Biographical Documentaries List

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2. Tesla: Master of Lightning (2000 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Biography of electrical inventor and visionary genius Nikola Tesla.

Director: Robert Uth | Stars: Stacy Keach, Elisabeth Noone, Leland I. Anderson, John Jacob Astor

Votes: 844

3. Who Was Jesus (2009– )

Documentary

This is the story of what it was like to be Jesus, to be born into tyranny, executed for preaching harmony and forgiveness, and what it was like for his disciples to risk death by carrying ... See full summary »

Stars: Allen Callahan, Rachel Havrelock, Israel Hershkovitz, Byron R. McCane

Votes: 58

4. Hannibal (2006 TV Movie)

89 min | Action, Biography, Drama

It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible - but one man is destined to change that. He is a man bound by... See full summary »

Director: Edward Bazalgette | Stars: Alexander Siddig, Emilio Doorgasingh, Bashar Rahal, Mido Hamada

Votes: 1,387

5. In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (1998)

240 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary series retracing the journey of Alexander the Great across sixteen countries.

Star: Michael Wood

Votes: 378

6. Michael Jackson Unmasked (2009 TV Movie)

Approved | 46 min | Documentary, Biography

So much has now been said about the turbulent life and phenomenal career of Michael Jackson that it has become almost impossible to disentangle the man from the myth. Perhaps more than any ... See full summary »

Director: Sonia Anderson | Stars: Denny Heide, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones

Votes: 53

7. The Terry Fox Story (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research.

Director: Ralph L. Thomas | Stars: Eric Fryer, Robert Duvall, Chris Makepeace, Rosalind Chao

Votes: 439

8. Rabindranath Tagore (1961)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

This documentary shows the life of the greatest Bengali talent of all time, Rabindranath Tagore. His work in Bengali culture and literature.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kallol Bose, Subir Bose, Norman Ellis, Sovanlal Ganguli

Votes: 216

9. Mandela (1987 TV Movie)

135 min | Drama

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) become South Africa's first Black President, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in negotiating a bloodless revolution in that country.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Danny Glover, Tam Mpofu, Priscilla Mundawarara, Mike Davey

Votes: 193

10. Bhutto (2010)

Unrated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

A riveting documentary of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, a polarizing figure in the Muslim world. Following in her father's footsteps as a pillar for democracy, Bhutto was ... See full summary »

Directors: Duane Baughman, Johnny O'Hara | Stars: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari

Votes: 589 | Gross: $0.10M

11. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at the life and career of the technology business innovator and entrepreneur.

Directors: Sarah Hunt, Mimi O'Connor | Stars: Robert X. Cringely, Bill Fernandez, Demetri Goritsas, Dean Hovey

Votes: 711

12. Bruce Lee, the Legend (1984)

TV-14 | 88 min | Documentary

The Official Golden Harvest tribute to the Master of the Martial Arts Film, Bruce Lee.

Director: Leonard Ho | Stars: Bruce Lee, James B. Nicholson, Hoi-Chuen Lee, Raymond Chow

Votes: 778

13. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 52,558 | Gross: $1.61M

14. The Inner Eye (1972)

22 min | Documentary, Short

The life & works of a famous bengali artist named Benode Behari Mukherjee, who lost his eyesight completely, though he was one the pioneers of British Indian modern art.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Binode Bihari Mukherjee, Satyajit Ray

Votes: 89

15. A Good Day to Die (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

AIM leader Dennis Banks looks back at his early life and the rise of the American Indian Movement.

Directors: David Mueller, Lynn Salt | Stars: Larry Anderson, Dennis Banks, Tashina Banks, Clyde Bellecourt

Votes: 105

16. Phenomenon: The Lost Archives (1998– )
Episode: Lost Lightning: The Missing Secrets of Nicola Tesla (1998)

47 min | Documentary

At the end of the 19th century, a race was on to power the world. Fraught with shameless incidents of divisiveness and greed, some of our most respected historical figures sounded the ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Miracle | Stars: Dean Stockwell, Bill Rogers, T.E. Bearden, Robert Golka

Votes: 42

17. Nikola Tesla (1977– )

60 min | Biography, Drama

This series follows Tesla's life from his childhood in Simljan (near Gospic) in nowadays Croatia (then Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia, part of Austria-Hungary) to his death in New York, USA.

Stars: Mustafa Nadarevic, Rade Serbedzija, Spiro Guberina, Izet Hajdarhodzic

Votes: 145

18. Mandela (1996)

118 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Follows Nelson Mandela, from his early protests against racial discrimination, to his election as South Africa's first Democratically elected leader.

Directors: Angus Gibson, Jo Menell | Stars: Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, Patrick Shai, George Bizos

Votes: 274

19. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 46,979 | Gross: $3.17M

20. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,630

21. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 29,771 | Gross: $2.55M

22. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,086 | Gross: $3.52M

23. Carlos (2010)

Not Rated | 334 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.

Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Lamia Ahmed

Votes: 11,688 | Gross: $0.15M

24. Sukumar Ray (1987)

29 min | Short, Documentary

The life and work of the writer Sukumar Ray, Satyajit Ray's father. Ray made this film as a tribute to celebrate the centenary of his birth. The film comprises still photographs and readings from Sukumar Ray's writings.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Haradhan Bannerjee, Satya Bannerjee

Votes: 67

25. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as a U.S. naval pilot in the Viet Nam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Viet Cong, recreating many events for the camera.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick

Votes: 5,121



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