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1. Andrew Marr's History of the World (2012– )

Documentary, History

Andrew Marr's History of the World is a 2012 BBC documentary television series presented by Andrew Marr that covers 70,000 years of world history from the beginning of human civilisation, ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Marr, Pierre Marais, Aubrey Shelton, Joe Vaz

Votes: 1,096

2. History of the World in 2 Hours (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Documentary, History

A rapid-fire history of our world, from the beginning of time as we know it to present day. This two-hour CGI-driven special delves into the key turning points: the formation of earth, ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Cohen | Stars: Corey Burton, Alex Filippenko, Peter Ward, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 843

3. 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: 212

4. 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: 19,961

5. 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: 12,198

6. The West (1996)

537 min | Documentary, History, War

Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.

Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Murphy Guyer, John Trudell

Votes: 1,655

7. Thomas Jefferson (1997– )

180 min | Documentary, History

A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.

Stars: Ossie Davis, Joseph Ellis, John Hope Franklin, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 549

8. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )

TV-14 | 795 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

Stars: Meryl Streep, Edward Herrmann, George F. Will, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Votes: 1,910

9. 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: 3,161

10. Third Reich: The Rise & Fall (2010– )

180 min | Documentary, History, War

THIRD REICH: THE RISE & FALL tells the story of Hitler's Germany through rarely seen films of the people who were there. Immersive and evocative, it takes viewers inside the Germany of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Tony Call, Dan Bittner, Geoffrey Cantor, Eliza Foss

Votes: 927

11. Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009)

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

Votes: 8,086

12. The First World War (2003)

500 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the history of World War I.

Stars: Jonathan Lewis, Voja Tankosic, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Andrée Bernard

Votes: 1,116

13. Cold War (1998)

1,120 min | Documentary, History

A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Anatoli Dobrynin, Robert McNamara, Vladimir Yerofeyev

Votes: 745

14. APOCALYPSE Stalin (2015– )

157 min | Documentary, History, War

The rise of Stalin, from his early beginning as a bankrobber to the cold-blooded leader of the Soviet Union.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Doug Rand

Votes: 670

15. 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: 1,917

16. APOCALYPSE the Battle of Verdun (2016– )

90 min | Documentary, History, War

A gripping and shocking documentary composed of numerous colorized archive footage. Apocalypse: Verdun takes us to the infamous and bloody battle of Verdun that occurred in February 1916, when World War I had been raging for two years.

Votes: 367

17. World War 1 in Colour (2003– )

372 min | Documentary, History, War

Documentary using computer colorized footage from World War I to give the audience the feel of how it really looked back during the war.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Arthur Barraclough, Arthur Halestrap, Harry Patch

Votes: 663

18. Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler (2011– )

108 min | Documentary, History, War

Chronicles Hitler's life as a failed painter and far-right activist up to his election as Chancellor of Germany, leading to his relentless rise to power, culminating in the beginning of World War II.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Doug Rand

Votes: 1,531

19. World War II in Colour (2009– )

65 min | Documentary, War

Recounts the events of world War II in color.

Stars: Robert Powell, Erich von Manstein, Mamoru Shigemitsu

Votes: 3,960

20. Vietnam in HD (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History, War

Vintage footage from the Vietnam war is presented in High Definition video format along with narration from both war veterans and Hollywood voice talent. The documentary follows key events ... See full summary »

Stars: Tempestt Bledsoe, Edward Burns, Dean Cain, Kevin Connolly

Votes: 1,291

21. American Genius (2015– )

Documentary, History

Documentaries about great American thinkers, and how their ideas have changed the world.

Stars: Jeff Wilburn, John S. Howell Sr., Benjamin Loeh, Nicholas Augusta

Votes: 503

22. The World Wars (2014– )

270 min | Documentary, History, War

The World Wars tells the story of three decades of war told through the eyes of various men who were its key players: Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and ... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Adler, Daniel Martin Berkey, Michael Almy, James William Barker

Votes: 1,981

23. The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents (2013– )

History

A detailed, and unbiased, look at the 43 men who have been the presidents of the United States of America.

