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1. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

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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, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 67,394

2. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. Then they discover why.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Silvi Alzetta-Reali, Eddy Galland, Ron Guttman, Natasha Josefowitz

Votes: 4,928 | Gross: $12.32M

3. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary

8.7
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83 Metascore

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless

Votes: 669 | Gross: $2.58M

4. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

5.6
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69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald J. Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield, Stephen K. Bannon

Votes: 4,253 | Gross: $6.24M

5. Vacations of the Brave (2018– )

Documentary, Adventure | Post-production

They're redefining bravery at home. Now they're packing their bags and heading on journeys of self-discovery that will challenge their perceptions of courage. Brought to you by Destination Canada.

Stars: Mandy Harvey, Corey Maison, Angela Luna, Autumn Beckens

6. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

99 min | Documentary, History, War

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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: 225

7. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 9,313 | Gross: $22.61M

8. Lore (2017– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Horror

6.9
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Our collective nightmare mythologies are rooted in real-life horror stories.

Stars: Aaron Mahnke, Steven Berkoff, Josh Bowman, Paula Malcomson

Votes: 3,012

9. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 360 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 57,951

10. Empire Games (2018– )

50 min | Documentary

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This series explores the greatest empires in a way that has never been fully investigated. Each episode highlights and exposes the political intrigue, personal vendettas, family mayhem, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim O'Brien, Massimo Betello, Paul Gareth Gwynne

Votes: 78

11. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 57,353 | Gross: $3.29M

12. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

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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, Karl Marlantes

Votes: 7,237

13. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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Anthony Bourdain visits countries, delving into their political issues as well as indigenous food and culture.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, David Holloway, Eric Ripert, José Andrés

Votes: 3,376

14. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

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Chronicles the reign of Commodus, the emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome's fall.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Sean Bean, Aaron Jakubenko, Edwin Wright

Votes: 2,268

15. Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (2017– )

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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Follows Jack Whitehall as he embarks on the trip of a lifetime with his father, Michael. The two set off on a journey across South East Asia to partake in a series of adventures, mishaps and escapades with two very different perspectives.

Stars: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, Steven Seagal

Votes: 1,662

16. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014– )

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

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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: 89,012

17. McQueen (2018)

R | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

8.2
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84 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui | Stars: Bernard Arnault, Joseph Bennett, Detmar Blow, Isabella Blow

Votes: 2,142 | Gross: $1.26M

18. Three Wives, One Husband (2017)

60 min | Documentary

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Filmmakers gain access to the community of Rockland Ranch in the middle of the Utah desert where 14 polygamous Mormon families have created unique homes for themselves carved out of a rock-face.

Stars: Anna Chancellor, Abel Morrison, Susie Morrison, Beth Morrison

Votes: 125

19. Whitney (2018)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.2
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75 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Brown

Votes: 1,989 | Gross: $3.03M

20. Tea with the Dames (2018)

84 min | Documentary

7.6
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86 Metascore

Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith

Votes: 443 | Gross: $0.35M

21. Chef's Table (2015– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Documentary

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Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Stars: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford, Lara Gilmore

Votes: 9,182

22. MeatEater (2012– )

21 min | Documentary

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A man travels around the vast wilderness hunting various animals. He hunts everything from birds to bears. Once the animal is bagged he demonstrates how to process the game and cook it.

Stars: Steven Rinella, Joe Rogan, Bryan Callen, Remi Warren

Votes: 485

23. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

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The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 9,867

24. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

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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: 12,674

25. Wild Wild Country (2018– )

TV-MA | 401 min | Documentary, Crime

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When the world's most controversial guru builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 12,581

26. Studio 54 (2018)

98 min | Documentary

6.9
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70 Metascore

Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism--a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Steve Rubell, Ian Schrager

Votes: 364 | Gross: $0.07M

27. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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72 Metascore

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.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill Clinton, Sharron Frontiero, James Steven Ginsburg

Votes: 3,230 | Gross: $14.02M

28. Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Crime Story (2016–2017)

Documentary

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The story of the 1994-1995 trial of former NFL superstar running back Orenthal James "OJ" Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman.

Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., David Schwimmer, Selma Blair, Paolo Andino

Votes: 14,946

29. Explained (2018– )

18 min | Documentary

7.9
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A documentary series that looks to explore the big questions of today.

