With CNN Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong, Neil Armstrong

Votes: 7,461 | Gross: $8.93M

2. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.7
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81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 16,196 | Gross: $12.32M

3. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 8,375 | Gross: $14.02M

4. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

8.1
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83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 56,840 | Gross: $2.06M

5. Holy Hell (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

7.1
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64 Metascore

An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

Director: Will Allen | Stars: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido, Phillipe Coquet, David Christopher

Votes: 4,054 | Gross: $0.02M

6. Halston (2019)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary

6.4
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64 Metascore

Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.

Director: Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, Naeem Khan

Votes: 89 | Gross: $0.14M

7. Dinosaur 13 (2014)

PG | 95 min | Documentary

7.2
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66 Metascore

A documentary about the discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker, Philip Currie

Votes: 3,320

8. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,118 | Gross: $0.81M

9. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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72 Metascore

A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Steve Jobs, Alex Gibney, Steve Wozniak, Michael S. Malone

Votes: 5,409 | Gross: $0.49M

10. Legion of Brothers (2017)

TV-14 | 79 min | Documentary, War

5.7
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77 Metascore

Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, fewer than 100 US Troops were sent on a secret mission to overthrow the Taliban. What happens next is equal parts war-origin story and cautionary tale, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Jason Amerine, George W. Bush, Mark Nutsch, Clifford J. Richardson

Votes: 243

11. Love, Gilda (2018)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.4
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74 Metascore

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa D'Apolito | Stars: Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader

Votes: 1,003 | Gross: $0.63M

12. Pandora's Promise (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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54 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas

Votes: 1,745 | Gross: $0.07M

13. Trophy (2017)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.4
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80 Metascore

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz | Stars: Tim Black, Philip Glass, Christo Gomes, John Hume

Votes: 495 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

Documentary

9.4
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68 Metascore

With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Star: Linda Ronstadt

Votes: 9

15. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.8
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71 Metascore

A look at James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most infamous criminals in American history.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Stephen Rakes, James 'Whitey' Bulger, Tommy Donahue, David Boeri

Votes: 2,743 | Gross: $0.08M

16. Girl Rising (2013)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Drama

7.1
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59 Metascore

This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Amina, Azmera, Arindol Bagchi, Rekha Banerjee

Votes: 1,126

17. Enlighten Us (2016)

93 min | Documentary

6.2
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ENLIGHTEN US: THE RISE AND FALL OF JAMES ARTHUR RAY is the story of the motivational rock star's meteoric rise, fall and return to the $11 billion self-help industry after his negligent ... See full summary »

Director: Jenny Carchman | Star: James Arthur Ray

Votes: 494

18. Unseen Enemy (2017)

97 min | Documentary

7.2
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Unseen Enemy is a feature-length documentary about the threat of epidemics in the 21st century and what we can do to fight them.

Director: Janet Tobias | Stars: Larry Brilliant, John Connor, Decontee Davis, Veronica Maria Dos Santos

Votes: 143

19. Tricky Dick (2019)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

7.1
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Tricky Dick is a four-part CNN Original Series, produced by Left/Right, that explores Richard Nixon's life and times; tracking his rise, fall, incredible comeback and political destruction.... See full summary »

Star: Richard Nixon

Votes: 44

20. Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History (2017– )

42 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.7
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A look at significant historical moments in time and the music that helped defined them.

Stars: Melissa Etheridge, Dwayne Johnson, George Clinton, Billie Jean King

Votes: 66

21. Sunshine Superman (2014)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

6.9
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70 Metascore

A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight.

Director: Marah Strauch | Stars: Carl Boenisch, Pat Sajak, Phil Donahue, Marah Strauch

Votes: 1,221 | Gross: $0.09M

22. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

6.5
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68 Metascore

Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of "celebrity chef"... A consummate hedonist... See full summary »

Directors: Lydia Tenaglia, Morgan Fallon | Stars: Stephen Torres, Martha Stewart, James Villas, Mario Batali

Votes: 312 | Gross: $0.23M

23. Sole Survivor (2013)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary

6.9
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In the history of aviation, there have been only 14 of them: sole survivors of a commercial aviation disaster. Most have never spoken publicly about the loss, the guilt, the immense ... See full summary »

Director: Ky Dickens | Stars: Bahia Bakari, Cecelia Cichan, George Lamson Jr., James Polehinke

