Best Documentaries

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1. Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary, Family

A journey through space and time.

Director: Yavar Abbas | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Sean Pertwee

Votes: 3,607

2. Through the Wormhole (2010–2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 15,953

3. The Universe (2007– )

45 min | Documentary, History

This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 4,632

4. The Elegant Universe (2003– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary examining string theory.

Stars: Michael Duff, Michael B. Green, Brian Greene, Walter Lewin

Votes: 2,068

5. Wonders of the Universe (I) (2011– )

TV-G | 59 min | Documentary

Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most dramatic parts of the globe to explain the fundamental principles that govern the laws of nature - light, gravity, energy, matter and time. With ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 3,558

7. 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: 99,529

8. Inside the Milky Way (2010 TV Movie)

96 min | Documentary

Embark on an astounding journey across 100,000 light-years to witness key moments in the history of the Milky Way. Using cutting-edge science, National Geographic constructs a 3-D ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Copp | Star: James S. Bullock

Votes: 293

9. Horizon (I) (1964– )

50 min | Documentary

British documentary series that covers a variety of subjects in science and philosophy.

Stars: Paul Vaughan, Jack Fortune, Dilly Barlow, Martin Jarvis

Votes: 887

10. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

Science documentaries about various topics.

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

Votes: 2,037

11. Strip the Cosmos (2014– )

Documentary

STRIP THE COSMOS strips major planets, moons, black holes, stars and galaxies of their gas, force-fields, rocks and magma, layer by layer, act by act, to explore their hidden secrets and ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Loren, Hakeem Oluseyi, Richard Cotton, Laura Danly

Votes: 170

12. 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: 4,718

14. Atom (2007– )

180 min | Documentary

The story of the discovery that everything is made from atoms, one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history, and the brilliant minds behind it.

Star: Jim Al-Khalili

Votes: 425

15. Dangerous Knowledge (2007 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary

Documentary about four of the most brilliant mathematicians of all time, Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing, their genius, their tragic madness and their ultimate suicides.

Director: David Malone | Stars: David Malone, Roger Penrose

Votes: 186

17. Order & Disorder (2012– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Professor Jim Al-Khalili unwraps the evolutionary histories responsible for the modern human condition, as currently represented by our sophistication in energy manipulation and information technology.

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Annabel Troost, Janet Anders, Peter Atkins

Votes: 228

18. Light and Dark (2013– )

118 min | Documentary

Prof. Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of light and darkness in terms of their astronomic importance, and their role in our understanding of the universe.

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Daniel Hunt, Chamkaur Ghag, Paul Murdin

Votes: 149

19. The Human Face (2001– )

200 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

This 4 part BBC series examines the science behind facial beauty, expression, and fame in an entertaining fashion.

Stars: John Cleese, David Attenborough, Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan

Votes: 528

20. 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: 274

21. The Story of Maths (2008– )

TV-G | Documentary

The history of mathematics from ancient times to the present day. Narrated by Oxford mathematics professor Marcus du Sautoy, the series covers the seminal moments and people in the development of maths.

Stars: Marcus du Sautoy, Christopher Anagnostakis, June Barrow-Green, Daniel Bernoulli

Votes: 427

22. God, the Universe and Everything Else (1988 Video)

51 min | Talk-Show

In a studio setting, Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (who joins them via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Director: Hector Stewart | Stars: Magnus Magnusson, Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke, Carl Sagan

Votes: 181

23. A Brief History of Time (1991)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, was one of the great minds of all time.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking

Votes: 4,861 | Gross: $2.28M

25. Stephen Hawking's Universe (2010– )

Documentary

In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,699

26. Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible (2009– )

TV-G | 45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

What first appears to be a send-up of classic science fiction is in fact a thorough examination of the real-world science behind the sensationalism. In the pilot episode, the physics behind... See full summary »

Stars: Michio Kaku, Zorikh Lequidre, Luke Crowe, Paul Davies

Votes: 353

27. Curiosity (2011– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

This program is made by the Discovery Network, and the show's 'full-name' has the suffix phrase of "The Questions of Our Life", after curiosity. The show tries to answer mysteries and ... See full summary »

