Most Popular Animation Documentaries


1. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

7.6
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75 Metascore

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Rosenblatt, Owen Suskind

Votes: 1,969 | Gross: $0.24M

2. Tower (2016)

96 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

7.9
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92 Metascore

Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

Director: Keith Maitland | Stars: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir

Votes: 1,189 | Gross: $0.09M

3. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.6
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83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 22,023

4. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.0
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91 Metascore

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.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 47,532 | Gross: $2.28M

5. Pear Cider and Cigarettes (2016)

35 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.2
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The brutally honest story of Robert's turbulent relationship with a self-destructive, yet charismatic friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.

Director: Robert Valley

Votes: 184

6. Danny Says (2015)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.9
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64 Metascore

Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors,... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Toller | Stars: Justin Bond, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper

Votes: 100 | Gross: $0.04M

7. Video Games: The Movie (2014)

101 min | Documentary, Animation, History

6.1
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40 Metascore

Video Games: The Movie, a feature length documentary, aims to educate & entertain audiences about how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Snead | Stars: Sean Astin, Al Alcorn, Peter Armstrong, Cliff Bleszinski

Votes: 4,789 | Gross: $0.02M

8. I Am Sun Mu (2015)

80 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.3
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Operating under a pseudonym which means 'no boundaries' - North Korean defector Sun Mu creates political pop art based on his life, homeland, and hope for a future united Korea. His hidden ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Sjöberg

Votes: 30

9. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.0
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71 Metascore

This program strives to give the viewer an impression of what it is like to actually be on the moon. It provides a romantic, inspirational depiction of the Apollo astronauts travels on the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Cowen | Stars: Tom Hanks, John Corbett, Andrew Husmann, Bryan Cranston

Votes: 824 | Gross: $33.56M

10. Nuts! (I) (2016)

79 min | Documentary, Animation

7.3
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82 Metascore

The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Gene Tognacci, Andy Boswell, John Causby, Kelly Mizell

Votes: 293

11. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

88 min | Documentary, Animation

7.1
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76 Metascore

A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Richard Feynman, Michèle Oshima

Votes: 2,711 | Gross: $0.13M

12. Superman 75 (2013 TV Short)

2 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

8.2
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75 years of Superman condensed into 2 minutes.

Directors: Zack Snyder, Bruce Timm

Votes: 625

13. 25 April (2015)

85 min | Documentary, Animation, War

7.5
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The tragic 1915 Gallipoli Campaign of WW1 is told through the perspective of six New Zealanders who were involved.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Tainui Tukiwaho, Andrew Grainger, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Fraser Brown

Votes: 89

14. Chicago 10 (2007)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.4
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69 Metascore

Archival footage, animation, and music are used to look back at the eight anti-war protesters who were put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Nick Nolte, Roy Scheider, Hank Azaria

Votes: 1,101 | Gross: $0.18M

15. 100 Years (2017)

7 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

2.0
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An animated history of American health care provider, Planned Parenthood.

Directors: Lena Dunham, Kirsten Lepore | Stars: America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep

Votes: 5

16. The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest (2014)

92 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.3
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82 Metascore

When a legendary escape artist comes up for parole after 30 years behind bars, a chance for freedom must be weighed against his infamous past.

Director: Gabriel London | Stars: Scoot McNairy, Shea Whigham

Votes: 249

17. Dinotasia (2012)

83 min | Documentary, Animation

5.5
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A collection of vignettes presenting possible experiences in the lives of dinosaurs during various periods.

Directors: David Krentz, Erik Nelson, David E. Duncan | Stars: Werner Herzog, Lorànt Deutsch

Votes: 269

18. Alien Planet (2005 TV Movie)

94 min | Documentary, Animation, Sci-Fi

7.4
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The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre de Lespinois | Stars: Wayne D. Barlowe, Curtis Clark, James Garvin, Jamie Hanes

Votes: 1,246

19. The Short Films of David Lynch (2002 Video)

97 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

7.4
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A collection of visionary director David Lynch's short films from the first 29 years of his career is accompanied by a special introduction to each film by the director himself.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jeffe Alperi, Robert Chadwick, Catherine E. Coulson, Eddy Dixon

Votes: 2,605

20. March of the Dinosaurs (2011 TV Movie)

87 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

6.5
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Set 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous period in North America, this animated docu/drama follows the journey of a young Edmontosaurus named Scar and his herd as they migrate south for ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Thompson | Stars: Stephen Fry, Simon Kerr

Votes: 351

21. Family Guy: 200 Episodes Later (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 22 min | Documentary, Animation

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A "Family Guy" retrospective, featuring Seth MacFarlane and other members of the cast and crew.

