Top 100 Documentary Movies of 2021

1The Dissident reviews, watch and download

The Dissident

December 18, 2020

From Academy Award-Winning director Bryan Fogel (ICARUS), The Dissident is a critically acclaimed edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-filled thriller that plays out a...

2No Safe Spaces reviews, watch and download

No Safe Spaces

October 25, 2019

The First Amendment and free speech are under attack in America today. A growing number of Americans don't believe you have the right to speak your mind if what...

3One Direction: This Is Us reviews, watch and download

One Direction: This Is Us

August 30, 2013

Follows the UK boy band One Direction for a year as they embark on a world tour.

4Tina reviews, watch and download

Tina

June 7, 2021

Told in five powerful acts, this film from Academy Award(R)-winners Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin is an intimate and revealing look at the life and career of Tina...

5Resurgence reviews, watch and download

Resurgence

July 30, 2021

To be called the Fittest on Earth, one would have to be capable of conquering a number of both physical and mental challenges. In the year of 2020, those challe...

6A**holes: A Theory reviews, watch and download

A**holes: A Theory

November 6, 2020

With venomous social media, resurgent authoritarianism and rampant narcissism threatening to trash civilization as we know it, the time has come for Assholes: A...

7The Game Changers reviews, watch and download

The Game Changers

September 16, 2019

Executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan, The Game Changers follows James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and winner of...

8Katy Perry the Movie: Part of Me reviews, watch and download

Katy Perry the Movie: Part of Me

July 5, 2012

Katy Perry is living proof that if you just be yourself, you can be anything! Get an inside look into the real Katy Perry and find out how this regular Californ...

9Muscle Shoals reviews, watch and download

Muscle Shoals

September 27, 2013

The incredible story of a tiny Alabama recording studio that produced some of greatest hits of all time. Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sle...

10Zappa reviews, watch and download

Zappa

November 27, 2020

With unfettered access to the Zappa Vault and all its archival footage, Zappa explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away ...

11Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse reviews, watch and download

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

November 20, 2007

The award-winning documentary about the fascinating and harrowing making of Apocalypse Now, one of the most celebrated films in American cinema.

12Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm reviews, watch and download

Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

August 2, 2013

Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm is an intimate portrait of founding member of The Band and music legend Levon Helm. The man known worldwide...

13The Sparks Brothers reviews, watch and download

The Sparks Brothers

June 18, 2021

How can one rock band be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time? Take a musical odyssey through five weird a...

14The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station reviews, watch and download

The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station

September 14, 2021

Over twenty years ago, rival nations put aside political and cultural differences and came together in a demonstration of international co-operation to create s...

15Restrepo reviews, watch and download

Restrepo

June 27, 2010

Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for documentary, RESTREPO chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Ko...

16Soros reviews, watch and download

Soros

November 20, 2020

Billionaire activist George Soros is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. He is maligned by ideologues on both the left and the ri...

17Shine a Light reviews, watch and download

Shine a Light

July 29, 2008

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and the world's greatest rock n' roll band, The Rolling Stones, unite to bring audiences the year's most extraor...

18All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) reviews, watch and download

All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997)

July 23, 2021

In the late 80s and early 90s, the streets of downtown Manhattan were the site of a collision between two vibrant subcultures: skateboarding and hip hop. With a...

19Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon reviews, watch and download

Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon

November 1, 2011

Talihina Sky is the story of Kings of Leon, whose strict Pentecostal upbringing in Oklahoma and Tennessee preceded their unlikely transformation into one of the...

209/11: Stories of the City reviews, watch and download

9/11: Stories of the City

September 7, 2021

New York City - five proud boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At the city’s heart - Manhattan - densely populated and among the...

21Kipchoge: The Last Milestone reviews, watch and download

Kipchoge: The Last Milestone

August 24, 2021

Executive produced by Academy Award® nominee Ridley Scott and Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald, Kipchoge: The Last Milestone is a cinematic portrait of l...

22Final Account reviews, watch and download

Final Account

May 21, 2021

Final Account is an urgent portrait of the last living generation of everyday people to participate in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Over a decade in the making, ...

23Fantastic Fungi reviews, watch and download

Fantastic Fungi

October 11, 2019

When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected creators of our world. Fantastic Fungi...

24The Endless Summer reviews, watch and download

The Endless Summer

June 15, 1966

They call it The Endless Summer, the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to ...

25The Trials of Muhammad Ali reviews, watch and download

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

January 21, 2014

From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom,“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” traces the boxing legend...

