Great Documentaries

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1. Icarus (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Sport, Thriller

68 Metascore

When Bryan 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, Scott Brandt, Don Catlin, Sebastian Coe

Votes: 30,859

2. Amateur (2018)

TV-MA | 96 min | Drama, Sport

A young basketball future star struggles with his personal life in pursuit of his dream.

Director: Ryan Koo | Stars: Michael Rainey Jr., Tekola Cornetet, Hanna Longo, Walter Anaruk

Votes: 2,933

3. Iverson (2014)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized ... See full summary »

Director: Zatella Beatty | Stars: Allen Iverson, Tom Brokaw, Larry Brown, Dwyane Wade

Votes: 3,106

4. The Carter Effect (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Sport

In his latest documentary, Sean Menard gives viewers an unprecedented look at Vince Carter: the six-foot-six, eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach who made waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he joined the Raptors in 1998.

Director: Sean Menard | Stars: Vince Carter, Drake, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash

Votes: 1,039

5. Rapture (2018– )

Documentary, Music

Featuring an impressive collection of artists who have found worldwide success, this documentary series showcases hip-hop's impact on global culture.

Stars: A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Logic, 2 Chainz, Aloe Blacc

Votes: 403

6. The Defiant Ones (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, Verna Griffin

Votes: 9,449

7. HyperNormalisation (2016)

166 min | Documentary

Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Adam Curtis, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Victor Gotbaum

Votes: 4,201

8. Dope (II) (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Crime

Ride along for an uncompromising look at the lives of those who sell, use and wage a war on drugs in the U.S. and Mexico.

Votes: 1,217

9. Dirty Money (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

A Netflix Original Series documenting various stories about exposing the greed, corruption, and crime spreading through the global economy.

Stars: Walter Archer, Victor Avila, Alberto Ayala, Elise J. Bean

Votes: 5,206

10. Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (1998–2000)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Louis Theroux documents some of the US's most bizarre happenings, events and rituals, by getting involved himself.

Stars: Louis Theroux, David Paul, Randy James, J.J. Michaels

Votes: 2,486

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

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

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 (1999).

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Peter Bonerz

Votes: 19,925

12. Drug Lords (2018– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Documentary

Documentary series examining drug cartels and kingpins from around the world.

Stars: Quinn Dalton, Jordan Lawson, Razor Rocco Rizzotti, Winter Dunn

Votes: 759

13. The Keepers (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 436 min | Documentary, Crime

A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Stars: Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber, Jean Hargadon Wehner

Votes: 14,205

14. The Most Unknown (2018)

92 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cheney | Stars: Jennifer L. Macalady, Luke McKay, Rachel L. Smith

Votes: 1,252 | Gross: $0.01M

15. The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth (2018)

119 min | Documentary

In 2017 the fittest athletes on Earth took on the unknown and unknowable during four of the most intense days of competition in CrossFit Games history. "The Redeemed and the Dominant: ... See full summary »

Directors: Heber Cannon, Mariah Moore, Marston Sawyers | Stars: Justin Bergh, Dave Castro, Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir, Brent Fikowski

Votes: 898

16. First Team: Juventus (2018– )

40 min | Reality-TV, Sport

Follow renowned soccer club Juventus on and off the pitch as they attempt to win a seventh straight Italian title and achieve Champions League glory.

Stars: Massimiliano Allegri, Andrea Barzagli, Mehdi Benatia, Federico Bernardeschi

Votes: 1,425

17. The Confession Tapes (2017– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Documentary, Crime

A critical look into some true crime cases where American law enforcement made up for lack of actual physical evidence by using devious psychological tactics during interrogation in order to extract confessions from naive suspects.

Stars: David Burns, Loretta Fisher, Brian Hutchinson, Sarah Isaacs

Votes: 3,823

18. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,897 | Gross: $14.36M

19. The Killing$ of Tony Blair (2016)

95 min | Documentary

The story of Tony Blair's destruction of the Labour Party, his well-remunerated business interests, and the thousands of innocent people who have died following his decision to invade Iraq.

Directors: Sanne van den Bergh, Greg Ward | Stars: Tony Blair, Stephen Fry, George Galloway

Votes: 567

20. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

Directors: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn | Stars: Lisa Agabian, Manucher Alemi, Lindsey Allen, Kip Andersen

Votes: 18,384

21. The Cuba Libre Story (2016)

TV-14 | 52 min | Documentary, History

This documentary series recounts the tumultuous history of Cuba, a nation of foreign conquest, freedom fighters and Cold War political machinations.

Stars: Ken Eaken, Jaime Suchlicki, Jean-Pierre Clerc, Michael Zeuske

Votes: 766

22. All or Nothing: Manchester City (2018– )

Not Rated | 50 min | Reality-TV, Sport

Legendary coach Pep Guardiola leads his premiership football team through the 2017/18 season.

