Documentaries worth watching

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1. Racing Extinction (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, News

81 Metascore

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton

Votes: 7,812

2. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steven Burg

Votes: 58,664 | Gross: $13.00M

3. Marley (2012)

PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

82 Metascore

A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff

Votes: 13,640 | Gross: $1.41M

4. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

83 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 34,277

5. Kenny (2017)

86 min | Documentary, Sport

An intimate and revealing portrait of Kenny Dalglish - the player, the man, the truth.

Director: Stewart Sugg | Stars: Margaret Aspinall, John Barnes, Kelly Cates, Jodie Christmas

Votes: 886

6. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 20,996 | Gross: $1.34M

7. Merchants of Doubt (2014)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Frederick Singer, Naomi Oreskes, Jamy Ian Swiss, Sam Roe

Votes: 3,742 | Gross: $0.19M

8. Fed Up (2014)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

Director: Stephanie Soechtig | Stars: Michele Simon, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Michael Bloomberg

Votes: 11,834 | Gross: $1.54M

9. Icarus (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Sport

68 Metascore

When Bryan sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller.

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Bryan Fogel, Dave Zabriskie, Don Catlin, Grigory Rodchenkov

Votes: 45,868

10. Blood Road (2017)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, History, Sport

The mysteries surrounding her father's death in the Vietnam war lead ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch on an emotional journey as she pedals 1200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Director: Nicholas Schrunk | Stars: Rebecca Rusch, Huyen Nguyen, Ian Adamson, Sharon Bannister

Votes: 361

11. Distance Between Dreams (2016)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

In Distance Between Dreams, the most historic year in big wave surfing comes to life through the eyes of iconic surfer Ian Walsh, as he sets mind and body in motion to redefine the upper ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bruce | Stars: Grant Baker, Chris Christenson, Shane Dorian, John John Florence

Votes: 276

12. Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

Director: Ceyda Torun | Stars: Yaman Barlas, Sari, Arzu Göl, Kemal Suncu

Votes: 14,028 | Gross: $2.83M

13. Mountain (I) (2017)

PG | 74 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

An experience about the highest peaks around the world.

Director: Jennifer Peedom | Star: Willem Dafoe

Votes: 3,985 | Gross: $0.24M

14. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 50,796 | Gross: $8.41M

15. The Great Invisible (2014)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.

Director: Margaret Brown | Stars: Meccah Boynton-Brown, Doug Brown, Bob Cavnar, Brent Coon

Votes: 570 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Hired Gun (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.

Director: Fran Strine | Stars: John 5, Kenny Aronoff, Corey Britz, Kara Britz

Votes: 1,948

17. Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale (2016)

90 min | Documentary

The incredible, true-life story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana. When she's suddenly orphaned at one month of age, it's up to the men who look after her herd to save her life.

Directors: Ben Bowie, Geoffrey Luck

Votes: 397

18. Ethos (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty.

Director: Pete McGrain | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Justin Lewis, Bill Hogan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 1,229

19. Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Crime

Tech tycoon John McAfee made millions from his antivirus software. Now, he may be best known his bizarre and scandalous lifestyle.

Director: Nanette Burstein | Stars: Allison Adonizio, Nanette Burstein, Mark Coker, John McAfee

Votes: 3,342

20. The Dawn Wall (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

81 Metascore

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 17,864 | Gross: $1.08M

21. Attenborough's Life That Glows (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Family

Sir David Attenborough explores the world of bio-luminescence, the often spectacular natural light produced by some creatures. Specially designed cameras reveal nature's leading lights.

Director: Joe Loncraine | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 609

22. The Godfathers of Hardcore (2017)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Music

Follows the two of the most respected men in underground music, Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma of the band Agnostic Front.

Director: Ian McFarland | Stars: Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma, Agnostic Front, Mike Gallo

Votes: 514

23. A Year in Space (2016 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

Astronaut Scott Kelly's record-breaking year in space from launch to landing.

Directors: Jonathan Halperin, Shaul Schwarz | Stars: Mark Kelly, Scott Kelly, Barack Obama

Votes: 223

24. A Plastic Ocean (2016)

102 min | Documentary

Journalist Craig Leeson teams up with diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans.

Director: Craig Leeson | Stars: David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle, Ben Fogle, Craig Leeson

Votes: 2,906

25. Human Flow (2017)

PG-13 | 140 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis.

Director: Ai Weiwei | Stars: Israa Abboud, Hiba Abed, Rami Abu Sondos, Fadi Abou Akleh

Votes: 2,560 | Gross: $0.53M

26. The Farthest (2017)

PG | 121 min | Documentary, History

87 Metascore

It is one of humankind's greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so.

Director: Emer Reynolds | Stars: Frank Drake, Carolyn Porco, John Casani, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 4,137 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Welcome to Leith (2015)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

When a noted white supremacist moves into their town, the residents of Leith, North Dakota do what they can to prevent him from taking control of the municipality.

