15 Documentaries That You Won’t Be Able To Pause When You Start It. You will feel every emotion throughout watching one of these documentaries.
This short documentary is about Zion Clark, a high school wrestler born with caudal regression syndrome leaving him without legs. It really demonstrates his resilience as an athlete and wrestler.
2. Making A Murderer
Making A Murderer is a docu-series that follows the life of Steven Avery, a man who was freed after spending 18 years in prison due to DNA evidence that cleared his name. But that’s just the beginning, because he was then sent back to prison for another crime.
This documentary chronicles the life and amazing career of Quincy Jones. Rashida Jones helped direct it, and also documented his life weeks before and after his hospitalization from a diabetic coma.
4. I Called Him Morgan
This documentary is about the lives of Lee and Helen Morgan. It gives a backstory to everything leading up to Helen eventually murdering him at a nightclub in 1972.
5. Gaga: Five Foot Two
This documentary follows Lady Gaga and captures her life leading up to the release of her Joanne album. It’s extremely intimate and gives a lot more insight into Gaga’s personal struggles and the highs and lows of her career.
6. Conor McGregor: Notorious
This documentary gives an all-access pass to Conor McGregor’s journey as an MMA fighter. You see his rise from living in his parents spare room to eventually winning a championship in the UFC.
7. The Carter Effect
This documentary highlights just how important Vince Carter was to the sport of basketball, and his influence on Toronto’s now booming basketball culture.
8. Cuba and the Cameraman
Cuba and the Cameraman is a love letter in the form of a documentary by Jon Alpert, a journalist who documented his travels to Cuba over a 40-year span. He follows and interviews Fidel Castro and documents the lives of three families he’s been able to build friendships with.
This documentary takes consumerism and flips it on its head. It really highlights the benefits that come doing more with less, thus the title.
10. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
This documentary is an in-depth biography about James Brown. It helps chronicle culture, and really highlights his influence on culture, but it mostly highlights how massively talented he was as a performer.
This powerful documentary gives historical context to the prison labor industry and shows its connection to slavery. The title refers to the amendment that abolished slavery, but this documentary focuses on the exception clause that essentially allows inmates to be modern-day slaves.
12. What Happened Miss Simone?
This documentary chronicles the highs and lows throughout the life and career of Nina Simone. There’s unreleased behind the scenes footage and interviews with her as well as her friends and family. It gives context as to why she wrote and performed her most powerful songs.
13. The Seven Five
The documentary is about a cop turned criminal, Mike Dowd. He and other police officers intimidated, murdered, took bribes, kidnapped, sold drugs, robbed drug dealers, and did everything you could imagine for money. He is known as America’s dirtiest cop.
The Amy documentary gives us an intimate look at Amy Winehouse’s life. It’s filled with unreleased audio and raw footage, and there are interviews with her close friends who all give their perspective and memories of her.
15. Hip-Hop Evolution
Hip-Hop Evolution is an in-depth docu-series that educates as well as chronicles the rise of hip-hop since its inception in the Bronx. It gives history and context on what was happening in the individual neighborhoods these rappers grew up in during their prime.