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1. Wild Arabia (2013– )

180 min | Documentary

British biologist and military veteran Steve Backshall visits the Arabian peninsula to film its surprisingly rich and varied wildlife. Contrary to its desert reputation, Arabia comprises ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Siddig, Hadi Al Hikmani, Abdullah Al Shuhi, Steffen Bach

Votes: 475

2. The Great Rift: Africa's Greatest Story (2010– )

176 min | Documentary

The Great Rift Valley in Africa was created when the African and Arabian tectonic plates separated about 35 million years ago. This series investigates the forces that created the rift and focuses on the landscape and wildlife.

Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Phil Chapman, Martin Dohrn, Tim Fogg

Votes: 592

3. Life Story (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

David Attenbourough narrates on the greatest of all adventures - the journey through life.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,959

4. 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: 165,062

5. Africa (2013)

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred, Katrina Bartlam

Votes: 13,889

6. 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: 94,094

7. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

David Attenborough 's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview of the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated ... See full summary »

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, David Attenborough, Doug Allan, Barrie Britton

Votes: 37,622

8. Human Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Roger Munns

Votes: 23,448

9. The Story of China (2016– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary, History

Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over four thousand years.

Stars: Michael Wood, Frank Ching, Tao Tao Liu, Jia Lu

Votes: 307

10. Science and Islam (2009– )

Documentary

Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.

Star: Jim Al-Khalili

Votes: 223

11. Engineering an Empire (2005–2007)

TV-PG | 564 min | Documentary, History

A series of documentaries that go over the world's history and it's many accomplishments.

Stars: Michael Carroll, Peter Weller, J.J. Huckin, Spyros Bakas

Votes: 589

12. Battles BC (2009– )

Documentary, Action, History

From Hannibal to David the Giant Slayer, examine the strategies, tactics and weapons of infamous leaders throughout ancient history.

Stars: Bryan McGowan, Cazzey Louis Cereghino, Brad C. Wilcox, Brian Danner

Votes: 365

13. Decisive Battles (2004– )

30 min | Documentary, Animation, History

Important battles of world history are explored and recreated with video game visuals.

Stars: Matthew Settle, Philip Sabin, Paul Cartledge, Victor Davis Hanson

Votes: 130

14. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

86 min | Documentary, History

79 Metascore

Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter, Stanley Clayton

Votes: 4,976

15. The Hunt (II) (2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

The fascinating relationship between predators and their prey, and the strategies predators use to catch their food and prey use to escape death.

Stars: David Attenborough, Damien Boisseau

Votes: 3,683

16. Wild China (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau.

Star: Bernard Hill

Votes: 2,635

17. Wild Alaska (2015)

Documentary

An amusing documentary based on the wildlife and experiences of the relaxing sculpture that is Alaska.

Stars: Denny Heide, Harvey Kitka, Dougray Scott

Votes: 352

18. Planet Egypt (2011– )

Documentary, History

Planet Egypt recounts the epic history of Ancient Egypt and its Pharaohs, from the pre-dynastic period through to the late dynasties. Each episode addresses one aspect of Egypt's enormous ... See full summary »

Stars: Kent Weeks, Günter Dreyer, Salima Ikram, Donald Redford

Votes: 79

19. Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, History, War

Marty Callaghan's Synopsis: Except for the Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaigns, the extensive combat operations in the Middle East during World War I have been largely overlooked in documentary... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callaghan

Votes: 136

20. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, James Willbanks, Duong Van Mai Elliott

Votes: 19,724

21. 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: 13,420

22. Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009)

TV-MA | 312 min | Documentary, History, War

Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Martin Sheen, Rudolf Hess

Votes: 9,660

23. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 38,599

25. Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale (2014)

260 min | Documentary, History, War

Colorized historical footage in ascending order of World War 1. Not only the relatively known Flanders and France battles, but also the generally unknown Italian-Austrian, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, François Arnaud, Ferdinand Foch, V.I. Lenin

Votes: 2,227

26. One Strange Rock (2018– )

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary

The extraordinary story of Earth and why it is special and uniquely brimming with life among a largely unknown but harsh cosmic arena; astronauts tell the story of Earth through a unique perspective.

