With CNN Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021)

R | 119 min | Documentary

7.8
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A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Ottavia Bourdain, David Chang, Helen M. Cho

Votes: 2,605

2. Three Identical Strangers (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.6
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81 Metascore

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

Director: Tim Wardle | Stars: Robert Shafran, Michael Domnitz, Howard Schneider, Ellen Cervone

Votes: 32,963 | Gross: $12.32M

3. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary

8.1
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83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 64,375 | Gross: $2.07M

4. Apollo 11 (I) (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 24,053 | Gross: $9.04M

5. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Stephen Wiesenfeld

Votes: 13,585 | Gross: $14.02M

6. Julia (2021)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

7.5
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67 Metascore

Julia tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: José Andrés, Julia Child, André Cointreau, Susy Davidson

Votes: 17

7. Halston (2019)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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64 Metascore

Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.

Director: Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, Naeem Khan

Votes: 1,212 | Gross: $0.15M

8. LFG (2021)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary, Sport

4.9
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It is a no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's ongoing fight for equal pay.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix | Stars: Rachel Maddow, Jessica McDonald, Sam Mewis, Kelley O'Hara

Votes: 720

9. The Lost Sons (2021)

98 min | Documentary

7.3
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57 Metascore

A baby is kidnapped from a hospital, months later, a toddler is abandoned. Could he be the same baby?

Director: Ursula Macfarlane | Star: Paul Fronczak

Votes: 25

10. Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story (2021)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary

6.9
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70 Metascore

Directed by Laura Fairrie and produced by the Academy Award®-winning Passion Pictures, along with AGC Studios, CNN Films, BBC Arts, and John Battsek, 'LADY BOSS: The Jackie Collins Story' ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Fairrie | Stars: Tita Cahn, Hazel Collins, Jackie Collins, Joan Collins

Votes: 222

11. Holy Hell (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

7.1
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64 Metascore

An inside look at Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

Director: Will Allen | Stars: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido, Phillipe Coquet, David Christopher

Votes: 5,404 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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77 Metascore

With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris

Votes: 1,950 | Gross: $0.16M

13. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 15,318 | Gross: $0.81M

14. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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72 Metascore

A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Steve Jobs, Alex Gibney, Steve Wozniak, Michael S. Malone

Votes: 6,042 | Gross: $0.49M

15. Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests (2021)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary

5.4
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Exploring the unexpected origins of America's obsession with personality testing, this documentary takes a look at the profound ways that ideas about personality have formed the world around us.

Director: Tim Travers Hawkins | Stars: Kyle Behm, Roland Behm, Lydia X.Z. Brown, Susan Cain

Votes: 468

16. The Price of Freedom (2021)

94 min | Documentary

4.4
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77 Metascore

A look into the inner workings of the NRA and its influence, featuring interviews with government leaders, NRA representatives and people whose lives have been personally touched by gun violence.

Director: Judd Ehrlich | Stars: Peter Ambler, Harlon Carter, Bill Clinton, Cassandra Crifasi

Votes: 170

17. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.8
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71 Metascore

A look at James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most infamous criminals in American history.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Stephen Rakes, James 'Whitey' Bulger, Tommy Donahue, David Boeri

Votes: 2,955 | Gross: $0.08M

18. Citizen Ashe (2021)

94 min | Documentary

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Explores the tennis career of Arthur Ashe and his impact on tennis and HIV activism.

Directors: Rex Miller, Sam Pollard | Stars: Johnnie Ashe, Stephanie Cookie Carson, Donald Dell, Harry Edwards

19. Legion of Brothers (2017)

TV-14 | 79 min | Documentary, War

5.9
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77 Metascore

Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, fewer than 100 US Troops were sent on a secret mission to overthrow the Taliban. What happens next is equal parts war-origin story and cautionary tale, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Jason Amerine, George W. Bush, Mark Nutsch, Clifford J. Richardson

Votes: 344

20. Love, Gilda (2018)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.4
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74 Metascore

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa D'Apolito | Stars: Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader

Votes: 1,507 | Gross: $0.63M

21. John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

7.5
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70 Metascore

The film explores Georgia representative's, 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.

