Top 300 Documentaries

List of the best 300 Documentaries Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 300 Titles and 38779 Views.

101. 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  

102. To Be and to Have(2002)

Original Title: Être et avoir
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Family Release Date:
Country: France Language:French Rating:NR
Description:A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.
Director: Nicolas Philibert
Stars: Georges Lopez , Alizé , Axel Thouvenin , Guillaume
7.90    97%    91%  

103. 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%  

104. All This Mayhem(2014)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| Australia Language:English Rating:NR
Description:All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ...
Director: Eddie Martin
Stars: Tas Pappas , Ben Pappas , Tommy Caudill , Lance Conklin
7.90    100%    90%  

105. Children Underground(2001)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:Romanian Rating:NR
Description:A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era.
Director: Edet Belzberg
Stars: Cristina Ionescu , Mihai Alexandre Tudose , Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu , Ana Turturica
8.30    94%    92%  

106. Valley Uprising(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Adventure Release Date:
Country: USA Language:-1 Rating:NR
Description:In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National ...
Directors: Peter Mortimer , Nick Rosen , Josh Lowell(co-director)
Stars: Peter Sarsgaard , Alex Honnold , Yvon Chouinard , Royal Robbins
8.20    NA    91%  

107. The Hunting Ground(2015)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.
Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Andrea Pino , Annie Clark , Claire Potter , Melinda Manning
7.40    93%    85%  

108. Pina(2011)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Germany| France| UK Languages:German | French | English | Spanish | Croatian | Italian | Portuguese | Russian | Korean Rating:PG
Description:Pina is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009.
Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Regina Advento , Malou Airaudo , Ruth Amarante , Jorge Puerta
7.70    95%    81%  

109. Harlan County U.S.A.(1976)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.
Director: Barbara Kopple
Stars: Norman Yarborough , Houston Elmore , Phil Sparks , John Corcoran
Tags: National Film Registry F Rated
8.30    100%    92%  

110. The Look of Silence(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography|History Release Date:
Countries: Denmark| Indonesia| Finland| Norway| UK| Israel| France| USA| Germany| Netherlands| Taiwan Language:Indonesian Rating:PG-13
Description:A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Stars: Adi Rukun , M.Y. Basrun , Amir Hasan , Inong
8.30    96%    89%  

111. Grizzly Man(2005)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Werner Herzog's documentary film about the "Grizzly Man" Timothy Treadwell and what the thirteen summers in a National Park in Alaska were like in one man's attempt to protect the grizzly bears. The film is full of unique images and a look into the spirit of a man who sacrificed himself for nature.
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog , Carol Dexter , Val Dexter , Sam Egli
Tags: Survival Investigation Family Relationships Motivational Friendship Animal Lover
7.80    92%    85%  

112. Listen to Me Marlon(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:UR
Description:A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.
Director: Stevan Riley
Stars: Marlon Brando
8.20    96%    88%  

113. The Celluloid Closet(1995)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Countries: France| UK| Germany| USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.
Directors: Rob Epstein , Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: Lily Tomlin , Tony Curtis , Susie Bright , Arthur Laurents
Tags: Based On Book Voice Over Narration
7.80    96%    89%  

114. 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%  

115. 4 Little Girls(1997)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-14
Description:A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.
Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Maxine McNair , Chris McNair , Helen Pegues , Queen Nunn
Tags: National Film Registry Family Relationships Racism
7.90    100%    89%  

116. 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%  

117. Beyond the Mat(1999)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A heartfelt documentary focusing on the day-to-day lives of professional wrestlers, some on the rise, some on the wane, and others fighting for their lives.
Director: Barry W. Blaustein
Stars: Barry W. Blaustein , Vince McMahon , Jim Ross , Jim Bell
7.60    82%    83%  

118. 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%  

119. Deliver Us from Evil(2006)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.
Director: Amy Berg
Stars: Adam , Jeff Anderson , Pope Benedict XVI , Monsignor Cain
Tags: Courtroom Investigation Detective Family Relationships Mafia Betrayal F Rated Voice Over Narration Innocence
8.00    100%    89%  

120. The Gatekeepers(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War|History Release Date:
Countries: Israel| France Languages:Hebrew | English Rating:PG-13
Description:A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.
Director: Dror Moreh
Stars: Ami Ayalon , Avi Dichter , Yuval Diskin , Carmi Gillon
7.60    94%    79%  

121. The Thin Blue Line(1988)

Runtime: Genres:Mystery|Drama|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas.
Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Randall Adams , David Harris , Gus Rose , Jackie Johnson
Tags: National Film Registry Investigation Racism
8.00    100%    90%  

122. What Happened, Miss Simone?(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | French Rating:NR
Description:The film chronicles Nina Simone's journey from child piano prodigy to iconic musician and passionate activist, told in her own words.
Director: Liz Garbus
Stars: Nina Simone , Lisa Simone Kelly , Roger Nupie , Al Schackman
Tags: Violence Family Relationships Racism Insanity Politics
7.60    88%    85%  

123. 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  

124. Facing Ali(2009)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Countries: USA| Canada Language:English Rating:R
Description:Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.
Director: Pete McCormack
Stars: George Chuvalo , Henry Cooper , George Foreman , Joe Frazier
Tags: Vietnam War Boxing
8.10    NA    82%  

125. 13th(2016)

Runtime: Genres:History|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-MA
Description:An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
Director: Ava DuVernay
Stars: Melina Abdullah , Michelle Alexander , Cory Booker , Dolores Canales
Tags: Violence Courtroom Police Brutality Slavery Racism Tragedy F Rated Politics
8.20    96%    91%  

126. 21 Up(1977)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:NA
Description:After another 7 year wait, director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born children from Seven Up! and 7 Plus Seven. 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
8.20    NA    91%  

