Documentaries I've Watched

by Dan Schaumann | created - 03 Nov 2013 | updated - 4 days 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. Cielo (2017)

78 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

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

Director: Alison McAlpine

Votes: 24

2. 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, Alison Botha, Zak Hendrikz, De Klerk Oelofse

Votes: 324

3. 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: 552

4. 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: 174 | Gross: $0.01M

5. 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: 349

6. The Cleaners (I) (2018)

88 min | Documentary

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

Directors: Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck

Votes: 320

7. The Accountant of Auschwitz (2018)

78 min | Documentary

A documentary about Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving members of the SS to be implicated in Nazi crimes against humanity.

Director: Matthew Shoychet | Stars: Jeff Ansell, Hedy Bohm, Hans-Jürgen Brennecke, John Demjanjuk

Votes: 28

8. Transformer (2017)

78 min | Documentary

In the summer of 2015, former US Marine and world record weightlifter Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski was publicly outed as being transgender. The reaction was universal: her sponsors abandoned her... See full summary »

Director: Michael Del Monte | Star: Janae Marie Kroczaleski

Votes: 15

10. I Love Your Fucking Name (2017)

9 min | Documentary, Short | Completed

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Director: Finn O'Hara

11. 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: 106

12. 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: 31

13. Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

Documentary, Comedy

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: 9

14. Pick of the Litter (2018)

81 min | Documentary

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 Jr., Dana Nachman

Votes: 56

15. This Mountain Life (2018)

76 min | Documentary, Adventure | Post-production

Few venture into true mountain wilderness. A riveting portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

Director: Grant Baldwin

16. 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: Joanne Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Bianculli, McColm Cephas Jr.

Votes: 5,715 | Gross: $21.78M

17. The Artist & The Pervert (2018)

96 min | Documentary

Georg is a famous Austrian composer, his wife Mollena a renowned American kink educator. Together they live in a public kinky relationship. This film documents their lives between perversion, art, love and radical self-determination.

Directors: Beatrice Behn, René Gebhardt | Stars: Georg Friedrich Haas, Mollena Williams

Votes: 14

18. A Thousand Girls Like Me (2018)

76 min | Documentary

Khatera, a 23 year old Afghan woman, is a victim of sexual abuse from her father. She tells her story publicly on national TV, seeking punishment for her perpetrator and shedding light onto the faulty Afghan judicial system.

Director: Sahra Mani | Star: Khatera

19. Unknown Artist (2018)

7 min | Documentary, Short

For 17-year-old child bride, the only reprieve from her toxic, abusive relationship is writing and singing her poetry at the only women's radio station in the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Director: Fazila Amiri

20. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. Then they discover why.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Silvi Alzetta-Reali, Eddy Galland, Ron Guttman, David Kellman

Votes: 2,154 | Gross: $9.72M

21. Intent to Destroy (2017)

PG-13 | 115 min | Documentary, History

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger meets with historians and scholars to discuss the Armenian Genocide and the continuing denial by the Turkish government of it ever happening.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Taner Akçam, Hagop Asadourian, Peter Balakian

Votes: 381

22. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.

Director: Mat Whitecross | Stars: Paul Arthurs, Christine Biller, Mark Coyle, Debbie Turner

Votes: 7,802 | Gross: $0.24M

23. Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web (2017)

TV-PG | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

The story of the most wanted man online

Director: Annie Goldson | Stars: Kim Dotcom, Alan Curtis, France Komoroske, Wendy Whitefield

Votes: 949

24. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz

Votes: 15,610

25. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

PG | 98 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change to the heart of popular culture, the follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk | Stars: Al Gore, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Laurent Fabius

Votes: 5,770 | Gross: $3.50M

26. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Music

Rising from the ashes of Nirvana, the Foo Fighters became a Grammy-winning sensation on their own. Sixteen years of the band's history comes to life in this documentary, from their demo ... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Shawn Cloninger, William Goldsmith, Jessy Greene, Dave Grohl

Votes: 5,102

27. Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge (2016 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 68 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

Derren Brown investigates the power of compliance by persuading a member of the public into believing that they have pushed someone to their death.

Director: Jon Richards | Stars: Ben Adams, Derren Brown, Tom Carter, Heather Ashley Chase

Votes: 2,201

28. Poop Talk (2017)

75 min | Documentary

A collection of comedies discussing scatological matters.

