Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. Fear City: New York vs the Mafia (2020)

TV-MA | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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Five Mafia families ruled New York with a bloody fist in the 1970s and '80s, until a group of federal agents tried the unthinkable: taking them down.

Votes: 3,049

2. 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: 1,996

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

TV-PG | Documentary

8.2
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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: 3,126

4. 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: 61,684

5. Love on the Spectrum (2019– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Reality-TV, Romance

8.7
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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: 1,061

6. Unsolved Mysteries (2020– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

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: 4,405

7. Last Chance U (2016– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, Sport

8.5
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Intense look inside the world of junior college football, chronicling the stories of players and coaches in the classroom and on the field.

Stars: Ron Ollie, John III Franklin, Buddy Stephens, Brittany Wagner

Votes: 5,633

8. Uncle Tom (2020)

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: 2,474

9. The Last Narc (2020– )

TV-MA | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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Former cartel insiders divulge the bone-chilling details behind the notorious murder and kidnapping of DEA Agent "Kiki" Camarena.

Stars: Hector Berrellez, Geneva Camarena, Jorge Godoy, Phil Jordan

Votes: 333

10. 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: 2,672

11. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (2020)

TV-MA | 226 min | Documentary, Crime

7.1
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Survivors worldwide reveal the manipulation, abuse and emotional scars suffered at the hands of wealthy convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Their stories expose a sex trafficking ring of powerful enablers leading up to his 2019 arrest.

Stars: Michael Reiter, Annie Farmer, Shawna Rivera, Alan Dershowitz

Votes: 12,614

12. Tread (I) (2020)

89 min | Documentary

7.2
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66 Metascore

Pushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy those he believes have wronged him.

Director: Paul Solet | Stars: Marvin Heemeyer, Patrick Brower, Glenn Trainor Jr., Casey Farrell

Votes: 792

13. The Fight (2020)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

5.2
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73 Metascore

An inside look at the legal battles that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are facing during the Trump administration.

Directors: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Brigitte Amiri, Joshua Block, David Cole, Lee Gelernt

Votes: 170

14. 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: 90,551

15. Outcry (2020)

Documentary

8.4
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A five-part documentary series examining the gripping story of high school football star Greg Kelley who was arrested, convicted and jailed for sexual assault of a 4-year-old boy, and his supporters' quest for truth and justice.

Star: Greg Kelley

Votes: 545

16. Real Detective (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Each episode is a crime solution reenactment of a real murder. The actual detectives offer commentary throughout the show.

Stars: Michael Douglas Cake, Liana Montoro, Tyrone Benskin, Mizinga Mwinga

Votes: 2,347

17. Out of Shadows (2020)

78 min | Documentary

7.3
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An exposé on how Hollywood and the mainstream media manipulate the multitudes by spreading propaganda throughout their content.

Director: Mike Smith | Stars: Mike Smith, Kevin M. Shipp, Brad Martin, Liz Crokin

Votes: 1,028

18. Helter Skelter (2020– )

Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.3
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Over 50 years have passed since Charles Manson and his cultishly devoted followers committed their horrific crimes, and yet, the public remains truly in the dark about The Manson Family and... See full summary »

Stars: Yulia Argo, Tugce Ataoglu, Ivor Davis, Jeff Guinn

Votes: 61

19. 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: 59,336

20. The Speed Cubers (2020)

TV-PG | 39 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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Discover the special bond -- and uncommon competitive spirit -- shared by the world's Rubik's Cube-solving record breakers in this documentary.

Director: Sue Kim

Votes: 889

21. Inside the World's Toughest Prisons (2016–2020)

TV-MA | 47 min | Documentary

6.9
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Imagine being in jail. Now imagine living in a foreign country. Scary? Paul Connelly takes you inside these jails. He shows what living conditions are for the inmates, as well as the guards. You'll never look at prison the same.

Stars: Raphael Rowe, Paul Connelly, Robin

Votes: 1,348

22. 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: 107,056

23. The Weight of Gold (2020)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

7.1
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A look at the mental health challenges Olympic athletes often face.