127. 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%  

128. Cartel Land(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Spanish Rating:R
Description:Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Director: Matthew Heineman
Stars: Tim Nailer Foley , José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles , Paco Valencia , Chaneque
Tags: Violence Mafia
7.40    89%    81%  

129. Sans Soleil(1983)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary Release Date:
Country: France Languages:French | Japanese | English | Cantonese | Japanese Sign Language Rating:NR
Description:"He wrote me..." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, and San Francisco.
Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Florence Delay , Arielle Dombasle , Riyoko Ikeda , Charlotte Kerr
Tags: Experimental Film Time Travel
8.10    92%    87%  

130. Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey(2000)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Countries: USA| UK| Hong Kong Languages:English | Cantonese Rating:PG
Description:Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ...
Directors: John Little , Bruce Lee
Stars: Bruce Lee , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Peter Archer , Sun-Man Bae
Tags: Violence Tough Guy Action Hero Martial Arts
8.10    NA    91%  

131. In the Shadow of the Moon(2007)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Languages:English | French | Japanese Rating:PG
Description:Archival material from the original NASA film footage – much of it seen for the first time – plus interviews with the surviving astronauts, including Jim Lovell, Dave Scott, John Young, Gene Cernan, Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt.
Director: David Sington
Stars: Buzz Aldrin , Neil Armstrong , Stephen Armstrong , Viola Armstrong
8.10    95%    91%  

132. Side by Side(2012)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
Director: Christopher Kenneally
Stars: Derek Ambrosi , Michael Ballhaus , Andrzej Bartkowiak , Dion Beebe
7.60    92%    86%  

133. Waste Land(2010)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Brazil| UK Languages:Portuguese | English Rating:NR
Description:On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
Directors: Lucy Walker , Karen Harley(co-director) , João Jardim(co-director)
Stars: Vik Muniz
7.90    100%    90%  

134. 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%  

135. Encounters at the End of the World(2007)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Spanish Rating:G
Description:Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog , Scott Rowland , Stefan Pashov , Doug MacAyeal
7.80    94%    83%  

136. The Imposter(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | Spanish Rating:R
Description:A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.
Director: Bart Layton
Stars: Nicholas Barclay , Carey Gibson , Bryan Gibson , Beverly Dollarhide
7.50    96%    78%  

137. The Class of 92(2013)

Original Title: The Class of '92
Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:NR
Description:The Class of 92, a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, ...
Directors: Benjamin Turner(co-director) , Gabe Turner(co-director)
Stars: David Beckham , Nicky Butt , Ryan Giggs , Gary Neville
Tags: Friendship Between Men Friendship
8.10    NA    85%  

138. Particle Fever(2013)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.
Director: Mark Levinson
Stars: David Kaplan , Fabiola Gianotti , Sherwood Boehlert , Joel Hefley
7.40    96%    83%  

139. 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%  

140. This Film Is Not Yet Rated(2006)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Language:English Rating:UR
Description:Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.
Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Kimberly Peirce , Jon Lewis , David Ansen , Martin Garbus
Tags: Violence Investigation Detective
7.50    84%    81%  

141. Bully(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.
Director: Lee Hirsch
Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson , Kelby Johnson , Lona Johnson , Bob Johnson
Tags: Violence Nonlinear Timeline High School Revenge Friendship Bullying
7.40    85%    78%  

142. Close-Up(1990)

Original Title: Nema-ye Nazdik
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: Iran Languages:Azerbaijani | Persian Rating:NR
Description:Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual ...
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Hossain Sabzian , Mohsen Makhmalbaf , Abolfazl Ahankhah , Mehrdad Ahankhah
8.30    88%    88%  

143. Why We Fight(2005)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|War|History Release Date:
Countries: UK| France| Denmark| Canada| USA Languages:English | Arabic Rating:PG-13
Description:Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.
Director: Eugene Jarecki
Stars: Ken Adelman , John Ashcroft , Osama bin Laden , George Bush
Tags: War Crime U.S. Military Vietnam War Revenge Politics
8.10    79%    88%  

144. What the Health(2017)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation's leading health organizations doesn't want people to know about it.
Directors: Kip Andersen , Keegan Kuhn
Stars: Kip Andersen , Larry Baldwin , Neal Barnard , Tia Blanco
7.80    NA    60%  

145. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead(2010)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Australia| USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ...
Directors: Joe Cross , Kurt Engfehr
Stars: Joe Cross , Amy Badberg , Merv Cross , Virginia Cross
7.60    67%    85%  

146. Spellbound(2002)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary|Thriller Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Spanish Rating:G
Description:Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Stars: Angela Arenivar , Ubaldo Arenivar , Jorge Arenivar , Scott McGarraugh
7.60    98%    83%  

147. 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%  

148. Tower(2016)

Runtime: Genres:Animation|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-14
Description:Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation, Tower reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
Director: Keith Maitland
Stars: Violett Beane , Louie Arnette , Blair Jackson , Monty Muir
8.00    100%    89%  

149. War Photographer(2001)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War Release Date:
Country: Switzerland Languages:English | German Rating:NA
Description:Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.
Director: Christian Frei
Stars: James Nachtwey , Christiane Amanpour , Hans-Hermann Klare , Christiane Breustedt
Tags: Vietnam War Friendship Voice Over Narration
8.00    80%    92%  

150. Metal: A Headbanger's Journey(2005)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary Release Date:
Country: Canada Language:English Rating:R
Description:An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion.
Directors: Sam Dunn , Scot McFadyen , Jessica Joy Wise
Stars: Tom Araya , Gavin Baddeley , Blasphemer , Randy Blythe
8.10    90%    91%  

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