Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. The Social Dilemma (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

8.0
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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: 18,497

2. The Vow (2020– )

TV-MA | Documentary

7.5
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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: 607

3. My Octopus Teacher (2020)

85 min | Documentary

8.6
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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 | Star: Craig Foster

Votes: 2,977

4. All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur (2020– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Sport

8.4
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An inside look at the 2019/20 season of the Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur.

Stars: Tom Hardy, José Mourinho, Daniel Levy, Dele Alli

Votes: 1,966

5. Challenger: The Final Flight (2020)

Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Four-part docuseries on the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, unpacking an indelible moment for a generation of Americans.

Stars: June Scobee Rodgers, William Harwood, Frederick D. Gregory, John Zarrella

Votes: 1,343

6. Long Way Up (2020– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

8.4
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Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman travel on electric Harley-Davidsons 13,000 miles through Central and South America.

Stars: David Alexanian, Charley Boorman, Taylor Estevez, Russ Malkin

Votes: 230

7. The Last Dance (2020)

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

9.2
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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: 66,601

8. Cheer (2020– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.2
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Follows the cheerleaders of Navarro College as they prepare for the biggest moment of their lives.

Stars: Monica Aldama, Lexi Brumback, Gabi Butler, Jerry Harris

Votes: 3,686

9. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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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, Stephen Wiesenfeld

Votes: 10,763 | Gross: $14.02M

10. Class Action Park (2020)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.0
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69 Metascore

A documentary that focuses on a dangerously legendary water park and its slew of injuries and crimes along with child safety concerns.

Directors: Seth Porges, Chris Charles Scott III | Stars: Mary Pilon, Jim DeSaye, Jessi Paladini, Andrew Mulvihill

Votes: 1,682

11. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

8.1
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79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 21,234 | Gross: $0.65M

12. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

9.5
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David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 91,773

13. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2020)

TV-MA | Documentary, Crime

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: 3,431

14. Enslaved (2020– )

TV-MA | Documentary, History | Filming

5.8
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A look at 400 years of human trafficking from Africa to the New World, from the perspective of three different storylines.

Stars: Afua Hirsch, Samuel L. Jackson, Simcha Jacobovici, Kinga Philipps

Votes: 47

15. Robin's Wish (2020)

77 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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78 Metascore

An intimate portrait of Robin Williams and his invulnerable spirit, Robin's Wish is the story of what really happened to one of the greatest entertainers of all time - and what his mind was fighting.

Director: Tylor Norwood | Stars: Susan Schneider, Shawn Levy, John R. Montgomery, Rick Overton

Votes: 402

16. Tiger King (2020)

TV-MA | 317 min | Documentary, 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: 60,876

17. My Brother Jordan (2020)

63 min | Documentary

8.9
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My Brother Jordan is a love letter that chronicles the life and death of Jordan Robinson, told through the eyes of his younger brother, Justin.

Director: Justin Robinson | Stars: Jim Grimes, Jordan Robinson, Justin Robinson

Votes: 279

18. This Is Paris (2020)

110 min | Documentary

7.3
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The untold story of Paris Hilton.

Director: Alexandra Dean | Stars: Paris Hilton, Brandi Glanville, Sheeraz Hasan, Craig J. Williams

Votes: 521

19. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

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: 15,491

20. Break the Silence: The Movie (2020)

91 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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K-pop sensation BTS embark on their 2019 'Love Yourself: Speak Yourself' Tour.

Director: Jun-Soo Park | Stars: BTS, Marry Majara, Sindi Mokoena, Mirriam Mosia

Votes: 157

21. Love Fraud (2020)

TV-MA | Documentary

6.3
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This four-part docu-series follows the search of Richard Scott Smith, who used the internet and his dubious charms to prey upon women looking for love. The story unravels in real time as Smith's victims band together to seek sweet revenge.

Stars: Jason Herrell, Steven Williams

Votes: 224

22. Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020)

83 min | Documentary

6.9
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An eye-opening and shattering analysis of the behavior, psyche, condition, and stability of Donald J. Trump.

Director: Dan Partland | Stars: Malcolm Nance, George Conway, John Gartner, Lance Dodes

Votes: 462

23. 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: 2,892

24. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

9.3
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An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 107,860

25. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

7.3
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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: 9,178

26. High Score (2020– )

TV-14 | Documentary, History

7.4
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Traces the history of classic video games, featuring insights from the innovators who brought these worlds and characters to life.

