With HBO Documentary Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Agents of Chaos (2020)

TV-MA | 239 min | Documentary, History

6.8
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Was there Russian interference in the 2016 election? This two-part documentary directed by Emmy(R) and Academy Award(R) Winner Alex Gibney is a product of years of reporting on that ... See full summary »

Star: Andrew Weissmann

Votes: 487

2. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2020)

TV-MA | 353 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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Gripping examination of the unsolved crimes of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970's and 1980's.

Stars: Patton Oswalt, Paul Haynes, Lauren Orlando, Amy Ryan

Votes: 3,824

3. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

8.7
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Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 38,212

4. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 51,681 | Gross: $2.80M

5. The Perfect Weapon (2020)

TV-MA | 87 min | Documentary

6.9
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The rise of cyber conflict as the primary way nations now compete and sabotage each other.

Director: John Maggio | Star: John Stimac

Votes: 121

6. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

7.1
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66 Metascore

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Elizabeth Holmes, Dan Ariely, Roger Parloff

Votes: 7,815

7. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jim Arnott, David Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Votes: 7,510

8. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary

6.7
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This documentary explores the depth behind the case of a woman whose vehicle collision killed numerous people, including herself. Was she really the reckless drunk, or the perfect suburban mother?

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler, Jay Schuler

Votes: 4,286

9. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

8.0
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80 Metascore

A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe, Spanky Taylor, David Miscavige

Votes: 36,551

10. Showbiz Kids (2020)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary

7.0
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A documentary about the highs and lows of children in show business, featuring interviews and examinations of the lives and careers of the most famous former child actors in the world.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Henry Thomas, Milla Jovovich, Cameron Boyce, Evan Rachel Wood

Votes: 1,000

11. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.5
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83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 27,669

12. After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary

7.0
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A look at the ongoing threat caused by the phenomenon of "fake news" in the U.S., focusing on the real-life consequences that disinformation, conspiracy theories and false news stories have on the average citizen.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Jack Burkman, Elizabeth Williamson, Molly McKew, Troy Michalik

Votes: 845

13. Beware the Slenderman (2016)

TV-14 | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.2
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Tells the story of two 12-year old girls, who attempted to murder one of their friends in an attempt to appease Slenderman, a fictional monster from a horror website.

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky | Stars: Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier, Angie Geyser, Bill Weier

Votes: 6,005

14. 537 Votes (2020)

Documentary

6.2
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The international custody battle over six-year old Elian Gonzalez triggers a political earthquake in Miami-Dade County in 2000, swaying the outcome of the presidential election.

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Al Cárdenas, Joe Geller, Roger Stone

Votes: 39

15. Inside Deep Throat (2005)

NC-17 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.7
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64 Metascore

An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Dennis Hopper, Gerard Damiano

Votes: 6,450 | Gross: $0.65M

16. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

TV-MA | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.0
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74 Metascore

An intimate look into the life and work of the revered master comedian and actor, Robin Williams.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Robin Williams, Steve Allen, Robert Altman, Roseanne Barr

Votes: 6,704

17. Real Sex (1990–2009)

TV-MA | Documentary

6.7
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Documentary series that explores sex in the '90s. Each episode has several segments about current trends in sexuality as well as street interviews with common people.

Stars: Susan Block, Barbara Carrellas, Annie Sprinkle, Samantha Jones

Votes: 322

18. Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

6.8
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65 Metascore

A look at the life and work of New York power broker Roy Cohn.

Director: Ivy Meeropol | Stars: Cindy Adams, Joey Adams, Peter L. Allen, Noreen Bahring

Votes: 435

19. Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (2020)

Documentary, Crime

7.1
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A never-before-seen look at the killings of at least 30 African-American children and young adults that occurred over a two-year period in the Georgia capital.

Stars: Tony Axam, Jeremy Bullock, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Jim Procopio

Votes: 678

20. The Case Against Adnan Syed (2019)

TV-14 | 268 min | Documentary, Crime

6.6
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Popularized by the podcast, "Serial," the ongoing story of Adnan Syed who was convicted of murdering a high school student.

Stars: Luke Brindle-Khym, Rabia Chaudry, Saad Chaudry, Donald Clinedinst

Votes: 1,804

21. Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Documentary

7.2
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Exploring Natalie Wood's life and career through the unique perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau | Stars: Natalie Wood, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Julie Salamon, Robert Redford

Votes: 873

22. Spielberg (2017 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 147 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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A documentary on Steven Spielberg, filmmaker. Includes interviews with relatives, film critics, peers and people who have worked with him.

Director: Susan Lacy | Stars: Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Butler

Votes: 5,923

23. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020)

111 min | Documentary

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Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Andy Gibb, Maurice Gibb

24. The 50 Year Argument (2014)

97 min | Documentary

6.5
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A documentary on the history and influence of the New York Review of Books.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi | Stars: Barbara Epstein, W.H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin, Stephen Jay Gould

Votes: 604

25. Public Speaking (2010)

84 min | Documentary

7.6
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A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Pau Casals

Votes: 1,577 | Gross: $0.06M

26. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime

6.6
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A documentary about a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Marilyn Bartoli, Deb Biggins, Michael Daluz, Jeremiah Donovan

Votes: 2,037

27. By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009)

116 min | Documentary

5.9
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Nearly a year before Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency, two filmmakers began to roll cameras on the young senator. Over the next 19 months, across the USA, the daily events of the presidential campaign are chronicled.

