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1. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

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

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress, Jonathan Young

Votes: 8,205

2. Air Emergency (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Dramatized reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews with aviation experts and eyewitnesses.

Stars: Stephen Bogaert, Jonathan Aris, Gregory Feith, John Cox

Votes: 3,388

3. Forensic Files (1996–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Tom Bevel, Skip Palenik, Lowell Levine

Votes: 3,640

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4. Mysteries at the Museum (2010– )

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

The stories behind interesting and unusual artifacts stored in museums are told.

Stars: Don Wildman, Armen Mazlumian, Rory Duffy, Paul Meltzer

Votes: 905

5. Cold Case Files (1999– )

44 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

Unsolved crimes locked away in dusty file cabinets. Time is an ineffectual balm. Painful memories are left to a victim's loved ones. What happens when a killer gets away with murder? Thanks... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Kurtis, Dave Reichert, Kathy Mills, Melvyn Foster

Votes: 1,203

there's also a 2017 series of the same title

6. Vanished (2019 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime

Former police detective Dave Paulides investigates extraordinary mystery cases about missing persons in the national parks.

Stars: David Paulides, Harvey Pratt, Robert Clotworthy

Votes: 31

Dave / David Paulides ; two people went missing (Dale Stehling and Carl Landers - separate incidents) and possibly walked into another dimension - mentions space-time portal , time anomaly , einstein-rosen bridge aka wormhole , casimir effect by dutch physicist Hendrik Casimir, close to end - physicist predicted that electromagnetic field can be manipulated (interviewees agree that it can be done by a highly intelligent life),

7. 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: 2,679

8. Leaving Neverland (2019)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary

At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Joy Robson, Shane Robson

Votes: 21,805

disturbing and infuriating look at how an abused child is groomed (incl. how abuser manipulates child not to tell anyone about their sexual relationship), how his parent is manipulated by the abuser, and how all of those affect the abused child's adulthood and his family relationships

9. Four Corners (1961– )

45 min | News

An Australian current affairs documentary television programme, the longest running of its kind nationally, produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Stars: Sarah Ferguson, Kerry O'Brien, Andrew Olle, Tony Abbott

Votes: 75

list has no Season 54 - which must have the episode about a young thai soccer team in vid "Divers reveal extraordinary behind-the-scenes details of Thailand cave rescue" seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-esjQLvsgTs

another interesting docu is "Tham Luang Cave Rescue: Against the Elements..." seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_kiX0uUDNI

10. Nature (1982– )

60 min | Documentary, Family

Documentary series exploring various global wildlife issues and subjects.

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Chris Morgan, George Page, David Attenborough

Votes: 497

S34 E4 Soul of The Elephant, S36 E1 Naledi: One Little Elephant (vets help baby grow healthy after her mother dies giving birth to her),

11. Deadly Women (2008– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Crime

True stories of female killers.

Stars: Lynnanne Zager, Candice DeLong, Janis Amatuzio, Paul Godfrey

Votes: 1,424

12. I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash (2010 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary

On Friday, the 13th of October, 1972, a charter plane carrying 45 passengers, including a college rugby team, vanished over the desolate, snow-covered Andes Mountains. For 72 days, the world thought they were dead.

Director: Brad Osborne | Stars: James Lentzsch, Benjamin Josse, Kelly Haitz, Cindy Latch

Votes: 344

13. Wings of Hope (2000 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Werner Herzog returns to the South American jungle with Juliane Koepcke, the German woman who was the sole survivor of a plane crash there in 1971. They find the remains of the plane and recreate her journey out of the jungle.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Juliane Koepcke, Juan Zaplana Ramirez

Votes: 872

14. Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary

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: 34,770

15. American Pickers (2010– )

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

Mike and Frank are pickers that travel the country and literally would go anywhere just for the prospects of finding antique gold. With the assistance of Danielle they often find themselves in a comedic pickle.

