07.1 Documentaries & Knowledge

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1. The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Guenette | Stars: Orson Welles, Philip L. Clarke, Ray Laska, Bob Ruggiero

Votes: 919

2. Nostradamus (1994)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

Recounts the life and loves of the physician, astrologer, and famed prognosticator; his encounters with medieval science and the Inquisition; and his early struggles with his visions of the... See full summary »

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, F. Murray Abraham, Rutger Hauer, Amanda Plummer

Votes: 2,533 | Gross: $0.36M

3. Nostradamus: Beyond the Prophecies (2001 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

Who was Nostradamus? What are his predictions about the future? A documentary about this mysterious man who, according to some investigators, could predict huge events like the Second World War.

Stars: Chad Bantner, Brad Douglas, John Hogue

Votes: 20

4. Nostradamus: 500 Years Later (2003 TV Movie)

Documentary

The life story of Nostradamus unfolded in medieval Europe at the time of the Great Plague and the Inquisition. He lived in an age of superstition and magic and believed that he could ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Paddor | Stars: Vincent Bridges, Edward Herrmann, Tony Jay, Penn Jillette

Votes: 91

5. Lost Book of Nostradamus (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

In 1994, journalist Enza Massa visited the Italian National Library in Rome. While she was researching old texts, Enza discovered a book titled "NOSTRADAMUS VATICANICA CODE", dating back to... See full summary »

Director: Kreg Lauterbach | Star: Vincent Bridges

Votes: 113

6. Next Nostradamus (2008 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, History

Nostradamus is taking about something very interesting.

Directors: Matthew Asner, Danny Gold | Stars: Vincent Bridges, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Ethan Bueno De Mesquita, Larry Herbst

Votes: 35

7. Nostradamus: 2012 (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, History

Nostradamus' prophecies are interpreted alongside messages from ancient cultures about galactic alignment and the end of the world.

Director: Andy Pickard | Stars: Vincent Bridges, James Lurie, Gregg Braden

Votes: 1,077

8. The Nostradamus Effect (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, History

Examines the Prophesies of 16th-century French physician Michel de Nostradamus and other ancient prophesy. It compares these prophesies with current global events and sorts significant prophesy from crackpot theory.

Stars: Phil Crowley, Joseph Eid, David Bradstreet, Farshad Farahat

Votes: 147

9. 2012: The End (2010)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

The Mayan Calendar ends on December 21st, 2012. Why does the calendar end? What is going to happen on that date? How is that event going to affect the 7 billion of us living on earth?

Director: Sean Paul Ross | Star: Sean Paul Ross

10. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 318,322 | Gross: $166.11M

11. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress, Jonathan Young

Votes: 7,533

12. UFO Hunters (I) (2008– )

Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

Follows a group of experts as they scrutinize some of history's most intriguing UFO accounts.

Stars: William J. Birnes, Patrick Uskert, Ted Acworth, James Lurie

Votes: 840

13. Area 51 Confidential (2011)

Unrated | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

People from various walks of life find themselves held captive in a desolate area surrounding a secret government installation rumored to contain extraterrestrial life.

Director: Brandon Slagle | Stars: Adrian Quihuis, Devanny Pinn, Brandon Slagle, Wolfgang Meyer

Votes: 352

14. Signs (2002)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 304,692 | Gross: $227.97M

15. Roswell (1999–2002)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Majandra Delfino

Votes: 24,059

16. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

50 Metascore

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer

Votes: 191,251 | Gross: $100.24M

17. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 177,368

18. The X Files (1998)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, John Neville, William B. Davis

Votes: 93,732 | Gross: $83.90M

19. The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

47 Metascore

Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet

Votes: 84,122 | Gross: $20.98M

20. Fire in the Sky (1993)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg

Votes: 18,465 | Gross: $20.10M

21. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 161,519 | Gross: $132.09M

22. Universe (1999)

60 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Star: John Hurt

Votes: 24

23. National Geographic Specials (1965– )

60 min | Documentary, History

For over 30 years, the National Geographic Society has presented specials on nature, foreign culture, scientific breakthroughs, and things which fall under the general category of "neat ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Scourby, Leslie Nielsen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Kiley

Votes: 269

24. Anthropology: A Study of People (1970)

17 min | Documentary, Short

The Spanish Conquistadores wrote down the history of Peru's ancient civilizations, as told to them by the Inca. But archaeologists found evidence that this "history" was entirely false. ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Mitchell

26. The Brain (2008 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Scientists are only now beginning to understand the most complex machine in the known universe - the brain. Go on a voyage of discovery into the evolutionary history of our last biological ... See full summary »

Star: Erik Thompson

Votes: 68

27. Psychology of Human Behavior (2006 Video)

1,080 min | Documentary

The engineering psychologist, Professor David W. Martin, provides a basic introduction to the complex discipline of psychology, looking back to its history and forward to where it might lead us.