Directors: Amy Rice, Alicia Sams | Stars: Barack Obama, Neil Abercrombie, Dick Armey, David Axelrod

Votes: 1,004

28. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 9,152

29. Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections (2020)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary

7.6
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Finnish hacker and election expert Harri Hursti investigates election-related hacks, uncovering just how unprotected voting systems really are.

Directors: Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels, Sarah Teale | Stars: J. Alex Halderman, Sue Halpern, Nathaniel Herz, Harri Hursti

Votes: 291

30. Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018)

TV-14 | 133 min | Documentary

8.0
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87 Metascore

A look at the life, work, activism and controversies of actress and fitness tycoon, Jane Fonda.

Director: Susan Lacy | Stars: Jane Fonda, Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Nathalie Vadim

Votes: 1,806

31. Murder on Middle Beach (2020– )

Documentary, Crime | Completed

A young man is determined to solve an unspeakable crime and absolve the people he loves, while looking for answers within his fractured family and community.

32. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

7.6
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76 Metascore

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz

Votes: 3,347 | Gross: $0.16M

33. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006–2007)

TV-MA | 255 min | Documentary

8.5
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89 Metascore

An examination of the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Stars: Darleen Asevedo, Jay Asevedo, Shelton Shakespear Alexander, Lee Arnold

Votes: 4,187

34. Love, Marilyn (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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51 Metascore

Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 1,663

35. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)

TV-14 | 106 min | Documentary

8.0
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73 Metascore

Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn

Votes: 3,369

36. Have You Seen Andy? (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

6.9
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"Have You Seen Andy?" is the personal story of a childhood friendship abruptly ended by the tragic abduction of a young boy. On a hot summer day in August 1976, ten year-old Andy Puglisi ... See full summary »

Director: Melanie Perkins

Votes: 298

37. Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)

TV-MA | 110 min | Documentary, Crime

7.0
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85 Metascore

Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin | Stars: Nick Broomfield, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Donna, Steve

Votes: 2,704

38. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,679

39. GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

7.7
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An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon

Votes: 10,166 | Gross: $0.03M

40. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,761 | Gross: $0.09M

41. The Tickle King (2017)

TV-MA | 20 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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This follow-up to 'Tickled' features new footage documenting the bizarre and unsettling things that happen to the filmmakers.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: Kevin Clarke, David D'Amato, David Farrier, Dylan Reeve

Votes: 816

42. Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)

TV-PG | 205 min | Documentary

7.7
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Elvis Presley's evolution as a musician and a man.

Director: Thom Zimny | Stars: Steve Allen, Ann-Margret, Chet Atkins, Chris Bearde

Votes: 1,274

43. Heart of a Dog (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.1
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84 Metascore

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle.

Director: Laurie Anderson | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Archie, Jason Berg, Heung-Heung Chin

Votes: 2,069 | Gross: $0.42M

44. Bright Lights (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary

8.0
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78 Metascore

An intimate portrait of actress Debbie Reynolds and her relationship with her beloved children, Carrie and Todd.

Directors: Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Todd Fisher, Catherine Hickland

Votes: 3,112

45. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality (2019)

TV-MA | 102 min | Documentary

8.3
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A look at how Alabama attorney Bryan Stevenson struggles to create more fairness in the legal system.

Directors: George Kunhardt, Peter W. Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt | Stars: Bryan Stevenson, Christy Stevenson, Howard Stevenson

Votes: 235

46. Stockton on My Mind (2020)

TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary

6.4
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Mayor Tubbs through his first term in office as he tirelessly advances his innovative proposals for a city at a turning point.

Director: Marc Levin

Votes: 121

47. Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn (2020 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime

7.0
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58 Metascore

A look at the events surrounding the murder of Yusuf Hawkins, a black teenager in Brooklyn, who was killed in by a group of white youths.

Director: Muta'Ali Muhammad | Stars: Al Sharpton, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Louis Farrakhan

Votes: 126

48. Sergio (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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A look at the life and work of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and the rescue operation when he was trapped and injured by a bomb explosion at UN headquarters in Baghdad.

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Sergio Vieira de Mello, Tony Blair, Samantha Power, Condoleezza Rice

Votes: 694

49. Very Ralph (2019)

TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary

6.8
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A documentary about the origin and the up growth of the fashion label Ralph Lauren

Director: Susan Lacy | Stars: Woody Allen, Tyson Beckford, Naomi Campbell, Jessica Chastain

Votes: 429

50. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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75 Metascore

An examination of the life and work of the revered and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Nancy Rooney, Harry Mapplethorpe, George Stack, Robert Mapplethorpe

Votes: 1,244


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