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1. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou, Allegoo

Votes: 10,902

2. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History, Thriller

97 Metascore

In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 53,015 | Gross: $0.05M

3. 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 | Stars: Mikhail Kaufman, Elizaveta Svilova

Votes: 22,559

4. The Ax Fight (1975)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary in which an ax fight breaks out during a dispute between tribes in a Yanomami village.

Directors: Timothy Asch, Napoleon A. Chagnon

Votes: 103

5. Trance and Dance in Bali (1952)

22 min | Documentary, Short

A Bali ritual depicting the struggle of good (dragons) versus evil (witches) with dancers falling into and being revived from trances.

Directors: Gregory Bateson, Margaret Mead | Star: Margaret Mead

Votes: 130

6. Meeting Jim (2018)

75 min | Documentary

Meeting Jim is a feature length documentary about a journey back to the lifetime of Jim Haynes, an extraordinary 83-year-old man who grabbed with heart and soul the spirit of the 60s and continued to carry it throughout his life.

Director: Ece Ger | Stars: Richard Demarco, Jim Haynes

Votes: 33

7. Meeting Gorbachev (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

73 Metascore

The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union in chronological order.

Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer | Stars: Yuri Andropov, James Baker III, Leonid Brezhnev, Konstantin Chernenko

Votes: 1,701 | Gross: $0.25M

8. Les raquetteurs (1958)

15 min | Short, Documentary

Footage of a snowshoe festival in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Depictions of culture in the early years including snowshoe races, and musical attractions.

Directors: Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx

Votes: 350

9. Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary about the everyday lives of ordinary Parisians, done in the style of cinéma vérité.

Directors: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch | Stars: Angelo, Nadine Ballot, Catherine, Céline

Votes: 2,575

10. The Mad Masters (1955)

36 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

A documentary short depicting a Hauka ceremony where young workers are possessed by British colonial officers.

Director: Jean Rouch | Star: Jean Rouch

Votes: 1,434

11. Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (2016– )

175 min

Documentary following some of the million people who smuggled themselves into Europe in 2015.

Stars: Paul Bown, Hassan Akkad, Isra, Tariq

Votes: 50

12. The Creative Brain (2019)

52 min | Documentary

Neuroscientist David Eagleman taps into the creative process of various innovators while exploring brain-bending, risk-taking ways to spark creativity.

Directors: Jennifer Beamish, Toby Trackman | Stars: David Eagleman, Michelle Khine, Bjarke Ingels, Nathan Myhrvold

Votes: 602

13. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 10,828 | Gross: $0.95M

14. The Mind, Explained (2019– )
Episode: Psychedelics (2019)

Documentary

The Mind Explained looks at what happens to the brain when someone uses psychedelic drugs. It looks at how psychedelic drugs may be useful in dealing with anxiety in cancer survivors and ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Stone, Octavian C. Mihai, Michael Pollan, Arthur King

Votes: 278

15. The Mind, Explained (2019– )
Episode: Dreams (2019)

19 min | Documentary

The Mind Explained looks at dreams and tries to explain what happens in the brain and body after we go to sleep. It looks at the significance of dreams and what dreams can teach us about ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Stone, Robert Stickgold, Gina Poe, Mike Birbiglia

Votes: 294

16. The Mind, Explained (2019– )
Episode: Memory (2019)

Documentary

The Mind Explained looks at how memory works and examines the way in which the brain stores, processes, and retrains memories. It also looks at the ways in which memory can fail and ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Stone, Melanie Mignucci, Elizabeth Phelps, Yanjaa Wintersoul

Votes: 347

17. The Mind, Explained (2019– )
Episode: Anxiety (2019)

21 min | Documentary

The Mind Explained looks at anxiety and explores who it is so common. It talks to neuroscientists who explain the physiological and evolutionary basis of anxiety. Although it can help ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Stone, Ali Mattu, Robert Sapolsky, Maria Bamford

Votes: 275

18. The Mind, Explained (2019– )
Episode: Mindfulness (2019)

Documentary

The Mind Explained looks at the power of mindfulness and meditation. It examines how different kinds on meditation (transcendental, dynamic, and religious) and notes that they are different... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Stone, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Richard Davidson, Bhante Saranapala

Votes: 264

19. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Gasp (2018)

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary

An astronaut's view of the incredible Earth systems that allow life to breathe.

