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1. The History of Comedy (2017– )

Documentary, Comedy, History

Utilizing archival footage punctuated by contemporary interviews with comedy legends and scholars, this is the history of not only what makes us laugh, but how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history.

Stars: Kliph Nesteroff, Robert B. Weide, Elayne Boosler, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 262

2. The Seventies (2015)

42 min | Documentary, History

A documentary series focusing on the ongoing Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, evolving music industry, the Iran Hostage Crisis, the sexual revolution, and the rise of foreign and domestic terrorism.

Stars: Douglas Brinkley, Chris Connelly, Tim Naftali, Rick Perlstein

Votes: 1,060

3. The Eighties (2016)

Documentary, History

A documentary series focusing on the Reagan presidency, the AIDS crisis, the end of the Cold War, Wall Street corruption, the tech boom, the expansion of television, and the evolving music industry.

Stars: H.W. Brands, Chris Connelly, Gil Troy, James Baker III

Votes: 988

4. The Nineties (2017)

60 min | Documentary

A TV documentary miniseries chronicling the trends, pop culture, and important events that took place from 1990 to 1999.

Stars: Dan Rather, Gil Troy, Nelson George, Renee Graham

Votes: 788

5. The 2000s (2018)

60 min | Documentary

A TV documentary miniseries chronicling the trends, pop culture, and important events that took place from 2000 to 2009.

Stars: Renee Graham, Julian Zelizer, Todd Boyd, Pat Buchanan

Votes: 503

6. Chef's Table (2015– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Documentary

Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Stars: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford, Lara Gilmore

Votes: 11,136

7. The Toys That Made Us (2017– )

TV-14 | 46 min | Documentary, History

The minds behind history's most iconic toy franchises discuss the rise (and sometimes fall) of their billion-dollar creations.

Stars: Donald Ian Black, Mark Bellomo, David Vonner, Jordan Bryce

Votes: 3,442

8. Genius of the Ancient World (2015– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China, profiling Buddha, Socrates and Confucius, the three greatest thinkers of antiquity.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Seewalee Bhante, Shirley Chan, Michael Cosmopoulos

Votes: 302

9. The World's Most Extraordinary Homes (2017–2018)

59 min | Documentary

A celebration of extraordinary residential architecture from around the world with insight from an accomplished architect and his enthusiastic co-host.

Stars: Caroline Quentin, Piers Taylor, Michael Seresin

Votes: 1,949

10. Grand Designs (1999– )

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary

Kevin McCloud follows people as they build their dream house, often focusing on modern design, energy efficiency, maximizing space and views.

Stars: Kevin McCloud, Roger Ulick Branch Westman, Robert Gaukroger, Deborah Sheridan-Taylor

Votes: 2,030

11. NY Confidential (2011– )

43 min | Documentary

This documentary series explores those districts of New York that make up a kaleidoscope of languages, cultures, nationalities and beliefs. The series is an invitation to take a stroll off ... See full summary »

Stars: Julia Willoughby Nason, Daniel Levin, Clayton Patterson, Nick Capodice

Votes: 15

12. The Sixties (2014)

42 min | Documentary, History

Interviews and archival footage focusing on the politics, music, technical advancements, drugs and the "free love" movement of the 1960s.

Stars: John Heilemann, Robert Dallek, Tim Naftali, Dan Rather

Votes: 1,154

13. O Renascimento do Parto (2013)

91 min | Documentary, Family, History

The feature film ' The Birth Reborn' portrays the serious obstetric reality in the world, which is characterized by an alarming number of cesarean or deliveries with traumatic and ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Chauvet | Stars: Robbie Davis-Floyd, Marcio Garcia, Michel Odent, Andrea Santa Rosa

Votes: 153

14. The Beginning of Life (2016)

G | 120 min | Documentary, Family

Discoveries in neuroscience can help us understand childhood development. When a person is born, it is more than just a genetic load. We are formed by our relationship with everything ... See full summary »

Director: Estela Renner | Star: Laura Schichvarger

Votes: 754

15. Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

Director: Ceyda Torun | Stars: Yaman Barlas, Sari, Arzu Göl, Kemal Suncu

Votes: 11,395 | Gross: $2.83M

16. Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

TV-MA | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Cat Power, Janis Joplin, Karleen Bennett, Laura Joplin

Votes: 4,611 | Gross: $0.41M

17. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,503

18. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 20,261

19. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro | Stars: Pat Mitchell, Jackson Katz, Jim Steyer, Marissa Mayer

Votes: 3,373

20. Happy (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Happy takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Marci Shimoff, Ed Diener, Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Votes: 3,050

21. The Trader (2018)

TV-PG | 23 min | Documentary, Short

A traveling trader provides a window into rural life in the Republic of Georgia, where potatoes are currency and ambition is crushed by poverty.

Director: Tamta Gabrichidze

Votes: 1,329

22. The 4%: Film's Gender Problem (2016)

Not Rated | 27 min | Documentary, Short

The 4%: Film's Gender Problem is a new, provocative original series of 6 short films designed to explore the hot- button issues around the striking gender gap in Hollywood.

Director: Caroline Suh | Stars: Judd Apatow, Lake Bell, Patricia Clarkson, Toni Collette

Votes: 32

23. Cinema Novo (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Cinema Novo is a movie-essay that investigates poetically the most important movement of Latin America cinema, through the thoughts of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Glauber ... See full summary »

Director: Eryk Rocha | Stars: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Carlos Diegues, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Glauber Rocha

Votes: 281

24. The Ascent of Woman (2015– )

Not Rated | 235 min | History

This series is about the role women played throughout history.

Stars: Amanda Foreman, Judith Herrin, Ian Hodder, Nguyen Thi Thanh Hòa

Votes: 193

25. Twenty Years Later (1984)

119 min | Documentary

Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar

Votes: 872

26. Rendez-vous chez Lacan (2011 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

This film about the psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Lacan takes a look at his day-to-day life, through accounts from his patients, pupils, and close friends.

Director: Gérard Miller | Stars: Jacques Lacan, Eric Laurent, Jacques-Alain Miller, Judith Miller

Votes: 21

27. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,246 | Gross: $1.51M

28. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 8,909 | Gross: $14.02M

29. Embrace (I) (2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

Embrace follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

Director: Taryn Brumfitt | Stars: Taryn Brumfitt, Renee Airya, Linda Bacon, Jes Baker

Votes: 741



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