Director: Aaron N. Feldman | Stars: Steve Agee, Dr. Joel Brown, Nicole Byer, Adam Carolla

Votes: 43

29. AlphaGo (2017)

90 min | Documentary

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the observable universe, the ancient Chinese game of 'Go' has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Kohs | Stars: Ioannis Antonoglou, Lucas Baker, Nick Bostrom, Yoo Changhyuk

Votes: 2,390

30. Machines (2016)

71 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of ... See full summary »

Director: Rahul Jain

Votes: 364 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Strad Style (2017)

TV-14 | 105 min | Documentary

A young hillbilly from Ohio meets a famous European concert violinist over the internet and convinces him that he can make a perfect copy of the most famous violin that ever existed - even ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Avalos | Stars: Daniel Houck, Razvan Stoica, David Campbell, Mary Houck

Votes: 45

32. The Final Year (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Barack Obama, John Kerry, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes

Votes: 1,677 | Gross: $0.19M

33. Everything and Nothing (2011– )

Two-part documentary which deals with two of the deepest questions there are - what is everything, and what is nothing? In two episodes, Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Simon Schaffer, Carlos Frenk, Ian Stewart

Votes: 409

34. 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: 1,203 | Gross: $0.24M

35. Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives (2017 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates the science of gravity, recreating ground-breaking scientific experiments including the moment when Galileo first discovered how to measure gravity.

Director: Andrew Smith | Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Vicki Smith, Graham Appleby, Chris Hadfield

Votes: 69

36. Ramen Heads (2017)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

In 'Ramen Heads,' Osamu Tomita, Japan's reigning king of ramen, takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles,... See full summary »

Director: Koki Shigeno | Stars: Shôta Iida, Kumiko Ishida, Katsuya Kobayashi, Yûki Ohnishi

Votes: 122 | Gross: $0.06M

37. My Enemy, My Brother (2015)

PG-13 | 18 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER is the real life story about two former enemies who become blood brothers for life: Zahed Haftlang was an Iranian boy who ran away from home to join the army. Najah ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Shin

Votes: 61

38. Op-Docs (2011– )
Episode: Alone (2017)


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Director: Garrett Bradley | Stars: Fox Rich, Desmond Watson, Alone Watts

Votes: 18

39. I Have a Message for You (2017)

13 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

A story of love, loss and redemption set on a train in 1943.

Director: Matan Rochlitz

Votes: 14

40. Hopptornet (2016)

17 min | Documentary, Short, Action

On a 10-meter high diving tower, fear of taking the jump is pitted against the personal loss that would arise if you didn't dare. What do we look like when we hesitate and when we make a ... See full summary »

Directors: Axel Danielson, Maximilien van Aertryck | Stars: Linnea Smalström, Angela Wang, Marie Byzström, Elin Johansson

Votes: 313

41. Mind Field (2017– )

26 min | Documentary

Join me on a journey into the mysterious depths of the human psyche as I investigate the strange and surprising terrain of the Mind Field.

Stars: Michael Stevens, Trin Miller, William Brown, Kevin C. Fredrick

Votes: 1,239

42. The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries (2012– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Everything we now know about the universe-from the behaviour of quarks to the birth of entire galaxies-has stemmed from scientists who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable.

Star: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Votes: 208

43. The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Crime

Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, a loving father...and a ruthless killer. A decade after HBO last visited him in prison, the convicted murderer, who freely admits having whacked ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg | Stars: Mark Musto, Rocco Fazzolari, Richard Kuklinski, Richard Lounello

Votes: 1,014

44. America Undercover (1983– )
Episode: The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer (1992)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary

Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, loving father--and ruthless killer of over 100 people. You'll meet him in this powerful documentary that features one of the most vivid and ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur Ginsberg, Tom Spain | Stars: Richard Kuklinski, Michael Baden, Robert J. Carroll, Lee Grant

Votes: 741

45. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Star: Jane Goodall

Votes: 1,497 | Gross: $1.72M

46. Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017)

197 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elvis Costello, Richard Dawkins, Edmund de Waal

Votes: 500 | Gross: $0.16M

47. What the Health (2017)

97 min | Documentary

An intrepid filmmaker on a journey of discovery as he uncovers possibly the largest health secret of our time and the collusion between industry, government, pharmaceutical and health organizations keeping this information from us.

Directors: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn | Stars: Kip Andersen, Larry Baldwin, Neal Barnard, Tia Blanco

Votes: 21,136

48. Do Donkeys Act? (2017)

G | 72 min | Documentary

Donkeys inhabit and communicate with each other - and the filmmakers - in a Sanctuary.

Directors: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin | Star: Willem Dafoe

Votes: 20

49. Let There Be Light (II) (2017)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Let There Be Light follows the story of dedicated scientists working to build a small sun on Earth, which would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean energy fo