Are you a fan of documentaries? For us, the answer is a resounding yes. From compelling true stories to insightful and informative examinations of history and current events, get ready to explore more than 50 documentaries with recommendations from us, and crowdsourced from readers too.
Plan your next movie night with any of these recommendations, and let us know if we’re missing any on this list!
50+ Of The Best Documentaries To Watch
Documentaries on Disney+
Free Solo is the story of Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. This riveting story will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole film. Also available to watch on Hulu.
Fire of Love
Fire of Love is a beautiful, breathtaking and other-worldly love story of two scientists and their mutual love for volcanoes and how it eventually brings them to their demise. Also available to watch on Hulu.
The Rescue is a harrowing story that chronicles the unfathomable rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. Also available to watch on Hulu.
Summer of Soul
Summer of Soul is a concert film that chronicles this historical event celebrating Black culture, history and fashion.
Taylor Swift Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions
Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions is an intimate look into the recording of Taylor Swift’s album as well as live recordings of each song set at the historic Long Pond Studios.
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Documentaries on Hulu
MLK/FBI delves into recently declassified files that reveal the governments surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Flee is uniquely recounted mostly through animation, telling the story of Amin, a child refugee from Afghanistan and the secret he’s been holding onto for 20 years.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week– The Touring Years
This documentary follows The Beatles, a band that took the world by storm during their early touring years in 1963 and 1964.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace exposes the sexual abuse within Boy Scouts of America as 82,000 men reveal their own childhood personal accounts.
Minding The Gap
This documentaries draws parallels between modern-day masculinity and a group of skateboarder’s traumatic upbringings.
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Documentaries on Netflix
Won’t You Be My Neighbor
The story of everyone’s favorite Mr. Roger’s and the kindness, empathy and understanding that he shared through his unassuming children’s show. Won’t You Be My Neighbor is one that will pull at your heart strings.
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
The unbelievable story of a luxury music festival gone wrong in the hands of a cocky entrepreneur. Fyre is one you won’t want to miss!
My Octopus Teacher
My Octopus Teacher is a beautiful story of friendship found in the most unexpected place, when a filmmaker and an octopus’ worlds collide and the octopus helps the filmmaker to reconnect with both himself and the world around him.
Beckham tells the story of David Beckam’s rise to stardom as a footballer, with never before seen footage.
The 13TH is a deeper look into the U.S. prison boom and injustice towards African Americans.
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Documentaries on HBO Max
LFG is an inside look at the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s fight for equal pay.
Love, Lizzo is a look into the life of singing sensation, Lizzo as she records her album, Special.
The Vow is a close look into NXIVM a “self-improvement group” turned cult and the fight to expose them for their crimes.
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
For Anthony Bourdain fans, Roadrunner tells the story of the life and legacy of this beloved chef and T.V. personality.
Documentaries on Amazon Prime
Grizzly Man tells the story of Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, two bear activist’s living amongst the endangered animals in Alaska and their devastating fate.
Blackfish delves into the history of both a creature of love and aggression, the Killer Whale and the harmful effects of humans on these beautiful creatures.
A reporter’s curiosity about “competitive endurance tickling” leads him to discover a dark underground world of secret identities and criminal activity beneath it all. Tickled is unlike any documentary you have ever seen!
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Documentaries on Apple TV+
Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
A raw and honest look at the life of superstar, Billie Eilish as she lives her life on the road, touring and at home. Watch her life change before your very eyes!
The Velvet Underground
A look into The Velvet Underground‘s iconic legacy through interviews and footage that bring the band back to life.
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
Still, the story of Michael J. Fox an average kid turned pop culture sensation in the 1980s and the diagnosis that changed his life forever.
Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
A raw and intimate look into Selena Gomez‘s rise to stardom and the effect of mental health issues that inspired her in a journey to find her true purpose.
Ever wondered what prehistoric times were like? Prehistoric Planet is an incredible documentary from the producers of Planet Earth that brings us back 66 million years to experience dinosaurs in a time unlike anything we could ever imagine.
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More Documentary Recommendations From Readers
- 20 Feet From Stardom
- Life Itself
- Inside Job
- Project Nim
- The Truffle Hunters
- Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
- Bowling For Columbine
- The Act of Killing
- The Cove
- Winged Migration
- The Queen of Versailles
- The Imposter
- Food, Inc
- The Shadow of the Moon
- Stories We Tell
- An Inconvenient Truth
- Super Size Me
- Waiting For Superman
- The September Issue
- This Film is Not Yet Rated
- Blue Planet
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