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1. Forks Over Knives (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Director: Lee Fulkerson | Stars: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell

Votes: 10,497

2. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 19,860 | Gross: $0.26M

3. The Real Story (2003– )
Episode: The Amityville Horror (2008)

TV-PG | 46 min | Documentary, History

On November 13, 1974, police discovered six members of the De Feo family: father, mother and four of their five children shot dead, at 112 Ocean Avenue in the quiet village of Amityville, ... See full summary »

Director: Virginia Quinn | Stars: Corey Johnson, Barbara Cromarty, Ronald DeFeo, Laura DiDio

Votes: 98

4. The Real Story (2003– )
Episode: Escape from Alcatraz (2008)

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary, History

In June 1962, three inmates successfully broke out of Alcatraz prison, never to be seen again.

Director: David Hickman | Stars: Corey Johnson, Bill Long, Patrick Mahoney, Monte Hall

Votes: 57

5. H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004)

Unrated | 64 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind.

Director: John Borowski | Stars: Tony Jay, Harold Schechter, Thomas Cronin, Marian Caporusso

Votes: 1,580

6. J. Edgar: A Complicated Man (2012 Video)

13 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

The real story of J. Edgar Hoover, created as a bonus featurette for the international DVD/Blu-ray of the film J. Edgar (2011).

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts

Votes: 18

7. From One Second to the Next (2013)

34 min | Documentary, Short

Stories of serious traffic accidents caused by texting and driving are told by the perpetrators and surviving victims.

Director: Werner Herzog

Votes: 1,081

8. Super Size Me (2004)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

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: 96,740 | Gross: $11.53M

9. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, News

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 78,086 | Gross: $23.81M

10. The Buddha (2010 TV Movie)

TV-G | 120 min | Documentary

After 400 BC, a new philosophy was born in South east Asia, generated from the ideas of Buddha, a mysterious Prince from Nepal who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely ... See full summary »

Director: David Grubin | Stars: Richard Gere, Blair Brown, The Dalai Lama, Mark Epstein

Votes: 922

11. American Genius (2015– )
Episode: Jobs vs. Gates (2015)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, History

Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs.

Director: Paul Abascal | Stars: Joseph Varca, Artie Brennan, Scott Bolger, Vaughn Bullard

Votes: 78

12. American Genius (2015– )
Episode: Farnsworth vs. Sarnoff (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary, History

Outlines the lives of two titan's of the telecommunications industry. Farnsworth who's largely responsible for the invention of the television. And Sarnoff who while running RCA laid the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lopez | Stars: Nicholas Chase Applegate, Nicholas Augusta, Emma Jean Delia, Debbie Hartner

Votes: 48

13. American Genius (2015– )
Episode: Wright Brothers vs. Curtiss (2015)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, History

The struggle for performance and technology in the budding aviation industry. Between the Wright Brothers and the Glenn Curtiss.

Director: Richard Lopez | Stars: Edgar Fox, Sam Jules, Xander Crowell, Nicholas Chase Applegate

Votes: 46

14. American Genius (2015– )
Episode: Hearst vs. Pulitzer (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary, History

Covers the struggle between William Hearst and his idol Joseph Pulitzer for control of the publishing industry at the turn of the 18th century.

Director: Richard Lopez | Stars: Erin Archer, Nicholas Augusta, Jack Champion, Michael Chmiel

Votes: 36

15. American Genius (2015– )
Episode: Edison vs Tesla (2015)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, History

Two famous personalities - Edison and Tesla - fight it out for providing the world with Electric power, with the way they think is the future.

Director: Paul Abascal | Stars: Eric Rolland, Anthony Misiano, Gary Ayash, Radford Baker

Votes: 54

16. American Genius (2015– )
Episode: Colt vs. Wesson (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary, History

The invention of the perfect revolver pits Samuel Colt and Daniel Wesson in a race for patents that will forever revolutionize the firearm industry.

Director: Paul Abascal | Stars: Adam Jonas Segaller, Philip Guerette, John Byrne, Don Meehan

Votes: 30

17. American Genius (2015– )
Episode: Oppenheimer vs Heisenberg (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary, History

A look at two physicists on opposite sides of the race for the first atomic bomb during World War II.

Director: Richard Lopez | Stars: Ryan Wesley Gilreath, Yosef Podolski, Tom Myers, Nicholas Augusta

Votes: 39

18. When Jews Were Funny (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

Surveys the history of Jewish comedy.

Director: Alan Zweig | Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Gilbert Gottfried, Marc Maron, Bob Einstein

Votes: 403

19. How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace (2007 Video)

28 min | Documentary, Short, History

An overview of the making of Amazing Grace (2006) and a look at the historical facts behind the film.