Stars: Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby-Cushman, Robbie Wolfe

Votes: 6,268

16. 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: 775

17. Murder Calls (2017– )

Documentary, Crime

With haunting, real-life 911 calls as its through-line, Murder Calls is true-crime storytelling taken to a new level. Each episode pivots on the contents and subtext of 911 calls, which investigators must decipher to uncover the truth.

Stars: Daniel Luce, Tommy Campbell, Rachel Stacy, Wendy Bowerman

Votes: 270

18. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman, Will Lyman

Votes: 2,043

19. Combat Ships (2017)

TV-PG | Documentary

The very first submarine, which legend claims lurked beneath New York Harbor during the American Revolutionary War. The small ships that rescued thousands from Dunkirk. The destroyer that ... See full summary »

Stars: Julian Gamm, Ben Major, Tony Merritt

Votes: 17

20. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)

TV-14 | 119 min | Documentary

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, Ken Auletta

Votes: 5,150

21. Madoff (2016– )

165 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The rise and fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme bilked $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in US history.

Stars: Drew Gregory, Bruce Altman, Anthony Arkin, David Aaron Baker

Votes: 1,665

22. Surviving R. Kelly (2019– )

360 min | Documentary, Music

A six-part series about the controversial R&B star R. Kelly which features several women making allegations of abuse by him.

Stars: Tarana Burke, Kathy Chaney, Andrea Kelly, Candice Norcott

Votes: 2,139

23. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 47 min | Documentary

A series featuring stories from former members of the Church of Scientology whose lives have been affected by the Church's harmful practices.

Stars: Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Mary Kahn, Claire Headley

Votes: 3,943

24. One Born Every Minute (2010– )

60 min | Documentary

A ground-breaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit, from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff

Votes: 160

25. 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: 20,377

26. The Case Against 8 (2014)

TV-14 | 109 min | Documentary, Biography, News

A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White | Stars: Ted Olson, Christopher D. Dusseault, Jeffrey J. Zarrillo, Paul T. Katami

Votes: 990

27. Long Time Running (2017)

97 min | Documentary, Music

After frontman Gord Downie is diagnosed with brain cancer, Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip goes on a cross-country tour that ends with a nationally televised concert.

Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier | Stars: Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair, Bobby Baker

Votes: 303

28. Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018)

89 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary portrait of pioneering filmmaker and mother Merata Mita, detailing how her filmmaking intersected with the lives of her children and indigenous filmmakers globally, and featuring rare archival footage dating back to 1977.

Director: Hepi Mita | Stars: Awatea Mita, Eruera 'Bob' Mita, Hepi Mita, Alanis Obomsawin

Votes: 49

29. Patu! (1983)

112 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary about demonstrations against apartheid when South Africa's rugby team tours New Zealand.

Director: Merata Mita

Votes: 35

30. Momentum Generation (2018)

TV-14 | 103 min | Documentary

A group of teenagers in Hawaii enter the world of professional competitive surfing in the 1990s and rise to super stardom.

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist | Stars: Jeannie Chesser, Thomas DeLonge, Shane Dorian, Fletcher Dragge

Votes: 622

31. The Secrets of Quantum Physics (2014– )

60 min | Documentary

Professor of physics Jim Al-Khalili investigates the most accurate and yet perplexing scientific theory ever - quantum physics.

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Eliza Shea

Votes: 276

32. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 673

33. At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019)

TV-MA | 88 min | Documentary

In 2016, USA Gymnastics was rocked by the revelation that national team doctor Larry Nassar had been abusing young athletes for decades. Tribeca alum Erin Lee Carr's unflinching documentary... See full summary »

Director: Erin Lee Carr

Votes: 1,152

34. Believer (I) (2018)

TV-14 | 101 min | Documentary, Music

Imagine Dragons' Mormon front man Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah... See full summary »

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Dan Reynolds, Aja Volkman, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman

Votes: 683

35. Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An investigation into what happened to activist Sandra Bland, who died in police custody after a routine traffic stop.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Sandra Bland, Robert E. Brzezinski, Brian Encinia, Cannon Lambert

Votes: 346



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