Top 50 Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. Our Father (III) (2022)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Crime

6.6
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43 Metascore

After a woman's at-home DNA test reveals multiple half-siblings, she discovers a shocking scheme involving donor sperm and a popular fertility doctor.

Director: Lucie Jourdan | Stars: Donald Cline, Jacoba Ballard, Debbie Pierce, Jan Shore

Votes: 5,172

2. The Staircase (2004–2018)

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.9
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The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Martha Ratliff

Votes: 22,901

3. 2000 Mules (2022)

89 min | Documentary

6.9
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"2000 Mules," a documentary film created by Dinesh D'Souza, exposes widespread, coordinated voter fraud in the 2020 election, sufficient to change the overall outcome.

Directors: Debbie D'Souza, Dinesh D'Souza, Bruce Schooley | Stars: Dinesh D'Souza, Catherine Engelbrecht, Gregg Phillips, Debbie D'Souza

Votes: 4,514

4. Jackass 4.5 (2022 Video)

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

6.6
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Through outrageous, never-before-seen footage, witness the making of the Jackass crew's last go at wild stunts.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England

Votes: 3,473

5. Jackass Forever (2022)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

6.9
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74 Metascore

After 11 years, the Jackass crew is back for another crusade.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England

Votes: 34,720

6. Meltdown: Three Mile Island (2022)

TV-14 | 172 min | Documentary, History

6.9
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Insiders recount the events, controversies and lingering effects of the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

Stars: Rick Parks, Nicole Remsburg, Joyce Corradi, Paula Kinney

Votes: 2,226

7. Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror (2022)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary, Crime

6.5
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Anonymous and exploitative, a network of online chat rooms ran rampant with sex crimes. The hunt to take down its operators required guts and tenacity.

Director: Jin-sung Choi

Votes: 656

8. The Deep End (2022– )

TV-14 | Documentary

5.6
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An arresting and provocative exploration inside the world of one of today's most controversial spiritual teachers and her dedicated followers.

Star: Teal Swan

Votes: 64

9. Prehistoric Planet (2022)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

9.2
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Travel back 66 million years to when majestic dinosaurs and extraordinary creatures roamed the lands, seas and skies.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,057

10. Look at Me: XXXTentacion (2022)

108 min | Documentary, Music

6.4
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An inside look at a gifted young rapper's tumultuous coming-of-age with never-before-seen footage, as XXXTentacion's inner circle speaks out for the first time.

Director: Sabaah Folayan | Stars: Cleopatra Bernard, Craig J. Gordwin, Minh Nguyen, Geneva W. Ayala

Votes: 504

11. The G Word with Adam Conover (2022)

TV-MA | 174 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.4
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Follows Conover introducing the civil servants who make it work and take a satirical look at its shortcomings.

Stars: Adam Conover, Raphael Chestang, James Austin Johnson, Nicole Randall Johnson

Votes: 348

12. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

9.5
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David Attenborough returns with a new wildlife documentary that shows life in a variety of habitats.

Stars: David Attenborough, Gordon Buchanan, Chadden Hunter, Max Hug Williams

Votes: 131,641

13. Love on the Spectrum U.S. (2022– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Romance

8.4
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It follows people on the autism spectrum as they navigate the world of dating and relationships.

Stars: Dani Bowman, Abbey Lutes

Votes: 327

14. The Matter of Life (2022)

101 min | Documentary

8.1
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A journey to unravel the complexities of the abortion issue through science, philosophy, history and powerful personal stories. The film answers hard questions and provides hope for the future.

Director: Tracy Robinson | Stars: Christina Bennett, Maurice Borders, Shannelle Borders, Cindi Boston-Bilotta

Votes: 73

15. George Carlin's American Dream (2022 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.5
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Interviews with George Carlin's family and friends, material from his stand-up specials and footage from his personal archive.

Directors: Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio | Stars: Gillian Jacobs, Steve Martin, Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 735

16. Clarkson's Farm (2021– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, Comedy, Reality-TV

9.0
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Follow Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run a farm in the countryside.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Kaleb Cooper, Charlie Ireland, Gerald Cooper

Votes: 32,603

17. Love on the Spectrum (2019– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Romance

8.6
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A documentary series following young adults on the autism spectrum as they explore the unpredictable world of love, dating and relationships.

