Documentary, educational (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. Journey to the Center of the Universe (2015)

Documentary

9.6
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Beautiful, educational and relaxing. I could watch it over and over again.

Director: Robert Sungenis

Votes: 5

2. Little Brother: Things Fall Apart (2010)

Not Rated | 18 min | Documentary, Short

9.6
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Set in Camden, New Jersey, well-known as one of the nation's most dangerous cities, "Things Fall Apart" takes a look at boys growing up amongst extreme violence, poverty and crime, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Nicole Franklin, Jai Tiggett | Stars: Tyemir Davis, Dasaivere Goldsboro, Karim Harrison, Marcqui Hill

Votes: 5

3. Beautiful Births (2014)

59 min | Documentary, Family

9.5
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You are invited to explore another side of pregnancy and childbirth that is not often shown in the mainstream media.

Director: Jacqui Blue | Stars: Ashley Altum-Ortega, Joia DaVida, Heather Franklin, Jackie Korpela

Votes: 12

4. The Great War (2014– )

Documentary, History, War

9.4
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The events of World War One are followed week by week as occurred 100 years ago.

Star: Indy Neidell

Votes: 286

5. Cambio de sentido (2009)

79 min | Documentary, News

9.4
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800 million units circulate around the globe. It is the largest contributor to air pollution worldwide and accounts for 8,300 deaths every day. And every night it sleeps in your garage.

Directors: Sergio García de Leaniz, Vicente Perez | Star: Guillermo Fesser

Votes: 12

6. 22 Years from Home (2009)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

9.4
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1983. 5 AM. Wernyol, Sudan. Kuek Garang, six years old, grabbed by the collar, is shoved out the back of his grass hut. His terrified parents beg him to run for his life. Kuek ran. Then ... See full summary »

Director: Malachi Leopold | Star: Kuek Garang

Votes: 5

7. Living in Tents (2018)

58 min | Documentary

9.3
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In January 2011 Paul Crane(Director) discovered a tent city in downtown St. Louis, along the Mississippi River. He was curious as to who these people were, how they ended up there, and what... See full summary »

Director: Paul Gerard Crane

Votes: 20

8. Govt. vs Green (2009)

28 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

9.3
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Paul Pearson, a lifelong Santa Monica resident, has been building electric cars for his own use and for friends in Santa Monica. He was recently visited by a DMV sting operation, in which ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Cappelletti | Stars: Andrew Cappelletti, Paul Pearson, David Pisarra, Douglas C. Wicks

Votes: 174

9. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 34,941

10. Chekhov for Children (2010)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

9.2
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Chekhov for Children tells the story of renowned New York writer Phillip Lopate's ambitious 1979 staging on Broadway of 'Uncle Vanya' with public school 5th graders, including the filmmaker.

Director: Sasha Waters Freyer | Stars: Lisa Cowan, Mylan Denerstein, Angus Johnston, Randi Kish

Votes: 6

11. The Whole Plate (2017–2018)

Documentary

9.2
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Lindsay Ellis discusses the Transformers film series through each critical lens.

Stars: Lindsay Ellis, Natalie Wynn

Votes: 52

12. Directional Boring Advantage (2000 Video)

8 min | Documentary, Short

9.2
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Educational film about the advantages of directional boring construction technology.

Director: Timothy Loncarich

Votes: 6

13. Kurzgesagt: In a Nutshell (2013– )

TV-G | Documentary, Animation

9.1
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Various scientific subjects are explained in animation.

Stars: Steve Taylor, C.G.P. Grey, Jake Roper, John Green

Votes: 350

14. Ecoviews: Three Stories from the Chesapeake Bay (2009)

28 min | Documentary, News

9.1
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A cinematic, documentary examination of efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay through the eyes of three separate yet mutually dependent industries; blue crabs, farmers, and oyster ... See full summary »

Votes: 14

15. Dhamma Dana (2009)

30 min | Documentary, Short

9.0
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Filmed entirely in Myanmar, Dhamma Dana delves deep into the Golden Land's monastic tradition and reveals how the Burmese Buddhists find inner freedom. The film presents the Dhamma with a ... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Martland

Votes: 11

16. Lindsay Ellis' Essay Collection (2016– )

Documentary

9.0
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Lindsay Ellis dissects film and media topics.

