With The National Endowment for the Humanities (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 12,300

2. American Experience (1988– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Oliver Platt

Votes: 1,455

3. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 4,455

4. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 710

5. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

9.2
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,480

6. Seeing Red (1983)

100 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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A unique documentary that looks at the political activities of the American Communist Party in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Directors: Jim Klein, Julia Reichert | Stars: Oscar Hunter, Rose Podmaka, Sylvia Woods, Howard 'Stretch' Johnson

Votes: 112

7. Jazz (2001)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.6
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington

Votes: 1,776

8. Prohibition (2011)

360 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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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: 2,596

9. The Dust Bowl (2012– )

Documentary

8.2
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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

Stars: Dorothy Williamson, Donald Worster, Timothy Egan, Calvin Crabill

Votes: 1,451

10. Heartland (1979)

PG | 96 min | Western, Drama

7.3
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A widow with a young daughter travels to a ranch in Wyoming to manage the household of a rancher. After a while the man and woman develop a relationship that leads to a marriage. But life in the harsh place takes its toll.

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell, Barry Primus, Megan Folsom

Votes: 812

11. The Loving Story (2011)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.7
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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Buirski | Stars: Jane Alexander, Lindsay Almond Jr., Edward L. Ayers, Leon M. Bazile

Votes: 669

12. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

PG | 106 min | Western

6.9
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After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower, Bruce McGill

Votes: 308

13. Sorceress (1987)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, History

6.0
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A Dominican friar visits a 13th-century French village in search of heretics. Despite the opposition of the local priest and the indifference of the villagers, he finds a seemingly perfect ... See full summary »

Directors: Pamela Berger, Suzanne Schiffman | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Christine Boisson, Jean Carmet, Raoul Billerey

Votes: 194

14. Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

TV-G | 58 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction process is described in interesting detail; later parts of the film interview ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Votes: 670

15. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )

TV-PG | 180 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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A comprehensive history of the superhero comic book fantasy genre and its influence on American culture.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Danny Fingeroth, Mark Waid, Stan Lee

Votes: 656

16. Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991)

TV-G | 113 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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For 50 years, radio dominated the airwaves as the first mass medium. Ken Burns examines the lives of three men who shared the responsibility for its invention and early success.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jason Robards, Red Barber, Erik Barnouw, Ken Bilby

Votes: 423

17. The Trial of Standing Bear (1988 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

8.3
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Examines the 1879 court case of Standing Bear vs. Crook and the struggle for basic Native American rights.

Director: Marshall Jamison | Stars: Ivan Naranjo, William Shatner, Mark Abbott, Carmen De Lavallade

Votes: 17

18. David Macaulay: Mill Times (2001)

Documentary, Animation, History

7.7
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Travel back to late 18th century Lowell, MA, now infamous for its textile mills and its "Lowell Girls," the poor, barely-educated waifs who helped turn those mills into sweatshops.

Director: Larry Klein | Stars: David Macaulay, Derek Jacobi, Richard Bebb, Brook Butterworth

Votes: 9

19. The U.S.-Mexican War (1998– )

240 min | Biography, War

7.6
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It began as a border dispute, but soon escalated into a 16-month conflict that transformed a continent. This critically acclaimed documentary series explores the events surrounding the ... See full summary »

Star: Bruce DuBose

Votes: 18

20. The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (1984)

98 min | Documentary

8.0
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The story of an American Communist militia that fought for the Spanish Republicans in the 1936-39 Civil War.

Directors: Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills | Stars: Ruth Davidow, Colleen Dewhurst, John Houseman, Studs Terkel

Votes: 115

21. The Storm That Swept Mexico (2011 TV Movie)

124 min | Documentary

8.0
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A history of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), its causes, and its aftermath.

Director: Ray Telles | Stars: Luis Valdez, Alex Saragoza, Barry Carr, Romana Falcón

Votes: 33

22. Lodz Ghetto (1988)

103 min | Documentary

8.0
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The Polish city of Lodz was under Nazi occupation for nearly the entire duration of WWII. The segregation of the Jewish population into the ghetto, and the subsequent horrors of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Adelson, Kate Taverna | Stars: Jerzy Kosinski, Theodore Bikel, Julie Cohen, Lynn Cohen

Votes: 46

23. Jimmy Valentine (1985 TV Short)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Short

6.9
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Director: Paul Saltzman | Stars: Tom Harvey, Victor Ertmanis, Marc Strange, Gary Reineke

Votes: 16

24. In Our Water (1982)

60 min | Documentary

8.0
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A New Jersey family discovers their drinking water is contaminated with deadly poisons from a nearby landfill.

Director: Meg Switzgable | Stars: Frank Kaler, Rita Kaler, Ted Kordis, Tim Sigle

Votes: 27

25. Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life (1997)

87 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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America's desire for freedom and the open road resulted in the construction of thousands of highways during the Eisenhower administration. Through interviews, archival footage and ... See full summary »

Directors: Lawrence R. Hott, Tom Lewis | Stars: Stephen Ambrose, Michael Smith, Dave Barry, Michele Grijalva

Votes: 25

26. The Wobblies (1979)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

7.7
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THE WOBBLIES boldly investigates a nation torn by naked corporate greed and the red-hot rift between the industrial masters and the rabble-rousing workers in the field and factory.

