Top 300 Documentaries

List of the best 300 Documentaries Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 300 Titles and 38768 Views.

1. 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%  

2. 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%  

3. Seven Up!(1964)

Runtime: Genres:Short|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | Latin Rating:NA
Description:A group of British children aged 7 from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted plans to re-interview them at 7 year interviews to determine how their lives and attitudes have changed.
Director: Paul Almond
Stars: Douglas Keay , Bruce Balden , Jacqueline Bassett , Symon Basterfield
Tags: Racism Belief In God Childhood
8.10    NA    88%  

4. Born to Be Wild(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Short|Documentary|Adventure Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:G
Description:This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Director: David Lickley
Stars: Morgan Freeman , Birute Galdikas , Daphne Sheldrick
Tags: Human Animal Relationship Animal Rescue Voice Over Narration
7.60    98%    84%  

5. The White Helmets(2016)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Short|Documentary|War Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:Arabic | English Rating:TV-14
Description:As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Stars: Khalid Farah , Mohammed Farah , Abu Omar , Raed Saleh
Tags: War Crime Civil War
7.60    100%    85%  

6. Hubble(2010)

Original Title: Hubble 3D
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: Canada Language:English Rating:G
Description:An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Director: Toni Myers
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio , Scott D. Altman , Andrew J. Feustel , Michael T. Good
7.80    87%    86%  

7. The War Game(1965)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|TVMovie|Documentary|Sci-Fi|War Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:NA
Description:The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is ...
Director: Peter Watkins
Stars: Michael Aspel , Peter Graham
Tags: World War Two Cult Film Disaster
8.10    92%    90%  

8. Lessons of Darkness(1992)

Original Title: Lektionen in Finsternis
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War Release Date:
Countries: France| UK| Germany Languages:German | English | Arabic Rating:NR
Description:This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames. In contrast to the common documentary film there are no comments and few interviews. What must have been the hell itself is presented to the viewer in such beautiful sights and beautiful music that one has to be fascinated by it.
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog
8.10    100%    92%  

9. 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%  

10. 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  

11. 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%  

12. 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%  

13. The Most Hated Family in America(2007)

Original Title: Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Louis meets the Phelps family — the people at the heart of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. The Phelps have rabid anti-homosexual beliefs, and often campaign at the funerals of American soldiers. They believe that every tragedy in the world is God's punishment for homosexuality.
Director: Geoffrey O'Connor
Stars: Louis Theroux , Lauren Drain , Steve Drain , Fred Phelps
8.00    NA    86%  

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. Ashes and Snow(2005)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Japanese | Spanish Rating:NA
Description:Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.
Director: Gregory Colbert
Stars: Laurence Fishburne , Jeanne Moreau , Enrique Rocha , Ken Watanabe
8.30    NA    91%  

16. Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker(1999)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Chris Rock brings his critically acclaimed brand of social commentary-themed humor to this 1999 standup comedy presentation from HBO. Also released as an album, Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker...
Director: Keith Truesdell
Stars: Chris Rock , Slick Rick , Doug E. Fresh , Monteria Ivey
Tags: Black Comedy Satire Racism Politics
8.00    NA    89%  

17. 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%  

18. Eddie Murphy: Delirious(1983)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Eddie Murphy's raunchy, raucous stand-up comedy routine is captured for posterity on this tape. Not for folks who dislike foul language.
Director: Bruce Gowers
Stars: Eddie Murphy , James Argiro
8.20    83%    89%  

19. 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%  

20. Paris Is Burning(1990)

Original Title: Paris is Burning
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A chronicle of New York City's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
Director: Jennie Livingston
Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza , André Christian , Dorian Corey , Paris Duprée
8.10    100%    89%  

21. Requiem for the American Dream(2015)

Runtime: Genres:News|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:The academic and activist Noam Chomsky describes the systems that have led to financial inequality, and the current concentration of wealth and power.
Directors: Peter D. Hutchison , Kelly Nyks , Jared P. Scott
Stars: Noam Chomsky
8.10    92%    84%  

22. 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%  

23. Chasing Ice(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Stars: James Balog , Svavar Jónatansson , Louie Psihoyos , Kitty Boone
7.80    96%    85%  

24. Night Will Fall(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War|History Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | German | Russian | Hebrew Rating:NR
Description:Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.
Director: Andre Singer
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter , Jasper Britton , Leonard Berney , George Leonard
Tags: Concentration Camp War Crime World War Two Holocaust Horrors Of War
8.00    100%    92%  

25. Free to Play(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Chinese | Russian | Czech | Bulgarian | Japanese | German | Spanish Rating:NA
Description:Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever.
Director: -1
Stars: Benedict Lim , Danil Ishutin , Clinton Loomis , Toby Dawson
8.00    NA    76%  

26. 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%  

27. Nanook of the North(1922)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: USA| France Language:-1 Rating:NR
Description:In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.
Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Stars: Allakariallak , Nyla , Cunayou , Allegoo
7.70    100%    80%  

