Top 50 Adventure, Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. Deadliest Catch (2005– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

7.9
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A documentary series chronicling the real-life high-sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen. This is the most deadliest profession in the world.

Stars: Mike Rowe, Sig Hansen, Keith Colburn, Edgar Hansen

Votes: 7,162

2. The Dawn Wall (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.1
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81 Metascore

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 7,296 | Gross: $0.07M

3. Travel Man: 48 Hours in... (2015– )

Not Rated | 24 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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British comedian Richard Ayoade and a celebrity guest, usually from the comedy world, spend 48 hours in a popular city to discover the must see tourist attractions.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Greg Davies, Noel Fielding, Mel Giedroyc

Votes: 1,169

4. An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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Brit Karl Pilkington has led a sheltered life. Not having done any traveling, he enjoys living within the comforts of what he knows, basically that being what is purely British. As such, ... See full summary »

Stars: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Luke Campbell

Votes: 28,034

5. Meru (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

7.7
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77 Metascore

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin, Amee Hinkley

Votes: 12,670 | Gross: $2.33M

6. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 31,524 | Gross: $4.59M

7. Long Way Round (2004– )

TV-PG | 315 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.7
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This documentary series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 10,839

8. River Monsters (2009–2017)

42 min | Documentary, Adventure, Mystery

8.2
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Jeremy Wade searches the world for legendary and flesh-eating freshwater fish.

Stars: Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz, Tim Mousseau, Stan Groves

Votes: 4,115

9. Walking on Water (2018)

105 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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63 Metascore

An uncensored look into the artistic process and personal relationships of Christo, an artist known for his large-scale installations. For the first time since the passing of his wife and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Paounov | Star: Christo

Votes: 336 | Gross: $0.08M

10. Life Below Zero (2013– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

8.1
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The everyday struggles of living in the secluded state of Alaska where one wrong decision could cost you your life.

Stars: James Franzo, Agnes Hailstone, Sue Aikens, Chip Hailstone

Votes: 1,228

11. Ice Road Truckers (2007– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

6.4
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During the harsh winter of Canada's Northwest Territory, remote villages and work camps are cut off from the world. To keep them supplied, a tenacious group of long-haul truckers drive ... See full summary »

Stars: Alex Debogorski, Thom Beers, Hugh Rowland, Lisa Kelly

Votes: 2,713

12. The Summit (II) (2012)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure

6.9
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63 Metascore

The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.

Director: Nick Ryan | Stars: Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite, Walter Bonatti, Marco Confortola

Votes: 4,158 | Gross: $0.22M

13. Everest: Beyond the Limit (2006– )

Documentary, Adventure

8.4
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Climbers arrive at Everest Base Camp and quickly learn the dangers of the mountain.They are shocked to discover how badly their minds and bodies cope as they move to Advance Base Camp. A ... See full summary »

Stars: Phurba Tashi Sherpa, Rod Baber, Darius Vaiciulis, Fred Ziel

Votes: 731

14. Bound By Movement (2019)

82 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

5.4
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Go where only those with enough guts and dedication can reach. Join the worlds best parkour athletes as they travel to the edge of possibility on a behind the scenes journey risking their lives to create a film about doing what they love.

Director: Jesse La Flair | Stars: Jesse La Flair, Sydney Olson, Corbin Reinhardt, Mich Todorovic

Votes: 21

15. Mysteries at the Museum (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.2
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The stories behind interesting and unusual artifacts stored in museums are told.

Stars: Don Wildman, Armen Mazlumian, Rory Duffy, Paul Meltzer

Votes: 883

16. Given (2016)

72 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

7.8
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GIVEN is the story of a legacy that takes one unique family on an adventure from their home in Kauai around the world. Told through the memories of a child, Given is the simple yet ... See full summary »

Director: Jess Bianchi | Stars: Aamion Goodwin, Daize Goodwin, Given Goodwin, True Goodwin

Votes: 1,522

17. The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

7.8
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67 Metascore

In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of ... See full summary »

Directors: Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane | Star: Lazarus Lake

Votes: 3,792

18. The Weight of Water (2018)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.6
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Erik is totally blind and is solo kayaking the length of the Grand Canyon. In Lava Falls, a large dangerous rapid, he discovers that despite what people might say, barriers can be real and they hurt .. a lot.

