Documentaries on Science and Inventions

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1. Cosmos (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 100,109

2. Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention (2010)

30 min | Documentary, Animation, Comedy

Wallace introduces correspondents, inventors and experts who explain various real-life contraptions, inventions and scientific accomplishments.

Stars: Peter Sallis, Ashley Jensen, Jem Stansfield, John Sparkes

Votes: 646

3. Tesla: Master of Lightning (2000 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Biography of electrical inventor and visionary genius Nikola Tesla.

Director: Robert Uth | Stars: Stacy Keach, Elisabeth Noone, Leland I. Anderson, John Jacob Astor

Votes: 881

4. Particle Fever (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.

Director: Mark Levinson | Stars: David Kaplan, Fabiola Gianotti, Sherwood Boehlert, Joel Hefley

Votes: 6,918 | Gross: $0.87M

5. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Deadliest Volcanoes (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

Millions of people around the world live in the shadow of active volcanoes. Under constant threat of massive volcanic eruptions, their homes and their lives are daily at risk from these ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan Williams | Stars: Craig Sechler, Henry Heasler, Robert Smith, Geoff Mackley

Votes: 48

6. Pandora's Promise (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas

Votes: 1,764 | Gross: $0.07M

7. Space Unraveling the Cosmos (2014)

Documentary, Short

Documentary about the cosmos and its unimaginable vastness and content.

Votes: 83

8. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Ultimate Mars Challenge (2012)

TV-G | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

NOVA will be there for the exhilarating moments after Curiosity's landing on Mars --and for the spectacular discoveries sure to come.

Director: Gail Willumsen | Stars: Lance Lewman, Veronica McGregor, Jim Montgomery, John Grotzinger

Votes: 121

9. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Hunting the Elements (2012)

TV-G | 114 min | Documentary, Biography

Where do nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from? They're the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets.

Director: Chris Schmidt | Stars: David Pogue, Mike Lassiter, Lawrence L. Jones, Lindsay Baker

Votes: 91

10. Universe (1960)

29 min | Documentary, Short

A journey through the universe as it would appear to a space traveler beginning at the David Dunlap Observatory on Earth.

Directors: Roman Kroitor, Colin Low | Stars: Donald MacRae, Douglas Rain

Votes: 230

11. What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

38 Metascore

A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics.

Directors: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente | Stars: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie, Robert Bailey Jr.

Votes: 12,891 | Gross: $10.94M

12. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Cracking Your Genetic Code (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

Those in the know contend that soon gene sequencing will be cheap enough that anyone can have their genome deciphered. This program shows how confusing this knowledge can be as people ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Holt | Stars: Jamie Effros, Nathaniel Pearson, Francis Collins, Joe Beery

Votes: 54

13. Nova (1974– )
Episode: At the Edge of Space (2013)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

Between the blue sky above and the infinite blackness beyond lies a frontier that scientists have only just begun to investigate. In "At the Edge of Space," NOVA takes viewers on a ... See full summary »

Directors: Keisuke Hatate, Tomohiro Inoue, Taro Ishii, Atsuki Yamazaki | Stars: Craig Sechler, Ronald Williams, Earle Williams, Kerri Cahoy

Votes: 59

14. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria (2013)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

Investigate the alarming rise of untreatable infections.

Director: Rick Young | Stars: Will Lyman, Tonya Rerecich, Addie Rerecich, David E. Hoffman

Votes: 58

15. Mysteries of the Unseen World (2013)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD transports audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front... See full summary »

Director: Louie Schwartzberg | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Andrew Bankston, Payton Bourgeois, Elizabeth Donner

Votes: 701

16. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Meteor Strike (2013)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

Scientist relish the wealth of data available from the Chelyabinsk meteor impact to determine, for the first time, the physical details of a large meteor strike.

Stars: Corey Johnson, Richard Greenwood, Mark Boslough, Caroline Smith

Votes: 77

17. Equinox (1986– )
Episode: Einstein's Biggest Blunder (2000)


Einstein called his Cosmological Constant his biggest blunder. New theory shows that this constant can explain the big bang theory

Director: David Sington | Stars: Matthew Zajac, Dave Wark, Ruth Durrer, John Baldwin

Votes: 70

18. 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: 32,690

19. Inside Einstein's Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

Retrace the thought experiments that inspired his theory on the nature of reality.

