Top Docs (2016-2020)

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2. Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History, Music

71 Metascore

A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Director: Sophie Huber | Stars: Ambrose Akinmusire, Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane

Votes: 470

3. 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: 13,685

4. 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: 71,283

5. Our Planet: Behind the Scenes (2019 TV Movie)

TV-G | 63 min | Documentary

Behind the Scenes look at the hardships and drama of capturing footage from Our Planet.

Directors: Huw Cordey, Sophie Lanfear, Ilaira Mallalieu, Kieran O'Donovan, Hugh Pearson, Gisle Sverdrup | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,395

6. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary, History

95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 20,522 | Gross: $7.12M

7. Before the Flood (2016)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

63 Metascore

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ki-moon Ban, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mike Brune

Votes: 26,681

9. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 18,432 | Gross: $6.35M

10. MARS: Inside SpaceX (2018 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary

MARS: Inside SpaceX will go inside SpaceX's plan to get humanity to Mars, providing an unprecedented glimpse into one of the world's most revolutionary companies. Filmed over the course of ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Reagan | Star: Raz Friman

Votes: 719

11. Abstract: The Art of Design (2017– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.

Stars: Platon, Cas Holman, Ian Spalter, Elisabeth Biondi

Votes: 4,967

13. Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation (2018)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

Volcanoes are responsible for creating the conditions for life to flourish on Earth, but they unpredictably still create through destruction. An adventurous photographer attempts a descent into a fiery crater.

Director: Michael Dalton-Smith | Star: Ross Huguet

Votes: 40

14. Rotten (2018–2019)
Episode: Troubled Water (2019)

63 min | Documentary

The explosive growth of the bottled water industry has driven corporations to dip into public water supplies and left vulnerable citizens thirsty.

Director: Daniel Ruetenik | Stars: Latif Nasser, Sonia Hart, Kaleka Lewis-Harris, Elizabeth Nussbaumer

Votes: 137

15. American Psychosis (2017)

14 min | Documentary, Short

Pulitzer-prize winning Journalist, Author and Activist Chris Hedges, discusses modern day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion.

Director: Amanda Zackem

Votes: 17

16. Unnatural Selection (2019– )

TV-MA | 66 min | Documentary

DNA, the very essence of life, can now be altered. Not only by Harvard geneticists and multi-billion dollar corporations, but also by renegade biohackers working out of their garages.

Stars: David Ishee, Jeffrey Kahn, Jackson Kennedy, Kevin Esvelt

Votes: 1,640

17. One Child Nation (2019)

R | 83 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | Stars: Nanfu Wang, Zaodi Wang, Zhimei Wang, Tunde Wang

Votes: 5,357 | Gross: $0.18M

18. The Mind, Explained (2019)

20 min | Documentary

Ever wonder what's happening inside your head? From dreaming to anxiety disorders, discover how your brain works with this illuminating series.

Stars: Emma Stone, Ali Mattu, Melanie Mignucci, Octavian C. Mihai

Votes: 4,321

19. Sex, Explained (2020)

111 min | Documentary

From the biology of attraction to the history of birth control, explore the ins and outs of sex in this entertaining and enlightening series.

Stars: Janelle Monáe, Lisa Diamond, Shareen Joshi, Justin Lehmiller

Votes: 2,653

20. Coronavirus Explained (2020 TV Movie)

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.

Director: Grace Wan | Stars: Jair Bolsonaro, Bill Gates, Narendra Modi, Justin Trudeau

Votes: 668

21. The Great Hack (2019)

TV-MA | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the roles of several affected persons.

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik

Votes: 21,536

22. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

83 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 33,119

23. Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019)

103 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Adapting one of the most groundbreaking and powerful books of our time, Capital in the 21st Century is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, that breaks the popular assumption ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Pemberton | Stars: Michael Douglas, Vanessa Redgrave, Ronald Reagan, Daniel Huttlestone

Votes: 2,118

24. A Wall Within (2018)

75 min | Documentary

A Wall Within tells the story of a German seaman and the walls that remain in his family long after Berlin's fell.

Director: Catherine Veaux-Logeat | Stars: Frank Klauck, Bernd Klauck, Elisabeth Saar, Marie-Luise Veaux-Logeat

Votes: 18

25. Cries from Syria (2017)

TV-MA | 111 min | Documentary, Drama

76 Metascore

CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal five-year conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen ... See full summary »

Director: Evgeny Afineevsky | Stars: Hadi Al Abdullah, Raed Al Saleh, Riad Al-Asaad, Bashar al-Assad

Votes: 949

26. Extremis (2016)

TV-PG | 24 min | Documentary, Short

Witness the wrenching emotions that accompany end-of-life decisions as doctors, patients and families in a hospital ICU face harrowing choices.

