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The Best Female Director Movies and TV Shows on CBS All Access

Finding a good Female Director movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Female Director movies and TV shows of all time streaming on CBS All Access.

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1. The Virgin Suicides

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7.2/10
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81/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, CBS All Access, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Microcosmos

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7.9/10
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75/100
Released: 1996Rated: G
Documentary

What it's about: A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $9.99 on 1 service (Google Play).

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3. A New Leaf

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7.4/10
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72/100
Released: 1971Rated: G
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Private Parts

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6.9/10
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72/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Biography, Comedy

What it's about: The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Dear Frankie

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7.7/10
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71/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Drama, Independent

What it's about: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, Lizzie has invented a story that he is away at sea on the HMS Accra. Every few weeks, Lizzie writes Frankie a make-believe letter from his father, telling of his adventures in exotic lands. As Frankie tracks the ship's progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real HMS Accra arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie's father for just one day...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Mostly Martha

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7.2/10
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71/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Martha is a single woman who lives for one passion: cooking. The head chef at a chic restaurant, Martha has no time for anything - or anyone - else. But Martha's solitary life is shaken when a fateful accident brings her sister's eight-year-old daughter, Lina, to her doorstep.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Pet Sematary

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6.6/10
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71/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Drama, Horror

What it's about: Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At first, only the family's cat makes the return trip, but an accident forces a heartbroken father to contemplate the unthinkable.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV & CBS All Access), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Sundance) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Home for the Holidays

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6.6/10
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71/100
Released: 1995Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex, PopcornFlix & Crackle), stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Italian for Beginners

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7.0/10
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69/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A group of strangers find friendship, family and love within an Italian beginners’ course.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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10. Black Sheep

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67/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG-13
Comedy

What it's about: When dignified Albert Donnelly runs for Governor, his team moves to keep his slow-witted and klutzy younger brother, Mike, out of the eye of the media. To baby-sit Mike, the campaign assigns sarcastic Steve, who gets the experience of a lifetime when he tries to take Mike out of town during the election.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Starz & CBS All Access), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Strike!

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6.7/10
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66/100
Released: 1998Rated: PG-13
Comedy

What it's about: In the 1960s, a group of friends at an all girls school learn that their school is going to be combined with a nearby all boys school. They concoct a plan to save their school while dealing with everyday problems along the way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Mad Hot Ballroom

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65/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG
Documentary, Family

What it's about: Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," on their way to try to compete in the final citywide.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Blue Car

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6.5/10
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65/100
Released: 2003Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her English teacher, Mr. Auster. But what started out as a mentoring relationship begins to get a bit more complex.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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14. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

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7.3/10
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64/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. The Wild Thornberrys Movie

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5.6/10
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64/100
Released: 2002Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Animation

What it's about: Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals....

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. Full Tilt Boogie

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6.6/10
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63/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Documentary

What it's about: A documentary about the production of From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and the people who made it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. The Intervention

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62/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Sundance Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. Æon Flux

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5.5/10
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61/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Mystery

What it's about: 400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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19. An American Rhapsody

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60/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG-13
Drama, Family

What it's about: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter then decides to travel to Budapest to discover her identity.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex), stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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20. Grease 2

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59/100
Released: 1982Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: It's 1961, two years after the original Grease gang graduated, and there's a new crop of seniors and new members of the coolest cliques on campus, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington is the new kid in school - but he's been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds, and win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime & CBS All Access), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts

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59/100
Released: 2011
Comedy, Stand-up & Talk

What it's about: Daniel Tosh performs in front of a live San Francisco audience in this stand-up special for Comedy Central, and touches on topics ranging from sports and pop culture, to religion and politics.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Comedy Central Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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22. American Teen

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6.4/10
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56/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Documentary

What it's about: A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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23. Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted?

