Documentaries - History

View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War.... (312 mins.)
 
2.
Scorched Earth (1999 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Documentary examining Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. (200 mins.)
 
3.
Britain at War in Colour (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
 
4.
Horror in the East (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An examination of atrocities and depredations committed by Imperial Japanese military forces, from 1931 to 1945.
 
5.
Japan's War in Colour (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The history of Imperial Japan's involvement in World War II with full color footage. (95 mins.)
Director: David Batty
Stars: Brian Cox
 
6.
The Third Reich, in Color (1998 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Most of what we know about World War II comes from monochromatic images and pictures. But this documentary... (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Kloft
 
7.
The War (2007 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families. (124 mins.)
 
8.
Third Reich: The Rise & Fall (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
THIRD REICH: THE RISE & FALL tells the story of Hitler's Germany through rarely seen films of the people who were there... (180 mins.)
 
9.
WWII in HD (2009 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Follow the lives of soldiers who lived World War II, through previously unseen color footage. (60 mins.)
 
10.
Stalingrad (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The World War 2 Battle of Stalingrad from the initial attack to the repatriation of the survivors after the war. (165 mins.)
 
11.
Price for Peace (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This powerful and thought provoking film chronicles the compelling events in the Pacific Theater of WWII... (90 mins.)
Director: James Moll
 
12.
World War 1 in Colour (2003 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Documentary using computer colorized footage from World War I to give the audience the feel of how it really looked back during the war. (372 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Martin
 
13.
World War Two: Behind Closed Doors (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A story showing the 3 allied leader's, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin's actions and relationships behind the scenes during World War 2... (300 mins.)
 
14.
Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
15.
A History of Celtic Britain (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In four chapters, largely based on and illustrated with archaeological finds and sites, Neil Oliver explains how...
 
16.
A History of Britain (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles. (60 mins.)
 
17.
The Normans (2010 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
British history professor Robert Bartlett explains, mainly on historical sights and illustrated with authentic artifacts...
 
18.
The World at War (1973 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
A series of documentaries about World War II. (52 mins.)
 
19.
The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power.
Director: Laurence Rees
 
20.
The First World War (2003 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A comprehensive survey of the history of World War I. (500 mins.)
 
21.
Liberation (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Liberation tells the dramatic story of the battle waged on two fronts during World War II - the Allied... (100 mins.)
 
22.
Secrets of Angels, Demons and Masons (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Separating fact from fiction, Secrets of Angels, Demons & Masons is the ultimate guide to the secret societies of Dan Brown's thrillers... (96 mins.)
 
23.
The Lost Gods of Easter Island (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A simple, carved figure bought at an auction in New York leads David Attenborough on a global journey from Russia to Australia, from England back to the Pacific. On the way he delves into a history of the stunning stones on Easter Island. (49 mins.)
Director: Kate Broome
 
24.
638 Ways to Kill Castro (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Dollan Cannell's documentary on the hundreds of alleged plots to assassinate Fidel Castro, and a look at the evolution of Cuban politics. (78 mins.)
Director: Dollan Cannell
 
25.
Cold War (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. (1120 mins.)
Director: Tessa Coombs
 
26.
Buddha's Lost Children (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Buddha's Lost Children is a feature-length documentary film about a Thai Buddhist monk who - armed only... (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Verkerk
 
27.
Enemies of the People (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained... (93 mins.)
 
28.
Fidel (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Documentary about Fidel Castro, covering 40 years of Cuban Revolution. Rare Fidel Castro footage: he appears swimming with a bodyguard... (91 mins.)
Director: Estela Bravo
 
29.
General Idi Amin Dada (1974 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A documentary on the military dictator of Africa's Uganda. (90 mins.)
 
30.
Gizmo! (1977 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Compilation of man inventing strange contraptions in the 30's through 50's. (77 mins.)
Director: Howard Smith
Stars: Milt Moss
 
31.
The Revisionaries (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education. (92 mins.)
Director: Scott Thurman
 
32.
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Documentary series retracing the journey of Alexander the Great across sixteen countries. (240 mins.)
Director: David Wallace
 
33.
My Perestroika (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Tells the story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain... (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hessman
 
34.
Napoleon (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena. (240 mins.)
 
35.
Monarchy with David Starkey (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A history of the English Crown from AD 400 to today. (60 mins.)
 
36.
Medieval Lives (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Terry Jones hosts this series that looks at the real facts about the Middle Ages and its roots. (240 mins.)
Director: Nigel Miller
 
37.
North Korea: A Day in the Life (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(48 mins.)
Director: Pieter Fleury
 
38.
New York: A Documentary Film (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York... (600 mins.)
Director: Ric Burns
 
39.
Prelude to War (1942 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought. (52 mins.)
 
40.
Reel Injun (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films. (85 mins.)
 
41.
S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Documentary of the S-21 genocide prison in Phnom Penh with interviews of prisoners and guards. On the search for reasons why this could have happened. (101 mins.)
Director: Rithy Panh
 
42.
Salvador Allende (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
From his childhood in Valparaiso to his death during the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, the life and works of Chilean president Salvador Allende. (100 mins.)
 
43.
Sir! No Sir! (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam... (85 mins.)
Director: David Zeiger
 
44.
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives. (180 mins.)
Director: Andrei Ujica
 
45.
The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Documentary about the Basque nationalist movement in Spain. (110 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
46.
The Battle of Culloden (1964 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present. (69 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
47.
The Buddha (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious... (120 mins.)
Director: David Grubin
 
48.
The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
49.
The God Who Wasn't There (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole. (62 mins.)
Director: Brian Flemming
 
50.
Point of Order! (1964 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused... (97 mins.)
 
51.
The Goebbels Experiment (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Through archival footage and dramatic readings of his personal writings, the life of Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, is examined. (108 mins.)
 
52.
Nanking (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted. (90 mins.)
 
53.
The Great War (1964 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects... (40 mins.)
 
54.
The Long Way Home (1997 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. (120 mins.)
 
55.
The Men Who Built America (2012 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States... (295 mins.)
 
56.
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival... (251 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
57.
The Spartans (2004 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A history of the ancient Spartans, featuring historian Bettany Hughes as presenter and narrator. (175 mins.)
 
58.
The Statue of Liberty (1985 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Documentary showing the history of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. (60 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
59.
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Germany in the late 1930s. (122 mins.)
 
60.
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (86 mins.)
Director: Steven Okazaki
 
61.
The Panama Deception (1992 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities. (91 mins.)
Director: Barbara Trent