Director: Dan Krauss | Stars: Monica Bhargava, Jessica Zitter

Votes: 2,203

27. Blackpink: Light Up the Sky (2020)

TV-14 | 79 min | Documentary, Music

66 Metascore

Chart the meteoric rise of the South Korean girl group BLACKPINK in director Caroline Suh's documentary.

Director: Caroline Suh | Stars: Reila Post, Kim Jisoo, Jennie Kim, Lalisa Manoban

Votes: 5,341

28. The Last Dance (2020)

TV-MA | 491 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Charting the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

Stars: Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, David Aldridge, Scottie Pippen

Votes: 90,316

29. Pornocratie: Les nouvelles multinationales du sexe (2017 TV Movie)

77 min | Documentary

The wonders of internet has made the shady industry of pornography rich, but is now in death cramps due to the piracy ruining the market, and forcing the participants to perform more extreme sex.

Director: Ovidie | Stars: Alissiya, Leyla Bentho, Grégory Dorcel, Fenella Fox

Votes: 712

30. Netflix vs. the World (2019)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

The story of how a tiny, broke Silicon Valley startup slew giants of the movie rental world, warded off Amazon and forced movie making and distribution into the digital age.

Director: Shawn Cauthen | Stars: Didier Allouch, John Antioco, Corey Bridges, Derek Cecil

Votes: 584

31. Tell Me Who I Am (2019)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, Mystery

69 Metascore

After losing his memory in an accident, Alex Lewis trusts his twin brother, Marcus, to tell him about his past only to discover that he's hiding a dark secret about their childhood.

Director: Ed Perkins | Stars: Andrew Caley, Alex Lewis, Marcus Lewis, Evan Milton

Votes: 11,952

32. Resistance Is Life (2017)

PG | 73 min | Documentary

From a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, an 8-year-old girl named Evlin characterizes the resilience of her hometown of Kobane against ISIS militants. In the midst of the tragic war in Syria, Evlin's story provides hope.

Director: Apo W. Bazidi | Stars: Evlin, Newroz, Aladdin, Hemude

Votes: 304

33. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 38,962

34. The Millennial Dream (2016)

45 min | Documentary

The American Dream Is the cultural motif that has inspired North America for the last century. Work hard, save, sacrifice and you will get ahead. America offers the freedom of upward ... See full summary »

Director: Tim E. Davidson | Stars: Steve Beuchesne, Brandon G. Donnelly, Ian Fogarty, Seth Godin

Votes: 43

35. Gleason (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.

Director: Clay Tweel | Stars: Steve Gleason, Mike Gleason, Scott Fujita, Mike McKenzie

Votes: 2,688 | Gross: $0.58M

36. Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (2019)

TV-14 | 52 min | Documentary

A documentary that tells Bill Gates' life story as he pursues solutions to some of the world's most complex problems.

Stars: Alex Bueermann, Davin Orness

Votes: 9,762

38. Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives (2017 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates the science of gravity, recreating ground-breaking scientific experiments including the moment when Galileo first discovered how to measure gravity.

Director: Andrew Smith | Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Vicki Smith, Graham Appleby, Chris Hadfield

Votes: 204

39. After Porn Ends 3 (2018)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary

After Porn Ends 3 continues to explore whether a career as an adult performer is inherently damaging to the balance of a performer's life once retired.

Director: Brittany Andrews | Stars: Christy Canyon, Jenteal, Tera Patrick, Priya Rai

Votes: 1,517

40. 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: 1,662

41. Rewind (III) (2019)

86 min | Documentary, Drama

87 Metascore

Digging through the vast collection of his father's home videos, a young man reconstructs the unthinkable story of his boyhood and exposes vile abuse passed through generations.

Director: Sasha Joseph Neulinger | Stars: Sasha Joseph Neulinger, Howard Nevison

Votes: 1,506

42. The Ivory Game (2016)

112 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Wildlife activists in take on poachers in an effort to end illegal ivory trade in Africa.

Directors: Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani | Stars: Andrea Crosta, Ian Stevenson, Prince William

Votes: 3,011

43. Chasing Coral (2017)

93 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin, Phil Dustan

Votes: 4,683

44. School Life (2016)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English, and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.

Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane | Stars: Dermot Dix, Amanda Leyden, John Leyden

Votes: 250 | Gross: $0.04M

45. Sticky: A (Self) Love Story (2016)

TV-MA | 72 min | Documentary, Comedy

"Sticky" is everything your mother was too embarrassed to tell you about masturbation, in one stimulating documentary. Full of candid interviews from celebrated figures to everyday people, ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Tana | Stars: Denise Acosta, Muhammad Ali, Ant, Joani Blank

Votes: 127

46. Fire at Sea (2016)

114 min | Documentary