With HBO Documentary Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. 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: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 42,494

2. Nuclear Family (2021)

TV-MA | 158 min | Documentary

6.5
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Ry Russo-Young turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family.

Stars: Cade Russo-Young, Ry Russo-Young, Jacob Estes, Anthony Jensen

Votes: 250

3. The Vow (2020– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

7.0
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A look at the experiences of the members of the NXIVM, an organization and sex cult who made headlines for being charged with sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy.

Stars: Anthony Ames, Sarah Edmondson, Bonnie Piesse, Mark Vicente

Votes: 4,237

4. The Crime of the Century (2021)

TV-MA | 231 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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A searing indictment of Big Pharma and the political operatives and government regulations that enable over-production, reckless distribution and abuse of synthetic opiates.

Stars: Patrick Radden Keefe, Lenny Bernstein, Gary Blinn, Roy Bosley

Votes: 2,040

5. Q: Into the Storm (2021)

TV-MA | 353 min | Documentary

7.6
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When documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback sets out to uncover the forces behind QAnon, his attention turns to 8chan, the site where "Q" posts.

Stars: Cullen Hoback, Fredrick Brennan, Craig James, Ron Watkins

Votes: 5,224

6. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2020–2021)

TV-MA | 353 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Gripping examination of the unsolved crimes of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970's and 1980's.

Stars: Patton Oswalt, Paul Haynes, Lauren Orlando, Amy Ryan

Votes: 6,543

7. Exterminate All the Brutes (2021)

TV-MA | 232 min | Documentary, History

6.8
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The path to the new world, an unsettling and intricate story of genocides. Conquest, slavery and the fabrication of "Whiteness".

Stars: Raoul Peck, Josh Hartnett, Caisa Ankarsparre, Fraser James

Votes: 2,037

8. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

7.1
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66 Metascore

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Elizabeth Holmes, Dan Ariely, Roger Parloff

Votes: 9,878

9. Woodstock 99: Peace Love and Rage (2021)

TV-MA | 110 min | Documentary, Music

7.0
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73 Metascore

Woodstock 99, a three-day music festival promoted to echo unity and counterculture idealism of the original 1969 concert but instead devolved into riots, looting and sexual assaults.

Director: Garret Price | Stars: Maureen Callahan, Carson Daly, Jonathan Davis, Mike Elling

Votes: 3,995

10. Murder on Middle Beach (2020)

TV-MA | 265 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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A young man is determined to solve an unspeakable crime and absolve the people he loves, while looking for answers within his fractured family and community.

Stars: Madison Hamburg, Mark E. Safarik

Votes: 3,175

11. David Byrne's American Utopia (2020)

TV-14 | 105 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

8.2
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93 Metascore

Spike Lee documents the former Talking Heads frontman's brilliant, timely 2019 Broadway show, based on his recent album and tour of the same name.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: David Byrne, Jacqueline Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman

Votes: 3,723

12. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsy Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jim Arnott, David Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Votes: 8,888

13. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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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: 54,276 | Gross: $2.80M

14. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

TV-MA | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.0
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74 Metascore

An intimate look into the life and work of the revered master comedian and actor, Robin Williams.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Robin Williams, Steve Allen, Robert Altman, Roseanne Barr

Votes: 7,655

15. Real Sex (1990–2009)

TV-MA | Documentary

6.7
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Documentary series that explores sex in the '90s. Each episode has several segments about current trends in sexuality as well as street interviews with common people.

Stars: Susan Block, Barbara Carrellas, Annie Sprinkle, Samantha Jones

Votes: 351

16. Tina (2021)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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81 Metascore

Exclusive access to the Grammy Award-winning artist to celebrate her career.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Tina Turner, Angela Bassett, Carl Arrington, Jimmy Thomas

Votes: 3,667

17. Inside Deep Throat (2005)

NC-17 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.7
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64 Metascore

An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Dennis Hopper, Gerard Damiano

Votes: 6,708 | Gross: $0.65M

18. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.5
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83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Kurt Cobain, Wendy O'Connor, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 28,979

19. Beware the Slenderman (2016)

TV-14 | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.2
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Tells the story of two 12-year old girls, who attempted to murder one of their friends in an attempt to appease Slenderman, a fictional monster from a horror website.

