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

Votes: 43,780

2. The Murders at Starved Rock (2021)

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

6.6
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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, Rod Thorson, Crystal Lujan, Andy Hale

Votes: 711

3. 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, Edward Byrne, Kadrolsha Ona Carole, Art Van Zee

Votes: 2,637

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

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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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: 10,743

5. 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 that made headlines for being charged with sex trafficking, racketeering, and conspiracy.

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

Votes: 4,519

6. Four Hours at the Capitol (2021)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary

7.2
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72 Metascore

A chronicle of the incursion 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: Eddie Block, Buddy Carter, James McGovern, Leah Han

Votes: 2,354

7. The Slow Hustle (2021)

88 min | Documentary, Crime

6.4
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After Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is killed in the line of duty, the tragedy soon becomes enmeshed in a widening corruption scandal that threatens to unravel the public's already strained relationship with law enforcement.

Director: Sonja Sohn | Stars: Umar Burley, Jill Carter, Kevin Davis, Jeremy Eldridge

Votes: 262

8. Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss (2021)

115 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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Exploring the life of late hip hop star Juice WRLD.

Director: Tommy Oliver | Stars: Juice WRLD, Cole Bennett, Lil' Bibby, Benny Blanco

Votes: 855

9. 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, Amy Ryan, Lauren Orlando

Votes: 6,942

10. 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: 4,146

11. 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: 5,139

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

TV-MA | 110 min | Documentary, Music

7.1
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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: 4,847

13. The Super Bob Einstein Movie (2021)

TV-MA | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

7.4
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Follows the life of the late actor, writer and producer Bob Einstein, featuring some of his greatest comedic contributions.

Director: Danny Gold | Stars: Albert Brooks, John Byner, Larry David, Susie Essman

Votes: 606

14. 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: 5,607

15. 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: 54,732 | Gross: $2.80M

16. 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: 9,199

17. Adrienne (2021)

98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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75 Metascore

As the muse of Hal Hartley's indie classics and as writer/director of the critically acclaimed Waitress, Adrienne Shelly was a shining star in the indie film firmament.

Director: Andy Ostroy | Stars: Sara Bareilles, Robert John Burke, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith

Votes: 451

18. 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: 4,156

19. 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: 29,322

20. The Forever Prisoner (2021)

119 min | Documentary, Crime

7.3
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75 Metascore

Follows the story of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee subjected to the CIA's program, later identified as torture by those outside the agency.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Stephen Gaudin, Chantell Higgins, Daniel Jones, Steven Kleinman

Votes: 351

21. In the Same Breath (2021)

95 min | Documentary

7.6
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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: 1,172

22. 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: 3,417

23. Exterminate All the Brutes (2021)

TV-MA | 232 min | Documentary, History

6.9
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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: 2,207

24. 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: 6,747 | Gross: $0.65M

25. Jagged (2021)

TV-MA | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.2
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62 Metascore

Documentary centers on the life and work of Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette while making her breakout album 'Jagged Little Pill'

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Alanis Morissette, Lorraine Ali, Glen Ballard, Steve Baltin

Votes: 1,150

26. 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: 38,587

27. 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: 805

28. 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: 4,357

29. 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: 6,890

30. 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: 6,879

31. Real Sex (1990–2009)

TV-MA | Documentary

6.8
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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: 354

32. 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: 4,134

33. Simple as Water (2021)

97 min | Documentary

6.8
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85 Metascore

A meditation on the elemental bonds of family told through portraits of four Syrian families in the aftermath of war.

Director: Megan Mylan

Votes: 140

34. 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: 7,865

35. 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: Candi Michael, Gerry McGuinness, Evan Michael Lee, Susan Stryker

Votes: 1,168

36. Pray, Obey, Kill (2021)

TV-14 | 316 min | Documentary, Crime

6.6
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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: Helge Fossmo, Martin Johnson, Anton Berg

Votes: 997

37. 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: 2,645

38. Listening to Kenny G (2021)

97 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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81 Metascore

An examination of the most popular instrumentalist of all time, Kenny G, and why he is polarizing to so many.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Clive Davis, Craig Ferguson, Kenny G, James Gardiner

Votes: 672

39. 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: 6,877

40. 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: Jennifer Petit, Hayley Petit, William Petit Jr., Michaela Petit

Votes: 2,593

41. 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: 9,966

42. Public Speaking (2010)

84 min | Documentary

7.7
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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: 2,020 | Gross: $0.06M

43. A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks (2021)

89 min | Documentary

7.5
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73 Metascore

Follows Gordon Parks' stellar career from staff photographer for LIFE magazine, through his artistic development photographing everyday Americans, through his evolution as a novelist and groundbreaking filmmaker.

Director: John Maggio | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jelani Cobb, Anderson Cooper, Ava DuVernay

Votes: 141

44. 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: 1,629

45. 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: Mary Welcome, Jeremy Bullock, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Jim Procopio

Votes: 1,193

46. Nuclear Family (2021)

TV-MA | 158 min | Documentary

6.8
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Ry Russo-Young turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family.

Stars: Cade Russo-Young, Cris Arguedas, Jacob Estes, Kathleen Ridolfi

Votes: 355

47. Black and Missing (2021– )

TV-MA | Documentary, Crime

5.6
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Follows Black and Missing Foundation founders, Derrica and Natalie Wilson, as they dive into specific cases and break down how systemic behaviors and attitudes stem from centuries of deeply rooted racism.

Stars: Natalie Wilson, Derrica Wilson, CeCe Moore

Votes: 194

48. 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, Harry Reid

Votes: 1,142

49. The 50 Year Argument (2014)

97 min | Documentary

6.5
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A documentary on the history and influence of the New York Review of Books.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi | Stars: Barbara Epstein, W.H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin, Stephen Jay Gould

Votes: 669

50. 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: Sarah Koenig, Anne Yao, Julianna Goldman, Tyler Maroney

Votes: 2,298


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