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The best documentaries on Hulu right now

Thieves capture the attention of the media, just as they capture the gems they are trying to steal. And Hulu is attempting to steal your viewing hours with its vast library of documentaries, including The Jewel Thief, which was added to the streaming service in July. Interested in more jewels? We’ve stolen the intel on the best documentaries on Hulu.

And while you’re here, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Disney Bundle, which gets you Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ for just $14 a month. That’s basically the same price for two of the services, only you’re getting the third one gratis. Sweet.

If Hulu doesn’t have what you’re looking for, we’ve also rounded up the best documentaries on Amazon Prime Video and the best documentaries on Netflix.

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The Jewel Thief (2023) new

The Jewel Thief
r 100m
Genre Documentary, Crime
Directed by Landon Van Soest
A Hulu original, The Jewel Thief is a firsthand account of Gerald Blanchard, who went from petty shoplifting to much more complex heists, as he both frustrated and impresed the law enforcement agencies that tried bringing him down. The story is a classic police chase drama, told by those who actually lived it.

Queenmaker: The Making of an It Girl (2023)

Queenmaker: The Making of an It Girl
Genre Documentary
Stars Paris Hilton, Tinsley Mortimer, Perez Hilton
Directed by Zackary Drucker
Not everything is as it appears. That seems to be the message in Queenmaker, which lives by its own rules by shifting tone during the documentary, jumping from a nostalgic look at the socialite scene in New York City during the 2000s to the story of a trans blogger trying to find a sense of belonging amid it all. The documentary is both fascinating and somber, offering something for every viewer.

Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show (2017)

Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show
Genre Documentary, Comedy
Stars Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert
Directed by Josh Greenbaum
The Dana Carvey Show only aired for seven episodes, but its impact is felt decades after its cancellation. Here are some of the alumni of the sketch comedy series’ writing staff: Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Bob Odenkirk, Robert Carlock, and Greg Daniels (Louis C.K. was head writer). All of those comedians have gone on to leave a lasting imprint on comedy television and beyond. The documentary looks at the rise and fall of the series and how it sustains years later.

Hold Your Fire (2021)

Hold Your Fire
Genre Documentary
Directed by Stefan Forbes
At a time of heightened scrutiny over police shootings, Hold Your Fire has a pertinent message. The documentary takes a look at a famous hostage situation in New York City from 50 years ago. While police were expected to use force to end what turned into a three-day crisis, the NYPD used crisis negotiation tactics instead, forever changing the way these incidents were dealt with going forward. One police officer was killed in the incident, but all of the hostages were released safely. While a line can’t be drawn directly to every policing situation in America today, comparing the police tactics of then and now is a fascinating study.

Three Minutes: A Lengthening (2021)

Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Genre Documentary, History
Stars Helena Bonham Carter, Glenn Kurtz, Moszek Tuchendler
Directed by Bianca Stigter
Ironically, Three Minutes is longer than three minutes but shorter than a typical documentary. The movie nonetheless packs a devastating punch. Helena Bonham Carter narrates as viewers are presented with a home video depicting a Jewish town in Poland in 1938 — before the Holocaust decimated Nasielsk and Europe’s larger Jewish community. The home video is only three minutes, but it is edited and played out in ways to point toward the lives being led by the Jewish community members that were cut tragically short. The rare footage from more than 80 years ago feels prescient at a moment when anti-Semitism is becoming more visible in the U.S.

Look At Me: XXXTentacion (2022)

Look At Me: XXXTentacion
75 %
Genre Documentary, Music
Stars XXXTentacion, Cleopatra Bernard, Geneva Ayala
Directed by Sabaah Folayan

Rapper XXXTentacion was killed during a robbery at the age of 20. Despite his brief life, the rapper became widely known for hit songs such as Sad, a more depressing, inwards look at a hip-hop star. He also became equally known for a variety of horrendous acts such as when he was awaiting trial on felony charges of aggravated battery and home invasion at the time of his murder, he allegedly beat his pregnant girlfriend.

