Top 75 Documentaries

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1. Leve blant løver (1998)

83 min | Documentary

Documentary about three boys with cancer and their joys and sorrows, from operations, hospitals and funerals.

Director: Sigve Endresen

Votes: 62

Cinema

2. Looking for Richard (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Documentary, Drama

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Frederic Kimball

Votes: 7,541 | Gross: $1.36M

Cinema

3. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 13,634 | Gross: $2.67M

Cinema

4. O.J.: Made in America (2016)

TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

Votes: 14,396

5. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 12,433 | Gross: $22.61M

6. Kroppen min (2002)

26 min | Documentary, Short

Who creates the image of yourself? Why do we hate our bodies? Margreth Olin uses her own body, without a thread to find out why her self image has been ruined.

Director: Margreth Olin | Stars: Margreth Olin, Maria Katharina Olin, Eline Melhuus

Votes: 189

Cinema

7. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 13,125 | Gross: $7.12M

8. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 16,484 | Gross: $3.17M

9. Isle of Flowers (1989)

13 min | Documentary, Short

The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Paulo José, Ciça Reckziegel, Douglas Trainini, Júlia Barth

Votes: 4,904

10. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 8,831 | Gross: $1.61M

11. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 94,468 | Gross: $11.53M

12. Palme (2012)

103 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and times of Olof Palme, the prime minister of Sweden until his assassination in 1986.

Directors: Kristina Lindström, Maud Nycander | Stars: Olof Palme, Catharina Palme, Lisbeth Palme, Richard Guston

Votes: 1,398

Cinema

13. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 19,300

14. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.

Director: Sacha Gervasi | Stars: Robb Reiner, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow, Tiziana Arrigoni, Scott Ian

Votes: 14,765 | Gross: $0.67M

15. Symbolic Threats (2015)

15 min | Documentary, Short

Poetry or threat? Inspired by the heated debate over the two "White American Flags" that suddenly appeared on the towers of New York City's iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day.

Directors: Lutz Henke, Mischa Leinkauf, Matthias Wermke

Votes: 25

Cinema

16. Myggen (1996)

78 min | Documentary, Sport

A portrait of Norway's best football player, Erik "Myggen" Mykland.

Director: Thomas Robsahm | Stars: Erik Mykland, Egil Olsen, Arne Scheie

Votes: 33

17. Heftig og begeistret (2001)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

Much as Buena Vista Social Club revealed a rich and unexplored world of music and culture, Cool and Crazy introduces us to a group of men who find purpose, companionship and even fame, as members of a male choir in Berlevåg.

Director: Knut Erik Jensen | Stars: Odd Marino Frantzen, Einar F.L. Strand, Arne Wensel, Kare Wensel

Votes: 711 | Gross: $0.00M

18. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 11,045 | Gross: $1.60M

19. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogen

Votes: 2,626 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Kon-Tiki (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

Director: Thor Heyerdahl | Stars: Thor Heyerdahl, Herman Watzinger, Erik Hesselberg, Knut Haugland

Votes: 2,082

21. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

66 Metascore

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 14,144 | Gross: $0.64M

22. Best of Enemies (2015)

R | 87 min | Documentary, History, News

77 Metascore

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville | Stars: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 5,266 | Gross: $0.89M

Cinema

23. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 32,388 | Gross: $1.25M

24. The Most Hated Family in America (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Louis meets the Phelps family, who protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality

Director: Geoffrey O'Connor | Stars: Louis Theroux, Lauren Drain, Steve Drain, Fred Phelps

Votes: 3,669

25. Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah

Votes: 11,986 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

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: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

Votes: 4,906 | Gross: $0.24M

27. 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: 76,510 | Gross: $23.81M

28. Kurt & Courtney (1998)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Courtney Love, Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain, Mari Earle

Votes: 6,423 | Gross: $0.44M

Cinema

29. Alt om min far (2002)

75 min | Documentary, Biography

Young film director Even Benestad tells the story of his own father Espen Benestad who is a transvestite and seeks his son's acceptance.

Director: Even Benestad | Stars: Espen Benestad, Elsa Almås, Elisabeth Benestad, Liv

Votes: 407

30. Imagine: John Lennon (1988)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 4,118 | Gross: $3.75M

31. Dei mjuke hendene (1998)

92 min | Documentary

A lot happens in a nursing home. Soft, close, maybe absent hands. Closed, open rooms with single or double beds. Married couples separated in different corridors. A society of it's own, with humor, madness, lust, sorrow, hope, even love.

Director: Margreth Olin

Votes: 102

32. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 133,564 | Gross: $21.24M

33. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 47,041 | Gross: $2.80M

34. Mot nord (2015)

11 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

A skateboardfilm on frozen sand and water.

Director: Jørn Nyseth Ranum | Stars: Didrik Galasso, Karsten Kleppan, Henrik Lund, Hermann Stene

Votes: 27

Cinema

35. Per Fugelli: Siste resept (2018)

119 min | Documentary

A final meeting with the life affirming Per Fugelli, which wasn't afraid to speak out on behalf of the weak. A man called the wisest man in Norway died in September 2017, but here's his legacy.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Charlotte Fugelli, Per Fugelli

Votes: 98

36. Nobody's Business (1996)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A portrait of the director's father, searching for the extraordinary in the subject's seemingly normal existence.

Director: Alan Berliner | Stars: Alan Berliner, Oscar Berliner

Votes: 519

37. The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul (2015)

8 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from all over a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of a national hero whose tears of joy once united their troubled country, the gold-winning figure skater Oksana Baiul.

Director: Kitty Green | Stars: Kseniia Nechyporuk, Vlada Kogan, Margaryta Sydelnykova, Sasha Bespalova

Votes: 44

Cinema

38. I Am Nancy (2011)

71 min | Documentary, Horror

In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven's legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted ... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Marechal | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Wes Craven, Jessica Craven

Votes: 309

39. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 52,716 | Gross: $77.44M

40. Dont Look Back (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez

Votes: 7,359

41. Before Stonewall (1984)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, History

The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

Directors: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg | Stars: Rita Mae Brown, Maua Adele Ajanaku, Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Bannon

Votes: 639

42. Stephen Fry: Out There (2013)

60 min | Documentary

Actor Stephen Fry has for two years seeking up some of the most homophobic persons in the world who spend most of their time fighting gays, and challenges their view upon their extreme homophobia.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Andrew, João Silvério Trevisan, Renata Peron

Votes: 513

43. Family (I) (2001)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

The directors, who are also partners, take a journey in pursuit of Sami's father, who abandoned his Danish family when Sami was very young. Before this ambitious film project started, ... See full summary »

Directors: Phie Ambo, Sami Saif | Stars: Phie Ambo, Sami Saif, Walid Khalil Kaid Saif

Votes: 170

44. Gayby Baby (2015)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family

GAYBY BABY follows the lives of four kids - Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham - whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with personal change, the outside world wrestles with the ... See full summary »

Director: Maya Newell | Star: Matt Young

Votes: 667

45. Two Raging Grannies (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Two Raging Grannies is a touching and thought-provoking documentary that challenges the idea that we must continue to shop, consume, amass, and keep the economy growing.

Director: Håvard Bustnes

Votes: 161

46. The Living Planet (1984– )

660 min | Documentary

David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar).

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,670

47. 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: 42,721 | Gross: $8.41M

48. Andre the Giant (2018 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A look at the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as Andre the Giant.

Director: Jason Hehir | Stars: Robin Wright, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cary Elwes, Billy Crystal

Votes: 3,932

49. Atlantis (I) (1991)

78 min | Documentary, Music