Stars: Brooke Satchwell, Michael Theo, Mark Radburn, Ronan Soussa

Votes: 5,426

18. Jackass: The Movie (2002)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

6.6
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42 Metascore

Johnny Knoxville and his band of maniacs perform a variety of stunts and gross-out gags on the big screen for the first time.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O

Votes: 93,195 | Gross: $64.26M

19. Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (2022)

TV-MA | 183 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.1
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Never-before-heard audio from the interrogation of serial killer John Wayne Gacy threads through this chilling look at his 1970s murder spree.

Stars: Sam Amirante, Greg Bedoe, Rafael Tovar, Michael Albrecht

Votes: 5,065

20. The Big Conn (2022– )

TV-MA | Documentary, Crime

7.0
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Follows the story of Eric C. Conn, a Kentucky attorney who managed to steal over $550 million dollars from the U.S. government through its Social Security program.

Stars: Robert Gerding, Tim Hildebrand, Marc Hockl, Ella Frazee

Votes: 308

21. Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (2021– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

8.7
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Stanley Tucci travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country's regional cuisines.

Stars: Stanley Tucci, Felicity Blunt, Tess Masazza, Massimo Bottura

Votes: 1,703

22. Johnny vs Amber (2021)

50 min | Documentary

3.8
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Two-part documentary series with explosive evidence, intimate personal archive and in-depth interviews from both legal teams explores the UK High Court libel case and the important and complex issue of domestic abuse.

Stars: Sasha Wass, Minnie Stephenson, Jenny Afia, Dylan Howard

Votes: 109

23. The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (2022)

TV-14 | 101 min | Documentary

6.2
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38 Metascore

Explores the mystery surrounding the death of movie icon Marilyn Monroe through previously unheard interviews with her inner circle.

Director: Emma Cooper | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Gladys Baker, Joe DiMaggio, Tom Ewell

Votes: 3,084

24. The Last Dance (2020)

TV-MA | 491 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.1
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Charting the rise of the 1990s Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

Stars: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, David Aldridge

Votes: 111,907

25. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary, Sport

8.6
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Docuseries following the FIA Formula One World Championship across multiple seasons.

Stars: Jack Nicholls, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen

Votes: 36,978

26. The Tinder Swindler (2022)

TV-MA | 114 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, he wooed women online, then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback.

Director: Felicity Morris | Stars: Simon Leviev, Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjöholm, Ayleen Charlotte

Votes: 58,601

27. Spring Awakening: Those You've Known (2022)

83 min | Documentary, Musical

8.2
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76 Metascore

Fifteen years after the Tony-winning Broadway run of Spring Awakening, the original cast and creative team reunite for a spectacular, one night only concert.

Director: Michael John Warren | Stars: Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr., Lauren Pritchard

Votes: 318

28. The Beatles: Get Back (2021)

PG-13 | 468 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

9.0
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Documentary about the music group The Beatles featuring in-studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film 'Let It Be.'

Stars: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Votes: 19,769

29. Ghost Adventures (2008– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

7.3
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Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world.

Stars: Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, Jay Wasley

Votes: 9,121

30. Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (2022)
Episode: Act II: Purpose (2022)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

8.7
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Kanye hustles to establish his voice at the label. When a car crash and broken jaw threaten it all, the unstoppable artist turns pain into platinum.

Directors: Coodie, Chike Ozah | Stars: Ye, Kevin Bacon, Yasiin Bey, Big V

Votes: 951

31. Facing Nolan (2022)

102 min | Documentary

8.5
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In the world of Major League Baseball no one has created a mythology like Nolan Ryan. Told from the point of view of the hitters who faced him and the teammates who revered him, Facing Nolan is the definitive documentary of a Texas legend.

Director: Bradley Jackson | Star: Nolan Ryan

Votes: 63

32. An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 126 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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Michael Peterson appears to have it all--a doting wife, a loving family and a successful literary career--but, that all changes on December 9, 2001, when Michael's wife, Kathleen, is found ... See full summary »

Stars: Candace Zamperini, Jim Hardin, Tom Maher, Laurence James Sargent

Votes: 2,463

33. Nathan for You (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.9
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Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan's genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

Stars: Nathan Fielder, Anthony Filosa, Brian S. Wolfe, Salomon Flores

Votes: 26,216

34. The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith (2022)

TV-14 | 182 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

6.5
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Follows the cold case and controversial investigation into the murder of Beverly Lynn Smith in her home in Oshawa, Ontario. Woven together from firsthand accounts, expert interviews, family archives, and rare access to key participants.