Director: Michael Brown | Stars: Lonnie Bedwell, Steven Mace, Timmy O'Neill, Rob Raker

Votes: 10

19. Scam City (2012– )

Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

8.0
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Host Conor Woodman travels to some of the world's most popular cities in an effort to expose the darker side of tourism.

Stars: Conor Woodman, Richard Wilk

Votes: 688

20. The Last Shaman (2016)

77 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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49 Metascore

James gives himself 12 months before he has 'a license to kill himself', he sets off to the amazon rainforest with hopes of finding a shaman who can save his life.

Director: Raz Degan | Stars: Guillermo Arevalo, James Freeman

Votes: 752 | Gross: $0.02M

21. The Eagle Huntress (2016)

G | 87 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

7.5
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72 Metascore

Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.

Director: Otto Bell | Stars: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley, Rys Nurgaiv

Votes: 3,082 | Gross: $3.17M

22. Racing Extinction (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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81 Metascore

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton

Votes: 6,949

23. Cooper's Treasure (2017– )

60 min | Documentary, Adventure

6.6
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Treasure hunter Darrell Miklos sets out to find shipwrecks originally located by astronaut Gordon Cooper from space in 1963.

Stars: Darrell Miklos, Roger Miklos, Manuel Rodriguez, Charles Gregory Schwartz

Votes: 295

24. The Last Man on the Moon (2014)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

7.4
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78 Metascore

When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

Director: Mark Craig | Stars: Eugene Cernan, Alan Bean, Charles Duke, Richard Gordon

Votes: 2,773 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Survivorman (2004– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.3
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No food, no shelter, no fresh water - one man alone in the wild for seven days with only his wits and stamina to sustain him.

Stars: Les Stroud, Todd Standing, Logan Stroud, Sam Omik

Votes: 5,920

26. The River and the Wall (2019)

97 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.7
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89 Metascore

The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Masters | Stars: Ben Masters, Jay Kleberg, Filipe DeAndrade, Heather Mackey

Votes: 51 | Gross: $0.13M

27. Death Zone: Cleaning Mount Everest (2018)

99 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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A team of 20 elite Nepali climbers venture into the Death Zone of Mount Everest to restore their sacred mountain and the contaminated water source of 1.3 billion people. They ascend the ... See full summary »

Director: Marina Martins | Stars: Namgyal Sherpa, Chakra B. Karki, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 88

28. The Art of Flight (2011)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

8.3
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Two years in the making, "The Art of FLIGHT" gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new ... See full summary »

Director: Curt Morgan | Stars: Travis Rice, Mark Landvik, John Jackson, Nicolas Müller

Votes: 7,305

29. Free Trip to Egypt (2019)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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A feature length documentary film following one man's search for random Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and offering them a free trip to Egypt.

Director: Ingrid Serban | Stars: Katie Appeldorn, Jenna Day, Ellen Decker, Terry Decker

Votes: 26 | Gross: $0.07M

30. Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers (2013)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

5.2
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Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers is a documentary film by Ana Grillo and Beth Nelsen, aka Ana Mission and Agent Nelsen. Camp Beaverton is the Home for Wayward Girls, the only queer, all ... See full summary »

Directors: Ana Grillo, Beth Nelsen

Votes: 106

31. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.5
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A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Richard Stanley, Kier-La Janisse, Michael Gingold, Graham Humphreys

Votes: 2,763

32. Leap (III) (2018)

95 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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A one year experiment seeks to discover whether coaching can help ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.

Directors: Kasia Wezowski, Patryk Wezowski | Stars: Hisham Abdalla, Tara Antler, Clinton Callahan, Jack Canfield

Votes: 94

33. Wildboyz (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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The "Wildboyz", Steve-O and Chris Pontius, interact with different animals and travel around the globe.

Stars: Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Manny Puig, Johnny Knoxville

Votes: 3,830

34. This Mountain Life (2019)

76 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.0
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Few venture into true mountain wilderness. A riveting portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

Director: Grant Baldwin

Votes: 30

35. #TAKEMEANYWHERE (2018)

44 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.7
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LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner embark on a month-long project to hitchhike the internet, posting their coordinates online each day and waiting for a ride, with their path entirely in the hands of the public.

