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1. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 11,558 | Gross: $0.59M

2. 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: 4,375

3. Dirty Money (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

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

Stars: Matt Taibbi, Alex Gibney, Anabel Hernández, Fahmi Quadir

Votes: 6,942

4. The Venice Syndrome (2012)

82 min | Documentary, Drama, News

An examination of Venice, Italy, its rise as a tourist attraction and its linked decline as a functioning city.

Director: Andreas Pichler | Stars: Tudy Sammartini, Giorgio Gross, Laura Gross, Flavio Scaggiante

Votes: 146

5. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 31,942 | Gross: $2.67M

6. I Am Evidence (2017)

TV-MA | 89 min | Documentary

An investigation into the way sexual assault cases are handled by police departments across the United States.

Directors: Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir | Stars: Michelle Brettin, Rachel Dissell, Mariska Hargitay, Helena Lazaro

Votes: 422

7. Louis Theroux: Louis and the Brothel (2003 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

Louis stays with the residents of a soon to open brothel in Nevada for a few weeks.

Director: Geoffrey O'Connor | Star: Louis Theroux

Votes: 1,486

8. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 88,852

9. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Thomas Anguti Johnston, Huw Cordey

Votes: 160,612

10. How We Got to Now (2014– )

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary, History

Explores the power and the legacy of great ideas.

Stars: Steven Johnson, Gene Chruszcz, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Terri Adams

Votes: 352

11. The Century of the Self (2002)

235 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Ann Bernays, Robert Reich, Alfred Pritz

Votes: 4,656

12. Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (1988– )

360 min | Documentary

Mythologist Joseph Campbell presents his ideas about comparative mythology and the ongoing role of myth in human society.

Stars: Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, George Lucas

Votes: 937

13. Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Flight from Death is the first film to investigate the psychological The effects of death anxiety are embedded within everything we do across Flight from Death is the culmination of many years of research and

Director: Patrick Shen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Sam Keen, Ron Leifer, Robert Jay Lifton

Votes: 380

14. David Hockney: Secret Knowledge (2002 TV Movie)

Documentary

Artist David Hockney discusses his theory that artists were secretly using optical devices such as mirrors and lenses in creating their work as early as the 15th century. Examples from ... See full summary »

Director: Randall Wright | Stars: David Hockney, Michael Bova

Votes: 94

15. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 105,758

16. Order & Disorder (2012– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Professor Jim Al-Khalili unwraps the evolutionary histories responsible for the modern human condition, as currently represented by our sophistication in energy manipulation and information technology.

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Annabel Troost, Janet Anders, Peter Atkins

Votes: 276

17. Letting Go of God (2008)

130 min | Documentary

Letting Go of God is a humorous monologue by Julia Sweeney chronicling her search for God. She begins in the Catholic church, the religion her family raised her in, and takes a Bible study ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Sweeney

Votes: 625

18. Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed (2016– )

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary

Unlocked is a groundbreaking 8 part documentary series that provides firsthand stories by industry icons, celebrities, consumers, and field experts on the culture, technology, history, and future of the video game industry.

Stars: Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Alison Haislip, Penn Jillette

Votes: 24

19. Rotten (2018–2019)

55 min | Documentary

Rotten dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits.

Stars: Latif Nasser, Casey Cox, Stanley Crawford, Leslie Lopatofsky

Votes: 2,605

20. The Trade (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

This documentary series offers a visceral look into the personal stories of those most affected by illicit industries. Season 1 covers the opioid epidemic, Season 2 follows Central American migrants on their perilous journeys to the U.S.

Votes: 280

21. Before the Flood (2016)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to 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

Votes: 25,476

22. LA 92 (2017)

R | 114 min | Documentary, History

66 Metascore

Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Henry Alfaro, Danny Bakewell, John D. Barnett, Bart Bartholomew

Votes: 3,544

23. The Man Who Saved the World (2014)

110 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

Retired Soviet Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov, who saved the world from WW3, talks about his life as retiree and shares his opinions on the Cold War with actor Kevin Costner in this melancholic mixture of documentary and reenacted footage.

Director: Peter Anthony | Stars: Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Sergey Shnyryov, Nataliya Vdovina

Votes: 1,786

24. Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018)

TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Crime

The extraordinary story of the "pizza bomber heist" and the FBI's investigation into a bizarre collection of suspects.

Stars: Kevin G. Calkins, Ann Smith

Votes: 19,902

25. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

A chronicle of New York'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

Votes: 11,615 | Gross: $3.78M

26. Bleed Out (II) (2018)

TV-14 | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

After a routine partial hip replacement operation leaves his mother in a coma with permanent brain damage, what starts as a son's video diary becomes a citizen's investigation into the ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Burrows | Stars: Judith Burrows, Stephen Burrows

Votes: 248

27. Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle (2018– )

Documentary, Biography, Crime

Docuseries looking back on the Jonestown Massacre on the 40th anniversary.

Stars: Vernon Gosney, Leslie Wagner-Wilson, Tim Carter, Jim Jones Jr.

Votes: 680

28. John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

An examination of the Oscar-winning director who brought to life some of cinema's most beloved motion pictures.

Director: Derek Wayne Johnson | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Matthew McConaughey, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 112

29. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015– )

Documentary

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, this three-part series tells the complete story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Terrence Howard

Votes: 296

30. Prohibition (2011)

360 min | Documentary, History

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,744

31. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 12,722

32. Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Winston Churchill's life between 1929, when he lost his cabinet position, and 1939, when he joined Great Britain's War Cabinet - a period he described as the most difficult in his life.

Stars: Robert Hardy, Siân Phillips, Nigel Havers, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 262

33. Requiem for the American Dream (2015)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography, News

Renowned academic and author Noam Chomsky elucidates 10 principles of concentration of wealth and power that have led to unprecedented inequality and the hollowing out of the American middle class.

Directors: Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott | Star: Noam Chomsky

Votes: 8,313 | Gross: $0.13M

34. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 20,791

35. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (2005)

285 min | Documentary, History, War

The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.

Stars: Samuel West, Horst-Günter Marx, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt

Votes: 4,198

36. Gotti: Godfather and Son (2018)

TV-14 | 172 min | Documentary, Biography

John Gotti Jr. tells the story of how he became the man he is today. When you realize that family is more important than the mafia, that's when he steps out of the shadows. The father lives and dies "by the sword." Very sad but moving.

Stars: Bruce Cutler, John Gotti Jr., Angel Gotti, Peter Gotti

Votes: 143

37. Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (2019)

TV-MA | 186 min | Documentary, Crime

The documentary examines and chronicles the years following the 2011 murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips and the subsequent trial of Clarkson University soccer coach Oral "Nick" Hillary.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Oral Hillary, Brian Phillips, Tyler Rodrigues

Votes: 1,328



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