26Paris is Burning reviews, watch and download

Paris is Burning

June 9, 1990

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New Y...

27Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room reviews, watch and download

Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room

January 17, 2006

Writer/director Alex Gibney examines the rise and fall of an infamous corporate juggernaut in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Based on the book by Fortune...

28Pearl Jam Twenty reviews, watch and download

Pearl Jam Twenty

October 25, 2011

In honor of Pearl Jam’s twentieth anniversary, Academy Award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe created a definitive portrait of the seminal ...

29K2: Siren of the Himalayas reviews, watch and download

K2: Siren of the Himalayas

November 4, 2014

Four world-class alpinists including National Geographic's Explorer of the Year Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner team up in a dangerous foray of high altitude mountaineer...

30NFL Super Bowl LV Champions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers reviews, watch and download

NFL Super Bowl LV Champions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

March 23, 2021

Fire the cannons! For the first time in NFL History, a Super Bowl Champion was crowned on their own home turf as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers captured their second...

31The Eastwood Factor (Extended Version) reviews, watch and download

The Eastwood Factor (Extended Version)

June 1, 2010

Back in 1975, legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood opened up offices for his new production company, Malpaso, on the Warner Bros. lot. Over the next 35 y...

32Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains, And the Future of the Internet reviews, watch and download

Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains, And the Future of the Internet

September 7, 2021

Five years after his first documentary on the topic, award-winning filmmaker Torsten Hoffmann revisits the big brains and big egos behind Bitcoin, Blockchains, ...

33Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story reviews, watch and download

Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story

September 3, 2021

Dear Rodeo recounts country music singer Cody Johnson's real-life journey from the dusty rodeo arenas of rural Texas to some of the biggest musical stages in Am...

34The Fog of War reviews, watch and download

The Fog of War

December 19, 2003

The Fog of War is a 20th century fable, a story of an American dreamer who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power. Robert S. McNamara was bo...

35The Truffle Hunters reviews, watch and download

The Truffle Hunters

March 5, 2021

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has ...

36The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young reviews, watch and download

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

December 8, 2015

Every year, 40 international runners descend upon a small town in Tennessee to test their mental and physical limits against the Barkley Marathons. Devised as a...

37The 78 Project reviews, watch and download

The 78 Project

October 25, 2016

The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder...

38Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story reviews, watch and download

Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story

September 1, 2014

Exploring Clint Eastwood's style of direction, this documentary highlights the more than 40 films that Clint Eastwood has made over a truly magnificent career. ...

39Conor McGregor: Notorious reviews, watch and download

Conor McGregor: Notorious

November 14, 2017

Conor McGregor is the biggest star in the history of Mixed Martial Arts. Filmed over the course of 4 years, Notorious is the exclusive, all access account of Co...

40The Girl Who Wore Freedom reviews, watch and download

The Girl Who Wore Freedom

June 1, 2021

Discover the untold stories of D-Day from the men, women and children who lived through German occupation and Allied liberation of Normandy, France.

41Flight of the Butterflies reviews, watch and download

Flight of the Butterflies

January 1, 2012

Flight of the Butterflies is a Canadian documentary film directed and co-written by Mike Slee for IMAX, starring Megan Follows, Gordon Pinsent, and Shaun Benson...

42Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded reviews, watch and download

Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded

April 8, 2014

The cocaine trade of the '70s and '80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once-sleepy retirement commun...

43Exit Through the Gift Shop reviews, watch and download

Exit Through the Gift Shop

January 24, 2010

The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on...

449/11: Minute by Minute reviews, watch and download

9/11: Minute by Minute

September 7, 2021

September 11th 2001, the day America was under siege. Thrust into defense against the deadliest disaster ever faced. The four coordinated attacks by nineteen in...

45Fahrenheit 9/11 reviews, watch and download

Fahrenheit 9/11

October 13, 2020

An expose which reflects upon what has happened to America since the events of September 11, 2001 that touches upon the personal relationship between President ...

46Moments Like This Never Last reviews, watch and download

Moments Like This Never Last

September 3, 2021

Moments Like This Never Last explores the life and legacy of the late artist Dash Snow (1981-2009) who died of a heroin overdose in a Noho hotel room at the age...

47The September Issue reviews, watch and download

The September Issue

September 4, 2009

An intimate, funny and surprising behind-the-scenes look at VOGUE'S legendary editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than- life editors, the 2009 S...

48The Plot Against the President reviews, watch and download

The Plot Against the President

January 27, 2021

The true story of how Congressman Devin Nunes uncovered the operation to bring down the President of the United States. Following the book The Plot Against the ...