Votes: 7

28. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Sigmund Freud: Analysis of a Mind (1996)

Documentary, Biography

The life and work of the great and influential psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), is examined. Archive footage of Freud and a unique sound recording of his voice are included.

Stars: Sigmund Freud, Jack Perkins, Joe Aguayo, Harold P. Blum

Votes: 66

29. Freud (1962)

140 min | Biography, Drama

An examination of Sigmund Freud's career when he began to treat patients diagnosed with hysteria, using the radical technique of hypnosis.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks, Susan Kohner

Votes: 2,086

30. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 90,751 | Gross: $5.70M

31. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: The Miracle Worker (2000)

TV-PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A television remake of William Gibson's classic play about Annie Sullivan's efforts to draw Helen Keller from her world of darkness, blindness, deafness and silence.

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Alison Elliott, Hallie Eisenberg, Lucas Black, Kate Greenhouse

Votes: 1,422

32. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

Passed | 86 min | Biography, Drama, History

The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

Votes: 1,895

33. In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (1998)

240 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary series retracing the journey of Alexander the Great across sixteen countries.

Star: Michael Wood

Votes: 378

35. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 25,478 | Gross: $57.78M

36. Mysteries of the Freemasons (2006 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

Special examines the origins of the Freemasons and their putative roots in the stonemasons of the Temple of Solomon and the Knights Templar, the impact of the Freemasons on the Age of ... See full summary »

Director: Tuggelin Yourgrau | Stars: Rich Adams, Chad O. Allen, Charlie Anderson, Jim Bachtell

Votes: 54

37. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 3,562

38. Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne

Votes: 1,159

39. Lincoln (1988– )

188 min | Drama, History, War

After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency.

Stars: Richard Mulligan, Deborah Adair, Tom Brennan, Gregory Cooke

Votes: 342

41. Warm Springs (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama

The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 2,373

43. The Men Who Killed Kennedy (1988–2003)

Documentary, History

A detailed examination of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, with emphasis on the discrepancies and inconsistencies in the government's official version of events.

Stars: Hilary Minster, Robert J. Groden, Gary Mack, Cyril H. Wecht

Votes: 491

44. The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, History

A behind-the-scenes look at November 22, 1963 from the unique perspective of Lyndon Johnson. On his pivotal first day as President, Lyndon Johnson is put to the test as he contends with the... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Giacchino | Stars: Lyndon Johnson, Fidel Castro, Chester V. Clifton, Walter Cronkite

Votes: 78

45. JFK: The Lost Bullet (2011 TV Movie)

Documentary

The uncovering of the 3 shots fired that resulted in the assassination of Jon F. Kennedy

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Earl Warren, Max Holland, John F. Kennedy

Votes: 65

46. JFK: A New World Order (2013– )

TV-PG | 27 min | Biography

Insightful and concise, this 8 part documentary series covers JFK's life from barely surviving birth to the tragic events in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Remembered for his charisma, sharp ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Edelman, Tim Rosenfield

Votes: 8

47. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

"The Most Dangerous Man in America" is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of ... See full summary »

Directors: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith | Stars: Peter Arnett, Ben Bagdikian, Ann Beeson, John Dean

Votes: 2,136 | Gross: $0.45M

48. Bill Clinton: His Life (2004 Video)

111 min | Documentary

(From the DVD jacket:) " 'His Life' follows Bill Clinton through his college days as a war protester, his years of purported womanizing as governor of Arkansas, his possible connections to ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Vince Foster, Don Tyson

Votes: 28

49. The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Michael Sheen, Demetri Goritsas, Adam Godley, Marc Rioufol

Votes: 3,919