Stars: Ashley Pearson, Justin Moses, Alan Richter, Jenna Dalanyi

Votes: 226

35. Flee (2021)

PG-13 | 89 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.0
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91 Metascore

FLEE tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time.

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Stars: Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari, Belal Faiz

Votes: 13,665

36. The Harbingers of Things to Come (2022)

89 min | Documentary

7.4
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Takes audiences on an epic journey to uncover this stunning mystery. The harbingers that appeared in the last days of an ancient nation that have now appeared on American soil. What all these things reveal about what is still to come.

Star: Jonathan Cahn

Votes: 30

37. Alone (2015– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Game-Show, Reality-TV

8.4
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Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone. The winner receives $500,000.

Stars: Nicole Apelian, Brad Richardson, Brooke Whipple, Jesse Bosdell

Votes: 4,658

38. Deadliest Catch (2005– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

7.8
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A documentary series chronicling the real-life high-sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen. This is the most deadly profession in the world.

Stars: Mike Rowe, Sig Hansen, Keith Colburn, Jake Anderson

Votes: 8,510

39. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

9.3
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An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Christopher Emerson, Keythe Farley, Piotr Michael

Votes: 119,663

40. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.0
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Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Corey Brennan, Jerry Toner, Steve West

Votes: 7,601

41. The Way Down (2021–2022)

TV-MA | 220 min | Documentary

7.1
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Follows the Remnant Fellowship Church and its leader Gwen Shamblin Lara. Exploring Lara's fame and power as a diet guru and church leader, and truth behind her carefully curated image, detailing the controversial practices of the church.

Stars: Natasha Pavlovich, Glen Wingerd, Carey Wingerd, Robert Gardner

Votes: 1,867

42. The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks (2022)

95 min | Documentary

7.8
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78 Metascore

Through never before-seen archive material, interviews with celebrities, industry insiders, rabid fans and the Kids In The Hall themselves.

Director: Reg Harkema | Stars: Fred Armisen, Jay Baruchel, Jim Biederman, Dave Foley

Votes: 189

43. Knuckle (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.8
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65 Metascore

An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans.

Director: Ian Palmer | Stars: James Quinn McDonagh, Paddy Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Ian Palmer

Votes: 2,912 | Gross: $0.00M

44. The Curse of Oak Island (2014– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

6.8
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Rick and Marty Lagina, two brothers from Michigan with a life-long interest in the mystery of Oak Island, renew efforts to discover the legendary treasure with sophisticated machinery.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Marty Lagina, Rick Lagina, Charles Barkhouse

Votes: 5,506

45. Dominion (2018)

120 min | Documentary

9.0
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Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind's dominion over the animal kingdom.

Director: Chris Delforce | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink

Votes: 3,430

46. Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Horror

4.1
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A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV material to homemade super 8 movies.

Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, Thomas Noguchi

Votes: 7,156 | Gross: $35.00M

47. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Fantasy, History

7.1
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, William Henry

Votes: 10,976

48. Black Gold (2022– )

Documentary

6.4
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Reveals the story of the boss atop a trillion-dollar industry who discovered a shocking truth 40 years ago, hid the evidence by creating a black ops conspiracy, and would keep the money flowing as the world burned.

Stars: Al Gore, James Hansen, Marc Morano, Amy Westervelt

Votes: 42

49. Christina P.: Mom Genes (2022)

TV-MA | 62 min | Documentary, Comedy

5.8
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Comedian Christina P examines the joys and drags of parenting, partnering and more through a no-nonsense Gen-X lens in this special.

Director: Ryan Polito | Star: Christina Pazsitzky

Votes: 451

50. Theodore Roosevelt (2021– )

Documentary

Two-part series on U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt looking at his work as a progressive reformer as well as his contradictions such as being a passionate conservationist who also hunted animals.

Stars: Rufus Jones, Marco Mintaka, Greg Kriek, Stevel Marc


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