Most Popular Animation Documentaries


1. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.5
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83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 25,141

2. Tower (2016)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

8.0
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92 Metascore

Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

Director: Keith Maitland | Stars: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir

Votes: 5,738 | Gross: $0.09M

3. Chris the Swiss (2018)

Documentary, Animation

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Croatia, 7th of January 1992: In the middle of the war a young journalists' body is being found dressed with an uniform of the international mercenary group. 19 years later, his cousin Anja Kofmel detects his story.

Director: Anja Kofmel | Star: Megan Gay

Votes: 68

4. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.0
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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: 853 | Gross: $34.14M

5. Liyana (2017)

77 min | Documentary, Animation

8.0
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Five children in Swaziland dive into their imaginations to create an original African tale about a girl on a dangerous quest.

Directors: Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp | Star: Gcina Mhlophe

Votes: 103

6. Naila and the Uprising (2017)

76 min | Documentary, Animation, History

8.4
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When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in 1987, a woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Bacha | Stars: Naila Ayesh, Zahira Kamal, Naima Al-Sheikh, Azza Al-Khafarneh

Votes: 24

7. Video Games: The Movie (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Animation, History

6.1
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40 Metascore

Learn how video games are made, marketed, and consumed by looking back at gaming history and culture through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers.

Director: Jeremy Snead | Stars: Sean Astin, Al Alcorn, Peter Armstrong, Cliff Bleszinski

Votes: 5,149 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Animation

7.1
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76 Metascore

A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Richard Feynman, Michèle Oshima

Votes: 3,019 | Gross: $0.13M

9. Batman & Bill (2017)

93 min | Documentary, Animation, Mystery

8.2
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Documentary about the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Thomas Andrae, Benjamin Zaido Cruz, Athena Finger, Bill Finger

Votes: 876

10. Leftovers (I) (2017)

70 min | Documentary, Animation

7.6
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Photographer Seth Hancock was ASKED to make a documentary on a subject matter that meant nothing to him - Senior Citizens and Hunger. So he traveled across America to discover why senior ... See full summary »

Director: Seth Hancock | Stars: Seth Hancock, Shane Bernardo, Beverly Berry, Enid Borden

Votes: 26

11. March of the Dinosaurs (2011 TV Movie)

87 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

6.6
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Set 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous period in North America, this animated docu/drama follows the journey of a young Edmontosaurus named Scar and his herd as they migrate south for ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Thompson | Stars: Stephen Fry, Simon Kerr

Votes: 421

12. Alien Planet (2005 TV Movie)

94 min | Documentary, Animation, Adventure

7.3
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The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre de Lespinois | Stars: Wayne D. Barlowe, Curtis Clark, James Garvin, Jamie Hanes

Votes: 1,345

13. Chicago 10 (2007)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.4
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69 Metascore

Archival footage, animation, and music are used to look back at the eight anti-war protesters who were put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Nick Nolte, Roy Scheider, Hank Azaria

Votes: 1,138 | Gross: $0.18M

14. Superman 75 (2013 TV Short)

2 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

8.2
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75 years of Superman condensed into 2 minutes.

Directors: Zack Snyder, Bruce Timm

Votes: 863

15. Nae Pasaran (2018)

96 min | Documentary, Animation, History

8.9
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In a Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile. Four years pass before the ... See full summary »

Director: Felipe Bustos Sierra | Stars: Bob Fulton, Stuart Barrie, John Keenan, Robert Somerville

Votes: 21

16. Victory Through Air Power (1943)

70 min | Documentary, Animation, History

6.8
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An animated documentary promoting of the soundness of strategic aerial bombing in World War II.

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, H.C. Potter | Stars: Alexander de Seversky, Art Baker, Billy Mitchell

Votes: 714 | Gross: $0.80M

17. Ghetto Uprising: The Untold Story (2017)

61 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

8.9
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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world, but it's generally accepted story is incomplete. Among the fighters was a group that was not granted ... See full summary »

Directors: Yuval Haimovich-Zuser, Simon Shechter | Star: Aleksandr Polovets

Votes: 13

18. The Short Films of David Lynch (2002 Video)

97 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

7.4
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A collection of visionary director David Lynch's short films from the first 29 years of his career is accompanied by a special introduction to each film by the director himself.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jeffe Alperi, Robert Chadwick, Catherine E. Coulson, Eddy Dixon

