Top 300 Documentaries

List of the best 300 Documentaries Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 300 Titles and 38770 Views.

1. O.J.: Made in America(2016)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-MA
Description: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.
Director: Ezra Edelman
Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Mike Albanese , Muhammad Ali , Marcus Allen
Tags: Courtroom Investigation Police Brutality High School Racism Rise And Fall Friendship Prosecution
9.00    100%    97%  

2. A Billion Lives(2016)

Runtime: Genres:News|Documentary|History Release Date:
Countries: USA| Belgium| Canada| France| Ireland| Mexico| Peru| Poland| Turkey| UK Language:English Rating:NA
Description:A true story of the vaping revolution and tragic corruption leading to a billion deaths around the world.
Director: Aaron Biebert
Stars: David Goerlitz , Clive Bates , Attila Danko , Delon Human
9.00    40%    96%  

3. Alone in the Wilderness(2004)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. ...
Director: -1
Stars: Dick Proenneke , Bob Swerer Jr. , Wendy Ishii , Pamela Guest
8.80    NA    NA  

4. Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly(2000)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Dave Chappelle returns for a stand-up to D.C. and riffs on politics, police, race relations, drugs, Sesame Street and more.
Director: Stan Lathan
Stars: Dave Chappelle
Tags: Racism Politics
8.80    NA    93%  

5. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy(2010)

Runtime: Genres:Horror|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:For decades, Freddy Krueger has slashed his way through the dreams of countless youngsters, scaring up over half a billion dollars at the box office across eight terrifying, spectacular films.
Directors: Daniel Farrands , Andrew Kasch
Stars: Heather Langenkamp , Stacey Alden , Erika Anderson , Marshall Bell
8.70    100%    94%  

6. Louis C.K.: Shameless(2007)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-MA
Description:Comedy and television star Louis C.K. returns to HBO for an hour of no-holds-barred, adults-only stand-up comedy! Taped before a live audience at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, the...
Director: Steven J. Santos
Stars: Louis C.K.
8.70    NA    96%  

7. Pink Floyd at Pompeii(1972)

Original Title: Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Music Release Date:
Countries: Belgium| West Germany| France Language:English Rating:G
Description:Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, ...
Director: Adrian Maben
Stars: David Gilmour , Nick Mason , Roger Waters , Richard Wright
8.70    NA    97%  

8. Earthlings(2005)

Runtime: Genres:Horror|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.
Director: Shaun Monson
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix
Tags: Violence Slavery
8.70    NA    92%  

9. Human(2015)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: France Languages:English | French | Arabic | Spanish | Portuguese | Italian | Chinese | Russian | Greek | Hebrew | Sign Languag Rating:NA
Description:A collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human.
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Stars: Luis Cancu , Atman , Berthony , Bruno
8.70    NA    89%  

10. Be Here Now(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Countries: USA| Australia Language:English Rating:NA
Description:An inspiring feature documentary and love story, about the overnight sensation, actor and international sex symbol, Andy Whitfield, who put the same determination and dedication that he brought to his lead role in "Spartacus" into fighting life-threatening cancer.
Director: Lilibet Foster
Stars: Jai Courtney , Andy Whitfield , Indigo Whitfield , Jesse Whitfield
8.70    NA    NA  

11. Sachin(2017)

Original Title: Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: India Languages:Hindi | Marathi Rating:NA
Description:Sachin Tendulkar plays himself in this sports-docudrama that traces the life and times of one of the world’s biggest cricket phenomenas.?
Director: James Erskine
Stars: Sachin Tendulkar , Mahendra Singh Dhoni , Mayur More , Mayuresh Pem
8.70    83%    83%  

12. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill(1999)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Languages:English | French | German | Spanish Rating:UR
Description:Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England and of Western empires, and the need for a European dream.
Director: Lawrence Jordan
Stars: Eddie Izzard
Tags: World War Two Monster High School Christmas
8.70    NA    96%  

13. Baraka(1992)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:None Rating:NR
Description:This is a paralyzingly beautiful documentary with a global vision: an odyssey through landscape and time, that is an attempt to capture the essence of life.
Director: Ron Fricke
Tags: Violence Holocaust
8.60    81%    96%  

