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1. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 4,222

2. Human Universe (2014)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Brian travels the globe to discuss these topics with examples from our planet and others in the universe.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,240

3. Wonders of Life (2013– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

Physicist and professor Brian Cox travels across the globe to uncover the secrets of the most extraordinary phenomenon in the universe: life.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,513

4. Wonders of the Universe (I) (2011– )

TV-G | 59 min | Documentary

Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most dramatic parts of the globe to explain the fundamental principles that govern the laws of nature - light, gravity, energy, matter and time. With ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 3,828

5. Science Britannica (2013– )

60 min | Documentary

Brian Cox discusses British scientists and their contributions to our modern world.

Stars: Brian Cox, Paul Nurse, Tipu Aziz, Simon Baron-Cohen

Votes: 213

6. The September Issue (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

Director: R.J. Cutler | Stars: Anna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington

Votes: 7,383 | Gross: $3.82M

7. How TV Ruined Your Life (2011)

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

A comedic documentary series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Liz May Brice, Kevin Eldon, Beth Cordingly

Votes: 1,180

9. Treasures of Ancient Greece (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

Series in which Alastair Sooke explores the riches and unique legacy of Greek art.

Stars: Alastair Sooke, Edith Hall, Vassilis, Nicholas Penny

Votes: 76

10. Treasures of Ancient Egypt (2014– )

60 min | Documentary

In this 3 part series Alistair Sooke visits 30 great treasures of Egyptian art, some in Egypt either in situ or in the Cairo Museum, others in museums elsewhere.

Stars: Alastair Sooke, Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, Ahmed Abdel Fattah, Cedric Gobeil

Votes: 91

12. The World's Most Expensive Paintings (2011 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Art Critic Alastair Sooke goes in search of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction and the people prepared to pay over $100,000,000 to own one.

Director: Russell England | Star: Alastair Sooke

Votes: 52

13. The Science of Doctor Who (2013 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

British physicist Brian Cox lectures on the nature of time and space, black holes, time dilation and the possibility of time travel a la Doctor Who by using experiments featuring celebrity ... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Smith, Ashley Way | Stars: Brian Cox, Matt Smith, Jim Al-Khalili, Dallas Campbell

Votes: 415

14. A Night with the Stars (2011 TV Movie)

Documentary

Professor Cox takes a diamond and with the help of an audience of stars explains quantum theory.

Director: Stephen Neal | Stars: Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalili, Paul Foot, James May

Votes: 169

16. The Big Bang Machine (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary

A tour and presentation of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland from physicist Brian Cox.

Director: Gideon Bradshaw | Stars: Brian Cox, Nick Chohan, Paul Collier, Alavaro de Rujula

Votes: 41

17. Brooklyn Castle (2012)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.

Director: Katie Dellamaggiore | Stars: Je'Daiah Ballantyne, Michelle Ballantyne, Rochelle Ballantyne, Pamela Ballard

Votes: 902 | Gross: $0.22M

18. Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)

TV-PG | 132 min | Documentary, Biography

80 Metascore

Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin. Hardcore Chaplin fans may not find ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Sydney Pollack, Bill Irwin, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 1,306

19. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 21,596 | Gross: $0.65M

20. The War Room (1993)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, History

78 Metascore

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala

Votes: 3,855 | Gross: $0.90M

21. Las Hurdes (1933)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill

Votes: 5,188

22. General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

A documentary on the military dictator of Africa's Uganda.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Golda Meir

Votes: 1,707

23. Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

Not Rated | 170 min | Documentary, Sport

Kon Ichikawa examines the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, creating a record of observations that range from the expansive to the intimate.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Abebe Bikila, Jack Douglas, Joe Frazier, Hirohito

Votes: 1,600

24. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary that follows Dr. Penny Patterson's current scientific study of Koko, a gorilla who communicates through American Sign Language.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Koko, Penny Patterson, Saul Kitchener, Carl Pribram

Votes: 796

25. Streetwise (1984)

91 min | Documentary, Drama

Gritty documentary that looks at the lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Director: Martin Bell | Stars: Annie, Eddie, Antoine, Erica

Votes: 1,724 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Lost in La Mancha (2002)

R | 89 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe | Stars: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges, Tony Grisoni

Votes: 11,172 | Gross: $0.73M

27. Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie (1963 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 146 min | Documentary

Vilgot Sjöman (I Am Curious -- Yellow 1967) and a crew from Swedish Television followed Ingmar Bergman during the filming of Winter Light and came away with a five-part documentary, ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Ingmar Bergman, Gunnar Björnstrand, Sven Nykvist, Vilgot Sjöman

Votes: 397

28. Bergman Island (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

All three documentaries were mainly shot in the home of Ingmar Bergman. This was the first time ever that a filmmaker had access to Ingmar Bergman in his home at the small island Fårö in ... See full summary »

Director: Marie Nyreröd | Stars: Ingmar Bergman, Erland Josephson, Marie Nyreröd

Votes: 865

29. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, was one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 5,154 | Gross: $2.28M

30. Stephen Hawking's Universe (1997– )

Not Rated | 360 min | Documentary

6-part documentary series from arguably the greatest scientific mind in the world, the wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking, which describes all current thinking on the Big Bang, origins of the... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Eugene Babaev, Jeff Rawle, Gregory Benford

Votes: 976

31. Stephen Hawking's Grand Design (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this documentary, Stephen Hawking tries to explain what science can tell us about the meaning of life through physics, philosophical discussion,and Hawking's own unique scientific ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Funke Adeleke, Tom Bonington

Votes: 1,261

32. Stephen Hawking's Universe (2010)

Documentary

In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,946

33. The Planets (1999– )

390 min | Documentary

The Planets is a made for television documentary series that explores in depth the planets that make up our solar system.

Stars: Mark Halliley, Donald Black, Jerry Soften, Sasa Vasilievski

Votes: 1,406

34. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 55,567 | Gross: $77.44M

35. Eye of the Leopard (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama

The life of one small leopard from a cub right until the brink of adulthood, as she emerges as a huntress in Botswana's Mombo region of the Okavango Delta.

Directors: Beverly Joubert, Dereck Joubert | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Legadema

Votes: 223

36. 400 Years of the Telescope (2009)

TV-G | 57 min | Documentary

Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts an overview of the telescope's development.

Director: Kris Koenig | Star: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Votes: 110

37. And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A look at the art of Spalding Gray who drew from real life experience to create a compelling and deeply personal series of monologues.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Spalding Gray, Forrest Gray, Kathie Russo

Votes: 1,085 | Gross: $0.02M

38. Burroughs: The Movie (1983)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Brookner | Stars: William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, James Grauerholz

Votes: 550

39. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 9,448 | Gross: $0.03M

40. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Stars: Mikhail Kaufman, Elizaveta Svilova

Votes: 22,223

41. A Grin Without A Cat (1977)

240 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Laurence Cuvillier, Davos Hanich, François Maspero, Yves Montand

Votes: 919

42. The Case of the Grinning Cat (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Paris 2002. Yellow cats appears on the walls. Chris Marker is looking for these mysterious cats and captures with his camera the political and international events of these last two years (war in Iraq...).

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Bertrand Cantat, Dieudonné, Léon Schwartzenberg, Marina Vlady

Votes: 492

43. Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary about the everyday lives of ordinary Parisians, done in the style of cinéma vérité.

Directors: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch | Stars: Angelo, Nadine Ballot, Catherine, Céline

Votes: 2,526

44. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary