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2020s Documentary Movies

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Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale(2022)

1h 18min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

As the Kalahari Desert faces a worsening dry season, prides, packs and herds of all kinds must rely on the power of family to survive.

Directed by Renée Godfrey, Matt Meech

The Tinder Swindler(2022)

1h 54min | Documentary, Crime
3.6/5 (with 276 votes)

Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, an Israeli conman wooed women online then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback.

Directed by Felicity Morris - With Simon Leviev, Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjöholm, Ayleen Charlotte

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing(2022)

1h 29min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 39 votes)

Investigators reveal how Boeing’s alleged priority of profit over safety could have contributed to two catastrophic crashes within months of each other.

Directed by Rory Kennedy - With Andy Pasztor


1h 44min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

True crime meets global spy thriller in this gripping account of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader. The film follows the trial of the two female assassins, probing the question: were the women trained killers or innocent pawns of North Korea?

Directed by Ryan White

Money Heist: The Phenomenon(2020)

57min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 426 votes)

A documentary on why 'Money Heist' sparked a wave of enthusiasm around the world for a lovable group of thieves and their professor.

With Qayyum Ansari

Puff: Wonders of the Reef(2021)

1h 2min | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 33 votes)

A baby pufferfish travels through a wondrous microworld full of fantastical creatures as he searches for a home on the Great Barrier Reef.

BLACKPINK: The Movie(2021)

1h 40min | Music, Documentary
3.9/5 (with 14 votes)

In honor of their 5th anniversary, the immensely popular Korean girl group ‘BLACKPINK’ is releasing a worldwide theatrical event to their fans. It features never-before-seen footage and interviews, as well as clips from their shows to give the audience a unique concert-like experience.

Directed by Su Yee Jung, Oh Yoon-Dong

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street(2021)

| 1h 47min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Take a stroll down Sesame Street and witness the birth of the most influential children's show in television history. From the iconic furry characters to the classic songs you know by heart, learn how a gang of visionary creators changed the world.

Directed by Marilyn Agrelo

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible(2021)

1h 41min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 76 votes)

In 2019, Nepalese mountain climber Nirmal “Nims” Purja set out to do the unthinkable by climbing the world’s fourteen highest summits in less than seven months. (The previous record was eight years). He called the effort “Project Possible 14/7” and saw it as a way to inspire others to strive for greater heights in any pursuit. The film follows his team as they seek to defy naysayers and push the limits of human endurance.

Directed by Torquil Jones - With Nirmal Purja

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World(2021)

1h 33min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 8 votes)

In 1971, due to the world premiere of Death in Venice, Italian director Lucino Visconti proclaimed his Tadzio as the world’s most beautiful boy. A shadow that today, 50 years later, weighs Björn Andrésen’s life.

Lead Me Home(2021)

39min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 39 votes)

Poignant stories of homelessness on the West Coast of the US frame this cinematic portrait of a surging humanitarian crisis.


| 1h 23min | Documentary, Animation
4.0/5 (with 71 votes)

Recounted mostly through animation to protect his identity, Amin looks back over his past as a child refugee from Afghanistan as he grapples with a secret he’s kept hidden for 20 years. A thrilling documentary made with a blend of animation and archive footage tells an immensely powerful tale of a gay Afghan survivor and his need to confront his past in order to truly have a future. Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, at 36, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. A secret he has been hiding for over 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself. For the first time he is sharing his story with his close friend. FLEE weaves together a stunning tapestry of images and memories to tell the deeply affecting and original story of a young man grappling with his traumatic past in order to find his true self and the meaning of home.

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1h 52min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 119 votes)

Through exclusive interviews and archival footage, this documentary traces an intimate portrait of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher.

Directed by Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns, Vanessa Nöcker, Michael Wech

A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks(2021)

1h 29min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

This documentary chronicles renaissance man Gordon Parks’ stellar career from staff photographer for LIFE magazine, through his artistic development photographing everyday Americans, through his evolution as a novelist and groundbreaking filmmaker.

Directed by John Maggio

Justin Bieber: Our World(2021)

1h 34min | Music, Documentary
3.6/5 (with 8 votes)

After a three-year hiatus from a full performance, and with concert venues shut down due to the pandemic, Bieber delivers an electrifying show to close out 2020 on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel for 240 invited guests—and millions of fans across the globe watching via livestream. The film follows Bieber and his close-knit team in the month leading up to the show, as they rehearse and construct a monumental stage while adhering to strict health and safety protocols. The film also captures personal, self-shot moments between Bieber and his wife Hailey.