14. Louis C.K.: Chewed Up(2008)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-MA
Description:Louis C.K.'s second one-hour special filmed at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA.
Directors: Louis C.K. , Shannon Hartman
Stars: Louis C.K.
8.60    NA    91%  

15. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies(1995)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: USA| UK| France Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Martin Scorsese celebrates American movies from the silent classics to the Hollywood of the seventies.
Directors: Martin Scorsese , Michael Henry Wilson
Stars: Martin Scorsese , Allison Anders , Kathryn Bigelow , Francis Ford Coppola
8.60    100%    96%  

16. George Carlin... It's Bad for Ya!(2008)

Original Title: George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya!
Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:It's Bad For Ya, Carlin's Emmy-nominated 14th and final HBO special from March of 2008 features Carlin's noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, ...
Director: Rocco Urbisci
Stars: George Carlin
Tags: Black Comedy Cult Film Dark Humor Satire
8.60    NA    90%  

17. Senna(2010)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Countries: UK| France| USA Languages:English | Portuguese | French | Japanese Rating:PG-13
Description:A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Director: Asif Kapadia
Stars: Ayrton Senna , Alain Prost , Frank Williams , Ron Dennis
Tags: Family Relationships Voice Over Narration Belief In God
8.60    92%    95%  

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

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.
Director: Morgan Neville
Stars: Joanne Rogers , Betty Aberlin , David Bianculli , McColm Cephas Jr.
8.60    99%    96%  

19. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father(2008)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child.
Director: Kurt Kuenne
Stars: Kurt Kuenne , Andrew Bagby , David Bagby , Kathleen Bagby
Tags: Family Relationships Friendship Road Trip Voice Over Narration
8.60    94%    96%  

20. Sigur Rós: Heima(2007)

Original Title: Heima
Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary Release Date:
Country: Iceland Languages:English | Icelandic Rating:NA
Description:In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland...
Director: Dean DeBlois
Stars: Amiina , Hildur Arsaelsdottir , Jon Thor Birgisson , Orri P. Dyrason
8.60    90%    96%  

21. Home(2009)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Family Release Date:
Country: France Languages:French | English | Russian | Spanish | German Rating:NR
Description:With aerial footage from 54 countries, HOME is a depiction of how the Earth's problems are all interlinked.
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand , Glenn Close , Jacques Gamblin
8.60    0%    86%  

22. Night and Fog(1956)

Original Title: Nuit et brouillard
Runtime: Genres:Short|Documentary|War|History Release Date:
Country: France Language:French Rating:NR
Description:Filmmaker Alain Resnais documents the atrocities behind the walls of Hitler's concentration camps.
Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Michel Bouquet , Reinhard Heydrich , Heinrich Himmler , Adolf Hitler
Tags: Concentration Camp Violence World War Two Holocaust Voice Over Narration
8.60    100%    95%  

23. The Cove(2009)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Japanese Rating:PG-13
Description:The Cove tells the amazing true story of how an elite team of individuals, films makers and free divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate the hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The shocking discoveries were only the tip of the iceberg.
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Stars: Richard O'Barry , Louie Psihoyos , Hardy Jones , Michael Illiff
8.50    94%    94%  

24. Stop Making Sense(1984)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Bernie Worrell , Alex Weir , Steven Scales , Lynn Mabry
8.50    97%    98%  

25. Robin Williams Live on Broadway(2002)

Original Title: Robin Williams: Live on Broadway
Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-MA
Description:The fourth HBO stand-up special by Robin Williams.
Director: Marty Callner
Stars: Robin Williams
Tags: Satire Reference To William Shakespeare
8.50    NA    89%  

26. Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth(2004)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Chappelle cuts loose in what he does best, Chappelle-style! And for what it's worth, no one is safe from Dave!
Director: Stan Lathan
Stars: Dave Chappelle
8.50    NA    85%  

27. Samsara(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Music|Documentary Release Date:
Countries: USA| Indonesia| Singapore| Thailand| Kenya| Denmark| Brazil| Jordan| United Arab Emirates| Saudi Ara Language:None Rating:PG-13
Description:Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
Director: Ron Fricke
Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers , Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi , Puti Sri Candra Dewi , Putu Dinda Pratika
8.50    77%    87%  

