Documentaries You Must Watch

The view of documentaries is normally that they are long and boring movies filled with information. In my perspective, they also provide some insight into certain events and phenomenons. That is why I decided to create this list of documentaries that are a must see! These movies have kept me entertained and informed no matter what topic is being discussed. They range from conspiracy to crime, to even biographies.

Netflix:

Fyre

The history of the Fyre Music Festival, from its creation through its unraveling.

Abducted in Plain Sight

Abducted In Plain Sight is a feature length documentary about the stranger-than-fiction, true story of the Brobergs; an Idaho family who fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Amanda Knox

The story of the trial, conviction and acquittal of Amanda Knox for the murder of an exchange student in Italy.

Blackfish

The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man’s relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals.

Studio 54

Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism–a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era.

Our Planet

Documentary series focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Social_Animals

The real and digital worlds of a Midwestern girl, a daredevil photographer and an aspiring swimsuit model are explored.

The Dirt

The misfits of Mötley Crüe rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame in the 1980s.

Conspiracy Theory

Skeptics and others discuss widely held conspiracy theories involving aliens, government cover-ups, secret assassinations and other intrigues.

Liberated 

Exploring how pop culture shapes a new generation’s beliefs about gender, sexuality and violence on display among students on spring break.

Walt The Man Behind The Myth

Friends, family and collaborators offer revealing insight into Walt Disney and his production empire.

Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings on death row form a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

This documentary, directed by the man who was set to choreograph the highly anticipated gigs, offers a look at preparations for the shows and provides a revealing portrait of the man behind the controversy.

He Named Me Malala

After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children’s rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Tesla

Inventor and genius Nikola Tesla, who’s ideas revolutionized the use of electricity, envisioned technology that became indispensible decades later.

Miss Representation

Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Condoleeza Rice, Gloria Steinem and others discuss sexism in American society and the media.

The Nineties

A series that focuses on cultural and political changes in the last decade of the twentieth century in the U.S.

Explained

A series from Vox digging into a wide range of topics such as the rise in cryptocurrency, why diets fail, and the wide world of K-Pop music.

HULU:

Fyre Fraud

This is a true-crime comedy exploring a failed music festival turned internet meme at the nexus of social media.

Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much

Documentary about a math genius, Ted Slauson, who loved The Price is Right

RBG

An exploration of the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her career.

Freakonomics

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the science of economics. Based on the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.

Cocaine Cowboys

In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago – and it put the city on the map.

Off Label

A probing exposé of an over medicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America, OFF LABEL takes us on an emotional journey through 8 uniquely personal experiences to shed light on an unknown and often camouflaged plague affecting our nation.

Amazon Prime: 

Leaving Neverland 

Two men recount their experiences of being sexually abused by Michael Jackson. Warning: Contains explicit descriptions of sexual abuse.

Supersize Me

Morgan Spurlock’s social experiment in fast-food gastronomy sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald’s menu for an entire month. In the process his weight balloons, his energy level plummets and he experiences all sorts of unexpected — and terrifying — side effects.

Unseen

In 2009, Cleveland police discovered the bodies of eleven women decomposing in the house and yard of known sex offender Anthony Sowell. With unprecedented access to the surviving victims, “Unseen” tells a chilling story about the invisibility of women on the margins of society and raises troubling questions as to why this killing spree went unnoticed for so long.

The Family I Had

A mother recalls how her brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one horribly violent and shocking act. Now, left to pick up the pieces, the survivors test the boundaries of their newly defined reality in this moving true crime exploration of the nature and limits of familial love.

In Search of Mozart

From an incredibly young age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was able to play and compose the most complex and marvelous pieces in history. This is his story of love and hardship, and his unique, unparalleled genius.

The True Cost

This is a story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry has on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing?

Blonde

“Blonde” chronicles major events in Marilyn Monroe’s life and intertwines them with fictional interpretations of her interactions with friends, family, and other prominent public figures. Tenderly juxtaposing her status as a Hollywood icon with her private personality, this engrossing miniseries paints a picture that conveys a sense of who both Marilyn and Norma Jean really were.

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