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1. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 19,969

2. Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home (2015 TV Movie)

60 min | History

The introduction of world trade in Tudor England inadvertently introduces foreign poisonous substances. One such case is sugar and the subsequent rotting of teeth.

Director: Suzanne Phillips | Stars: Suzannah Lipscomb, Tara Hamling, Marc Meltonville, Jelena Bekvalac

Votes: 140

3. Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

Historian Lucy Worsley visits the time of Henry VIII and tells the story of his six successive wives.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Nicholas Agnew, Scott Arthur, Paola Bontempi

Votes: 464

4. Die Deutschen (2008– )
Episode: Ludwig II. und die Bayern (2010)

43 min | Documentary, History

King Ludwig II mounted the Bavarian throne at 19 at his father's death. His political ambition was to maintain Bavaria as truly sovereign member of the German League of 39 states ... See full summary »

Directors: Christian Twente, Robert Wiezorek | Stars: André Kaczmarczyk, Hans Mittermüller, Hans-Michael Körner, Wolfram Siemann

Votes: 13

5. Die Deutschen (2008– )
Episode: Karl der Große und die Sachsen (2010)

43 min | Documentary, History

Charlemagne, son of a new dynasty started as ministers of the former Merovingian kings of the Franks, turned his people's realm into a Germanic empire, a Catholic rebirth of western Rome's,... See full summary »

Directors: Christian Twente, Carsten Gutschmidt, Martin Carazo Mendez, Judith Voelker, Robert Wiezorek | Stars: Jens Schäfer, Hans Mittermüller, Stefan Weinfurter, Bernd Schneidmüller

Votes: 13

7. World War II: The War Chronicles (1983– )

Documentary, History, War

Important campaigns and battles of the Second World War II are narrated.

Star: Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 29

8. Charles IV (1912)

Not Rated | 50 min

In the Series KINGS OF SPAIN we will travel through the history of a nation that became one of the most powerful empires on earth: SPAIN, through the perspective of its Monarchs. KINGS OF ... See full summary »

Director: Theo Frenkel

9. World War II in Colour (2009– )

65 min | Documentary, War

Recounts the events of world War II in color.

Stars: Robert Powell, Erich von Manstein, Mamoru Shigemitsu

Votes: 3,966

10. War of the Century (1999– )

200 min | Documentary, History, War

Documentary examining Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

Stars: Samuel West, Israel Abelesz, Viktor Anfilov, Vladlen Antsishkin

Votes: 407

11. The First Great Escape (2014 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 46 min | Documentary

The extraordinary and little known story of 29 prisoners who escaped from a POW camp in Holzminden Germany during WW1, a feat that inspired The Great Escape years later.

Director: Max Jourdan | Stars: Johnny Daukes, Stephen Armstrong, Angus Castle-Doughty, Saul David

Votes: 16

12. Auschwitz (1996 TV Movie)


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Director: John Kaylin

Votes: 30

13. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Hitler's G.I. Death Camp (2011)

50 min | Documentary, History

The story of 350 American POWs held at a reclusive and secret concentraion camp administered by the Nazi regime.

Director: Steven Hoggard | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Steve Luckert, Mitchell Bard, Kyra Schuster

Votes: 95

14. Je me souviens: 100 ans du Royal 22e Régiment (2014)

52 min | Documentary, History, War

A feature-length documentary on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Royal 22nd Regiment, the only French battalion in Canada at the time of the first and second world war.

Director: Claude Guilmain | Stars: Eric Paulhus, Aurèle Robert, Marcel Richard, Arthur Lortie

Votes: 81

15. Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend (1976)

47 min | Documentary, Biography

A tribute documentary on the most decorated U.S. Marine, General Lewis B. 'Chesty' Puller.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, John Ford, Lewis B. Puller

Votes: 93

16. Colditz - The Legend (2010 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 45 min | Documentary

Colditz Castle was a maximum security prison from which no one was meant to escape... but escape they did. Take a fresh look at the legendary escapes, featuring stories from both Colditz survivors and their extended families.

Director: Maia Liddell | Stars: Jake Maskall, Brian Degas, Peter Parker, Corran Purdon

Votes: 11

17. Colditz Revealed: Life Inside the Colditz Castle (2012)

53 min | Documentary

A look at the harsh realities of life as a POW in the notorious Colditz Prison during World War Two as told by those who were there.

Director: Matt Richards

18. Last Stand of the 300 (2007 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary

In the year 480 B.C., the Greeks and the Persians fight one of the most famous battles in history at a place called Thermopylae. Here, the mighty Persian war machine, which has conquered ... See full summary »

Director: David Padrusch | Stars: Jeffery A. Baker, Orion Barnes, Erin Bennett, Kristopher Blount

Votes: 892

19. War Story (2012– )
Episode: Prisoners of the Sun (2013)

Documentary, History, War

Canadian soldiers become prisoners of the Japanese after the fall of Hong Kong, but they never stop fighting.

Director: Barry Stevens

20. War Story (2012– )

Documentary, History, War

War Story tells moving personal stories of the Second World War. From the foot soldier, the leader, the civilian and even the enemy, these stories tell what it was like to be in the Second World War - by the Canadians who were there.

Votes: 7

21. The Plantagenets (2014– )

60 min | Documentary

The story of England's longest ruling dynasty, starting with Henry II and ending with Richard III.