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky | Stars: Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier, Angie Geyser, Bill Weier

Votes: 6,694

20. Tiger (2021)

TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.8
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A look at the life, success and scandals of golf legend Tiger Woods.

Stars: Tiger Woods, Pete McDaniel, Steve Williams, Bryant Gumbel

Votes: 3,891

21. Allen v. Farrow (2021)

TV-MA | 256 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.4
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A look behind the years of sensational headlines to reveal the private story of the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving his 7-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow.

Stars: Mia Farrow, Fletcher Previn, Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, Casey Pascal

Votes: 6,595

22. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020)

TV-MA | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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78 Metascore

An exploration of the history of the Bee Gees, featuring revealing interviews with oldest brother Barry Gibb, and archival interviews with the late twin brothers Robin and Maurice.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Peter Brown

Votes: 4,002

23. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

6.7
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This documentary explores the depth behind the case of a woman whose vehicle collision killed numerous people, including herself. Was she really the reckless drunk, or the perfect suburban mother?

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler, Jay Schuler

Votes: 4,967

24. NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½ (2021)

TV-MA | 440 min | Documentary

6.8
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Explore an epic chronicle of life, loss and survival in the city of New York over the twenty years since the September 11th attacks.

Stars: Rosie Perez, Chuck Schumer, Jon Stewart, Hakeem Jeffries

Votes: 589

25. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

8.0
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80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 38,291

26. In the Same Breath (2021)

95 min | Documentary

7.7
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85 Metascore

How did the Chinese government turn pandemic cover ups in Wuhan into a triumph for the Communist party?

Director: Nanfu Wang | Stars: Alex Azar, Bill de Blasio, Anthony Fauci, Liu Peien

Votes: 825

27. Four Hours at the Capitol (2021)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary

6.2
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73 Metascore

A chronicle of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, when thousands of citizens from across the country gathered in Washington D.C., many with the intent of disrupting the certification of Joe Biden's presidency.

Director: Jamie Roberts | Stars: Nick Alvear, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Igor Bobic, Buddy Carter

Votes: 430

28. Spielberg (2017 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 147 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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A documentary on Steven Spielberg, filmmaker. Includes interviews with relatives, film critics, peers and people who have worked with him.

Director: Susan Lacy | Stars: Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Butler

Votes: 6,676

29. Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes (2021)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary

7.3
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Ronan Farrow's intimate, revealing interviews with whistleblowers, journalists, private investigators and other sources for his book Catch & Kill.

Stars: Ronan Farrow, Rosanna Arquette, Ken Auletta, Fabio Bertoni

Votes: 583

30. Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union (2021– )

Documentary

5.3
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Multi-part documentary explores the journey of Barack Obama from his early upbringing to the 44th U.S. President, set against the backdrop of the country's unfolding racial history.

Stars: David Axelrod, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jelani Cobb, Valerie Jarrett

Votes: 840

31. The Lady and the Dale (2021)

TV-14 | 212 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.7
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Elizabeth Carmichael, a larger-than-life entrepreneur rose to prominence with her promotion of a fuel-efficient, three-wheeled car known as The Dale.

Stars: Gerry McGuinness, Candi Michael, Ron Abrams, Charles Richard Barrett

Votes: 1,081

32. Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

PG | 107 min | Documentary, Family, History

8.1
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82 Metascore

Take a stroll down Sesame Street and witness the birth of the most impactful children's series in TV history. From the iconic furry characters to the songs you know by heart, learn how a gang of visionary creators changed our world.

Director: Marilyn Agrelo | Stars: Frank Biondo, Linda Bove, Fran Brill, Northern Calloway

Votes: 464

33. Pray, Obey, Kill (2021)

TV-14 | 316 min | Documentary, Crime

6.5
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In 2004, the world's attention turned to the quiet Swedish village of Knutby after a young woman was murdered.