28. Eddie Izzard: Glorious(1997)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:UR
Description:Eddie Izzard's routine has a loose trajectory from the beginning of the Old Testament and the creation of the world in seven days to Revelations; God, in the voice of James Mason, makes ...
Director: Peter Richardson
Stars: Eddie Izzard
8.50    NA    96%  

29. Isle of Flowers(1989)

Original Title: Ilha das Flores
Runtime: Genres:Short|Documentary Release Date:
Country: Brazil Language:Portuguese Rating:NA
Description:A tomato is planted, harvested and sold at a supermarket, but it rots and ends up in the trash. Ends? No. Isle of Flowers follows it up until its real end, among animals, trash, women and children. And then the difference between tomatoes, pigs and human beings becomes clear.
Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Paulo José , Ciça Reckziegel , Douglas Trainini , Júlia Barth
8.50    NA    86%  

30. An Evening with Kevin Smith(2002)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Kevin Smith interacts in Q&A sessions throughout various college stops in the USA.
Director: J.M. Kenny
Stars: Kevin Smith , Jason Mewes , Scott Mosier , Anthony Snitzer
8.40    NA    88%  

31. Man with a Movie Camera(1929)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Music|Documentary Release Date:
Country: Soviet Union Language:-1 Rating:NR
Description:A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.
Director: Dziga Vertov
Stars: Mikhail Kaufman
8.40    97%    88%  

32. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom(2015)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| Ukraine| USA Languages:Ukrainian | Russian | English Rating:NR
Description:A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.
Director: Evgeny Afineevsky
Stars: Bishop Agapit , Catherine Ashton , Serhii Averchenko , Kristina Berdinskikh
8.40    88%    92%  

33. 9/11(2002)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: USA| France Language:English Rating:TV-PG
Description:An on-the-scene documentary following the events of September 11, 2001 from an insider's view, through the lens of two French filmmakers who simply set out to make a movie about a rookie NYC fireman and ended up filming the tragic event that changed our lives forever.
Directors: James Hanlon , Gédéon Naudet , Jules Naudet
Stars: Tony Benatatos , Jamal Braithwaite , Steve Buscemi , Joe Casaliggi
8.40    NA    88%  

34. Hitting the Apex(2015)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:Spanish | Italian | English Rating:NA
Description:'Hitting the Apex' is the story of six fighters - six of the fastest motorcycle racers the world has ever seen - and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport.
Director: Mark Neale
Stars: Jorge Lorenzo , Jose Manuel Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Dani Pedrosa
8.40    NA    91%  

35. Promises(2001)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Arabic | Hebrew Rating:NA
Description:Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers ...
Directors: B.Z. Goldberg , Justine Shapiro , Carlos Bolado(co-director)
Stars: Moishe Bar Am , B.Z. Goldberg , Shlomo Green , Sanabel Hassan
8.40    96%    96%  

36. The Other Dream Team(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary Release Date:
Countries: USA| Lithuania Languages:English | Lithuanian Rating:NR
Description:The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and – with help from the Grateful Dead – triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.
Director: Marius A. Markevicius
Stars: Greg Speirs , Jim Lampley , Bill Walton , David Remnick
8.40    88%    88%  

37. Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy(2004)

Original Title: Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Sci-Fi|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy is a 2004 documentary film directed by Kevin Burns and narrated by Robert Clotworthy. It documents the making of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Directors: Edith Becker , Kevin Burns
Stars: Robert Clotworthy , Walter Cronkite , George Lucas , Steven Spielberg
8.40    NA    90%  

38. U2 3D(2007)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Music Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:G
Description:A 3-D presentation of U2's global "Vertigo" tour. Shot at seven different shows, this production employs the greatest number of 3-D cameras ever used for a single project.
Directors: Catherine Owens , Mark Pellington
Stars: Bono , Adam Clayton , Larry Mullen Jr. , The Edge
8.40    93%    92%  