Director: Brad Lachman | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Richard Appel

Votes: 941

22. Leftovers (I) (2017)

70 min | Documentary, Animation

Photographer Seth Hancock was ASKED to make a documentary on a subject matter that meant nothing to him - Senior Citizens and Hunger. So he traveled across America to discover why senior ... See full summary »

Director: Seth Hancock | Stars: Seth Hancock, Shane Bernardo, Beverly Berry, Enid Borden

23. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.1
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Brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the ocean. Combines animation with recreations in a prehistoric adventure. A journey to the ... See full summary »

Director: Sean MacLeod Phillips | Stars: Jerry Hoffman, Liev Schreiber, Jennifer Aguilar, Michael Ashcraft

Votes: 781 | Gross: $23.55M

24. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.8
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55 Metascore

Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Directors: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas | Stars: Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks

Votes: 4,324 | Gross: $0.09M

25. Ryan (2004)

TV-PG | 14 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.7
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The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late '60s and the early '70s.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb

Votes: 2,374

26. Stickman (2016 TV Movie)

64 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography | Completed

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A homeless man's passion for carving walking sticks connects him to a world beyond the streets and launches him on an incredible journey that transforms him, his community, and those that reach out to help him.

Director: Margaret Galbraith

27. Tyrus (2015)

73 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

9.2
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TYRUS examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old ... See full summary »

Director: Pamela Tom | Stars: Tyrus Wong, Don Hahn, Sonia Mak, Kim Wong

Votes: 20

28. Yarn (2016)

79 min | Documentary, Animation

7.0
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61 Metascore

Every stitch tells a tale. International artists and knitters take a simple skein of yarn to create their extraordinary ideas and stories.

Directors: Þórdur Bragi Jónsson, Una Lorenzen, Heather Millard | Stars: Barbara Kingsolver, Olek, Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar

Votes: 20

29. The Creep Behind the Camera (2014)

111 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.2
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An exploration of the making of b-movie sci-fi cult classic "The Creeping Terror" and its con-man director Art "A.J." Nelson/Vic Savage.

Director: Pete Schuermann | Stars: Josh Phillips, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Bill LeVasseur, Brian McCulley

Votes: 111

30. Victory Through Air Power (1943)

70 min | Documentary, Animation, History

6.9
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An animated documentary promoting of the soundness of strategic aerial bombing in World War II.

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, H.C. Potter | Stars: Alexander de Seversky, Art Baker, Billy Mitchell

Votes: 630

31. The Story of Menstruation (1946)

10 min | Animation, Short, Documentary

5.9
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A basic explanation of the purpose and process of menstruation, told largely with diagrams (and completely avoiding the subject of sex).

Director: Jack Kinney | Star: Gloria Blondell

Votes: 302

32. Why Man Creates (1968)

29 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.4
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Add a Plot

Director: Saul Bass | Star: Paul Saltman

Votes: 428

33. Parallel Planes (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography | Completed

'Parallel Planes' is a documentary film portraying 12 American avant-garde & punk-rock musicians. It is a journey between genres, an essay on free thinking and an intimate look at how 12 critical players relate to the potential of music.

Director: Nicole Wegner | Stars: Ian MacKaye, Michael Gira, Justin Pearson, Greg Saunler

34. Last Day of the Dinosaurs (2010 TV Movie)

66 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.4
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Proposes a minute-by-minute chronology of the Chicxulub impact and its effect on the dinosaurs and other animals around the world.

Director: Richard Dale | Star: Bill Mondy

Votes: 322

35. When Dinosaurs Roamed America (2001 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Documentary

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The life of American dinosaurs is seen in amazing detail. The Feathered Dromeosaurs (Raptors) debut on this film along with the bizarre Therizinosaur. Each story is compelling and ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre de Lespinois | Star: John Goodman

Votes: 270

36. Bricks in Motion (2016)

88 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography | Completed

7.9
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A documentary that explores the diverse world of people who make stop-motion animated films with LEGO® bricks.