Directors: Stewart Bird, Deborah Shaffer

Votes: 100

27. Soldier's Home (1977 TV Short)

Not Rated | 42 min | Short, Drama

6.6
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Harold Krebs went off to fight in World War I, "the war to end all wars." But when he comes home, Harold finds that he doesn't fit in any more. He needs peace and quiet to figure out what ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Richard Backus, Nancy Marchand, Lane Binkley, Mark La Mura

Votes: 47

28. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1980 TV Short)

Not Rated | 37 min | Comedy, Short

6.9
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A mysterious stranger descends on the small town of Hadleyburg to teach its deceitful residents a lesson. Inspired by writer Mark Twain's short story.

Director: Ralph Rosenblum | Stars: Robert Preston, Tom Aldredge, Fred Gwynne, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 43

29. Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War (1999 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

7.3
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Historical documentary on the Spanish-American war, the events surrounding it, and the people involved. Highlights events in Cuba and the Philippines.

Director: Daniel A. Miller | Stars: Emilio Aguinaldo, Gilberto Arribas, Paul Austin, Robert L. Beisner

Votes: 31

30. Wayfinders (1998)

60 min | Documentary

4.6
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Director: Gail K. Evenari | Stars: Chad Babayan, Bruce Blankenfeld, Hector Busby, Napuanalani Cassidy

Votes: 9

31. A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom (1996 TV Movie)

86 min | Documentary

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Chronicles labor organizer A. Philip Randolph's legendary efforts to build a more equitable society.

Director: Dante James | Stars: Arnold Aronson, Timuel Black, John Bracey, C.L. Dellums

32. Uncle Elephant (1991)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Short

7.6
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A young elephant goes to live with his eccentric uncle when his parents are lost at sea.

Director: John Clark Matthews | Stars: Will Ryan, Pat Musick, June Foray, Corey Burton

Votes: 14

33. Blind Willie's Blues: A Documentary Film (1997 Video)

G | 54 min | Music, Documentary

7.0
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Blind Willie's Blues is a retrospective bio-documentary about the life, the times and the historic mucical compositions in the Blues Genre that were created and performed by the artist who ... See full summary »

Director: David Fulmer | Stars: Ahmet Ertegun, Stefan Grossman, Daphne Duval Harrison, Akbar Imhotep

Votes: 6

34. Manos a la Obra: The Story of Operation Bootstrap (1983)

59 min | Documentary

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Directors: Pedro Angel Rivera, Susan Zeig | Stars: Luis Muñoz Marín, Ilka Tanya Payan

35. The Women of Summer (1985)

55 min | Documentary

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A look at the controversial Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers of the 1920s and 1930s.

Directors: Suzanne Bauman, Rita Heller | Stars: Ronnie Gilbert, Holly Near

36. Shannon County: The Hearts of the Children (1982 TV Movie)

67 min | Documentary

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Director: Robert Moore | Star: Robert Flanders

37. Shannon County: Home (1982 TV Movie)

67 min | Documentary

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Director: Robert Moore | Star: Robert Flanders

38. Sabanoh (2017 Video)

4 min | Short

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Director: Wills Glasspiegel | Stars: Janka Nabay, Mariama Sessay, Amza Bangura, Michael Thomas

39. Tugging the Worm (1987)

10 min | Animation, Short

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Director: James Duesing | Stars: James Duesing, Thomas Ebersold, Suzanne Fisher, Amy Killenger

40. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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The retelling of an incident in Gonzales, Texas in 1901 revolving around a stolen horse, mistaken identity and a killing. An unusual story of the all too usual exploitation of the powerless in Texas History.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower, Bruce McGill

Votes: 300 | Gross: $0.80M

41. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1989)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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Profiles the life and work of author/civil rights activist, James Baldwin.

Director: Karen Thorsen | Stars: James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Frances Foster

Votes: 108

42. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: D.W. Griffith: Father of Film (1993)

TV-14 | 155 min | Documentary, Biography

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Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill | Stars: Roy Aitken, Lindsay Anderson, William Bakewell, Evelyn Baldwin

Votes: 144

43. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul (1995)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Comprised of interviews with Poe scholars, dramatic sequences, and an adaptation of "The Cask of Amontillado", this documentary covers the life of Edgar Allen Poe thoroughly from a number of perspectives.

Directors: Joyce Chopra, Karen Thomas | Stars: Eric Christmas, Sky Rumph, Michelle Joyner, Pam Van Sant

Votes: 72

44. P.O.V. (1988– )
Episode: Survivors (2018)

90 min | Documentary

8.4
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Two health care workers Sierra Leone face the Ebola epidemic in their country.

Directors: Arthur Pratt, Barmmy Boy, Anna Fitch, Banker White | Stars: Mohamed Bangura, Arthur Victor Alexandia Pratt

Votes: 5


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