Documentaries I've Watched

by d_schaumann | created - 03 Nov 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

I only ever really watch documentaries or films based on the truth. This is a list of all documentaries and factual TV specials that I can remember watching, ordered from most recent I've watched to the oldest.

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1. The Booksellers (2019)

99 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world.

Director: D.W. Young | Stars: Parker Posey, Fran Lebowitz, Gay Talese, Susan Benne

Votes: 104

2. Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

A group of online justice seekers track down a guy who posted a video of himself killing kittens.

Stars: Deanna Thompson, John Green, Claudette Hamlin, Antonio Paradiso

Votes: 29,018

3. Chasing Einstein (2019)

82 min | Documentary

Nobody has managed to topple Einstein's theory of relativity, even though it leads to the shocking conclusion that most of the universe must be made of a mysterious form of invisible matter... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Brown, Timothy Wheeler | Stars: Elena Aprile, Barry Barish, Laura Baudis, James Beacham

Votes: 39

4. Billy Connolly: The Sex Life of Bandages (2019)

130 min | Comedy

Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. This whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities.

Star: Billy Connolly

5. Human Nature (I) (2019)

95 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A breakthrough called CRISPR opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. A provocative exploration of its far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it.

Director: Adam Bolt | Stars: Jennifer Doudna, George Church, Alta Charo, Fyodor Urnov

Votes: 406

6. Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Charting the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist.

Director: Ryan White | Stars: Susan Brown, Jonathan Capehart, Ari Einleger, Leora Einleger

Votes: 734 | Gross: $0.30M

7. Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man (2019)

87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Jack Sim, aka "Mr. Toilet," is a crusader for global sanitation. Born in the Singapore slums, Sim knows firsthand the agonies of not having a proper loo. Now he's dedicating his life to a crisis no one dares talk about.

Director: Lily Zepeda | Star: Jack Sim

Votes: 54

8. Maison du Bonheur (2017)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

The day-to-day life of a Parisian astrologer, who has been residing in the same Montmartre apartment for over 50 years.

Director: Sofia Bohdanowicz | Stars: Juliane Sellam, Albert Eddassouki, Manouk Kurdoghlian, Claude Tougard-Lumbroso

Votes: 138

9. Cutie and the Boxer (2013)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Director: Zachary Heinzerling | Stars: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Alex Shinohara, Ethan Cohen

Votes: 4,437 | Gross: $0.20M

10. Believer (I) (2018)

TV-14 | 101 min | Documentary, Music

Imagine Dragons' Mormon front man Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah... See full summary »

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Dan Reynolds, Aja Volkman, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman

Votes: 779

11. Soufra (2017)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives-- Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now,... See full summary »

Director: Thomas A. Morgan

Votes: 71

12. Into the Okavango (2018)

88 min | Documentary

A passionate conservation biologist brings together a river bushman fearful of losing his past and a young scientist uncertain of her future on an epic, four-month expedition across three ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Gelinas | Star: Steve Boyes

Votes: 236

13. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

TV-MA | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

74 Metascore

An intimate look into the life and work of the revered master comedian and actor, Robin Williams .

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Robin Williams, Steve Allen, Robert Altman, Roseanne Barr

Votes: 6,224

14. Train Hopper (2019)

18 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A young man travels across America hopping from one freight train to another.

Director: Amélie Hardy

Votes: 7

15. Carmine Street Guitars (2018)

80 min | Documentary, Music

82 Metascore

Five days in the life of fabled Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Eszter Balint, Christine Bougie, Nels Cline, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 252 | Gross: $0.04M

16. Leaving Neverland (2019)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary

At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Joy Robson, Chantal Robson

Votes: 24,483

17. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 18,550 | Gross: $9.04M

18. 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: 48,491 | Gross: $17.54M

19. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018)

123 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A profile of giraffe researcher Anne Dagg who, in 1956, became one of the first people to ever observe and report on animal behaviour.

Director: Alison Reid | Stars: Anne Innis Dagg, Tatiana Maslany, Victor Garber, Lindsay Leese

Votes: 144

20. The Raft (2018)

97 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Lindeen | Stars: Santiago Genovés, Fe Seymour, Maria Björnstam, Servane Zanotti

Votes: 727 | Gross: $0.04M

21. Pedal the World (2015)

80 min | Documentary

Young millennial German fueled by wanderlust and a lack of real world responsibilities travels the globe by bike, peddling across 22 countries and over 20,000 kms to find meaning in life. ... See full summary »

Director: Felix Starck | Star: Felix Starck

Votes: 693

22. Dark Tourist (2018– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary

From a nuclear lake to a haunted forest, New Zealand filmmaker and journalist David Farrier ('Tickled') visits unusual -- and often macabre -- tourism spots around the world.

