Documentaries on Politics, History and War

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1. Korengal (2014)

R | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

67 Metascore

Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.

Director: Sebastian Junger | Stars: LaMonta Caldwell, Miguel Cortez, Stephen Gillespie, Aron Hijar

Votes: 3,362 | Gross: $0.06M

2. Alexandria: The Greatest City (2010 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

Bettany Hughes goes to Alexandria, Egypt, too look at one of the great cities of history. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once one of the intellectual and culture hubs of the... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gillam-Smith | Stars: Bettany Hughes, Salima Ikram, Colin Clement, Emanuela Kulicka

Votes: 102

3. The Pyramid Code (2009– )

45 min | Documentary

The Pyramid Code is a documentary series of 5 episodes that explores the pyramid fields and ancient temples in Egypt as well as ancient megalithic sites around the world looking for clues ... See full summary »

Stars: Sally Jennings, Abd'el Hakim Awyan, John Anthony West, Carmen Boulter

Votes: 677

4. Iran: The Forgotten Glory (2009 Video)

95 min | History

"IRAN, The Forgotten Glory" is the first independent documentary film series taking the audience on a journey into the depths of ancient Persian civilization, capturing the majesty and the ... See full summary »

Director: Makan Karandish | Stars: Touraj Daryaee, Mustafa Nadim

Votes: 55

5. The Day of the Kamikaze (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary, Drama, History

A documentary on how Japanese kamikazes were chosen and prepared for their missions during World War II.

Director: Peter Nicholson | Stars: Qarie Marshall, Hiroshi Shinjo, Morimasa Yunokawa, Iwao Nazuka

Votes: 37

6. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,949 | Gross: $4.20M

7. Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009 Video)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

An exploration of the viewpoint that the September 11, 2001 attacks were planned by the United States government.

Director: Dylan Avery | Stars: Osama bin Laden, Johnelle Bryant, George W. Bush, Laura Bush

Votes: 3,343

8. The Queen and I (2008)

90 min | Documentary

Filmmaker and Iranian exile Nahid Persson Sarvestani talks with the widow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the late Shah of Iran, who was overthrown in 1979.

Director: Nahid Persson | Stars: Farah Pahlavi, Nahid Persson, Zinat S. Lloyd, Reza Tiregar

Votes: 516

9. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,762 | Gross: $0.38M

10. Prohibition (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

Votes: 2,428

11. Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

Documentary about deceased photojournalist Tim Hetherington directed by Sebastian Junger. Together with his friend and long-term collaborator Sebastian, Tim had travelled the world ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Junger | Stars: Chris Anderson, Peter Bouckaert, James Brabazon, Guillermo Cervera

Votes: 625

12. The Gatekeepers (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh | Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri

Votes: 5,269 | Gross: $2.42M

13. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, News

82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 14,004 | Gross: $0.27M

14. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
Episode: The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone (2014)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

On his third and final journey to Africa, David Livingstone, one of the greatest explorers in history, kept a diary that's only now being deciphered. It shines a new light on the horrors of slave trade in Africa, and Livingstone himself.

Directors: Melisa Akdogan, Ben Mole | Stars: Peter De Jersey, Jay O. Sanders, Adrian Wisnicki, Neil Wilson

Votes: 48

15. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

R | 91 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai, Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy

Votes: 4,007 | Gross: $0.53M

16. The Square (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, News

84 Metascore

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam

Votes: 8,132 | Gross: $0.12M

17. Pump (2014)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

A documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.

Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell | Stars: Adhemar Altieri, Greg Anderson, Edwin Black, David Blume

Votes: 611 | Gross: $0.07M

18. Mustafa (2008)

130 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who not only grew himself up from a poor lonely child to a country's most loved person, but also rose a new country from the ashes of an empire. A ... See full summary »

Directors: Can Dündar, Haci Mehmet Duranoglu | Stars: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Cemalettin Canli, Ulas Canli, Yetkin Dikinciler

Votes: 2,470

19. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Losing Iraq (2014)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary

From PBS and FRONTLINE: FRONTLINE examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and military leaders,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, Peter Baker, Thomas Ricks, George W. Bush

Votes: 124

20. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R | 116 min | Documentary, Crime, War

70 Metascore

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, Ken Davis, Anthony Diaz

Votes: 3,715 | Gross: $0.23M

21. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Syria's Second Front/Children of Aleppo (2014)

TV-MA | 54 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline: FRONTLINE makes a dangerous trip to the battlefields of Syria, gaining exclusive access to rebel forces as they try to unify against extremist Islamic factions that ... See full summary »

Directors: Marcel Mettelsiefen, Anthony Wonke | Stars: Will Lyman, Muhammad Ali, Hazem, Jamal Marouf

Votes: 50

22. The First World War from Above (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary, History, War

The history of World War I as depicted with archival and modern aerial footage.

Director: Mark Radice | Stars: Fergal Keane, Jacques Trolley de Prévaux, Nick Saunders, Dave Parry

Votes: 153

23. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Rise of the Drones (2013)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

Discover the cutting-edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history.

Director: Peter Yost | Stars: Craig Sechler, Corey Brixen, Rand Paul, Chad

Votes: 107

24. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Secret State of North Korea (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

Through smuggled footage and interview with defectors, the true state of North Korea under Kim Jong-Un is examined.

