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If you're a regular MyDomaine reader, you've no doubt noticed we've been watching a lot of documentaries lately. We've been scrolling through the nonfiction film libraries of HBO Go, Netflix, and Hulu, and writing up our recommendations along the way. So naturally, Amazon was the next platform we turned to in search of true stories to stream. The thing is, there are a staggering number of documentaries included with Prime.
After watching a bunch of films, we're sharing the best documentaries on Amazon Prime that we think everyone should add to their watch list. From a heart-wrenching love story set in war-torn Syria that we can't stop thinking about, to a funny and fascinating film about a famed art forger that we've been raving about for weeks, these are the documentaries that we highly recommend streaming stat.
Here are our picks for the best documentaries on Amazon Prime right now.
Human Flow (2017)
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 (2014)
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 (2017)
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 (2017)
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 (2015)
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 (2018)
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.
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 us—even non–sports fans will enjoy this powerful film.
4 Little Girls (1997)
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 (2009)
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.
Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
Filmmaker Werner Herzog chronicles his journey to Antarctica as he visits McMurdo Station, the United States' largest research center on the continent. Not only does Encounters at the End of the World showcase the hauntingly beautiful landscape, but it also explores the minds of the scientists studying the otherworldly wildlife there.
Forbidden Lie$ (2009)
What happens when you find out that a best-selling memoir about a best friend’s honor killing isn’t true? Such is the topic of Anna Broinowski’s documentary, Forbidden Lies, which digs deep to try to get into the psyche of author Norma Khouri. Expect a lie detector test, reenactments from Khouri, as well as a trip back to Jordan as the author insists that her claims are the truth.
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
This black-and-white documentary is based on the 1973 book of the same name. It dramatizes photographs by Charles Van Schaick found in the early 1970s, connected to a series of incidents that took place in Wisconsin.
Planet Earth (2006)
BBC's Planet Earth claims that you'll see the world "as you've never seen it before," and honestly, the series does not disappoint. From the frozen tundra to the fertile rain forests, the 11-episodes series delivers compelling information and imagery, not to mention, it's narrated by naturalist David Attenborough.
Planet Earth II (2017)
If you just couldn't get enough of Plant Earth the first time around, check out the sequel to the Emmy-winning series. Explore islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, and more, getting an intimate glimpse into our planet and the wildlife that occupies it.
The Iceman Tapes (1992)
Things are not always as they seem, and this chilling documentary about a serial killer/family man will prove this point. It’s not for the faint of heart, as you’ll hear about some of the 100 murders Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski reportedly committed from police officers, medical examiners, and his wife. Oh yeah, and you’ll hear from Kuklinski himself as to exactly how he did it.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
When filmmaker Andrew Jarecki learned that one of his subjects, a professional clown, was the son and brother of two men convicted of child sexual abuse in a 1980s criminal trial, he used home videos as well as interviews to compile a documentary to explore it.
The Bridge (2006)
The Golden Gate Bridge may be one of the most photographed structures of all time, but it's also one of the biggest suicide sites in the world. This film highlights the large number of suicides that occur there each year. It is harrowing, to say the least.
Free Solo (2018)
This movie documentary chronicles Alex Honnolds free solo climb of 32,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Trust us, your palms will be sweating the entire time.
One Strange Rock (2018)
Will Smith hosts this documentary, which explores and reveals how life is able to thrive on Earth. One Strange Rock follows eight astronauts sharing their perspectives on earth.The ten-episode series explains how earth is both habitable and lethal, and mass extinctions are necessary for a prosperous planet.
Frozen Planet (2011)
David Attenborough lends his voice to another BBC documentary, and this time they head to the Arctic and Antarctic regions to chronicle life in one of the harshest environments on earth. Filmmakers spent a phenomenal 2300 days in the field and 18 months at sea to record this incredible footage and showcase the breadth of life in such a barren place.
From director Matt D'Avella, Minimalism puts America's obsession with materialism under a microscope. It follows various people who've embraced a more minimalistic lifestyle and how this philosophy has come to recalibrate their outlook on life as a result.
This documentary gives you a firsthand look at the world of fasting. It includes seven different methods, including time-restricted feeding, intermittent and prolonged fasting, long-term water fasting, religious fasting, eating disorders, improvising or fasting unsafely, fasting mimicking diet, and juice fasting.
Leaving Neverland (2019)
In this HBO documentary, two men abused by Michael Jackson recount their experiences. You might see the iconic entertainer in another light after this.
The Discovery Channel and BBC unite to shoot six hour-long episodes about the incredibly diverse continent of Africa. Narrated by David Attenborough, this series is yet another visual feast with incredible never-before-seen footage of the animals, flora, and fauna that dominate this incredible landscape.
Alison Botha was abducted in 1994 outside her home in South Africa. She was raped, disemboweled, and left to die. Against all odds, she survived. This is struggling for justice.
Living Proof (2018)
A young man diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease goes on a journey for answers with his father in this touching documentary, which was a 2017 Toronto International Film Festival official selection.
Foods That Cure Disease (2018)
A man diagnosed with high cholesterol took control of his health by consuming a whole plant-based diet. This documentary examines plant nutrition, and shows us the healthy meals he creates in his own kitchen.
Ever wondered what the deal is with the top-secret society, the Illuminati? This documentary takes you inside, exposing the truth behind the controversial society.
JFK's Women: The Scandals Revealed (2006)
Go inside former president John F. Kennedy's secret life in this documentary, exposing his scandals and affair with Marilyn Monroe. This is the true story of what actually occurred behind the scenes.
Yet another David Attenborough-narrated nature documentary, Life explores the strange evolutionary adaptations animals on our planet have made in order to survive. The 11-episode series took around four years to film, covering every continent and habitat on earth. Consider this series the prequel to Planet Earth.
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