Stars: David Farrier, Robin Brown, Dan Bulter, Daley Catherine

Votes: 5,307

23. The Surrounding Game (2018)

97 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Go is the oldest game still played in its original form. In east Asia, it is hailed as one of mankind's greatest cultural achievements and considered both ancient art and national sport. At... See full summary »

Directors: Will Lockhart, Cole D. Pruitt | Stars: Allan Abramson, Keith Arnold, Terence Benson, Michael Chen

Votes: 312

24. Karl Meltzer: Made to Be Broken (2017)

42 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

Ultra-runner Karl Meltzer has long dreamed of setting the speed record for crossing America's Appalachian Trail. Now he sets out for his third and final attempt to run the 3,523 km (2,188 miles) in less than 46 days, 8 hours, 6 min.

Director: Matt Katsolis | Stars: Jonathan Basham, Eric Belz, David Horton, Scott Jurek

Votes: 521

25. 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, Leonid Brezhnev, Konstantin Chernenko

Votes: 1,218 | Gross: $0.25M

26. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 15,812 | Gross: $6.35M

27. Vitamania: The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A documentary about vitamins: the history of their discovery, the dietary supplement industry, and the dangers of both deficiencies and excessive intake.

Director: Sonya Pemberton | Star: Derek Muller

Votes: 474

28. The Most Unknown (2018)

92 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cheney | Stars: Jennifer L. Macalady, Davide D'Angelo, Axel Cleeremans, Emilie Caspar

Votes: 1,490 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Cielo (2017)

78 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A love poem to the night sky, set in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Director: Alison McAlpine

Votes: 117

30. Alison (II) (2016)

80 min | Documentary

Raped. Disemboweled. Nearly decapitated. Dumped on the outskirts of a nature reserve, dead - or so they thought. She needed a hero that night, so that's what she became. This is Alison's tale. A tale of monsters, miracles and hope.

Director: Uga Carlini | Stars: Christia Visser, De Klerk Oelofse, Zak Hendrikz, Alison Botha

Votes: 733

31. Bikes vs Cars (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Bikes vs Cars is a documentary about the bike and what an amazing tool for change it can be. It highlights a conflict in city planning between bikes, cars and a growing reliance on fossil fuels.

Director: Fredrik Gertten | Stars: Aline Cavalcante, Dan Koeppel, Raquel Rolnik, Joel Ewanick

Votes: 614

32. Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story (2017)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

Charged with 2400 volts of electricity, Eduardo Garcia lost an arm, ribs, muscle mass and nearly his life, but more important than what he lost is what he found.

Director: Phillip Baribeau | Stars: Eduardo Garcia, Jennifer Jane, Manuel Garcia, Eugenio Garcia

Votes: 498 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018)

83 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

The first film to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her principles - and her legacy.

Director: Lorna Tucker | Stars: Pamela Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Kate Moss, André Leon Talley

Votes: 698 | Gross: $0.03M

34. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)

G | 86 min | Documentary

A Japanese skier ultimately dreamed of literally skiing Mt. Everest. He planned to ski some 8,000 feet down an icy glacier at a 40 to 45 degree angle, from the 26,000 foot level near the ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Nyznik | Stars: Yûichirô Miura, Douglas Rain

Votes: 415

35. The Cleaners (2018)

88 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A look at the shadowy underworld of the Internet where questionable content is removed.

Directors: Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck | Stars: Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, Nicole Wong, Sarah T. Roberts

Votes: 1,399

36. The Accountant of Auschwitz (2018)

78 min | Documentary

Seventy years after WWII, Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving members of the SS, goes on trial as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Director: Matthew Shoychet | Stars: Oskar Gröning, Jeff Ansell, Hedy Bohm, Hans-Jürgen Brennecke

Votes: 1,631

37. Transformer (2017)

78 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

In the summer of 2015, former US Marine and world record weightlifter Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski was publicly outed as being transgender.

Director: Michael Del Monte | Stars: Janae Marie Kroczaleski, Jane Vande Voorde

Votes: 806

38. The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018)

TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary

This documentary explores various urban legends around Hollywood's most elusive star.

Director: Tommy Avallone | Stars: Tommy Avallone, John Barnhardt, Christopher Beaumont, Mike Bozzuffi

Votes: 1,823

39. I Love Your Fucking Name (2018)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A film about the complex relationships people have with their given names.

Director: Finn O'Hara

Votes: 5

40. Gurrumul (2017)

96 min | Documentary, Biography

GURRUMUL is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.

Director: Paul Damien Williams | Stars: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Mark Grose, Michael Hohnen, Sting

Votes: 196

41. Have You Seen the Listers? (2017)

86 min | Documentary

A candid and personal insight into the rise of world-renowned street artist Anthony Lister as he challenges conservative Australia, whilst battling his own demons.

Director: Eddie Martin

Votes: 186

42. Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

78 Metascore

A Late Night comedy writer stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Jello Biafra, and more.

Director: Dava Whisenant | Stars: David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Susan Stroman

Votes: 736

43. Pick of the Litter (2018)

80 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups ... See full summary »

Directors: Don Hardy, Dana Nachman | Star: Matt Fowler

Votes: 968 | Gross: $0.53M

44. This Mountain Life (2019)

76 min | Documentary, Adventure