Director: Brett Rapkin | Stars: Jeremy Bloom, David Boudia, Sasha Cohen, Gracie Gold

Votes: 144

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

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

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: 31,334

25. 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: 15,750

26. 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: 5,078

27. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 4,422

28. Father Soldier Son (2020)

R | 99 min | Documentary, War

7.4
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74 Metascore

When Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch is critically wounded in Afghanistan, it sets him and his sons on a journey of love, loss, redemption and legacy.

Directors: Leslye Davis, Catrin Einhorn | Stars: Brian Eisch, Isaac Eisch, Joey Eisch

Votes: 498

29. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

8.7
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 17,496

30. 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: 7,843

31. Rebuilding Paradise (2020)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

7.7
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70 Metascore

The community of Paradise, California, a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, attempts to rebuild after devastating wildfires in 2018.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Woody Culleton, Matt Gates, Michelle John

Votes: 52

32. Athlete A (2020)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Crime, Sport

7.7
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85 Metascore

Follow the Indianapolis Star reporters that broke the story about USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's abuse and hear from gymnasts like Maggie Nichols.

Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk | Stars: Maggie Nichols, Gina Nichols, John Nichols, Steve Berta

Votes: 4,777

33. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

8.3
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83 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 29,330

34. The Go-Go's (2020)

98 min | Documentary

7.6
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81 Metascore

The Go-Go's are the most successful female rock band of all time. This documentary chronicles the meteoric rise of a band born of the LA punk scene that not only captured but created a zeitgeist.

Director: Alison Ellwood | Stars: The Go-Go's, Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock

Votes: 243

35. 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: 15,292

36. Showbiz Kids (2020)

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: Evan Rachel Wood, Wil Wheaton, Milla Jovovich, Cameron Boyce

Votes: 634

37. Grant (2020)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

8.4
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The documentary-series examines Grant's life story using his perspective and experiences to explore a turbulent time in history: the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Stars: Justin Salinger, Francis Chouler, Gabriel Harry Meltz, Carel Nel

Votes: 986

38. MythBusters (2003– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Mystery, Reality-TV

8.3
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A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them.

Stars: Robert Lee, Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron

Votes: 49,707

39. 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: 17,341

40. Spaceship Earth (2020)

113 min | Documentary

6.5
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73 Metascore

A look at the group of people who built the Biosphere 2, a giant replica of the earth's ecosystem, in 1991.

Director: Matt Wolf | Stars: John Allen, Abigail Alling, Margret Augustine, Steve Bannon

Votes: 734

41. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

8.2
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83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 50,206 | Gross: $17.54M

42. 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: 162,045

43. Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary

7.3
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76 Metascore

Every day for decades, Walter Mercado — the iconic, gender non-conforming astrologer — mesmerized 120 million Latino viewers with his extravagance and positivity.

Directors: Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch | Stars: Walter Mercado, Willy Acosta, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Raul de Molina

Votes: 2,126

44. Our Planet (2019)

TV-G | 403 min | Documentary

9.3
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Documentary series focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 27,636

45. Street Food: Latin America (2020– )

TV-PG | Documentary

8.1
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The newest installment will travel to six countries in Latin America and explore the vibrant street food culture of Oaxaca, Mexico; Salvador, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; and La Paz, Bolivia.

Star: Marsia Taha

Votes: 379

46. Lenox Hill (2020)

TV-MA | Documentary

8.8
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An intimate look at the lives of four doctors - two brain surgeons, an emergency room physician, and a Chief Resident OBGYN - as they navigate the highs and lows of working at the renowned Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Stars: John Boockvar, David Langer, Amanda Little-Richardson, Mirtha Macri

Votes: 1,284

47. 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: 18,650

48. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Laura Nirider, Ken Kratz

Votes: 84,055

49. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary, Sport

8.6
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Docuseries following the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Stars: Valtteri Bottas, Pierre Gasly, Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton

Votes: 15,739

50. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2018)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

5.6
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In 1989, physicist Bob Lazar broke the story of Area 51 and the US government's work on alien spacecrafts. He blew the whistle, shocked the world, then went silent - until now.

Director: Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell | Stars: Bob Lazar, George Knapp, Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 4,265


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