Votes: 91

24. Elián (2017)

TV-PG | 108 min | Documentary

7.0
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66 Metascore

Executive-produced by Alex Gibney, the documentary shares the remarkable story of Elian Gonzalez, the 5-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. ... See full summary »

Directors: Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell | Star: Raúl Esparza

Votes: 119

25. Our Nixon (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.7
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72 Metascore

Never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon's closest aides - and convicted Watergate conspirators - offer a surprising and intimate new look into his Presidency.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Richard Nixon, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Dwight Chapin

Votes: 556 | Gross: $0.02M

26. The Reagan Show (2017)

TV-PG | 74 min | Documentary

6.4
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66 Metascore

Made up entirely of archival news and White House footage, this documentary captures the pageantry, absurdity, and mastery of the made-for-TV politics of Ronald Reagan.

Directors: Sierra Pettengill, Pacho Velez | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush

Votes: 254

27. A Field Between (2017)

15 min | Short

9.2
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For almost 10 years, Amaryllis Fox worked as a CIA operative in the Middle East fighting the war on terror. Now, Fox is a peace activist determined to return to the region without any ... See full summary »

Director: Rena Mundo Croshere | Star: Amaryllis Fox

Votes: 5

28. Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.5
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In "Lady Valor", former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. In 2011, after 20 years of service ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Herzog, Sandrine Orabona | Star: Kristin Beck

Votes: 136

29. American Jail (2018 TV Movie)

Documentary

6.5
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In this deeply personal film, director Roger Ross Williams sets out on a journey to understand the complex forces of racism and greed currently at work in America's prison system.

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Votes: 45

30. THE END: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House (2017)

137 min | Documentary

6.5
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A look into the last months of the Obama White House staffers and transition of power.

Director: Toby Oppenheimer | Stars: Kristen Bartoloni, Josh Earnest, Valerie Jarrett, Cody Keenan

Votes: 73

31. Documented (2013)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

6.5
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61 Metascore

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. 'Documented' chronicles his journey to America from... See full summary »

Directors: Jose Antonio Vargas, Ann Lupo | Stars: Emelie Salinas, Leonila Salinas, Jose Antonio Vargas

Votes: 130 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Gaucho: The Last Cowboys of Patagonia (2017 TV Movie)

37 min | Documentary

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GAUCHO is an evocation of a dying way of life and a portrait of a true original, Heraldo Rial, an eighty-year-old cattle rancher who embodies the traditional ranching culture of his ... See full summary »

Directors: Josh Bullock, Tom Martienssen | Stars: Heraldo Rial, Rolando Arratia, Diego Arratia, Franco Arratia

33. Untitled John Lewis Documentary

Announced

The film explores Georgia representative's, 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.

Director: Dawn Porter

34. Secret State: Inside North Korea (2017 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Stars: Will Ripley, Justin Robertson, Tim Schwarz

Votes: 7

35. Just Add Water: The Story of the Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys (2016)

17 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.1
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For decades, Sea-Monkeys won the hearts of children everywhere and quickly transformed into cultural phenomena thanks to inventor, marketing genius, and complicated eccentric Harold von Braunhut.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Sam Mercurio, Rich Pell

Votes: 8

36. The Coming Storms (2013)

41 min | Documentary

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Director: Kimberly Arp-Babbit | Stars: Ed Lavandera, David Mattingly, Frederik Pleitgen, John Zarrella

38. Ubah! (2015)

14 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.0
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You may not know her name, but chances are you have seen Ubah Hassan's face in commercials for Macy's or Ralph Lauren. This short film takes you inside the life of this up-and-coming model, whose life has not always been picture perfect.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Star: Ubah Hassan

Votes: 8

39. Raising Ryland (2015)

14 min | Documentary, Short

8.5
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Presented by CNN Films, RAISING RYLAND is a documentary film by Sarah Feeley that takes an intimate look at parenting with no strings attached. The short focuses on the transgender ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Feeley

Votes: 10

40. Blackface (2015)

Short

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Short film "Blackface" looks into Zwarte Piet, a Dutch gift-giving character.

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Votes: 5

41. United Shades of America (2016– )
Episode: Immigrants and Refugees (2017)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary

6.4
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In just one freewheeling visit to the D.C. Metro area, Kamau enjoys an abundant cross-section of the brave spirits who come to this country from all over the world to make a better life.

Star: W. Kamau Bell

Votes: 17


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