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1. Mission Blue (2014)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

77 Metascore

Feature documentary about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle , and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.

Directors: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens | Stars: Barbara Block, James Cameron, Michael deGruy, Sylvia Earle

Votes: 1,660

2. 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

Votes: 35,075

3. Blue Planet II (2017)

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 Horrocks, Roger Munns

Votes: 33,603

4. 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, Thomas Anguti Johnston, Huw Cordey

Votes: 167,745

5. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

Wildlife documentary series with David Attenborough, beginning with a look at the remote islands which offer sanctuary to some of the planet's rarest creatures, to the beauty of cities, which are home to humans, and animals..

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 97,398

6. Secrets of Our Living Planet (2012– )

Documentary

Stunning high-quality photage following organisms at multiple levels of the food-chain, showing the intricate interconnectedness of life in various ecosystems.

Stars: Chris Packham, Dominic Frisby

Votes: 70

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: 26,334

8. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

Directors: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn | Stars: Bruce Hamilton, Kip Andersen, Al Gore, Heather Cooley

Votes: 21,477

9. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz | Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst, Steven Barker

Votes: 4,501

10. La Vie En Rose (2007)

PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 83,000 | Gross: $10.30M

11. Garbage Warrior (2007)

86 min | Documentary

Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Hodge | Stars: Michael Reynolds, Chris Reynolds, Shauna Malloy, Dave DiCicco

Votes: 749

12. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

The life of the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 218,185 | Gross: $52.77M

13. How to Change the World (2015)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

77 Metascore

In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life,... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Robert Hunter, Patrick Moore, Paul Watson, Rex Weyler

Votes: 1,166

14. How to Grow a Planet (2012– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Geologist Ian Stewart explain in three stages of natural history the crucial interaction of our very planet's physiology and its unique wildlife. Biological evolution is largely driven bu ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Norberto Asensio, Chris Austin, Katrina Hope

Votes: 500

15. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, History

There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy, and a thousand other names throughout history.

Director: Daniel Schmidt | Star: Patrick Sweeney

Votes: 1,869

16. Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

TV-MA | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Cat Power, Janis Joplin, Karleen Bennett, Laura Joplin

Votes: 5,063 | Gross: $0.41M

17. Hear That Train a Comin' (2006 TV Movie)

48 min | History

Add a Plot

Director: William Kelly | Star: Ray Dilley

Votes: 5

18. The Doors (1991)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley

Votes: 84,028 | Gross: $35.18M

19. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 33,627 | Gross: $2.55M

20. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

How might your life be better with less?

Director: Matt D'Avella | Stars: Dan Harris, Ryan Nicodemus, Rick Hanson, Jesse Jacobs

Votes: 14,205

22. Fantastic Fungi (2019)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Fantastic Fungi is a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.

Director: Louie Schwartzberg | Stars: Brie Larson, Andrew Weil, Giuliana Furci, Paul Stamets

Votes: 1,863

23. Rivers and Tides (2001)

TV-G | 90 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature.

Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer | Stars: Andy Goldsworthy, Anna Goldsworthy, Holly Goldsworthy, James Goldsworthy

Votes: 2,278

24. Sumé: The Sound of a Revolution (2014)

74 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

A successful rock band from Greenland? Yes, it's not a lie. In 1973, the Greenlandic Sumé released a debut album, which record time made it to all the households on the icy island. But ... See full summary »

Director: Inuk Silis Hoegh | Stars: Erno Aronsen, Per Berthelsen, Hjalmar Dahl, Per Danker

Votes: 83

25. 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: 20,006 | Gross: $1.34M

26. The White Planet (2006)

86 min | Documentary

The Arctic's changing seasons and the impact on the region's flora and fauna is studied in this nature documentary.

Directors: Jean Lemire, Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert | Star: Jean-Louis Étienne

Votes: 508

27. Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010)

Not Rated | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

68 Metascore

The life and work of the enigmatic folk rock singer-songwriter.

Director: John Scheinfeld | Stars: Gerry Beckley, Lee Blackman, Perry Botkin Jr., Ray Cooper

Votes: 1,442 | Gross: $0.03M

28. Tales from the Tour Bus: Rock 'n' Roll on the Road (2015 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Rock legend and tour bus aficionado Rick Wakeman takes us on a trip through the decades in a first-hand account of rockers on the road from the late '50s to the '80s and beyond.

Director: Chris Rodley | Star: Rick Wakeman

Votes: 8

29. Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus (2017– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

The raucous adventures of musicians such as Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, as told by those who knew them best. Season 2 covers the legends of funk.

Stars: Mike Judge, Kinky Friedman, Shooter Jennings, Don Adams

Votes: 1,063

30. Hamilton's Pharmacopeia (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

Join an incredible journey through the history, chemistry and societal impacts of the world's most extraordinary drugs.

Stars: Hamilton Morris, Erik Hoffstad, Thomas Munro, Brian Walkingstick Burgess

Votes: 882

31. When You're Strange (2009)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

55 Metascore

A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 9,189 | Gross: $0.24M

32. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Votes: 11,520 | Gross: $10.76M

33. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 8,333 | Gross: $1.33M

34. The Story of Plastic (2019)

95 min | Documentary

We only know the end of the story...and that's just the beginning.

Director: Deia Schlosberg | Stars: Delphine Levi Alvares, Yvette Arellano, Prigi Arisandi, Anika Ballent

Votes: 249

35. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Octavio Calderon

Votes: 16,795 | Gross: $7.00M

36. Frozen Planet (2011–2012)

TV-PG | 333 min | Documentary

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

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

Votes: 26,991

37. 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: 33,562 | Gross: $2.67M

38. Seasons (2015)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to the lush green forests, when the ice retreated, and the cycle of seasons was established. SEASONS is the awe-inspiring tale of the long shared history that binds humankind and nature.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud

Votes: 1,513 | Gross: $0.12M

39. Genius (I) (2017– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

Stars: Samantha Colley, Seth Gabel, Antonio Banderas, Clémence Poésy

Votes: 16,237



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