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1. The Pixar Shorts: A Short History (2007 Video)

23 min | Documentary, Short

The story of Pixar's early short films illuminates not only the evolution of the company but also the early days of computer animation, when a small group of artists and scientists shared a... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Kaplan, Erica Milsom | Stars: Jim Blinn, Eben Ostby, Craig Good, Loren Carpenter

Votes: 777

2. 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: 2,992 | Gross: $13.83M

3. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 20,479

4. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,170 | Gross: $0.87M

5. 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: 8,569 | Gross: $19.42M

6. A History of Christianity (2009)

Documentary

Diarmaid McCullough, an Oxford history professor, travels to historical points of interest relevant to Christianity discussing the origins and spread of Christianity in a span of 6 episodes.

Star: Diarmaid MacCulloch

Votes: 166

7. American Beauty: Look Closer... (2000 Video)

21 min | Documentary

A closer look at the making of Sam Mendes' American Beauty (1999), one of the greatest cultural phenomena of all time.

Director: Barbara Toennies | Stars: Scott Bakula, Alan Ball, Annette Bening, Wes Bentley

Votes: 177

11. Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences (2006 Video)

55 min | Documentary

This documentary made by the Criterion Collection examines the history of the Samurai in Japan. Also looks at what inspired Kurosawa to make his masterpiece 1954 film Seven Samurai in a post WW2 Japan.

Director: Marty Gross | Stars: Stephen Prince, Joan Mellen, Tadao Sato, David Desser

Votes: 28

12. Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create (2002– )

45 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

An in depth look at the making of Kurosawa's films.

Stars: Yû Fujiki, Bokuzen Hidari, Hisashi Inoue, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 106

13. Michael Jordan: His Airness (1999 Video)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

From his days as a child in North Carolina to his retirement from the Chicago Bulls in 1999, His Airness takes you on a journey through Michael Jordan's career.

Director: Larry Weitzman | Stars: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler

Votes: 525

14. My Love, Don't Cross That River (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A couple who have lived together for 76 years faces the last moment of their marriage.

Director: Mo-young Jin | Stars: Byeong-man Jo, Gye-yeol Kang

Votes: 506 | Gross: $0.09M

15. Michael Jackson Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (1992 TV Special)

Not Rated | 122 min | Music

Michael's "Dangerous Tour" was the biggest tour any performer had done in history, the staging took nearly 3 days to set up. The tour included 69 concerts reaching over 3.5 million fans. This concert aired on HBO in 1992.

Director: Andrew Morahan | Stars: Michael Jackson, Siedah Garrett, Darryl Phinnessee

Votes: 1,620

17. Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (1995 Video)

89 min | Music

Collection of Michael Jackson's music videos from the period 1979-92, including "Thriller", "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and more.

Directors: Steve Barron, Bob Giraldi, Bruce Gowers, John Landis, Joe Pytka, Herb Ritts, Nick Saxton, Martin Scorsese, John Singleton | Stars: Michael Jackson, Alberto Alejandrino, Horace Bailey, Tyra Banks

Votes: 2,026

18. Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (1997 Video)

Unrated | 106 min | Music

Collection of Michael Jackson's music videos from the period 1983-1997. Mainly focused post-1995 era, including videos such as "Scream", "They Don't Care About Us" and more.

Directors: Nicholas Brandt, Colin Chilvers, Bob Giraldi, Wayne Isham, Michael Jackson, John Landis, Spike Lee, Don Mischer, Vincent Paterson, Mark Romanek, James Yukich | Stars: Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Brandon Quintin Adams, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 1,731

19. Becoming Mayan: Creating Apocalypto (2007 Video)

24 min | Documentary, Short

An overview of the making of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto (2006).

Stars: Simon Atherton, Mel Gibson, Richard Hansen, Anna Roth

Votes: 39

21. You Can Fly!: The Making of Walt Disney's Masterpiece 'Peter Pan' (1997 Video)

16 min | Documentary, Short

The journey of J.M. Barrie's classic character to Walt Disney's conceptual masterpiece.

Stars: Corey Burton, Leonard Maltin, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis

Votes: 51

23. Lady's Pedigree: The Making of 'Lady and the Tramp' (2006 Video)

52 min | Documentary

How an original story not based on a fairy tale came to fruition, partly influenced by Walt Disney's life growing up in Marceline, Missouri.

Director: Mason Funk | Stars: John Canemaker, John Culhane, Andreas Deja, Walt Disney

Votes: 38

24. Water Birds (1952)

Approved | 30 min | Documentary, Short, Family

A documentary for children that looks at different types of water birds, where they are found,what they eat and the dangers they encounter in there every day life.

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Star: Winston Hibler

Votes: 135

25. Grand Canyon (1958)

Approved | 29 min | Short, Documentary

Scenes from the Grand Canyon set to Ferde Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite."

Director: James Algar

Votes: 351

26. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 147,448

27. The Planet Earth Diaries (2006)

TV-PG | 99 min | Documentary

Planet Earth Diaries goes behind the scenes of the highly acclaimed natural history series to tell some of the amazing stories from the production team. Four years in the making, it ... See full summary »

Votes: 14

28. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 71,697

29. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,438 | Gross: $0.03M

30. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 389 min | Documentary

Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Jason Roberts

Votes: 27,586

31. 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

Votes: 19,604

32. Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague (2017)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Music

The renowned film score composer leads a concert featuring his cinematic compositions.

Director: Tim Van Someren | Stars: Hans Zimmer, Yolanda Charles, Michael Einziger, Nick Glennie-Smith

Votes: 1,747

34. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 31,159



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