Documentaries (5-10 rating)

by Losnad | created - 24 Sep 2018 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

Documentaries I watched since I started this list.

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1. Born in China (2016)

G | 79 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Venturing into the wilds of China, "Born in China" captures intimate moments with a panda and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: John Krasinski, Claire Keim, Xun Zhou

Votes: 3,219 | Gross: $13.83M

2. When Elephants Were Young (2016)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

A young man and his young elephant street beg in gritty Bangkok amid the controversial elephant business that threatens their survival, until the opportunity comes to release the elephant ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Sims | Star: William Shatner

Votes: 82

3. Prescription Thugs (2015)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. As Bell learns more about Big Pharma,... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Bell, Josh Alexander, Greg Young | Stars: Jeff Hatch, Chris Leben, Matthew Wiese

Votes: 1,964

4. The Fear of 13 (2015)

96 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

A convicted murderer who has spent 23 years on Death Row tells his story.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Herbert A. Fuchs, Sammy Silverwatch, Nick Yarris

Votes: 6,313

5. Deep Web (2015)

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary

A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law; with particular focus on the FBI capture of the Tor hidden service Silk Road, and the judicial aftermath.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Nicolas Christin, Cindy Cohn, Joshua L. Dratel, Andy Greenberg

Votes: 8,699

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

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

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: 35,383

7. Hired Gun (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.

Director: Fran Strine | Stars: John 5, Kenny Aronoff, Corey Britz, Kara Britz

Votes: 1,614

8. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

84 min | Documentary

A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.

Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus | Stars: Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Carrie Brooks

Votes: 14,605

9. After Porn Ends (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

An exploration of the lives of several former adult performers who have retired from the porn industry.

Director: Bryce Wagoner | Stars: Amber Lynn, Asia Carrera, Bobby Slayton, Crissy Moran

Votes: 7,158

10. After Porn Ends 2 (2017)

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary

After Porn Ends 2 turns back the clock to meet the oldest living stars in adult film's history, but goes in depth with some of its most current retirees, and juxtaposes their experiences in a life after porn.

Director: Bryce Wagoner | Stars: Lisa Ann, Georgina Spelvin, Darren James, Ginger Lynn

Votes: 2,255

11. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 66,822 | Gross: $4.31M

12. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary, Drama

74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

Votes: 72,440 | Gross: $24.54M

13. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,927 | Gross: $0.61M

14. The Tickle King (2017)

TV-MA | 20 min | Documentary, Short

HD. 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: 650

15. Amanda Knox (2016)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

Directors: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn | Stars: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Giuliano Mignini

Votes: 18,782

16. The Mask You Live In (2015)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, News

Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Stars: Joe Herman, Michael Kimmel, Caroline Heldman, Tony Porter

Votes: 2,232

17. This Is It (2009)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alex Al, Alexandra Apjarova, Nick Bass

Votes: 37,458 | Gross: $72.09M

18. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 1,966

19. The Happy Film (2016)

93 min | Documentary

Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the... See full summary »

Directors: Hillman Curtis, Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister | Stars: Jonathan Haidt, Sheenah Hankin, Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister

Votes: 628

20. Thank You for Your Service (I) (2015)

88 min | Documentary, Drama

An investigation into the failed mental health policies within the US military and the deadly consequences to the troops.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Mark Russell, Mike Mullen, Robert Gates, Nicholas Kristof

Votes: 84

21. The 24 Hour War (2016)

99 min | Documentary, History

In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari went to war on the battlefield of Le Mans. This epic battle saw drivers lose their lives, family dynasties nearly collapse and the development of a new race car that changed racing.

Directors: Nate Adams, Adam Carolla | Stars: Charlie Agapiou, Mario Andretti, A.J. Baime, Bob Bondurant

Votes: 1,384

22. Newman (I) (2015)

88 min | Documentary, Biography

Legendary American asocial backwoods inventor Joseph Newman haps onto a brilliant discovery that ends the need for oil gas and nuclear dependency as we know it, but spends most of his life ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Fox | Stars: John Flannery, Michael Hauser, Joseph Westley Newman

Votes: 114

23. Radioactive Veteran (2016)

25 min | Documentary, Short

"Radioactive Veteran" is a documentary short about Marine Corps veteran Donald Guy and his widow Mary. When Donald was serving in the early 1950s, the military ordered him to the Nevada ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Wampler

Votes: 14

24. My Scientology Movie (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology.

Director: John Dower | Stars: Louis Theroux, Tom Cruise, Marty Rathbun, Paz de la Huerta

Votes: 11,355 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

Director: Matt Schrader | Stars: Marco Beltrami, Jon Burlingame, Leonard Maltin, Bill Field

Votes: 3,543 | Gross: $0.10M

26. Ice Guardians (2016)

108 min | Documentary, Sport

On-ice enforcers struggle to rise through the professional ranks of the world's most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new found fight for the existence of the role itself.

