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The Best Documentaries About Scientology 

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Updated January 21, 2020 2.8k votes 1.4k voters 168k views 20 items

List Rules Documentary films and TV series about L. Ron Hubbard, Scientologists, or the Church of Scientology

While there aren’t a ton of documentaries out there that detail the religion of Scientology, there are a handful that have taken a close look at what is behind the religion, whether or not it’s a cult, how the religion was actually founded, and the most famous members of the church, like Tom Cruise, as well as celebrities who have left. What are the best documentaries about Scientology? Check the list below!
 
The documentaries on this list cover any aspect imaginable related to Scientology, specifically the controversies brought to light by ex-members' first-hand accounts of the difficulties of leaving the church. Many of these films and docuseries are informational, providing historical background as well as undercover accounts from individuals who have left Scientology behind.
 
This list features the best documentary films and the best documentary series about Scientology, including: The Secrets of Scientology and Knowledge Report. Vote up your favorite Scientology docs below or add an enlightening documentary film that is not included.

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Going Clear: Scientology... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a 2015 documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. Deconstructing the church's claims by presenting a condensed history of Scientology and its ...more
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Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath gives a voice to victims of the Church of Scientology despite public attempts to discredit them.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E, 2016) is a documentary series presented by Leah Remini and Mike Rinder. Each episode features former members of the church describing their ...more
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Mike Rinder On Escaping ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
DatumOmNom added Mike Rinder On Escaping Scientology Controversies
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Scientology: Jason Beghe... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
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DatumOmNom added Scott & Karry Campbell On Surviving Scientology
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The Secrets of Scientolo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
The Secrets of Scientology
The Secrets of Scientology is a documentary which was broadcast on 28 September 2010 as part of the BBC's Panorama documentary strand. Presented by John Sweeney it is a follow-up of his 2007 ...more
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Scientology and Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
Scientology and Me
"Scientology and Me" is a television documentary first broadcast on 14 May 2007 as part of the BBC's Panorama series. In it, reporter John Sweeney visited the United States to ...more
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Carol Nyburg On Survivin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
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The Church of Scientolog... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
DatumOmNom added The Church of Scientology History of Violence
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Scientologists at War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
Scientologists at War
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Scientology: the ex file... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
degeddes added Scientology: the ex files
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Scientology: Inside the ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
Scientology: Inside the Cult
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The Shrinking World of L Ron Hubbard
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Inside the Scientology C... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
DatumOmNom added Inside the Scientology Celebrity Centre: An Ex-Parishoner Reveals All
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Sheila Huber Speaks Out:... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
DatumOmNom added Sheila Huber Speaks Out: Abuses in the Church of Scientology
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Knowledge Report is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
Knowledge Report
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Jason Barclay On Survivi... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
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The Simi Valley Story: E... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
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A series of videos from ex-Scientologist and ex-Sea Org member Chris Shelton about life in the Sea Org, the production demands made on SO members and the swindles involved with Scientology.
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Margery Wakefield On Sci... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Scientology
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