Most Popular Documentary Titles With Online Videos Available on Prime Video


1. City of Ghosts (2017)

R | 92 min | Documentary, War

7.5
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86 Metascore

A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Heineman | Stars: Hamoud, Hussam, Mohamad, Hassan

Votes: 1,529 | Gross: $0.13M

2. After Porn Ends (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

5.7
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An exploration of the lives of several former adult performers who have retired from the porn industry.

Director: Bryce Wagoner | Stars: Amber Lynn, Asia Carrera, Bobby Slayton, Crissy Moran

Votes: 6,021

3. Where to Invade Next (2015)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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64 Metascore

To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Johnny Fancelli, Christina Fancelli, Lorena Lardini

Votes: 18,396 | Gross: $3.82M

4. Forensic Files (1996– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

8.8
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A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Skip Palenik, Tom Bevel, Lowell Levine

Votes: 2,694

5. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

7.7
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95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando

Votes: 9,858 | Gross: $7.12M

6. American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (2017– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.3
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The Amazon Original Series draws from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal archives, chronicling the life of an American icon and the history of the brand he created.

Stars: Matt Whelan, Emmett Skilton, Adam Jonas Segaller, Chelsie Preston Crayford

Votes: 999

7. The Secret (2006 Video)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

5.7
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Interviews with self-proclaimed authors, philosophers, scientists, with an in-depth discussion of visualizing your goals. The audience is shown how they can learn and use 'The Secret' in their everyday lives.

Director: Drew Heriot | Stars: Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, John Assaraf, Loral Langemeier

Votes: 10,602

8. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 3,378

9. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Oliver Platt

Votes: 1,118

10. The Red Pill (2016)

108 min | Documentary

8.5
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The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?"

Director: Cassie Jaye | Stars: Cassie Jaye, Paul Elam, Attila Vinczer, Dean Esmay

Votes: 6,076

11. 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: 8,641 | Gross: $2.33M

12. Not Alone (II) (2016)

TV-14 | 51 min | Documentary | Completed

6.4
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Driven by a desire to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, Jacqueline Monetta, 18 gets teens suffering to share their struggles with mental illness and suicide attempts. ... See full summary »

Directors: Kiki Goshay, Jacqueline Monetta

Votes: 38

13. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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73 Metascore

While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker, Dania Abu-Rmaileh

Votes: 91,528 | Gross: $11.53M

14. Amy (III) (2015)

R | 128 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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85 Metascore

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Russell Brand

Votes: 39,099 | Gross: $8.41M

15. The Joy of Painting (1983–1994)

30 min | Documentary, Family

9.4
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In this half-hour program, artist Bob Ross paints on canvas a beautiful oil painting.

Stars: Bob Ross, Steve Ross, Dana Jester, Peep

Votes: 2,790

16. Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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71 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.

Director: Mat Whitecross | Stars: Paul Arthurs, Christine Biller, Mark Coyle, Debbie Turner

Votes: 7,059 | Gross: $0.24M

17. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

Documentary

8.3
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Anderson Cooper, Valerie Jarrett

Votes: 402

18. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 44,903

19. Fifty Shades Uncovered (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

4.6
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The bestselling adult novel of all time by E.L. James is now a global phenomenon. This new film lifts the lid on a cultural phenomenon that just won't be restrained anymore.

Director: Sonia Anderson | Stars: Emily Agnes, Aura Borealis, Lauren Bowgen, Eugene Doyle

Votes: 166

20. That Sugar Film (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.4
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56 Metascore

Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body.

Director: Damon Gameau | Stars: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Milla Bakaitis, Richard Davies

Votes: 6,509

21. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

8.5
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84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 43,195 | Gross: $0.86M

22. How the Universe Works (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.0
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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, Lawrence Krauss, Richard Lintern

Votes: 4,057

23. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.3
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 12,259

24. The Detectives (2015– )

Documentary

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Three part documentary series following the work of the Greater Manchester Police Serious Sexual Offences Unit, combined with the Major Investigation Team. Running through the episodes is ... See full summary »

Stars: Colin Barr, Shaun Dooley, Rupert Houseman, Ruth Kelly

Votes: 122

25. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary

6.8
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The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. In ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler, Jay Schuler

Votes: 2,609

26. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

7.6
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91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 10,487 | Gross: $1.60M

27. American Masters (1985– )

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 551

28. Deep Web (2015)

TV-MA | 90 min | Documentary

7.0
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A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law; with particular focus on the FBI capture of the Tor hidden service Silk Road, and the judicial aftermath.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Nicolas Christin, Cindy Cohn, Joshua L. Dratel, Andy Greenberg

Votes: 7,624

29. One More Time with Feeling (2016)

113 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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92 Metascore

Explores the creative process of Nick Cave and his band as the singer struggles an unspoken personal tragedy.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Votes: 2,938

30. A Haunting on Dice Road: The Hell House (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

6.2
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An entire year of investigation, multiple law enforcement agencies, hundreds of police reports, months of undercover surveillance, thousands of man hours, numerous polygraphs, a string of ... See full summary »

Director: Steven 'Prozak' Shippy | Stars: Doug Buckley, Vicki Buckley, Fred Clark, Charles Frisby

Votes: 36

31. Trumping Democracy (2017)

69 min | Documentary

4.0
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Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States by winning three key states, a victory engineered by an ultra-conservative faction that quietly mapped its way to power using ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Huchon

Votes: 110

32. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

8.8
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Science documentaries about various topics.

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

Votes: 1,681

33. Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption (2012)

75 min | Documentary

4.2
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Inspired by Terrence McNally's Passion Play told through the lens of a young gay Jesus, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption follows a group of actors who began production on the play ... See full summary »

Directors: Nic Arnzen, James Brandon | Stars: Jeanene Ambler, Nic Arnzen, James Brandon, Sheilagh Brooks

Votes: 300

34. Top Gear (1978–2002)

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary

8.4
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Quentin, Tiff, Vicki and others look at all things car-related.

Stars: Tiff Needell, Jeremy Clarkson, Quentin Willson, Chris Goffey

Votes: 24,000

35. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 9,039

36. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

6.4
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73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 6,449 | Gross: $0.05M

37. Beyond The Spectrum (2017)

62 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

5.7
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What has Nasa been hiding from us beyond the visual spectrum?

Director: Darcy Weir

Votes: 66

38. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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75 Metascore

Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.

Directors: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm | Star: David Lynch

Votes: 2,887 | Gross: $0.17M

39. The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (2014)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary, History, News

7.3
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A computer programmer becomes fascinated with the digital currency Bitcoin, and through his involvement in the Bitcoin community, we learn about the impending global impact of this amazing new technology.

Director: Nicholas Mross | Stars: Gavin Andresen, Brian Armstrong, Margaux Avedisian, Vitalik Buterin

Votes: 1,155

40. Deadly Women (2008– )

Documentary, Crime

8.1
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True stories of female killers.

Stars: Lynnanne Zager, Candice DeLong, Janis Amatuzio, Paul Godfrey

Votes: 1,117

41. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

7.6
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45 Metascore

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr | Stars: Joe Cross, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross, Virginia Cross

Votes: 7,570

42. Gimme Danger (2016)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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72 Metascore

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Williamson

Votes: 3,103 | Gross: $0.44M

43. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.6
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73 Metascore

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Neil Barofsky, Ti-Hua Chang, Margaret Colin, Justin Deas

Votes: 434 | Gross: $0.10M

44. Gleason (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary

8.4
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80 Metascore

After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.

Director: Clay Tweel | Stars: Steve Gleason, Mike Gleason, Scott Fujita, Mike McKenzie

Votes: 1,793 | Gross: $0.58M

45. The Mind of a Chef (2012– )

TV-PG | Documentary

8.0
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Chef David Chang, along with his friends, explore, explain and enjoy food from around the world.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Sean Brock, April Bloomfield

Votes: 824

46. Boobs: An American Obsession (2010)

88 min | Documentary

6.2
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We call them by a hundred different names: boobs, knockers, jugs, hooters. We wonder if they're real or fake, too small or too big, too exposed or too covered. And every year Americans ... See full summary »

Director: Nina Brownfield-Berry | Stars: Tom Arnold, Julie Strain, Mamie Van Doren, Mike Castranova

Votes: 146

47. 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: 1,006

48. The Endless Summer (1966)

PG | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

7.8
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The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord James Blears, Bruce Brown

Votes: 4,317

49. Sound City (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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76 Metascore

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: Dave Grohl | Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Vinny Appice

Votes: 10,851 | Gross: $0.42M

50. Unbranded (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary

7.3
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64 Metascore

Sixteen mustangs, four men, one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada, up the spine of the American West. The documentary tracks four fresh-out-of-college buddies as they take ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Baribeau | Stars: Ben Masters, Jonny Fitzsimons, Thomas Glover, Ben Thamer

Votes: 1,074