Stars: Sergio Agüero, Txiqui Beguiristain, Claudio Bravo, Kevin De Bruyne

Votes: 3,351

23. La sociologie est un sport de combat (2001)

146 min | Documentary

Introduction to Sociology. For three years (1998-2001) Pierre Carles followed Pierre Bourdieu, a major sociologist, working to have his research understood and people prompted to action. ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Carles | Stars: Pierre Bourdieu, José Bové, Pierre Carles, Gaby Reich

Votes: 241

24. The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)

115 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before.

Director: Mark Cousins | Stars: Mark Cousins, Beatrice Welles, Orson Welles

Votes: 532 | Gross: $0.01M

25. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.

Director: Jon Schnepp | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, Dan Gilroy

Votes: 4,071

26. Inside Look: The Assassination of Gianni Versace - American Crime Story (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 3 min | Documentary, Short

An inside look at the making of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Stars: Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 5,410

27. Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image (2017)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary

Straight/Curve examines the industries and obstacles responsible for our current body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age.

Director: Jenny McQuaile | Stars: Denise Bidot, Danielle Brooks, Emme, Tim Gunn

Votes: 54

28. My Scientology Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Louis Theroux, Tom Cruise, Marty Rathbun, Paz de la Huerta

Votes: 11,103 | Gross: $0.02M

29. What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

The portrait of the work of controversial film critic Pauline Kael and her influence on the male-dominated worlds of cinema and film criticism.

Director: Rob Garver | Stars: Woody Allen, Lili Anolik, Alec Baldwin, Carol Baum

Votes: 120

30. Eli Roth's History of Horror (2018)

TV-MA | 296 min | Documentary, Horror

An in-depth look at the history and pop cultural significance of horror films.

Stars: Eli Roth, Greg Nicotero, Rob Zombie, Alan Maxson

Votes: 783

31. Sunderland 'Til I Die (2018– )

TV-MA | 39 min | Documentary

Highlights the unfailing passion Sunderland residents have for their beloved soccer club, taking viewers through the highs and lows of SAFC's 2017-18 season in the Championship following its relegation the previous year.

Stars: Martin Bain, Nick Barnes, Gary Bennett, Peter Farrer

Votes: 3,075

32. Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Music

63 Metascore

This documentary goes behind the scenes with pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show.

Director: Chris Moukarbel | Stars: Sandra Amador, Michael Bearden, Tony Bennett, BloodPop

Votes: 10,209

33. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 13,867 | Gross: $6.35M

34. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,158 | Gross: $119.19M

35. Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.

Director: Jake West | Stars: Julian Petley, Marc Morris, Andy Nyman, Xavier Mendik

Votes: 1,087

36. Daring to Dream: England's story at the 2018 FIFA World Cup (2018)

103 min | Documentary

A documentary film reflecting upon the summer of 2018 and the highs and lows of England's World Cup campaign

Director: Steve Younger | Stars: Jordan Pickford, Gareth Southgate, John Stones, Harry Kane

Votes: 5

37. Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

CONOR McGREGOR: NOTORIOUS, filmed over the course of 4 years, is a gripping access-all- areas account of McGregor's personal and professional journey from claiming benefits and living in ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Fitzgerald | Stars: José Aldo, Audie Attar, Ryan Buescher, Kiefer Crosbie

Votes: 3,545

38. Surviving R. Kelly (2019– )

360 min | Documentary, Music

A six-part series about the controversial R&B star R. Kelly which features several women making allegations of abuse by him.

Stars: Tarana Burke, Kathy Chaney, Andrea Kelly, Candice Norcott

Votes: 2,319

39. Louis Theroux: The Night in Question (2019 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Louis Theroux heads to the USA to meet college students accused of sexual assault.

Director: Lottie Gammon | Stars: Louis Theroux, Saif Khan, Margaret Valois, Jordan Draper

Votes: 292

41. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 49,014 | Gross: $3.17M

42. Game of Thrones: The Last Watch (2019 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 114 min | Documentary

Chronicling the creation of Game of Thrones (2011)'s final season, its most ambitious and complicated one.

Director: Jeanie Finlay | Stars: Kevin Alexander, Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, Gethin Anthony

Votes: 4,730

43. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 39,251 | Gross: $17.54M

44. Inside Borussia Dortmund (2019– )

Documentary, Sport

Documentary series chronicles the 2018/19 season of Germany's football team Borussia Dortmund.

Stars: Borussia Dortmund, Manuel Akanji, Paco Alcácer, Roman Bürki

Votes: 258

45. One & Done (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

Showtime Sports chronicals the sprawling journey of number one NBA draft pick Ben Simmons. From a relatively anonymous Australian upbringing to high school and college in America to the top... See full summary »

Directors: Maura Mandt, Josh Swade | Star: Ben Simmons

Votes: 88

46. The Heart of Sergio Ramos (2019– )

Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport

Documentary series that examines the life and career of Spanish football star Sergio Ramos.

Stars: René Ramos, Sergio Ramos, Pilar Rubio, Jose Maria Ramos

Votes: 139



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