Stars: Lindsay Ellis, Antonella Inserra, Hank Green, John Callen

Votes: 82

17. Tornado Video Classics (1992 Video)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

9.0
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Stars: Howard Bluestein, Ted Fujita, David Ross

Votes: 8

18. Rough Science (2000–2005)

Documentary

9.0
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Series II went to the Caribbean, Series III to South Island, New Zealand.

Stars: Kate Humble, Mike Bullivant, Jonathan Hare, Ellen McCallie

Votes: 113

19. Every Frame a Painting (2014– )
Episode: Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag (2015)

Documentary, History, Talk-Show

8.9
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Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. And nearly 100 years after he first appeared... See full summary »

Star: Tony Zhou

Votes: 15

20. Wonders of the Universe (I) (2011– )

TV-G | 59 min | Documentary

8.9
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Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most dramatic parts of the globe to explain the fundamental principles that govern the laws of nature - light, gravity, energy, matter and time. With ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 3,751

21. Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story (2007)

53 min | Documentary

8.9
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Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story follows three families during one city's battle for equal housing opportunity and civil rights enforcement.

Directors: Bill Kavanagh, Sylke Fröchtenigt

Votes: 31

22. The Nutcracker Family: Behind the Magic (2006)

G | 94 min | Documentary, Family

8.9
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School of American Ballet students, audition, rehearse, and perform George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker."

Director: Virginia Brooks | Stars: George Balanchine, Peter Boal, Isabella DeVivo, Ghaleb Kayali

Votes: 11

23. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.8
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In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 4,163

24. Palettes (1989– )

30 min | Documentary

8.8
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An educational French Tv documentary series which goes into depth during each episode into the analysis of a single painting.

Star: Marcel Cuvelier

Votes: 38

25. The Universe (2007– )

45 min | Documentary, History

8.8
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This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 4,883

26. Star Gazers (1976– )

5 min | Documentary

8.8
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This is a weekly television program about naked-eye astronomy. Information about celestial objects and events in the night sky is presented. The program teaches viewers where to look for these objects and events.

Stars: Jack Horkheimer, Trace Dominguez, Dean Regas, James Albury

Votes: 52

27. Surviving Edged Weapons (1988)

84 min | Documentary, Action, Crime

8.7
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A documentary issued to police in the 80's on how to survive edged-based attacks, primarily blades -- with often comical and novel examples.

Director: Dennis Anderson | Stars: Mickey Dawes, Leo T. Gaje Jr., Dean Gilmore, Kathleen A. Handal

Votes: 353

28. Bipolar Light (2009)

Not Rated | 138 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Bipolar Light ... because it is a light showing the way, it is en-lightening, and you won't gain weight from watching it. Through the example of bipolar, the biggest secrets to ... See full summary »

Directors: Jay Carter, Roy Brown | Star: Jay Carter

Votes: 6

29. Adventures in Voice Acting (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Family

8.7
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Adventures in Voice Acting features interviews with over 80 voice actors who tell their stories.

Director: Eric P. Sherman | Stars: Sean Akins, Jennifer Alyx, Laura Bailey, Christopher Bevins

Votes: 48

30. French in Action (1987– )

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary

8.7
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This educational series teaches the French language and profiles cultural attributes. No attempt is made to use English in presenting skills and concepts.

Stars: Pierre J. Capretz, Valérie Allain, Charles Mayer, Virginie Contesse

Votes: 142

31. Every Frame a Painting (2014– )
Episode: Hollywood Scores & Soundtracks: What Do They Sound Like? Do They Sound Like Things?? Let's Find Out! (2016)

Documentary, History, Talk-Show

8.6
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Votes: 9

32. Cosmic Vistas (2009–2014)

25 min | Documentary

8.6
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Season one offers twelve compelling episodes of beautiful imagery and information about the moon we hold so close, the outer most limits of the universe, and all bodies in between.

Star: Ivan Semeniuk

Votes: 49

33. Bethlehem to Brooklyn: Breaking the Surface (2009)

45 min | Documentary, Drama

8.6
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Choosing expression over violence.

Director: Fran Tarr | Stars: Mazen Abu-Hanyah, Iklaus Abu-Srour, Mohammad Abu-Srour, Ruwa Abu-Srour

Votes: 14

34. A Day in the Life of a Speedskater (2009)

10 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

8.6
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An off-season off-track training day of a speedskater.

