BEST DOCUMENTARIES, SCIENCE or NATURE SHOWS, BIOGRAPHIES

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1. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 32,681

2. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,676

3. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 4,221

4. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

G | 83 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots.

Director: Judy Irving | Stars: Mark Bittner, Maggie McCall, Ivan Stormgart, Gary Thompson

Votes: 2,886 | Gross: $3.06M

5. Everything or Nothing (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary

A history of the James Bond franchise.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Ken Adam, Maud Adams, John Barry, Shirley Bassey

Votes: 1,948

6. Surviving Hitler: A Love Story (2010)

66 min | Documentary

A Jewish teenager and an injured soldier join a doomed plot to kill Hitler. They face almost certain death, yet luck and love shine upon them as they outwit Nazi terror and become the first couple married in post-war Berlin.

Director: John Keith Wasson | Stars: Jutta Cords, Christopher Karl Johnson, Jim Tavaré

Votes: 231

7. Chariots of the Gods (1970)

G | 92 min | Documentary

Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Heinz-Detlev Bock, Klaus Kindler, Christian Marschall, Aleksandr Kazantsev

Votes: 1,201 | Gross: $25.95M

8. Moon Shot (1994 TV Movie)

188 min | Documentary

This mini-series is a documentary that chronicles the NASA space program from its inception up through the final moon mission of Apollo 17 with historical, archived NASA film footage.

Director: Kirk Wolfinger | Stars: Barry Corbin, Buzz Aldrin, Jay Barbree, Sam Beddingfield

Votes: 200

9. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and career of the comic book writer and editor.

Directors: Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes, Will Hess | Stars: Avi Arad, Jim Goodkind, Jeremy Piven, Sean Astin

Votes: 845

10. Life Itself (2014)

R | 121 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 14,234 | Gross: $0.81M

11. 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: 3,492

12. A Man Named Pearl (2006)

G | 78 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It offers a message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can ... See full summary »

Directors: Scott Galloway, Brent Pierson | Star: Pearl Fryar

Votes: 293 | Gross: $0.20M

13. Atari: Game Over (2014)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary

A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

Director: Zak Penn | Stars: Zak Penn, Joe Lewandowski, Robert Rentschler, Paul Sanchez

Votes: 5,369

14. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

Votes: 11,641 | Gross: $5.73M

15. The Farthest (2017)

PG | 121 min | Documentary, History

87 Metascore

It is one of humankind's greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so.

Director: Emer Reynolds | Stars: Frank Drake, Carolyn Porco, John Casani, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 3,111 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,621 | Gross: $7.83M

17. The Announcement (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

An in depth look at the career of basketball player Ervin "Magic" Johnson and the days leading up to and the years following his announcement to the world that he was HIV positive.

Director: Nelson George | Stars: Larry Bird, George Bush, Dyan Cannon, Michael Douglas

Votes: 436

18. Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, History

Documentary-style series about the era of the dinosaurs, mixing real locations and CGI.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

Votes: 4,858

19. Sea Monsters: A Walking with Dinosaurs Trilogy (2003)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary

On a unique underwater voyage spanning millions of years in prehistory, our dauntless presenter explores seven different seas, encountering an extraordinary variety of underwater life from ... See full summary »

Stars: Karen Hayley, Nigel Marven, Michael Davis

Votes: 782

20. Chased by Dinosaurs (2002–2003)

29 min | Documentary, Animation, History

This two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs featured Nigel and his "team of fellow explorers" encountering prehistoric life over a large range of time, and seeing creatures not featured in the original series.

Star: Nigel Marven

Votes: 562

21. Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (2001)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Documentary

Using the latest digital technology, the era between the dinosaurs and man is superbly recreated by the BBC and Discovery Channel in another winning production from the coalition.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Stockard Channing, Larry Agenbroad, Frank Fish

Votes: 2,372

22. The Giant Claw: A 'Walking with Dinosaurs' Special (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 58 min | Documentary

Nigel Marven travels back in an Early Cretaceous Mongolia to find the dinosaur with the largest claws: Therizinosaurus.

Director: Tim Haines | Star: Nigel Marven

Votes: 242

23. Walking with Monsters (2005)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

A 90-minute documentary about life before the dinosaurs.

Star: Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 1,602

24. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and work of the renowned film visual effects artist and producer.

Director: Gilles Penso | Stars: Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 1,115

25. Stephen Hawking's Universe (2010– )

Documentary

In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,713

26. Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special (2008 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

National Geographic investigates the root causes and eventual effects of stress.

Director: John Heminway | Stars: Elizabeth Blackburn, Elissa Epel, Marcus Lovett, Michael Marmot

Votes: 213

27. Prophets of Science Fiction (2011–2012)

Documentary

The science-fiction imaginings of the writers of the past are now becoming the science realities of our day.

Stars: Jonathan Adams, Michio Kaku, Ridley Scott, David Brin

Votes: 574

28. Monsters Resurrected (2009– )

Documentary

Long-extinct giant beasts and the strange world they once inhabited areresurrected through fossil evidence and other scientific data in this Discovery Channel program that reveals how these creatures once lived and flourished.

Stars: J.V. Martin, Kenneth Lacovara, Andrea Leanza

Votes: 69

29. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: The Battle for Midway (1999)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, History

National Geographic follows underwater explorer Bob Ballard as he searches for the aircraft carrier sunk during the Battle of Midway.

Directors: Brian Breger, Peter Schnall | Stars: Peter Coyote, Yuji Akamatsu, Robert Ballard, Richard Halsey Best

Votes: 124

30. Chaos on the Bridge (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 59 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of the struggle to create the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

Director: William Shatner | Stars: William Shatner, D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold, Maurice Hurley

Votes: 1,025

31. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon (1994)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, Biography

A video tribute to a martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. Examined are his early years in Hong Kong and his journey to Hollywood, his role of Kato on the TV series 'The Green Hornet', and his ... See full summary »

Director: Jude Gerard Prest | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Alex Ben Block, Linda Lee Cadwell, Raymond Chow

Votes: 134

32. Jackie Chan: My Story (1998 Video)

PG-13 | 74 min | Documentary

About Jackie Chan is written and filmed very much. A living legend, a unique creative personality, one of the biggest movie stars in the history of cinema, a man whose enthusiastic love for... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Willie Chan, Charles Chan, Stanley Tong

Votes: 598

33. 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: 96,668 | Gross: $11.53M

34. UFOs: The Secret History (2010)

102 min | Documentary

A documentary that traces the beginning of UFO reports from the beginning of the 19th century to today.

Director: David Cherniack | Stars: David Cherniack, Thomas Bullard, Budd Hopkins, David Jacobs

Votes: 85

35. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

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: 8,223

36. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at the life and career of the technology business innovator and entrepreneur.

Directors: Sarah Hunt, Mimi O'Connor | Stars: Robert X. Cringely, Bill Fernandez, Demetri Goritsas, Dean Hovey

Votes: 727

37. Back in Time (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Family, History

An amazing look at the immense cultural impact of the Back to the Future trilogy 30 years after McFly and Brown went on an epic adventure.

Director: Jason Aron | Stars: Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, Robert Zemeckis, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 3,735



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