Documentary (Sorted by US Box Office Descending)



1. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.5
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67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11 and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 129,760 | Gross: $119.19M

2. Jackass 3D (2010)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

7.0
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56 Metascore

Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn

Votes: 65,667 | Gross: $117.22M

3. Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (1997)

41 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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A look at the Alaskan wilderness throughout the year, from the harsh winters to the rejuvenating spring, and the animals (including its human residents) who learn to adapt to the extremes of Alaskan weather.

Director: George Casey | Star: Charlton Heston

Votes: 558 | Gross: $100.00M

4. Antarctica (1991)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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This large format film explores the last great wilderness on earth. It takes you to the coldest, driest, windiest continent, Antarctica. The film explores life in Antarctica, both for the ... See full summary »

Director: John Weiley | Star: Alex Scott

Votes: 415 | Gross: $100.00M

5. Space Station 3D (2002)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary

7.4
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69 Metascore

From outer space countries don't exist.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Tom Cruise, James Arnold, Michael J. Bloomfield, Robert D. Cabana

Votes: 1,699 | Gross: $93.37M

6. Everest (1998)

Unrated | 44 min | Documentary, Short

7.0
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An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return... See full summary »

Directors: David Breashears, Stephen Judson, Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Liam Neeson, Lhakpa Dorji, Dorje Sherpa, Ed Viesturs

Votes: 3,274 | Gross: $87.18M

7. To Fly! (1976)

27 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.0
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Produced as the premier presentation for the Theatre of the National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution, takes the viewer on an aerial tour of America from a balloon ascension in the 1800's to a venture into space.

Directors: Jim Freeman, Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Ellen Bry, Jennifer Kaye Evans

Votes: 232 | Gross: $86.60M

8. Dolphins (2000)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Experience how dolphins live and play, and unravel the mysteries of dolphin communication in this Academy Award-nominated IMAX film which takes you into the complex lives of these fascinating animals.

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez, Dean Bernal, Kathleen Dudzinski

Votes: 515 | Gross: $84.40M

9. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

7.5
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79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 58,203 | Gross: $77.44M

10. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

1.6
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52 Metascore

This documentary follows Justin Bieber with some footage of performances from his 2010 concert tour.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Justin Bieber, Boyz II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston

Votes: 76,272 | Gross: $73.01M

11. Jackass Number Two (2006)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

7.0
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66 Metascore

Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, and the whole crew return to the screen to raise the stakes higher than ever before.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Bam Margera

Votes: 76,004 | Gross: $72.78M

12. This Is It (2009)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

7.2
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67 Metascore

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova, Nick Bass

Votes: 40,596 | Gross: $72.09M

13. Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008)

G | 74 min | Documentary, Music

2.5
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59 Metascore

A 3-D concert film of the 2007 Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus tour.

Director: Bruce Hendricks | Stars: Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Kenny Ortega, Billy Ray Cyrus

Votes: 12,040 | Gross: $65.28M

14. Jackass: The Movie (2002)

R | 85 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: 95,421 | Gross: $64.26M

15. In Search of Noah's Ark (1976)

G | 95 min | Documentary, Family

4.7
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An investigation into the theory that Mt. Agri in Turkey is the final resting place of Noah's Ark.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Brad Crandall, Vern Adix, Melvin Cook, Eryl Cummings

Votes: 283 | Gross: $55.73M

16. Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets (1984)

59 min | Documentary

6.8
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Follow the scientific expedition of John Wesley Powell who mapped the canyon and boated the Colorado River rapids into modern times.

