Highest Rated "educational", Documentary Titles


1. The Great War (2014– )

Documentary, History, War

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

Star: Indy Neidell

Votes: 236

2. 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

3. 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

4. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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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: 28,753

5. Invisible Threat (2014)

42 min | Documentary, Short

9.3
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Award winning teen filmmakers explore immune system, disease, vaccines & safety after deadly outbreak effects them.

Director: Douglas Green | Stars: Allie DeGour, Hannah Evans, Barsegh Everkyan, Brian Farmer

Votes: 6

6. Living in Tents (2018)

58 min | Documentary

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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: 18

7. Chekhov for Children (2010)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

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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

8. Directional Boring Advantage (2000 Video)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Educational film about the advantages of directional boring construction technology.

Director: Timo Nadudvari

Votes: 6

9. Kurzgesagt: In a Nutshell (2013– )

TV-G | Documentary, Animation

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Various scientific subjects are explained in animation.

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

Votes: 62

10. Govt. vs Green (2009)

28 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

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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: 170

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

28 min | Documentary, News

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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

12. Tornado Video Classics (1992 Video)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

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Stars: Howard Bluestein, Ted Fujita, David Ross

Votes: 8

13. The Legend of Sofa Kingdom (2011)

85 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Follows the 'winning-est' Quizzo team on their way to defend their Quizzo Bowl title, while exploring the history of Quizzo and it's major players.

Director: Steve Kearney | Stars: Ryan Crocetto, Nate DiGiorgio, Jason Garbowski, Johnny Goodtimes

Votes: 5

14. The Universe (2007– )

45 min | Documentary, History

8.9
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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: 4,523

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

TV-G | 59 min | Documentary

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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: 3,371

16. Adventures in Voice Acting (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Family

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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: 49

17. Demonstrations in Physics (1969– )

Documentary

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Star: Julius Sumner Miller

Votes: 23

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

53 min | Documentary

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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: 30

19. Dhamma Dana (2009)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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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: 9

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

G | 94 min | Documentary, Family

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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

21. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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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: 3,843

22. Star Gazers (1976– )

5 min | Documentary

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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, James Albury, Dean Regas, Chris Trigg

Votes: 46

23. A Message from the East (2009)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, Family, History

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The story of Muhammad Iqbal, a turn of the century poet/philosopher from South Asia. Through Iqbal's work we open a dialog between the East and West, refute the notion of a class of civilizations and discover our shared humanity.

Director: Jeremiah Hammerling | Stars: Salman Asif, Souleyman Bachir, Carl Ernst, John L. Esposito

Votes: 16

24. Out of Annapolis (2010)

73 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Explores the lives of LGBT Alumni of the US Naval Academy. Here they share their experiences while at Annapolis and while serving in the naval service.

Director: Steve Clark Hall | Stars: Linda Postenrieder, Joe Soto, Franklin McNeil, Robin Bolster

Votes: 6

25. Beautiful Births (2014)

59 min | Documentary, Family

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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: 13

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

Documentary, History, Talk-Show

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Votes: 8

27. French in Action (1987– )

TV-G | 30 min | Documentary

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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: 132

28. Rough Science (2000–2005)

Documentary

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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: 106

29. Great Big Show (2017– )

Documentary

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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: 7

30. Tigress Blood (2014 TV Movie)

44 min | Documentary

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Tigers are solitary hunters. But in the forests of Central India, a gang of four tigresses is rewriting the rules of tiger behavior.

Directors: Praveen Singh, Akanksha Sood | Star: Josephine Butler

Votes: 12

31. Bipolar Light (2009)

Not Rated | 138 min | Documentary, Comedy

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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

32. Wonders of Life (2013– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

8.6
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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: 1,267

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

28 min | Documentary, Family

8.6
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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, Lisa Briggs, Karol Meyer

Votes: 25

34. 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: 27

35. The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Rafe Esquith, 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient, teaches 5th-grade children whose parents don't speak English at a school in a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Rafe Esquith, Ian McKellen, Michael York

Votes: 111

36. From Swastika to Jim Crow (2000)

60 min | Documentary

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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: 33

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

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

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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

38. 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

39. 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

40. 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

41. All About You (1974– )

15 min | Documentary, Family

8.5
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Louise McNamara hosts a series of programs dealing anatomy, biology, and nutrition geared towards 6-8 year-olds.

Star: Louise McNamara

Votes: 17

42. 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

43. 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: 13

44. Cosmic Vistas (2009–2014)

25 min | Documentary

8.4
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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: 27

45. Raw Faith (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.4
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This surprisingly open and revealing documentary follows two years in the private life of a minister. Marilyn Sewell is successful and beloved in the pulpit, but behind the scenes she is ... See full summary »

Director: Wm. Peter Wiedensmith | Star: Marilyn Sewell

Votes: 60 | Gross: $0.00M

46. The Olympic Games in Antiquity (2002)

83 min | Documentary

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

Votes: 7

47. A Perfect Soldier (2010 Video)

56 min | Documentary, War

8.4
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One man's journey from child soldier to national hero. As a young boy, Aki Ra was groomed to be an instrument of war by the Khmer Rouge regime. In his adult life, Aki Ra has worked to ... See full summary »

Director: John Severson | Star: Aki Ra

Votes: 14

48. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

8.3
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Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Michaela Leslie-Rule, Jaffar Smith

Votes: 5,843

49. Twister 2: The Terror Continues (1996 Video)

56 min | Documentary

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Director: Thomas P. Grazulis | Stars: Carson Eads, Ted Fujita, Bruce Haynie, Tim Marshall

Votes: 6

50. Last Paradise (2016)

100 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

8.3
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In the beautiful wilderness of New Zealand a daredevil bunch of kids in the 60's experimented with something that would change the world of adventure travel. This is their global quest for ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Neeson | Stars: A.J. Hackett, Jeff Campbell, Allan Byrne, Ton Deken

Votes: 46



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