Director: Steven M. Hirohama | Star: Kelley M. Cawthra

Votes: 9

35. A Necessary Ruin (2010)

30 min | Documentary, Short, History

8.6
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Upon its completion in October 1958, the Union Tank Car Dome, located north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the largest clear-span structure in the world. It was based on the engineering ... See full summary »

Director: Evan Mather | Star: Frances Anderton

Votes: 7

36. In Search of the Second Amendment (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

8.6
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While the American right to arms has for a century been controversial in courts, scholarship, and the popular press, its history has never before been explored by a documentary. 'In Search ... See full summary »

Director: David Hardy | Stars: Randy E. Barnett, David Hardy

Votes: 5

37. Battlefield 2020 (2020)

19 min | Documentary, Short

8.6
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Stars: Janne Kinnunen, Ossi Hietala, Mikko Haikonen, Jarno Kovamäki

Votes: 5

38. Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters (2004 Video)

45 min | Documentary

8.6
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A film illustrating the American civil rights pertaining to police encounters with various dramatized scenarios illustrating how they can be exercised.

Director: Roger Sorkin | Stars: Grace Ahmed, John Driscoll, Ricardo Kingsbury, Frank Lama

Votes: 28

39. Discovery (1962–1971)

30 min | Documentary, Family

8.6
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Historical and cultural documentary TV series for children aired on ABC originally as a weekday series, but later moved to Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings throughout most of the Sixties.

Stars: Virginia Gibson, Frank Buxton, Bill Owen, Corpuscle

Votes: 32

40. Demonstrations in Physics (1969)

Documentary

8.6
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Star: Julius Sumner Miller

Votes: 25

41. From Swastika to Jim Crow (2000)

60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Independent documentary exploring the little-known story of Jewish refugee scholars teaching at historically black colleges before and during the Second World War.

Directors: Lori Cheatle, Martin D. Toub | Stars: John Hope Franklin, Luc Sante

Votes: 34

42. Great Big Show (2017– )

Documentary

8.5
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Great Big Story presents an Emmy-nominated collection of cinematic shorts for the intellectually curious. The Great Big Show intrigues and excites with stories from more than 80 countries around the world.

Stars: Ray Allen, Rita Berkowitz, Homer Bryant, Kerri Cameron

Votes: 6

43. Every Frame a Painting (2014– )
Episode: A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film (2014)

Documentary, History, Talk-Show

8.5
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Votes: 11

44. Wonders of Life (2013– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

8.5
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Physicist and professor Brian Cox travels across the globe to uncover the secrets of the most extraordinary phenomenon in the universe: life.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,481

45. Canine Instinct (2010)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

8.5
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A documentary portrait of professional dog trainer and canine Search & Rescue volunteer Kyle Warren.

Director: Nicholas Goodman | Stars: Kyle L. Warren, Jean Michel Gal, Marshall Karp, Tiziano Magni

Votes: 14

46. Sustaining Life (2009)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.5
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A documented story about our generation's unique opportunity to end extreme poverty.

Director: Robert Hess | Stars: Sally Findley, Meg Grecchi, Désiré Hounguès, Joel Hunter

Votes: 6

47. Jonathan Bird's Blue World (2008– )

28 min | Documentary, Family

8.5
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Host Jonathan Bird personally dives underwater to showcase various wonders of the blue world in an amusing and educational way.

Stars: Jonathan Bird, Art Cohen, Rick Allen, Greg Brunshidle

Votes: 30

48. The Olympic Games in Antiquity (2002)

83 min | Documentary

8.5
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Director: Markos Holevas | Stars: Natalia Kapodistria, Pyros Dimas, Kostas Gatsioudis, Gregory Patrick Karr

Votes: 8

49. What Kids Want to Know About Sex and Growing Up (1992 TV Movie)

Documentary

8.5
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This video is about puberty, changes, and sex safety.

Director: Ozzie Alfonso | Stars: Z. Wright, Stephanie Yu

Votes: 8

50. Extra History (2013– )

Documentary, History

8.4
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Extra History is an educational series of Extra Credits about historical moments. From the Punic Wars to the The Brothers Gracchi, the series has endless stories to tell.

Star: Daniel Floyd

Votes: 7


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