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Disturbing Documentaries

Entertainment
9.8k votersThese Documentaries Took A Hard Left Turn And Left Audiences Shocked And ConfusedSometimes, the best stories are the ones where nothing goes as planned. The classic twist-ending synonymous with Hollywood thrille...
Documentaries
44.9k viewsUnsettling Documentaries About Families That Pack An Emotional Gut PunchWhile we may laugh or scoff at families on reality TV, in the end, the genre is entertainment - a reminder that everyone’s family ...
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
2.8m viewsHere's Why 'Dear Zachary' Is The Most Upsetting Documentary Ever MadeThere's no shortage of harrowing documentaries, but Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is one of the most intense. R...
Fact vs. Fiction
224 votersControversial True Crime Documentaries That Left Out Major Parts Of The StoryTrue crime documentaries have become increasingly popular in recent years. As we sit down to catch the latest murder mysteries, ab...
True Crime
9.2k votersThe Best True Crime Documentaries To WatchTrue crime documentaries, if done well, elicit the same kind of emotions people feel after watching 10 episodes of Making a Murder...
Michael Jackson
225.8k views'Leaving Neverland' Is A Haunting Documentary About Two Men's Allegations Against Michael JacksonLeaving Neverland, the 2019 documentary focused on two men alleging abuse by Michael Jackson from ages 7 through 14, is one of the...
Audrie & Daisy
50.1k viewsThe Deeply Disturbing Backstory Of Netflix's 'Audrie & Daisy'The Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, which details the devastating aftermath of the separate sexual assaults of two teenage gir...
Unspeakable Times
106.4k viewsHere's Why 'Capturing The Friedmans' Is One Of The Most Upsetting Documentaries Ever MadeThe 2003 film Capturing the Friedmans is one of the most disturbing documentaries ever, and among the saddest movies of all time. ...
Graveyard Shift
914k viewsHere's Why 'Cropsey' Is One Of The Most Horrifying Documentaries Ever MadeOne of the scariest documentaries in recent memory tells the legend of Cropsey through the eyes of the people who lived through th...
Documentaries
987k views'The Family I Had' Is One Of The Saddest, Most Unnerving Documentaries You'll Ever SeeThe Family I Had is a true crime documentary that's unforgettable once you've seen it. It details the destruction of a family in t...
Hot Girls Wanted
530.8k views'Hot Girls Wanted' Is One Of The Most Depressing Documentaries Of The 2010sRashida Jones - from Parks and Recreation - produced the 2015 Netflix documentary Hot Girls Wanted. Depending on your taste, the 2...
Jesus Camp
60.4k views'Jesus Camp' Is A Horrifying Documentary About Religious ZealotryAn impressive documentary sheds light upon a fascinating subject and presents it to viewers as objectively as possible. However, t...
Lost Girls (2020)
186.1k viewsThe Heartbreaking True Story Behind The Netflix Film ‘Lost Girls’On March 13, 2020, Netflix released the movie Lost Girls, based on the true story of Shannan Gilbert's disappearance and death, po...
Murder Mountain (Netflix)
124.6k views‘Murder Mountain’ Is The Most Unsettling Documentary About Life Off The GridHistorically known as the epicenter for cannabis cultivation in America, Humboldt County makes up one-third of the “Emerald Triang...
Graveyard Shift
108.7k views'The Nightmare' Documentary Is Scarier Than Most Horror MoviesFor some people, getting into bed at night is one of the most frightening things they'll do all day. Individuals who deal with sle...
Holy Hell
38.2k viewsThe Documentary 'Holy Hell' Offers A Disturbing Look At A California CultWhile the Buddhafield cult lacks the name recognition of other infamous cults, it has lasted far longer than most of them put toge...
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
82.4k views'Paradise Lost' Helped Save Three Innocent Men From A Wrongful Murder ConvictionNot everyone has heard about the West Memphis Three, but they have a solid place in true crime history. Suspected of shocking acts...
Documentaries
144.4k viewsA Documentary About An Asylum Is One Of The Most Banned (And Important) Films In HistoryOf the many important films to come out of the 20th century, Titicut Follies by Frederick Wiseman is also perhaps one of the most ...
Schizophrenia
29.7k views'You're Gonna Miss Me' Is A Harrowing Documentary About Mental Illness And AbuseYou’re Gonna Miss Me, the 2005 documentary about musician Roky Erickson, is an agonizing look at schizophrenia and mental illness....
Entertainment
11.1k voters16 Groundbreaking Documentaries That Are Inherently FlawedPeople understandably expect to be presented with facts when they watch a documentary. There are, however, some notable or high-pr...