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1. The Story of Science (2010– )

Documentary

8.3
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Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path.

Stars: Michael Mosley, Robert W. Allan, Marlon Beale, Simon Chaplin

Votes: 540

2. Al-Nakba (1997)

60 min | Documentary

8.4
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Directors: Benny Brunner, Alexandra Jansse | Star: Joseph Rochlitz

Votes: 7

3. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A series of documentaries about World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 15,276

4. Apocalypse: La 2ème guerre mondiale (2009– )

312 min | Documentary, War

9.2
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Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Martin Sheen

Votes: 4,644

5. The First World War (2003– )

500 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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A comprehensive survey of the history of World War I.

Stars: Jonathan Lewis, Voja Tankosic, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Andrée Bernard

Votes: 958

6. Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006– )

59 min | Drama, History

8.1
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A doc-drama covering the rise and the fall of the Roman world including the founding by Julius Caesar and the building of Rome by Nero.

Stars: Lyall B. Watson, James D'Arcy, Sean Pertwee, Michael Sheen

Votes: 1,384

7. Earth Story (1998– )

400 min | Documentary

8.8
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Stars: Aubrey Manning, Vincent Courtillot, John Dewey, George Plafker

Votes: 194

8. Time (2006– )

60 min | Documentary

7.7
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Stars: Michio Kaku, Shawn McDonald, Donald Nicholson, Saul Perlmutter

Votes: 83

9. The Planets (1999– )

390 min | Documentary

8.5
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The Planets is a made for television documentary series that explores in depth the planets that make up our solar system.

Stars: Mark Halliley, Donald Black, Jerry Soften, Sasa Vasilievski

Votes: 1,275

10. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 27,018

11. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: Parallel Universes (2002)

Documentary

8.1
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It seems the speculation wasn't absurd enough. Parallel universes really do exist and they are much stranger than even the science fiction writers dared to imagine.

Stars: Dilly Barlow, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Michael Duff, Alan Guth

Votes: 73

12. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: Are You Good or Evil? (2011)

Documentary

7.6
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Director: Nikki Stockley | Stars: Bernard Hill, Paul Babiak, William Bernet, Paul Bloom

Votes: 49

13. The Elegant Universe (2003– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.4
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A documentary examining string theory.

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

Votes: 1,993

14. Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010– )

Documentary

8.6
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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: 4,388

15. The Story of Maths (2008– )

TV-G | Documentary

8.1
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Four-part series of documentaries about the history of mathematics presented by Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy.

Stars: Marcus du Sautoy, Christopher Anagnostakis, Daniel Bernoulli, Henk Bos

Votes: 335

16. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,354

17. The Road to War (1989– )

50 min | Documentary

7.8
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A thoughtful, detailed exposition of how and why the end of the Great War led inevitably to the Second World War, the most horrific in human history. Narrated by the great journalist Eric Sevareid.

Stars: Charles Wheeler, Joachim Fest, Ikuhiko Hata, Waldo Heinrichs

Votes: 78

18. Dunkirk (2004 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.4
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A dramatized documentary about the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May 1940.

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Simon Russell Beale, Clive Brunt, Phil Cornwell

Votes: 423

19. War of the Century (1999– )

200 min | Documentary, History, War

8.2
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Documentary examining Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

Stars: John Erickson, Stephen Walsh, Samuel West

Votes: 382

20. Battle of the Atlantic (2002– )

146 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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The story of the World War II effort by Nazi Germany to disrupt Allied shipping with U-boat attacks and the Allied efforts to prevent it.

Stars: Chris Broyles, Bill Paterson

Votes: 105

21. Horror in the East (2001 TV Movie)

PG | Documentary, War

7.7
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An examination of atrocities and depredations committed by Imperial Japanese military forces, from 1931 to 1945.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Samuel West

Votes: 175

22. Battlefields (2001– )

194 min | Documentary, History, War

7.4
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British military historian Professor Richard Holmes takes the viewer through four major battles of world war two. The Battles of Cassino, El Alamein, Arnhem (Operation Market Garden), & the... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Holmes, Sam Bradshaw, George Green, John McGregor

Votes: 50

23. D-Day 6.6.1944 (2004 TV Movie)

120 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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Dramatised documentary, based on the experiences of the soldiers who invaded France in the D-Day Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 which were instrumental in ending World War II.

