Documentaries Watchlist

by jbodden28 | created - 03 Apr 2017 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Documentaries I've watched, and those I want to watch. All non-crime, see other list for Crime Documentaries

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1. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,554 | Gross: $0.87M

Watched: Absolutely amazing!

2. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, News

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 57,316 | Gross: $2.06M

Watched: Incredible!

3. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 152,716

Watched: So good!

4. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 79,119

Watched: Incredible!!

5. The Crash Reel (2013)

108 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre, Daniel Amen

Votes: 4,553

Watched: Incredible documentary!

6. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 48,594 | Gross: $2.80M

Watched

7. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,822 | Gross: $1.33M

Watched: Very good

8. An Honest Liar (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

76 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein | Stars: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Penn Jillette, Teller

Votes: 8,543 | Gross: $0.12M

Watched - Really Loved this one!!

9. Meru (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

77 Metascore

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin, Amee Hinkley

Votes: 13,013 | Gross: $2.33M

Watched: Amazing!

10. Unacknowledged (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

"Unacknowledged" focuses on the historic files of the Disclosure Project and how UFO secrecy has been ruthlessly enforced-and why. The best evidence for extraterrestrial contact, dating ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mazzola | Stars: Steven M. Greer, George Filer, Tom Bearden, John Callahan

Votes: 5,281

Watched - Crazy but a good one!

11. The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

67 Metascore

In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of ... See full summary »

Directors: Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane | Star: Lazarus Lake

Votes: 3,982

Watched - This one was really good!!!

12. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 31,759 | Gross: $4.59M

Watched: Really good!

13. America's Book of Secrets (2012– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary

From the facts behind the NSA spying scandals ("Big Brother") and the Boston Bombings ("American Terrorists") to America's secret prisons, Scientology, the Gold conspiracy and America's doomsday plans, this series features in-depth interviews with top journalists, law enforcement officials and whistleblowers.

Stars: Barry Aird, Jonathan Adams, Alex Jones, Ronald Kessler

Votes: 457

Watched - this was so good

14. Through the Wormhole (2010–2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 15,953

Watched - So good!!!

15. The Summit (II) (2012)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure

63 Metascore

The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.

Director: Nick Ryan | Stars: Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite, Walter Bonatti, Marco Confortola

Votes: 4,205 | Gross: $0.22M

Watched - Good

16. The Wildest Dream (2010)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

57 Metascore

Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.

Director: Anthony Geffen | Stars: Conrad Anker, Susan Robertson, Robert Macfarlane, Peter Gillman

Votes: 2,222 | Gross: $0.87M

Watched: Great!

17. I Am Heath Ledger (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Friends and family of the late actor Heath Ledger remember his life and career.

Directors: Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray | Stars: Heath Ledger, Ben Harper, Kim Ledger, Sally Bell

Votes: 5,471

Watched - Great Documentary about a wonderful actor that died before his time

18. Be Here Now (2015)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

As though life is imitating art, actor and sex-symbol, Andy Whitfield, had just become a star as the lead in the hit television series,'Spartacus,' when he is faced with his biggest ... See full summary »

Director: Lilibet Foster | Stars: Jai Courtney, Andy Whitfield, Indigo Whitfield, Jesse Whitfield

Votes: 2,839 | Gross: $0.02M

Watched - Sad but great story

19. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 48,822 | Gross: $3.17M

20. Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014)

TV-14 | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

An intimate but explosive portrait of the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport, and the truth. But the former ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu, Kristin Armstrong

Votes: 2,533

21. Hawking (2013)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Finnigan | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Arthur Pelling, Finlay Macrae, Nathan Chapple

Votes: 1,543

22. Deep Water (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

80 Metascore

A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Simon Russell Beale

Votes: 2,783 | Gross: $0.27M

23. 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: 19,642

24. Last Chance U (2016– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Documentary, Sport

Intense look inside the world of junior college football, chronicling the stories of players and coaches in the classroom and on the field.

Stars: Ron Ollie, John III Franklin, Buddy Stephens, Brittany Wagner

Votes: 5,084

25. The Hunt (II) (2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

The fascinating relationship between predators and their prey, and the strategies predators use to catch their food and prey use to escape death.

Stars: David Attenborough, Damien Boisseau

Votes: 3,226

26. Risk (I) (2016)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

The story of WikiLeak's editor-in-chief Julian Assange as seen by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Jacob Appelbaum, Joseph Farrell

Votes: 1,830 | Gross: $0.20M

27. Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

Director: Matt Schrader | Stars: Marco Beltrami, Jon Burlingame, Leonard Maltin, Bill Field

Votes: 3,359 | Gross: $0.10M

28. The Nightmare (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Horror

68 Metascore

A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Siegfried Peters, Estrella Cristina, Stephen Joseph, Yatoya Toy

Votes: 6,085

29. Buck (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.

Director: Cindy Meehl | Stars: Buck Brannaman, Gary Myers, Bibb Frazier, Betty Staley

Votes: 3,060 | Gross: $4.02M

30. TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry.

Director: Simon Klose | Stars: Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Peter Althin

Votes: 13,055

31. The Man Who Saved the World (2014)

110 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

Retired Soviet Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov, who saved the world from WW3, talks about his life as retiree and shares his opinions on the Cold War with actor Kevin Costner in this melancholic mixture of documentary and reenacted footage.

Director: Peter Anthony | Stars: Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Sergey Shnyryov, Nataliya Vdovina

Votes: 1,665

32. Unrest (I) (2017)

98 min | Documentary, Drama, History

80 Metascore

When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights a disease that medicine forgot.

Director: Jennifer Brea | Stars: Jennifer Brea, Omar Wasow, Jessica l e Taylor, Samuel Bearman

Votes: 2,201 | Gross: $0.04M

33. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 14,149 | Gross: $5.23M

34. James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction (2018)

60 min | Documentary

An exploration into the science fiction genre, with some of the greatest pioneers of the genre.

Stars: James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Peter Capaldi

Votes: 700

35. Bahama Blue (2015– )

46 min | Documentary

This six-part documentary series takes you into the heart of the deep blue sea, from Mangroves filled with baby sharks to the Sand Flats where the green sea turtles graze. Each episode ... See full summary »

Star: Mark Oliver

Votes: 45

36. Haunted State: Whispers from History Past (2014)

97 min | Documentary

Come along for a journey investigating Wisconsin's most famous historic buildings and the paranormal folklore inside. Is history alive? Are ghosts real? Does scientific equipment exist that allow us to communicate with "ghosts"?

Director: Michael Brown | Stars: Michael Brown, Chelsy Stine, David Williams, Amy Flunker

Votes: 55

37. Holy Hell (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

Director: Will Allen | Stars: Will Allen, Dimitrius Pulido, Phillipe Coquet, David Christopher

Votes: 4,148 | Gross: $0.02M

38. Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story (2017)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

Charged with 2400 volts of electricity, Eduardo Garcia lost an arm, ribs, muscle mass and nearly his life, but more important than what he lost is what he found.

Director: Phillip Baribeau | Stars: Eduardo Garcia, Jennifer Jane, Manuel Garcia, Eugenio Garcia

Votes: 254 | Gross: $0.01M



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