Most Popular Documentary-Biography Documentaries With At Least 1000 Votes
1. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography
An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.
Votes: 7,996 | Gross: $22.61M
2. RBG (2018)
PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography
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.
Votes: 2,742 | Gross: $14.00M
3. McQueen (2018)
R | 111 min | Documentary, Biography
The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line, and his untimely death.
Votes: 1,776 | Gross: $1.24M
5. The Imposter (2012)
R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
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.
Votes: 40,885 | Gross: $0.89M
6. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Votes: 56,462 | Gross: $3.97M
9. Grizzly Man (2005)
R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
Votes: 46,814 | Gross: $3.17M
10. Amy (III) (2015)
R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.
Votes: 41,643 | Gross: $8.41M
11. Beware the Slenderman (2016)
TV-14 | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Tells the story of two 12-year old girls, who attempted to murder one of their friends in an attempt to appease Slenderman, a fictional monster from a horror website.
12. Senna (2010)
PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Votes: 52,352 | Gross: $1.61M
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.
14. Inside Deep Throat (2005)
NC-17 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, History
An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.
Votes: 6,017 | Gross: $0.65M
16. Man on Wire (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".
Votes: 47,786 | Gross: $2.96M
17. O.J.: Made in America (2016)
TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.
19. The Salt of the Earth (2014)
PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.
Votes: 16,308 | Gross: $1.34M
20. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)
88 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.
Votes: 1,694 | Gross: $0.82M
21. Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)
TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
This documentary goes behind the scenes with pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show.
22. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Votes: 21,690 | Gross: $3.12M
23. Marwencol (2010)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy
After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.
Votes: 2,781 | Gross: $0.11M
24. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)
TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
25. Be Here Now (2015)
100 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
As though life is imitating art, actor and sex-symbol, Andy Whitfield, had just become a star as the lead in the hit television series,'Spartacus,' when he is faced with his biggest ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,379 | Gross: $0.02M
26. Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)
Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Votes: 11,555 | Gross: $0.00M
27. Becoming Bond (2017)
TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's ... See full summary »
28. The Wolfpack (2015)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography
Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes.
Votes: 10,552 | Gross: $1.30M
29. The Witness (I) (2015)
89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.
30. Andre the Giant (2018 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A look at the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as Andre the Giant.
PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Votes: 5,903 | Gross: $13.10M
Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
37. Get Me Roger Stone (2017)
TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary exploring the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump adviser, Roger Stone, who helped create the real estate mogul's political career.
38. Dancer (II) (2016)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography
Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.
Votes: 1,927 | Gross: $0.04M
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Votes: 21,029 | Gross: $4.19M
42. The Seven Five (2014)
R | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Meet the dirtiest cop in NYC history. Michael Dowd stole money and dealt drugs while patrolling the streets of 80s Brooklyn.
Votes: 4,376 | Gross: $0.01M
43. Who Took Johnny (2014)
Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into an infamous thirty-year-old cold case: the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film ... See full summary »
44. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.
Votes: 5,985 | Gross: $0.43M
45. Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
CONOR McGREGOR: NOTORIOUS, filmed over the course of 4 years, is a gripping access-all- areas account of McGregor's personal and professional journey from claiming benefits and living in ... See full summary »
46. Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001)
R | 77 min | Documentary, Biography
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy offers audiences a penetrating look inside the world of Ron Jeremy, America's most unlikely sex star and hero to millions. With nearly 25 years in the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,230 | Gross: $0.41M
47. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."
48. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography
In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »
Votes: 9,122 | Gross: $0.10M
49. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.
Votes: 8,454 | Gross: $7.71M
51. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.
Votes: 1,153 | Gross: $0.25M
Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
Votes: 13,918 | Gross: $0.05M
53. Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017)
TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.
54. Requiem for the American Dream (2015)
73 min | Documentary, Biography, News
The academic and activist Noam Chomsky describes the systems that have led to financial inequality, and the current concentration of wealth and power.
Votes: 7,354 | Gross: $0.04M
55. Les plages d'Agnès (2008)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography
Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.
Votes: 2,211 | Gross: $0.24M
56. Team Foxcatcher (2016)
90 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
57. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery
A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Votes: 11,450 | Gross: $1.51M
58. Twinsters (2015)
PG-13 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Family
Adopted from South Korea, raised on different continents & connected through social media, Samantha & Anaïs believe that they are twin sisters separated at birth.
60. Muscle Shoals (2013)
PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
Votes: 3,160 | Gross: $0.70M
61. Party Monster (1998)
57 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary film exploring the rise of Club Kid legend Michael Alig and his fall in 1996 when he murdered his drug dealer/roommate Angel Melendez.
62. Shine a Light (2008)
PG-13 | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.
Votes: 10,349 | Gross: $5.36M
63. McLaren (2017)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
The story of Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander who founded the McLaren Motor Racing team. A man who showed the world that a man of humble beginnings could take on the elite of motor racing and win.
64. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015)
Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography
A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.
Votes: 1,648 | Gross: $0.14M
67. More Than a Game (2008)
PG | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.
Votes: 4,761 | Gross: $0.94M
68. Biggie and Tupac (2002)
R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.
Votes: 4,098 | Gross: $0.09M
69. An Honest Liar (2014)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.
Votes: 7,897 | Gross: $0.12M
71. Call Me Lucky (2015)
106 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you've probably never heard of him. But once ... See full summary »
72. Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told (2013)
350 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Adolf Hitler, born in Braunau, one man who will change the history of the world forever. It follows his childhood to the death of his mother and his broken ambition to become an artist, ... See full summary »
74. Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014)
104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
An intimate but explosive portrait of the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport, and the truth. But the former ... See full summary »
75. A Brief History of Time (1991)
G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography
A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time.
Votes: 4,493 | Gross: $2.28M
76. The Last Man on the Moon (2014)
TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography
When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.
Votes: 2,410 | Gross: $0.05M
77. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography
Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.
Votes: 3,698 | Gross: $0.17M
79. My Beautiful Broken Brain (2014)
86 min | Documentary, Biography
MY BEAUTIFUL BROKEN BRAIN is 34 year old Lotje Sodderland's personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of her own brain following a life changing hemorrhagic stroke. ... See full summary »
80. The Resurrection of Jake the Snake (2015)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A fallen professional wrestling superstar battles his past demons in a struggle to reclaim his life and the family that has given up on him.
81. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.
82. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)
PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.
Votes: 8,146 | Gross: $0.33M
84. Williams (2017)
109 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Focusing on the career and family of its legendary founder Sir Frank Williams, the British sports documentary tells the extraordinary story of the Williams Formula 1 team, from its inception to the present day.
86. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.
Votes: 14,560 | Gross: $0.67M
87. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).
Votes: 6,446 | Gross: $1.43M
88. Boy Interrupted (2009)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar ... See full summary »
90. Chasing Ice (2012)
PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography
Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
Votes: 7,483 | Gross: $1.33M
95. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)
Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.
96. The Captains (2011)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography
The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors who have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise.
97. Let's Get Lost (1988)
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's ... See full summary »
98. Beyond the Mat (1999)
R | 102 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
A heartfelt documentary focusing on the day-to-day lives of professional wrestlers, some on the rise, some on the wane, and others fighting for their lives.
Votes: 7,348 | Gross: $2.05M
99. The Crash Reel (2013)
108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »