Top 300 Documentaries

List of the best 300 Documentaries Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 300 Titles and 30140 Views.

1. 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%  

2. 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%  

3. 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%  

4. 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%  

5. 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%  

6. 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%  

7. 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%  

8. 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%  

9. 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%  

10. 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%  

11. 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%  

12. 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%  

13. 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%  

14. 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%  

15. Tab Hunter Confidential(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:The story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from teenage stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s.
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Stars: Portia de Rossi , Clint Eastwood , Paul Newman , Natalie Wood
7.80    88%    96%  

16. 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%  

17. TT3D: Closer to the Edge(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:NR
Description:By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to...
Director: Richard De Aragues
Stars: Guy Martin , Ian Hutchinson , John McGuinness , Michael Dunlop
8.00    100%    95%  

18. 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%  

19. 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%  

20. 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%  

21. No End in Sight(2007)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Arabic Rating:NR
Description:A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.
Director: Charles Ferguson
Stars: Campbell Scott , Gerald Burke , Ali Fadhil , Omar Fekeiki
8.30    96%    94%  

22. Icarus(2017)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|Thriller Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:Russian | English Rating:TV-MA
Description:When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller...
Director: Bryan Fogel
Stars: Thomas Bach , Sebastian Coe , Bryan Fogel , Nikita Kamaev
8.00    93%    94%  

23. The Crash Reel(2013)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:The Crash Reel tells the story of a sport and the risks that athletes face in reaching the pinnacle of their profession. This is Kevin Pearce’s story, a celebrated snowboarder who sustained a brain injury in a trick gone wrong and who now aims, against all the odds, to get back on the snow.
Director: Lucy Walker
Stars: Kevin Pearce , Shaun White , Mason Aguirre , Daniel Amen
8.20    96%    94%  

24. Little Dieter Needs to Fly(1997)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Countries: Germany| UK| France Languages:English | German Rating:NR
Description: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.
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Dieter Dengler , Werner Herzog , Eugene Deatrick
Tags: Survival Prisoner Of War Vietnam War
8.10    93%    94%  

25. 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%  

26. Riding Giants(2004)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|History Release Date:
Countries: USA| France Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:Riding Giants is story about big wave surfers who have become heroes and legends in their sport. Directed by the skateboard guru Stacy Peralta.
Director: Stacy Peralta
Stars: Jeff Clark , Darrick Doerner , Sarah Gerhardt , Laird John Hamilton
7.90    93%    94%  

27. The Last Waltz(1978)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Middle English Rating:PG
Description:Martin Scorsese's rockumentary intertwines footage from "The Band's" incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and other rock legends.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: The Band , Rick Danko , Levon Helm , Garth Hudson
8.20    98%    94%  

28. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media(1992)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War|Biography Release Date:
Countries: Australia| Finland| Norway| Canada Language:English Rating:NR
Description:A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.
Directors: Mark Achbar , Peter Wintonick
Stars: Mark Achbar , Karin Aguilar-San Juan , Paul Andrews , William F. Buckley
Tags: War Crime Vietnam War Politics
8.20    86%    94%  

29. 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%  

30. The Farthest(2017)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: Ireland Languages:English | Hungarian | Chinese | Greek | Ancient (to 1453) | Hindi | Nepali | Portuguese | Arabic Rating:PG
Description:The captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity's greatest achievements in exploration: NASA's Voyager mission.
Director: Emer Reynolds
Stars: Frank Drake , Carolyn Porco , John Casani , Lawrence Krauss
8.10    100%    94%  

31. God Grew Tired of Us(2006)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:Filmmaker Christopher Quinn observes the ordeal of three Sudanese refugees -- Jon Bul Dau, Daniel Abul Pach and Panther Bior -- as they try to come to terms with the horrors they experienced in their homeland, while adjusting to their new lives in the United States.
Directors: Christopher Dillon Quinn , Tommy Walker(co-director)
Stars: Panther Bior , John Bul Dau , Nicole Kidman , Daniel Abol Pach
7.90    91%    94%  

32. The Battered Bastards of Baseball(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Hollywood veteran Bing Russell creates the only independent baseball team in the country—alarming the baseball establishment and sparking the meteoric rise of the 1970s Portland Mavericks.
Directors: Chapman Way , Maclain Way
Stars: Todd Field , Kurt Russell , Rob Nelson , Jim Swanson
8.00    100%    94%  

33. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse(1991)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors' health, war near the filming locations, and more — which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola.
Directors: Fax Bahr , George Hickenlooper , Eleanor Coppola
Stars: Francis Ford Coppola , Eleanor Coppola , Orson Welles , John Milius
8.20    100%    94%  

34. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:A further investigation into the arrest of three teenagers convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas who spent nearly 20 years in prison before being released after new DNA evidence indicated they may be innocent.
Directors: Joe Berlinger , Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Gary Gitchell , Todd Moore , Dana Moore , Pam Hobbs
8.10    100%    93%  

35. Virunga(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War Release Date:
Countries: UK| Congo Languages:English | French | Swahili Rating:NR
Description:A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Stars: André Bauma , Emmanuel de Merode , Mélanie Gouby , Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo
8.30    100%    93%  

36. 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%  

37. 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%  

38. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters(2007)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.
Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Steve Wiebe , Mark Alpiger , Adam Wood , Walter Day
8.10    97%    93%  

39. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills(1996)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.
Directors: Joe Berlinger , Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Tony Brooks , Diana Davis , Terry Wood , Dick Clay
8.30    100%    93%  

40. The Times of Harvey Milk(1984)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world.
Director: Rob Epstein
Stars: Harvey Milk , Harvey Fierstein , Anne Kronenberg , Tory Hartmann
Tags: National Film Registry Politics
8.30    95%    93%  

41. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara(2003)

Original Title: The Fog of War
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War|Biography|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara.
Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Robert McNamara
Tags: World War Two U.S. Military Vietnam War Politics
8.20    97%    93%  

42. When We Were Kings(1996)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.
Director: Leon Gast
Stars: Muhammad Ali , George Foreman , Don King , James Brown
Tags: Racism Boxing
8.00    98%    93%  

43. 42 Up(1998)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | Latin Rating:NA
Description:Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Bruce Balden , Jacqueline Bassett , Symon Basterfield , Andrew Brackfield
8.30    89%    93%  

44. George Harrison: Living in the Material World(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Music|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Director Martin Scorsese profiles former Beatle George Harrison in this reverent portrait that mixes interviews and archival footage, featuring commentary from the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: George Harrison , Paul McCartney , John Lennon , Ringo Starr
8.10    86%    93%  

45. 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%  

46. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl(1982)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 concert film in which the Monty Python team perform many of their greatest sketches at the Hollywood Bowl, including several pre-Python ones.
Directors: Terry Hughes , Ian MacNaughton
Stars: Graham Chapman , John Cleese , Terry Gilliam , Eric Idle
Tags: Violence Satire
7.90    NA    92%  

47. 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%  

48. Touching the Void(2003)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Documentary|Adventure Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A documentary based on the book of the same name by Joe Simpson about Simpson's and Simon Yates' disastrous and near-fatal attempt to climb 6,344m Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Brendan Mackey , Nicholas Aaron , Richard Hawking , Joe Simpson
Tags: Based On Book Survival Disaster Friendship Voice Over Narration
8.00    94%    92%  

49. Searching for Sugar Man(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Countries: Sweden| UK| Finland Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez. The film won Best Documentary at the 85th Academy Awards.
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Stars: Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman , Dennis Coffey , Mike Theodore , Dan DiMaggio
Tags: Detective Racism Christmas Politics
8.20    94%    92%  

50. 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%  

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