Directors: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker | Stars: Craig Cobb, Ryan Lenz, Amber Schatz

Votes: 4,099 | Gross: $0.04M

28. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 60,696 | Gross: $17.54M

29. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Charles Duke, Buzz Aldrin, William Anders, Neil Armstrong

Votes: 6,713 | Gross: $1.13M

30. The Art of Flight (2011)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

Two years in the making, this film gives snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains.

Director: Curt Morgan | Stars: Travis Rice, Mark Landvik, John Jackson, Nicolas Müller

Votes: 7,722

31. Humanity from Space (2015 TV Movie)

PG | 116 min | Documentary

Trace humankind's long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this two-hour special uses mind-boggling data and CGI to disclose the ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Copp | Star: Kasper Michaels

Votes: 90

32. Roger Waters - Us + Them (2019)

Not Rated | 135 min | Documentary, Music

A look at Roger Waters' 2017-2018 concert tour.

Directors: Sean Evans, Roger Waters | Stars: Rufat Aliyev, Farshid Azizi, Nikoo Bafti, Azzurra Caccetta

Votes: 1,125

33. I Am Human (II) (2019)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Meet the world's first 'cyborgs' - a quadriplegic, a blind man, an amputee, a bio-hacker, and a woman with Parkinson's - the scientists who help them, and one entrepreneur who will stop at nothing on his quest to unlock the brain.

Directors: Elena Gaby, Taryn Southern | Stars: Bryan Johnson, A. Bolu Ajiboye, Kate Allen, Claude Clément

Votes: 180

34. Wall Writers (2016)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Narrated by John Waters, Wall Writers is a documentary about graffiti in its innocence. Through unprecedented access to TAKI183, CORNBREAD, and other legendary writers, Wall Writers ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Gastman | Stars: Bama, Cornbread, Wicked Gary, La-zar

Votes: 47

35. Life off grid (2016)

86 min | Documentary, News

Off-grid is not a state of mind. It is not about being out of touch, living in a remote place, or turning off your mobile phone. Off-grid simply means living without a connection to the ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Taggart

Votes: 261

36. Being Evel (2015)

TV-MA | 99 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

72 Metascore

The real story behind the myth of American icon Robert 'Evel' Knievel and his legacy.

Director: Daniel Junge | Stars: Ken Berg, Seth Enslow, Ray Gunn, George Hamilton

Votes: 1,045

37. The Guardians (I) (2018)

104 min | Documentary

An investigative documentary that examines the systemic abuse of elderly people in Las Vegas, Nevada exposing a cautionary tale where some of our society's most vulnerable citizens are robbed of their life savings and freedom.

Director: Billie Mintz | Star: Dee Drenta

Votes: 102

38. In Search of Balance (2016)

TV-PG | 74 min | Documentary

An exploration of a new paradigm of health, science, and medicine, based on the interconnections between us and nature.

Director: Adam Pfleghaar | Stars: Miguel Altieri, Eshel Ben-Jacob, Jamie Boyd, John Calverly

Votes: 217

39. Unlikely Heroes (2003)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, History

64 Metascore

For most, the idea of Jewish resistance or defiance during the Holocaust is limited to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and a few isolated acts throughout WWII. "Unlikely Heroes", narrated by Sir... See full summary »

Director: Richard Trank | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Lore Perl, William Perl, Theodor Schneider

Votes: 90

40. Boteti: The Returning River (2011)

49 min | Documentary

For the first time in 30 years, rain has fallen in sufficient quantities hundreds of miles to the north in the Angolan highlands, sending a stream of water through the river bed. Filmed in ... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Duane | Star: Jess Reiss

Votes: 13

41. The Science of Interstellar (2015)

51 min | Documentary

The Science of Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi, Interstellar.

Director: Gail Willumsen | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Kip Thorne, Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Votes: 566

42. My Scientology Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Louis Theroux, Tom Cruise, Marty Rathbun, Paz de la Huerta

Votes: 12,531 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Night Will Fall (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, History, War

85 Metascore

Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.

Director: André Singer | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Jasper Britton, Leonard Berney, George Leonard

Votes: 3,181

44. Unacknowledged (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

"Unacknowledged" focuses on the historic files of the Disclosure Project and how UFO secrecy has been ruthlessly enforced-and why. The best evidence for extraterrestrial contact, dating ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mazzola | Stars: Giancarlo Esposito, Steven M. Greer, Carl Sagan, Richard Doty

Votes: 7,829

45. Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016)

91 min | Documentary

24 Metascore

A documentary alleging that the CDC, the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, destroyed data on their 2004 study that allegedly showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Director: Andrew Wakefield | Stars: Del Matthew Bigtree, Mark F. Blaxill, Michaela Blaxill, Baxter Burrowes

Votes: 4,774 | Gross: $0.16M

46. The Way I See It (2020)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza's journey as a person with top secret clearance and total access to the President.

Director: Dawn Porter | Stars: Pete Souza, Barack Obama, Ben Rhodes, Patti Lease

Votes: 1,656