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1. Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002– )

360 min | Documentary, History

The people, ideas, and events that created our current world economy.

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Kenneth Baker, Gary Becker, Tony Benn

Votes: 480

2. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Deserts (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

A large and growing part of earth's land mass is covered in desert - each one widely varied in composition and dryness. Wildlife species have adapted in different ways to these different ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Clarke, Huw Cordey

Votes: 2,297

3. Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Victor Baker, Phil Bland, Bernadette Carrion van Rijn

Votes: 1,850

4. Engineering Connections (2008– )

Documentary

Richard Hammond tell us about an extraordinary objects that created with science, art & technologies. Then also he reveal the big ideas and/or inspirations to create that massive masterpiece.

Stars: Richard Hammond, Stephen Ralphs, Hugh Hunt, Tom Bach

Votes: 321

5. A History of Britain (2000–2002)

60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles.

Stars: Simon Schama, Michael Kitchen, Samuel West, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 721

6. A History of Celtic Britain (2011)

Documentary

In four chapters, largely based on and illustrated with archaeological finds and sites, Neil Oliver explains how, as far as is known, the Iron Age Celtic tribes known as the Ancient ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Oliver, Barry Cunliffe, Philip Crummy, Andy Deane

Votes: 78

7. Anatomy for Beginners (2005– )

200 min | Reality-TV

Controversial anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens shows the beauty of the human body and shows the mysteries of our own bodies. In each episode is a human dissection, carried out by Dr. Guther... See full summary »

Stars: Gunther von Hagens, Dennis Lau, Juliet Percival, John Heyworth

Votes: 154

8. Around the World in 80 Days (II) (1989)

49 min | Documentary

Michael Palin attempts to copy the exploits of fictional character Phileas Fogg, by trying to travel around the world (without flying) in 80 days.

Stars: Michael Palin, Basil Pao, Chris Collins, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 1,457

9. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,024 | Gross: $1.25M

10. Captain James Cook (1988)

480 min | Biography, Drama

Based on Captain James Cook's three voyages. It was on his first voyage, in 1770 (while in the South Pacific region to observe the transit of Venus), that Captain Cook discovered the east ... See full summary »

Stars: Keith Michell, John Gregg, Erich Hallhuber, Jacques Penot

Votes: 249

11. Grand Designs Australia (2010– )

Documentary, Reality-TV

Each episode is about the host visiting people who have a dream to build a house and how they bring the build to fruition. We see their trials and tribulations along the way. Each episode is a separate stand-alone story.

Star: Peter Maddison

Votes: 203

12. Great Migrations (2010– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

Great Migrations takes viewers on the epic journeys animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.

Stars: Alec Baldwin, Stephen Fry, Thomas Fritsch, James Byrne

Votes: 661

13. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: Great Plains (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

A quarter of the earth's land mass, from arctic to tropical, are open plains consisting of lowland as well as highland plateaus. Here grows virtually indestructible, fast-growing grasses of... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Justine Evans, Jonathan Keeling

Votes: 2,127

15. Himalaya with Michael Palin (2004– )

360 min | Documentary

This 2004 BBC television series records comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin's six-month trip across the Himalaya mountain range, covering an amazingly diverse range of cultures and ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Palin, The Dalai Lama

Votes: 987

16. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 20,471

17. How the Earth Changed History (2010– )

Documentary

In each episode, geologist Iain Stewart describes how a certain geological force played a determinant part in human history. Culture may render people less dependent on nature, it still ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Ali Haleyalur

Votes: 733

18. Incredible Human Machine (2007 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

National Geographic: Incredible Human Machine takes viewers on a two-hour journey through an ordinary, and extraordinary, day-in-the-life of the human machine. With stunning high-definition... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur F. Binkowski, Chad Cohen | Stars: Craig Sechler, Steven Tyler, Diana Cherkas, Neal McNeil

Votes: 212

19. Inside the Human Body (2011– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Inside The Human Body - takes us deep under our skin where we are dwarfed by even the smallest cell, where blood vessels becomevast cathedrals and the tiniest cluster of cilia becomes an expansive forest.