39. The Salt of the Earth(2014)

Original Title: Le sel de la terre
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography|History Release Date:
Countries: France| Brazil| Italy Languages:French | English | Portuguese Rating:PG-13
Description:The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.
Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado , Wim Wenders
Stars: Sebastião Salgado , Wim Wenders , Lélia Wanick Salgado , Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
8.40    94%    90%  

40. José and Pilar(2010)

Original Title: José e Pilar
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Countries: Portugal| Spain| Brazil Languages:Spanish | Portuguese Rating:NA
Description:"José and Pilar," a documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese ...
Director: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes
Stars: Joao Afonso , Àngels Barceló , Pilar del Río , Juan Echanove
8.40    NA    95%  

41. Shoah(1985)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War|History Release Date:
Countries: France| UK Languages:German | Hebrew | Polish | Yiddish | French Rating:NR
Description:Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.
Director: Claude Lanzmann
Stars: Simon Srebnik , Michael Podchlebnik , Motke Zaïdl , Hanna Zaïdl
Tags: Concentration Camp Crime Against Humanity War Crime Nazi Occupation World War Two Holocaust
8.40    100%    97%  

42. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised(2003)

Original Title: La revolución no será televisada
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Ireland| Netherlands| USA| Germany| Finland| UK Languages:English | Spanish Rating:UR
Description:In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made.
Directors: Kim Bartley , Donnacha O'Briain
Stars: Hugo Chávez , Pedro Carmona , Jesse Helms , Colin Powell
8.40    98%    92%  

43. The Red Pill(2016)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:A feminist filmmaker follows the Men's Rights Movement and begins to question her own beliefs. A look at gender politics.
Director: Cassie Jaye
Stars: Cassie Jaye , Paul Elam , Attila Vinczer , Dean Esmay
Tags: Survival Violence U.S. Military Slavery Drug Addiction Racism Friendship F Rated Politics Compassion Bullying Voice Over Narration Prosecution Childhood Innocence
8.40    29%    91%  

44. Pearl Jam Twenty(2011)

Original Title: Pearl Jam: Twenty
Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Carved from over 1,200 hours of footage spanning the band’s career, Pearl Jam: Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam. Part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Cameron Crowe , Jeff Ament , Matt Cameron , Stone Gossard
8.30    67%    89%  

45. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High(2007)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: Canada Language:English Rating:NA
Description:BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC ...
Director: Brett Harvey
Stars: Adam Scorgie , Chris Bennett , Steve Bloom , Renee Bojee
8.30    NA    NA  

46. The Culture High(2014)

Runtime: Genres:News|Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA| Canada| Spain Language:English Rating:TV-14
Description:The Culture High tears into the very fibre of the modern day marijuana debate to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and oppose the existing pot laws.
Director: Brett Harvey
Stars: Snoop Dogg , Joe Rogan , Ronald Reagan , Barack Obama
8.30    NA    92%  

47. Hoop Dreams(1994)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Sport|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.
Director: Steve James
Stars: William Gates , Arthur Agee , Emma Gates , Curtis Gates
Tags: National Film Registry High School
8.30    98%    93%  

48. The Sorrow and the Pity(1969)

Original Title: Le chagrin et la pitié
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War|History Release Date:
Countries: West Germany| Switzerland Languages:French | German | English Rating:PG
Description:An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.
Director: Marcel Ophüls
Stars: Georges Bidault , Matthäus Bleibinger , Charles Braun , Maurice Buckmaster
Tags: Nazi Occupation World War Two Racism Politics
8.30    100%    97%  

49. Root of All Evil?(2006)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Richard Dawkins' highly critical documentary attacks the pulsing heart of all mainstream religion- faith; with special focus on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Contains repeated ...
Director: Russell Barnes
Stars: Yousef Al-Khattab , Richard Dawkins , Ted Haggard , Richard Harries
8.30    NA    88%  

50. Hearts and Minds(1974)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | French | Vietnamese Rating:R
Description:An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.
Director: Peter Davis
Stars: Tin Chan , Chau Diem , Ngo Dinh Diem , John Foster Dulles
Tags: Violence Vietnam War Racism U.S. Army Politics
8.30    89%    91%  

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