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1. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-G | 533 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 131,580

2. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Deserts (2006)

TV-PG | 48 min | Documentary

A large and growing part of earth's land mass is covered in desert - each one widely varied in composition and dryness. Wildlife species have adapted in different ways to these different ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Clarke, Huw Cordey

Votes: 2,012

3. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Great Plains (2006)

TV-PG | 48 min | Documentary

A quarter of the earth's land mass, from arctic to tropical, are open plains consisting of lowland as well as highland plateaus. Here grows virtually indestructible, fast-growing grasses of... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Justine Evans, Jonathan Keeling

Votes: 1,848

4. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Mountains (2006)

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary

Mountains are the most prominent products of the immense forces which shape the living planet: tectonic drift, volcanic activity and erosion by wind, water, frost and precipitation. We see ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Doug Allan, Jeff Wilson

Votes: 2,377

5. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Fresh Water (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

Although merely 3% of water on earth, fresh water plays an important part in the planet's weather and erosion. It is immensely important for all non-marine wildlife, which drinks fresh ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Haroldo Palo Jr., Peter Scoones

Votes: 2,223

6. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Ice Worlds (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

The polar caps have the most extreme seasonal contrasts, growing and melting vast ice masses, so wildlife adapts by annual migrations. The majority of Antartica is a vast barren permafrost.... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Doug Allan

Votes: 1,981

7. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Seasonal Forests (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

Trees are earth's largest organisms and are also one of the planet's oldest inhabitants. Seasonal forests (unlike tropical rain-forest) the largest land habitats. A third of all trees grow ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Dany Cleyet-Marrel, Mark Linfield

Votes: 1,747

8. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Caves (2006)

TV-PG | 48 min | Documentary

The Earth's large, deep calcareous caves are virtually inaccessible and therefore barely explored - requiring expert diving where flooded. Some of its wildlife is as strange and specific as... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Chadden Hunter

Votes: 2,134

9. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: From Pole to Pole (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

"Planet Earth" travels around the Earth, finding where the sun always shines and where it's rarely seen. Next, they find where water is abundant and where it's scarce.

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Mike Holding, Tania Jenkins

Votes: 2,744

10. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Ocean Deep (2006)

TV-PG | 48 min | Documentary

Open ocean, a vast biotope covering two thirds of the planet, some shallow, some as deep as the mountain ranges are high. The ocean has an immense, precariously complex food chain, varying ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Doug Anderson, Rick Rosenthal

Votes: 1,776

11. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Jungles (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

On 3% of the Earth's surface, the rain forest is the habitat for half our animal species, even 80% of insects. So its wildlife is most competitive, like the birds of paradise's mating, and ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Paul Stewart

Votes: 1,881

12. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: The Shallow Seas (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

Shallow seas cover only 8% of earth's surface, but contain the richest, most varied maritime life: from plankton and coral (literally vital for the very existence of reefs) to birds and ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Simon King

Votes: 1,791

13. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 31,300 | Gross: $1.25M

14. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 51,052 | Gross: $1.61M

15. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 74,662 | Gross: $23.81M

16. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 15,383 | Gross: $0.94M

17. Powaqqatsi (1988)

G | 99 min | Documentary, Music

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Pope John Paul II, Dan Rather

Votes: 6,737 | Gross: $0.59M

18. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)

Not Rated | 161 min | Documentary

A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate, Richard Wilkinson

Votes: 16,460

19. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 14,385

20. Bhutto (2010)

Unrated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

A riveting documentary of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, a polarizing figure in the Muslim world. Following in her father's footsteps as a pillar for democracy, Bhutto was ... See full summary »

Directors: Duane Baughman, Johnny O'Hara | Stars: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari

Votes: 582 | Gross: $0.10M

21. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 46,752 | Gross: $2.96M

22. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 38,364 | Gross: $14.36M

23. No End in Sight (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, War

89 Metascore

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil, Omar Fekeiki

Votes: 7,711 | Gross: $1.43M

24. Einstein Revealed (1996 TV Movie)

105 min | Documentary, Biography

A biographical study of Albert Einstein, with not only an analysis of his place in modern physics and in our understanding of the universe, but an analysis (through his and his wife's ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Jones | Stars: Andrew Sachs, F. Murray Abraham, Jürgen Renn, Robert Schulmann

Votes: 92

25. Roberto Succo (2001)

124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

'Kurt' claims to be a sales rep. He also claims to be English in spite of his heavy Italian accent. Kurt is an habitual liar and a dangerous driver, at the very least. In the south of ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Kahn | Stars: Stefano Cassetti, Isild Le Besco, Patrick Dell'Isola, Viviana Aliberti

Votes: 1,078

26. A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995 (2011)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

The 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City was a direct blow to the heart of America. 168 people were killed, including nineteen children. For those watching the nightly news, terrorism had come ... See full summary »

Director: James Lane | Stars: Don Browning, Jannie Coverdale, Christopher Emery, Jane Graham

Votes: 235

27. Farmageddon (2011)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, News

62 Metascore

Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son healed from all allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk, and real food from farms. It depicts people all over the country who formed food ... See full summary »

Director: Kristin Canty | Stars: Linda Faillace, Adam Helfer, Mark McAfee, Joel Salatin

Votes: 505 | Gross: $0.06M

28. America: Freedom to Fascism (2006)

95 min | Documentary

43 Metascore

A documentary that explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America.

Director: Aaron Russo | Stars: Aaron Russo, John Turner, Joe Banister, Sherry Peel Jackson

Votes: 2,376 | Gross: $0.09M

29. 2016: Obama's America (2012)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

28 Metascore

A documentary that examines the question, "If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?"

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan | Stars: Jay Bastian, Joe Biden, Cait Brasel, Gene Burris Jr.

Votes: 9,499 | Gross: $33.45M

30. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 46,405 | Gross: $4.42M