49The Dawn Wall reviews, watch and download

The Dawn Wall

September 19, 2018

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible...

50Meru reviews, watch and download

Meru

August 14, 2015

Rising 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru is the ultimate test in the high-stakes world of big-wall climbing. The "anti-...

51Eagles: History of the Eagles reviews, watch and download

Eagles: History of the Eagles

January 1, 2013

The History of the Eagles is a 2-part documentary about one of the biggest rock bands in history. Following them from their earliest musical memories to rock s...

52The Food Cure reviews, watch and download

The Food Cure

January 1, 2020

THE FOOD CURE explores the most extreme claim made about nutrition. Can a radical diet halt or even reverse a lethal disease like cancer? The documentary follow...

53The Phenomenon reviews, watch and download

The Phenomenon

October 6, 2020

Director James Fox’s explosive documentary is being hailed as the most credible and revealing film ever made about the long-standing global cover-up and myste...

54The Eyes of Tammy Faye reviews, watch and download

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

July 21, 2000

Narrated by RuPaul Charles, this award-winning film chronicles Tammy Faye's personal journey from the genuine love-at-first-sight encounter with Jim Bakker and ...

55Uncle Tom reviews, watch and download

Uncle Tom

September 29, 2020

In a collection of interviews with some of America’s most provocative black conservative thinkers, Uncle Tom takes a different look at being black in America....

56Betting on Zero reviews, watch and download

Betting on Zero

April 7, 2017

From ‘Darfur Now’ writer/director Ted Braun comes a riveting docu-thriller following controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars...

57The Last Waltz (1978) reviews, watch and download

The Last Waltz (1978)

April 26, 1978

On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, The Band gave its farewell concert at Winterland in San Francisco. On hand to help say goodbye to this influential rock group were so...

58The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 reviews, watch and download

The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52

July 9, 2021

THE LONELIEST WHALE: THE SEARCH FOR 52 is a cinematic quest to find the “52 Hertz Whale,” which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude cal...

59Hoaxed reviews, watch and download

Hoaxed

March 10, 2020

Producer Mike Cernovich’s goal with HOAXED was to deconstruct America’s post-fact media landscape with a creative insider’s look at the Fake News phenomen...

60The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley reviews, watch and download

The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley

March 18, 2019

Riveting look at the now-defunct company Theranos and its enigmatic founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, whose ambition to revolutionize blood testing through biot...

61Free Solo reviews, watch and download

Free Solo

September 28, 2018

A stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free solo climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream:scaling the face of the world’s ...

62Skinwalker: The Howl of the Rougarou reviews, watch and download

Skinwalker: The Howl of the Rougarou

September 14, 2021

Do real werewolves exist? In the American south legends tell of encounters with a creature that stalks the swamps and bayous. A creature who was here long befor...

63The Original Charvel Gang reviews, watch and download

The Original Charvel Gang

August 10, 2021

This is the story of Wayne Charvel. Eddie Van Halen bought some guitar parts from him, and built his iconic black and white striped guitar, changing the course ...

64Senna reviews, watch and download

Senna

August 12, 2011

The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula On...

65Inside Job reviews, watch and download

Inside Job

October 8, 2010

Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary Feature "INSIDE JOB" from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, Charles Ferguson (No End In Sight), comes Inside Job, t...

66Grizzly Man reviews, watch and download

Grizzly Man

August 12, 2005

In this mesmerizing new film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy T...

67It Might Get Loud reviews, watch and download

It Might Get Loud

August 14, 2009

Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. It Might Get Loud tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of ele...

68Operation Odessa reviews, watch and download

Operation Odessa

February 20, 2019

True crime thriller about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy and a Cuban spy who teamed up to sell a nuclear submarine to a Colombian drug cartel. This gangster...

69Strokes of Genius reviews, watch and download

Strokes of Genius

July 1, 2018

Strokes of Genius is a world-class documentary capturing the historic 13-year rivalry between tennis icons Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It is timed for relea...

70The Standard reviews, watch and download

The Standard

September 8, 2020

GORUCK’s SELECTION is not only one of the toughest endurance events on the planet, it’s also an attempt by its creators to bridge the military-civilian divi...

71Cocaine Cowboys reviews, watch and download

Cocaine Cowboys

January 23, 2007

The cocaine trade of the 70s and 80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement communit...

