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1. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,646

2. DSKNECTD (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

An exploration into how smart phones, social media, and the Internet are profoundly changing the way we interact and experience each other - for the good and for the bad.

Director: Dominic H. White | Stars: Daniel Chouinard, Christopher Cacciacarne, Adam Gazzaley, Jonathan Gratch

Votes: 86

3. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, News

68 Metascore

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

Director: Cullen Hoback | Stars: Max Schrems, Moby, Mark Zuckerberg, Orson Scott Card

Votes: 5,714 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Code 2600 (2011)

PG | 82 min | Documentary

CODE 2600 documents the Info-Tech Age, told by the events and people who helped build and manipulate it. It explores the impact this new connectivity has on our ability to remain human while maintaining our personal privacy and security.

Director: Jeremy Zerechak | Stars: Julia Concolino, Lorrie Cranor, Jennifer Granick, Phil Lapsley

Votes: 172

5. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn, Gabriella Coleman

Votes: 14,582 | Gross: $0.05M

6. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Anon2World, Anonyops, Julian Assange, Aaron Barr

Votes: 9,269

7. Prehistoric Park (2006– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Nigel Marven travels back in time to rescue exotic creatures on the brink of extinction. CGI is used to create animals no longer seen on earth, from woolly mammoths, and T Rex, to dinosaur-eating crocodiles.

Stars: Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb, David Jason, Nigel Marven

Votes: 1,138

8. The Story of Science (2010– )

Documentary

Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path.

Stars: Michael Mosley, Robert W. Allan, Marlon Beale, Simon Chaplin

Votes: 571

9. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Anggun, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 13,904 | Gross: $38.05M

10. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the ocean. Combines animation with recreations in a prehistoric adventure. A journey to the ... See full summary »

Director: Sean MacLeod Phillips | Stars: Jerry Hoffman, Liev Schreiber, Jennifer Aguilar, Michael Ashcraft

Votes: 886 | Gross: $23.55M

11. The African Lion (1955)

Approved | 75 min | Family, Documentary

The Milotte's spend three years in Africa filming a lion.

Director: James Algar | Star: Winston Hibler

Votes: 257

12. Through the Wormhole (2010–2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 15,957

13. OceanWorld 3D (2009)

G | 81 min | Documentary

A 3-D documentary chronicling a sea turtle's journey across the oceans.

Director: Jean-Jacques Mantello | Star: Marion Cotillard

Votes: 463

14. The Great Loss (2013)

49 min | Documentary, Drama

"The Great Loss" is about the director and producer Mikael Lemon. His goals with the movie is to find out what economic forces underlying the prevention of scientific discoveries about how ... See full summary »

Director: Mikael Lemon | Stars: Mats Amundin, Douglas Båld, Julia Carlström, Gerald Dick

Votes: 17

15. Big Cat Diary (1996– )

TV-G | 25 min | Documentary

Come along on an adventure with Jonathan Scott, Simon King, and other professionals and camera crews as they journey through the Masai Mara game park in Kenya, Africa. In their travels they... See full summary »

Stars: Simon King, Jonathan Scott, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Toto The Cheetah

Votes: 593

16. The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)

G | 78 min | Documentary

The mysterious lives of flamingos are captured on film with a birds-eye view of the animals living in Africa.

Directors: Matthew Aeberhard, Leander Ward | Stars: Zabou Breitman, Mariella Frostrup, Karoline Herfurth

Votes: 962

17. Meerkats: The Movie (2008)

G | 83 min | Documentary

An inspiring exploration of one family's resilience and fortitude shot using innovative and groundbreaking filming techniques.

Director: James Honeyborne | Stars: Paul Newman, Rufus Beck

Votes: 1,423

18. Oceans (2009)

G | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

75 Metascore

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jacques Perrin, Matthias Brandt

Votes: 8,662 | Gross: $19.42M

19. Bears (2004)

Not Rated | 39 min | Short, Documentary

From black bears in Montana to polar bears in the arctic, Bears features a fresh view of these powerful, majestic and often misunderstood animals in the full glory of their natural habitat,... See full summary »

Director: David Lickley | Star: Tyrone Benskin

Votes: 188

20. Nature's Most Amazing Events (2009– )

49 min | Documentary

This is a documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet. We see the impact of the melting of the arctic ice in the summer, the annual return of the ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Joe Stevens, Tom Fitz, Mike Holding

Votes: 2,851

21. Life in Cold Blood (2008)

Documentary

A nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, that looks at the evolution and habits of amphibians and reptiles.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,491

22. Life in the Undergrowth (2005– )

50 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's ground-breaking exploration of a group of organisms that are vast in number, yet often too small to be noticed: the invertebrates.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,296

23. 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: 12,156

24. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan

Votes: 26,846 | Gross: $0.30M

25. The Men Who Built America (2012)

TV-14 | 295 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the ... See full summary »

Stars: Campbell Scott, H.W. Brands, Mark Cuban, Donny Deutsch

Votes: 3,066

26. Sherpa (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

93 Metascore

A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 6400 m (21,000 ft) as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Peedom | Stars: Russell Brice, Tim Medvetz, Phurba Tashi Sherpa, Edmund Hillary

Votes: 2,308

27. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Ken Kratz, Brendan Dassey

Votes: 78,755

28. The Life of Mammals (2002–2003)

50 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,647

29. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,905 | Gross: $4.20M

30. 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: 23,263

31. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 11,558

32. The Untold History of the United States (2012–2013)

58 min | Documentary, History, War

Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 7,161

33. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 89,841

34. Life Story (2014– )

60 min | Documentary

David Attenbourough narrates on the greatest of all adventures - the journey through life.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,710

35. Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (2015– )

Documentary

David Attenborough revisits the Great Barrier Reef after nearly 60 years. His visit takes him from the most exposed part of the reef as well as down to 300m below the surface discovering corals never seen before.

Stars: David Attenborough, Barack Obama

Votes: 977

36. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

TV-PG | 98 min | Documentary

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple | Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster, Michael Tronick

Votes: 2,436

37. Before the Flood (2016)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ki-moon Ban, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mike Brune

Votes: 24,000

39. Dynasties (2018– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Follow the true stories of five of the world's most celebrated, yet endangered animals; penguins, chimpanzees, lions, painted wolves and tigers. Each in a heroic struggle against rivals and... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,670

40. Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (2009 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

A documentary about evolution.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,850

41. 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: 7,426

42. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

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: 11,224 | Gross: $9.04M

43. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 38,162 | Gross: $17.54M

44. Dark Tourist (2018– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary

From a nuclear lake to a haunted forest, New Zealand filmmaker and journalist David Farrier ('Tickled') visits unusual -- and often macabre -- tourism spots around the world.

Stars: David Farrier, Robin Brown, Dan Bulter, Daley Catherine

Votes: 4,387

45. Explained (2018– )

18 min | Documentary

A documentary series that looks to explore the big questions of today.

Stars: Estelle Caswell, Maria Bello, Kristen Bell, Rachel Bloom

Votes: 2,820

46. War Horse: The Real Story (2012 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary

Documentary about the roughly one million horses that were used by the British army during the first world war.

Director: George Pagliero | Star: Russell Boulter

Votes: 33

47. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 29,893



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