Directors: Richard Dale, Kim Bour, Pamela Gordon, Sally Weale | Stars: Ian Holm, André Heintz, Raimund Steiner, Eddie McCann

Votes: 285

24. D-Day to Berlin (2005 Video)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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A 3-part BBC Miniseries depicting the Allied progress from the D-Day landings in Normandy all the way to Berlin. The Normandy breakout is covered, as well as the Battle of the Bulge and ... See full summary »

Stars: Sean Bean, Rene Costa, Nickolas Grace, Weodzimierz Matuszak

Votes: 82

25. Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' (2005)

285 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.

Stars: Samuel West, Linda Ellerbee, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt

Votes: 3,408

26. This Is It (2009)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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67 Metascore

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova, Nick Bass

Votes: 34,926 | Gross: $72.09M

27. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: Project Poltergeist (2004)

49 min | Documentary

8.7
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The history of neutrino related discoveries which made scientists re-think their fundamental theories of the universe.

Director: David Sington | Stars: John Bahcall, Andrew Davis, Ray Davis, Kunio Inoue

Votes: 12

28. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: Is Everything We Know About the Universe Wrong? (2010)

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7.5
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Director: Rob Liddell | Stars: Samuel West, Dan Bauer, Pedro Ferreira, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 45

29. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: The Hunt for the Higgs (2012)

50 min | Documentary

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Director: Gaby Hornsby | Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Jon Butterworth, Peter Clarke, Adam Davison

Votes: 65

30. The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

8.2
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A documentary feature about the life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Director: Amy Stechler | Stars: Heinz Berggruen, Estela de Bassagoda, Lila Downs, Arturo Estrada

Votes: 151

31. Control Room (2004)

84 min | Documentary

7.8
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79 Metascore

A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Samir Khader, Josh Rushing, George W. Bush, Hassan Ibrahim

Votes: 4,865 | Gross: $2.59M

32. The Secret Life of Chaos (2010)

60 min | Documentary

8.4
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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: 459

33. Maradona by Kusturica (2008)

90 min | Documentary, Sport

6.7
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A documentary on Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona, regarded by many as the world's greatest modern player.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Ernesto Cantu, Fidel Castro, Manu Chao, Hugo Chávez

Votes: 4,963

34. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 39,315 | Gross: $0.89M

35. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 44,749 | Gross: $2.80M

36. The Oath (2010)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

7.4
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72 Metascore

Tells the story of two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a course of events that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Osama bin Laden, Salim Hamdan, Abu Jandal, Troy Lebane

Votes: 700 | Gross: $0.04M

37. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Directors: Liz Garbus, Hal Tulchin | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 8,699

38. The Price of Sex (2011)

72 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A documentary about young Eastern European women who've been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by survivors; a film that gives a voice to women who ... See full summary »

Director: Mimi Chakarova | Star: Mimi Chakarova

Votes: 143

39. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 39,178 | Gross: $8.41M

40. Io sto con la sposa (2014)

89 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide ... See full summary »

Directors: Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele del Grande, Khaled Soliman al Nassiry | Stars: Tasneem Fared, Abdallah Sallam

Votes: 126

41. Human (I) (2015)

190 min | Documentary

8.7
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A collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Luis Cancu, Atman, Berthony, Bruno

Votes: 4,836

42. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

8.4
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79 Metascore

A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

Director: Evgeny Afineevsky | Stars: Bishop Agapit, Catherine Ashton, Serhii Averchenko, Kristina Berdinskikh

Votes: 9,310

43. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short

8.0
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A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country's harsh judicial system.

Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy | Stars: Asad Jamal, Saba

Votes: 1,017

44. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,480 | Gross: $1.51M

45. Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)

Unrated | 72 min | Documentary

7.6
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78 Metascore

A group of women rise up to peace to Liberia and help bring to power the country's first female head of state.

Director: Gini Reticker | Stars: Janet Johnson Bryant, Etweda Cooper, Vaiba Flomo, Leymah Gbowee

Votes: 430 | Gross: $0.08M

46. My Beautiful Broken Brain (2014)

86 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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MY BEAUTIFUL BROKEN BRAIN is 34 year old Lotje Sodderland's personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of her own brain following a life changing hemorrhagic stroke. ... See full summary »

Directors: Sophie Robinson, Lotje Sodderland | Stars: David Lynch, Sophie Robinson, Hente Sodderland, Jan Sodderland

Votes: 1,478

47. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

7.3
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66 Metascore

A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Anon2World, Anonyops, Julian Assange, Aaron Barr

Votes: 8,916

48. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

8.1
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80 Metascore

A film that claims to be a look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 30,714

49. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 5,291 | Gross: $0.10M

50. Titicut Follies (1967)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary

7.9
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Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 3,191

51. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.2
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90 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 15,625

52. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.1
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72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 13,708 | Gross: $0.05M