72Loose Change 9/11 reviews, watch and download

Loose Change 9/11

September 22, 2009

Elf september 2001. Een gebeurtenis en een dag die velen nooit zullen vergeten. Voor een groeiend aantal mensen is dit echter niet een gebeurtenis die tijdens h...

73Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers reviews, watch and download

Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers

December 4, 2018

Narrated by Oscar Nominee MICKEY ROURKE - Former Government physicist Bob Lazar made headlines world-wide in 1989 when he came forward with his account of rever...

74Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm reviews, watch and download

Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm

May 14, 2021

Black Sabbath, Queen, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Coldplay, Simple Minds, Robert Plant, Manic Street Preachers are some of the greatest bands and musicians of our t...

75Savior for Sale: Da Vinci’s Lost Masterpiece? reviews, watch and download

Savior for Sale: Da Vinci’s Lost Masterpiece?

September 10, 2021

After mysteriously reappearing, the painting titled Salvator Mundi was sold at Christie’s for a record 450 million dollars in 2017. Attributed to Leonardo da ...

76The Human Factor reviews, watch and download

The Human Factor

May 7, 2021

With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, The Human Factor is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States...

77Roger Waters the Wall reviews, watch and download

Roger Waters the Wall

December 1, 2015

Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd, fuses the epic and the personal in Roger Waters The Wall, a concert film that goes well beyond ...

78Everything or Nothing reviews, watch and download

Everything or Nothing

October 5, 2012

A documentary to commemorate 50 years of James Bond films.

79Under the Volcano (2021) reviews, watch and download

Under the Volcano (2021)

June 14, 2021

On a remote Caribbean island in the 1980s, in the shadow of a volcano, the world’s biggest recording artists were drawn to one special place, to escape and to...

80Hood River reviews, watch and download

Hood River

September 10, 2021

In a small Oregon community, a high school soccer team struggles to overcome their class and racial divides in a quest for both individual and team success. Whi...

81Bergman: A Year in a Life reviews, watch and download

Bergman: A Year in a Life

July 13, 2018

During a six-year period in the mid-twentieth century something unsurpassed happens. A lanky and not very well known Swede, about to turn forty years old, enter...

82The Biggest Little Farm reviews, watch and download

The Biggest Little Farm

May 10, 2019

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harv...

83Fish & Men reviews, watch and download

Fish & Men

September 14, 2021

Fish & Men reveals how consumer demand drives an irrational global seafood economy threatening fishing communities and public health. But pioneering chefs and f...

84An Unknown Compelling Force reviews, watch and download

An Unknown Compelling Force

June 15, 2021

An Unknown Compelling Force is the true story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, known as Russia’s greatest unsolved mystery. In 1959 a group of nine student hiker...

85The Pedal Movie reviews, watch and download

The Pedal Movie

April 30, 2021

From the fuzzed out '60s to the experiemental sounds of today, guitar effects pedals have forever changed the course of popular music. In The Pedal Movie, pedal...

86Korengal reviews, watch and download

Korengal

September 9, 2014

Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. Korengal expl...

87Finding Kendrick Johnson reviews, watch and download

Finding Kendrick Johnson

July 30, 2021

On January 11th, 2013, Kendrick Johnson was found dead in his high school gymnasium rolled up in a gym mat. 'FINDING KENDRICK JOHNSON' is the feature documenta...

88Jodorowsky's Dune reviews, watch and download

Jodorowsky's Dune

March 21, 2014

The tale of Jodorowsky and his Dune is a fascinating trip through creativity and imagination, a story about the relentless pursuit of a dream, and the necessity...

89Closed for Storm reviews, watch and download

Closed for Storm

July 6, 2021

Closed For Storm is a film detailing the incredible history of a massive, American theme park that was eventually left completely abandoned

90Wattstax reviews, watch and download

Wattstax

February 4, 1973

An exciting, vibrant documentary about music and the black experience, centering around the Los Angeles community of Watts, and featuring exceptional monologues...

91Hail to the Deadites reviews, watch and download

Hail to the Deadites

July 27, 2021

A documentary about the fans of the popular Evil Dead horror films that explores the classic franchise's undying and ever-growing popularity. Through interviews...

92Catfish (2010) reviews, watch and download

Catfish (2010)

September 17, 2010

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that...

93Searching for Sugar Man reviews, watch and download

Searching for Sugar Man

July 27, 2012

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar, Rodr...

94Paradise Discovered: Unbreakable Virgin Islanders reviews, watch and download

Paradise Discovered: Unbreakable Virgin Islanders

September 7, 2021

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma struck the island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The category 5 storm was the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic Oc...

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