Stars: Christopher Cotten, Michael Mosley

Votes: 501

20. Inventions That Changed the World (2004– )

300 min | Documentary

A five part BBC 2 TV documentary series, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, that took a look at some of the inventions that have helped to shape the modern world. First broadcast on Thursday 15 ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Fleming, Michael Lutz, James Mellor

Votes: 126

21. James May's Things You Need to Know (2011– )

Documentary

James May gives a scientific explanation to - well just about everything; from human evolution and functions, meteorology, chemistry, physics, and so many other subjects.

Star: James May

Votes: 194

22. 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: 30,717 | Gross: $2.55M

23. Africa (2013)

360 min | Documentary

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred, Katrina Bartlam

Votes: 11,356

24. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Doug Allan, Michael Pitts

Votes: 33,898

26. Long Way Down (2007– )

519 min | Documentary

Two guys take a trip of several months on motorcycles. They travel from the North of Scotland, down through Europe, into Africa, finally winding up in Cape Town, South Africa.

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 4,273

27. Long Way Round (2004– )

TV-PG | 315 min | Documentary, Adventure

This documentary series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 10,727

28. Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia (2008)

60 min | Documentary

Louis Theroux visits a run down area of Philadelphia as part of his Law and Disorder Series.

Director: Emma Cooper

Votes: 808

29. The Blue Planet (2001)
Episode: Making Waves (2001)

TV-G | 49 min | Documentary

The program takes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of this epic series. High adventure and stunning wildlife are combined with intimate, and at times emotional, studies of the characters who bought it to the screen.

Director: Andy Byatt | Stars: David Attenborough, Jason Roberts

Votes: 285

30. Metallica Through the Never (2013)

R | 93 min | Music

61 Metascore

Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett

Votes: 15,557 | Gross: $3.42M

31. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

75 Metascore

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Candi Staton

Votes: 3,250 | Gross: $0.70M

32. Musicwood (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

74 Metascore

The most famous guitar-makers in the world band together on a journey into one of the most primeval forests on earth. Their struggle is with a Native American logging company, their hope: to save the acoustic guitar.

Director: Maxine Trump | Stars: The Antlers, Dave Berryman, Turin Brakes, Kaki King

Votes: 26

33. Globe Trekker (1994– )
Episode: North India: Varanasi to the Himalayas

Adventure, Reality-TV

Add a Plot

Director: Stephen Lennhoff | Star: Andrew Daddo

34. Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland (2014)

40 min | Short, Adventure

In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos. Amongst these remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature.

Director: Martin Williams | Stars: Jeff Corwin, David Attenborough

Votes: 92

35. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 146,733

37. Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature (2012– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Richard Hammond reveals secret animal abilities from the natural world, and discovers how those same animals have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very frontiers of science.

Stars: Richard Hammond, Ralph Ernst, Kate Evans, Brian Hoyle

Votes: 93

38. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 29,599 | Gross: $2.67M

40. Stanley and Livingstone (1939)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Henry King, Otto Brower | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,150

41. The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

55 Metascore

A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 8,553 | Gross: $0.24M

42. The First World War (2003)

500 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the history of World War I.

Stars: Jonathan Lewis, Voja Tankosic, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Andrée Bernard

Votes: 1,066

43. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,719 | Gross: $4.20M

44. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

69 Metascore

About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.

Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Diane Kruger

Votes: 1,196 | Gross: $0.25M

45. The Great War (1964– )

40 min | Documentary, War

One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects, linked with contemporary classic music of that area. ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Emlyn Williams, Marius Goring

Votes: 549

46. The Heart Is a Drum Machine (2009)

TV-PG | 74 min | Documentary, Music

What is music? Many of today's top artists and scholars grapple with the question in this cinematic look at a uniquely human obsession. The Heart is a Drum Machine is a new feature documentary film project from the producers of Moog.

Director: Christopher Pomerenke | Stars: Jim Adkins, Mickey Avalon, Fairuza Balk, Steve Berlin

Votes: 129

47. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,455

48. The Story of India (2007– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, History

Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent's history.

Stars: Michael Wood, Chris Baily

Votes: 895

49. The Who: Music in Review - The Moon Years (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary

The is the independent critical guide to the music of The Who, in the crucial years when the legendary Keith Moon was in the band. This is the ultimate review of the music of a band which ... See full summary »

Stars: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend

Votes: 9

50. The World Before Her (2012)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary