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1. A Film Unfinished (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.

Director: Yael Hersonski | Stars: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser

Votes: 1,625 | Gross: $0.31M

2. Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (2000)

24 min | Documentary

A self-help guide which applies the teachings of philosophers to dealing with life's everyday problems.

Star: Alain de Botton

Votes: 275

4. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 655

5. The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975)

Not Rated | 191 min | Documentary

The chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Abilio Fernández

Votes: 1,038

6. The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Taking place during the Chilean Coup d'état in 1973, this film opens with the attempted military coup of June 1973, which is put down by troops loyal to the government. The left is divided ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Carlos Altamirano, Fernando Castillo, Luis Corvalán

Votes: 829

7. The Battle of Chile: Part III (1979)

80 min | Documentary

Completed two years after The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975) and The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976), this film deals with the creation of thousands of local groups of "popular power" by ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Abilio Fernández

Votes: 666

8. Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama, History

A doc-drama covering the rise and the fall of the Roman world including the founding by Julius Caesar and the building of Rome by Nero.

Stars: Lyall B. Watson, James D'Arcy, Sean Pertwee, Michael Sheen

Votes: 1,509

9. Blood of the Vikings (2001– )

TV-14 | Documentary

The Vikings were an ambitious, daring and frightening people who left an indelible mark on the British psyche. Yet archaeology has revealed very little about their time in Britain and even ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Biddle, Martin Carver, Pat Croxton-Smith, Tinna Damgaard-Sørensen

Votes: 75

10. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 22,061

13. 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: 33,944

14. Life on Earth (1979– )

702 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,404

15. Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey (2012– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Hosts Kate Humble and Dr. Hellen Czerski follow Earth's one-year journey around the sun and the extreme effects it can have on our planet's weather.

Stars: Kate Humble, Helen Czerski, Nick Drake, Honza Rejmanek

Votes: 238

16. 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: 147,066

17. Richard Hammond's Journey to ... (2011– )

Documentary

Using state of the art technology, Richard Hammond's Journey to the Centre of the Planet lifts the lid on planet Earth, peeling back its layers to reveal a hugely complex machine unique in ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Hammond, Roland Bürgmann, Mike Caplehorn, Tom Darrah

Votes: 86

18. Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity (2011– )

55 min | Documentary

Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature's most mysterious force: electricity. Until fairly recently, electricity was seen as a magical power, but... See full synopsis »

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Jon Agar, Patricia Fara, Iwan Morus

Votes: 333

19. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 389 min | Documentary

Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Jason Roberts

Votes: 27,477

20. 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

22. The Story of Science (2010– )

Documentary

Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path.

Stars: Michael Mosley, Robert W. Allan, Marlon Beale, Simon Chaplin

Votes: 563

23. 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: 18,245

24. Vikings (2012– )

59 min | Documentary

Vikings is a documentary series written and presented by Neil Oliver charting the rise of the Vikings from prehistoric times to the empire of Canute.

Star: Neil Oliver

Votes: 179

25. Wild Weather (2002– )

240 min | Documentary

A documentary exploring the extremes of the world's climate.The four programmes focus on wind, wet, cold and heat, and explore how these produce hurricanes, monsoons, ice storms and tornadoes, as well as regulate the global environment.

Star: Donal MacIntyre

Votes: 63

26. World's Most Dangerous Roads (2011– )

TV-MA | Documentary

This special collection features all three seasons of Dangerous Roads. The premise is simple - to drive the world's most extraordinary roads from end to end. British celebrities, including ... See full summary »

Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Hugh Dennis, Sue Perkins, Charley Boorman

Votes: 139

27. People's Century: 1900-1999 (1995– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Series documenting the history of the twentieth century through the testimony of those who lived through it.

Stars: Sean Barrett, Veronika Hyks, Raymond Abescat, Maurice Bourgeois

Votes: 120

28. Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007 Video)

214 min | Documentary

The definitive three-and-a-half hour documentary about the troubled creation and enduring legacy of the science fiction classic Blade Runner (1982), culled from 80 interviews and hours of never-before-seen outtakes and lost footage.

Director: Charles de Lauzirika | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Michael Deeley, Harrison Ford, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 1,699

29. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 12,859

30. No Maps for These Territories (2000)

89 min | Documentary

Follows author and cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson, on a digital North American road trip.

Director: Mark Neale | Stars: William Gibson, Jack Womack, Bruce Sterling, William Burroughs

Votes: 329

32. This Is Not a Film (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi | Stars: Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Votes: 4,303 | Gross: $0.08M

33. The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005)

PG-13 | 70 min | Documentary, Biography

80 Metascore

Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman.

Director: Keith Beauchamp | Stars: Mamie Till, Wheeler Parker, Simeon Wright, Ruthie Mae Crawford

Votes: 351 | Gross: $0.20M

34. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,523

35. The True Story of Killing Pablo (2002 TV Movie)

Documentary, Crime, History

The career and death of notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Director: David Keane | Stars: David Jeremiah, Mark Bowden, Morris Busby, George Bush

Votes: 291

36. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 13,756 | Gross: $2.67M

37. Playing (2007)

100 min | Documentary, Drama

Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Marília Pêra, Andrea Beltrão, Fernanda Torres, Aleta Gomes Vieira

Votes: 868

38. A Grin Without A Cat (1977)

240 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Laurence Cuvillier, Davos Hanich, François Maspero, Yves Montand

Votes: 838

39. Shoah (1985)

Not Rated | 566 min | Documentary, History, War

99 Metascore

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Simon Srebnik, Michael Podchlebnik, Motke Zaïdl, Hanna Zaïdl

Votes: 7,558 | Gross: $0.02M

40. Salvatore Giuliano (1962)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, History

The unclear and complicated twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Frederico Zardi, Sennuccio Benelli

Votes: 2,508

41. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 3,917

42. The Gleaners & I (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski

Votes: 4,991 | Gross: $0.15M

43. The Ister (2004)

Not Rated | 189 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A 3000km journey up the Danube river to the heart of Europe.

Directors: David Barison, Daniel Ross | Stars: Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

Votes: 173

44. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,250

45. The Elegant Universe (2003– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary examining string theory.

Stars: Michael Duff, Michael B. Green, Brian Greene, Walter Lewin

Votes: 2,050

46. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 19,785

47. Decisive Battles (2004– )

30 min | Documentary, Animation, History