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1. Our Planet (2019)

TV-G | 403 min | Documentary

Documentary series focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 18,023

2. Blue Planet II (2017–2018)

TV-G | 364 min | Documentary

David Attenborough returns to the world's oceans in this sequel to the acclaimed documentary filming rare and unusual creatures of the deep, as well as documenting the problems our oceans face.

Stars: David Attenborough, Peter Drost, Roger Munns, François Morel

Votes: 23,947

3. 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: 19,409

4. 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

Votes: 19,020 | Gross: $17.96M

5. 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, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 153,670

6. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 23,483

7. Around the World in 80 Days (II) (1989)

49 min | Documentary

Michael Palin attempts to copy the exploits of fictional character Phileas Fogg, by trying to travel around the world (without flying) in 80 days.

Stars: Michael Palin, Basil Pao, Chris Collins, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 1,487

8. Pole to Pole (1992– )

50 min | Adventure, Documentary

Michael Palin undertakes a journey by the most direct route possible with the most land to cross from the North Pole to the South Pole.

Stars: Michael Palin, Neil Hardwick, Lasse Lehtinen, Graham Hancock

Votes: 1,121

9. 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: 80,297

10. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 389 min | Documentary

Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Jason Roberts

Votes: 29,792

11. How the Bismarck Sank HMS Hood (2012 TV Movie)

Documentary

This film follows Deep Water Search and Recovery Expert David Mearns and Marine Archaeologist Innes McCartney through three dives in perilous conditions as they piece together the evidence.... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Radice, Ben Blair

12. People's Century: 1900-1999 (1995– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Series documenting the history of the twentieth century through the testimony of those who lived through it.

Stars: Sean Barrett, Veronika Hyks, Raymond Abescat, Maurice Bourgeois

Votes: 122

13. 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: 7,576

14. 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 to... See full summary »

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

Votes: 35,181

15. 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: 21,404

16. The Battleships (2000)

205 min | Documentary

The story of how the Battleship was used and not used as the ultimate weapon of war during its day up to its demise.

Directors: Peter Butt, Rob McRuley | Star: Robyn Williams

Votes: 17

18. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Unrated | 106 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney

Votes: 10,010 | Gross: $2.93M

19. Timeshift (2002– )
Episode: The Nation's Railway: The Golden Age of British Rail (2015)

Documentary

How did British Rail bring the nation's railways into the modern era, and what challenges did it overcome on the way?

Director: David Leach | Stars: Rebecca Front, Kyle Bosworth, Ted Eggs, John McGoldrick

20. The Battle of Hood and Bismarck (2002)

PG | 152 min | Documentary

The voyage to find history's two greatest battleships. It was the greatest sea battle of World War Two. It ended in the destruction of the two finest warships the world has ever seen and claimed the lives of almost 3,500 men.

Director: Gary Johnstone | Stars: Eric Grove, Bill Jurens, Robert Lindsay, Oliver Senton

Votes: 67

21. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 56,541 | Gross: $1.61M

22. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to... See full summary »

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 5,948

23. Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways (2013– )

60 min | Documentary, History

The definitive story of Britain's railway revolution and the people who made it happen.

Stars: Dan Snow, Chris Miller, Lucy Newton, Daphne Weir

Votes: 28

24. Road (I) (2014)

102 min | Documentary, Sport

Brothers addicted to speed. At any price. Motorcycle road racing is the most dangerous of all motor sports. One in which men compete at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour on closed country ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Hewitt, Dermot Lavery | Stars: Liam Neeson, Liam Beckett, Siobhan Carter, Stephen Davison

Votes: 1,211

25. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.

Director: Mat Whitecross | Stars: Paul Arthurs, Christine Biller, Mark Coyle, Debbie Turner

Votes: 8,911 | Gross: $0.24M

26. British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2017)

Documentary, History

Historian Lucy Worsley reveals how some of the biggest moments in British History are actually a concoction of fibs and stories which have been manipulated by whoever was in power at the time.