Directors: Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, Luke Turner | Stars: Luke Turner, Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, Lucille Petty

Votes: 45

36. Extinct or Alive (2018– )

Documentary, Adventure, Mystery

6.8
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What if extinct animals weren�t really extinct? The methods used to declare a species extinct are not as fool proof as people might assume. The search is on for wildlife adventurer ... See full summary »

Star: Forrest Galante

Votes: 150

37. Maidentrip (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

7.5
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70 Metascore

14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

Director: Jillian Schlesinger | Star: Laura Dekker

Votes: 3,461 | Gross: $0.07M

38. Orange Sunshine (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

7.2
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Orange Sunshine is the never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love - a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in California, which became the largest suppliers of LSD during ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Kirkley | Stars: Austin Arnold, Tyler Mauro, Francesca Galassi, Taylor Bottles

Votes: 421

39. The Wildest Dream (2010)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

7.3
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57 Metascore

Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.

Director: Anthony Geffen | Stars: Conrad Anker, Susan Robertson, Robert Macfarlane, Peter Gillman

Votes: 2,192 | Gross: $0.87M

40. Under an Arctic Sky (2017)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

7.1
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Six surfers set sail along the frozen shores of Iceland as the worst storm in twenty-five years is about to arrive.

Director: Chris Burkard | Stars: Chris Burkard, Sam Hammer, Steve Hawk, Sigurdur Jonsson

Votes: 1,133

41. The Crocodile Hunter (1996– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

7.7
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Steve and wife Terri educate and entertain on the subject of Australia's all too often dangerous wildlife.

Stars: Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Michele Santopietro, Sui the Dog

Votes: 2,395

42. Heroes Manufactured (2016)

90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

8.4
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A documentary following Canadian artists and their ability to break into the comic book industry while dealing with fandom and the craze of comic book conventions in Canada.

Director: Yaron Betan | Stars: Neal Adams, Vitaly S. Alexius, Gillian Anderson, Sanya Anwar

Votes: 452

43. Freeload (2014)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.1
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Director Daniel Skaggs, spent a year and a half documenting the people riding America's freight trains in the 21st century. What he brings to the screen is FREELOAD, a story of adventure, class disparity and the survival of youth.

Director: Daniel T. Skaggs

Votes: 87

44. Beyond the Edge (2013)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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59 Metascore

Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight, Joshua Rutter

Votes: 1,542

45. Bushwhacked! (2012– )

24 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

5.7
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Bushwhacked! is a high-energy, adrenalin-fueled race around Australia in search of weird, wacky and endangered species!

Stars: Kayne Tremills, Kamil Ellis, Brandon Walters

Votes: 15

46. The Fourth Phase (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

7.1
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From the innovators of "The Art Of FLIGHT" (2011) comes a documentary about the iconic snowboarder Travis Rice. The production of the movie started in 2013.

Director: Jon Klaczkiewicz | Stars: Mikkel Bang, Shin Biyajima, Ben Ferguson, Cam FitzPatrick

Votes: 1,178

47. The Endless Summer 2 (1994)

TV-14 | 109 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

7.6
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Bruce Brown, king of surfing documentaries, returns after nearly thirty years to trace the steps of two young surfers to top surfing spots around the world. Along the way we see many of the... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Patrick O'Connell, Robert 'Wingnut' Weaver, Robert August, T.J. Barron

Votes: 1,705 | Gross: $2.16M

48. The Yukon Assignment (2018)

86 min | Documentary, Adventure

9.3
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A British father and son undertake a five hundred mile canoe journey through the Canadian wilderness. An honest story of real adventure and the importance of making time for each other.

Director: Chris Lucas | Stars: Chris Lucas, Niall Lucas

Votes: 52

49. Living on One Dollar (2013)

TV-14 | 56 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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An award-winning film that has been called "A Must Watch" by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross. Living on One Dollar follows the journey of four ... See full summary »

Directors: Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, Chris Temple | Stars: Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, Ryan Christoffersen

Votes: 4,503

50. Finding 52

90 min | Documentary, Adventure | Post-production

Finding 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World is a feature length documentary that will take audiences on a journey to find the forgotten "52 Hertz Whale." Calling out at 52 ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Zeman


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