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Daniel T. Majetich, Coby Jordan, Bruce Simballa, Stuart Reeder

Votes: 264 | Gross: $52.80M

17. Hubble (2010)

G | 45 min | Documentary

7.6
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79 Metascore

An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Scott D. Altman, Megan McArthur, Andrew J. Feustel

Votes: 4,402 | Gross: $52.45M

18. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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54 Metascore

Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Clebert Ford

Votes: 19,850 | Gross: $50.50M

19. Mystery of the Nile (2005)

Not Rated | 48 min | Documentary

6.7
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Join a team of explorers on the expedition of a lifetime as they set off to become the first to navigate the Blue Nile from source to sea. The epic 3,260 mile descent down the world's ... See full summary »

Director: Jordi Llompart | Stars: Gordon Brown, Joe Lewis

Votes: 365 | Gross: $50.00M

20. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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95 Metascore

Oscar-winning musical chronicle that brilliantly captures the three-day rock concert and celebration of peace and love that became a capstone for the Sixties.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 17,464 | Gross: $50.00M

21. Deep Sea (2006)

G | 41 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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78 Metascore

A 3-D digital exploration of the ocean's depths and its creatures.

Director: Howard Hall | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

Votes: 1,783 | Gross: $46.56M

22. Dinosaurs Alive (2007)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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This program presents some of the more recent ideas about dinosaurs that are gaining acceptance while following paleontologists searching for fossils over the decades in the Gobi Desert and New Mexico.

Directors: David Clark, Bayley Silleck | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sterling Nesbitt, Alan H. Turner

Votes: 371 | Gross: $43.97M

23. This Is Cinerama (1952)

G | 115 min | Documentary

6.9
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On the evening of September 30, 1952, the shape and sound of movies changed forever with the introduction of Cinerama.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Gunther von Fritsch, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Michael Todd Jr. | Stars: Lowell Thomas, Kathy Darlyn, Toni Valk

Votes: 515 | Gross: $41.60M

24. Mysteries of Egypt (1998)

38 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

6.5
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53 Metascore

Egypt is and ever was a place of mystery. Many rumors spread around the great Pyramids of Gizeh. Here, an old Egyptian is asked by his granddaughter about those mysteries of which we all heard in one way or the other.

Director: Bruce Neibaur | Stars: Omar Sharif, Kate Maberly, Timothy Davies, Julian Curry

Votes: 526 | Gross: $40.59M

25. Super Speedway (1997)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

7.1
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Follow the Newman-Haas (Andretti) racing team through the process of building, testing, and racing for a season.

Director: Stephen Low | Stars: Paul Newman, Richard Garneau, Jim Paulson, Jeff Andretti

Votes: 478 | Gross: $40.00M

26. The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Documentary

6.8
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73 Metascore

A concert film featuring four major African American stand up comedians.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac

Votes: 5,845 | Gross: $38.18M

27. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

7.9
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72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Anggun, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 14,555 | Gross: $38.05M

28. Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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Richard Pryor performs his stand-up comedy act on the Sunset Strip.

Director: Joe Layton | Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Cross, Julie Hampton, Jesse Jackson

Votes: 4,214 | Gross: $36.30M

29. Under the Sea 3D (2009)

G | 41 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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77 Metascore

An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.

Director: Howard Hall | Star: Jim Carrey

Votes: 1,878 | Gross: $36.15M

30. Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Horror

4.2
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A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV material to homemade super 8 movies.

Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, Thomas Noguchi

Votes: 7,297 | Gross: $35.00M

31. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (2005)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

6.9
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71 Metascore

This program strives to give the viewer an impression of what it is like to actually be on the moon. It provides a romantic, inspirational depiction of the Apollo astronauts travels on the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Cowen | Stars: Tom Hanks, John Corbett, Andrew Husmann, Bryan Cranston

Votes: 979 | Gross: $34.14M

32. 2016: Obama's America (2012)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

4.9
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26 Metascore

A documentary that examines the question, "If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?"

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan | Stars: Jay Bastian, Joe Biden, Cait Brasel, Gene Burris Jr.

Votes: 10,879 | Gross: $33.45M

33. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)

R | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.6
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53 Metascore

Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour.

Directors: Leslie Small, Tim Story | Stars: Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Will 'Spank' Horton, Joey Wells

Votes: 9,083 | Gross: $32.24M

34. Seven Wonders of the World (1956)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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Lowell Thomas searches the world for natural and man made wonders and invites the audience to try to update the ancient Greek list of "Seven Wonders of the World."

Directors: Tay Garnett, Paul Mantz, Andrew Marton, Ted Tetzlaff, Walter Thompson, John Farrow | Stars: Lowell Thomas, Paul Mantz, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 131 | Gross: $32.10M

35. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

7.9
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86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 10,471 | Gross: $30.58M

36. Journey Into Amazing Caves (2001)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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Meet Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach. These women are compelled to push their limits in hostile environments. They are cavers who risk fatal danger for the thrill of discovery. Barton ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Judson | Stars: Liam Neeson, Steve Atteberry, Nancy Holler Aulenbach, Hazel Barton

Votes: 525 | Gross: $30.00M

37. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979 TV Special)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.0
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Richard Pryor's classic 1979 concert film has him discussing a wide range of topics, including race, the police and his favorite target -- himself.

Director: Jeff Margolis | Stars: Richard Pryor, Patti LaBelle, Huey P. Newton, Jennifer Lee Pryor

Votes: 5,328 | Gross: $30.00M

38. Chimpanzee (2012)

G | 78 min | Documentary, Family

7.1
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57 Metascore

Meet adorable young chimp Oscar and his fellow mayhem-creating buddies, who see the world as their playground. Full of curiosity, joy and a love for mimicking others, these are some of the most extraordinary personalities in the jungle.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Star: Tim Allen

Votes: 6,192 | Gross: $28.97M

39. One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Music

4.1
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49 Metascore

A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan

Votes: 24,464 | Gross: $28.87M

40. That's Entertainment! (1974)

G | 135 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

7.8
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73 Metascore

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford

Votes: 5,141 | Gross: $26.89M

41. Cinerama Holiday (1955)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

7.3
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Travelogue featuring an American couple traveling in Europe and a European couple traveling in the U.S, with the emphasis on the cinematography which was viewed on a special curved screen with three projectors.

Directors: Robert L. Bendick, Philippe De Lacy | Stars: John Marsh, Betty Marsh, Fred Troller, Beatrice Troller

Votes: 133 | Gross: $26.16M

42. Chariots of the Gods (1970)

G | 92 min | Documentary

6.2
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Based on Erich Von Daniken's book purporting to prove that throughout history aliens have visited earth.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Heinz-Detlev Bock, Klaus Kindler, Christian Marschall, Aleksandr Kazantsev

Votes: 1,580 | Gross: $25.95M

43. Born to Be Wild (2011)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

7.5
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66 Metascore

This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman, Chris Fries

Votes: 3,074 | Gross: $25.89M

44. Part of Me (2012)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Music

5.9
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57 Metascore

A look at the life, career and music of singer Katy Perry as we follow her on the California Dreams World Tour.

Directors: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz | Stars: Katy Perry, Adam Marcello, Casey Hooper, Patrick Matera

Votes: 13,697 | Gross: $25.24M

45. Coral Reef Adventure (2003)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary

6.8
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Take a once in a lifetime journey across the South Pacific for a spectacular IMAX adventure. Joy, ecstasy, a spiritual high: these words describe the exhilaration of diving a pristine coral... See full summary »

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Liam Neeson, Howard Hall, Michele Hall, Jean-Michel Cousteau

Votes: 580 | Gross: $24.60M

46. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

8.0
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74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 75,596 | Gross: $24.54M

47. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

7.4
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75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 83,461 | Gross: $23.81M

48. Beyond and Back (1978)

G | 93 min | Documentary

4.5
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A documentary that explores the subject of near death experiences.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Brad Crandall, Vern Adix, Linda Bishop, Janet Bylund

Votes: 175 | Gross: $23.78M

49. Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy

5.9
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60 Metascore

Comedian Kevin Hart performs in front of a crowd of 53,000 people at Philadelphia's outdoor venue, Lincoln Financial Field.

Directors: Leslie Small, Tim Story | Stars: Kevin Hart, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, Ed Helms

Votes: 9,562 | Gross: $23.59M

50. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.0
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Brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the ocean. Combines animation with recreations in a prehistoric adventure. A journey to the ... See full summary »

Director: Sean MacLeod Phillips | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Jennifer Aguilar, Michael Ashcraft, Paul W. Burmaster

Votes: 1,037 | Gross: $23.55M


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