Top-US-Grossing Documentary Titles
1. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War
Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Votes: 115,544 | Gross: $119.08M
2. Jackass 3D (2010)
R | 94 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy
Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.
Votes: 49,025 | Gross: $117.22M
3. Space Station 3D (2002)
Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary
The first 3D live-action film to be shot in space. Using advanced 3D-technology, the film depicts the greatest engineering happening since a man landed on the Moon in 1969. Amongst these is... See full summary »
Votes: 1,340 | Gross: $93.24M
4. March of the Penguins (2005)
G | 80 min | Documentary, Family
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.
Votes: 48,404 | Gross: $77.41M
5. Everest (1998)
Unrated | 44 min | Documentary, Short
An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return... See full summary »
Votes: 2,857 | Gross: $76.45M
7. Jackass Number Two (2006)
R | 92 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy
Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, and the whole crew return to the screen to raise the stakes higher than ever before.
Votes: 57,874 | Gross: $72.76M
8. This Is It (2009)
PG | 111 min | Documentary, Music
A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.
Votes: 33,784 | Gross: $71.84M
10. Jackass: The Movie (2002)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy
Johnny Knoxville and his band of maniacs perform a variety of stunts and gross-out gags on the big screen for the first time.
Votes: 69,854 | Gross: $64.27M
12. Hubble 3D (2010)
G | 44 min | Documentary
An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Votes: 3,553 | Gross: $51.76M
13. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)
R | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy
Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.
Votes: 15,483 | Gross: $50.50M
14. Malcolm X (1972)
PG | 91 min | Documentary, Biography
James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources.
Votes: 347 | Gross: $48.10M
16. Mysteries of Egypt (1998)
38 min | Documentary, Drama, Family
Egypt is and ever was a place of mystery. Many rumors spread around the great Pyramids of Gizeh (the only one of the seven wonders of the world left), their age ranges - in different ... See full summary »
Votes: 429 | Gross: $40.59M
Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short
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 »
Votes: 823 | Gross: $33.56M
22. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)
R | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy
Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour.
Votes: 6,600 | Gross: $32.23M
23. Earth (2007)
G | 90 min | Documentary
Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.
Votes: 13,054 | Gross: $32.00M
24. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime
Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.
Votes: 8,586 | Gross: $30.58M
26. One Direction: This Is Us (2013)
PG | 92 min | Documentary, Music
A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena.
Votes: 22,300 | Gross: $28.87M
27. Chariots of the Gods (1970)
G | 92 min | Documentary
Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,044 | Gross: $25.95M
28. Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
PG | 93 min | Documentary, Music
The life, career and music of singer Katy Perry as we follow her on the California Dreams World Tour.
Votes: 12,528 | Gross: $25.24M
29. Born to Be Wild (2011)
G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure
This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Votes: 2,621 | Gross: $25.19M
30. Sicko (2007)
PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama
A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.
Votes: 68,105 | Gross: $24.53M
31. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
PG | 96 min | Documentary
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
Votes: 70,048 | Gross: $23.81M
33. Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)
R | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy
Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 50,000 people at Philadelphia's outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.
Votes: 3,737 | Gross: $23.56M
34. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007)
Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short
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 »
Votes: 781 | Gross: $23.55M
35. In Search of Historic Jesus (1979)
G | 91 min | Documentary, Drama
This examination of historical sources speculates on the accuracy of the biblical depiction of Jesus.
Votes: 81 | Gross: $22.44M
36. The Bermuda Triangle (1979)
G | 93 min | Documentary, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A documentary that explores the legends, facts and folklore about the dreaded "Bermuda Triangle".
Votes: 158 | Gross: $22.17M
39. Océans (2009)
G | 84 min | Documentary, Drama
An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.
Votes: 7,855 | Gross: $19.41M
40. 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: 1,496 | Gross: $19.18M
41. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)
G | 76 min | Documentary, Music
A 3-D concert film of the 2008 Jonas Brothers "Burning Up" concert tour, as well as documentary footage on the lives of the three brothers.
Votes: 17,119 | Gross: $19.16M
44. Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun (1997)
G | 38 min | Adventure, Documentary, Short
How to create the imagination of movement for fun parks is the theme of this documentary. Although engineers try and try to create machines that shake, tilt, turn, lift and drop people in a... See full summary »
Votes: 125 | Gross: $18.36M
46. Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
PG | 61 min | Documentary, Family
James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams.
Votes: 4,238 | Gross: $17.04M
47. Galapagos (1999)
39 min | Documentary, Short
Part adventure, part scientific expedition, part personal quest, and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a journey with marine biologist Dr. Carole... See full summary »
Votes: 338 | Gross: $16.95M
49. Monkey Kingdom (2015)
G | 81 min | Documentary
A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,817 | Gross: $16.43M