Director: Graham Booth | Stars: Will Smith, Chris Hadfield, Felipe Gómez Gómez, Kidane Belay

Votes: 502

20. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Storm (2018)

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary

A portrayal of how Earth was born in a cosmic storm and shaped by violence.

Director: Nat Sharman | Stars: Will Smith, Nicole Stott, Michael Massimino, Jerry Linenger

Votes: 352

21. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Shield (2018)

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary

The epic story of Earth's battle with the sun and how life thrives here against the odds.

Director: Nic Stacey | Stars: Will Smith, Jeff Hoffman, Leland Melvin, Ken Sims

Votes: 313

22. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Survival (2018)

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary

The story of how life on Earth has evolved, becoming lethal for life to thrive.

Directors: Christopher Riley, Nick Shoolingin-Jordan | Stars: Will Smith, Jerry Linenger, Roger Smith, Mae C. Jemison

Votes: 261

23. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Genesis (2018)

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary

The story of how and why life began on Earth, and what makes our planet different from the others.

Director: Nick Shoolingin-Jordan | Stars: Will Smith, Mae C. Jemison, Hazel Barton, Chris Hadfield

Votes: 257

24. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Escape (2018)

TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary

Astronaut Chris Hadfield believes the only chance for human survival is to escape from Earth and build a space colony, but there are real barriers.

Director: Graham Booth | Stars: Will Smith, Chris Hadfield, Ty Bowen, Iain Kerr

Votes: 231

25. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Awakening (2018)

TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary

An investigation into the mystery of the human brain and the chain of events that produced the anomaly of human intelligence.

Director: Nick Shoolingin-Jordan | Stars: Will Smith, Leland Melvin, Jerry Linenger, Peggy Whitson

Votes: 195

26. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Alien (2018)

TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary

The story of how a miraculous event transformed life on Earth into a complex interconnected food web; Astronauts and experts question other intelligent life in the universe.

Director: Nat Sharman | Stars: Will Smith, Mae C. Jemison, Nichelle Nichols, Logan Doull

Votes: 202

27. One Strange Rock (2018– )
Episode: Terraform (2018)

TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary

The story of how for nearly 4 billion years, life microbes, plants and animals have emerged and sculpted the planet's surface and atmosphere in the strangest of ways.

Director: Nic Stacey | Stars: Will Smith, Michael Massimino, Omar Mednia Ramírez, Isak Mathis Triumf

Votes: 210

28. Wild Wild Country (2018)
Episode: Part 1 (2018)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary, Crime

Under the watchful eye of his secretary, Ma Anand Sheela, spiritual guru Bhagwan Shree Rajineesh renovates his ashram from India to Oregon in 1981.

Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way | Stars: Osho, Ma Anand Sheela, George Meredith, Jon Bowerman

Votes: 663

29. Wild Wild Country (2018)
Episode: Part 6 (2018)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary, Crime

The Bhagwan flees the ranch. Sheela and several followers are arrested in Germany. The Bhagwan's devotees -- and his enemies -- reflect on his legacy.

Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way | Stars: Osho, Ma Anand Sheela, George Meredith, Jon Bowerman

Votes: 465

30. Wild Wild Country (2018)
Episode: Part 2 (2018)

TV-MA | 65 min | Documentary, Crime

When the world's most controversial guru builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.

Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way | Stars: Osho, Ma Anand Sheela, George Meredith, Jon Bowerman

Votes: 568

31. Wild Wild Country (2018)
Episode: Part 3 (2018)

TV-MA | 67 min | Documentary, Crime

Sheela emerges as a provocative spokeswoman. As Election Day approaches, the Rajneeshees recruit thousands of homeless people to fortify their ranks.

Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way | Stars: Osho, Ma Anand Sheela, George Meredith, Jon Bowerman

Votes: 542

32. Wild Wild Country (2018)
Episode: Part 4 (2018)

TV-MA | 69 min | Documentary, Crime

Local officials try to build a case against the Rajneeshees. When Sheela's thirst for power turns violent, the Bhagwan finally breaks his silence.

Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way | Stars: Osho, Ma Anand Sheela, George Meredith, Jon Bowerman

Votes: 512

33. Wild Wild Country (2018)
Episode: Part 5 (2018)

TV-MA | 66 min | Documentary, Crime

The bitter feud between Sheela and the Bhagwan divides the community -- and opens the door for the FBI. At the ranch, a task force amasses evidence.

Directors: Chapman Way, Maclain Way | Stars: Osho, Ma Anand Sheela, George Meredith, Jon Bowerman

Votes: 482

34. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Crime

68 Metascore

Tracing from his rise in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years.

Director: Eva Orner | Stars: Larissa Anderson, Francesca Asumah, Sarah Baughn, Bikram Choudhury

Votes: 5,432

35. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Episode: Standing Up in the Milky Way (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

A thrilling, new adventure across space and time begins.

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan, Bill Pope | Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Phil LaMarr, Seth MacFarlane, John Steven Rocha

Votes: 3,073

36. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Episode: Some of the Things That Molecules Do (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

Artificial selection is one example, eyes another, of the well-documented and inescapable process of evolution--change in a population of species over time--by natural selection. These are some of the things that molecules do.

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan, Bill Pope | Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nadia Rochelle Pfarr, Carl Sagan

Votes: 2,344

37. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Episode: When Knowledge Conquered Fear (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

Neil deGrasse Tyson sets off on the Ship of the Imagination to chase a single comet through its million-year plunge toward Sol. Later, Tyson visits the birth-place of Sir Isaac Newton and ... See full summary »

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan, Bill Pope | Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Chochol, Cary Elwes, Tom Konkle

Votes: 2,104

38. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Episode: A Sky Full of Ghosts (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

Explores how light, time and gravity affects our perception of the universe

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan, Bill Pope | Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Wesley Salter, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 2,004

39. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Episode: Hiding in the Light (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

The Ship of the Imagination travels back in time to reveal 11th century Europe and North Africa during the golden age of Islam, when brilliant physicist Ibn al-Haytham discovered the ... See full summary »

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan, Bill Pope | Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Alfred Molina, Kenn Ashe, Stoney Emshwiller

Votes: 1,764

40. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Episode: Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

The Ship of the Imagination ventures on an epic voyage to the bottom of a dewdrop to explore the universe on the smallest scale and observe exotic life forms invisible to the naked eye. ... See full summary »

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan, Bill Pope | Star: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Votes: 1,578

41. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
Episode: The Clean Room (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary

To determine the true age of the Earth, geochemist Clair Patterson developed the uranium-lead dating method to make an unprecedented discovery - calculating Earth's age of 4.5 billion years... See full summary »

Directors: Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan | Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Gere, Piotr Michael, Marc Worden

Votes: 1,567

42. Anatolian Trip (2018)

114 min | Documentary, Music

Eager in spirit for a better world, an amateur rock band from bohemian Istanbul embarks on an impromptu tour to mainland Turkey, in hopes of sharing their music and love with fellow countrymen.

Directors: Can Eskinazi, Deniz Tortum | Stars: Mustafa C. Aydin, Cem Celal Bilge, Mert Cosar, Ugur Deynekli

Votes: 114

43. The Social Dilemma (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

78 Metascore

Explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: Tristan Harris, Jeff Seibert, Bailey Richardson, Joe Toscano

Votes: 63,137

44. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey | Stars: David Attenborough, Max Hughes

Votes: 23,823

45. Franca: Chaos and Creation (2016)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

An intimate portrait of Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue.

Director: Francesco Carrozzini | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Azzedine Alaïa, Naomi Campbell, Francesco Carrozzini

Votes: 597