Director: Philip Heinrich | Stars: Forrest Whaley, Tommy Williamson, Sean Willets, Kevin Ulrich

Votes: 10

37. Hustlers Convention (2015)

96 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.3
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Released in 1973 by founding member of The Last Poets, Jalal Nuriddin, under the name Lightnin' Rod, Hustlers Convention tells the story of Sport and Spoon - two young hustlers who attend ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Todd | Stars: Chuck D., Ice-T, Jalal Nuriddin, Abdul Malik Al Nasir

Votes: 27

38. Old Man (2012)

7 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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For more then 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate to the outside world. Until now. These are actual never before heard phone conversations between Canadian best selling author Marlin Marynick and Charles Manson.

Director: Leah Shore | Stars: Charles Manson, Marlin Marynick

Votes: 31

39. Fish Out of Water (I) (2009)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Animation, History

4.8
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A documentary that faces down the controversies between homosexuality and religion, examining Bible verses quoted as condemnatory and discussing alternative meanings.

Director: Ky Dickens | Stars: Terri Abbott, James Bankston, Ryan Barrett, Trish Bendix

Votes: 238

40. 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005 TV Special)

245 min | Documentary, Animation, Family

6.7
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A list compiling the 100 Greatest cartoons, new and old, as voted by the British public.

Directors: Esther Dere, Anna Gien | Stars: Jimmy Carr, Joe Alaskey, Terry Alderton, Kelly Asbury

Votes: 114

41. Last Day of Freedom (2015)

32 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.6
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When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision to call the police. Living Condition: Bill's Story is an animated account of his decision to... See full summary »

Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman

Votes: 255

42. Finding Babel (2015)

88 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.2
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65 Metascore

The subversive masterpieces of Russian-Ukrainian writer Isaac Babel challenged the reality of life under rising totalitarianism, and led to his arrest and execution in 1940. In Finding ... See full summary »

Director: David Novack | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Andrei Malaev-Babel, Antonina Pirojkova, Marina Vlady

Votes: 12

43. 2012: Time for Change (2010)

85 min | Documentary, Animation, News

7.1
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2012: Time For Change is a documentary feature that presents ways to transform our unsustainable society into a regenerative planetary culture. This can be achieved through a personal and ... See full summary »

Director: Joao G. Amorim | Stars: Daniel Pinchbeck, Maude Barlow, Ariane Burgess, Gerald Celente

Votes: 307 | Gross: $0.06M

44. The Wanted 18 (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Animation

7.7
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59 Metascore

A small Palestinian village bought 18 cows and stopped buying Israeli milk.

Directors: Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali | Stars: Alison Darcy, Heidi Foss, Rosann Nerenberg, Holly Uloth

Votes: 148

45. La montagne magique (I) (2015)

85 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.0
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In the form of an animated docu-drama, the biography of Adam Jacek Winkler wonders through nearly half a century of history. A Polish refugee in Paris, Adam lived a boundless life, wanting ... See full summary »

Director: Anca Damian | Stars: Christophe Miossec, Jean-Marc Barr, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Lizzie Brocheré

Votes: 108

46. Money as Debt (2006)

47 min | Documentary, Animation

8.3
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The monetary systems practiced through modern banking.

Director: Paul Grignon | Star: Bob Bossin

Votes: 334

47. My Depression (2014 TV Movie)

31 min | Documentary, Animation, Musical

6.6
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A woman narrarates her story, portrayed in animated format, of her life with depression and the difficulties that come with it.

Directors: Robert Marianetti, Elizabeth Swados, David Wachtenheim | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Fred Armisen, Dan Fogler

Votes: 108

48. The Seventh Python (2008)

94 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.9
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The accidental career of Neil Innes, encompassing the Bonzo Dog Band, Magical Mystery Tour, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Saturday Night Live, The Rutles and beyond.

Director: Burt Kearns | Stars: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Votes: 24

49. The Shock Doctrine (2007)

6 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.7
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Drawing surprising connections between market methods and CIA torture techniques developed in the 1950s, the film explores how well-known events of the recent past have been theaters for the shock doctrine, from Pinochet's coup in Chile, to the Tiananmen Square Massacre, to the war in Iraq today.

Director: Jonás Cuarón | Star: Naomi Klein

Votes: 785

50. Great (Isambard Kingdom Brunel) (1975)

30 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.2
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An animated film about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who spearheaded numerous engineering marvels of the early 19th century - including the Thames Tunnel, the Great Western ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Godfrey | Stars: Richard Briers, Harry Fowler, Barbara Moore, Angus Lennie

Votes: 213