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138 Best Documentary Movies To Watch

Popular + Documentary

Popular + Documentary

They say art imitates life, but nothing gets to the heart of humanity like documentary filmmaking. Whether you want to flex your history knowledge or binge a true crime, here are the best documentaries and docuseries available to stream now.

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This Much I Know to Be True (2022)
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8.1

An ethereal and healing concert film, and a personal journal for Australian musician Nick Cave

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On the Record (2020)
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8.3

A music industry exposé that evolves into a complex account of Black history

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This Is Not a Film (2011)
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8.4

An ode to the persistence of artistic freedom amidst repression

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20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
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Back-up singers take a deserved spotlight in this Oscar-winning doc

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The Queen of Versailles (2012)
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A riches-to-rags documentary about when the spoiled turn rotten

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De Palma (2015)
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8.7

A singular documentary on iconic director Brian De Palma through his own lens

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School Life (2016)
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A compassionate year-in-the-life documentary about two seasoned teachers nearing retirement at an Irish boarding school

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Scheme Birds (2019)
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A narrative documentary about a young Scottish woman entering adulthood and motherhood against a backdrop of violence

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Prophet’s Prey (2015)
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An incisive documentary on Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints cult leader Warren Jeffs

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In the Same Breath (2021)
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A Chinese filmmaker's account of COVID-19 cover-ups and propaganda

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Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020)
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A darkly hilarious portrait of the inevitability of death

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Hail Satan? (2019)
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Forget everything you think you know about the Satanic Temple

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