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1. 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: 233

2. Heroes and Villains (2007–2008)
Episode: Napoleon (2007)

59 min | Documentary, Drama

The little known story of how Napoleon Bonaparte first emerged from obscurity and entered the national consciousness. A life and death struggle both on and off off the battlefield.

Director: Nick Murphy | Stars: Rob Brydon, Richard McCabe, Tom Burke, Laura Greenwood

Votes: 126

3. The Six Wives of Henry VIII (2001– )

50 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A dramatic documentary narrated and presented by controversial historian David Starkey about the lives as wives and Queens of the six wives of Tudor king Henry VIII.

Stars: David Starkey, Caroline Lintott, David Fleeshman, Simon Rose

Votes: 229

4. National Gallery (2014)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Leanne Benjamin, Kausikan Rajeshkumar, Jo Shapcott, Edward Watson

Votes: 1,198 | Gross: $0.10M

5. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Lorraine Barrett, June Downs

Votes: 12,129 | Gross: $2.40M

6. The True Story of Killing Pablo (2002 TV Movie)

Documentary, Crime, History

The career and death of notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Director: David Keane | Stars: David Jeremiah, Mark Bowden, Morris Busby, George Bush

Votes: 293

7. Sins of My Father (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

This is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, told for the very first time by his son, Sebastian and his widow Maria Isabel Santos. In... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Entel | Stars: Jorge Enrique Abello, Pablo Escobar, Sebastian Marroquín, María Isabel Santos

Votes: 1,531

8. 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: 1,591

9. Perspectives (2011– )

60 min | Documentary

A British TV documentary series for ITV. Each hour long program sees well-known celebrities travel to various parts of the world to explore more about a person who has inspired them.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Laurie, Robson Green, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Votes: 25

10. The Circle (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Haupt | Stars: Matthias Hungerbühler, Peter Jecklin, Marie Leuenberger, Stefan Witschi

Votes: 1,345

11. The Man Who Discovered Egypt (2012 TV Movie)


Documentary about English Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, the pioneer of systematic methodology in archaeology. Ancient Egypt was vandalised by tomb raiders and treasure hunters until this ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Perkin | Stars: Chris Naunton, Jeffrey Blakely, Debbie Challis, Rupert Chapman

Votes: 15

12. Death Unexplained (2012– )


Every unexplained death is unique. Whether it's a freakish accident involving a vat of boiling soup, deadly poisonings with obscure Asian herbs, or sexual games gone badly wrong, the West ... See full summary »

Stars: Ashley Fegan-Earl, John Mitchell, Alison Thompson, Diane Whiting

Votes: 9

13. The Queen's Palaces (2011– )

TV-PG | 171 min | Documentary

Fiona Bruce fronts this eye-opening new three-part series on the stories behind Britain's official royal residences: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Stars: Fiona Bruce, Kathryn Jones, Rufus Bird, Deborah Clarke

Votes: 68

14. Putin, Russia and the West (2011)

60 min | Documentary

Four-part documentary exploring how Russia has been resurrected by Vladimir Putin.

Stars: Rupert Graves, Sergei Ivanov, Sergei Prikhodko, Condoleezza Rice

Votes: 307

15. Tales from the Royal Bedchamber (2013)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to uncover the Tales from the Royal Bedchamber. She reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillam-Smith | Stars: Lucy Worsley, Tracy Borman, Sebastian Edwards, Olivia Fryman

Votes: 235

16. The Big Painting Challenge (2015– )

65 min | Reality-TV

Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon lead a nationwide search for Britain's best amateur artist.

Stars: Richard Coles, Mariella Frostrup, Diana Ali, Pascal Anson

Votes: 29

17. The Staircase II: The Last Chance (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Explosive developments - implicating both the forensics laboratory of the police department of North Carolina, and Duane Deaver, its chief - recently saw the convicted subject of 'The ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Caitlin Atwater, Bradley Bannon, Freda Black, Lori Campell

Votes: 1,921

18. Egypt's Lost Cities (2011 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

It is possible that only one per cent of the wonders of ancient Egypt have been discovered, but now, thanks to a pioneering approach to archaeology, that is about to change.

Director: Harvey Lilley | Stars: Dallas Campbell, Liz Bonnin, Bettina Bader, Phillippe Brissaud

Votes: 51

19. Victoria: A Royal Love Story (2010 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Fiona Bruce traces the story of the love between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: a love based on a powerful physical attraction, and grew into a marriage that set the tone for the ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Birkett | Star: Fiona Bruce

Votes: 8

20. Bizarre E.R. (2008– )

30 min | Reality-TV

A look at some of the more extraordinary and grotesque cases in a British A&E department.

Stars: Freema Agyeman, Sheridan Smith, John Barrowman, Tom Davis

Votes: 69

21. Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A dramatization of the notorious World War I torpedoing of the ocean liner, RMS Lusitania.

Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: John Hannah, Kenneth Cranham, Florian Panzner, Michael Feast

Votes: 387

22. Wainwright: The Man Who Loved the Lakes (2007 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Documentary telling the life story of cult author and renowned fell-walker Alfred Wainwright in England's Lake District.

Director: Josh Halil | Stars: Richard Albrecht, Alfred Wainwright, Nik Wood-Jones, Jenny Hull

Votes: 5

23. Timewatch (1982– )

50 min | Documentary, History

BBC investigative documentary series noted for its new perspectives on historical events.

Stars: Michael Praed, Sean Barrett, Samuel West, John Tusa

Votes: 127

25. Suez: A Very British Crisis (2006 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Drama

The story of the Suez Crisis, how Britian invaded Egypt 50 years ago, making President Nasser a national hero and British prime Minister Anthony Eden a national disgrace.

Director: Louise Hooper | Stars: Martin Alexander, Andrew Bicknell, Trevor Bishop, Crispin Bonham-Carter

Votes: 19

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