Top 300 Documentaries

List of the best 300 Documentaries Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 300 Titles and 30133 Views.

151. Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back(1967)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Bob Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price.
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Bob Dylan , Albert Grossman , Bob Neuwirth , Joan Baez
8.00    100%    92%  

152. 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%  

153. 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%  

154. Pearl Jam Twenty(2011)

Original Title: Pearl Jam: Twenty
Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary|History Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Carved from over 1,200 hours of footage spanning the band’s career, Pearl Jam: Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam. Part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, and part testimonial to the power of music.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Cameron Crowe , Jeff Ament , Matt Cameron , Stone Gossard
8.30    67%    89%  

155. 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%  

156. 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%  

157. 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%  

158. 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%  

159. 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%  

160. Lemmy(2010)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NA
Description:A documentary on the life and career of revered heavy-metal musician Lemmy Kilmister.
Directors: Greg Olliver , Wes Orshoski
Stars: Lemmy , Phil Campbell , Mikkey Dee , Dave Navarro
7.80    84%    88%  

161. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga(2010)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: Germany Languages:English | Russian Rating:NR
Description:A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century.
Directors: Werner Herzog , Dmitry Vasyukov
Stars: Werner Herzog , Nikolay Nikiforovitch Siniaev , Gennady Soloviev , Anatoly Tarkovsky
7.80    87%    77%  

162. 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%  

163. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill(1999)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|Documentary Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Languages:English | French | German | Spanish Rating:UR
Description:Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England and of Western empires, and the need for a European dream.
Director: Lawrence Jordan
Stars: Eddie Izzard
Tags: World War Two Monster High School Christmas
8.70    NA    96%  

164. 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%  

165. 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%  

166. 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%  

167. How to Make Money Selling Drugs(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:NR
Description:Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws.
Director: Matthew Cooke
Stars: Woody Harrelson , Susan Sarandon , 50 Cent , Eminem
7.70    77%    91%  

168. Undefeated(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
Directors: Daniel Lindsay , T.J. Martin
Stars: Montrail 'Money' Brown , O.C. Brown , Bill Courtney , Chavis Daniels
7.80    96%    89%  

169. 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%  

170. 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%  

171. 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%  

172. The Invisible War(2012)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|History|Documentary|Crime Release Date:
Countries: USA| France Language:English Rating:NR
Description:An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences.
Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Amy Ziering , Kirby Dick , Kori Cioca , Jessica Hinves
Tags: U.S. Army Belief In God
7.60    99%    84%  

173. Bobby Fischer Against the World(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Biography|History Release Date:
Countries: USA| UK Languages:English | Russian Rating:TV-14
Description:The first documentary feature to explore the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer.
Director: Liz Garbus
Stars: Bobby Fischer , David Edmonds , Anthony Saidy , Susan Polgar
7.40    87%    86%  

174. Inequality for All(2013)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich tries to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
Stars: Lily Tomlin , Candice Bergen , Dolly Parton , Mary Tyler Moore
8.10    90%    88%  

175. 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%  

176. 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%  

177. 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%  

178. 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%  

179. 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%  

180. Red Army(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|Biography|History Release Date:
Countries: USA| Russia Languages:English | Russian Rating:PG
Description:The story of the Soviet Union's famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its players.
Director: Gabe Polsky
Stars: Scotty Bowman , Herb Brooks , Don Cherry , Mark Deakins
7.60    95%    85%  

181. 9/11(2002)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Countries: USA| France Language:English Rating:TV-PG
Description:An on-the-scene documentary following the events of September 11, 2001 from an insider's view, through the lens of two French filmmakers who simply set out to make a movie about a rookie NYC fireman and ended up filming the tragic event that changed our lives forever.
Directors: James Hanlon , Gédéon Naudet , Jules Naudet
Stars: Tony Benatatos , Jamal Braithwaite , Steve Buscemi , Joe Casaliggi
8.40    NA    88%  

182. 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%  

183. 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%  

184. 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%  

185. 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%  

186. The Story of the Weeping Camel(2003)

Original Title: Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Documentary|Family Release Date:
Countries: Germany| Mongolia Language:Mongolian Rating:PG
Description:When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.
Directors: Byambasuren Davaa , Luigi Falorni
Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana , Chimed Ohin , Amgaabazar Gonson , Zeveljamz Nyam
Tags: Family Relationships F Rated
7.50    94%    87%  

187. 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%  

188. 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%  

189. 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%  

190. 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%  

191. 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%  

192. Dig!(2004)

Runtime: Genres:Music|Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.
Director: Ondi Timoner
Stars: Anton Newcombe , Courtney Taylor-Taylor , Joel Gion , Matt Hollywood
7.80    89%    90%  

193. 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%  

194. 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%  

195. 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%  

196. Five Broken Cameras(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Documentary|War Release Date:
Countries: Palestine| Israel| France| Netherlands Languages:Hebrew | Arabic Rating:NR
Description:A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.
Directors: Emad Burnat , Guy Davidi
Stars: Emad Burnat , Soraya Burnat , Mohammed Burnat , Yasin Burnat
Tags: Coming Of Age Violence Family Relationships Friendship Voice Over Narration
8.00    96%    88%  

197. 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%  

198. 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%  

199. Burden of Dreams(1982)

Runtime: Genre:Documentary Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:Spanish | English | German Rating:NR
Description:A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ...
Director: Les Blank
Stars: Werner Herzog , Klaus Kinski , Claudia Cardinale , Jason Robards
8.00    94%    91%  

200. One Day in September(1999)

Runtime: Genres:Sport|Documentary|History Release Date:
Countries: Switzerland| Germany| UK Languages:English | German Rating:R
Description:The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Michael Douglas , Ankie Spitzer , Jamal Al Gashey , Gerald Seymour
7.90    97%    91%  

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