IMAX Documentaries

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1. The Eruption of Mount St. Helens! (1980)

25 min | Documentary, Short

When mount st helens erupted and ruined everything even killed many human beings this was a sad and devastating story and time for family and friends not in this eruption. man I was born in... See full summary »

Director: George Casey | Star: Robert Foxworth

Votes: 140

2. Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets (1984)

35 min | Documentary, Short

The human history of the Grand Canyon is explored in this documentary, focusing on the earliest native civilizations about which little is known, through the coming of the Europeans, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Daniel T. Majetich, Coby Jordan, Bruce Simballa, Stuart Reeder

Votes: 232 | Gross: $52.80M

3. Speed (1984)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short, History

A documentary on the history on mankind's attempts to reach high speeds. Starting with the invention of the bicycle, going on to sports cars, cars with jet engines, rocket-powered cars, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Stars: James Burke, Monty Cox, Shane McCamey, Linda Hoy

Votes: 118

4. The Dream Is Alive (1985)

Not Rated | 37 min | Documentary, Short

Traveling on the Space Shuttle, covers training, launch, flight, deployment of LDEF from Challenger in April 1984 (STS-41C).

Director: Graeme Ferguson | Stars: Walter Cronkite, David Leestma, George Nelson, Sally Ride

Votes: 416

5. Blue Planet (1990)

42 min | Short, Documentary

On several Shuttle missions, Earth has been portrayed from places that nobody else could reach. We also get shown the different locations and the environmental problems mankind created ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Burtt | Stars: James Buchli, Toni Myers

Votes: 720 | Gross: $22.80M

6. Antarctica (1991)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short

This large format film explores the last great wilderness on earth. It takes you to the coldest, driest, windiest continent, Antarctica. The film explores life in Antarctica, both for the ... See full summary »

Director: John Weiley | Star: Alex Scott

Votes: 337 | Gross: $100.00M

7. Ring of Fire (II) (1991)

40 min | Documentary, Short

This spectacular presentation explores the volcano belt known as the Ring of Fire. Breathtaking cinematography displays close up shots of past and present Pacific Rim volcanoes from Chile, USA, Japan and the Philippines.

Director: George Casey | Stars: Robert Foxworth, Norman Banks, Lawrence Blair, Gary Rosenquist

Votes: 209

8. Momentum (1992)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Tony Ianzelo, Colin Low

Votes: 21

9. Africa: The Serengeti (1994)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

Tanzania's Serengeti Plains are the landscape we picture when we think of Africa. For millions of years, the drama of survival has played out here and once a year, millions of antelope ... See full summary »

Director: George Casey | Star: James Earl Jones

Votes: 586

10. Destiny in Space (1994)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Travel up close astronauts as they repair the Hubble Space Telescope and soar above Venus and Mars whilst finding proof of new planets and the possibility of other life forming around distant stars.

Directors: Ben Burtt, Phyllis Ferguson, James Neihouse, Gail Singer | Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Roberta L. Bondar, Eric DeJong, Ronald J. Grabe

Votes: 308

11. Titanica (1992)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, History

Titanica reveals the clearest motion pictures ever captured of the Titanic. Witness startling images of the long-lost ruin contrasted with never-before-seen 1912 archival photos showing her... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Low | Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Steven Biel, Steve Blasco, Daniel Allen Butler

Votes: 356

12. The Living Sea (1995)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short

A survey of the world's oceans, emphasizing the fact that it's a single interconnected ocean, and the dependence of all life on the ocean. Along the way we spend time with some surfers, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Steven K. Katona, Meryl Streep, Judith Connor, William Hamner

Votes: 502

13. The Great American West (1995)

41 min | Documentary, Short, History

THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST tells the story of the settlement of the United States' western frontier. Using the stories and words taken from diaries and letters of real people, this film not ... See full summary »

Directors: Reed Smoot, Sterling Van Wagenen | Stars: Jason Robards, Sagiri Arima, Preston Cheung, Christopher Ivins

Votes: 53

14. Cosmic Voyage (1996)

36 min | Documentary, Short

Where do we fit in with the universe? This film seeks to explore our place among the ever-expanding universe.