Director: Jamie E. Lochhead | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, David Tennant, Hamza Ripley Abdallah, Sean Carroll

Votes: 466

20. The Most Unknown (2018)

92 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cheney | Stars: Jennifer L. Macalady, Luke McKay, Rachel L. Smith

Votes: 1,250 | Gross: $0.01M

21. How the Universe Works (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

Stars: Phil Plait, Michelle Thaller, Mike Rowe, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 4,746

22. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Life's Rocky Start (2016)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

Four and a half billion years ago, the young Earth was a hellish place-a seething chaos of meteorite impacts, volcanoes belching noxious gases, and lightning flashing through a thin, torrid... See full summary »

Director: Doug Hamilton | Stars: Jeffrey L. Bada, Ruth Blake, Peter Coveney, David Flannery

Votes: 113

23. Behind the Curve (2018)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary

Meet real Flat Earthers, a small but growing contingent of people who firmly believe in a conspiracy to suppress the truth that the Earth is flat.

Director: Daniel J. Clark | Stars: Mark K. Sargent, Jeran Campanella, Dave Chappelle, Robbie Davidson

Votes: 6,061

24. The Beginning of Life (2016)

G | 120 min | Documentary, Family

Discoveries in neuroscience can help us understand childhood development. When a person is born, it is more than just a genetic load. We are formed by our relationship with everything ... See full summary »

Director: Estela Renner | Star: Laura Schichvarger

Votes: 754

25. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Bigger Than T. Rex (2014)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

A team of palaeontologists led by Nizar Ibrahim go in search of Spinosaurus, a giant meat eater believed to be even larger than Tyrannosaurus rex.

Director: Chad Cohen | Stars: Peter Dodson, Nizar Ibrahim, Matt Lamanna, Christiano Dal Sasso

Votes: 124

26. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Killer Landslides (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

Scientists examine the causes of the 2014 Oso, Washington, landslide, the worst in decades.

Director: Liesl Clark | Stars: Brook Alongi, Mike Blankenship, Dayn Brunner, Randy Fay

Votes: 84

27. Nova (1974– )
Episode: First Man on the Moon (2014)

TV-G | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

A look inside the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

Directors: Duncan Copp, Christopher Riley | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Carol Armstrong, Dean Armstrong, Janet Armstrong

Votes: 115

28. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Ben Franklin's Balloons (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

From PBS and NOVA - The epic first stage in the adventure of human flight didn't begin with the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk but with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th century Paris. ... See full summary »

Director: Stéphane Bégoin | Stars: Benjamin Cleyet-Marrel, Tom D. Crouch, Guillaume de Montgolfier, Roland de Montgolfier

Votes: 39

29. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Why Planes Vanish (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

An examination of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and how airplane tracking systems could be improved to prevent a similar occurrence.

Directors: Miles O'Brien, Tristan Quinn | Stars: Les Abend, Chris Ashton, Richard Castaldo, Mike Dalton

Votes: 112

30. How We Got to Now (2014– )

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary, History

Explores the power and the legacy of great ideas.

Stars: Steven Johnson, Gene Chruszcz, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Terri Adams

Votes: 342

31. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Memory Hackers (2016)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

Memory is the glue that binds our mental lives. But how does it work? Neuroscientists using cutting-edge techniques are exploring the precise molecular mechanisms of memory. By studying a ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Lee Strachan | Stars: Jan Maxwell, Joseph LeDoux, Daniela Schiller, Julia Shaw

Votes: 173

32. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Black Hole Apocalypse (2018)

TV-G | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

A Two part documentary sharing detailed information on Black holes.

Director: Rushmore DeNooyer | Stars: Janna Levin, Nia-Imara Barberousse, Marcia Bartusiak, Shep Doeleman

Votes: 509

33. Salam - The First ****** Nobel Laureate (2018)

Approved | 75 min | Documentary

"Salam" is a feature length documentary about the Nobel prize winning Pakistani physicist, Abdus Salam. The film reveals the extraordinary life of the charismatic Abdus Salam, in all its ... See full summary »

Director: Anand Kamalakar

Votes: 160

34. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Prediction by the Numbers (2018)

TV-G | 52 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at why some predictions fail while others succeed at forecasting the future.

Director: Daniel McCabe | Stars: Billy Bane, Greg Carbin, Mona Chalabi, Richard De Veaux

Votes: 238

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