Must-Watch Top Ten Documentaries That Will Change Your Life


A French wire-walker crosses between the World Trade Center twin towers in 1974.

 Man on Wire (2008)


Documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture and promoted Black pride and unity.

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


James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House is the basis for this documentary.

 I Am Not Your Negro (2016)


Tells the story of two French lovers who died in a volcanic explosion while filming a documentary.

Fire of Love (2022)


A documentary about backup singers.

 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)


A documentary about Indonesian death squad leaders who reenact their real-life mass-killings in various cinematic genres.

The Act of Killing (2013)


A documentary about a family that confronts their son’s killers.

The Look of Silence (2015)


A documentary about former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and his role in the Vietnam War.

The Fog of War (2003)


A documentary about Fred Rogers, the creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)


A documentary about the murder of a police officer and the man wrongly convicted of the crime.

The Thin Blue Line (1988)