The documentary takes an unflinching look at XXXTentacion’s brief time in the spotlight, for better or worse. There is a redemptive arc in the movie, but it’s always balanced by the fact that the rapper did some terrible things during his life, and that will always be an inescapable part of a legacy still resonating in the hip-hop world.

GameStop: Rise of the Players (2022)

GameStop: Rise of the Players
50 %
r 94m
Genre Documentary
Stars Justin Dopierala, Rod Alzmann, Dmitriy Kozin
Directed by Jonah Tulis

GameStop has seemed to be forgotten by the vast majority of people, but not by investors. Recently, they put the short squeeze on GameStop, leading the stock to rise by more than 2,500%.

GameStop: Rise of the Players chronicles the squeeze from the perspective of those involved, documenting a historic moment on Wall Street. Most of the time, the documentary upholds the investors as heroes, which doesn’t quite give the full picture. Nevertheless, it’s always endearing to see individuals try to take on billionaire behemoths.

Flee (2021)

91 %
pg-13 89m
Genre Documentary, Animation
Stars Amin Nawabi, Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh
Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Documentaries don’t often take animated form, but when they do, the results can be stunning. Take Flee, a Danish documentary that follows Amin Nawabi, who is forced to utilize an alias for safety as he navigates his sexuality under a repressive regime in Afghanistan, ultimately fleeing to Denmark as a refugee. The film is all about self-discovery, and the animation style works to heighten the emotional impact of the film, becoming one of the most moving pieces of cinema of 2021, reminiscent of another recent animated documentary, Waltz With Bashir. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Enemies of the State (2021)

Enemies of the State
74 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Joel Widman
Directed by Sonia Kennebeck
Like winding stories that seem to get crazier as they go along? Check out Enemies of the State. If the DeHart family seems too good to be true, that’s because at least one member is in the eyes of the government: son Matt DeHart. His follies on the dark web included an association with Anonymous and hosting a server for Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. What follows is a tale of conspiracy theories, confusion, and accusations of being involved in child pornography. The movie is reminiscent in a lot of ways of Citizenfour, the Edward Snowden documentary that weaves its way through the same general destination as Enemies of the State. At times, this movie makes no sense. At other times, it’s impossible to look away from.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time (2021)

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
70 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Robert B. Weide, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Sam Waterston
Directed by Robert B. Weide, Don Argott
Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most famous authors of his time, penning classics such as Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions prior to his death in 2007. In Unstuck in Time, viewers look at the author through the prism of his friendship with Robert Weide, the filmmaker behind the documentary. Through this lens, viewers look back at Vonnegut’s life, as well as the novels that made him worth studying decades after the publishing of some of his most famous works. The movie can drag on for too long (it’s more than two hours in length), but it tells a worthy and humanizing story from the perspective of a friend.

The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2021)

The State of Texas vs. Melissa
62 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Melissa Lucio
Directed by Sabrina Van Tassel
One of the most polarizing subjects in the United States is the appropriateness of capital punishment. This documentary takes a deeply personal look at the subject with Melissa Lucio, a Texas woman who became the first Hispanic woman sentenced to death in the state. She was arrested and convicted for abusing her child, resulting in the child’s death in 2007. Lucio is fighting for her own life in this documentary as she comes up for appeal for the final time, more than a decade after the initial crime. Regardless of which side of the heated debate you fall on, there’s something in this film bound to galvanize you into action.

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

Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
96 %
pg-13 117m
Genre Documentary, Music
Stars Stevie Wonder, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Jackson
Directed by Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
Everyone knows about Woodstock and the indelible legacy the festival left on the American psyche. Not enough people know about 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival, though. Behind director Questlove, audiences get a front-row seat to a concert that seems to have rivaled Woodstock in terms of musical cache, featuring the likes of Stevie Wonder, The 5th Dimension, and Gladys Knight & the Pips. While the film is partly an action-jammed concert, the documentarians don’t shy away from trying to understand why the Harlem Cultural Festival didn’t resonate in the same way Woodstock did. The movie also doesn’t feel like a vestige of the 1960s so much as an application of the 1960s soul into present-day air. The documentary has cleaned up during awards season, picking up the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival before recently winning Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.
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Pharma Bro (2021)