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Chris Chelios, Bobby Hull, Sasha Lakovic

Votes: 1,225

27. Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower (2016)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

Explore the secret world of the bodyguards who risk their lives to protect the rich, famous and powerful.

Director: Jaren Hayman | Stars: Mikey Arana, Justin Bieber, Shamir Bolivar, Scooter Braun

Votes: 799

28. Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

Director: Ceyda Torun | Stars: Yaman Barlas, Sari, Arzu Göl, Kemal Suncu

Votes: 11,839 | Gross: $2.83M

29. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary

A series featuring stories from former members of the Church of Scientology whose lives have been affected by the Church's harmful practices.

Stars: Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Mary Kahn, Claire Headley

Votes: 4,113

30. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 11,342 | Gross: $0.59M

31. Magicians: Life in the Impossible (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

"MAGICIANS follows four world-class magicians on stage and off, exploring how and why these characters so passionately dedicate their lives to the craft of illusion. Their journey takes us ... See full summary »

Directors: Christoph Baaden, Marcie Hume | Stars: Jon Armstrong, Brian Gillis, David Minkin, Jan Rouven

Votes: 501

32. Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 8,307 | Gross: $0.10M

33. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Iceman Reborn (2016)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. Now, newly discovered evidence sheds light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

Director: Bonnie Brennan | Stars: Alexandra Adams Sockell, Carlos Bustamante, Herlien Declerck, Aaron Deter-Wolf

Votes: 80

34. City 40 (2016)

73 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.

Director: Samira Goetschel | Stars: Lavrenti Beria, Viktor Fetisov, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sergei Kirillov

Votes: 1,472

35. Kingdom of Shadows (2015)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

Bernardo Ruiz takes an unflinching look at the human cost of the U.S.-Mexico drug war through the perspectives of three unlikely individuals.

Director: Bernardo Ruiz | Stars: Don Henry Ford Jr., Oscar Hagelsieb, Consuelo Morales

Votes: 92

36. 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: 11,067

37. Harry & Snowman (2015)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story of immigrant Harry DeLeyer and the plow horse he rescued from slaughter.

Director: Ron Davis | Stars: Harry DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer, Andre DeLeyer, Marty DeLeyer

Votes: 580 | Gross: $0.56M

38. The Age of Consequences (2016)

TV-PG | 80 min | Documentary, News, War

68 Metascore

The 'Hurt Locker' meets 'An Inconvenient Truth', THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES is the Emmy® nominated investigation on how climate change impacts increased resource scarcity, migration and ... See full summary »

Director: Jared P. Scott | Stars: Madeleine Albright, Michael Breen, Sharon Burke, Stephen Cheney

Votes: 184

39. California Typewriter (2016)

TV-PG | 103 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

California Typewriter is a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. The film is a meditation on creativity and technology featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others.

Director: Doug Nichol | Stars: Silvi Alcivar, Ken Alexander, Tom Hanks, Martin Howard

Votes: 621 | Gross: $0.24M

40. Eating You Alive (2018)

108 min | Documentary

How and why what we eat is the cause of the chronic diseases that are killing us, and changing what we eat can save our lives one bite at a time.

Director: Paul David Kennamer Jr. | Stars: Suzy Amis, Neal Barnard, James Cameron, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 582

41. The Truth About... (2015– )
Episode: Alcohol (2016)

59 min | Documentary

A&E doctor Javid Abdelmoneim is on a mission to find out the truth about alcohol, including why the government cut the recommended weekly limit for men by a third in January.

Director: David Briggs | Stars: Javid Abdelmoneim, Matthew Mitchell, Gautam Mehta, Antony Moss

Votes: 348

42. A Plastic Ocean (2016)

102 min | Documentary

A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Leeson | Stars: David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle, Ben Fogle, Craig Leeson

Votes: 1,955

43. Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale (2016)

90 min | Documentary

The incredible, true-life story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana. When she's suddenly orphaned at one month of age, it's up to the men who look after her herd to save her life.

Directors: Ben Bowie, Geoffrey Luck

Votes: 254

44. Shorebreak: The Clark Little Story (2016)

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

Dive into the life of renowned water photographer, Clark Little, as he takes on the world's most dangerous shorebreak around the island of Oahu. When he's not in the water, Clark shares the... See full summary »

Director: Peter King | Stars: Derek Hough, Clark Little, Kelly Slater

Votes: 68

45. Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Drama

68 Metascore

An exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity's place in the future. With narration by Cate Blanchett.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Jamal Cavil, Maisha Diatta, Yagazie Emezi

Votes: 3,825

46. Supergirl (I) (2016)

80 min | Documentary