Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. Jackass Forever (2022)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy | Completed

After 11 years, the Jackass crew is back for their final crusade.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Eric André

2. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (2022 TV Special)

TV-PG | 102 min | Documentary, Family

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Cast members from all "Harry Potter" films reunite in a retrospective special to celebrate the anniversary of the first film, including interviews and cast conversations.

Directors: Casey Patterson, Joe Pearlman, Eran Creevy, Giorgio Testi | Stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Isaacs, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 29,623

3. Cheer (2020)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Sport

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In the small town of Corsicana, Texas, hard-driving head cheer coach Monica Aldama demands perfection from her team of competitive college athletes.

Stars: Jerry Harris, Gabi Butler, Monica Aldama, Morgan Simianer

Votes: 5,309

4. The Beatles: Get Back (2021)

PG-13 | 468 min | Documentary, Music

9.1
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Documentary about the music group The Beatles featuring in-studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film 'Let It Be.'

Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 15,645

5. The Rescue (2021)

PG | 107 min | Documentary, Action, Mystery

8.4
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A chronicle of the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Bancha Duriyapunt, Apakorn Youkongkaew, Anan Surawan, Woranan Ratrawiphukkun

Votes: 7,650

6. 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible (2021)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

7.9
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Fearless Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purja embarks on a seemingly impossible quest to summit all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks in seven months.

Director: Torquil Jones | Stars: Nirmal Purja, Suchi Purja, Klára Kolouchová, Reinhold Messner

Votes: 18,604

7. The Alpinist (2021)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary

8.0
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67 Metascore

Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. The free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. With no cameras and no margin for error, Leclerc's approach is the essence of solo adventure.

Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen | Stars: Marc-André Leclerc, Peter Mortimer, Alex Honnold, Jason Kruk

Votes: 4,127

8. Flee (2021)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Animation

8.1
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90 Metascore

FLEE tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time.

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Stars: Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari, Belal Faiz

Votes: 2,316

9. The Aristocrats (2005)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.4
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72 Metascore

One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.

Directors: Penn Jillette, Paul Provenza | Stars: George Carlin, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Chris Albrecht

Votes: 16,499 | Gross: $6.38M

10. Clarkson's Farm (2021– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

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Follow Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run a farm in the countryside.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Kaleb Cooper, Charlie Ireland, Gerald Cooper

Votes: 28,160

11. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

8.6
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Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Andrew Jarecki, Robert Durst, Gary Napoli, Jeanine Pirro

Votes: 43,682

12. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary, Sport

8.6
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Docuseries following the FIA Formula One World Championship across multiple seasons.

Stars: Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz

Votes: 31,778

13. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

9.5
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David Attenborough returns with a new wildlife documentary that shows life in a variety of habitats.

Stars: David Attenborough, Gordon Buchanan, Chadden Hunter, Elizabeth White

Votes: 108,247

14. The Curse of Oak Island (2014– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

7.0
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Rick and Marty Lagina, two brothers from Michigan with a life-long interest in the mystery of Oak Island, renew efforts to discover the legendary treasure with sophisticated machinery.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Marty Lagina, Rick Lagina, Charles Barkhouse

Votes: 5,163

15. Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer (2021)

TV-MA | 147 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.5
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In 1970s NYC, the "Torso Killer" preys on women to fulfill his grotesque fantasies while eluding police. A docuseries dive into crime's darkest places.

Stars: Rebi Paganini, Scott Watson, Ralph Bracco, Kenneth Kopolovicz

Votes: 2,472

16. How to with John Wilson (2020– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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An anxious New Yorker who attempts to give everyday advice while dealing with his own personal issues.

Stars: John Wilson, Kyle MacLachlan, Niko Nelson, Yanjaa Wintersoul

Votes: 6,437

17. JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (2021)

TV-14 | 118 min | Documentary

7.6
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50 Metascore

Declassified files related to President Kennedy's assassination in a far larger context, aiming to shine more light on what really happened in 1963.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jacqueline Kennedy

Votes: 1,727

18. Welcome to Earth (2021– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.0
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Will Smith travels to the extreme ends of the earth from active volcanoes to deep ocean adventures.

Stars: Will Smith, Diva Amon, Cory Richards, Erik Weihenmayer

Votes: 1,528

19. Jackass: The Movie (2002)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

6.6
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42 Metascore

Johnny Knoxville and his band of maniacs perform a variety of stunts and gross-out gags on the big screen for the first time.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O

Votes: 88,029 | Gross: $64.26M

20. The Last Dance (2020)

TV-MA | 491 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Charting the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

Stars: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, David Aldridge

Votes: 104,276

21. Friends: The Reunion (2021 TV Special)

TV-14 | 104 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.1
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An unscripted Friends reunion special.

Directors: Russell Norman, Ben Winston | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 55,503

22. Pharma Bro (2021)

85 min | Documentary

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A documentary profiling Martin Shkreli, the financial entrepreneur and pharmaceutical tycoon from Brooklyn, New York, known for raising the price of an AIDS drug 5500% overnight, buying the... See full summary »

Director: Brent Hodge | Stars: Judith Aberg, Ben Brafman, Cilvaringz, Jacklyn Collier

Votes: 327

23. IMDb Supercuts (2018– )

Not Rated | Documentary

6.4
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IMDb Supercuts highlights the best moments in movies and television with mashups for actor filmographies, movie anniversaries, holidays, and more.

