With HBO Documentary Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. 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: 35,653

2. 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: 6,662

3. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

8.1
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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: 49,890 | Gross: $2.80M

4. 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, Errol Morris, Elizabeth Holmes, David Boies

Votes: 6,275

5. 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: 26,849

6. 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: 35,370

7. Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (2018)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

7.6
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The life and times of Muhammad Ali, as shown through the lens of his numerous appearances on The Dick Cavett Show.

Director: Robert S. Bader | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Breslin, Jim Brown, Dick Cavett

Votes: 45

8. Sergio (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

7.7
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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: Tony Blair, Paul Bremer, Gilda Vieira de Mello, Sérgio Vieira de Mello

Votes: 295

9. 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: 3,916

10. 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: 6,354 | Gross: $0.65M

11. 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: 542

12. 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: 5,569

13. Public Speaking (2010)

84 min | Documentary

7.7
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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: 1,506 | Gross: $0.06M

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

Documentary

8.5
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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, Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, Michael Childers

Votes: 15

15. 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: 1,536

16. Real Sex (1990– )

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, Samantha Jones, Nely Galan

Votes: 309

17. 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: 5,884

18. 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: 5,530 | Gross: $0.09M

19. Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018)

TV-14 | 133 min | Documentary

7.9
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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: 1,557

20. 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: 8,745

21. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.7
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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: 1,861

22. Spielberg (2017 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 147 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.

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

Votes: 5,439

23. 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: 2,535

24. Very Ralph (2019)

TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary

6.9
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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: 275

25. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2019– )

Crime

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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.

26. Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019)

90 min | Documentary

7.3
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59 Metascore

Moonlight Sonata is a deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata.... See full summary »

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky

Votes: 112

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

TV-MA | 255 min | Documentary

8.5
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An examination of the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

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

Votes: 4,043

28. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (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 Fisher and Todd Fisher.

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

Votes: 3,022

29. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,680 | Gross: $0.06M

30. 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: 3,270 | Gross: $0.16M

31. Meth Storm (2017)

TV-MA | 96 min | Documentary

6.7
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[HBO] HD. This documentary looks at meth addiction in rural America from the perspective of dealers, users and law enforcement.

Directors: Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud

Votes: 372

32. 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: 1,596

33. 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: 10,062 | Gross: $0.03M

34. Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops (2019)

TV-MA | 96 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

A pair of officers with the San Antonio Police Department mental health unit work to divert people away from jail and into mental health treatment.

Director: Jenifer McShane | Stars: Joe Smarro, Ernie Stevens

Votes: 198

35. 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: 1,126

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: 226

37. Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop (2015)

TV-MA | 81 min | Documentary, Crime

6.4
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Dubbed "The Cannibal Cop," Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution's narrative convinced ... See full summary »

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Gary Allen, Violet Blue, James A. Cohen, Joseph DeMarco

Votes: 1,128

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: 6,505

39. 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: 1,949 | Gross: $0.42M

40. Baltimore Rising (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Documentary

6.2
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Baltimore Rising follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.

Director: Sonja Sohn | Stars: Devin Allen, Genard Shadow Barr, Elijah Cummings, Kevin Davis

Votes: 247

41. 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

42. Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) (2017)

TV-MA | 84 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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72 Metascore

A little over a year ago, nine terrorists drove into Paris with guns, grenades, and suicide belts. They were there to perpetrate a coordinated, calculated mass murder on behalf of ISIL and,... See full summary »

Director: Colin Hanks | Stars: Jesse Hughes, Josh Homme, Dave Catching, Matt McJunkins

Votes: 852

43. Six by Sondheim (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.9
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An intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist.

Directors: James Lapine, Autumn de Wilde, Todd Haynes | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Jack Bashkow, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning

Votes: 522

44. 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: 3,275

45. Katie Morgan on Sex Toys (2007 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 27 min | Documentary

7.5
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[HBO] HD. America's most effusive adult-film star, Katie Morgan, leads a juicy, up-close-and-virtual journey through the world of sex toys.

Director: Dan Chaykin | Stars: Karen Chmielnicki, Katie Morgan

Votes: 60

46. Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist (2019)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

7.1
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This feature documentary tells the inside story behind the hunt for ISIS poster boy "Jihadi John" by the US and British military and intelligence services. It interrogates the twisted ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke | Star: Mass Nokhas

Votes: 247

47. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short

7.9
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A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country's harsh judicial system.

Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy | Stars: Asad Jamal, Saba

Votes: 1,290

48. The Tickle King (2017)

TV-MA | 20 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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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: 649

49. I Am Evidence (2017)

TV-MA | 89 min | Documentary

7.6
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An investigation into the way sexual assault cases are handled by police departments across the United States.

Directors: Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir | Stars: Michelle Brettin, Rachel Dissell, Mariska Hargitay, Helena Lazaro

Votes: 401

50. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

TV-MA | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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73 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014.

Director: Brian Oakes | Stars: James Foley, Unai Aranzadi, Zac Baillie, Manu Brabo

Votes: 1,336


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