Director: James Jones | Stars: Will Lyman, Jirô Ishimaru, Lee, Jin-Sung Jang

Votes: 282

25. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: United States of Secrets (Part One): The Program (2014)

TV-PG | 114 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline: Last year Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government computer network. The revelations that followed touched... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, Thomas Drake, Barton Gellman, Peter Baker

Votes: 233

26. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: United States of Secrets (Part Two): Privacy Lost (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline: In Part Two of United States of Secrets, FRONTLINE explores the role of Silicon Valley in the National Security Agency's dragnet. As big technology companies ... See full summary »

Stars: Will Lyman, Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Ron Wyden

Votes: 173

27. Hiroshima (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Documentary with dramatic reenactments with actors to describe what dropping the bomb on Hiroshima was like.

Director: Paul Wilmshurst | Stars: John Hurt, Shuntaro Hida, George Elsey, Paul Tibbets

Votes: 1,662

28. The Green Prince (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

The son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, becomes a spy for the Israelis.

Director: Nadav Schirman | Stars: Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, Sheikh Hassan Yousef

Votes: 2,506 | Gross: $0.26M

29. Stolen Seas (2012)

90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Crime

71 Metascore

Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon and forces you to rethink everything you thought you knew about pirates. It's November 8th, 2008 and the CEC ... See full summary »

Director: Thymaya Payne

Votes: 263

30. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Emperor's Ghost Army (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

Nova's examination or how thousands to terra cotta soldiers in Qin dynasty's terra cotta army were created digresses into reviews of Qin history and technology.

Director: Ian Bremner | Stars: Andrew Bevan, John Clements, Xiuzhen Li, Mike Loades

Votes: 104

31. Secrets of the Manor House (2012– )

55 min | Documentary

Each episode concentrates of the history of a grand stately home in Britain. Its fate was often linked to that of one or more great aristocratic families, yet most now need a modern ... See full summary »

Stars: Samuel West, Elisabeth Kehoe, Geoffrey Dymond, Mary Gledhill

Votes: 119

32. Nova (1974– )
Episode: First Air War (2014)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

An exploration of the development of aerial warfare in World War One.

Director: Nick Green | Stars: Gene de Marco, Malcolm Frazer, Peter Hart, Trevor Henshaw

Votes: 77

33. Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary

Few know the story of how the U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) became the renowned warriors of today. Without them, much of world history would have been written differently, from the ... See full summary »

Director: Carol L. Fleisher

Votes: 186

34. Big Men (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men's ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Boynton

Votes: 538 | Gross: $0.04M

35. The Law in These Parts (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

Can justice truly be served in the occupied territories given the current system of law administered by Israel for Palestinians?

Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Votes: 345

36. Wikileaks: War, Lies and Videotape (2011 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

This documentary provides a peek into the workings of WikiLeaks and its enigmatic leader, Julian Assange.

Directors: Luc Hermann, Paul Moreira | Stars: Julian Assange, Patrice Claude, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Jean-François Julliard

Votes: 86

37. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
Episode: Ultimate Tut (2013)

TV-PG | 110 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

Scientists investigate pharaoh Tutankhamun. Was his tomb originally his and why hasn't it been raided like the other pharaoh tombs? Also, how did he die, why was his burial so rushed and why was he erased from history by his successors?

Director: Sean Smith | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Chris Naunton, Yasmin El Shazly, Amit Roy-Chowdhury

Votes: 62

38. Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

77 Metascore

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville | Stars: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 5,603 | Gross: $0.89M

40. Requiem for the American Dream (2015)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography, News

Renowned academic and author Noam Chomsky elucidates 10 principles of concentration of wealth and power that have led to unprecedented inequality and the hollowing out of the American middle class.

Directors: Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott | Star: Noam Chomsky

Votes: 8,068 | Gross: $0.04M

41. Boom Bust Boom (2015)

G | 74 min | Documentary, History

68 Metascore

Terry Jones guides us through the history and the nature of the economic boom-bust cycle and why people repeatedly ignore it to their sorrow.

Directors: Bill Jones, Terry Jones, Ben Timlett | Stars: Terry Jones, George Magnus, Robert Shiller, Zvi Bodie

Votes: 422

42. (T)ERROR (2015)

84 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the perspective of "Shariff", a 63-year-old Black ... See full summary »

Directors: Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe | Stars: Khalifah Ali Al-Akili, Mike Healey, Ali Kareem, Saeed 'Shariff' Torres

Votes: 730

43. Secret History (1991– )
Episode: Hitler of the Andes (2003)

49 min | Documentary, History

Declassified FBI documents trace an 11-year investigation of rumors that Hitler survived Germany's defeat in 1945, escaping via U-boat to Argentina.

Director: David Howard | Stars: Peter Davison, Chris Gordon, Elenia Rizoviska, Michael Sheard

Votes: 100

44. Inshallah, Kashmir (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

Testimonies of ordinary Kashmiris recount a brutal militancy and its terrible response. Dodging agents of Indian armed-forces, the filmmakers were able to obtain rare testimonials in the ... See full summary »

Director: Ashvin Kumar | Stars: Omar Abdullah, Bashir Baba, Wajahat Habibullah

Votes: 126

45. Killing Oswald (2013)

102 min | Documentary

Killing Oswald explores the mystery of how and why John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were assassinated in 1963, tracing Oswald's strange transformation from US Marine radar operator in ... See full summary »

Director: Shane O'Sullivan | Stars: John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Nigel Barber, Raymond Burns

Votes: 185

46. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

86 Metascore

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington, Juan Valdez

Votes: 3,532 | Gross: $0.47M

47. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous.

Director: Brian Knappenberger | Stars: Anon2World, Anonyops, Julian Assange, Aaron Barr

Votes: 9,277

48. I Am. Shimon Peres (2014)

78 min | Documentary, Biography

As a leader he guides his country through political turmoil in the Middle East. As a human he reconciles with his past.

Votes: 47

49. 1971 (2014)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, History, Thriller