Votes: 189

24. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Fantasy, History

7.2
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, William Henry

Votes: 10,701

25. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

Stars: Nathan Fielder, Anthony Filosa, Brian S. Wolfe, Salomon Flores

Votes: 24,536

26. Black Hawk Down (1997)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

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The story behind the infamous downing of an American Black Hawk helicopter by Somali gunmen.

Stars: Mike Goodale, Shawn Nelson, Dale Sizemore

Votes: 9,802

27. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

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Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Corey Brennan, Jerry Toner, Steve West

Votes: 7,229

28. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

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83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 63,037 | Gross: $17.54M

29. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

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An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Christopher Emerson, Keythe Farley, Piotr Michael

Votes: 117,511

30. My Octopus Teacher (2020)

TV-G | 85 min | Documentary

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82 Metascore

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.

Directors: Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed | Stars: Craig Foster, Tom Foster

Votes: 48,629

31. Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021)

194 min | Documentary

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80 Metascore

WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED explores the folk horror phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films - Michael Reeves' Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard's Blood on ... See full summary »

Director: Kier-La Janisse | Stars: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer, Piers Haggard, Abraham Castillo Flores

Votes: 394

32. Cow (I) (2021)

94 min | Documentary

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80 Metascore

A close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows.

Director: Andrea Arnold

Votes: 272

33. The Murders at Starved Rock (2021)

TV-14 | 174 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

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Follows the brutal murders of three women at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle, Illinois and the decades of questions and doubts left in their wake.

Stars: Johnny Cannizzaro, Crystal Lujan, Rod Thorson, Andy Hale

Votes: 686

34. Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021)

PG-13 | 118 min | Documentary, Music

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96 Metascore

Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a feature documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.

Director: Questlove | Stars: Dorinda Drake, Barbara Bland-Acosta, Darryl Lewis, Ethel Beatty

Votes: 6,104

35. Ghost Adventures (2008– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

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Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world.

Stars: Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, Jay Wasley

Votes: 8,873

36. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

TV-MA | 84 min | Documentary

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A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Tressa Silguero, Riley Reynolds, Rachel Bernard, John Anthony

Votes: 17,193

37. Air Crash Investigation (2003– )

TV-14 | 46 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

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Dramatized reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews with aviation experts and eyewitnesses.

Stars: Jonathan Aris, Stephen Bogaert, Gregory Feith, John Cox

Votes: 4,535

38. The Sandman (2020 Podcast Series)

TV-MA | Documentary, Drama, Fantasy

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When The Sandman is pulled from his realm and imprisoned on Earth, he languishes for decades before finally escaping.

Stars: Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, Michael Sheen, Karen Bartke

Votes: 887

39. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

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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: Sigourney Weaver, David Attenborough, Nikolay Drozdov, Thomas Anguti Johnston

Votes: 176,769

40. Tiger King (2020–2021)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.5
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A rivalry between big cat eccentrics takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot.

Stars: Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, John Reinke, Jeff Lowe

Votes: 75,479

41. The Repair Shop (2017– )

30 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

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Some of Britain's most skilled restoration experts breathe new life into much-cherished family heirlooms that are dropped off by members of the public, who reveal the personal stories behind the items.

Stars: Jay Blades, Steven Fletcher, William Kirk, Bill Paterson

Votes: 1,390

42. Inside Look: The Assassination of Gianni Versace - American Crime Story (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 3 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Stars: Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 9,136

43. The Social Dilemma (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

7.6
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78 Metascore

Explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: Tristan Harris, Jeff Seibert, Bailey Richardson, Joe Toscano

Votes: 77,688

44. 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (2017– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

6.7
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Couples who have applied for or received a K-1 visa "available uniquely to foreign fiancés of U.S. citizens", have ninety days to arrange for and have the marriage ceremony. The visa is not to give time "to decide IF" they will marry.

Stars: Darcey Silva, Angela Deem, Jesse Meester, Paul Staehle

Votes: 897

45. Escape to the Chateau (2016–2021)

TV-PG | Documentary

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British engineer Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel buy a rundown French chateau. The series shows them over the course of a year, as they restore the building that has stood empty for 40 years.

Stars: Tracy Ann Oberman, Dick Strawbridge, Angel Adoree, Jennifer Newman

Votes: 1,329

46. The Vietnam War (2017)

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

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

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, James Willbanks, Duong Van Mai Elliott

Votes: 22,966

47. The World at War (1973–1974)

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

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

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

Votes: 24,389

48. Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime

8.0
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A group of online justice seekers track down a guy who posted a video of himself killing kittens.

Stars: Deanna Thompson, John Green, Claudette Hamlin, Antonio Paradiso

Votes: 46,636

49. Jackass Number Two (2006)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

7.0
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66 Metascore

Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, and the whole crew return to the screen to raise the stakes higher than ever before.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Bam Margera

Votes: 70,807 | Gross: $72.78M

50. Alone (2015– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

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Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Tracy, David, Dan

Votes: 4,385


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