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2. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: The Two Escobars (2010)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist | Stars: María Ester Escobar, Francisco Maturana, Alexis García V., Jaime Gaviria Gómez

Votes: 2,955

3. Monitor (1958– )
Episode: Elgar (1962)

55 min | Documentary

A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Huw Wheldon, Peter Brett, Rowena Gregory, George McGrath

Votes: 204

4. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Made in Ealing (1986)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A look at the films produced at Ealing Film Studios in London.

Stars: Richard Attenborough, Jill Balcon, Michael Balcon, Alberto Cavalcanti

5. 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997 TV Movie)

67 min | Documentary, History

Australian born film maker George (Mad Max) Miller offers a personal view of Australian films. He suggests that they can be regarded as visual music, public dreaming, mythology, and ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller | Stars: Harvey Adams, Elizabeth Alexander, Dorothy Alison, Jack Allen

Votes: 108

6. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

157 min | Documentary, History

78 Metascore

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Gilles Kepel, Melvin Goodman, Stephen Holmes, William Kristol

Votes: 3,604

7. The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004– )

TV-14 | 300 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror

Film-makers, performers, genre authorities and selected high-profile fans count down the most chilling moments in cinematic history. Not just from horror films, but from such thrillers as ... See full summary »

Stars: Keiko Agena, Krista Allen, David Arquette, Clive Barker

Votes: 896

8. Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995– )

348 min | Documentary, History

Documentary mini-series about the rise and fall of the European silent film industry.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ulrich Tukur, Sidney Gilliat

Votes: 341

9. Hollywood (1980– )

60 min | Documentary, History

The definitive documentary about the American silent film industry.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin, Colleen Moore

Votes: 602

10. Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010– )

Documentary, History

The history of Hollywood film from the medium's invention to the birth of the New Hollywood in 1970.

Stars: Christopher Plummer, Daniel Selznick, Gregory Orr, Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Votes: 313

11. Unknown Chaplin (1983– )

156 min | Documentary, Comedy

Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.

Stars: James Mason, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, Virginia Cherrill, Jackie Coogan

Votes: 466

12. Prohibition (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,013

13. Chale Chalo: The Lunacy of Film Making (2003)

150 min | Documentary

An account of the making of the Lagaan, by director Satyajit Bhatkal, who served as a production assistant on the film.

Director: Satyajit Bhatkal | Stars: Ashutosh Gowariker, Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh

Votes: 175

14. The Quest for Fire Adventure (1982 TV Short)

23 min | Documentary, Short

Orson Welles explains the creation process of a unique motion picture, a first of its kind, with contributions from the diverse range of worldwide talents who made it possible.

Stars: Orson Welles, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Anthony Burgess, Michael Gruskoff

Votes: 38

15. The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000)

PG-13 | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

72 Metascore

With the help of her mother, family, friends, and fellow musicians, Aiyana Elliott reaches for her father, legendary cowboy troubadour, Ramblin' Jack Elliott. She explores who he is and how... See full summary »

Director: Aiyana Elliott | Stars: Jack Elliott, Gil Gross, Arlo Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 294 | Gross: $0.22M

16. Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (2007)

Unrated | 130 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

For the first time ever, survivors of the famous 1972 Andes plane crash tell in their own words their harrowing story of survival.

Director: Gonzalo Arijon | Stars: Jose Algorta, Roberto Canessa, Alfredo Delgado, Daniel Fernandez

Votes: 1,150 | Gross: $0.09M

17. The Rhythmatist (1985)

58 min | Music, Documentary

A musical oddessy through the heart of Africa in search of the roots of Rock & Roll.

Directors: J.P. Dutilleux, Jean-Pierre Dutilleux | Stars: Lorne Blair, Tisch Raye, Stewart Copeland

Votes: 28

18. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 46,604 | Gross: $2.80M

19. Desperate Man Blues (2003)

52 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary of the life of record collector Joe Bussard.

Director: Edward Gillan | Stars: Joe Bussard, Susannah Anderson, Barbara Brown, John Cooper

Votes: 138

20. Madventures (2002– )

35 min | Documentary

Two backpackers travel through Asia and America.

