Most Popular Documentary-Biography Documentaries With At Least 1000 Votes
1. O.J.: Made in America (2016)
TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
It is the defining cultural tale of modern America - a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize, and develop new chapters.
3. The Act of Killing (2012)
Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
Votes: 25,685 | Gross: $0.48M
4. The Imposter (2012)
R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography
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.
Votes: 36,200 | Gross: $0.89M
5. Amy (III) (2015)
R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.
Votes: 34,183 | Gross: $8.41M
6. Requiem for the American Dream (2015)
73 min | Documentary, Biography, News
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, on the defining characteristic of our time - the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a... See full summary »
Votes: 4,398 | Gross: $0.04M
7. Grizzly Man (2005)
R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
Votes: 42,611 | Gross: $3.17M
8. The Salt of the Earth (2014)
PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.
Votes: 13,105 | Gross: $1.34M
10. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Votes: 50,665 | Gross: $3.70M
11. The Wolfpack (2015)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography
Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes.
Votes: 8,674 | Gross: $1.30M
12. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
13. The Witness (I) (2015)
89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.
105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
Votes: 11,557 | Gross: $0.05M
16. Twinsters (2015)
PG-13 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Family
Adopted from South Korea, raised on different continents & connected through social media, Samantha & Anaïs believe that they are twin sisters separated at birth.
17. Senna (2010)
PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Votes: 47,298 | Gross: $1.61M
20. Waltz with Bashir (2008)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.
Votes: 47,268 | Gross: $2.28M
21. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Votes: 19,760 | Gross: $3.12M
23. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."
24. Team Foxcatcher (2016)
90 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Filmmaker Jon Greenhalgh examines the life of Dave Schultz, a professional wrestler who was part of Team Foxcatcher, funded by philanthropist John E du Pont.
208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
27. Inside Deep Throat (2005)
NC-17 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, History
An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.
Votes: 5,704 | Gross: $0.65M
29. Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
TV-MA | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.
Votes: 2,892 | Gross: $0.41M
31. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
103 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.
Votes: 4,611 | Gross: $0.42M
33. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery
A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Votes: 9,620 | Gross: $1.51M
34. Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001)
R | 77 min | Documentary, Biography
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy offers audiences a penetrating look inside the world of Ron Jeremy, America's most unlikely sex star and hero to millions. With nearly 25 years in the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,178 | Gross: $0.41M
35. The Last Man on the Moon (2014)
95 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography
When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.
Votes: 1,514 | Gross: $0.03M
36. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced.
Votes: 1,861 | Gross: $1.04M
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Votes: 19,715 | Gross: $4.19M
Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography
A documentary of the story behind Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989).
40. Hawking (2013)
TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's ... See full summary »
42. Chasing Ice (2012)
PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography
Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
Votes: 6,388 | Gross: $0.78M
44. Muscle Shoals (2013)
PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
Votes: 2,777 | Gross: $0.70M
46. My Beautiful Broken Brain (2014)
86 min | Documentary, Biography
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 »
47. Iverson (2014)
106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized ... See full summary »
49. An Honest Liar (2014)
90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.
Votes: 6,203 | Gross: $0.12M
50. The Crash Reel (2013)
108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »
52. A Brief History of Time (1991)
G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography
A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time.
Votes: 3,969 | Gross: $2.28M
54. Jag är Ingrid (2015)
Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography
A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.
Votes: 1,094 | Gross: $0.14M
56. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.
Votes: 7,831 | Gross: $7.71M
57. I Am Ali (2014)
PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.
Votes: 2,426 | Gross: $0.00M
59. The Resurrection of Jake the Snake (2015)
93 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A fallen professional wrestling superstar battles his past demons in a struggle to reclaim his life and the family that has given up on him.
61. The Wildest Dream (2010)
PG | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography
Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.
Votes: 1,825 | Gross: $0.87M
62. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)
Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.
63. Biggie and Tupac (2002)
R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.
64. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).
Votes: 6,122 | Gross: $1.43M
65. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography
In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,230 | Gross: $0.10M
67. Call Me Lucky (2015)
106 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you've probably never heard of him. But once ... See full summary »
68. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.
71. Love, Marilyn (2012)
Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography
Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.
72. Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014)
104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
You think you know this story? You don't. From the producers of Academy Award winning film, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, and BAFTA Award winning Director Alex Holmes, this documentary is an ... See full summary »
73. The White Diamond (2004)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography
About the daring adventure of exploring rain forest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur ... See full summary »
74. Rich Hill (2014)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Rich Hill intimately chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished Midwestern town and the fragile family bonds that sustain them.
75. Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat (2002)
R | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
After undergoing a number of personal crises, a stand-up comic returns to the stage for a one-man show featuring stinging social commentary and very personal reflections about his life.
Votes: 1,484 | Gross: $19.18M
76. Der Kreis (2014)
102 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment ... See full summary »
77. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)
PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.
Votes: 7,509 | Gross: $0.33M
79. Tarnation (2003)
Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography
Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more -- culled from 19 years of his life.
Votes: 5,785 | Gross: $0.59M
81. Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000 Video)
100 min | Documentary, Action, Biography
Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »
82. Dreams of a Life (2011)
95 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.
Votes: 2,418 | Gross: $0.01M
84. I Am Bruce Lee (2012 TV Movie)
94 min | Documentary, Biography
Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day ... See full summary »
85. Batkid Begins (2015)
PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Family
On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish. Batkid Begins looks at the 'why' of this flash phenomenon.
Votes: 1,331 | Gross: $0.07M
87. The Two Escobars (2010)
104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellin Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were ... See full summary »
88. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)
93 min | Documentary, Biography, History
'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »
89. The Captains (2011)
97 min | Documentary, Biography
The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors whom have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise.
R | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A look at James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most infamous criminals in American history.
Votes: 2,350 | Gross: $0.08M
91. Party Monster (1998)
57 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary film exploring the rise of Club Kid legend Michael Alig and his fall in 1996 when he murdered his drug dealer/roommate Angel Melendez.
92. Cutie and the Boxer (2013)
R | 82 min | Documentary, Biography
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.
Votes: 3,909 | Gross: $0.20M
93. The Tillman Story (2010)
R | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery
Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,061 | Gross: $0.80M
95. My Architect (2003)
116 min | Documentary, Biography
Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.
Votes: 2,752 | Gross: $2.75M
96. The Unknown Known (2013)
PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Votes: 3,114 | Gross: $0.28M
97. Seven Up! (1964 TV Short)
39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted plans to reinterview them at seven-year ... See full summary »
99. Cristiano Ronaldo: World at His Feet (2014)
54 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet follows the footballer from his beginnings in Portugal, breakthrough start with Manchester United and current career at Real Madrid.
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography
A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.
Votes: 4,800 | Gross: $0.50M