Good historical documentaries

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1. 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: 809

2. 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: 1,541

3. The World at War (1973–1974)

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: 22,112

4. 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: 150

5. World War II in Colour (2009)

TV-MA | 663 min | Documentary, History, War

Recounts the events of world War II in color.

Stars: Robert Powell, Swaylee Loughnane, Mamoru Shigemitsu, Erich von Manstein

Votes: 5,498

6. 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, James Willbanks, Duong Van Mai Elliott

Votes: 20,244

7. Prohibition (2011)

360 min | Documentary, History

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,870

8. The Man Who Stopped WW3: Revealed/The Man Who Saved the World (2012 TV Movie)

53 min | Documentary

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, this is the untold story of how one man saved the world from nuclear apocalypse. From the producers of The King's Speech, this ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Green | Stars: Alisdair Simpson, Viktor Mikhailov, Olga Arkhipova, Andy Bradick

Votes: 20

9. The Man Who Saved the World (2014)

110 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

Retired Soviet Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov, who saved the world from WW3, talks about his life as retiree and shares his opinions on the Cold War with actor Kevin Costner in this melancholic mixture of documentary and reenacted footage.

Director: Peter Anthony | Stars: Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Sergey Shnyryov, Nataliya Vdovina

Votes: 2,004

10. Age of Tanks (2017)

54 min | Documentary

The history of the powerful weapon on land, the tank. Covers its entire history, from paper designs of the early-1900s to the beasts of the present day.

Stars: Rachel Williams, Damien Cochereau, Stephan Fiedler, Roman Kollmer

Votes: 599

12. Connections (1978– )

50 min | Documentary, History

Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology in this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect."

Stars: James Burke, Mark Wing-Davey, Ted Burnett, Keith Macey

Votes: 1,059

13. Connections 2 (1994– )

Documentary

Sequel series to the 1979 "Connections" where historian James Burke walks the viewer through the tenuous threads of history that link seemingly obscure scientific breakthroughs and the ... See full summary »

Stars: James Burke, Steve Davis, Mandy Maxwell, Alan Gibbs

Votes: 271

14. Connections 3 (1997–1998)

History

In the conclusion to his groundbreaking series, James Burke continues to make incredible connections to history's most important discoveries and inventions.

Stars: James Burke, John Carrigan

Votes: 207

15. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Race for the Superbomb (1999)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, History

History of the American and Soviet development of the H-bomb.

Director: Thomas Ott | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Hans Bethe, Peter Haydu, Curtis LeMay

Votes: 27

16. The Day After Trinity (1981)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Else | Stars: Hans Bethe, Holm Bursom, Haakon Chevalier, Stirling Colgate

Votes: 465

17. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

600 min | Documentary, History

Exploration of New York City's rich history as a complex and dynamic city that has played an unparalleled role in shaping the nation and reflecting its ideals.

Stars: Kenneth Jackson, David Ogden Stiers, Mike Wallace, John Steele Gordon

Votes: 884

18. 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: 132

19. 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: 55

20. 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: 13,661

21. Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002– )

360 min | Documentary, History

The people, ideas, and events that created our current world economy.

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Kenneth Baker, Gary Becker, Tony Benn

Votes: 505

22. The Mao Years: 1949-1976 (1994)

120 min | Documentary, History

China: A Century of Revolution - The Mao Years, 1949-1976 is the second in the series of three films depicting the struggle of China to realize its economic and political goals.

Director: Sue Williams | Star: Will Lyman

Votes: 76

25. 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: 1,191

26. The Cuba Libre Story (2016)

TV-14 | 52 min | Documentary, History

This documentary series recounts the tumultuous history of Cuba, a nation of foreign conquest, freedom fighters and Cold War political machinations.

Stars: Ken Eaken, Jaime Suchlicki, Jean-Pierre Clerc, Michael Zeuske

Votes: 1,248



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