Votes: 2,894

19. Nuts! (I) (2016)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, Animation

7.2
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82 Metascore

The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Gene Tognacci, Andy Boswell, John Causby, Kelly Mizell

Votes: 522

20. Danny Says (2015)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.7
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64 Metascore

Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors,... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Toller | Stars: Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper, Danny Fields

Votes: 594 | Gross: $0.04M

21. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.8
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55 Metascore

Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Directors: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas | Stars: Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks

Votes: 4,504 | Gross: $0.09M

22. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.1
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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: Jerry Hoffman, Liev Schreiber, Jennifer Aguilar, Michael Ashcraft

Votes: 854 | Gross: $23.55M

23. The Creep Behind the Camera (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.0
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An exploration of the making of b-movie sci-fi cult classic "The Creeping Terror" and its con-man director Art "A.J." Nelson/Vic Savage.

Director: Pete Schuermann | Stars: Josh Phillips, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Bill LeVasseur, Laurel Harris

Votes: 172

24. Tyrus (2015)

73 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.7
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TYRUS examines the life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong. Beginning with his arrival to the immigration detention center at Angel Island in 1919, nine year old ... See full summary »

Director: Pamela Tom | Stars: Tyrus Wong, Don Hahn, Sonia Mak, Kim Wong

Votes: 62

25. Le chant du Styrène (1959)

19 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.0
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Poetic and aesthetic visit of a large polystyrene factory.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Pierre Dux, Sacha Vierny

Votes: 778

26. Wall (III) (2017)

82 min | Documentary, Animation

6.1
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WALL follows David Hare on a trip to the Middle East to examine the impact the wall separating Israel and Palestine has had on the people of the region.

Director: Cam Christiansen | Star: David Hare

Votes: 24

27. Exploring the Reef (2003 Video)

7 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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Jean-Michael Cousteau's documentary about the Great Barrier Reef keeps getting interrupted by Nemo, Marlin and Dory.

Director: Roger Gould | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Jean-Michel Cousteau

Votes: 279

28. How to Train Your Dragon: Viking-Sized Cast (2010 Video)

11 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

8.3
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Add a Plot

Stars: Bonnie Arnold, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Dean DeBlois

Votes: 35

29. La strada dei Samouni (2018)

128 min | Documentary, Animation

6.9
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In the rural outskirts of Gaza City a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It's going to be the first celebration since the latest war. ... See full summary »

Director: Stefano Savona

Votes: 14

30. In Saturn's Rings (2018)

39 min | Documentary, Animation

8.4
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Takes audience on a 14 billion light year journey of the mind, heart and spirit from the big bang to the near future via the Cassini-Huygens Mission at Saturn.

Director: Stephen van Vuuren | Star: LeVar Burton

Votes: 25

31. The Silent Truth (2010)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

8.7
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Murder or Suicide? On a military base in Iraq, PFC LaVena Lynn Johnson is found dead, shot in the head. The Army rules it a suicide, however information obtained through the Freedom of ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Brooker-Marks | Stars: John Johnson, Linda Johnson, Kenita Miller, Ann Wright

Votes: 27

32. Old Man (2012)

7 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

6.8
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For more then 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate to the outside world. Until now. These are actual never before heard phone conversations between Canadian best selling author Marlin Marynick and Charles Manson.

Director: Leah Shore | Stars: Charles Manson, Marlin Marynick

Votes: 57

33. Woody Woodpecker and His Friends (1982 Video)

80 min | Animation, Documentary

7.6
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A compilation of ten clasic Walter Lantz cartoons: Knock Knock (1940), The Bandmaster (1947), Ski for Two (1944), Hot Noon or 12 O'Clock for Surf (1953), The Legend of Rockabye Point (1955)... See full summary »

Directors: John Semper, Tex Avery, Shamus Culhane, Walter Lantz, Alex Lovy, Dick Lundy, Paul J. Smith | Stars: Grace Stafford, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Paul Frees

Votes: 98

34. Rezo (2017)

62 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography | Completed

8.4
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Rezo is a movie told and painted by Rezo Gabriadze, Georgian artist, writer and creator of Marionette theatre. The movie is an autobiographical animated documentary questioning ideas of ... See full summary »

