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1. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,097 | Gross: $0.27M

2. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 11,040

3. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 4,029

4. The West (1996)

537 min | Documentary, History, War

8.4
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Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.

Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Murphy Guyer, John Trudell

Votes: 1,432

5. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

9.2
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,327

6. Prohibition (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,286

7. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)

120 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

Stars: Peter Coyote, William Cronon, Dayton Duncan, Shelton Johnson

Votes: 1,323

8. Jazz (2001)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.6
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington

Votes: 1,694

9. Country Music (2019)

Documentary, Music

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10. Globe Trekker (1994– )

60 min | Adventure, Reality-TV

8.6
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The hosts travel to various destinations around the world. As they do, you view their experiences and listen to their critiques along the way.

Stars: Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick, Zay Harding

Votes: 763

11. The Dust Bowl (2012– )

Documentary

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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

Stars: Dorothy Williamson, Donald Worster, Timothy Egan, Calvin Crabill

Votes: 1,355

12. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War: Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and Martha Sharp, a trained social worker, in February 1939, boldly commit to a life-threatening mission in Europe to assist refugees.

Directors: Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky | Stars: Marina Goldman, Tom Hanks

Votes: 343

13. Astroboy (1980–1981)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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Originally intended to be kept a secret, the Pinocchio-like character becomes a publicly renowned superhero -- complete with devices like laser-firing fingers, uncanny hearing, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Ganoung, Bob Gonzalez, Debby Holmes, Hisashi Katsuda

Votes: 722

14. Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

TV-G | 58 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction process is described in interesting detail; later parts of the film interview ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Votes: 626

15. PBS NewsHour (1975– )

TV-G | 60 min | News

7.3
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PBS newshour is an news show which shows news updates.

Stars: Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, Jeffrey Brown

Votes: 288

16. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.3
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

Votes: 1,241

17. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 TV Movie)

TV-G | 240 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.6
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The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose

Votes: 972

18. Korea: The Never-Ending War (2019)

120 min | Documentary

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Votes: 34

19. Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)

TV-PG | 146 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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A biography of the life and work of the American architect.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Edward Herrmann, Philip Bosco, Julie Harris, Sab Shimono

Votes: 678

20. Jackie Robinson (2016– )

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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Documentary chronicles the personal and professional life of Jackie Robinson from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972. Robinson's rise from humble beginnings to became an American hero and pivotal figure in American history are detailed.

Stars: Keith David, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 318

21. Life and Debt (2001)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.6
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67 Metascore

Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.

Director: Stephanie Black | Stars: Belinda Becker, Buju Banton, Horst Köhler, Michael Manley

Votes: 930 | Gross: $0.24M

22. Thomas Jefferson (1997– )

180 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.

Stars: Ossie Davis, Joseph Ellis, John Hope Franklin, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 526

23. Medal of Honor (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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The story of the Medal of Honor - the highest U.S. award for valor in combat - is told through personal accounts of bravery and daring.

Director: Roger Sherman | Stars: Stephen Lang, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 72

24. Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 107 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

8.0
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The saga of Horatio Nelson Jackson, the first man to cross the United States by automobile--in 1903!

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Keith David, Tom Hanks, Adam Arkin, Tom Bodett

Votes: 398

25. Mark Twain (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 212 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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A biographical film about the acclaimed American humourist and author.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Keith David, Kevin Conway, Philip Bosco, Blythe Danner

Votes: 736

26. Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999– )

TV-G | 181 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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The story of Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and their life long fight to bring equal rights to women.

Stars: Carolyn McCormick, Adam Arkin, Lorie Barnum, Kathleen Barry

Votes: 228

27. The Senate Watergate Hearings (1973)

News

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The Senate Watergate hearings got underway May 17 and were the major focus of Watergate developments during the summer. A parade of clean-cut, young, contrite former CRP and White House ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Sam Ervin, Howard Baker

28. America in Primetime (2011– )

TV-14 | Documentary

7.5
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This documentary series looks at the evolution of specific character types appearing on American primetime episodic television from post WWII to the early twenty-first century. These ... See full summary »

Stars: Diablo Cody, David Chase, Judd Apatow, Alan Yentob

Votes: 317

29. In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul (2014 TV Special)

TV-PG | 56 min | Music

9.0
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A celebration of American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on our national musical culture. Several well-known singers bring blues, jazz, soul, R&B, and rock 'n' roll together at the White House.

Director: Leon Knoles | Stars: Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, James Genus

Votes: 8

30. Washington Week in Review (1967– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

7.2
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A roundtable discussion with journalist of the past week's major news events.

Stars: Gwen Ifill, Dan Balz, Karen Tumulty, John Dickerson

Votes: 53

32. Lafayette: The Lost Hero (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary

7.6
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No one in recorded history has suffered a fate quite like Lafayette. Once, the most famous man in the world; today, few people know who he was or what he accomplished. It is time to re-evaluate his crucial role in America's independence.

