Top 300 Documentaries

List of the best 300 Documentaries Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 300 Titles and 30136 Views.

1. Andre the Giant(2018)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:-1 Rating:TV-14
Description:An ambitious and wide-ranging documentary exploring Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated career in WWE, and his forays in the entertainment world.
Director: Jason Hehir
Stars: André the Giant , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Robin Wright , Cary Elwes
7.80    94%    89%  

2. 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%  

3. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind(2018)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-MA
Description:A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams, told largely through his own words. Celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.
Director: Marina Zenovich
Stars: Robin Williams , Steve Allen , Robert Altman , Roseanne Barr
8.00    98%    86%  

4. Three Identical Strangers(2018)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, ...
Director: Tim Wardle
Stars: Silvi Alzetta-Reali , Eddy Galland , Ron Guttman , David Kellman
7.90    97%    88%  

5. 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%  

6. 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%  

7. 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%  

8. Chasing Coral(2017)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Stars: Andrew Ackerman , Pim Bongaerts , Neal Cantin , Phil Dustan
8.10    100%    87%  

9. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond(2017)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Canada| USA Languages:East-Greenlandic | English Rating:TV-MA
Description:Offbeat documentarian Chris Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon.
Director: Chris Smith
Stars: Jim Carrey , Danny DeVito , Milos Forman , Peter Bonerz
7.80    98%    88%  

10. Faces Places(2017)

Original Title: Visages, villages
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: France Language:French Rating:PG
Description:Director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.
Directors: JR , Agnès Varda
Stars: Jean-Paul Beaujon , Amaury Bossy , Yves Boulen , Jeannine Carpentier
Tags: Family Relationships Friendship F Rated Voice Over Narration
7.90    99%    89%  

11. 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%  

12. 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%  

13. 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%  

14. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years(2016)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:UR
Description:A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: The Beatles , John Lennon , George Harrison , Paul McCartney
7.80    96%    89%  

15. 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%  

16. Zero Days(2016)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | Persian | German | French | Hebrew | Arabic | Russian Rating:PG-13
Description:A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.
Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Sergey Ulasen , Eric Chien , Eugene Kaspersky , Vitaly Kamluk
7.80    91%    74%  

17. I Am Not Your Negro(2016)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Switzerland| France| Belgium| USA Languages:English | French Rating:PG-13
Description:Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States.
Director: Raoul Peck
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson , James Baldwin , Martin Luther King , Malcolm X
Tags: Based On Book Police Brutality Slavery Racism Neo Nazi
7.80    98%    83%  

18. 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%  

19. 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%  

20. 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%  

21. 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%  

22. Tickled(2016)

Runtime: Genres:Mystery|Documentary Release Date:
Country: New Zealand Language:English Rating:R
Description:Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
Directors: David Farrier , Dylan Reeve
Stars: David Farrier , Dylan Reeve , Marko Realmonte , Kevin Clarke
7.60    93%    86%  

23. Before the Flood(2016)

Runtime: Genres:News|Documentary|TVMovie Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems, and native communities across the planet.
Director: Fisher Stevens
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio , Ki-moon Ban , Alejandro G. Iñárritu , Mike Brune
8.30    71%    76%  

24. 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%  

25. Weiner(2016)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Documentary featuring a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the attempted comeback of Anthony Weiner in 2013 as he mounts a campaign for New York City mayor in the wake of his sexting scandal. Featuring unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign.
Directors: Josh Kriegman , Elyse Steinberg
Stars: Anthony Weiner , Huma Abedin , Jordan Zain Weiner , Barbara Morgan
Tags: F Rated Politics
7.60    96%    83%  

26. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds(2016)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:TV-14
Description:An intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty featuring Debbie Reynolds, Todd Fisher, and Carrie Fisher.
Directors: Alexis Bloom , Fisher Stevens
Stars: Debbie Reynolds , Carrie Fisher , Todd Fisher , Catherine Hickland
8.00    100%    85%  

27. 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%  

28. 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%  

29. 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%  

30. Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal(2015)

Original Title: Best of Enemies
Runtime: Genres:News|Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.
Directors: Robert Gordon , Morgan Neville
Stars: John Lithgow , Paul Newman , Kelsey Grammer , Dick Cavett
7.60    94%    86%  

31. 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%  

32. 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%  

33. 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  

34. 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%  

35. 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%  

36. 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%  

37. 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%  

38. Meru(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Documentary|Adventure Release Date:
Countries: USA| India Language:English Rating:R
Description:Meru is the electrifying story of three elite American climbers—Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—bent on achieving the impossible.
Directors: Jimmy Chin , Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Stars: Conrad Anker , Grace Chin , Jimmy Chin , Amee Hinkley
7.70    90%    91%  

39. 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%  

40. 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%  

41. Tomorrow(2015)

Original Title: Demain
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: France Languages:English | French | Finnish Rating:G
Description:Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.
Directors: Cyril Dion , Mélanie Laurent
Stars: Anthony Barnosky , Olivier De Schutter , Cyril Dion , Emmanuel Druon
8.10    NA    NA  

42. Racing Extinction(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Adventure Release Date:
Countries: USA| China| Hong Kong| Indonesia| Mexico| UK| Japan Language:English Rating:NA
Description:An unlikely team of activists and innovators hatches a bold mission to save endangered species.
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Stars: Louie Psihoyos , Heather Dawn Rally , Michael Novacek , Christopher W. Clark
8.20    81%    82%  

43. The Fear of 13(2015)

Runtime: Genres:Mystery|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: UK Language:English Rating:NA
Description:After 23 years on Death Row a convicted murderer petitions the court asking to be executed, but as his story unfolds, it becomes clear that nothing is what it seems.
Director: David Sington
Stars: Herbert A. Fuchs , Sammy Silverwatch , Nick Yarris
7.70    92%    87%  

44. 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%  

45. 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%  

46. 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%  

47. 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%  

48. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.
Director: Brian Knappenberger
Stars: Tim Berners-Lee , Cindy Cohn , Gabriella Coleman , Cory Doctorow
8.10    93%    91%  

49. 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%  

50. An Honest Liar(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary|Biography|History Release Date:
Countries: USA| Spain| Italy| Canada Language:English Rating:NR
Description:The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.
Directors: Tyler Measom , Justin Weinstein
Stars: James Randi , Deyvi Peña , Penn Jillette , Teller
7.50    97%    89%  

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