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14 documentaries you really should see…

…and that you’ll enjoy watching.

LAST NIGHT WE posted about some classic books we’re all meant to have read, but might not have gotten around to, and in the comments someone suggested we have a look at films.

As a result, this evening we’ve rounded up some suggestions of genuinely entertaining documentaries that are worth giving a watch.

Some of them will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and others will make you do both.

Here are fourteen documentaries you really should see.

Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Canadian rock band Anvil should have been huge in the 80s, but it just never really happened.  This film documents what happened when they gave international fame another go.

Funny, and moving, it’s got it all.

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Capturing the Friedmans

Capturing the Friedmans is focused on an investigation of a father and son for child molestation in the 80s, using footage of the family from that time.


Jesus Camp

A frankly frightening look at what goes on behind closed doors at an intense children’s Evangelical Christian Summer camp.


Exit Through the Gift Shop

There has been some discussion regarding the authenticity of this Banksy directed documentary, but few would argue against the fact that it is truly compelling.

It also gives great insight into the culture that surrounds graffiti and street art.



A fascinating picture of everyday life for those encamped in one of the most dangerous valleys in Afghanistan, as well as a look at the lasting impact of that kind of military service.


Searching for Sugar Man

Perhaps the most spoken about documentary of the past year, Searching for Sugar Man covers the efforts of two music fans searching for the facts behind the rumoured death of American musician, Rodriguez.


Man on Wire

This film tells the tale of Philippe Petit, the man who walked between the Twin Towers on a high-wire in 1974.

It’s difficult not to marvel at what might be deemed either his bravery or his madness.


Grizzly Man

From acclaimed documentary maker Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man tells the tale of a man who lived among bears with the aim of protecting them until one of them killed him.


The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters

This is the tale of arcade game superstar Billy Mitchell and the underdog who decided to take on his high score.


The Invisible War

This documentary tells the genuinely shocking tale of the prevalence of sexual assault in the U.S. military, and the seeming lack of consequences for the perpetrators.


Paris is Burning

This 1990 film chronicles the New York City drag balls of its time, and offers amazing insight into what is, and was, largely an underground phenomenon.

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Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore’s examination of what really went on in the wake of 9/11 made lots of people very angry upon its release, and is still having that effect today.

YouTube/Emiliano Pennisi

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival, this documentary is for you.


Bill Cunningham: New York

While this will immediately appeal to anyone who is into fashion, really anyone with a fleeting interest in human behaviour will enjoy it.


Obviously this is not an exhaustive list – what are your suggestions?

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