TOP DOCUMENTARY TITLES/PROGRAMS/TELEVISION SERIES SELECTED FROM IMDB USER LISTS

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1. Tyson (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

83 Metascore

A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick, Cus D'Amato

Votes: 11,659 | Gross: $0.89M

3. Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

A live concert performance of Grammy-winning pop/soul sensation Adele Adkins at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Director: Paul Dugdale | Stars: Adele, Jo Allen, Stephanie Cavey, Sarah Chapman

Votes: 863

5. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: One Night in Vegas (2010)

51 min | Documentary, Biography, History

On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson, the WBC heavyweight champion, attempted to take Bruce Seldon's WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson's ... See full summary »

Director: Reggie Rock Bythewood | Stars: Senator Eric Adams, Maya Angelou, Chris Connelly, Gloria Cox

Votes: 383

6. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: The Best That Never Was (2010)

101 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In 1981, college athletic recruiting changed forever as a dozen big-time football programs sat waiting for the decision by a physically powerful and lightning-quick high school running back... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Hock | Stars: Fred Akers, Mick Cornett, Marcus Dupree, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 937

7. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: The Two Escobars (2010)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist | Stars: María Ester Escobar, Francisco Maturana, Alexis García V., Jaime Gaviria Gómez

Votes: 2,983

8. Facing Ali (2009)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier

Votes: 3,123

9. The Prosecution of an American President (2012)

101 min | Documentary

Famed Charles Manson prosecutor and New York Times bestselling author Vincent Bugliosi makes the most powerful, explosive, and thought-provoking argument of his storied career. In "The ... See full summary »

Directors: David J. Burke, Dave Hagen | Stars: Vincent Bugliosi, George W. Bush, Elizabeth de la Vega, Alan M. Dershowitz

Votes: 28

10. Brief History of Disbelief (2004– )

178 min | Documentary

A mini-series which follows the history of atheism.

Stars: Bernard Hill, Jonathan Miller, Richard Dawkins, Colin McGinn

Votes: 448

11. Auschwitz: The Nazis & the 'Final Solution' (2005)

285 min | Documentary, History, War

The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.

Stars: Samuel West, Horst-Günter Marx, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt

Votes: 3,971

12. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 9,338 | Gross: $30.58M

13. Beautiful Minds (2010– )

59 min | Documentary

Three of the most famous scientists of Britain, and how their discoveries have influenced and altered the ideas of the world wide scientific community.

Stars: Tim Bentinck, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Tim Hunt, James Lovelock

Votes: 28

14. 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 Johnson, Robert McNamara.

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

Votes: 21,718 | Gross: $4.20M

15. Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears (2011)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

They say that Philadelphia is the capital of boxing and Joe Frazier's Gym is the White House. This is the story of a father, a son and a forgotten legacy. Joe Frazier has been lost in ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Todd | Stars: George Benton, Angelo Dundee, George Foreman, Joe Frazier

Votes: 24

16. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

72 Metascore

This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. The right have triumphed and the human values of the liberals have been consigned ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas D. Wrathall | Stars: Gore Vidal, Howard Auster, James Best, Karen Black

Votes: 1,128 | Gross: $0.13M

18. Churchill (2003– )

188 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: John Baddeley, Winston Churchill, Ian McKellen, Lady Mary Soames

Votes: 92

19. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

R | 117 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Eliot Spitzer, Alex Gibney, Hulbert Waldroup, Lloyd Constantine

Votes: 2,092 | Gross: $0.19M

20. The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, History

62 Metascore

F.W. de Klerk was the last president of apartheid South Africa. He went from Mandela's jailer to his subordinate and together they changed history. Rossier explores the fascinating political journey and legacy of this complicated figure.

Director: Nicolas Rossier

Votes: 24 | Gross: $0.00M

21. I Am Ali (2014)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

55 Metascore

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

Director: Clare Lewins | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali Jnr, Hana Ali, Maryum Ali

Votes: 2,921 | Gross: $0.00M

22. Roger & Me (1989)

R | 91 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross

Votes: 24,766 | Gross: $6.71M

23. New York: A Documentary Film (1999– )

600 min | Documentary, History

Ric Burns (brother of the famed documentarian Ken Burns) presents an exhaustive history of New York City from the settling of the area by the Dutch to the attack by terrorists nearly 400 ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, John Steele Gordon, Kenneth Jackson, Robert A.M. Stern

Votes: 796

24. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015– )

Documentary

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, this three-part series tells the complete story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Terrence Howard

Votes: 259

25. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 43,653 | Gross: $8.41M

26. The Unknown Known (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

69 Metascore

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris

Votes: 3,598 | Gross: $0.28M

27. Where to Invade Next (2015)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Comedy

64 Metascore

To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Johnny Fancelli, Christina Fancelli, Lorena Lardini

Votes: 21,401 | Gross: $3.82M

28. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

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: 47,866 | Gross: $2.80M

29. The Armstrong Lie (2013)

R | 124 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

67 Metascore

A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu

Votes: 6,834 | Gross: $0.38M

30. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 18,183

31. 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: 76,687

32. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary