With HBO Documentary Films (Sorted by US Box Office Ascending)



1. Twist of Faith (2004)

TV-MA | 87 min | Documentary

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70 Metascore

A man confronts the trauma of past sexual abuse as a boy by a Catholic priest only to find his decision shatters his relationships with his family, community and faith.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Jeff Anderson, Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy, Sandy Comes

Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.00M

2. Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.7
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70 Metascore

'Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo' goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. In 2006, female inmates were allowed to... See full summary »

Director: Bradley Beesley | Stars: Danny Liles, Jamie Brooks, Brandy Witte, Crystal Herrington

Votes: 43 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary

7.6
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70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

Votes: 1,368 | Gross: $0.01M

4. The Kids Grow Up (2009)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

6.7
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61 Metascore

A humorous and deeply moving look at father-daughter relationships, modern-day parenting, marriage and the looming empty nest.

Director: Doug Block

Votes: 146 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Unlocking the Cage (2016)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Drama, History

6.9
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63 Metascore

Between 2013 and 2015, a group of nonprofit attorneys seek nonhuman clients for whom they can advocate in two U.S. territories, in order to establish legal personhood for elephants, cetaceans and nonhuman apes in the U.S.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Star: Steven M. Wise

Votes: 320 | Gross: $0.03M

6. The Windmill Movie (2008)

82 min | Documentary

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Filmmaker Richard P. Rogers tried for twenty years to make a documentary about his own life. He died in 2001, leaving the project unfinished, until his widow, acclaimed photographer Susan ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Olch | Stars: Wallace Shawn, Bob Balaban, Susan Meiselas, Richard P. Rogers

Votes: 109 | Gross: $0.03M

7. GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

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An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon

Votes: 9,982 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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73 Metascore

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.

Director: Susanne Rostock | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway

Votes: 415 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,631 | Gross: $0.06M

10. Public Speaking (2010)

84 min | Documentary

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A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Pau Casals

Votes: 1,459 | Gross: $0.06M

11. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.9
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74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,380 | Gross: $0.09M

12. Afghan Star (2009)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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78 Metascore

A look at how contestants on the a musical contest program "Pop Idol" in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show.

Director: Havana Marking | Stars: Habib Amiri, Setara Hussainzada, Rafi Naabzada, Lima Sahar

Votes: 916 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

7.7
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76 Metascore

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz

Votes: 3,241 | Gross: $0.16M

14. Iraq in Fragments (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

7.3
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84 Metascore

Stories from modern day Iraq as told by Iraqis living in a time of war, occupation and ethnic tension.

Director: James Longley | Stars: Mohammed Haithem, Suleiman Mahmoud, Muqtada al-Sadr, George W. Bush

Votes: 1,354 | Gross: $0.20M

15. Heart of a Dog (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.1
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84 Metascore

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle.

Director: Laurie Anderson | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Archie, Jason Berg, Heung-Heung Chin

Votes: 1,868 | Gross: $0.42M

16. Inside Deep Throat (2005)

NC-17 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.7
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64 Metascore

An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Dennis Hopper, Gerard Damiano

Votes: 6,270 | Gross: $0.65M

17. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

8.1
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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: 48,443 | Gross: $2.80M

18. Playing the Field: Sports and Sex in America (2000 TV Movie)

Documentary, Sport

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Stars: Robert Towne, Robert Lipsyte, Al Joyner, Billie Jean King

Votes: 23

19. Death in Gaza (2004)

TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary

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The harrowing documentary that portrays the horror of the Israeli conflict and the resulting death of its director, James Miller.

Director: James Miller | Stars: James Miller, Saira Shah

Votes: 1,155

20. Real Sex (1990– )

TV-MA | Documentary

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Documentary series that explores sex in the '90s. Each episode has several segments about current trends in sexuality as well as street interviews with common people.

Stars: Susan Block, Barbara Carrellas, Samantha Jones, Nely Galan

Votes: 304

21. Brothers (I) (2006)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

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Award-winning filmmaker Sean McGinly lost his brother Mark in the attack on the Twin Towers. Overwhelmed with grief and unwilling to let Mark fade away. Sean set out to find other men who had lost brothers on 9/11.

Director: Sean McGinly

Votes: 23

22. John & Jane (2005)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

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A entirely original blend of observational documentary and tropical science-fiction, JOHN & JANE follows the stories of six "call agents" that answer American 1-800 numbers in a Mumbai call center.

Director: Ashim Ahluwalia | Stars: Glen Castinho, Sydney Fernandes, Pravin Namrata Parekh, Nikesh Soares

Votes: 144

23. Real Sex (1990– )
Episode: Katie Morgan: A Porn Star Revealed (2005)

TV-MA | Documentary

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Director: Dan Chaykin | Stars: Katie Morgan, Dan Chaykin

Votes: 20

24. Legendary Nights (2003– )

Documentary, Sport

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Stars: Jim Lampley, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ron Borges, Larry Merchant

Votes: 73

25. Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 54 min | Documentary

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Examines the diversity of human sexual and gender variance around the globe, with commentary by scientific experts and first-hand accounts of people who do not conform to a simple male/female binary.

Director: Antony Thomas | Stars: Gore Vidal, Calpernia Addams, Beth Aynsley, Max Beck

Votes: 255

26. Real Sex (1990– )
Episode: Real Sex 27: Slippery When Wet (2001)

TV-MA | Documentary

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Slippery When Wet/Deep Sex/Hot Toys/Peekaboo.

Director: Patti Kaplan | Stars: Barry Brandt, Tracie Bruce, Bruce Hamil, Menage

Votes: 6

27. Andrew Jenks, Room 335 (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

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At 19 years old, Andrew Jenks moved into an assisted living facility in Florida with two friends in order to document life there and to glean what lessons he could from the senior ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Jenks | Stars: Bill Delarm, Andrew Jenks, Dotty Shepard, Tammy Signorile

Votes: 210

28. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006–2007)

TV-MA | 255 min | Documentary

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An examination of the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Stars: Darleen Asevedo, Jay Asevedo, Shelton Shakespear Alexander, Lee Arnold

Votes: 3,983

29. Baghdad ER (2006 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary

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Winner of four Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill)! The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH)--the U.S. Army's premier ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill | Stars: Jeffrey Beltran, William Berterm, Edward Dunton, James Hill

Votes: 444

30. The One Percent (2006)

Documentary

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In this hard-hitting but humorous documentary, director Jamie Johnson takes the exploration of wealth that he began in Born Rich one step further. The One Percent, refers to the tiny ... See full summary »

Director: Jamie Johnson | Stars: Nicole Buffet, Chuck Collins, Steve Forbes, Cody Franchetti

Votes: 991

31. Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater (2006)

90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Julie Anderson | Stars: Julian Bond, Benjamin C. Bradlee, James Carville, Hillary Clinton

Votes: 183

32. Real Sex (1990– )
Episode: Real Sex 12 (1995)

TV-MA | 14 min | Documentary

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Getting Off Online; The Black Orchid; Truck Stop on Highway 93; Takin' Care of Business.

Directors: Patti Kaplan, Helena Solberg

Votes: 8

33. Real Sex (1990– )
Episode: Real Sex 20: Ladies Night (1998)

TV-MA | 14 min | Documentary

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Bottums Up; Poly Love; Body Painting; Size: XXL; The Barest in the Land.

Director: Patti Kaplan | Stars: Holly Montana, Catherine D'Lish, Brooke Haven, Simzie Watson

Votes: 9

34. The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006)

Not Rated | 38 min | Documentary, Short

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A year in the life of children in the Province of Anhui in China, who have lost their parents to AIDS. Traditional obligations to family and village collide with terror of the disease.

Director: Ruby Yang | Stars: Huang Children, Gao Jun, Nan Nan

Votes: 242

35. Real Sex (1990– )
Episode: The Best Sex: A Retrospective (2006)

TV-MA | Documentary

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From food-fetish feasts, to nude beauty pageants in the tropics, to virtual sex and more, this Real Sex collection relives the most erotic, unusual and humorous segments from many of HBO's ... See full summary »

Director: Patti Kaplan

Votes: 7

36. White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History

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Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Harold Agnew, Shuntaro Hida, Kiyoko Imori, Morris Jeppson

Votes: 1,605

37. Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)

TV-MA | 78 min | Documentary, History, War

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An examination of the prisoner abuse scandal involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in the fall of 2003.

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Israel Rivera, Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, George W. Bush

Votes: 884

38. We Are Together (Thina Simunye) (2006)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Music

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Tells the moving and inspiring story of 12 year old Slindile and her remarkable friends at the Agape orphanage in South Africa.

Director: Paul Taylor | Stars: Lorraine Bracco, Alicia Keys, Mbali, Mthobisi Moya

Votes: 200

39. Ithuteng (Never Stop Learning) (2005)

TV-14 | 70 min | Documentary

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Director: Willie Ebersol | Stars: Mama Jackey, Victor, Dineo

Votes: 15

40. The Addiction Project (2007– )

Drama

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Votes: 8

41. Untitled HBO's NXIVM Documentary

Documentary | Filming

A look at the experiences of the members of the NXIVM, an organization and sex cult who made headlines for being charged with sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy.

42. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality (2019)

TV-MA | 102 min | Documentary

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A look at how Alabama attorney Bryan Stevenson struggles to create more fairness in the legal system.

Directors: George Kunhardt, Peter W. Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt | Stars: Bryan Stevenson, Christy Stevenson, Howard Stevenson

Votes: 91

43. The Art of Political Murder

Documentary | Post-production

An investigation into the truth behind the murder of Guatemalan Bishop, Juan Gerardi, who was killed in 1998 just days after trying to hold the country's military accountable for the atrocities committed during its civil war.

Director: Paul Taylor

44. Real Sex (1990– )
Episode: Let It All Hang Out (2002)

TV-MA | Documentary

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Director: Patti Kaplan | Stars: Lexi Lam, Kloey Love, Jada DeVille, Carrie Bare

45. Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist (2019)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

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This feature documentary tells the inside story behind the hunt for ISIS poster boy "Jihadi John" by the US and British military and intelligence services. It interrogates the twisted ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke

Votes: 99

46. One Nation Under Stress (2019)

TV-14 | 70 min | Documentary

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"One Nation Under Stress" follows Sanjay Gupta as he tries to uncover the root causes of why American life expectancy is falling and is now shorter than all other major developed countries.

Director: Marc Levin | Star: Sanjay Gupta

Votes: 43

47. The Addiction Project (2007– )
Episode: Treating Stimulant Addiction: The CBT Approach (2007)

Drama

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Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent

48. Resolved (2007)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary

7.4
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The fascinating complexity of high school debate gives way to a portrait of the equally complex racial and class bias of American education in Greg Whiteley's riveting documentary. ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Whiteley | Stars: Samuel Alito, Louis Blackwell, Jon Bruschke, Matthew Edwards

Votes: 288

49. Very Ralph (2019)

Documentary

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Director: Susan Lacy

50. One Minute to Nine (2007)

83 min | Documentary

7.6
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Director: Tommy Davis | Star: Wendy Maldonado

Votes: 273


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