Director: Bayley Silleck | Star: Morgan Freeman

Votes: 664

15. Amazon (1997)

Not Rated | 38 min | Documentary, Short

Both Indian shaman Julio Mamani and ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin seek medicinal plants in the basin of the Amazon River.

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Linda Hunt, Jesse Corti, Mark Plotkin, Sydney Possuelo

Votes: 284

16. The Hidden Dimension (1997)

39 min | Documentary, Short

11 year old Elly unravels the clues found in letters from her grandfather...and discovers a normally unseen world of beauty and amazement that staggers the imagine.

Director: Paul Cox | Stars: James Garner, Charlotte Sullivan, C. David Johnson, Gosia Dobrowolska

Votes: 37

17. Mission to Mir (1997)

40 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Ivan Galin | Star: August Schellenberg

Votes: 236

18. Everest (1998)

Unrated | 44 min | Documentary, Short

An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return... See full summary »

Directors: David Breashears, Stephen Judson, Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Liam Neeson, Lhakpa Dorji, Dorje Sherpa, Ed Viesturs

Votes: 3,036 | Gross: $87.18M

19. Mysteries of Egypt (1998)

38 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

Egypt is and ever was a place of mystery. Many rumors spread around the great Pyramids of Gizeh (the only one of the seven wonders of the world left), their age ranges - in different ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Neibaur | Stars: Omar Sharif, Kate Maberly, Timothy Davies, Julian Curry

Votes: 480 | Gross: $40.59M

20. Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (1998)

41 min | Documentary, Short

A look at the Alaskan wilderness throughout the year, from the harsh winters to the rejuvenating spring, and the animals (including its human residents) who learn to adapt to the extremes ... See full summary »

Director: George Casey | Star: Charlton Heston

Votes: 476 | Gross: $100.00M

21. T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998)

45 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A youth who finds a dinosaur egg accidentally breaks it. Soon after, she begins to have surreal visions of dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Peter Horton, Liz Stauber, Kari Coleman, Charlene Sashuk

Votes: 680 | Gross: $53.35M

22. Wolves (1999)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Wolves tells the remarkable story of one of the world's most tenacious species and our closest fellow predator. The film follows these elusive subjects across remote landscapes in an effort... See full summary »

Director: David Douglas | Star: Robbie Robertson

Votes: 204 | Gross: $5.47M

23. Adventures in Wild California (2000)

41 min | Documentary, Short

A visit to many of the places and people that give California its reputation as a place of extremes. Among the major segments: Sky surfing in the San Diego area; the movies, including a ... See full summary »

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Troy Hartman, Stephen C. Sillett, Jimmy Smits, Susan Campbell

Votes: 149

24. Dolphins (2000)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

Experience how dolphins live and play, and unravel the mysteries of dolphin communication in this Academy Award-nominated IMAX film which takes you into the complex lives of these fascinating animals.

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Alejandro Acevedo-GutiƩrrez, Dean Bernal, Kathleen Dudzinski

Votes: 439 | Gross: $84.40M

25. Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)

Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary, Sport

57 Metascore

A documentary that follows Michael Jordan's basketball career, stint in baseball, and his last championship season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Directors: Don Kempf, James D. Stern | Stars: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Greene

Votes: 1,937 | Gross: $18.64M

26. Super Speedway (1997)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

We follow the Newman-Haas (Andretti) racing team through the process of building, testing, and racing for a season. This includes extensive race speed on-track footage, including some ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Low | Stars: Paul Newman, Richard Garneau, Jim Paulson, Jeff Andretti

Votes: 440 | Gross: $40.00M

27. China: The Panda Adventure (2001)

48 min | Drama

49 Metascore

1936, China. Ruth Harkness has come to settle the affairs of her husband, Bill, who died while observing the rare and unstudied panda bear. His journal describes the panda as shy and docile... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Maria Bello, Yu Xia, Xander Berkeley, Bill Hayes

Votes: 177 | Gross: $3.71M

28. Great North (2001)


Martin J. Dignard and William Reeve examine the landscape of the Arctic and long-standing Inuit traditions.

Directors: Martin J. Dignard, William Reeve | Stars: Adamie Quasiak Inukpuk, Shelagh Rogers

Votes: 95

29. Haunted Castle (2001)

PG | 38 min | Animation, Short, Horror

This IMAX 3D film follows a young musician, Johnny, as he explores his mysterious new home bequeathed to him by his deceased mother. Johnny quickly finds that something is amiss as ghosts and the devil himself welcome him home.

Director: Ben Stassen | Stars: Jasper Steverlinck, Kyoko Baertsoen, Harry Shearer

Votes: 437 | Gross: $13.65M

30. The Human Body (2001)

40 min | Documentary, Short

81 Metascore

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Director: Peter Georgi | Stars: Heather Pike, Buster Pike, Zannah Lawrence, Luke Brinkers

Votes: 114

31. Journey Into Amazing Caves (2001)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

Meet Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach. These women are compelled to push their limits in hostile environments. They are cavers who risk fatal danger for the thrill of discovery. Barton ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Judson | Stars: Liam Neeson, Steve Atteberry, Nancy Holler Aulenbach, Hazel Barton

Votes: 481 | Gross: $30.00M

32. Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is a giant-screen film that tells the dramatic true story of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's now-legendary 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic ... See full summary »

Director: George Butler | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Conrad Anker, Iain Fraser, Michael Gambon

Votes: 413 | Gross: $0.16M

33. Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk (2002)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Adrenaline Rush: the Science of Risk takes a look at the world of skydiving and base jumping - parachuting from a building, a bridge or a cliff. While providing breathtaking views of ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Fafard | Stars: Charles Bryan, Jon Devore, Cameron Monaghan, George Morris

Votes: 231 | Gross: $10.99M

34. India: Kingdom of the Tiger (2002)

42 min | Documentary, Short

Follow in the footsteps of Jim Corbett, the famed English hunter-naturalist, as he races to save an Indian village from the terror of a man-eating tiger. Along his journey he expresses his ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Neibaur | Stars: Colin Vint, Christopher Heyerdahl, Smriti Mishra, Hema Bisht

Votes: 186

35. Space Station 3D (2002)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

From outer space countries don't exist.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Tom Cruise, James Arnold, Michael J. Bloomfield, Robert D. Cabana

Votes: 1,482 | Gross: $93.37M

36. Ultimate X: The Movie (2002)

PG | 47 min | Documentary, Sport

60 Metascore

Made-for-IMAX documentary about the athletes of ESPN's Summer X games, including skateboarders, BMX riders, motocrossers, and street lugers.

Director: Bruce Hendricks | Stars: Bob Burnquist, Brian Deegan, Tony Hawk, Carey Hart

Votes: 267 | Gross: $4.20M

37. Bugs! (2003)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Documentary

61 Metascore

A film about the various insects in Borneo's rainforest.

Director: Mike Slee | Star: Judi Dench

Votes: 318 | Gross: $13.63M

38. Coral Reef Adventure (2003)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary

Take a once in a lifetime journey across the South Pacific for a spectacular IMAX adventure. Joy, ecstasy, a spiritual high: these words describe the exhilaration of diving a pristine coral... See full summary »

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Liam Neeson, Howard Hall, Michele Hall, Jean-Michel Cousteau

Votes: 508 | Gross: $24.60M

39. Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (2003)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Documentary

Alvin, a deep-sea mechanized probe, makes a voyage some 12,000 feet underwater to explore the Azores, a constantly-erupting volcanic rift between Europe and North America.

Director: Stephen Low | Stars: Ed Harris, Richard Lutz

Votes: 300

40. Sacred Planet (2004)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short

53 Metascore

This IMAX film shows exotic places that still exist and gives new insights into the Earth's diverse landscapes, peoples and animals. From the last remaining old growth forests of British ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Long | Stars: Robert Redford, Arapata McKay, Tsaan Ciqae, Mae Tui

Votes: 243

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