Director: Dawn Porter | Stars: Elijah Cummings, Anthony Johnson, Hillary Clinton, Ayanna Pressley

Votes: 830

22. Girl Rising (2013)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Drama

7.1
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59 Metascore

This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Amina, Azmera, Arindol Bagchi, Rekha Banerjee

Votes: 1,218

23. Race for the Vaccine (2021)

91 min | Documentary

7.8
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On December 30, 2019, Chinese virologist George Fu Gao, director of the National Center for Disease Control in Beijing, saw a piece of information fall on his screen that would soon affect ... See full summary »

Directors: Catherine Gale, Caleb Hellerman | Stars: Lesley Sharp, Micky Sébastian, Ugur Sahin, Kizzmekia Corbett

Votes: 13

24. Dinosaur 13 (2014)

PG | 95 min | Documentary

7.2
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66 Metascore

A documentary about the discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker, Philip Currie

Votes: 3,827

25. Sunshine Superman (2014)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

6.9
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70 Metascore

A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight.

Director: Marah Strauch | Stars: Carl Boenish, Pat Sajak, Phil Donahue, John Long

Votes: 1,343 | Gross: $0.09M

26. Unseen Enemy (2017)

97 min | Documentary

7.3
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Unseen Enemy is a feature-length documentary about the threat of epidemics in the 21st century and what we can do to fight them.

Director: Janet Tobias | Stars: Larry Brilliant, John Connor, Decontee Davis, Veronica Maria Dos Santos

Votes: 276

27. Trophy (2017)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.4
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80 Metascore

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz | Stars: Tim Black, Philip Glass, Christo Gomes, John Hume

Votes: 668 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street (2021)

98 min | Documentary

7.0
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A documentary celebrating the Black cultural renaissance that existed in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, OK, and investigates the 100-year-old race massacre that left an indelible, though hidden stain on American history.

Director: Salima Koroma | Stars: Alicia Odewale, Hannibal Johnson, Kary Stacklebeck, Chief Egunwale Amusan

Votes: 63

29. Pandora's Promise (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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54 Metascore

The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we've got nuclear power wrong?

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas

Votes: 1,877 | Gross: $0.07M

30. Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago (2016)

113 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.1
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The history of legendary rock band Chicago is chronicled from their inception in 1967 all the way to the present.

Director: Peter Curtis Pardini | Stars: Lee Loughnane, Robert Lamm, Walter Parazaider, James Pankow

Votes: 625

31. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

6.5
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68 Metascore

This documentary profiles an influential chef who played a pivotal role in the invention of a revolutionary new American cuisine.

Directors: Lydia Tenaglia, Morgan Fallon | Stars: Stephen Torres, Martha Stewart, James Villas, Mario Batali

Votes: 492 | Gross: $0.23M

32. Sole Survivor (2013)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary

6.6
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In the history of aviation, there have been only 14 of them: sole survivors of a commercial aviation disaster. Most have never spoken publicly about the loss, the guilt, the immense ... See full summary »

Director: Ky Dickens | Stars: Bahia Bakari, Cecelia Cichan, George Lamson Jr., James Polehinke

Votes: 134

33. Ravi Patel's Pursuit of Happiness (2020– )

42 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.3
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Ravi Patel travels the world seeking answers to life's universal questions.

Stars: Champa V. Patel, Mahaley Patel, Ravi Patel, Vasant K. Patel

Votes: 109

34. Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.4
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In "Lady Valor", former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. In 2011, after 20 years of service ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Herzog, Sandrine Orabona | Star: Kristin Beck

Votes: 173

35. Our Nixon (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.7
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72 Metascore

Never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon's closest aides - and convicted Watergate conspirators - offer a surprising and intimate new look into his Presidency.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Richard Nixon, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Dwight Chapin

Votes: 614 | Gross: $0.02M

36. President in Waiting (2020)

Documentary

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"I am nothing, but could be everything," said John Adams 1st Vice President of the United States. "President in Waiting" offers a remarkable living history of the Vice Presidency. For the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Roth | Stars: Joe Biden, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Dick Cheney

Votes: 56

37. The Reagan Show (2017)

TV-PG | 74 min | Documentary

6.4
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66 Metascore

Made up entirely of archival news and White House footage, this documentary captures the pageantry, absurdity, and mastery of the made-for-TV politics of Ronald Reagan.

