In life there are certain documentaries that you simply must watch. Some of them are visually captivating and striking, others you can’t stop watching and can’t wait for the next season to come! Then there are others which are emotionally touching and open your hearts and minds. Below is a list of the best documentaries that you should watch, its compiled from votes from real people just like you. Enjoy!
1. Planet Earth
I personally saw this entire series and it was absolutely spectacular! This is definitely one you cannot miss, visually striking. Once you start watching you wont be able to stop. Highly recommended for the whole family!
“You wont be disappointed either. It’s just on another level compared to other nature documentaries.”
“Icarus. Just came out on Netflix. I like documentaries generally, but this one had me on the edge of my goddamned seat. It starts if investigating doping in endurance sports (lance armstrong etc.) and they get in contact with an expert on the topic… then things get insane. Details arise concerning a secret government-sponsored program to cheat at the Olympics… then persons involved start disappearing… then the guy filming the doc starts desperately trying to get his source safely out of the country… and it just keeps getting crazier. Absolutely a must-watch.”
3. The Jinx
“The Jinx. It’s a 6 part docu-series on HBO about Robert Durst. He has been suspected in a couple murders but never convicted. Last two episodes are absolutely chilling. Jaw dropping in the most literal sense.”
4. What We Do In The Shadows
“‘What We Do In The Shadows’ is a very intimate look into life as a New Zealander”
“Extremely accurate and faithful, too. When I visited NZ it was exactly like in this film”
5. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
“Just to give a little more background, I grew up visiting National Parks. They are some of the best things about this country. For our honeymoon my wife and I went to Gettysburg and then to Washington D.C. where we toured the monuments and parks like Harpers Ferry and Antietam. They National Park system is near and dear to me. I’ve just never been in the back country which I’ve always wanted to do which is why I’ve resolved to get into better shape. It is 70 miles of back country hiking the GSMNP on the AT trail which has been a dream of mine to day and I will do it. Though I should also add that as a type 1 diabetic I am terrified of being that far out into the wilderness on my own.”
6. The Fog of War
“Maybe it is because I remember watching the evacuation of Saigon on TV. Or because I have friends not too much older than me that got shipped off to Vietnam. Or because I’m fascinated by the ability of otherwise smart people to make stupid decisions.
The film is laser-focused on the decisions made by Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense under Kennedy and Johnson who helped lead the US into Vietnam.”
7. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
“Great pacing for a documentary, and the subject matter is a lot more interesting than it seems.”
“FYI the Enron investigation was headed by a man who was at the time the Director of the FBI.
That man’s name? Robert Mueller.”
“I never thought competitive tickling could be so dark”
“That’s how I saw it. A friend of mine heard a bit about the movie and it was showing nearby, so I just heard “hey, wanna go to SF with me to watch the documentary called Tickled?”
Absolutely the best way to watch it. I don’t even know if there’s a trailer or what it contains but I’d recommend just taking the leap without looking.”
9. The Imposter
“The Imposter. It’s best to watch without prior knowledge but the general plot is a man who infiltrates a family by posing as a long lost, presumed dead, family member.”
10. Barkley Marathons
“Just watched The Barkley Marathons for the the second time last night. It’s definitely becoming one of my favorites”
“The Barkley Marathons is possibly the best thing I’ve ever watched!”
11. The World at War
“If you have the time, I don’t think you can beat The World at War by the
BBC ITV. It’s a 26 part series about World War 2, covering all the major theatres and aspects of life under war. There are interviews ranging from Generals to Holocaust survivors, restored footage of major battles, and educational maps allowing you to follow along. Each episode has a theme, with one being about U-Boats, the next about the Pacific theatre, and the next about the efforts of intelligence agencies, never shying away from showing the horror and stupidity of war.
The whole thing is beautifully choreographed and is narrated by Laurence Olivier, who has a voice of honey. The music is spot on, mixing both period music and the stylings of Carl Davis. You won’t get the whole picture of the war- but you’ll get a damned good one.”
12. Inside job
“Inside job. Showed me just how crazy and powerful big banks are. Honestly, it’s terrifying”
“Of course, this is all very complicated, and the banks like it that way so that you don’t pay attention.”
“So here’s Margot Robbie in a bubble bath to explain it to you.”
Just watched it this weekend, it’s so weird being somewhere between a documentary, a movie and a meta takedown of the banking industry and even itself as a film.
“It was so clever and original, I would happily pile my recommendation on top of yours.”
13. OJ Made in America
“OJ Made in America. I have zero interest in football, sports heros or the Trial of the Century, but that’s one of the best I’ve seen. For those who weren’t around during the Civil Rights movement, it puts a lot of things into perspective, not just with OJ, but with American history in general – including today’s state of affairs.”
“Deserved the Oscar. Amazing.”
14. Accidental Courtesy
“Accidental Courtesy“. Black man named Daryl Davis proves the ideology of KKK wrong to its members just by being friendly to them. It’s hard to be hateful against people when they’re willing to just hang around you and treat you like a human being.”
15. Cocaine Cowboys
“How cocaine was brought into the states and eventually turned Miami into warzone…told by the people who smuggled it in
My folks told me about when they were flying to the Bahamas in 1980 for their honeymoon and had a layover in Miami airport and were shocked to see armed military”
So this is the list? Which one will you be watching? Do you have any recommendations you would like to add to this list?
Have a great day everyone!
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