Stars: Josh Charles, Martin Sheen, Sean Barrett, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 621

28. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 3,977

29. Wonders of Life (2013– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

Physicist and professor Brian Cox travels across the globe to uncover the secrets of the most extraordinary phenomenon in the universe: life.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,354

30. Everything and Nothing (2011)

Documentary

Two-part documentary which deals with two of the deepest questions there are - what is everything, and what is nothing? In two episodes, Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Carlos Frenk, Simon Schaffer, Ian Stewart

Votes: 507

31. 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: 6,904 | Gross: $0.87M

32. A Night with the Stars (2011 TV Movie)

Documentary

Professor Cox takes a diamond and with the help of an audience of stars explains quantum theory.

Director: Stephen Neal | Stars: Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalili, Paul Foot, James May

Votes: 145

33. The Secret Life of Chaos (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists ... See full summary »

Director: Nic Stacey | Star: Jim Al-Khalili

Votes: 572

34. Hyperspace (2001)

180 min | Documentary

Explore the wonders of our universe with Sam Neill.

Star: Sam Neill

Votes: 1,344

36. Stephen Hawking's Grand Design (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this documentary, Stephen Hawking tries to explain what science can tell us about the meaning of life through physics, philosophical discussion,and Hawking's own unique scientific ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Funke Adeleke, Tom Bonington

Votes: 1,146

38. Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (2007)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Mark Oliver Everett, singer of the band EELS, on his quest to get to know his later father, quantum physicist Hugh Everett III, who invented the Many Worlds theory.

Director: Louise Lockwood | Stars: Mark Oliver Everett, Max Tegmark

Votes: 151

39. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Great Math Mystery (2015)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

NOVA leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour -- a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniel McCabe, Richard Reisz | Stars: Derek Abbott, Eduard Asaryan, Liz Bohannon, Maria Chudnovsky

Votes: 148

40. Human Universe (2014– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Brian travels the globe to discuss these topics with examples from our planet and others in the universe.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,073

41. The Big Bang Machine (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary

A tour and presentation of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland from physicist Brian Cox.

Director: Gideon Bradshaw | Stars: Brian Cox, Alavaro de Rujula

Votes: 41

42. Stargazing Live (2011– )

Reality-TV

Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain host three days of live stargazing featuring epic images from observatories around the globe.

Stars: Brian Cox, Dara O Briain, Liz Bonnin, Mark Thompson

Votes: 206

43. Stephen Hawking's Universe (1997– )

Not Rated | 360 min | Documentary

6-part documentary series from arguably the greatest scientific mind in the world, the wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking, which describes all current thinking on the Big Bang, origins of the... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Eugene Babaev, Jeff Rawle, Gregory Benford

Votes: 935

44. Naked Science (2004– )
Episode: Hubble's Amazing Universe (2008)

Documentary, Adventure

Hubble Space Telescope is awaiting one final shuttle servicing mission, but why is a telescope worth the risk? Hubble has made numerous discoveries, such as the birth of stars, the death of... See full summary »

Director: Dana Berry | Stars: Phil Plait, John M. Grunsfeld, Jeff Hester, Howard E. Bond

Votes: 55

45. Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking (2014 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Led by a pioneer in the science world, Stephen Hawking, this special takes us on a journey which delves into the subjects of stem cells both embryonic and adult to explore what these ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Sharp | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Michael C. Hall, Krstin Baldwin, Vincent Giampapa

Votes: 104

46. Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (2011– )

46 min | Documentary

These machines will completely transform the way we live. Be whisked into the future in a driverless car, then watch as motorized artificial limbs transform paraplegics into pedestrians--and average humans into bionic miracles.

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Kathy Sykes, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins

Votes: 122

47. Known Universe (2009– )

60 min | Documentary

Travel through the universe to explore the really big questions. Is there life on other planets? Just how big was the Big Bang? What would traveling at "warp speed" really look like? Could ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Jacobs, Beau Weaver, Sigrid Close, Andy Howell

Votes: 291

48. 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: 32,511