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1. Pururambo (2005)

54 min | Documentary

In the era of satellites, this country of mysteries, myths and undiscovered secrets hides behind green walls of impenetrable deep forest.

Director: Pavol Barabas

Votes: 128

2. A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy

A humorous look at life for a loser in love.

Director: Chris Waitt | Stars: Aleksandra Boyarskaya, Danielle McLeod, Olivia Trench, Chris Waitt

Votes: 3,649

3. Alexandria: The Greatest City (2010 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

Bettany Hughes goes to Alexandria, Egypt, too look at one of the great cities of history. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once one of the intellectual and culture hubs of the... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillam-Smith | Stars: Bettany Hughes, Salima Ikram, Colin Clement, Emanuela Kulicka

Votes: 96

4. Inequality for All (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.

Director: Jacob Kornbluth | Stars: Robert Reich, Candice Bergen, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton

Votes: 6,270 | Gross: $1.21M

5. History's Mysteries (1998–2011)

TV-PG | Documentary, History, Mystery

Explore the stories, events, legends and myths that have incited debate throughout the ages.

Stars: David Ackroyd, Arthur Kent, William L. MacDonald, Carole Fontaine

Votes: 160

6. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

G | 83 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots.

Director: Judy Irving | Stars: Mark Bittner, Judy Irving

Votes: 2,875 | Gross: $3.06M

7. Monarchy with David Starkey (2004–2007)

60 min | Documentary, History

A history of the English Crown from AD 400 to today.

Stars: David Starkey, Tony Cottrell, Gerard Hayling, David Alder

Votes: 423

8. Commune (2005)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on the Black Bear Ranch Commune, an alternative living community founded in 1968 in the remote North Californian wilderness.

Director: Jonathan Berman | Stars: Mahaj Seeger, Peter Coyote, Cedar Seeger, Mel Kramer

Votes: 378

9. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Nightmare in Jamestown (2005)

Documentary, History

National Geographic examines Jamestown the first permanent English settlement in North America. It looks at forensic and archaeological evidence that tells a story of famine, disease, violence, and cannibalism.

Stars: Bill Kelso, Lisa Ling, Doug Owsley, Beverly Straube

Votes: 35

10. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
Episode: Death at Jamestown (2001)

Documentary, History, Mystery

Scientists investigate what led to the demise of the British colony of Jamestown, VA around 1610. Were the starvation and outbreaks they faced caused by a string of unfortunate events or did Spain have something to do with it as well?

Director: Alexander Marengo | Star: Liev Schreiber

Votes: 10

11. Time Team (1994–2014)
Episode: Jamestown: America's Birthplace (2007)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Brendan Hughes | Stars: Tony Robinson, Phil Harding, Helen Geake, Warren Billings

Votes: 9

13. Stephen Fry in America (2008)

60 min | Documentary

English actor-comedian Stephen Fry travels through the US regions by London cab.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Russell Means, Ted Turner, Tom Allman

Votes: 1,566

16. Pompeii: Back from the Dead (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 48 min | Documentary, History

As destruction rained on Pompeii, 74 men, women and children hid in a dark cellar. They clung to life as Vesuvius raged, only to become the last people to die in the disaster. Their bones ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Elston, Steffan Boje | Stars: John R. Clarke, Fabian Kanz, Antonia Raftu, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Votes: 98

17. A Place at the Table (2012)

PG | 84 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

Directors: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio, Ken Cook, Mariana Chilton

Votes: 1,060 | Gross: $0.23M

18. The Jim Gaffigan Show (2015–2016)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy about a husband and wife trying to raise their five kids in a New York City two-bedroom apartment.

Stars: Jim Gaffigan, Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black, Caitlin Moeller

Votes: 2,205

19. Craig Ferguson: I'm Here to Help (2013 TV Special)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Comedy

Craig Ferguson wants to tell a joke. And he'll try to finish the joke. But he may not remember to get to the punchline, because he's distracted by hysterical thoughts of fatherhood, Helen ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Chapman | Star: Craig Ferguson

Votes: 691

20. Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2013 TV Special)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Comedy, Romance

Mike Birbiglia tells the touching story of his believing and disbelieving in love.

Director: Seth Barrish | Star: Mike Birbiglia

Votes: 2,478

22. Ancient Mysteries (2016– )

Documentary

British documentary series following the work of experts who are using cutting-edge technology to explore some of the world's greatest ancient mysteries and put forward new theories and interpretations.

Stars: Daniel Eghan, Mark Bazeley, Chris Naunton, Yasmin El Shazly

Votes: 25

23. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

63 Metascore

Narrative digressions on sex, race, politics, and more from comedienne Sarah Silverman.

Director: Liam Lynch | Stars: Sarah Silverman, Brian Posehn, Laura Silverman, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 5,296 | Gross: $1.32M

24. Metal Evolution (2011–2014)

Documentary

Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper, Slash, Lemmy, Rob Zombie, members of ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Dunn, Scott Ian, Bruce Dickinson, Deena Weinstein

Votes: 2,025

25. Fixing the Future (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

Do people exist to serve the economy, or should the economy exist to serve the people? In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio, of public radio's Marketplace and NOW on PBS, visits ... See full summary »

Directors: Mary Olive Smith, Ellen Spiro | Star: David Brancaccio

Votes: 7

26. The Mind-Benders: LSD and the Hallucinogens (1967)

Not Rated | 25 min | Documentary, Short

This FDA film explores the history of hallucinogenic drugs, and specifically the effects and therapeutic uses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Combining graphics that suggest a ... See full summary »

Director: Lee R. Bobker | Star: Michael Tolan

Votes: 16

27. Yardbirds (1992)

55 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary about the '60s British rock group The Yardbirds, with interviews with the band's various members, managers and other musicians. Also shown are clips from their TV appearances, ... See full summary »

Director: Martin G. Baker | Stars: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Chris Dreja, Giorgio Gomelsky

Votes: 31

28. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz | Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst, Steven Barker

Votes: 4,164

29. The Divide (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in modern day US and UK - where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor.The film is inspired by "The Spirit Level" by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

Director: Katharine Round | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Max Hastings, Robert Frank, Richard Wilkinson

Votes: 163



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