Top 300 Documentaries

List of the best 300 Documentaries Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 300 Titles and 30124 Views.

1. 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%  

2. 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%  

3. 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%  

4. My Voyage to Italy(1999)

Original Title: Il mio viaggio in Italia
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Italy| USA Languages:English | Italian | French | German Rating:PG-13
Description:World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Martin Scorsese
8.30    100%    86%  

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. 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%  

7. 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%  

8. 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%  

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. Woodstock(1970)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.
Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Richie Havens , Joan Baez , The Who , Sha-Na-Na
Tags: National Film Registry Vietnam War U.S. Army
8.10    100%    92%  

11. 49 Up(2005)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:NR
Description:In 1964, to explore the adage "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man," World in Action filmed seven-year-olds. Every seven years, Michael Apted visits them. At 49, ...
Directors: Michael Apted , Paul Almond
Stars: Bruce Balden , Jacqueline Bassett , Symon Basterfield , Andrew Brackfield
8.20    95%    86%  

12. 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%  

13. 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%  

14. Waco: The Rules of Engagement(1997)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:A reassessment of the tragedy at Waco that left 76 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect dead.
Director: William Gazecki
Stars: Dan Gifford , Clive Doyle , Jack Harwell , Joseph Penno
Tags: Investigation Voice Over Narration
8.00    88%    86%  

15. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward(2011)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society.
Director: Peter Joseph
Stars: Peter Joseph , Robert Sapolsky , Gabor Mate , Richard Wilkinson
8.20    NA    80%  

16. Lake of Fire(2006)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:UR
Description:An unflinching look at the how the battle over abortion rights has played out in the United States over the last 15 years
Director: Tony Kaye
Stars: Bill Baird , Flip Benham , Dallas Blanchard , John Britton
8.30    94%    91%  

17. 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%  

18. The Pervert's Guide to Cinema(2006)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| Austria| Netherlands Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Slavoj Zizek examines famous films in a philosophical and a psychoanalytic context.
Director: Sophie Fiennes
Stars: Slavoj Zizek
7.90    88%    86%  

19. 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%  

20. Spielberg(2017)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|TVMovie|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-MA
Description:A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.
Director: Susan Lacy
Stars: Steven Spielberg , Martin Scorsese , Richard Dreyfuss , Bill Butler
7.70    91%    88%  

21. West of Memphis(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Countries: New Zealand| USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.
Director: Amy Berg
Stars: Michael Baden , Jason Baldwin , Holly Ballard , Jamie Clark Ballard
7.90    96%    87%  

22. Cobain: Montage of Heck(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Animation|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-MA
Description:The authorized documentary on late Guitar/lead singer Kurt Cobain from his early days in Aberdeen Washington to his success and downfall with Grunge band Nirvana.
Director: Brett Morgen
Stars: Aaron Burckhard , Chad Channing , Don Cobain , Jenny Cobain
Tags: Drug Addiction Childhood
7.50    98%    81%  

23. The Corporation(2003)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: Canada Languages:English | Spanish Rating:NR
Description:Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.
Directors: Mark Achbar , Jennifer Abbott(co-director)
Stars: Mikela Jay , Rob Beckwermert , Christopher Gora , Nina Jones
8.10    90%    90%  

24. Marley(2012)

Original Title: Bob Marley: Marley
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Music|Biography Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Languages:English | French | German Rating:PG-13
Description:A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Ziggy Marley , Bob Marley , Jimmy Cliff , Cedella Marley
Tags: Family Relationships Friendship
8.00    95%    90%  

25. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures(2001)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.
Director: Jan Harlan
Stars: Stanley Kubrick , Barbara Kroner , Steven Marcus , Alexander Singer
8.00    86%    89%  

26. Stevie(2002)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:In 1995 Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother' to ten years earlier.
Director: Steve James
Stars: Steve James , Stephen Fielding , Tonya Gregory , Bernice Hagler
8.00    91%    88%  

27. 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%  

28. 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%  

29. 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%  

30. 28 Up(1984)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | Latin Rating:NA
Description:Just two years away from turning 30, participants in Michael Apted's documentary series are facing serious questions of identity and purpose, wondering whether they've found their place in the world.
Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Bruce Balden , Jacqueline Bassett , Symon Basterfield , Andrew Brackfield
8.30    100%    91%  

31. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology(2012)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| Ireland Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.
Director: Sophie Fiennes
Stars: Slavoj Zizek
Tags: Dark Humor Politics
7.60    92%    78%  

32. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations(2000)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:UR
Description:Paradise Lost 2: Revelations revisits the 1994 Arkansas murder of three 8-year-old boys and the three teenagers convicted of the crime. A follow up to Paradise Lost, Revelations features new interviews with the convicted men, as well as with the original judge and police investigators.
Directors: Joe Berlinger , Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Damien Wayne Echols , Melissa Byers , Norris Deajon , Tim Sullivan
7.60    91%    84%  

33. Bukowski: Born into This(2003)

Original Title: Bukowski - Born into This
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'.
Director: John Dullaghan
Stars: Charles Bukowski , Bono , John Bryan , Linda Lee Bukowski
7.90    83%    89%  

34. Amy(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:R
Description:A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.
Director: Asif Kapadia
Stars: Amy Winehouse , Lauren Gilbert , Juliette Ashby , Nick Shymansky
Tags: Family Relationships Heartbreak Friendship Voice Over Narration
7.80    95%    87%  

35. Capitalism: A Love Story(2009)

Runtime: Genres:News|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Russian | Spanish Rating:R
Description:Michael Moore's CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world).
Director: Michael Moore
Stars: William Black , Jimmy Carter , Elijah Cummings , Baron Hill
7.40    75%    73%  

36. Sicko(2007)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | French | Spanish | Russian Rating:PG-13
Description:Sicko is a Michael Moore documentary about the corrupt health care system in The United States who's main goal is to make profit even if it means losing peoples lives. "The more people you deny health insurance the more money we make" is the business model for health care providers in America.
Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore , Tucker Albrizzi , Tony Benn , George W. Bush
Tags: Politics Compassion
8.00    92%    87%  

37. Zeitgeist: Addendum(2008)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Zeitgeist: Addendum attempts to locate the root causes of the pervasive social corruption, while also offering a solution.
Director: Peter Joseph
Stars: Jacque Fresco , Roxanne Meadows , John Perkins , George Carlin
8.30    NA    NA  

38. Bus 174(2002)

Original Title: Ônibus 174
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: Brazil Languages:Portuguese | Spanish Rating:R
Description:Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all ...
Directors: José Padilha , Felipe Lacerda(co-director)
Stars: Anonymous , Maria Aparecida , Captain Batista , Luanna Belmon
Tags: Survival Violence Investigation Family Relationships Drug Addiction Racism Prison Escape Trapped Revenge Friendship Politics
7.90    97%    89%  

39. 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%  

40. 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%  

41. 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%  

42. 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%  

43. Bowling for Columbine(2002)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Countries: USA| Canada| Germany Language:English Rating:R
Description:Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.
Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore , Salvador Allende , Jacobo Arbenz , Mike Bradley
Tags: Violence High School Satire Racism Politics
8.00    95%    82%  

44. 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%  

45. Life Itself(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.
Director: Steve James
Stars: Martin Scorsese , Ava DuVernay , Werner Herzog , Errol Morris
7.80    97%    88%  

46. The Central Park Five(2012)

Runtime: Genres:History|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.
Directors: Ken Burns , Sarah Burns , David McMahon
Stars: Antron McCray , Kevin Richardson , Yusef Salaam , Raymond Santana
Tags: Violence Investigation Detective Family Relationships Racism F Rated Innocence
7.60    93%    86%  

47. Crumb(1994)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Stars: Robert Crumb , Aline Kominsky , Charles Crumb , Maxon Crumb
Tags: Cult Film Satire
8.00    95%    89%  

48. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief(2015)

Original Title: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Going Clear intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion.
Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Paul Haggis , Jason Beghe , Spanky Taylor , David Miscavige
Tags: Based On Book Courtroom Alien World War Two Investigation Heartbreak U.S. Army Politics Bullying
8.00    94%    90%  

49. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness(2013)

Original Title: Yume to kyôki no ôkoku
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Follows the behind-the-scenes work of Studio Ghibli, focusing on the notable figures Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki.
Director: Mami Sunada
Stars: Hayao Miyazaki , Yumiko Miyoshi , Toshio Suzuki , Shinsuke Nonaka
Tags: World War Two Anime Japanese
7.80    92%    88%  

50. Zeitgeist(2007)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Zeitgeist: the Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph examining possible historical and modern conspiracies surrounding Christianity, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the Federal Reserve bank. It was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on www.ZeitgeistMovie.com
Director: Peter Joseph
Stars: Chogyam Trungpa , Jordan Maxwell , George Carlin , Bill Hicks
Tags: World War Two Great Depression Christmas Voice Over Narration
8.20    NA    86%  

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