Stars: Will Smith, Chris Hadfield, Jerry Linenger, Mae C. Jemison

Votes: 6,466

27. America Before Columbus (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Adventure

History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells a very ... See full summary »

Director: Cristina Trebbi | Stars: Nathan English, Victor Garber, Andrew C. Isenberg, K.J. Linhein

Votes: 200

28. Life Story (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

David Attenbourough narrates on the greatest of all adventures - the journey through life.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,959

29. Human Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Roger Munns

Votes: 23,448

30. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 4,756

31. The Men Who Built America (2012)

TV-14 | 295 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the ... See full summary »

Stars: Campbell Scott, H.W. Brands, Mark Cuban, Donny Deutsch

Votes: 3,514

32. The Universe (2007–2015)

45 min | Documentary, History

This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 5,129

33. 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: 33,013 | Gross: $2.67M

34. WWII from Space (2012 TV Movie)

Documentary, History, War

The events of World War II from 1941 onward are depicted from the perspective of space.

Director: Simon George | Stars: Corey Johnson, Kevin Farrell, Geoffrey Wawro, Conrad Crane

Votes: 402

35. Humanity from Space (2015 TV Movie)

PG | 116 min | Documentary

Trace humankind's long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this two-hour special uses mind-boggling data and CGI to disclose the ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Copp | Star: Kasper Michaels

Votes: 80

36. Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama, History

A doc-drama covering the rise and the fall of the Roman world including the founding by Julius Caesar and the building of Rome by Nero.

Stars: Lyall B. Watson, James D'Arcy, Sean Pertwee, Michael Sheen

Votes: 1,668

37. Origins: The Journey of Humankind (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

Our primal curiosity has sparked new inventions and revealed the mysteries of the universe. This eight part mini series strives to trace the pivotal innovations that make us modern.

Stars: Jason Silva, Mark Monroe, Chris Fisher, John Hedgecoth

Votes: 418

38. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017)

R | 99 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

A look at the current state of Syria amidst war and chaos in 2017, featuring stories of survival and observations by political experts from around the world.

Directors: Sebastian Junger, Nick Quested | Stars: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Amr Al-Azm, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Tareq Al-Hashemi

Votes: 635

39. Hubble's Cosmic Journey (2015 TV Short)

44 min | Documentary, Short

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured thousands of stunning images of space, revolutionized our understanding of the universe and become a global icon. To mark ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Riley | Stars: Charles F. Bolden Jr., Chris Burrows, Michael Griffin, John M. Grunsfeld

Votes: 108

40. The Long Road Home (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Biography, Drama

American forces occupying Iraq are ambushed in a Baghdad neighborhood.

Stars: Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, Kate Bosworth, E.J. Bonilla

Votes: 2,581

41. The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

Morgan Freeman will take viewers on a global journey to meet with people from all cultures whose lives are shaped in surprising ways by different fundamental forces, this time exploring ... See full summary »

Stars: John Kiriakou, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 549

42. Chain of Command (2018– )

Documentary, Drama

An intimate portrait of the war against violent extremism and the men and women devoting their lives to it. Records the fight against radical threats all over the world as it unfolds over one full year.

Stars: Chris Evans, Mark Zwirgzdas

Votes: 125

43. Kim Jong Un: The Unauthorized Biography (2017)

PG-13 | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

He is the living God of the 9th nuclear power of the world, raised in secrecy to take over the commands of the North Korean regime. Investigators travel to Switzerland, the USA and Asia to ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Dufour | Stars: Kim Jong-un, Titus Plattner, Ueli Studer, Il-Sung Kim

Votes: 201

44. Mars (2016–2018)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The first manned mission from Earth to Mars in 2033 attempts to colonize the red planet.

Stars: Jihae, Alberto Ammann, Clémentine Poidatz, Sammi Rotibi

Votes: 13,570

45. The Fabric of the Cosmos (2011)

Not Rated | 240 min | Documentary

The deep sense we have of time passing from present to past may be nothing more than an illusion. How can our understanding of something so familiar be so wrong? In search of answers, Brian... See full summary »

Star: Brian Greene

Votes: 211

46. The Secret Life of Chaos (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.3