Stars: Bruce McGill, H.W. Brands, Richard Norton Smith, Donald Ritchie

Votes: 164

24. Mankind Decoded (2013)

30 min | History

Through 12 surprising influences, H2 holds the key to unlock our secret history. As every tool, innovation and thought unfolds from the wheel to the Internet, the Vikings to Amelia Earhart ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Meyers, James Meigs, George Wunderlich, Mike Loades

Votes: 68

25. Mankind the Story of All of Us (2012)

720 min | Documentary, History

Follow-up to America: The Story of the US (2010). Mankind embraces a groundbreaking way of telling this epic human story. Drawing on a growing global interest in a revelatory field of ... See full summary »

Stars: Josh Brolin, Richard Machowicz, James Meigs, George Wunderlich

Votes: 1,440

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

Votes: 561

27. Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire (2008– )

TV-PG | 60 min | History, War

A thirteen hour series which focuses on the Germanic, Britannic and other barbarian tribal wars with Rome which ultimately led to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. This series is ... See full summary »

Stars: Leif Anders, Paul Bicknell, Andre de Nesnera, Rome Knight

Votes: 605

28. 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: 1,571

29. Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization (2000– )

150 min | Documentary, History

A documentary, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, that chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Greece.

Stars: Paul Cartledge, Victor Davis Hanson, Keith Hopwood, Liam Neeson

Votes: 327

30. Empires: Egypt's Golden Empire (2001– )

50 min | Documentary, History

EGYPT'S GOLDEN EMPIRE comes to life through letters and records evoking the passion and riches of a time when Egypt was the center of the known world, its Pharaohs called gods, and great cities, temples and tombs built.

Stars: Glynis Brooks, Keith David, Nicole Douek, Peter Egan

Votes: 139

31. Egypt (2005– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, History

Dramatization of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt, from the exploration of tombs in the early 1800s, to the unraveling of the Rosetta Stone to translate the ancient language on the tombs, to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.

Stars: Neji Nejah, Andrew Sachs, Stuart Graham, Julian Wadham

Votes: 683

32. 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: 71

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

Documentary, History

A six-night miniseries presenting the history of how the United States was invented, looking at the moments where Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress -- from the rigors... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,373

35. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

Votes: 6,372 | Gross: $1.13M

36. The Last Man on the Moon (2014)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

78 Metascore

When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

Director: Mark Craig | Stars: Eugene Cernan, Alan Bean, Jonathan Cohen, Charles Duke

Votes: 2,992 | Gross: $0.05M

37. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008)

Documentary, History

Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, WHEN WE LEFT EARTH is the incredible story of humankind's greatest adventure, as it happened, told by the people who were there. From the early ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Kranz, Gary Sinise, Jim Lovell, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 1,771

38. 102 Minutes That Changed America (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

The morning of September 11, 2001 is shown through multiple video cameras in New York City, from the moment the first WTC tower is hit until after both towers collapse.

Directors: Nicole Rittenmeyer, Seth Skundrick | Stars: George W. Bush, Joe Napolitano, Kelly Edwards

Votes: 2,159

39. National Geographic: Inside 9/11 (2005– )

240 min | Documentary

Inside 9/11 provides insight into the events that led up to 9/11 by tracing the timeline from al Qaeda's earliest origins through the aftermath of 9/11 and the ongoing investigation.

Stars: Rohan Gunaratna, Terry McDermott, Patrick Fitzgerald, Yosri Fouda

Votes: 416

40. The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, History

Morgan Freeman presents his quest in order to find how most religions perceive life after death, what different civilizations thought about the act of creation and other big questions that mankind has continuously asked.

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Amir Hussain, Jodi Magness, Robert Thurman

Votes: 3,685

41. 500 Nations (1995)

374 min | History

An exploration of the various Native American nations and their fall to the European conquerors.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Gregory Harrison, Eric Schweig, Gordon Tootoosis

Votes: 453

42. Five Came Back (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.

Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan

Votes: 3,116

43. 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: 350

44. 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, Duong Van Mai Elliott, James Willbanks

Votes: 15,513

45. What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019)

TV-14 | 165 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali's incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is explored through his own voice and never-before-seen archival material.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Dick Cavett, Bill Cosby, Ossie Davis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 1,058

46. The Lavender Scare (2017)

77 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and orders the immediate firing of any government ... See full summary »