My Favorite Documentaries

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1. Hitler: A career (1977)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, History

This meticulously assembled film dissects the Third Reich with an analytical blade, charting Hitler's improbable rise, his mastery of crowd psychology and his consummate skill in exploiting others' weaknesses.

Directors: Joachim Fest, Christian Herrendoerfer | Stars: Gert Westphal, Stephen Murray, Artur Axmann, General Bergeret

Votes: 1,953

2. 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: 112,163

3. 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: 10,337

4. Inside the Mossad (2017)

60 min | Documentary

For years the Mossad, Israel's legendary foreign intelligence agency, has been sealed off to the media. Now, for the first time since its founding, a dozen of Mossad's former spies give us ... See full summary »

Stars: Ram Ben Barak, Gad Shimron, Yossi Alpher, Avi Dagan

Votes: 1,032

5. The Keepers (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 436 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

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: 18,905

6. The Spy Who Fell to Earth (2019)

94 min | Documentary, Mystery

An ambitious historian unmasks the worlds greatest spy, setting in motion the very events that lead to the spy's mysterious death.

Director: Thomas Meadmore | Stars: Henry Kissinger, Muammar Gaddafi, Nikita Khrushchev, Thomas Meadmore

Votes: 1,060

7. Explained (2018– )

TV-MA | 18 min | Documentary

A documentary series that looks to explore the big questions of today.

Stars: Estelle Caswell, Maria Bello, Kristen Bell, Rachel Bloom

Votes: 7,020

8. The Royal House of Windsor (2017)

296 min | History

The history of Britain's ruling dynasty, the Windsors, over the last 100 years, starting with the time around the outbreak of WWI.

Votes: 1,270

9. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 21,183 | Gross: $0.26M

10. 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Marli Renfro, Alfred Hitchcock, Tere Carrubba, Alan Barnette

Votes: 3,213 | Gross: $0.04M

11. Le serment des Hitler (2014 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

Documents the lineage of Adolf Hitlers descendants, focusing on William Patrick Hitler, the nephew of Adolf Hitler. Cataloguing his attempts to use Hitlers celebrity in the early years, his... See full summary »

Director: Emmanuel Amara | Stars: Florian M. Beierl, Fabrice d'Almeida, David Gardner, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 186

12. Lundi en histoires (2014– )
Episode: Women at War (2014)

95 min | Documentary, History

Trace the overlapping journeys of exceptional women swept up in World War I and hear their tales of bravery on history's front lines.

Directors: Fabien Beziat, Hugues Nancy | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Edith Wharton, Louise Bodin, Emmeline Pankhurst

Votes: 143

13. The Edge of Democracy (2019)

TV-14 | 121 min | Documentary, History

81 Metascore

Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unraveling of two Brazilian presidencies.

Director: Petra Costa | Stars: Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva, Sergio Moro

Votes: 13,486

14. Lundi en histoires (2014– )
Episode: Elles étaient en guerre: 1939-1945 (2015)

91 min | Documentary, History

Mothers, nurses, soldiers and deportees - these women fought against persecution for freedom and survival amid the turbulence of World war II.

Directors: Fabien Beziat, Hugues Nancy | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Berthe Wild, Henri Frenay, Lucie Aubrac

Votes: 64

15. El Pepe: A Supreme Life (2018)

74 min | Documentary, Biography

An examination of the life, times, and legacy of Uruguay's last president, José "Pepe" Mujica.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Star: Pepe Mujica

Votes: 1,599

16. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Thomas Adlam, William Argent, John Ashby, Attwood

Votes: 30,128 | Gross: $17.96M

17. Who Killed Malcolm X? (2019–2020)

43 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Activist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad begins his own investigation into the perplexing details surrounding the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X.

Stars: Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, Muhammad A. Aziz, Zak A. Kondo, David Garrow

Votes: 1,727

18. Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

In the oppressive 1980s communist Romania, the smuggled VHS tapes of banned Hollywood films become an inspirational ray of hope. A hybrid feature about the magic of film and the power it has to change lives.

Director: Ilinca Calugareanu | Stars: Irina Margareta Nistor, Teodor Zamfir, Mircea Cojocaru, Vlad Craioveanu

Votes: 2,176

19. Coronavirus, Explained (2020)

TV-PG | 69 min | Documentary

In 2020, the world changed. This topical series examines the coronavirus pandemic, the efforts to combat it and ways to manage its mental health toll.

Stars: Idris Elba, Laura Linney, J.K. Simmons, Peter Daszak

Votes: 1,742

20. Fear City: New York vs the Mafia (2020)

TV-MA | 156 min | Documentary, Crime

Five Mafia families ruled New York with a bloody fist in the 1970s and '80s, until a group of federal agents tried the unthinkable: taking them down.

Stars: Johnny Alite, Michael Franzese, Jim Kossler, Joe Cantamessa

Votes: 5,865

21. The Social Dilemma (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

78 Metascore

Explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: Tristan Harris, Jeff Seibert, Bailey Richardson, Joe Toscano

Votes: 68,572

22. History 101 (2020– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Documentary, History

It is a new type of history show for a new type of audience: Big History delivered in an unadulterated hit of premium archive and jaw-dropping infographics.

Stars: Frankie Corzo, Natalie Silverman

Votes: 3,279

23. Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician (2011)

90 min | Documentary

Months after Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Egyptians country-wide seem determined to maintain the insurgency until their demands are met.

Directors: Ayten Amin, Tamer Ezzat, Amr Salama, Ahmad Abdalla

Votes: 205

24. Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb (2020)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary, History

After unearthing a tomb that had been untouched for 4,400 years, Egyptian archaeologists attempt to decipher the history of the astonishing find.

Director: James Tovell | Stars: Ahmed Zikrey Abdellhak, Ghareeb Ali Mohammed Abushousha, Nabil Eldaleel, Sabry Mohyeldin Farag

Votes: 4,938

25. American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

67 Metascore

In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters disappear in Colorado. With the heartbreaking details emerging, the family's story made headlines around the world.

Director: Jenny Popplewell | Stars: Nickole Atkinson, Jim Benemann, Luke Epple, Mark Jamieson

Votes: 19,936

26. Kingdom of Silence (2020 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's life, work, and murder. Featuring interviews and footage that explore his personal and professional relationships with Saudi rulers, jihadists and fellow global journalists.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Nasser Faris, Lawrence Wright, Jamal Khashoggi, John O. Brennan

Votes: 650

27. What Would Sophia Loren Do? (2021)

TV-14 | 32 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

An Italian-American grandmother and film buff finds strength and joy in the life of her screen idol, Sophia Loren.

Director: Ross Kauffman | Stars: Nancy Kulik, Sophia Loren, Edoardo Ponti

Votes: 493

28. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 24,510

29. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 11,992 | Gross: $0.11M

30. The Ripper (2020)

TV-MA | 195 min | Documentary, Crime

Investigators and witnesses recall how a modern-day Jack the Ripper terrorized the north of England during the late 1970s.

Stars: Alan Whitehouse, Keith Hellawell, Andrew Laptew, Christa Ackroyd

Votes: 6,840

31. Long Shot (2017 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Crime, Sport

When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he insists he didn't commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw footage from a popular TV show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Director: Jacob LaMendola | Stars: Tasha Boggs, Juan Catalan, Melissa Catalan, Miguel Catalan

Votes: 6,491



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