This genre is one of the largest non-fiction genres, and consists primarily of documentaries about one or more historical events or time periods. In general, the title will not be of a contemporary nature (that is, it will be made about a subject that actually occurred in the past). Some historical subjects include ancient civilizations & archaeology, famous crimes, popular culture and trends of the past, and other major world events.

Muhammad Ali (2021)

Director: Ken Burns
Starring: Muhammad Ali

An in-depth look at the life of boxer, Muhammad Ali, including his years as an activist and philanthropist. Read more

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith

Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Ham... Read more

Des (2020)

Starring: David Tennant, Daniel Mays, Jason Watkins, Ron Cook, Barry Ward

In 1983 Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen was arrested after the discovery of human remains which had blocked a drain near his London home. Read more

Anne Frank: Parallel Stories (2019)

Starring: Helen Mirren

It is based on five women who did survive the Holocaust but shared her same fate of "deportation, suffering and being denied their childhood and adole... Read more

Hitler versus Picasso And The Others (2018)

Starring: Toni Servillo

An extraordinary report on how Hitler looted 'the great beauty' of Europe: the art that was the expression of its culture. Read more

3 Faces (2018)

Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi

Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the count... Read more

Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (2018)

Starring: Liam Neeson

A six-part series that goes inside the Vatican to reveal the true power held by popes throughout the ages. The docuseries explores how 12 apostles bec... Read more

The Clinton Affair (2018)

Starring: Bill Clinton

A series of exclusive interviews and archival footage examining Bil Clinton's political scandal of the 1990s and its lasting influence in the United S... Read more

Studio 54: The Documentary (2018)

Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Starring: Liza Minnelli, Divine, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Mikhail Baryshnikov

In 1977, New York night club Studio 54 opened its doors. Frequented by celebrity guests, the club became the place to be. A look underneath the glitz... Read more

The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill (2018)

Starring: Sam Neill

Actor Sam Niell retraces the route Capt. James Cook took 250 years before on his legendary journey across the Southwest Pacific, explores the cultures... Read more