10 Best Documentaries

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1. Toto and His Sisters (2014)

94 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Totonel (10) and his sisters, Andreea (14) and Ana (17), are waiting for their mother to come back home from prison. As they grow up, each of them learns how to survive on their own, hoping... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Nanau | Stars: Hovarth Ilie Nicusor Gabriel Petre, Andreea Violeta Petre, Ana-Maria Badulescu Petre, Siminica Badulescu Petre

Votes: 471

2. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 19,440 | Gross: $1.34M

3. Tableau noir (2013)

117 min | Documentary, Drama

Tableau noir chronicles life at a one-room school in the Swiss mountains during an academic year, giving an endearing portrait of the twelve pupils aged six to twelve who share the same ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Yersin | Stars: Gilbert Hirschi, Debora Ferrari, Sophie Jacot, Dylan Jacot

Votes: 62

4. Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

Pope Francis travels the world speaking to those in need and delivering a message of hope.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pope Francis, Ignazio Oliva, Sister María Eufemia Goycoechea, Joe Biden

Votes: 1,923 | Gross: $1.82M

5. Human (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 190 min | Documentary

A collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Luis Cancu, Atman, Berthony, Bruno

Votes: 7,424

6. 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: 32,789 | Gross: $2.67M

7. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

85 Metascore

Following the style of some of the world's most prolific street artists, an amateur filmmaker makes a foray into the art world.

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 61,794 | Gross: $3.29M

8. Neuland (2013)

93 min | Documentary

Young migrants from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela attend a Swiss integration class where they learn a new language and prepare for employment.

Director: Anna Thommen | Stars: Nazlije Aliji, Andreas Schultheiss, Christian Zingg

Votes: 95

9. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as a U.S. naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Viet Cong, recreating many events for the camera.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick

Votes: 5,676

10. 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: 125,754 | Gross: $119.19M

11. 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: 92,800

12. War Photographer (2001)

96 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

Director: Christian Frei | Stars: James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt

Votes: 3,945

13. Speed: In Search of Lost Time (2012)

TV-G | 97 min | Documentary

Opitz tries to track down the reasons of our shortage of time and for the constant acceleration of our lives. In his search of lost time he visits several people, to find out how they deal ... See full summary »

Director: Florian Opitz | Stars: Hartmut Rosa, Karlheinz Geißler, Scott Kennedy, Alan Matthews

Votes: 238

14. The Wind. A Documentary Thriller (2019 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary

When it starts to blow, there is no way to hide from it or completely shelter oneself. Its destructive power manifests itself in destroyed forests and houses. However, halny is not only a ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Bielawski

Votes: 51

15. 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: 6,389

16. Nobody's Business (1996)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A portrait of the director's father, searching for the extraordinary in the subject's seemingly normal existence.

Director: Alan Berliner | Stars: Alan Berliner, Oscar Berliner

Votes: 697

17. Dark Net (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary

Explores the furthest reaches of the internet and the people who frequently use it, providing a revealing and cautionary look inside a vast cyber netherworld.

Stars: Lauren Terp, Kristie, Drew, Anisha Vora

Votes: 1,388

18. Holy Hell (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

64 Metascore

An inside look at Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

Director: Will Allen | Stars: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido, Phillipe Coquet, David Christopher

Votes: 5,059 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, 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: 35,579

20. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy

89 Metascore

Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Chester

Votes: 358,515 | Gross: $128.51M

21. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime

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: 30,505

22. Tscharniblues II (2019)

83 min | Documentary

Bern, 1979: a tower block called Tscharnergut. Together with a few friends, among them famous Swiss actor Stefan Kurt, director Aron Nick's father and uncle shoot the idealistic Super 8 ... See full summary »

Director: Aron Nick

Votes: 12

23. Hi, A.I. (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Family, Sci-Fi

How will we live together with artificial intelligence? What will we win, what will we lose? The documentary shows us tomorrow's world today.

Director: Isabella Willinger | Star: Dennis Hong

Votes: 115

24. Sheep Hero (2019)

81 min | Documentary

A traditional shepherd is forced to innovate in a neo-liberal world that conflicts with his idealistic views. Will his struggle pay off or is he forced to go with the flock?

Director: Ton van Zantvoort

Votes: 131



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