Stars: Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala, Ior Svedlin, King Kapisi

Votes: 2,250

21. A Syrian Love Story (2015)

76 min | Documentary, Drama

Filmed over 5 years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

Director: Sean McAllister

Votes: 607

22. Sweet Old Song, P.O.V (2002 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

National treasure Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong has been performing for most of his 91 years, ever since his father carved his first fiddle from a wooden crate. For two decades he has ... See full summary »

Director: Leah Mahan | Stars: Howard Armstrong, Ray DeForest, Bob Frank, Kevin Richards

23. L'Iran: une révolution cinématographique (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

Today Iranian cinema is one of the most highly regarded national cinemas in the world, regularly winning festival awards and critical acclaim for films which combine remarkable artistry and... See full summary »

Director: Nader T. Homayoun | Stars: Rakhshan Banietemad, Bahram Beizai, Farokh Ghafari, Bahman Ghobadi

Votes: 123

24. Daf (2003)

30 min | Documentary, Short

This documentary shows us how a Daf elaborated. It's about a family that all their children are blinded and they're running their family business. They're making Dafs which is an Iranian ... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Ghobadi

Votes: 105

25. A Flag Without a Country (2015)

97 min | Documentary

A documentary about Kurds, middle-east war and "Kurdistan", a nation with about 45m population and still without a country.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Nariman Anwar, Helly Luv

Votes: 129

26. Life on the Border (2015)

73 min | Documentary, War

A documentary made by eight children from Kobani and Shengal in refugee camps on the border of Syria and Iraq, who recorded their own life experiences and stories in the wake of brutal attacks by ISIS.

Directors: Mahmod Ahmad, Ronahi Ezaddin, Sami Hossein, Delovan Kekha, Hazem Khodeideh, Diar Omar, Zohour Saeid, Basmeh Soleiman, Nemati Shaho, Mohammad Towrivarian

Votes: 39

27. An Honest Liar (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

76 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein | Stars: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Penn Jillette, Teller

Votes: 7,990 | Gross: $0.12M

28. Alive Inside (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett | Stars: Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Nell Hardie, Norman Hardie

Votes: 2,704 | Gross: $0.15M

29. On Death Row (2012– )

49 min | Documentary

An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates.

Stars: Werner Herzog, James Barnes, Linda Carty, Joseph C. Garcia

Votes: 940

30. Into the Inferno (2016)

104 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, Katia Krafft, Kampiro Kayrento

Votes: 5,094

32. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 16,960

33. Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (1988– )

360 min | Documentary

Mythologist Joseph Campbell presents his ideas about comparative mythology and the ongoing role of myth in human society.

Stars: Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, George Lucas

Votes: 810

34. Nowhere to Hide (2016)

86 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

"Nowhere to Hide" follows a man - the medic and father Nori Sharif - through 5 years of dramatic change in the war-torn Diyala-province; one of the most dangerous provinces in the middle of... See full summary »

Director: Zaradasht Ahmed | Stars: Abu Fallah, Hans Husum, Mudhafar, Nori Sharif

Votes: 161

35. All the Rage (Saved by Sarno) (2016)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

America is experiencing an epidemic of pain. One man has the answer to the problem yet the medical establishment has ignored him. For nearly 50 years, Dr. John Sarno has been ... See full summary »

Directors: David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley | Stars: Jonathan Ames, Larry David, Tom Harkin, Gabor Mate

Votes: 206 | Gross: $0.02M

36. Crazywise (2016)

82 min | Documentary

What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience? During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human-rights ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Borges, Kevin Tomlinson | Stars: Angeles Arrien, Phil Borges, Laura Delano, Carroll Dunham

Votes: 45

37. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, Karl Marlantes

Votes: 7,637

38. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (2016– )

TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary

A series featuring stories from former members of the Church of Scientology whose lives have been affected by the Church's harmful practices.

Stars: Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Chantal Dodson, Mary Kahn

Votes: 3,267

39. Tsar to Lenin (1937)

68 min | Documentary

A narrative of the Russian Revolution.

Director: Herman Axelbank | Stars: Max Eastman, Aleksandr Kerensky, V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky

Votes: 73

40. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 72,539

41. Histoire(s) du cinéma (1989–1999)

267 min | Documentary

An 8-part documentary chronicling the history of cinema: "All the Histories", "A Single History", "Only Cinema", "Deadly "Beauty", "The Coin of the Absolute", "A New Wave", "The Control of the Universe", and "The Signs Among Us".

Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Cuny, Sabine Azéma, Serge Daney

Votes: 236

42. The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000 TV Special)

52 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about the career of Peter Sellers.

Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: Fred Applegate, David Frost, Richard Lester, David Lodge

Votes: 133

43. Seven Up! (1964 TV Movie)

40 min | Documentary, Biography