Directed by Michael D. Ratner


1h 48min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 53 votes)

Against the backdrop of a turbulent era in Brazil, this documentary captures Pelé's extraordinary path from breakthrough talent to national hero. Mixing rare archival footage and exclusive interviews, this documentary celebrates the legendary Brazilian footballer who personified football as art.

Directed by Ben Nicholas, David Tryhorn

ariana grande: excuse me, i love you(2020)

1h 37min | Music, Documentary
4.2/5 (with 135 votes)

Ariana Grande takes the stage in London for her Sweetener World Tour and shares a behind-the-scenes look at her life in rehearsal and on the road.

Directed by Paul Dugdale - With Ariana Grande

The Social Dilemma(2020)

1h 34min | Documentary, Drama
3.8/5 (with 595 votes)

This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

Directed by Jeff Orlowski - With Tristan Harris, Aza Raskin, Justin Rosenstein, Shoshana Zuboff, Jaron Lanier, Skyler Gisondo, ...

BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky(2020)

1h 19min | Documentary, Music
4.3/5 (with 200 votes)

Record-shattering Korean girl band BLACKPINK tell their story — and detail the hard fought journey of the dreams and trials behind their meteoric rise.

Directed by Caroline Suh - With Blackpink, Teddy Park

The Rescue(2021)

| 1h 54min | Documentary, Drama
4.0/5 (with 40 votes)

The enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand.

Miss Americana(2020)

| 1h 25min | Documentary, Music
4.0/5 (with 210 votes)

A raw and emotionally revealing look at one of the most iconic artists of our time during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.

My Octopus Teacher(2020)

1h 24min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 302 votes)

After years of swimming every day in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end he eventually wins the animal’s trust and they develop a never-before-seen bond between human and wild animal.

Directed by Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed

Strip Down, Rise Up(2021)

1h 52min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 16 votes)

The feature documentary follows women of all walks of life, all ages and ethnic backgrounds, as they shed trauma, body image shame, sexual abuse and other issues locked in their bodies, and embark on a journey to reclaim themselves. The film also gives a rare window into the world of Pole artistry and expression.

Directed by Michèle Ohayon

American Murder: The Family Next Door(2020)

3.7/5 (with 214 votes)

Using raw, firsthand footage, this documentary examines the disappearance of Shanann Watts and her children, and the terrible events that followed.

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)(2021)

| 1h 57min | Documentary, Music, History
3.9/5 (with 53 votes)

During the same summer as Woodstock, over 300,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival, celebrating African American music and culture, and promoting Black pride and unity. The footage from the festival sat in a basement, unseen for over 50 years, keeping this incredible event in America's history lost — until now.

Directed by Questlove

Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb(2020)

1h 53min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 46 votes)

This documentary follows a team of local archaeologists excavating never before explored passageways, shafts, and tombs, piecing together the secrets of Egypt’s most significant find in almost 50 years in Saqqara.

Rising Phoenix(2020)

1h 45min | Documentary
4.1/5 (with 33 votes)

The history and current standing of the Paralympic Games, which has grown to become the world's third largest sporting event.

Directed by Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui

Pray Away(2021)

1h 41min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

In the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a bible study to help each other leave the "homosexual lifestyle." They quickly received over 25,000 letters from people asking for help and formalized as Exodus International, the largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world. But leaders struggled with a secret: their own “same-sex attractions” never went away. After years as Christian superstars in the religious right, many of these men and women have come out as LGBTQ, disavowing the very movement they helped start. Focusing on the dramatic journeys of former conversion therapy leaders, current members, and a survivor, PRAY AWAY chronicles the “ex gay" movement’s rise to power, persistent influence, and the profound harm it causes.

Directed by Kristine Stolakis

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet(2020)

1h 23min | Documentary
4.3/5 (with 111 votes)

The story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other. In more than 90 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Addressing the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, the film offers a powerful message of hope for future generations.


| 1h 37min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 13 votes)

Follows the story of three American teenage girls—each adopted from China—who discover they are blood-related cousins on 23andMe. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront the burning questions they have about their lost history.

Directed by Amanda Lipitz
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