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1. 102 Minutes That Changed America (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

The morning of September 11, 2001 is shown through multiple video cameras in New York City, from the moment the first WTC tower is hit until after both towers collapse.

Directors: Nicole Rittenmeyer, Seth Skundrick | Stars: George W. Bush, Joe Napolitano, Kelly Edwards

Votes: 2,179

2. 7 Billion Others (2009)

78 min | Documentary, News

The outcry of people whose lives have already been devastated by the impact of climate change, as well as the wake-up call of the scientific community.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Star: Cristina Frias

Votes: 72

3. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 21,364

4. 97% Owned (2012)

130 min | Documentary

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Oswald | Stars: Maddy Reilly, Ben Dyson, Anne Belsey, Noel Longhurst

Votes: 395

5. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, was one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 4,946 | Gross: $2.28M

6. A Crime to Remember (2013– )

Documentary, Crime

A look back at famous cases from the past.

Stars: Marc A. Hermann, Michelle McNamara, John Mirabella, James Zeiss

Votes: 826

7. Abstract: The Art of Design (2017– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.

Stars: Platon, Cas Holman, Ian Spalter, Elisabeth Biondi

Votes: 4,036

8. Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told (2013)

350 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Adolf Hitler, born in Braunau, one man who will change the history of the world forever. It follows his childhood to the death of his mother and his broken ambition to become an artist, ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Wise | Stars: Eva Braun, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Adolf Galland

Votes: 4,990

9. Tsunami: Caught on Camera (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

A minute-by-minute account of the Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami told through amateur video footage of people who were there.

Director: Janice Sutherland | Stars: Shonti Breisch, Jai Breisch

Votes: 261

10. Africa (2013)

360 min | Documentary

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred, Katrina Bartlam

Votes: 12,858

11. Alone (2015– )

44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Dan, David, Desmond

Votes: 2,201

12. America in Color (2017– )

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

America in Color showcases all the key moments from the 1920's to 1960's in high definition improved footage.

Stars: Eric Meyers, Eric Meyers, Liev Schreiber, Stephen Mangan

Votes: 209

13. America's National Parks (2015– )

TV-G | Documentary

Series exploring the incredible wildlife of America's most iconic national parks.

Votes: 76

14. American Dynasties: The Kennedys (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

Explore the Kennedy family's rise to power and how personal relationships within the Kennedy dynasty shaped national and global events from the Cold War to the Wall Street crash.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Barbara Perry, Van Jones, Evan Thomas

Votes: 280

15. American Experience (1988– )

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

A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

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

Votes: 1,456

16. American Monster (2016– )

Documentary, Crime, Drama

A non-fiction crime drama uniquely telling stories with a combination of Dramatisation, home video and documentary style material.

Stars: Tom Streithorst, Grant Ross, Mark Behan, Steve Larter

Votes: 253

17. American Justice (1992– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Bill Kurtis hosts this documentary series that profiles criminal cases involving high profile murders, serial killers, and organized crime. Each episode culminating with the justice dispensed by the American legal system in each case.

Stars: Bill Kurtis, Sonny Vellozzi, Linda Fairstein, F. Lee Bailey

Votes: 608

18. Andrew Marr's History of the World (2012– )

Documentary, History

Andrew Marr's History of the World is a 2012 BBC documentary television series presented by Andrew Marr that covers 70,000 years of world history from the beginning of human civilisation, ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Marr, Pierre Marais, Aubrey Shelton, Joe Vaz

Votes: 1,103

19. Apex: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

"APEX: The Story of the Hypercar" spotlights a new class of exotic sports cars designed to blast from zero to 200 miles per hour in seconds. Rocket science meets the auto industry as "APEX"... See full summary »

Directors: J.F. Musial, Josh Vietze | Stars: Manuel Berglung, Chris Goodwin, Dan Greenawalt, Chris Harris

Votes: 1,454

20. Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009)

312 min | Documentary, History, War

Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Martin Sheen

Votes: 8,244

21. Australia: The Story of Us (2014–2015)

Documentary, History

The series looks back at some of the people, places and events that have shaped the country over the last 40,000 years.

Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Tim Flannery, Tim Costello, Andrew O'Keefe

Votes: 53

22. Australia with Simon Reeve (2013)

Documentary

Simon Reeve goes on a journey around Australia.

Star: Simon Reeve

Votes: 107

23. Australian Crime Stories (2016– )

60 min | Documentary, Crime

Series 1 and 2 originally premiered on the Crime + Investigation channel on Foxtel as Tough Nuts: Australia's Hardest Criminals and was re-branded by the Nine Network as Australian Crime Stories.

Stars: Adam Shand, Mark Burrows, Leila McKinnon

Votes: 10

24. Becoming Warren Buffett (2017)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

The legendary investor started out as an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska and ended up becoming one of the richest and most respected men in the world.

Director: Peter W. Kunhardt | Stars: Susan Buffett, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Aiden Linkov

Votes: 2,793

25. Big Men (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men's ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Boynton

Votes: 547 | Gross: $0.04M

26. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 32,788 | Gross: $0.49M

27. Bling Dynasty (2015– )

Documentary

In China, luxury is about more than owning private yachts, expensive houses and designer clothing-although there's plenty of that, too. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield... See full summary »

Votes: 12

28. Blue Planet II (2017–2018)

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 Munns, François Morel

Votes: 27,065

29. Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

TV-G | 58 min | Documentary, History

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

30. Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch (2016)

Reality-TV

After years spent traveling and working around the globe, Jon and Etta Smith are settling down with their 18-month-old daughter, Syndi. In one of the most remote corners of northwestern ... See full summary »

Stars: Etta Smith, Jon Smith

Votes: 5

31. Carlos (2010)

Not Rated | 334 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.

Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Lamia Ahmed

Votes: 12,422 | Gross: $0.15M

32. Building Off the Grid (2014– )

45 min | Documentary

Adventurers and their teams battle Mother Nature to build unique homes in remote areas. From Montana to the North Pole, from yurts to log cabins to Earthships, will they build in time to beat their deadlines?

Stars: Jake Rademacher, Ross Huguet, Collette Foley, Mick Foley

Votes: 57

33. Building Off the Grid (2014– )
Episode: Building Off the Grid: Bottle Island (2017)

TV-G | 39 min | Documentary

Richart and his son build an eco-friendly island in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Star: Drew Patterson

Votes: 6

34. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 23,047 | Gross: $3.12M

35. 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: 7,947 | Gross: $1.33M

36. Chasing Coral (2017)

93 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin, Phil Dustan

Votes: 3,546

37. Chemistry: A Volatile History (2010– )

Documentary

Series in which Jim Al-Khalili traces the story of how the elements, the building blocks that make up our entire world, were discovered and mapped.

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Andrea Sella, Eugene Babaev, Allan Chapman

Votes: 270

38. Civilisation (1969– )

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary, History, Music

Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Clark, Nicholas Blake, William Devlin, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 707

39. Cold War (1998)

1,120 min | Documentary, History

A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Anatoli Dobrynin, Robert McNamara, Vladimir Yerofeyev

Votes: 751

40. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

R | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

59 Metascore

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Jon Roberts, Al Sunshine, Sam Burstyn, Mickey Munday

Votes: 12,104 | Gross: $0.15M

41. Connections (1978– )

50 min | Documentary, History

Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology in this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect."

Stars: James Burke, Mark Wing-Davey, Ted Burnett, Keith Macey

Votes: 965

42. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 17,480 | Gross: $3.17M

43. Criminal Confessions (2017– )

Documentary, Crime, Drama

The series delves into the psychological showdown that takes place inside actual police interrogation rooms and dissects what happens to yield a confession.

Stars: Tyler Hayse, Noah Staggs, Kahlo De Jesus Buffington, Kenneth Beck

Votes: 105

44. Cosmos (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

9.3