Without a Doubt, the 9 Best Documentaries on Amazon Prime Will Change Your Life

Updated 06/20/18

If you're a regular MyDomaine reader, you've no doubt noticed I've been watching a lot of documentaries lately. In the past few months, I've scrolled through the nonfiction film libraries of HBO Go, Netflix, and Hulu and written up my recommendations along the way. So naturally, Amazon was the next platform I turned to in search of true stories to stream. The thing is, there are a staggering number of documentaries included with Prime (9154, to be exact).

After watching dozens of films, I'm sharing the best documentaries on Amazon Prime that I think everyone should add to their watch list. From a heart-wrenching love story set in war-torn Syria that I can't stop thinking about to a funny and fascinating film about a famed art forger that I've been raving about for weeks, these are the documentaries that I highly recommend streaming stat.

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Human Flow

Human Flow

Artist, filmmaker, and activist Ai Weiwei's delves into the global refugee and migrant crisis in this Amazon original documentary. Filmed over the course of a year in 23 different countries, Human Flow chronicles the crisis in a way that you won't see on the nightly news. Consider this a must-watch movie for the 21st century.

Art and Craft

Art and Craft

One of those rare documentaries that's almost too good to be true, Art and Craft tells the story of famed art forger Mark Landis, who has been getting away with deceiving world-renowned museums for over 30 years. It's funny, fascinating, and entirely engrossing. Art lovers won't want to miss this one.

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro uses James Baldwin's unfinished Remember This House manuscript as a jumping-off point for discussing race in the United States, spanning the civil rights movement to the Black Lives Matter campaign. Simply put, this film will make you rethink race.

I Am Another You

I Am Another You

When award-winning Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang arrives in Florida, she runs into a young drifter named Dylan who has intentionally chosen a life of homelessness. Intrigued by his story, Wang decides to start chronicling his journey with her camera. The result is I Am Another You, an introspective film that, as the tagline reads, "explores the meaning of freedom—and its limits."

A Syrian Love Story

A Syrian Love Story

Shot over the span of five years, filmmaker Sean McAllister tells the unbelievable true love story of Amer and Ragda. The film follows the couple, who met while in jail for daring to speak out against an oppressive regime, as they navigate life after being behind bars. As The Guardian notes, A Syrian Love Story is "unmissable."

Missing Mom

Missing Mom

Two sons with nothing to lose set out to find their mom—who has been missing for over 25 years—in this gripping documentary. Robert McCallum and Jordan C. Morris's Missing Mom will leave you guessing until the very end. This engrossing, heart-wrenching film will stick with you long after it's over.

Gleason

Gleason

When Steve Gleason was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative autoimmune disease, he was given two to five years to live. Gleason follows the former defensive back for the New Orleans Saints through his first few years of living with the disease. Trust me—even non–sports fans will enjoy this powerful film.

4 Little Girls

4 Little Girls

Spike Lee's film about the 1963 bombing of a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four little girls should be considered required viewing for everyone in America. Lee's 4 Little Girls exposes a defining moment in the civil rights movement that's often overlooked by traditional education curriculums. Stream it now.

The September Issue

The September Issue

Deemed "the real Devil Wears Prada" by Vogue, The September Issue is a must-watch film for anyone with an Amazon Prime account. The documentary follows Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour as the publication prepares the famed fall issue. It's a fun watch for even those who don't consider themselves sartorially savvy.

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