Stars: Charles Martinet, Rebecca Ann Heineman, Nolan Bushnell, Tom Kalinske

Votes: 3,908

27. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.8
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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, William Heath, Brian S. Wolfe

Votes: 17,721

28. La Línea: Shadow of Narco (2020)

TV-MA | Documentary, Crime

6.3
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Go inside La Línea, the Spanish beach town turned into Europe's drug trafficking hub, and meet the law enforcement officials determined to change that.

Votes: 182

29. Feels Good Man (2020)

92 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.5
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79 Metascore

Artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who used it for their own purposes.

Director: Arthur Jones | Stars: Robert Barnes, Samantha Bee, Jeremy Blackburn, Susan Blackmore

Votes: 825

30. Uncle Tom (2020)

106 min | Documentary

9.4
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An oral history of the American black conservative.

Director: Justin Malone | Stars: Chad Jackson, Brandon Tatum, Candace Owens, Larry Elder

Votes: 3,635

31. Ghost Adventures (2008– )

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

7.5
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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: 7,890

32. Disclosure (2020)

TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary

8.3
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80 Metascore

An in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.

Director: Sam Feder | Stars: Laverne Cox, Bianca Leigh, Jen Richards, Alexandra Billings

Votes: 2,954

33. 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: 80,457 | Gross: $64.26M

34. Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019)

103 min | Documentary

7.3
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73 Metascore

Adapting one of the most groundbreaking and powerful books of our time, Capital in the 21st Century is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, that breaks the popular assumption ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Pemberton | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Kate Williams, Thomas Piketty, Faiza Shaheen

Votes: 948

35. I Am Greta (2020)

97 min | Documentary, Biography

3.4
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66 Metascore

Documentary follows teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on her international crusade to get people to listen to scientists about the world's environmental problems.

Director: Nathan Grossman | Stars: António Guterres, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Greta Thunberg, Svante Thunberg

Votes: 271

36. Down to Earth with Zac Efron (2020– )

TV-PG | Documentary

8.1
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In this travel show, actor Zac Efron journeys around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in search of healthy, sustainable ways to live.

Stars: Zac Efron, Darin Olien, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 4,215

37. Roman Empire (2016– )

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

6.9
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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: 5,220

38. Take Us Home: Leeds United (2019– )

42 min | Documentary, Sport

8.1
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English football's famous 'fallen giant' Leeds United is at the start of a journey: to win promotion back to the Premier League. New owner Andrea Radrizzani has recruited a world-class head... See full summary »

Stars: Russell Crowe, Luke Ayling, Marcelo Bielsa, Liam Cooper

Votes: 923

39. The Dissident (2020)

119 min | Documentary, Crime, Thriller

8.5
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85 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: Jamal Khashoggi, Omar Abdulaziz, Agnès Callamard, Hatice Cengiz

Votes: 2,310

40. Unsolved Mysteries (2020– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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Immersive, character-driven stories are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable. Families, detectives and journalists hope viewers hold the clues to solving these mysteries.

Stars: Pistol Black, Jane Green, Anne-Sophie Martin, Brandi Petersen

Votes: 5,203

41. The Curse of Oak Island (2014– )

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

7.1
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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: 3,960

42. Love on the Spectrum (2019– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Reality-TV, Romance

8.6
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A four-part documentary series following young adults on the autism spectrum as they explore the unpredictable world of love, dating and relationships.

Votes: 2,229

43. Cosmos: Possible Worlds (2020– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

9.2
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Following the wildly successful "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," Neil deGrasse Tyson returns as host to translate more revelations of science into a lavish transporting experience, taking ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane, Trang Vo, Neil Arnote

Votes: 3,302

44. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 114 min | Documentary

7.0
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The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 18,483

45. 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: 19,024

46. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020)

44 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.0
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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: 16,216

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

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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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: 32,571

48. The Way I See It (2020)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary

6.9
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67 Metascore

Former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza's journey as a person with top secret clearance and total access to the President.

Director: Dawn Porter | Stars: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Samantha Power, Pete Souza, Ben Rhodes

Votes: 57

49. Chef's Table: BBQ (2020– )

TV-14 | Documentary

7.8
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The critically-acclaimed series returns for its latest iteration, delving into the smoky, juicy world of barbecue. Featured chefs and pitmasters include Tootsie Tomantez, Lennox Hastie, Rodney Scott, and Rosalia Chay Chuc.

Votes: 401

50. 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: 163,051


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