Insightful Documentaries, Movies & TV Series

by WarMovieCollector | created - 29 Jan 2019 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

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1. Fire in the Night (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

Fire in the Night relives the tragic events that occurred on the Piper Alpha rig on 6th July 1988. It was a catastrophe that killed 167 men and left only 61 survivors, each of whom had to ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke | Star: Sue Jane Taylor

Votes: 261

2. Price for Peace (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History, War

This powerful and thought provoking film chronicles the compelling events in the Pacific Theater of WWII, from the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the American occupation of Japan in ... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Zenji Abe, Stephen Ambrose, Hal Braun, Jeanne Doll Dolan

Votes: 251

3. Mars: One Day on the Red Planet (2020)

TV-G | 88 min | Documentary

An epic journey revealing the real Mars, as you've never seen it before. Using data from orbiters and rovers to build accurate views of the red planet and uncover its secrets. On a single ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Johnson | Stars: Carl Agee, Nigel Barber, John Callas, John Casani

Votes: 225

4. The Trump Show (2020–2021)

237 min | Documentary

Protests, political turmoil, pandemic - the inside story of the extraordinary Trump presidency. Friends and foes tell of his rise from TV star to leader of the free world.

Stars: Tim Alberta, Steve Bannon, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani

Votes: 458

5. Trump: An American Dream (2017)

Documentary, Biography

A British documentary series exploring the extraordinary journey of Donald Trump through five decades.

Stars: Colin Tierney, Nikki Haskell, Rona Barrett, Wayne Barrett

Votes: 3,717

6. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Trump's Showdown (2018)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary, News

President Donald Trump fights against the investigation of his campaign and the claim of obstruction of justice, waging a war against the special counsel, FBI and attorney general.

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, John O. Brennan, Michael Isikoff, James Clapper

Votes: 71

7. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Codebreaker (2021)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The work of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, America's first female cryptanalyst, brings down Al Capone, breaks up a Nazi spy ring in South America, and lays the foundation for the National Security Agency (NSA).

Director: Chana Gazit | Star: Kate Burton

Votes: 52

8. Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A documentary exploring the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump adviser, Roger Stone, who helped create the real estate mogul's political career.

Directors: Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme | Stars: Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Jeffrey Toobin

Votes: 6,901

9. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA (2015)

TV-14 | 54 min | Documentary, News

FRONTLINE investigates how the NRA uses its unrivaled political power to stop gun regulation in America. With first-hand accounts of school killings in Newtown and Columbine, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Sarah Childress, Jim Gilmore, Will Lyman, Mike McNally

Votes: 85

10. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville (2018)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, News

In Documenting Hate: Charlottesville, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. Our joint ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: A.C. Thompson, Ali Winston, Jake Hanrahan, Gustavo Arellano

Votes: 97

11. Into the Inferno (2016)

104 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft

Votes: 7,703

12. The Worlds of Philip K. Dick (2016)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

In this documentary film, viewers learn about the life of Philip K. Dick including his early work as a pulp fiction novelist, his successful career with Hollywood, and his obsession with ... See full summary »

Director: Yann Coquart | Stars: Franck Desmedt, Philip K. Dick, Gregg Rickman, David Brin

Votes: 141

13. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Documenting Hate: New American Nazis (2018)

TV-14 | 53 min | Documentary, News

Exposing a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military. An investigation with ProPublica shows the group's terrorist objectives and how it gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: A.C. Thompson, Ali Winston, Jake Hanrahan, James LaPorta

Votes: 77

14. The Putin Interviews (2017)

TV-PG | 58 min | Documentary, Biography

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone interviews the Russian president Vladimir Putin about divisive issues related to the US-Russia relations.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Vladimir Putin, Sergei Chudinov, Vasily Khristoforov

Votes: 3,956

15. Points de Repères (2016– )

26 min | Animation, Family, History

Crossroads in our History where the world swings one way or the other. With spectacular reconstitutions created by 3D modeling specialists.