Pharma Bro
Genre Documentary
Stars Martin Shkreli, Ghostface Killah, Billy the Fridge
Directed by Brent Hodge
It’s difficult to find many contemporary business executives more reviled than Martin Shkreli, who gained notoriety in 2015 after raising the price of Daraprim by 5500%. Shkreli was eventually arrested for securities fraud and is in prison. That didn’t stop Brent Hodge from making a documentary about the notorious villain, who has made declarations about finding a cure for COVID-19. The documentary provides a fascinating look at Shkreli, who seems to relish in his fame, even if it has made him hated. Hodge could stand to take a more critical look at drug price gouging, however, as it’s the incident that landed Shkreli in the spotlight in the first place.

The First Wave (2021)

The First Wave
85 %
r 94m
Genre Documentary
Stars Dr Nathalie Douge, Alexis Ellis, Kellie Wunsch
Directed by Matthew Heineman
Maybe you’ve heard enough about COVID-19 at this point, but if you’re ready to revisit the early days of the pandemic, The First Wave takes viewers inside New York City’s hardest-hit hospital systems in the early days of 2020. Examining the “first wave” from March to June 2020, this film focuses on the doctors, nurses, and patients on the frontlines of one of the greatest medical crises the nation has ever seen.

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020)

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies
64 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Malcolm McDowell, Shannon Elizabeth, Sean Young
Directed by Danny Wolf
Nudity in film has become less and less taboo but you may be surprised to learn just how long nudity has been appearing in feature films. Skin studies the changes in morality since the days of silent films to the present, examining how nudity in film reflected the political, sociological, and artistic shifts of the age. Additionally, Skin examines the gender inequality that until recently has long plagued nudity in film.

Dead Asleep (2021)

Dead Asleep
Genre Documentary
Directed by Skye Borgman
Dead Asleep is one of the few new documentaries hitting Hulu during a quiet month for the streaming service. The movie takes a look at the case of Randy Herman Jr., who used sleepwalking as a defense for a brutal murder. Herman stabbed his roommate 25 times, killing her in 2017. The crime is shocking and disturbing, as is the defense Herman put forward. The documentary takes a look at the plausibility of the case and where Herman is now, never losing sight of the victim in the devastating murder. The documentary comes from Skye Boegman, who also directed Abducted In Plain Sight.

Dear Santa (2020)

Dear Santa
72 %
Genre Documentary
Directed by Dana Nachman, Chelsea Matter
One of the best traditions every holiday season is the bevy of “Dear Santa” letters sent through the US Postal Service, which then allows good citizens to fulfill the heartwarming requests in the letters. Unsurprisingly, Dear Santa is a feel-good documentary, meant to thaw even the iciest among us. There’s nothing better then seeing the faith of children and adults alike restored by good deeds. Get the Kleenex ready.

Jacinta (2021)

Genre Documentary
Directed by Jessica Earnshaw
Addiction is a disease, and a difficult one to conquer at that. While the media is full of depictions of families trying to support one person through addiction, there are fewer depictions of the generational problem it poses. In Jacinta, the eponymous lead is a 26-year-old caught up in trying to recover while imprisoned at the Maine Correctional Center. Jacinta desperately wants to reconnect with her infant daughter, who lives with her paternal grandparents. She isn’t alone in prison, though — her mother, another struggling addict, is there right along with Jacinta. The documentary is a searing portrayal of how addiction can tear families apart and simultaneously find a way to bring them together in the most unexpected ways. Director Jessica Earnshaw earned the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award for the documentary at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Waiting Room (2012)

The Waiting Room
84 %
Genre Drama, Documentary, Romance
Directed by Peter Nicks
The American medical system has been under the gun for many years, but there aren’t many definitive documentaries detailing the sordid problems within the country’s infrastructure. The Waiting Room exams the staff at Highland Hospital in Oakland, which sees patients regardless of insurance status. Filmmaker Peter Nicks — seen more recently following high school students in Homeroom — treats everyone in the film with dignity, cognizant of the fact that monetary differences shouldn’t change the standard of care at hospitals. The doctors and nurses clearly have an uphill battle, making it uplifting when they succeed but devastating when limitations beyond their control hamper efforts to aid those most in need. Arguably the biggest indictment on the importance of the film is how relevant it remains almost 10 years after its initial release.

Totally Under Control (2020)

Totally Under Control
80 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Alex Gibney, Scott Becker, Taison Bell
Directed by Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, Suzanne Hillinger
The coronavirus pandemic remains an ongoing scourge across the globe, but it’s not too early to begin looking at how the world has arrived at its current point. There is an endless number of stories and decisions to discuss surrounding COVID-19, and Totally Under Control looks at the United States government’s response to the crisis, studying it through the eyes of public health officials. Like so much of the current situation, it’s almost impossible to extract politics from the crisis, and filmmaker Alex Gibney doesn’t try, recognizing how greatly the response differed from that of the previous administration. The documentary is a difficult watch, as so many people have been personally affected by the pandemic and still are — the timeliness of the film is a feature, not a bug. It’s also bound to make people from all walks of life outraged.

Homeroom (2021)

68 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Denilson Garibo, Libby Schaaf
Directed by Peter Nicks
At Oakland High School in Oakland, California, the senior class of 2020 was not just faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. They weren’t just faced with the George Floyd protests, either. They had to deal with all that, as well as the circumstances unique to their own situation in a city where crime is high, health care is non-existent, and the public school system isn’t always adequately prepared to usher students along their life journeys. Director Peter Nicks documents the heartbreak the students suffer through each day of their final year, from seeing a pandemic upend their worlds to some troubles they still would have gone through even if the world didn’t change in March 2020. While there is a certain sense of sadness seeing the things these students would never experience, it’s hard not to be left with a sense of hope about how hard teenagers are fighting to overcome the myriad of adversity they face every day.

McCartney 3, 2, 1 (2021)

McCartney 3, 2, 1
85 %
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Paul McCartney, Rick Rubin
This series focuses on Beatles legend Paul McCartney as he does a deep dive into his life with famed producer Rick Rubin in a series of intimate interviews. Over six episodes, McCartney discusses everything from his work with The Beatles and Wings to how he comes up with the solo singles he’s still pumping out now after numerous decades in the industry. With Summer of Soul also coming to Hulu in July, it’s the perfect month to reflect on the music that defined a generation and continues to influence musical artists across the industry today. McCartney 3, 2, 1 may be of particular interest to Beatles and McCartney superfans, and it’s always interesting to see a master at work.

Changing the Game (2019)

Changing the Game
77 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, Andraya Yearwood
Directed by Michael Barnett
Despite many gains made over the years, the transgender community continues to fight for recognition and acceptance every day in an attempt to simply be themselves. In Changing the Game, three brave high school athletes offer a window into their stories as they face numerous obstacles to compete in the sport they love, simply because of their gender identity. One of the film’s stars, Mack Beggs, becomes a state champion in girls’ wrestling despite identifying as male. Each story in the film is incredibly personal, with the athletes showing the vulnerability and grace needed to compete with both other athletes and the forces of historic bias working against them. As some states move to restrict transgender athletes — particularly transgender girls — from competing at the high school level in the sport matching their identity, this documentary feels more important than ever.

A Glitch in the Matrix (2021)

A Glitch in the Matrix
62 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Nick Bostrom, Joshua Cooke, Erik Davis
Directed by Rodney Ascher
If you already have a headache, skip this next paragraph. Imagine that nothing around you really exists. It can also just fall away in an instant, faster than a snap of Thanos’ fingers. Instead, we’re all just living in a simulation. That’s the mind-numbing premise behind A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary that almost plays out like a horror story. The movie pulls plenty from science fiction, allowing for the possibility that maybe the simulation theory is just another fantasy. Then again, there are forces out that might counter the simulation theory because they hold all the power and don’t want to be exposed as the simulation begins to crumble. Yes, the rabbit hole is deep.

The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story (2020)

The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story
Genre Documentary
Stars Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Christine Taylor
Directed by Scott Barber, Adam Sweeney
A child of the 1990s likely pivoted their television between three preset channels: Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. The latter, a powerhouse in the industry now, is subject to the documentary treatment in The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story. The documentary looks at the origin story of the network and how it became a behemoth around the world. Various actors and key figures from the network take part in the documentary, which sometimes takes on the heft of a Wikipedia entry. It’s not a hard-hitting look but instead an acknowledgment of how important the network is in the annals of television history. Nostalgia is not difficult to come by these days, but The Orange Years sticks as much of it into its runtime as humanly possible, making a joyous ride for Nickelodeon lovers.

Some Kind of Heaven (2021)

Some Kind of Heaven
73 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Dennis Dean, Lynn Henry, Anne Kincer
Directed by Lance Oppenheim
The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community, appears to have something for everybody in its Florida oasis. Filmmaker Lance Oppenheim’s view of the community quickly shows that not everything is as it’s cracked up to be, though. The film shines a light on some of the stereotypes elderly people in America are often subjected to (from the wise old man to the zany grandma), while reminding us that, like people of any age, seniors also struggle with issues surrounding love and loss, accentuated by the reality that is mortality. While The Villages isn’t necessarily the ideal home for some of the residents Oppenheim highlights, it does allow many to evaluate their own dreams as they reach their metaphorical “back nine.” Oppenheim also creates a very stylistic world, rooted in both reality and eccentricity, which further layers the depiction of the retirement community in a way that should make the director one to watch in the future.

MLK/FBI (2021)

81 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Martin Luther King Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, Beverly Gage
Directed by Sam Pollard
Today, Martin Luther King Jr. is recognized as one of the most important figures in the history of American civil rights. But King didn’t have the best relationship with authorities during his lifetime, to put it mildly. MLK/FBI digs into formerly declassified documents and archival footage to show how J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI attempted to discredit King throughout his life, including gathering intelligence related to alleged extramarital affairs. The documentary remains poignant as protesters continue to speak about injustices today and face similar resistance from those in power. The movie also references that more FBI documents related to King are set to be declassified in 2027, perhaps setting up a follow-up documentary down the road.

WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021)

WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn
61 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Adam Neumann
Directed by Jed Rothstein
WeWork is a fascinating company built on the idea of providing flexible real estate spaces around the globe, particularly for tech startups. It was founded by an even more fascinating man, Israeli American Adam Neumann. The documentary demonstrates a cult of personality around Neumann, whose eccentric ways worked for a while, only for it to all crash down around him due to a scandal involving disclosures needed for an IPO. As a result, Neumann was forced out of his company, and the value of WeWork plummeted (hence the title). The documentary has drawn comparisons to Fyre Fraud, although WeWork arguably suffers from focusing too much on Neumann and not enough on the machinations of his company and employees. Nevertheless, WeWork is one of the most intriguing businesses in recent memory (Apple TV+ is also dramatizing much of the same ground with an upcoming project with Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway), and seeing its rise and fall is appealing.

Sasquatch (2021)

76 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Mystery, Crime
Cast David Holthouse
Created by Joshua Rofé
People often fear what they don’t know. The idea of a Sasquatch has often terrified people, that there could be something bigger than us and scarier than us lurking in the shadows of our forests, out of sight until it decides to wreak havoc on our lives. But documentaries don’t usually dive into the supernatural … so could Sasquatches be real after all? Sasquatch, which takes the form of a limited series rather than a feature-length documentary, follows an investigative journalist jumping into the Redwoods 25 years after a triple homicide that was allegedly committed by a Sasquatch. As he investigates, journalist David Holthouse also finds himself among the violent criminals of the region, which generate just as much terror as the mythical creature.

kid 90 (2021)

kid 90
67 %
pg-13 71m
Genre Documentary
Stars Soleil Moon Frye, David Arquette, Stephen Dorff
Directed by Soleil Moon Frye
Soleil Moon Frye is having a moment. Fresh off the heels of starring in Peacock’s revival of Punky Brewster, the former child star gets behind the camera with Kid 90, a documentary built from the videos Frye recorded herself when she was a child actor and growing up in the limelight with fellow kid stars such as Saved By the Bell‘s Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Beverly Hills 90210‘s Brian Austin Green. Most people watch home videos now with glee with the family’s one working VCR, but it’s always interesting to peer into the private lives of others, especially someone who was riding the fame train like Frye was at the time. For those nostalgic about all things ’90s pop culture, Kid 90 will take you on a fascinating trip down memory lane.

Collective (2020)

95 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Catalin Tolontan, Mirela Neag, Razvan Lutac
Directed by Alexander Nanau
Nothing hits harder than a documentary following journalists on the dogged pursuit of exposing a system that will do anything to silence scandal. The journalists in Collective work primarily at Gazette, a daily newspaper in Romania slowly uncovering corruption and public healthcare fraud in the wake of a fire that kills dozens, only for more to succumb to injuries due to a lack of good medical care. The primary focus of disinfectant dilution isn’t eye-popping, but the importance of the product grows throughout the movie, leading all the way to the top of both Hexi Pharma and the government. The Romanian documentary won numerous awards around the world and was shortlisted in two categories for the 93rd Academy Awards.

Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself (2020)

Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself
82 %
pg-13 90m
Genre Documentary
Stars Derek DelGaudio, Hal Schulman, Marina Abramović
Directed by Frank Oz
This documentary is unique in and of itself. Directed by Frank Oz, the movie is essentially a filmed version of Derek DelGaudio’s one-man illusionist show, which ran Off-Broadway for an incredible 72 weeks. DelGaudio has won numerous awards and has worked with the likes of Disney and TruTV. This movie, however, will likely be his biggest exposure to a national audience yet. The film takes a more existential path than just a simple show of illusions, creating a more powerful story. It helps having the backing of big names like Stephen Colbert and Frank Oz.

You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)

You Cannot Kill David Arquette
66 %
r 91m
Genre Documentary
Stars David Arquette, Kevin Nash, Rosanna Arquette
Directed by David Darg, Price James
Thankfully, nobody actually wants to murder the Scream actor. But David Arquette is trying to resurrect his professional wrestling career, which stalled around the turn of the century. Despite pushing 50 years old, Arquette is determined to get back into the business, even if it comes at the expense of his physical health and the emotional expense of his family, who care about Arquette too much to want him risking life and limb. Arquette is portrayed as an underdog for his wrestling comeback story, though his Hollywood success may not quite make him as sympathetic of a character as the movie portends.

I Am Greta (2020)

I Am Greta
69 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Greta Thunberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, António Guterres
Directed by Nathan Grossman
There are a number of existential crises facing the world right now, one just as dire as the next. The effects of climate change are particularly dangerous, with the warming of the Earth already creating massive consequences, both for now and the future. Stepping into a void of notable public figures tackling the crisis is Greta Thunberg, an 18-year-old from Sweden who has spent the past couple of years demanding action, both in public forums and in private conversations with major politicians. I Am Greta follows the passionate activist closely, from her school strikes to her famous UN speech.

Slay the Dragon (2019)

Slay the Dragon
73 %
pg-13 101m
Genre Documentary
Directed by Barak Goodman, Chris Durrance
Contrary to the title, this is not a documentary about killing fire-breathing monsters before they wreak havoc on small island villages. Instead, it tackles the topic of gerrymandering, which is not necessarily exciting to all, but it should be vital to everyone. The practice of resetting district boundaries to artificially impact election results is viewed as a dire topic by the filmmakers, who see it as a path towards eroding democracy and keeping those in power entrenched in their positions. In the wake of a contentious election, there may be no more important political documentary to watch than Slay the Dragon.