Director: Levan Gabriadze

Votes: 38

35. Why Man Creates (1968)

29 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.4
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Through several amusing live action and animated vignettes, Saul Bass illustrates a fundamental and essential particularity of human nature that keeps us alive and the world turning, ... See full summary »

Director: Saul Bass | Star: Paul Saltman

Votes: 477

36. El Crazy Che (2015)

83 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.3
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EL CRAZY CHE is a documentary about the most amazing case of industrial espionage: the unbelievable true life of an Argentine engineer who became a cold war spy. While he was working at AMD... See full summary »

Directors: Pablo Chehebar, Nicolás Iacouzzi | Stars: Jose Arenas, Bob Coiteaux, Liliana Fraigi, Alejandro Gaede

Votes: 69

37. Billy Connolly: Was It Something I Said? (2007 Video)

115 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.1
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Billy Connolly brings more of his brand of observational comedy to the stage in a blistering comic commentary on daily life.

Director: Dennis Murphy | Star: Billy Connolly

Votes: 81

38. Ryan (2004)

TV-PG | 14 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.6
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The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late '60s and the early '70s.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb

Votes: 2,547

39. 100 Years (2017)

7 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

3.5
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An animated history of American health care provider, Planned Parenthood.

Directors: Lena Dunham, Kirsten Lepore | Stars: America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep

Votes: 40

40. The Animal World (1956)

Approved | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.0
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A documentary showcasing the world's many different animal species, both past and present.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Theodore von Eltz, John Storm

Votes: 79

41. Unseen to Be Seen (2005 Video)

42 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

6.4
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This film shows the places in Sri Venkateshwara (Balaji) Temple (Richest Temple in the World), Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, India usually not access to all.

Director: J.V.L. Narayana

Votes: 16

42. The Wanted 18 (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Animation

7.4
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59 Metascore

A small Palestinian village bought 18 cows and stopped buying Israeli milk.

Directors: Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali | Stars: Alison Darcy, Heidi Foss, Rosann Nerenberg, Holly Uloth

Votes: 199

43. The Truth About Mother Goose (1957)

Approved | 15 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.4
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The true story behind various nursery rhymes is explored.

Directors: Bill Justice, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Page Cavanaugh Trio, Kevin Corcoran, John Dehner, Ginny Tyler

Votes: 253

44. And We Were Young (2015)

75 min | Documentary, Animation, History

8.1
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An animated oral history of World War I.

Director: Andy Smetanka | Stars: Brock Gnose, Kyle McAfee, Roger Hedden, Jeff Medley

Votes: 7

45. When Dinosaurs Roamed America (2001 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Documentary

7.6
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The life of American dinosaurs is seen in amazing detail. The Feathered Dromeosaurs (Raptors) debut on this film along with the bizarre Therizinosaur. Each story is compelling and ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre de Lespinois | Star: John Goodman

Votes: 339

46. Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet (2014)

40 min | Documentary, Animation

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A group of young pachyrhinosaurs face the trials of growing up in a prehistoric world.

Director: Richard Dale | Star: Benedict Cumberbatch

47. Fish Out of Water (I) (2009)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Animation, History

4.9
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A documentary that faces down the controversies between homosexuality and religion, examining Bible verses quoted as condemnatory and discussing alternative meanings.

Director: Ky Dickens | Stars: Terri Abbott, James Bankston, Ryan Barrett, Trish Bendix

Votes: 252

48. Kiss the Water (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.9
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In a small cottage on the northern coast of Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled tiny bits of feather and fur, silver and gold into fishing flies that were at once works of art, magical - and ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Steel | Stars: Richard Poe, Gerda Stevenson

Votes: 84

49. Last Day of the Dinosaurs (2010 TV Movie)

66 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.4
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Proposes a minute-by-minute chronology of the Chicxulub impact and its effect on the dinosaurs and other animals around the world.

Director: Richard Dale | Star: Bill Mondy

Votes: 382

50. Bugs Bunny Superstar (1975)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Family

7.0
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Animator Robert Clampett presents a history of "Termite Terrace," the little shack on the Warner Brothers studio lot which in the 1930's and 1940's housed the animation unit which gave ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Jackson | Stars: Orson Welles, Mel Blanc, Robert Clampett, Tex Avery

Votes: 327



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