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1. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, War

9.2
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Epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in history as never told before on film. Visceral and immersive, exploring the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, Karl Marlantes

Votes: 2,352

2. 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: 8,287

3. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, 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: 3,180

4. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 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: 1,103

5. 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: 987

6. 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: 2,970

7. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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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: 5,376 | Gross: $0.27M

8. 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: 1,515

9. Prohibition (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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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: 1,686

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

Documentary, Biography, History

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: 1,344

11. 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: 729

12. 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: 1,108

13. The Dust Bowl (2012– )

Documentary

8.2
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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: 1,132

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

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

8.3
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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: 1,122

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

TV-G | 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: 849

16. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

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

7.8
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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: 600

17. Mark Twain (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 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: 612

18. Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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Tom Hanks hosts a tribute to acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns that explores the breadth and depth of his work, talks to many of his collaborators, and looks at his filmmaking process to understand how he makes American History come to life.

Director: Bob Marty | Stars: Tom Hanks, Ken Burns, Sam Waterston, George Lucas

Votes: 21

19. Jackie Robinson (2016– )

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary, Biography

8.2
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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: 251

20. Thomas Jefferson (1997– )

180 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.

Stars: Ossie Davis, Joseph Ellis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Potts

Votes: 466

21. The Opera Game (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama | Post-production

1850's New Orleans chess prodigy, Paul Morphy's tortured life is examined.

Director: Monty Ross | Stars: Peyton Wich, Jaqueline Fleming, Michael Patrick Lane, Blaine Kern III

22. The Statue of Liberty (1985)

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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Documentary showing the history of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: James Baldwin, Tucker Burr, Ray Charles, Mario Cuomo

Votes: 407

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

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

7.9
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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: 204

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

TV-G | 113 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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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: 353

25. Huey Long (1985)

88 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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Ken Burns' portrait of Louisiana governor/U.S. senator Huey Long.

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

Votes: 347

26. Cradle of Champions (2018)

100 min | Documentary | Completed

Three young people battle to change their lives through a three-month odyssey of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves-the biggest and oldest amateur boxing tournament in the world.

Director: Bartle Bull | Stars: Teddy Atlas, Nisa Rodriguez, Steve Lorenzo, Pat Russo

27. The Congress (1988 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Documentary

7.4
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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: 197

28. Thomas Hart Benton (1988 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min

7.4
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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: 108

29. Jack Johnson

Biography, Drama | Announced

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30. The Jewish Americans (2008– )

360 min | Documentary

7.5
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Acclaimed filmmaker David Grubin traces 350 years of Jewish American history, from the arrival of the first Jews in 1654 up to the present day. THE JEWISH AMERICANS tells the story of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Blair Brown, Kasey Fechtor, Eno Freedman Brodmann

Votes: 83

31. Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City (2010)

56 min | Documentary

7.6
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Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late nineteenth century urban disorder, Burnham offered a ... See full summary »

Director: Judith McBrien

Votes: 10

32. Reporting America at War (2003– )

Documentary

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Star: Linda Hunt

Votes: 10

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

TV-14 | 111 min | Documentary, History, 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: 87

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

TV-MA | 109 min | Documentary, War

8.7
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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, Rennie Davis, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott

Votes: 109

35. Prohibition (2011– )
Episode: A Nation of Drunkards (2011)

TV-PG | 95 min | Documentary, History

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The 19th century was a period of growth both for alcoholic beverages and the temperance movement. Washingtonian societies - made up of men who had taken a pledge to forgo all alcoholic ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Michael Lerner, Daniel Okrent, Pete Hamill

Votes: 116

36. Prohibition (2011– )
Episode: A Nation of Hypocrites (2011)

TV-PG | 105 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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By the mid-1920s, a great many people had become convinced that prohibition was a serious mistake. Alfred E. Smith, the Governor of New York, was unsuccessful in getting the Democratic ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Jonathan Eig, Michael Lerner

Votes: 85

37. Prohibition (2011– )
Episode: A Nation of Scofflaws (2011)

TV-PG | 111 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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With the passing of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the federal government now passes legislation to enforce it. Known as the Volstead Act, the legislation forbids not only hard ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Donald Ward, Noah Feldman, Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Votes: 95

38. 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: 78

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

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

8.7
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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: 107

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

110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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: 76

41. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: A Very Bloody Affair (1862) (1990)

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

8.3
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By 1862, both sides had 1 million men in uniform across a 1000 mile battle front ranging from Manassas, Virginia to Missouri. Battles had taken a horrendous toll in human lives on both ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris

Votes: 170

42. Baseball (1994–2010)
Episode: A Whole New Ballgame (1994)

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

8.4
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The 1960s are a turbulent decade for America. There are race riots, anti-war protests, hippies, Woodstock. It is also a turbulent decade for baseball, as one by one its "sacred" institutions fall.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: John Chancellor, Ed Harris, Garrison Keillor

Votes: 67

43. 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: 79

44. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided Part 2 - We Are Elected (2001)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Director: David Grubin | Stars: Jean Harvey Baker, David Herbert Donald, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kevin R. Hershberger

Votes: 25

45. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided Part 3 - Shattered (2001)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Director: David Grubin | Stars: Holly Hunter, David McCullough, David Morse

Votes: 25

46. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Abraham and Mary Lincoln, a House Divided Part 4 - The Dearest of All Things (2001)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.3
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Director: David Grubin | Stars: Holly Hunter, David McCullough, David Morse

Votes: 19

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

Not Rated | 360 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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

Votes: 124

48. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 5 - This Frightful War (2001)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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Director: David Grubin | Stars: Holly Hunter, David McCullough, David Morse

Votes: 19

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

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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

Votes: 18

50. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )
Episode: City of Tomorrow (1929-1941) (2001)

Documentary, History

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

Votes: 13