Best Documentaries

Few stories are as affecting and inspirational as the true ones that take place in the world every day. The documentaries on that list prove that point and then some -- you'll cheer, you'll cry, you'll rage, and you'll always be moved.

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Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Breathtaking docu zooms in on insect life in vivid color.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Mesmerizing film for kids and parents who adore wee ones.
On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
 
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Vibrant, uplifting docu about African children's choir.
In Theaters Now
(2015)
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Enchanting dance documentary hits all the right beats.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
 
Warm, feel-good docu about being nice is uplifting.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
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Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Charming, thought-provoking global docu about childhood.
In Theaters Now
(2014)
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Smart docu about controversial football player's redemption.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Antarctic adventure docu has lots of positive messages.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2013)
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Informative, engrossing docu about saying no to sugar.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
 
Stirring docu sees superhero as powerful motivator for good.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Earnest, inspiring docu shows realities of rural poverty.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
Moving, engaging docu about high school musical theater.
On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
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Inspiring story about an underdog high school robotics team.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Engaging economics docu encourages equality, activism.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
Lots of historical detail in evenhanded, traditional docu.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Docu about senior fashionistas promotes positive body image.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
 
Outstanding role model urges kids to stand up to bullies.
On DVD/Streaming
(2016)
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Powerful profile on horse whisperer has mature themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
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Powerful docu addresses critically important issue for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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Uplifting docu promotes religious tolerance via dance.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Excellent docu on Muslim high school football players.
On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
 
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Inspiring, deeply affecting docu explores teen icon's life.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
 
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Poignant docu about B-boys and -girls around the world.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
Inspiring docu explores female heroes in comics, real life.
Network: PBS
(2013)
Serious adult docu about Muppets in the 3rd world.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Provocative docu has some graphic scenes of animal cruelty.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Stellar docu on influential punk band; talk of drugs, drink.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Engaging docu promotes a vegan diet in nonjudgmental way.
On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
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Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Inspiring docu shows young people capable of great things.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
Moving, earnest documentary on global warming.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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Affecting true story of homelessness and the human spirit.
Network: MTV
(2012)
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Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Excellent docu about teen sailor; some brief profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Underdogs rule in real-life Quidditch docu; some profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Profound docu explores African-American racial identity.
On DVD/Streaming
(2009)
 
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Inspiring docu about urban gardening; some profanity, drugs.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
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Gruesome, powerful, and inspiring dolphin documentary.
On DVD/Streaming
(2009)
Autobiographical docuseries raises issues relevant to teens.
Network: Al Jazeera America
(2014)
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Inspiring docu about gang intervention program in LA.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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Transgender soldier docu portrays bravery, strength.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Top-notch documentary features strong Latino role models.
Network: HBO
(2012)
Earnest, illuminating documentary about women and the media.
On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
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Captivating, moving sports docu; some swearing.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Poignant LGBTQ docu highlights respect, acceptance.
Network: HBO
(2013)
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Inspiring documentary portrays the dignity of the poor.
On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
Vibrant, poignant, inspiring music docu; some profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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Intense, awe-inspiring docu about extreme marathoners.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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Docu about holiday helpers has mature themes, profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Bold docu explores Edward Snowden's controversial actions.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
Moving documentary brings hate-crime victim to life.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
 
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Outstanding but shattering docu set in war-torn Congo.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Spike Lee's masterful and disturbing Katrina docu.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
Brutal but inspiring docu about 2013-'14 Ukrainian uprising.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal.
On DVD/Streaming
(2003)

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