Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. Clarkson's Farm (2021– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

9.3
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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: 7,034

2. The Edge of All We Know (2020)

99 min | Documentary

6.6
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A documentary film following the quest to understand the most mysterious objects in the universe, black holes.

Director: Peter Galison | Stars: Shep Doeleman, Stephen Hawking, Andrew Strominger, Malcolm Perry

Votes: 1,117

3. Alone (2015– )

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

8.4
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Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Dan, David, Desmond

Votes: 3,631

4. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

9.5
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Wildlife documentary series with David Attenborough, beginning with a look at the remote islands which offer sanctuary to some of the planet's rarest creatures, to the beauty of cities, which are home to humans, and animals..

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 101,985

5. Human: The World Within (2021– )

TV-PG | Documentary

6.7
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Diverse personal stories from around the world reveal how lives, passions and goals are facilitated by the human body's various complex systems; narrator Jad Abumrad.

Star: Jad Abumrad

Votes: 235

6. Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet (2021)

TV-PG | 73 min | Documentary

7.8
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David Attenborough and scientist Johan Rockström examine Earth's biodiversity collapse and how this crisis can still be averted.

Director: Jon Clay | Stars: David Attenborough, Johan Rockström

Votes: 847

7. The Last Dance (2020)

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

9.1
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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: Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, David Aldridge, Scottie Pippen

Votes: 90,403

8. 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: Valtteri Bottas, Will Buxton, Pierre Gasly, Lewis Hamilton

Votes: 25,223

9. The Sparks Brothers (2021)

R | 135 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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81 Metascore

THE SPARKS BROTHERS, is a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Beck, Jane Wiedlin

Votes: 507

10. Escape to the Chateau (2016–2021)

TV-PG | Documentary

8.7
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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, Angel Adoree, Dick Strawbridge, Jennifer Newman

Votes: 1,017

11. Jackass 4 (2021)

Documentary, Action, Comedy | Filming

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

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Eric André, Johnny Knoxville, Post Malone, Shaquille O'Neal

12. Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (2021)

PG-13 | 130 min | Documentary

8.4
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68 Metascore

A look at the life and legend of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

Director: Jason Ferguson | Stars: Eric Cantona, Jason Ferguson, Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs

Votes: 2,052

13. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

TV-MA | 84 min | Documentary

6.1
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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: 16,502

14. Roman Empire (2016– )

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

7.0
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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: 6,360

15. Biography: WWE Legends (2021)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.7
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Features eight original two-hour documentaries showcasing the stories behind some of the most memorable WWE Superstars of all time.

Stars: Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard, Steve Austin, Mark Calaway

Votes: 246

16. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.9
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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, Simon Kellog

Votes: 21,335

17. Nail Bomber: Manhunt (2021)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.3
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This documentary tells the story of the 1999 London bombings that targeted minority communities, and the race to find the far-right extremist behind them.

Director: Daniel Vernon | Stars: David Copeland, Arthur, Talent Chioma Mundy-Castle, Lee Walden

Votes: 1,322

18. Dream/Killer (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, causing his father, Bill, to embark on a 10-year campaign to prove Ryan's innocence.

Director: Andrew Jenks | Stars: Kevin Crane, Chuck Erickson, Bill Ferguson, Leslie Ferguson

Votes: 1,520

19. The Crime of the Century (2021)

TV-MA | 231 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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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: 1,202

20. 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: 10,005

21. Deadliest Catch (2005– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

7.8
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A documentary series chronicling the real-life high-sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen. This is the most deadly profession in the world.

Stars: Mike Rowe, Sig Hansen, Keith Colburn, Jake Anderson

Votes: 7,889

22. High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (2021)

TV-14 | 210 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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Black food is American food. Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield traces the delicious, moving throughlines from Africa to Texas in this docuseries.

Stars: Stephen Satterfield, Gabrielle E.W. Carter, Jessica B. Harris, Romauld Hazoume

Votes: 364

23. Seaspiracy (2021)

TV-MA | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.2
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Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species - and uncovers alarming global corruption.

Director: Ali Tabrizi | Stars: Ali Tabrizi, Richard O'Barry, Lucy Tabrizi, Lori Marino

Votes: 23,737

24. Gunda (2020)

G | 93 min | Documentary

7.4
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88 Metascore

Documentary looks at the daily life of a pig and its farm animal companions: two cows and a one-legged chicken.

Director: Viktor Kosakovskiy | Star: Gunda

Votes: 772

25. 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (2021)

TV-MA | Documentary, History, Music

7.6
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The musicians and soundtracks that shaped the culture and politics of 1971.