Minding the Gap (2018)

Minding the Gap
89 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Keire Johnson, Zack Mulligan, Bing Liu
Directed by Bing Liu
Skateboarding may not strike everyone as the most fascinating prism to view life through, but those people haven’t seen Minding the Gap. Bing Liu spends the movie documenting the lives of his skateboarding friends, Keire and Zack. The stories of all have tragic elements, with Zack trapped in a vicious cycle of abuse and struggling in a contentious relationship with a child involved. Meanwhile, Keire is trying to find a way to leave Illinois and move to Denver to better himself and start on the next chapter of his life. The film is understated and nuanced, finding ways to constantly connect with an audience. The movie was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 91st Academy Awards.

Three Identical Strangers (2018)

Three Identical Strangers
81 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Documentary
Stars David Kellman, Robert Shafran, Lawrence Wright
Directed by Tim Wardle
Imagine discovering you have a twin brother you never knew about. Now, imagine discovering you’re actually part of a set of triplets. That unbelievable discovery forms the basis for Three Identical Strangers, detailing how Edward Galland, David Kellman, and Robert Shafran came to discover each other by chance after growing up in separate adopted families. Their reunion led to a rise in fame and popularity, but it also brought questions about how they became separated in the first place, adding a sinister and sad element as each brother battles mental health problems. It’s the ultimate “nature vs. nurture” debate, played out in real life before our very own eyes.

Fyre Fraud (2019)

Fyre Fraud
66 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Billy McFarland, Jia Tolentino, Vickie Seger
Directed by Julia Willoughby Nason, Jenner Furst
The Fyre Festival of 2017 was such a spectacular failure that it inspired two very similar documentaries that were released around the same time in 2019. Beating Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened to the punch, Fyre Fraud details the music festival better known for cheese sandwiches and Lord of the Flies vibes than bass beats and mingling singles. The biggest difference between the documentaries is Fyre Fraud‘s inclusion of an interview with festival mastermind Billy McFarland, revealing the fractured yet relentless ego of a man who now sits in a prison cell.

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020)

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme
67 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Anthony Veneziale
Directed by Andrew Fried
Everyone knows what Lin-Manuel Miranda has been up to lately, but what was he doing before he became the sensation behind In the Heights and Hamilton? He was part of a hip-hop improv group called Freestyle Love Supreme, which engaged audiences and hinted at Miranda’s particular set of skills that would come into focus with Hamilton. The group performed on Broadway for a few months from October 2019 to January 2020, so the documentary focuses on the rise of the group and their individual members, an origin story not known by many outside of the Hamilton die-hard population.

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The 50 best movies on Netflix right now (September 2023)
The cast of Spy Kids: Armageddon.

You may have noticed that there's a distinct lack of blockbusters at the box office right now, but there's no shortage of those among the best movies on Netflix.  This week, Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids: Armageddon is skipping theaters entirely and getting a big family-friendly reboot on Netflix. Additionally, the 2013 Martin Scorsese epic, The Wolf of Wall Street, is among the most popular movies on Netflix. And it may climb even higher on the list.

Subscribers have been able to enjoy something new on Netflix every week during the summer, and the streamer isn't slowing down as we head into fall. In fact, there are so many film options on Netflix that it's easy to get overwhelmed by them. Fortunately, we're keeping a close eye on the new and classic films to continuously update our list of the best movies on Netflix right now.

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The best shows on Disney+ right now (September 2023)
Rosario Dawson in Ahsoka.

If you've noticed that Disney+ has a lot fewer original series premieres than it used to, it's not your imagination. It's hard to update the best shows on Disney+ when there's barely anything new to watch. But as the fall begins, Disney+ subscribers can enjoy the latest Star Wars spinoff Ahsoka, or the recently concluded Secret Invasion from Marvel. And for fans looking for something a little more down to Earth, Disney+ is the streaming home for the recently concluded The Wonder Years.

In theory, there's something new on Disney+ every month, but the programming schedule for the rest of the year is looking pretty light except for Loki in October. Fortunately, Disney+ has a strong catalog of shows to fall back on, and we'll always keep you updated with our list of the best shows on Disney+ right now.

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