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1. Engineering an Empire (2005–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, History

A series of documentaries that go over the world's history and it's many accomplishments.

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

Votes: 601

2. Immortal Egypt (2016)

59 min | Documentary, History

Joann Fletcher presents the extraordinary story of Ancient Egypt, from its beginnings to the great pyramid builders and on, to the last of the pharaohs.

Stars: Joann Fletcher, Glenn Godenho, Elizabeth Hart, Dirk Huyge

Votes: 142

3. The Greeks (2016– )

Documentary, History

They were an extraordinary people born of white rock and blue sea. They invented democracy, distilled logic and reason, wrote plays to plumb the deepest recesses of the soul, and captured ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Cosmopoulos, Edith Hall, Bettany Hughes, Toby Leonard Moore

Votes: 177

4. 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: 343

5. In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (1998)

240 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary series retracing the journey of Alexander the Great across sixteen countries.

Star: Michael Wood

Votes: 406

6. Islam: Empire of Faith (2000)

160 min | Documentary, History

Islam: Empire of Faith is a documentary series, made in 2000, that details the history of Islam, from the birth of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad to the Ottoman Empire.

The first episode ... See full synopsis »

Director: Robert H. Gardner | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Michael Sells

Votes: 692

7. The Story of India (2007– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, History

Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent's history.

Stars: Michael Wood, Chris Baily

Votes: 981

8. The Story of China (2016– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary, History

Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over four thousand years.

Stars: Michael Wood, Frank Ching, Tao Tao Liu, Jia Lu

Votes: 316

9. The Normans (2010)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

British history professor Robert Bartlett explains, mainly on historical sites and illustrated with authentic artifacts, the eventful history of the Normans, some of the Norse men (Vikings)... See full summary »

Star: Robert Bartlett

Votes: 195

10. The Celts (1987– )

55 min | Documentary

This TV documentary series was produced by the BBC back in 1986 and is about the people known as The Celts who lived in many areas of Europe around 2000 years ago.

Stars: Frank Delaney, Jorg Biel, Barry Cunliffe, Richard Holmes

Votes: 83

11. A History of Britain (2000–2002)

60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles.

Stars: Simon Schama, Michael Kitchen, Samuel West, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 784

12. The Adventure of English (2002– )

65 min | Documentary

The history of the English language.

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Michael Cronin, David Gwillim, Mark Saban

Votes: 208

13. The Story of English (1986– )

60 min | Documentary

A work of profound scholarship and powerful storytelling from host Robert MacNeil, this classic nine-part PBS series remains one of the great narratives of linguistic studies-and is now ... See full summary »

Stars: John Barton, Richard Bebb, Penny Downie, Peter Hall

Votes: 129

14. A History of Scotland (2008–2009)

60 min | Documentary, History

A documentary charting the birth and growth of the Scottish nation.

Stars: Neil Oliver, Grace Beagan, James Fleming, Scott Glynn

Votes: 326

15. Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (2004– )

220 min | Documentary, Biography, History

From a small Italian community in 15th-century Florence, the Medici family would rise to rule Europe in many ways. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would ... See full summary »

Stars: Massimo Marinoni, Peter Guinness, Ross King, Ian Bustard

Votes: 415

16. Conquistadors (2000– )

Documentary, History

This documentary tells the story of the Spanish expeditions in the early sixteenth century that conquests America. This 4-part series Michael Wood (historian) travels in the footsteps of ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Wood, John Collee

Votes: 152

17. Napoleon (2000– )

240 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena.

Star: David McCullough

Votes: 327

18. The Spanish Civil War (1983– )

315 min | Documentary, History, War

Documentary series which uses film and eyewitness accounts from both sides of the conflict that divided Spain in the years leading up to World War Two, also placing it in its international context.

Stars: Frank Finlay, Enrique Lister, Ramón Serrano Súñer, Narcís Julián

Votes: 154

19. 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: 838

20. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997)

292 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,553

21. 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: 1,732

22. Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain (2009– )

History

Andrew looks at the first period of the 20th century, in the wake of the death of Queen Victoria - a new dawn for Britain.

Stars: Andrew Marr, Katie Hardwick

Votes: 104

23. Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain (2007)

60 min | Documentary, History

Andrew Marr presents a history of Britain from the end of the Second World War to the start of the third millennium.

Star: Andrew Marr

Votes: 181

24. Inside the Commons (2015)

60 min | Documentary

A documentary series which shows the work done by Members of Parliament, both behind the scenes and in public proceedings in the House of Commons.

Stars: Michael Cockerell, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Ed Miliband, David Cameron

Votes: 67

25. The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs (1999 TV Movie)

300 min | Documentary, History, War

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Directors: David Ash, Dai Richards | Stars: Abba Eban, Will Lyman

Votes: 197

26. China: A Century of Revolution (1997)

360 min | Documentary

CHINA: A CENTURY OF REVOLUTION is a six-hour tour de force journey through the country's most tumultuous period. First televised on PBS, this award-winning documentary series presents an ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Williams | Stars: Kai-Shek Chiang, Xiaoping Deng, Zedong Mao

Votes: 61

27. Dead Souls (2018)

495 min | Documentary, History

89 Metascore

A dozen aging survivors are interviewed from Jiabiangou, a complex of three work camps in Northwest China where supposed rightists were sent for re-education in the 1950s and 1960s under Mao Zedong.

Director: Bing Wang

Votes: 262

28. The Death of Yugoslavia (1995– )

50 min | Documentary, History

This captivate documentary covers the struggles of the Yugoslavian people during the collapse of their country, and the subsequent wars to finally find hope with the signing of the Final Peace Accords.

Stars: Robin Ellis, Slobodan Milosevic, Franjo Tudjman, Borisav Jovic

Votes: 996

29. Daughters of Destiny (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth follows a group of rural India's most disadvantaged children over the course of seven years.

Stars: Shilpa Anthony Raj, Abraham George, Ajit George, Mariam George

Votes: 782

30. Crusades (1995)

200 min | Documentary, History, War

Terry Jones presents the history of the medieval religious wars in the middle-east known as the Crusades.

Stars: Terry Jones, Marcello Walton, Kammy Darweish, Antony Zaki

Votes: 485

31. The Great War (1964)

40 min | Documentary, War

One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects, linked with contemporary classic music of that area. ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Emlyn Williams, Marius Goring

Votes: 617

32. 1914-1918 (1996)

Documentary, Biography, History

A unique first-person narrative, sewn together from genuine testimonies of frontline soldiers.

Stars: Judi Dench, Salome Jens, Jürgen Prochnow, Michael York

Votes: 307

33. World War Two: Behind Closed Doors (2008– )

300 min | Documentary, History, War

A story showing the 3 allied leader's, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin's actions and relationships behind the scenes during World War 2. It isn't as friendly as it seems. Shows how close ... See full summary »

Stars: Aleksey Petrenko, Bob Gunton, Paul Humpoletz, Samuel West

Votes: 462

34. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (2005)

285 min | Documentary, History, War

The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.

Stars: Samuel West, Horst Günter Marx, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt

Votes: 4,302

35. 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: 1,003



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