Stars: Estelle Caswell, Maria Bello, Kristen Bell, LeVar Burton

Votes: 1,494

30. Quincy (2018)

124 min | Documentary

7.8
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60 Metascore

An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.

Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones | Stars: Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Clarence Avant

Votes: 1,230

31. The Dawn Wall (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.4
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81 Metascore

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 267 | Gross: $0.07M

32. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-G | 533 min | Documentary

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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, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 137,346

33. Living in the Future's Past (2018)

100 min | Documentary

8.2
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What kind of future to we want to live in? Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed 4K tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the life challenges we face. This film... See full summary »

Director: Susan Kucera | Stars: Ugo Bardi, Jeff Bridges, Wesley Clark, Ruth Gates

Votes: 18

34. Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018)

TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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The extraordinary story of the "pizza bomber heist" and the FBI's investigation into a bizarre collection of suspects.

Star: Ann Smith

Votes: 10,631

35. Medal of Honor (2018– )

60 min | Documentary, War | Post-production

A hybrid docu/live-action anthology series that portrays stories of personal sacrifice that resulted in the highest military distinction: the Medal of Honor.

Stars: Joe Martorano, Oliver Hudson, Derek Mio, Steven Grayhm

36. Love, Gilda (2018)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.0
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74 Metascore

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Dapolito | Stars: Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader

Votes: 353 | Gross: $0.59M

37. Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (2017– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Documentary

6.7
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Porn has gone mainstream; the question is, can we handle it? This exploration of the intersection of sex and technology is told through the stories of the people whose lives are defined by ... See full summary »

Stars: James Rhine, Lena Anderson, James Bartholet, Lily Cade

Votes: 1,338

38. After Porn Ends 2 (2017)

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary

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After Porn Ends 2 picks up where its predecessor left off, and not only turns back the clock to meet the oldest living stars in adult film's history, but goes in depth with some of its most... See full summary »

Director: Bryce Wagoner | Stars: Ashley Adams, Brittany Andrews, Lisa Ann, Danny D

Votes: 1,614

39. Rocco (2016)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary

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A behind-the-scene account of the porn world and its stars as they've never been seen before - and the no-holds-barred portrait of a true giant.

Directors: Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai | Stars: Rocco Siffredi, Anikka Albrite, Veronica Avluv, Eva Berger

Votes: 1,918

40. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (2018– )

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Docuseries, based on the award-winning book, explores the essence of cooking and the vital ingredients at the heart of a great dish.

Star: Samin Nosrat

Votes: 176

41. 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: 16,811

42. Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.1
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Moukarbel | Stars: Sandra Amador, Michael Bearden, Tony Bennett, BloodPop

Votes: 7,767

43. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018)

96 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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68 Metascore

Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

Director: Steve Loveridge | Star: M.I.A.

Votes: 424 | Gross: $0.16M

44. Forensic Files (1996– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

8.8
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A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Skip Palenik, Tom Bevel, Lowell Levine

Votes: 3,098

45. MythBusters (2003– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Mystery, Reality-TV

8.3
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A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them.

Stars: Robert Lee, Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron

Votes: 48,231

46. Bad Reputation (2018)

R | 93 min | Documentary

7.0
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65 Metascore

Documentary about rock star Joan Jett.

Director: Kevin Kerslake | Stars: Eric Ambel, Billie Joe Armstrong, Gene Baur, Rodney Bingenheimer

Votes: 123 | Gross: $0.15M

47. Blue Planet II (2017–2018)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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David Attenborough returns to the world's oceans in this sequel to the acclaimed documentary filming rare and unusual creatures of the deep, as well as documenting the problems our oceans face.

Stars: David Attenborough, Peter Drost, Roger Munns

Votes: 12,081

48. Inside Look: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, American Crime Story (2017– )

3 min | Documentary

7.6
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An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Stars: Yosherin, Darren Criss, Penélope Cruz, Ricky Martin

Votes: 1,634

49. Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.2
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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 »

Director: Gavin Fitzgerald | Stars: José Aldo, Audie Attar, Ryan Buescher, Kiefer Crosbie

Votes: 2,333

50. The Defiant Ones (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.7
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"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, Verna Griffin

Votes: 7,213



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