Star: Robert Bartlett

Votes: 142

22. Monarchy with David Starkey (2004–2007)

60 min | Documentary, History

A history of the English Crown from AD 400 to today.

Stars: David Starkey, Tony Cottrell, Gerard Hayling, David Alder

Votes: 441

23. Edward and Mary: The Unknown Tudors (2002– )

94 min | Documentary, History

Mary (who was to become England's first reigning Queen since Matilda but who is best known to generations of British schoolchildren as Bloody Mary) was the first born child of Henry VIII. ... See full summary »

Stars: David Starkey, Rachel Jenkins, Tim Wright, Emilie Smith

Votes: 49

24. British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2017)

Documentary, History

Historian Lucy Worsley reveals how some of the biggest moments in British History are actually a concoction of fibs and stories which have been manipulated by whoever was in power at the time.

Star: Lucy Worsley

Votes: 148

25. The French Revolution (2005 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary, History

Documentary about the bloody beginning, bloodier middle and unceremonious end of the French Revolution, an event that ended in blood the reign of kings in France and laid the foundation for a new - republican - system of government.

Director: Doug Shultz | Stars: Edward Herrmann, George Ivascu, Rodica Lazar, Tomi Cristin

Votes: 270

26. Napoleon (2000– )

240 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena.

Star: David McCullough

Votes: 297

27. Napoleon: The True Story (2015– )

52 min | Documentary, Biography

Historian Andrew Roberts travels the world retracing the footsteps of Napoleon on the approach to the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Stars: Andrew Roberts, Stephane Cornicard, David Sibley, Philippe Smolikowski

Votes: 55

28. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,365

30. Devil's Brigade (2006– )

47 min | Documentary

In 1942, an elite group of over six hundred Canadian soldiers were trained to create a lethal battalion that would, along with their American counterparts, parachute behind German lines and... See full summary »

Stars: Kelly J. Altenhofen, Michael Annese, Tom Anniko, Donald Ballantyne

Votes: 31

31. Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire (2008– )

TV-PG | 60 min | History, War

A thirteen hour series which focuses on the Germanic, Britannic and other barbarian tribal wars with Rome which ultimately led to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. This series is ... See full summary »

Stars: Leif Anders, Paul Bicknell, Andre de Nesnera, Rome Knight

Votes: 605

32. Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama, History

A doc-drama covering the rise and the fall of the Roman world including the founding by Julius Caesar and the building of Rome by Nero.

Stars: Lyall B. Watson, James D'Arcy, Sean Pertwee, Michael Sheen

Votes: 1,571

34. Battles BC (2009– )

Documentary, Action, History

From Hannibal to David the Giant Slayer, examine the strategies, tactics and weapons of infamous leaders throughout ancient history.

Stars: Bryan McGowan, Cazzey Louis Cereghino, Brad C. Wilcox, Brian Danner

Votes: 358

35. Barbarians Rising (2016– )

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

Rome. The greatest empire the world has ever known. This docudrama tells the story of Rome through the eyes of the empire's many adversaries who battled to see its destruction.

Stars: Michael Ealy, Barry Strauss, Richard Riddell, Julian Kostov

Votes: 1,658

36. Clash of the Gods (2009– )

Documentary, History

Covers many of the ancient Greek and Norse Gods, monsters and heroes including Hades, Hercules, Medusa, Minotaur, Odysseus and Zeus.

Stars: Stan Bernard, Tate Steinsiek, Greg Ford, Blair Jones

Votes: 749

37. The American West (2016– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, History, Western

This series will provide unprecedented access to the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Lee Gardner, Bert Thomas Morris, David H. Stevens, Will Strongheart

Votes: 1,138

38. The True Story of Hannibal (2005 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

One of history's greatest military leaders, at age nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before embarking, the boy vowed ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Hufnail | Stars: Ben Maccabee, Jeffrey Wright, Richard Wilkinson, Steve Chrissanthos

Votes: 55

39. Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization (2000– )

150 min | Documentary, History

A documentary, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, that chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Greece.

Stars: Paul Cartledge, Victor Davis Hanson, Keith Hopwood, Liam Neeson

Votes: 327

41. The Dark Ages (2007 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Drama, History

The History Channel examines the Dark Ages from the fall of the Roman Empire to the First Crusade.

Director: Christopher Cassel | Stars: Philip Daileader, Kelly DeVries, Bonnie Effros, Adnan Husain

Votes: 389

42. The Endurance (2000)

G | 97 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new footage of the actual locations and interviews with surviving relatives of key ... See full summary »

Director: George Butler | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julian Ayer, John Blackborow, David Cale

Votes: 1,783 | Gross: $2.45M

43. Bonhoeffer (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Dramatic documentary about the young German pacifist and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who resisted the Nazi regime and was hanged two weeks before World War II was over.

Director: Martin Doblmeier | Stars: Martin Doblmeier, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Adele Schmidt, Richard Mancini

Votes: 321 | Gross: $0.16M

44. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary on the 25th bombing mission of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 in the US 8th Air Force.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Stanley Wray, Robert Morgan, James A. Verinis, Robert J. Hanson

Votes: 1,285

45. Hindenburg (2007 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary, History