Stars: Michael Apted, David Arnold, Paul Bates, Jenny Beavan

Votes: 16

20. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 20,540

24. Captain America: The First Avenger - Outfitting a Hero (2011 Video)

11 min | Documentary, Short

Featurette on the redesign for the screen of the title character's outfit for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

Stars: Kevin Feige, Ryan Meinerding, Stephen Broussard, Joe Quesada

Votes: 28

25. Making Pursuit: An Italian Take on the American Dream (2007 Video)

17 min | Short

This is a "making of" documentary for the hit film "The Pursuit of Happyness". It chronicles a foreign director's perspective on The American Dream, and the challenges in making the film.

Director: Stuart Richardson | Stars: Jason Blumenthal, Dan Castellaneta, Mark Clayman, Louis D'Esposito

Votes: 27

26. Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, News

80 Metascore

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards

Votes: 48,137 | Gross: $4.42M

33. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: In Search of Our Fathers: Stephen King, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance (2014)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Henry Louis Gates explores the paternal ancestry of famous horror novelist Stephen King, actress Gloria Reuben and actor Courtney B. Vance. Shocking discoveries are made.

Director: Muriel Soenens | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Stephen King, Gloria Reuben, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 18

34. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: The British Are Coming (2014)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The ancestry of actress Sally Field, New Age guru Deepak Chopra and British rock star Sting reveals the extraordinary global influence of the British Empire during the 18th and early 19th century.

Director: Hazel Gurland | Stars: Deepak Chopra, Sally Field, Henry Louis Gates, Sting

Votes: 14

35. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal are textbook examples of Americans with a rich medley of European immigrant stories in their family trees.

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Henry Louis Gates, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Votes: 24

36. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )
Episode: Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Actor Samuel L. Jackson, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Brown University president Ruth Simmons were all once second-class citizens in the Jim Crow south. Where in Africa do they come from and who are their white ancestors?

Director: Jesse Sweet | Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, Ruth Simmons

Votes: 20

37. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 31,292 | Gross: $2.55M

38. Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam (2005 TV Movie)

49 min | Documentary, Music

Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam, documents the many musical subcultures of Sufism as it was incorporated by different cultures in different regions. With many comparisons to ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Broughton | Stars: William Dalrymple, Salman Ahmed, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Votes: 122

39. Planet Earth II (2016)
Episode: Mountains (2016)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

The wildlife documentary series with David Attenborough continues with a unique and intimate glimpse into secretive lives of mountain-dwelling animals.

Director: Justin Anderson | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,987

40. Planet Earth II (2016)
Episode: Jungles (2016)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

Jungles provide the richest habitats on the planet - mysterious worlds of high drama where extraordinary animals attempt to survive in the most competitive place on earth.

Director: Emma Napper | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,646

41. Planet Earth II (2016)
Episode: Deserts (2016)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

The world's deserts force animals to come up with ingenious ways of coping with hostile conditions, giving rise to the most incredible survival stories on earth.

Director: Ed Charles | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,327

42. Planet Earth II (2016)
Episode: Grasslands (2016)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

Grasslands cover one quarter of all land and support the vast gatherings of wildlife, but to survive here animals must endure the most hostile seasonal changes on the planet. From Asia's ... See full summary »

Director: Chadden Hunter | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,114

43. Planet Earth II (2016)
Episode: Cities (2016)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

Cities are the newest habitat on Planet Earth. The series documents the wildlife in our cities.

Director: Fredi Devas | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,248

44. Planet Earth II (2016)
Episode: Islands (2016)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary

Wildlife documentary series with David Attenborough, beginning with a look at the remote islands which offer sanctuary to some of the planet's rarest creatures.

Director: Elizabeth White | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,893

45. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: From Pole to Pole (2006)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary

"Planet Earth" travels around the Earth, finding where the sun always shines and where it's rarely seen. Next, they find where water is abundant and where it's scarce.

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Mike Holding, Tania Jenkins

Votes: 3,243

46. The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

PG | 101 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Director: Denny Tedesco | Stars: Denny Tedesco, Brian Wilson, Dick Clark, Cher

Votes: 2,438 | Gross: $0.80M

47. Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries (2016–2019)
Episode: Extra Terrestrial (2017)

TV-PG | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries looks at extra-terrestrials. It first looks at (10) mysterious disappearances of ships and aircraft, (9) ancient texts offering information on alien encounters,... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Russel, Michael T. Wright, Doug Bower, Dave Chorley

Votes: 18

48. Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries (2016–2019)
Episode: Mysterious Creatures and Beings (2017)

TV-PG | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries examines mysterious creatures that may live in Earth including (10) the chupacabra, (9) the Loch Ness Monster, (8) the thunderbird, (7) angels, (6) the yeti or ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Russel, Adrian Shine, Denzel Washington, Shlomit Steinberg

Votes: 14