Star: Lucy Worsley

Votes: 135

27. Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

Historian Lucy Worsley visits the time of Henry VIII and tells the story of his six successive wives.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Nicholas Agnew, Scott Arthur, Paola Bontempi

Votes: 444

28. Tales from the Royal Bedchamber (2013)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to uncover the Tales from the Royal Bedchamber. She reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillam-Smith | Stars: Lucy Worsley, Tracy Borman, Sebastian Edwards, Olivia Fryman

Votes: 231

29. Royal Cousins at War (2014– )

Documentary

Documentary about the closely related rulers of three different European empires: Georg V of Britain, Wilhelm II of Germany and Nicholas II of Russia, all of them grandchildren of Queen ... See full summary »

Stars: Tamsin Greig, Naomi Cooper

Votes: 102

30. Empire of the Seas (2010– )

Documentary

Historian Dan Snow presents Empire of the Seas a four-part series charting the remarkable story of the role the Royal Navy played in Britain's struggle for modernity - a grand tale of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Dan Snow, Mark Fearn, Aryan Klein, Neil Mogridge

Votes: 93

31. New Hidden Killers (2013– )

Not Rated | Documentary

While trying to lead an empire, these rulers had no idea that the biggest threat to their lives was under their own roof. After the discovery of electricity, there were many wild inventions... See full summary »

Stars: Suzannah Lipscomb, Kate Williams, Nathan Goss, Jane Hamlett

Votes: 94

32. 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: 3,501

33. The Endurance (2000)

G | 97 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new footage of the actual locations and interviews with surviving relatives of key ... See full summary »

Director: George Butler | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julian Ayer, John Blackborow, David Cale

Votes: 1,753 | Gross: $2.45M

34. Russia with Simon Reeve (2017)

Documentary

Travelogue in which Simon Reeve embarks upon an epic three-part journey across Russia one hundred years after the Russian Revolution.

Star: Simon Reeve

Votes: 174

35. Caribbean with Simon Reeve (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

Simon Reeve travels around the edge of the Caribbean Sea in a stunning new 3-part series.

Star: Simon Reeve

Votes: 92

38. Nae Pasaran (2018)

96 min | Documentary, Animation, History

In a Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile. Four years pass before the ... See full summary »

Director: Felipe Bustos Sierra | Stars: Bob Fulton, Stuart Barrie, John Keenan, Robert Somerville

Votes: 177

39. Sea of Fire (2007 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, War

The story of the HMS Coventry, which was bombed during the Falklands conflict and sunk in a mere 20 minutes. On 2nd April 1982 Argentinean troops invaded the Falkland Islands. The HMS ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Duncan | Stars: David Bark-Jones, Steve Chaplin, Robert Lowe, Alan Medcroft

Votes: 9

40. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 135,816 | Gross: $21.24M

41. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,163 | Gross: $119.19M

42. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 72,023 | Gross: $24.54M

43. Where to Invade Next (2015)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Comedy

64 Metascore

To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Johnny Fancelli, Christina Fancelli, Lorena Lardini

Votes: 21,974 | Gross: $3.82M

44. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,897 | Gross: $14.36M

45. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 48,132 | Gross: $4.42M

46. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 96,717 | Gross: $11.53M

47. Leaving Neverland (2019)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary

At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Joy Robson, Chantal Robson

Votes: 22,160

48. Sharkwater Extinction (2018)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Filmmaker Rob Stewart exposes the illegal fishing industry that threatens the survival of the world's sharks.

Director: Rob Stewart | Stars: Rob Stewart, Rebecca Aldworth, Will Allen, Will Allen

Votes: 519

49. 180° South (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

Director: Chris Malloy | Stars: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy, Alicia Salome Acuna Ika

Votes: 2,780 | Gross: $0.03M

50. Deep Water (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

7.8