Directors: Sierra Pettengill, Pacho Velez | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush

Votes: 384

38. Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History (2017– )

42 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.4
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A look at significant historical moments in time and the music that helped defined them.

Stars: Jason King, Richard Goldstein, Melissa Etheridge, Kathy Sledge

Votes: 107

39. American Jail (2018 TV Movie)

Documentary

6.3
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In this deeply personal film, director Roger Ross Williams sets out on a journey to understand the complex forces of racism and greed currently at work in America's prison system.

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Votes: 65

40. On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries (2020)

Documentary

6.4
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Powerhouse female journalists against the backdrop of one of the wildest elections in American history.

Stars: Daniella Diaz, Jordan Thompson, Jasmine Wright

Votes: 128

41. 58 Hours: The Baby Jessica Story (2021)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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On October 14, 1987, 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell into a well while playing in a relative's backyard in Midland, Texas. A captivated nation watched on live television while rescuers ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Bone | Stars: Peter Applebome, Lisa Belkin, Bill Bentley, Tony Clark

42. Lessons from the Water: Diving with a Purpose (2021)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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What do deep sea divers seek, both literally and spiritually, in the oceans? For the Black scuba divers who formed the organization, Diving With a Purpose, their goal is to restore the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Todd | Stars: Ayana Flewellen, Riane Tyler, Kramer Wimberley

43. Enlighten Us (2016)

93 min | Documentary

6.2
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ENLIGHTEN US: THE RISE AND FALL OF JAMES ARTHUR RAY is the story of the motivational rock star's meteoric rise, fall and return to the $11 billion self-help industry after his negligent ... See full summary »

Director: Jenny Carchman | Star: James Arthur Ray

Votes: 591

44. THE END: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House (2017)

137 min | Documentary

6.0
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A look into the last months of the Obama White House staffers and transition of power.

Director: Toby Oppenheimer | Stars: Kristen Bartoloni, Josh Earnest, Valerie Jarrett, Cody Keenan

Votes: 158

45. Documented (2013)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

6.7
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61 Metascore

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. 'Documented' chronicles his journey to America from... See full summary »

Directors: Jose Antonio Vargas, Ann Lupo | Stars: Emelie Salinas, Leonila Salinas, Jose Antonio Vargas

Votes: 142 | Gross: $0.01M

46. Elián (2017)

TV-PG | 108 min | Documentary

6.9
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66 Metascore

ELIÁN is the remarkable story about Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida coast in 1999, and how the fight over his future sparked a flashpoint for simmering US and Cuban tensions.

Directors: Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell | Star: Raúl Esparza

Votes: 155

47. A Field Between (2017)

15 min | Short

9.2
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For almost 10 years, Amaryllis Fox worked as a CIA operative in the Middle East fighting the war on terror. Now, Fox is a peace activist determined to return to the region without any ... See full summary »

Director: Rena Mundo Croshere | Star: Amaryllis Fox

Votes: 6

48. Ubah! (2015)

14 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

9.0
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You may not know her name, but chances are you have seen Ubah Hassan's face in commercials for Macy's or Ralph Lauren. This short film takes you inside the life of this up-and-coming model, whose life has not always been picture perfect.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Star: Ubah Hassan

Votes: 14

49. Secret State: Inside North Korea (2017 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

7.5
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CNN special report on North Korea. News correspondent Will Ripley takes viewers to one of the most controlled nations in the world and one that is barely presented on news or other medias ... See full summary »

Stars: Jong-Un Kim, Will Ripley, Dennis Rodman, Donald Trump

Votes: 13

50. The Bunker Boom: Better Safe Than Sorry (2021)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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In rural South Dakota, xPoint is a subterranean neighborhood that is home to what may be the world's largest residential community of 'preppers,' people who live 'off the grid.' Whatever ... See full summary »

Director: Arianna LaPenne | Star: John Ramey


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