

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

TV-14 | 125 min | Documentary, 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: 71

43. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009– )
Episode: Great Nature: 1933-1945 (2009)

115 min | Documentary, History

8.5
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A new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, expands the national park idea to embrace battlefields and other historic and iconic sites. He enters pitched battles to create national parks on the... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Nevada Barr, Shelton Johnson, William Cronon

Votes: 33

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

Documentary

8.5
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Having boundless energy Teddy Roosevelt proved to be a president like no other. He set out to shift power from the Congress, which dominated at the time, to the executive branch of ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: H.W. Brands, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Peter Coyote, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 90

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

TV-14 | 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: 122

46. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part II) (1996)

Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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Director: David Grubin | Star: Jason Robards

Votes: 30

47. American Experience (1988– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

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

Votes: 1,044

48. The West (1996– )

537 min | Documentary, History, War

8.4
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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: 875

49. Mark Twain (2001 TV Movie)

212 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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A biographical film about the acclaimed American humourist and author.

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

Votes: 578

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

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

8.4
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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: 103