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54/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Comedy

What it's about: Nick started stand up at the age of 18. In his first year of stand up he was chosen to perform at the U.S. Comedy Arts festival. In 2000, he hit a milestone in his career when he taped his Comedy Central half-hour special at the age of 22 (the youngest to do so). More recently, Nick wrote and starred in the Happy Madison-produced films Grandma's Boy and Benchwarmers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Comedy Central Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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24. Gotta Dance

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7.6/10
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54/100
Released: 2008
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Chronicles the first-ever, senior citizen hip-hop dance team for the New Jersey Nets Basketball team, 12 women and man - all dance team newbies, from auditions through to center court stardom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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25. Patrice O'Neal: Elephant in the Room

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52/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Comedy, Stand-up & Talk

What it's about: Filmed at the New York Comedy Festival, comedian Patrice O'Neal stars in his first and only full-length stand-up special. Featuring 40 minutes of additional content not seen on television, Patrice brings his trademark absurdism and friendly yet no-holds-barred style to material on race and gender politics, relationships and more.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Comedy Central Now) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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26. Social Animals

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5.3/10
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52/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Documentary, Comedy

What it's about: Determined not to turn into her parents, or be drawn into any relationship longer than a one night stand, Zoe constantly struggles with her failing business and love life. Then she falls in love for the first time with Paul. But there's one problem: Paul is married.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, CBS All Access & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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27. Carolina

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6.1/10
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49/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A young woman escapes her wildly eccentric family in search for a life of normalcy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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28. Lucky Numbers

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5.0/10
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47/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: Russ Richards is a TV weatherman and local celebrity on the verge of losing his shirt. Desperate to escape financial ruin, he schemes with Crystal the TV station's lotto ball girl to rig the state lottery drawing. The numbers come up right, but everything else goes wrong as the plan starts to unravel and the game turns rough.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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29. My Baby's Daddy

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4.6/10
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46/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Comedy

What it's about: A trio of young men are forced to grow up quick when their girlfriends all become pregnant around the same time.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access).

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30. The Romantics

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5.1/10
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45/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Seven close friends reunite for the wedding of two of their friends. Problems arise because the bride and the maid of honor have had a long rivalry over the groom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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31. Camilla

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42/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Freda Lopez, an aspiring musician, travels with her husband to the beautiful beaches of Georgia where she befriends Camilla, an odd and exotic elderly woman who plays the violin. When the two embark on a journey together, Camilla reclaims a lost love and makes peace with herself and her son, while Freda discovers inner resources she never knew she had.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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32. Joy of Sex

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3.7/10
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39/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Teenager Leslie Hindenberg, mistakenly believing she has just weeks to live, decides she will lose her virginity before she dies.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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33. Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced

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5.4/10
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39/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Comedy, Documentary

What it's about: A black president. Gays in the military. Women who like jerks. Carlos Mencia has something to say about it all in his new stand-up special, Performance Enhanced, held in front of a packed house at a Hard Rock Hotel theatre in Florida. Watch as he talks about his trip to Iraq, his real feelings on the N-word, and just about everything else that pops into his head. With his trademark frenzied performance style, you have our word that this is 100% Carlos---just slightly enhanced for your entertainment.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Comedy Central Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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34. Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth

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7.4/10
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35/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG
History, Documentary

What it's about: The story of Pocahontas has been passed down through the centuries. Her relationship with John Smith has been characterized as a romance that united two cultures and created lasting peace. However, the life of this American Indian princess was anything but a fairytale. Join us as we look beyond the fiction and reveal the real story of Pocahontas, a tale of kidnapping, conflict, starvation, ocean journeys, and the future of an entire civilization.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, CBS All Access & Smithsonian Earth) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & Vudu).

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35. Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

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7.6/10
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32/100
Released: 2014
Documentary

What it's about: It's death on an unimaginable scale, when a majority of Earth's species quickly die out. It's called "mass extinction," and it's happened at least five times before. Cataclysms, such as supervolcanoes or asteroids, are thought to cause these events, but some experts believe a manmade mass extinction could be next. Is our planet in trouble? And if so, is there anything we can do to stop the next catastrophic annihilation? Experts are traveling the world, performing groundbreaking scientific detective work to answer these very questions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, CBS All Access & Smithsonian Earth).

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