Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. The Last Dance (2020)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.3
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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: 44,992

2. 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: 602

3. 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.

Star: Alicia Arden

Votes: 4,537

4. 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: 55,571

5. Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary

6.9
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44 Metascore

Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, 'Have a Good Trip' explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens.

Director: Donick Cary | Stars: Sting, ASAP Rocky, Bill Kreutzmann, Rosie Perez

Votes: 3,635

6. 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: 88,849

7. Capel Green (2020)

Documentary | Post-production

Capel Green is a powerful, independent feature length documentary film about the myriad of strange occurrences which took place in and around Rendlesham Forest, close to the twin US Air ... See full summary »

Director: Dion M Johnson | Stars: Max Easton, Adam Hillier, Emma Von Schreiber, Remy Bataille

8. Trial by Media (2020– )

TV-MA | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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In our modern media landscape where real courtroom dramas have increasingly been transformed into a form of entertainment, this series reflects on some of the most dramatic and memorable trials in recent history.

Stars: Al Sharpton, Frank Amedure Jr., Patti Blagojevich, Kadiatou Diallo

Votes: 998

9. Undertaker: The Last Ride (2020– )

Documentary, Sport

9.4
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Undertaker: The Last Ride, the unprecedented limited-series event chronicling over three years in the career of The Phenom

Stars: Mark Calaway, Vince McMahon, Michelle McCool, Shawn Michaels

Votes: 329

10. 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (2017– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

6.7
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Couples who have applied for or received a K-1 visa "available uniquely to foreign fiancés of U.S. citizens", have ninety days to arrange for and have the marriage ceremony. The visa is not to give time "to decide IF" they will marry.

Stars: Darcey Silva, Tim Malcolm, Tom Brooks, Varya Malina

Votes: 456

11. The Painter and the Thief (2020)

102 min | Documentary

7.6
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78 Metascore

An artist befriends the thief who stole her paintings. She becomes his closest ally when he is severely hurt in a car crash and needs full time care, even if her paintings are not found. But then the tables turn.

Director: Benjamin Ree | Stars: Karl Bertil-Nordland, Barbora Kysilkova

Votes: 204

12. 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: 7,781

13. 30 for 30 (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson, Danny Ainge

Votes: 4,064

14. 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: 105,756

15. 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: 14,853

16. 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: 4,832

17. AKA Jane Roe (2020 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 79 min | Documentary

6.9
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Final series of interviews prior to Norma McCorvey's death and reveals the unvarnished truth behind her journey from pro-choice to pro-life and beyond - in what she calls her "deathbed confession.

Director: Nick Sweeney | Stars: Norma McCorvey, Andy Meisler, Charlotte Taft, Flip Benham

Votes: 207

18. McMillions (2020)

TV-14 | 344 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.3
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A detailed account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents involved.

Stars: Chris Graham, Nelson Hayne, Doug Mathews, Tim Misuradze

Votes: 3,976

19. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.5
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77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 43,971 | Gross: $0.89M

20. Cosmos: Possible Worlds (2020– )

45 min | Documentary

9.3
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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: 2,412

21. Dark Side of the Ring (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.7
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From backstage controversies to mysterious deaths and unsolved homicides, this series explores the darkest stories from the golden age of professional wrestling, and tries to find truth at the intersection of fantasy and reality.

Stars: Chris Jericho, Steve Kasan, James E. Cornette, Dutch Mantell

Votes: 1,071

22. Planet of the Humans (2019)

100 min | Documentary

6.8
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56 Metascore

Planet of the Humans takes a harsh look at how the environmental movement has lost the battle through well-meaning but disastrous choices.

Director: Jeff Gibbs | Stars: Catherine Andrews, David Blood, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson

Votes: 1,929

23. 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: 29,099

24. 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, Duong Van Mai Elliott, James Willbanks

Votes: 17,871

25. On the Record (2020)

95 min | Documentary

6.6
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85 Metascore

A former hip hop executive decides whether to make public her rape by one of the most powerful men in the music industry.

Directors: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering | Stars: Sil Lai Abrams, Tarana Burke, Kimberle Crenshaw, Drew Dixon

Votes: 143

26. 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: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 15,071

27. 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: 26,026

28. 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: 14,457

29. 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: 160,610

30. Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson - American Crime Story (2016)

TV-14 | 5 min | Documentary, Short

8.4
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Inside the series of the same name.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Brad Simpson, Sterling K. Brown, Nina Jacobson

Votes: 21,708

31. Becoming (II) (2020)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

6.7
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65 Metascore

Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others during her 2019 book tour for 'Becoming.'

Director: Nadia Hallgren | Stars: Adrian K. Collins, Gayle King, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

Votes: 3,466

32. A Secret Love (2020)

TV-MA | 81 min | Documentary

8.0
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77 Metascore

Falling in love in 1947, two women -- Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue -- begin a 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice.

Director: Chris Bolan | Stars: Terry Donahue, Pat Henschel, Diana Bolan, Kim Donahue

Votes: 2,099

33. 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: 83,229

34. 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: 48,540 | Gross: $17.54M

35. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian (2020– )

Documentary

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A behind the scenes look at the making of the Disney+ series "The Mandalorian."

Stars: Gina Carano, Jon Favreau, Pedro Pascal, Taika Waititi

Votes: 497

36. Somebody Feed Phil (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

8.1
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Phil travels around the world sampling food and tradition with friends and a sense of humor.

Stars: Phil Rosenthal, Monica Horan, Calvin Godfrey, Judy Gold

Votes: 2,306

37. We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020)

90 min | Documentary

3.8
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A documentary that chronicles Lin-Manuel Miranda's pre-'Hamilton' improv hip-hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme, and their reunion performances in New York City in 2019.

Director: Andrew Fried | Stars: Utkarsh Ambudkar, Andrew Bancroft, James Monroe Iglehart, Chris Jackson

Votes: 12

38. 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: 16,754

39. The World at War (1973–1976)

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: 20,791

40. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson

Votes: 25,351 | Gross: $17.96M

41. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 90 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, Jonathan Young

Votes: 8,889

42. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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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: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 18,596 | Gross: $9.04M

43. 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: 2,314

44. Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band (2019)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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62 Metascore

A confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band.

Director: Daniel Roher | Stars: Martin Scorsese, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm

Votes: 385

45. Dirty Money (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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A Netflix Original Series documenting various stories about exposing the greed, corruption, and crime spreading through the global economy.

Stars: Matt Taibbi, Alex Gibney, Anabel Hernández, Fahmi Quadir

Votes: 6,942

46. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 69 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.2
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Stand-up comedy in which Hannah Gadsby explains why she is giving up comedy. She tells the story of the strength of being a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.

Directors: Jon Olb, Madeleine Parry | Star: Hannah Gadsby

Votes: 8,684

47. Inside Look: The Assassination of Gianni Versace - American Crime Story (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 3 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Stars: Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 6,580

48. We Need to Talk About A.I (2020)

86 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

6.2
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A new film from acclaimed director, Leanne Pooley.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Keir Dullea, Sam Harris, Roman Yampolskiy, Max Tegmark

Votes: 102

49. 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 deadliest profession in the world.

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

Votes: 7,509

50. Rust Valley Restorers (2018– )

38 min | Documentary

7.7
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Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is one of the most unique car communities in the world: "Rust Valley." You can't miss it: acres upon acres of old and abandoned cars; a ... See full summary »

Star: Michael Daingerfield

Votes: 1,390


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