Stars: Helen Buday, Eddie Crew, Karine Pinoteau, Michel Roy

Votes: 104

16. The Final Year (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Ben Rhodes, Samantha Power, John Kerry, Susan Rice

Votes: 3,139 | Gross: $0.19M

17. John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018)

TV-14 | 104 min | Documentary

In-depth look at the life of John McCain, from his time as a POW in Vietnam to his three decades of service in the US Senate.

Directors: George Kunhardt, Peter W. Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt | Stars: Joe Biden, David Brooks, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton

Votes: 648

18. Secret History (1991– )

Documentary, History

Historical events are extensively re-explored both through written records and systematic examinations in the field.

Stars: Paul McGann, Nigel Anthony, Chris Naunton, Mike Loades

Votes: 48

19. The Untold History of the United States (2012–2013)

TV-MA | 58 min | Documentary, History, War

Oliver Stone 's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 8,524

20. America: The Story of the US (2010)

Documentary, History

Why did the United States become a global superpower? America The Story of Us is an epic 12-hour television event that explores the country's remarkable journey.

Stars: Daniel Webb, Liev Schreiber, Tom Brokaw, James Meigs

Votes: 1,528

21. Canada: The Story of Us (2017– )

Drama, History

This epic adventure history series tells the grand story of people, places and events that shaped Canada. It's a tale filled with change makers and rule breakers, dreamers and visionaries, ... See full summary »

Stars: Sylvie Pamphile, Matthew MacCallum, Steve Rizzo, Jeffrey Barnes

Votes: 94

22. Nazi Secret Files (2016)

44 min | Documentary, History

Dark secrets of Nazi Germany are explored.

Star: David Redles

Votes: 42

23. The Pacific War in Color (2018)

TV-14 | History, War

The Pacific War in Color immerses viewers in a graphic and dramatic look through an unfiltered lens.

Stars: Tim Barker, Jeff Wilburn, Jamie Muffett

Votes: 97

24. Passé sous silence (2000– )
Episode: The Battle of Chernobyl (2006)

94 min | Documentary

Documentary about the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl.

Director: Thomas Johnson | Stars: Tim Birkett, Hans Blix, Mikhail Gorbachev, Oleg Mirochnikov

Votes: 1,333

25. Going to War (2018 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

What is it really like to go to war? For millennia, only warriors could really answer that question. Now, a new PBS documentary takes us inside the experience of battle and reveals the soldier's experiences as never before.

Directors: Sebastian Junger, Karl Marlantes

Votes: 41

26. Battlefront (2001– )

22 min | Documentary, War

The fiercest battles of WWII come to life as never seen before in this collection of one of the most powerful epics of history. This documentary series takes you behind enemy lines and to ... See full summary »

Star: Michael Hanks

Votes: 57

27. The Hunt for Jihadi John


Documentary telling the inside story of Mohammed Emwazi's journey from an ordinary London boy to becoming terrorist 'Jihadi John' and the intelligence operatives' attempts to catch him.

28. Evolution of Evil (2015)

50 min | Documentary, Biography, History

They are a rogues gallery of the most notorious despots in recent history. From Hitler to Saddam Hussein, from Stalin to Kim Jong-il of North Korea, from Chairman Mao to Colonel Gaddafi ... See full summary »

Stars: Alisdair Simpson, Mohamed Atta, Luigi Boccanfuso, Frederick L. Coolidge

Votes: 52

30. Mythos Rommel (2002)

43 min | Documentary

3-part series examining the life of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. Interviews from surviving soldiers who fought under Rommel and against Rommel in the British Army. The series examines the ... See full summary »

Stars: Winrich Behr, Michael Carver, Ulrich de Maizière, Isaac Levy

Votes: 31

31. Meeting Gorbachev (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

73 Metascore

The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union in chronological order.

Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer | Stars: Yuri Andropov, James Baker III, Leonid Brezhnev, Konstantin Chernenko

Votes: 1,852 | Gross: $0.25M

32. A Night at the Garden (2017)

TV-PG | 7 min | Documentary, Short, History

Archival footage of an American Nazi rally that attracted 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden in 1939, shortly before the beginning of World War II.

Director: Marshall Curry | Star: Fritz Kuhn

Votes: 1,423

33. Seconds from Disaster (2004–2012)
Episode: Black Hawk Down (2012)

TV-PG | Documentary

Seconds from Disaster reveals how a US mission in Somalia quickly turns from a raid to a search and rescue mention leaving 18 American soldiers are dead and another 73 are injured.

Director: Gareth Johnson | Stars: Emmanuel Akintunde, David Olawale Ayinde, Will Bowden, Alex Corbet Burcher

Votes: 18

34. Putin's Witnesses (2018)

102 min | Documentary

A rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vitaliy Manskiy, Boris Yeltsin

Votes: 977

35. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (2020– )

TV-14 | 50 min | Documentary

In this docuseries, meet the heroes on the front lines of the battle against influenza and learn about their efforts to stop the next global outbreak.

Stars: Syra Madad, Jake Glanville, Sarah Ives, Holly Goracke

Votes: 2,559

36. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Influenza 1918 (1998)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The great influenza pandemic of 1918 - the worst epidemic ever seen in the United States.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Alfred Crosby, John De Lano, Shirley Fannin, Cathryn Guyler

Votes: 170

37. Adolf Island (2019 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary

Forensic archaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls seeks out a Nazi SS camp constructed in secrecy on the British Channel island of Alderney during World War II.

Director: Alex Nikolic-Dunlop | Star: Caroline Sturdy Colls

Votes: 49

38. The Other Side of Suez (2004 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, History

A British documentary focusing on the Suez Crisis of 1956.

Stars: Ben Miles, Mohamed Auda, Talaat Badrawi, Mordechai Bar-On

Votes: 19

39. Hostages of the SS (2015– )

90 min | Documentary

In April 1945, 139 special prisoners were transported by the SS into the Alps to be used as bargaining chips in negotiations with the Allies. During the journey, they experience six days of... See full summary »

Stars: Henriette Schmidt, Uwe Bohm, Marc Benjamin, Tim Bergmann

Votes: 59

40. Washington (2020)

Documentary, Biography, Drama

The life story of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Joanne Freeman, Alan Taylor, Joseph Ellis

Votes: 732

41. Only the Dead (2015)

TV-MA | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Australian journalist Michael Ware's experiences in Iraq during the 2003 war and after.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Michael Ware | Stars: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Michael Ware

Votes: 3,202

42. Secret Nazi Bases (2019– )


The collapse of the Third Reich left as many secrets as it did relics. Still today, remnants of the Nazi's schemes lie concealed in structures scattered across the globe. Skeletons of ... See full summary »

Stars: James MacPhee, Rob Bell, Patrick Ney, Robert Watson

Votes: 41

43. Greatest Events of WWII in Colour (2019)

50 min | Documentary, History, War

A series of colorized archive footage of important events during World War II.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Geoffrey Wawro, James Holland, Saul David

Votes: 6,245

44. My Fighting Season (2016– )

Documentary, War

A documentary series following American Soldiers in Afghanistan. Real footage captured from on the ground camera's.

Votes: 110

45. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: George W. Bush: Part 1 (2020)

TV-MA | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Biography and political career of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States.

Director: Jamila Ephron | Star: Corey Stoll

Votes: 65

46. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Putin's Revenge (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, News

How Vladimir Putin came to see the United States and Hillary Clinton in particular as enemies. Why he decided to target an American election.

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, Peter Baker, Priyanka Boghani, Sarah Childress

Votes: 112

47. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Putin's Revenge (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 53 min | Documentary, News