Best Documentaries on YouTube

Last updated: June 24, 2021

If you love documentaries and are looking for your next favorite, then you're in luck. We've compiled a list of the best documentaries available to watch now on YouTube. Scroll through and find the perfect one for your family. And check back often -- we're updating regularly with new additions. See more best-of lists like this.
A Space in Time Movie Poster Image
Candid docu captures family impacted by muscular dystrophy.
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The Dark Hobby Movie Poster Image
Marine life docu deep dives into aquarium trafficking trade.
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The Reason I Jump Movie Poster Image
Powerful, insightful docu about people with autism.
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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Movie Poster Image
Excellent docu about TV classic gets a little salty.
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Cher & The Loneliest Elephant Movie Poster Image
Pop legend lends stardom to dynamic animal rescue docu.
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Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie Movie Poster Image
Docu on teen filmmakers with Down Syndrome; violence, drugs.
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Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words Movie Poster Image
Earnest but dry RBG docu celebrates a legend.
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Underplayed Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu about women in the electronic music industry.
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Stray Movie Poster Image
Street dog docu promotes empathy; some strong language.
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Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know Movie Poster Image
Teams studying black holes make breakthroughs in worthy doc.
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Shoah Movie Poster Image
Holocaust narratives share sorrow of the era in epic docu.
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The Last Blockbuster Movie Poster Image
Docu about only remaining video store; some language.
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The House That Rob Built Movie Poster Image
Positive messages, role models in inspiring sports docu.
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Pele Movie Poster Image
Focused look at soccer's G.O.A.T.; violence, language.
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Woman in Motion Movie Poster Image
Docu about role model Nichelle Nichols inspires, delights.
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Bullied Movie Poster Image
Vital, tragic, brutal look at rise of youth suicide.
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More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story Movie Poster Image
Intimate, honest biography addresses racism, alcoholism.
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Balloon Man Movie Poster Image
Ex-NFL player scores as first Black balloonist master pilot.
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Healing from Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation Movie Poster Image
Former alt-righters break good in compelling documentary.
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The Friendliest Town Movie Poster Image
Timely docu about trailblazing Black police chief; language.
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MLK/FBI Movie Poster Image
Insightful doc about FBI's relentless campaign against King.
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The Dissident Movie Poster Image
Intense docu on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Sacred Cow: The Nutritional, Environmental and Ethical Case for Better Meat Movie Poster Image
Informative docu about improving farming practices.
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A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful docu puts labor dispute in historical context.
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Sing Me a Song Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, beautifully shot docu about influence of tech.
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