Top 300 Documentaries

List of the best 300 Documentaries Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 300 Titles and 30143 Views.

101. 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%  

102. Fed Up(2014)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history.
Director: Stephanie Soechtig
Stars: Katie Couric , Bill Clinton , Michael Bloomberg , Mark Hyman
7.70    80%    84%  

103. Waiting for 'Superman'(2010)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:Gripping, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Waiting for Superman is an impassioned indictment of the American school system from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim.
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Charles Adam , Charles Adams , Jonathan Alter , Robert Balfanz
7.50    89%    84%  

104. Grey Gardens(1975)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.
Directors: Ellen Hovde , Albert Maysles , David Maysles , Muffie Meyer
Stars: Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale , Edith Bouvier Beale , Brooks Hyers , Norman Vincent Peale
Tags: National Film Registry Female Protagonist Cult Film
7.70    94%    85%  

105. 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%  

106. 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%  

107. 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%  

108. 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%  

109. GasLand(2010)

Original Title: Gasland
Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.
Director: Josh Fox
Stars: Josh Fox , Dick Cheney , Pete Seeger , Richard Nixon
7.70    97%    85%  

110. Häxan(1922)

Runtime: Genres:Fantasy|Horror|Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Sweden| Denmark Languages:Swedish | Danish Rating:NR
Description:Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.
Director: Benjamin Christensen
Stars: Maren Pedersen , Clara Pontoppidan , Elith Pio , Oscar Stribolt
7.70    88%    81%  

111. Forks Over Knives(2011)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Director: Lee Fulkerson
Stars: Lee Fulkerson , Matthew Lederman , Alona Pulde , T. Colin Campbell
7.80    61%    79%  

112. 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%  

113. 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%  

114. 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%  

115. Murderball(2005)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Directors: Henry Alex Rubin , Dana Adam Shapiro
Stars: Joe Bishop , Keith Cavill , Andy Cohn , Scott Hogsett
Tags: Family Relationships Drug Addiction U.S. Army Revenge Betrayal Friendship
7.80    98%    89%  

116. 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%  

117. 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%  

118. Gimme Shelter(1970)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary|Thriller Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:The landmark documentary about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. Only four months earlier, Woodstock defined the Love Generation; now it lay in ruins on a desolate racetrack six miles outside of San Francisco.
Directors: Albert Maysles , David Maysles , Charlotte Zwerin
Stars: The Rolling Stones , Mick Jagger , Charlie Watts , Keith Richards
Tags: Violence Tragedy
7.90    100%    91%  

119. 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%  

120. 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%  

121. 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%  

122. My Best Fiend(1999)

Original Title: Mein liebster Feind
Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Countries: Germany| UK| USA Languages:German | English | Spanish Rating:NR
Description:A film that describes the love-hate relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski, the deep trust between the director and the actor, and their independently and simultaneously hatched plans to murder one another.
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog , Claudia Cardinale , Justo González , Paul Hittscher
7.90    80%    92%  

123. 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%  

124. 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%  

125. Armadillo(2010)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War Release Date:
Country: Denmark Language:Danish Rating:NR
Description:In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and ...
Director: Janus Metz
7.50    90%    81%  

126. 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%  

127. 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%  

128. 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%  

129. 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%  

130. Tupac: Resurrection(2003)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Music|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop MCs of all time.
Director: Lauren Lazin
Stars: Tupac Shakur , Rappin' 4-Tay , Conrad Bain , Bill Bellamy
8.00    78%    89%  

131. The Devil and Daniel Johnston(2005)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Music|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:This 2006 documentary film chronicles the life of Daniel Johnston, a manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist, from childhood up to the present, with an emphasis on his mental illness, and how it manifested itself in demonic self-obsession.
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
Stars: Daniel Johnston , Laurie Allen , Brian Beattie , Louis Black
8.00    89%    91%  

132. 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%  

133. 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%  

134. 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%  

135. 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%  

136. 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%  

137. Project Nim(2011)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.
Director: James Marsh
Stars: Nim Chimpsky , Stephanie LaFarge , Herbert Terrace , Wer LaFarge
Tags: Based On Book Human Animal Relationship
7.40    97%    84%  

138. 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%  

139. The Square(2013)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|History Release Date:
Countries: UK| Egypt| USA Languages:Arabic | English Rating:NR
Description:A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.
Director: Jehane Noujaim
Stars: Ahmed Hassan , Khalid Abdalla , Magdy Ashour , Ramy Essam
8.10    100%    90%  

140. 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%  

141. 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%  

142. 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%  

143. 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  

144. 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%  

145. 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%  

146. 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%  

147. 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%  

148. 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%  

149. 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%  

150. The Five Obstructions(2003)

Original Title: De fem benspænd
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary Release Date:
Countries: Denmark| Switzerland| Belgium| France Languages:Danish | English | French | Spanish Rating:UR
Description:About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, 1967's The Perfect Human [Det perfekte menneske].
Directors: Jørgen Leth , Lars von Trier
Stars: Claus Nissen , Majken Algren Nielsen , Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez , Jacqueline Arenal
7.50    88%    85%  

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