Stunning Look at Life: 10 Documentary Movies You Must Watch
If you love documentaries, you will certainly enjoy exploring the ideas presented in these 10 movies. From beautiful cinematography to raw, unfiltered emotion, these films offer a stunning perspective on life.
Topping the list is Won’t You Be My Neighbor, which focuses on beloved TV personality Fred Rogers. The 94-minute feature is a heart-tugging look at the man behind the iconic PBS show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”.
The Academy Award-nominated documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening is another must-see. It follows the lives of two young African American men living in rural Alabama.
Few documentaries manage to combine intense drama with social commentary like The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara. Veteran filmmaker Errol Morris shines a light onto the former secretary of state’s journey from WWII to Vietnam.
Gripping, provocative and thought-provoking, Cameraperson is another documentary that invites viewers to examine their assumptions about truth and the power of media.
The striking blend of art and politics that stands out in Fire at Sea makes it an emotionally charged viewing experience. It brings to life the plight of refugees and immigrants.
Nature and Adventure
Nature documentaries get a unique spin in Greenland Melting, which takes you on a voyage to the icy expanses of northern Greenland. The film brings awareness to global warming.
For a completely immersive experience, try Free Solo, a jaw-dropping documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold and his attempt to scale the nearly 900-metre El Capitan wall in Yosemite.
Blue Planet II is incomparably vast, ambitious and visually stunning. It zooms in on the interesting stories behind marine ecosystems from the sea’s surface to its deepest depths.
Sports and Fitness
The Dawn Wall is a must-watch for outdoor enthusiasts and armchair adventurers alike. It follows climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson as they attempt to traverse the sheer face of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.
Get ready for some serious awe-inspiring moments with Touch the Wall, the story of swimmer Missy Franklin’s rise to greatness.
Last, but certainly not least, is Breaking2, which chronicles Nike’s attempt to break the two-hour marathon mark. Suspenseful and compelling, the documentary takes viewers to the edge of human endurance.