Votes: 410

26. The Beatles: Get Back (2021– )

Documentary, Music | Post-production

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: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

27. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

9.4
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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: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Thomas Anguti Johnston, Huw Cordey

Votes: 171,021

28. 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: 71,309

29. Sex Life (2019– )

TV-MA | Documentary

6.0
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Voyeuristic documentary series about titillatingsexual and erotic experiences.

Stars: Rev Rucifer, Barbara Ann Duffy, Vera Duffy, Natasha Estrada

Votes: 83

30. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020)

44 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.9
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Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.

Stars: Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, Tommaso Basili, Selim Bayraktar, Birkan Sokullu

Votes: 19,669

31. Fall River (2021)

235 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.9
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Re-investigation of the murder of three young women in 1979 - Fall River, MA.

Stars: Murray Farnell, Alan Alves, Alan Silvia, Thomas Joaquim

Votes: 222

32. The Vietnam War (2017)

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

9.1
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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: 21,386

33. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (2021)

TV-MA | 189 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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This limited docu-series tells the true story of how one of the most notorious serial killers in American history was hunted down and brought to justice.

Stars: Gil Carrillo, Frank Salerno, Tony Valdez, Laurel Erickson

Votes: 19,228

34. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.8
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Anthony Bourdain visits countries, delving into their political issues as well as indigenous food and culture.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Tom Vitale, David Scott Holloway, Eric Ripert

Votes: 5,171

35. The Phenomenon (2020)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

7.5
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This documentary examines unidentified aerial phenomenon. With testimony from high-ranking government officials, and NASA Astronauts, Senator Harry Reid says it "makes the incredible credible."

Director: James Fox | Stars: Bill Clinton, Peter Coyote, George Knapp, Chris Mellon

Votes: 2,330

36. The Kings (2021)

TV-MA | Documentary, Sport

7.7
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A four-part series featuring four champions who ushered in a boxing renaissance. The series showcases the dominance of Roberto Duran, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard and their battles in and out of the ring.

Stars: Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns, Al Bernstein, Bonnie Greer

Votes: 62

37. Halston (2019)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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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: 949 | Gross: $0.15M

38. The World at War (1973–1974)

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

9.2
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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, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 22,894

39. Wild Wild Country (2018)

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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When Osho, the world's most controversial guru, builds an Utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 26,243

40. I, Sniper (2020– )

55 min | Documentary

7.6
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In the fall of 2002, 17-year-old Lee Malvo and Gulf War veteran John Muhammad terrorized the D.C. region with a series of random shootings from inside the trunk of a blue Chevy Caprice, killing 10 people and injuring three.

Votes: 201

41. Dirty John, The Dirty Truth (2019 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary, Crime

6.1
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Docuseries of "Dirty" John Meehan, based on the true crime podcast.

Director: Sara Mast | Stars: Debra Newell, Christopher Goffard, Terra Newell, Joe Loeffler

Votes: 1,766

42. The Last Days (1998)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, War

7.8
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85 Metascore

In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport over 425,000 Jews during the "cleansing" of Hungary. This Oscar-winning documentary... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Bill Basch, Martin Basch, Randolph Braham, Alice Lok Cahana

Votes: 2,701 | Gross: $0.42M

43. A Glitch in the Matrix (2021)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

5.2
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62 Metascore

Documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher tackles this question "are we living in a simulation?" with testimony, philosophical evidence and scientific explanation in his for the answer.

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Nick Bostrom, Joshua Cooke, Erik Davis, Philip K. Dick

Votes: 1,052

44. Collective (2019)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary

8.2
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95 Metascore

Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.

Director: Alexander Nanau | Stars: Liviu Iolu, Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Camelia Roiu

Votes: 9,080

45. Kid 90 (2021)

TV-MA | 71 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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67 Metascore

An intimate look at young Hollywood starlets growing up in the 1990s, using hundreds of hours of footage captured by Soleil Moon Frye.

Director: Soleil Moon Frye | Stars: Soleil Moon Frye, Buzz Aldrin, David Arquette, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 1,941

46. Final Account (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary

6.3
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74 Metascore

An urgent portrait of the last living generation of Hitler's Third Reich in never-before-seen interviews raising vital questions about authority, conformity, national identity, and their own roles in the greatest human crimes in history.

Director: Luke Holland

Votes: 185

47. The Dissident (2020)

PG-13 | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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81 Metascore

When Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears in Istanbul, his fiancée and dissidents around the world piece together the clues to a murder and expose a global cover up.

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Omar Abdulaziz, Fahrettin Altun, John O. Brennan, Hatice Cengiz

Votes: 10,891

48. 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: 5,632

49. 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: 1,685

50. Tiger King (2020)

TV-MA | 358 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.6
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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: John Reinke, Kelci Saffery, John Finlay, Rick Kirkham

Votes: 69,261


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