Stars: Anton Berg, Helge Fossmo, Martin Johnson

Votes: 837

34. Agents of Chaos (2020)

TV-MA | 239 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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Was there Russian interference in the 2016 election? This two-part documentary directed by Emmy(R) and Academy Award(R) Winner Alex Gibney is a product of years of reporting on that ... See full summary »

Stars: Alex Gibney, John Podesta, Margarita Simonyan, John O. Brennan

Votes: 1,073

35. After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary

7.0
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A look at the ongoing threat caused by the phenomenon of "fake news" in the U.S., focusing on the real-life consequences that disinformation, conspiracy theories and false news stories have on the average citizen.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Jack Burkman, Elizabeth Williamson, Molly McKew, Troy Michalik

Votes: 1,427

36. Welcome to Chechnya (2020)

TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary

7.9
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86 Metascore

A group of activists risk their lives fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in Chechnya.

Director: David France | Stars: Olga Baranova, David Isteev, Ramzan Kadyrov, Maxim Lapunov

Votes: 2,526

37. At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019)

TV-MA | 88 min | Documentary, Crime, Sport

8.0
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USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar is convicted of serial sexual abuse of young athletes.

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Simone Biles, Scott Blackmun, Richard Blumenthal, Aimee Boorman

Votes: 2,842

38. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 9,854

39. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime

6.6
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A documentary about a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Marilyn Bartoli, Deb Biggins, Michael Daluz, Jeremiah Donovan

Votes: 2,473

40. Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (2020)

Documentary, Crime

7.2
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A never-before-seen look at the killings of at least 30 African-American children and young adults that occurred over a two-year period in the Georgia capital.

Stars: Tony Axam, Jeremy Bullock, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Jim Procopio

Votes: 1,113

41. Public Speaking (2010)

84 min | Documentary

7.6
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A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Pau Casals

Votes: 1,970 | Gross: $0.06M

42. Showbiz Kids (2020)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary

7.0
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A documentary about the highs and lows of children in show business, featuring interviews and examinations of the lives and careers of the most famous former child actors in the world.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Cameron Boyce, Todd Bridges, Baby Peggy, Marnie Cooper

Votes: 1,553

43. The Last Cruise (2021)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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75 Metascore

A terrifying origin story of the pandemic, DIAMOND PRINCESS chronicles the first and largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus outside China: the Diamond Princess cruise liner. Through ... See full summary »

Director: Hannah Olson | Stars: Kent N. Frasure, Rebecca Frasure, Jerri Jorgensen, Mark Jorgensen

Votes: 1,161

44. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

TV-MA | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, War

7.6
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73 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014.

Director: Brian Oakes | Stars: James Foley, Unai Aranzadi, Zac Baillie, Manu Brabo

Votes: 1,536

45. Alabama Snake (2020)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary, Crime

5.6
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Explores the story of a Pentecostal minister, accused of attempting to murder his wife with a rattlesnake. Based on true events!

Director: Theo Love | Stars: Glenn Summerford, Darlene Summerford, Thomas G. Burton, Doris Summerford

Votes: 560

46. The Case Against Adnan Syed (2019)

TV-14 | 268 min | Documentary, Crime

6.6
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Popularized by the podcast, "Serial," the ongoing story of Adnan Syed who was convicted of murdering a high school student.

Stars: Luke Brindle-Khym, Rabia Chaudry, Saad Chaudry, Donald Clinedinst

Votes: 2,208

47. Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018)

TV-14 | 133 min | Documentary

8.0
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87 Metascore

A look at the life, work, activism and controversies of actress and fitness tycoon, Jane Fonda.

Director: Susan Lacy | Stars: Jane Fonda, Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Nathalie Vadim

Votes: 2,204

48. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 6,073 | Gross: $0.09M

49. Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)

TV-PG | 205 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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Elvis Presley's evolution as a musician and a man.

Director: Thom Zimny | Stars: Steve Allen, Ann-Margret, Chet Atkins, Chris Bearde

Votes: 2,014

50. Transhood (2020)

96 min | Documentary

5.1
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69 Metascore

Filmed over five years in Kansas City, this documentary follows four kids - beginning at ages 4, 7, 12, and 15 - as they redefine "coming of age." These kids and their families reveal ... See full summary »

Director: Sharon Liese | Star: Avery Jackson

Votes: 956


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