Director: Oren Jacoby | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, John Cullum, Michael Cumpsty, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 55

33. Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life (1997)

87 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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America's desire for freedom and the open road resulted in the construction of thousands of highways during the Eisenhower administration. Through interviews, archival footage and ... See full summary »

Directors: Lawrence R. Hott, Tom Lewis | Stars: Stephen Ambrose, Michael Smith, Dave Barry, Michele Grijalva

Votes: 24

34. Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns (2008– )

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

5.5
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Stars: Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi, Cornell Womack, Paul Christie

Votes: 40

35. Spaceflight (1985– )

226 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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A history of space flight.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Frank Borman, Scott Carpenter, Gerald P. Carr

Votes: 46

36. The Kennedy Center Presents: A Tribute to Muddy Waters: King of the Blues (1998 TV Special)

75 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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Recorded October 11, 1997 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C., an impressive All-Star cast of Blues musicians, including Muddy's own son Bill Morganfield,... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Dorfman | Stars: Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Ron Foster, Nick Gravenites

Votes: 5

37. A Force More Powerful (1999)

TV-G | 110 min | Documentary

8.0
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This two-part Emmy-nominated series explores one of the 20th century's most important but least understood stories: how nonviolent power has overcome oppression and authoritarian rule all ... See full summary »

Director: Steve York | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Salvador Allende, Shahla Arasteh, Janet Cherry

Votes: 40

38. Emilio and Gloria Estefan: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (2019 TV Movie)

Music

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Emilio and Gloria Estefan receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song -- the first married couple or musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive the honor.

Director: Jerry Foley | Stars: Emilio Estefan Jr., Emily Marie Estefan, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano

39. Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016)

TV-PG | 240 min | Documentary

7.9
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Documentary with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. chronicles the triumphs, struggles and contradictions of the last fifty years in African American History.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Jesse Jackson Jr., Nas, Cornel West

Votes: 46

40. Smithsonian World (1984– )

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: David McCullough, David Steadman, Lee Steadman, Andrew Wyeth

41. A Capitol Fourth (2009 TV Special)

TV-G | 90 min | Family, Music

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The annual July 4th concert to celebrate America's birthday, which is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Director: Paul Miller | Stars: Natasha Bedingfield, Aretha Franklin, Erich Kunzel, Barry Manilow

42. Bringing Down a Dictator (2002 TV Movie)

TV-G | 56 min | Documentary

7.9
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A student group called Otpor! ("Resistance!" in Serbian) forms part of the nonviolent opposition movement that toppled the regime of Slobodan Milosevic.

Director: Steve York | Stars: Shahla Arasteh, Zoran Djindjic, Robert Helvey, Vojislav Kostunica

Votes: 65

43. Quest for Dragons (2007 Video)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

6.9
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Dragon images and stories abound in ancient literature, archeology, mythology, and science. From as far back as 4000BC Sumeria to today, dragons have pervaded human cultures worldwide. But are they real?

Star: Tucker Smith

Votes: 7

44. Washington in the 2000s (2019 TV Movie)

PG | 60 min | Documentary

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Washington in the 2000s recounts major events, people and places of a decade in which sports thrived with return of baseball, the re-emergence of the Redskins, the Terrapins winning the ... See full summary »

Stars: Natalie Hopkinson, Cathy Lanier, Santana Moss, Andrea Roane

45. Lance Loud!: A Death in an American Family (2003 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.9
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A documentary. that is a follow-up of sorts to _"American Family, An" (1973)_, follows the life of Lance Loud, the son of the Loud family who came out on air, unprecedented on broadcast ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Raymond, Susan Raymond | Stars: Lance Loud, Rob Sheiffele, Rufus Wainwright

Votes: 28

46. First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty (2012)

84 min | Documentary

8.9
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Director: Lee B. Groberg | Stars: Dean Malissa, Randall Robinson

Votes: 7

47. Inside the White House (1995 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.7
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A revealing look inside the most famous house in America.

Director: John B. Bredar | Stars: Morgan Freeman, 'Reds' Arrington, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bush

Votes: 57

48. The Africans: A Triple Heritage (1986– )

Documentary

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Star: Ali Mazrui

49. Washington in the '90s (2018 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary

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Washington in the 90s recounts the major events, people and places of a decade in which the District of Columbia transitioned from a city of crisis, to a city of opportunity.

Stars: Doreen Gentzler, Kamal Ali, Backyard Band, The Junkyard Band

50. Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land (1989)

120 min | Documentary

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This two-hour documentary explores the life of Arabs and Jews living in Israel.

Director: Robert H. Gardner


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