28. Alive Inside(2014)

Runtime: Genres:News|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia—many of them alone in nursing homes. A man with a simple idea discovers that songs embedded deep in memory can ease pain and awaken these fading minds. Joy and life are resuscitated, and our cultural fears over aging are confronted.
Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett
Stars: Dan Cohen , Louise Dueno , Nell Hardie , Norman Hardie
8.20    73%    91%  

29. Bears(2014)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:G
Description:A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life's most important lessons.
Directors: Alastair Fothergill , Keith Scholey , Adam Chapman(co-director)
Stars: John C. Reilly
7.40    89%    78%  

30. Kedi(2016)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Turkey| USA Language:Turkish Rating:NR
Description:A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.
Director: Ceyda Torun
Stars: Bengu , Deniz , Duman , Gamsiz
Tags: Family Relationships Human Animal Relationship
7.70    98%    84%  

31. 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%  

32. Bridegroom(2013)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom's family refuses Shane from attending the funeral.
Director: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Stars: Cindy Bitney , David Crone , Jessica Mitchell , Lizzy Mohl
7.90    82%    86%  

33. 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%  

34. Anvil: The Story of Anvil(2008)

Original Title: Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Music|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: Canada Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams.
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Stars: Scott Ian , Lemmy , Malcolm Dome , Lars Ulrich
Tags: Friendship Between Men Friendship
7.90    98%    90%  

35. Microcosmos(1996)

Original Title: Microcosmos : Le peuple de l'herbe
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: France| Switzerland| Italy Language:French Rating:G
Description:A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.
Directors: Claude Nuridsany , Marie Pérennou
Stars: Jacques Perrin , Kristin Scott Thomas
7.90    97%    91%  

36. The Art of Flight(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|Adventure Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:Two years in the making, "The Art of FLIGHT" gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new ...
Director: Curt Morgan
Stars: Travis Rice , Mark Landvik , John Jackson , Nicolas Müller
8.30    NA    88%  

37. Tim's Vermeer(2013)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Dutch Rating:PG-13
Description:Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.
Director: Teller
Stars: Tim Jenison , Penn Jillette , Martin Mull , Philip Steadman
Tags: Investigation Voice Over Narration
7.80    90%    86%  

38. 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%  

39. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Family Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.
Director: Constance Marks
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg , Bill Barretta , Fran Brill , Carson Carr
7.70    95%    87%  

40. March of the Penguins(2005)

Original Title: La Marche de l'empereur
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Family Release Date:
Country: France Languages:French | English Rating:G
Description:In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.
Director: Luc Jacquet
Stars: Charles Berling , Romane Bohringer , Jules Sitruk , Morgan Freeman
Tags: Survival Family Relationships Voice Over Narration Blockbuster
7.60    94%    81%  

41. For All Mankind(1989)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.
Director: Al Reinert
Stars: Jim Lovell , Russell Schweickart , Eugene Cernan , Michael Collins
8.20    93%    91%  

42. Steam of Life(2010)

Original Title: Miesten vuoro
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Finland| Sweden Language:Finnish Rating:NA
Description:Finnish men in sauna, speaking straight from the heart.
Directors: Joonas Berghäll , Mika Hotakainen
Stars: Timo Aalto , Pekka Ahonen , Aarne Aksila , Mauno Alasuutari
Tags: Violence Family Relationships Friendship
8.00    NA    86%  

43. Jiro Dreams of Sushi(2011)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:Japanese Rating:PG
Description:Revered sushi chef Jiro Ono strives for perfection in his work, while his eldest son, Yoshikazu, has trouble living up to his father's legacy.
Director: David Gelb
Stars: Jiro Ono , Yoshikazu Ono , Masuhiro Yamamoto , Daisuke Nakazama
7.90    99%    92%  

44. Collapse(2009)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:UR
Description:A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.
Director: Chris Smith
Stars: Michael Ruppert
7.80    83%    84%  

45. Taxi Tehran(2015)

Original Title: Taxi
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: Iran Language:Persian Rating:NA
Description:Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.
Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Jafar Panahi
7.30    96%    79%  

46. Dark Days(2000)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.
Director: Marc Singer
Stars: Marc Singer
7.80    94%    89%  

47. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill(2003)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:G
Description:A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots.
Director: Judy Irving
Stars: Mark Bittner
7.90    95%    85%  

48. Blackfish(2013)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Spanish Rating:PG-13
Description:Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Tilikum , John Hargrove , Samantha Berg , Mark Simmons
Tags: Human Animal Relationship F Rated
8.10    98%    90%  

49. Finding Vivian Maier(2013)

Runtime: Genres:Mystery|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | French Rating:NR
Description:A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Directors: John Maloof , Charlie Siskel
Stars: Vivian Maier , John Maloof , Daniel Arnaud , Simon Amédé
Tags: Female Protagonist Investigation Family Relationships Politics
7.70    95%    89%  

50. Control Room(2004)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:Arabic | English Rating:NA
Description:A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage.
Director: Jehane Noujaim
Stars: Samir Khader , Josh Rushing , George W. Bush , Hassan Ibrahim
7.80    96%    87%  

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