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The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime 

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Updated December 16, 2019 15.2k votes 1.7k voters 241.3k views 44 items

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The best documentary movies on Amazon Prime is a complete Amazon Prime streaming list for your perusal. All the best documentary films on Amazon Prime streaming are listed in one convenient place so you can fully utilize your Amazon Prime service. Some of the best documentaries of all time are now available on Amazon Prime, so you can catch up on new hits or classic award winners.

This Amazon streaming list has nearly as many of the greatest documentary films to watch as a brick and mortar DVD store offers. Newer documentaries like Amy are available on Amazon Prime as are older documentary films like Super High Me, Chariots of the Gods, and The Endless Summer can be viewed on the Amazon Prime instant service. 

What are the best Amazon Prime instant documentary movies? What is available on the Amazon Prime streaming documentary selection? Are there new documentary films on Amazon Prime? This Amazon Prime streaming list is here to get you started on the best Amazon Prime documentary movies has to offer. This is in no way a complete list, so if you know your favorite movie isn't on this list of Amazon instant movies, make sure to add it so other Amazon Prime users can find the best documentaries on Amazon Prime.

 

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Without Charity is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Paul G. Lyzun added Without Charity Paul G. Lyzun

Actors: Charity Payne, Mike Grzegorek

Released: 2013

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Sriracha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Griffin Hammond

Actors: Randy Clemens, Jordan Crowder, Harold Dieterle

Released: 2013

Sriracha is a 2013 documentary film written and directed by Griffin Hammond.
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There's Something Wrong ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane Liz Garbus

Actors: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler, Jay Schuler

Released: 2011

An exploration of the mystery surrounding the tragic 2009 wrong-way crash that killed a mother and seven others on NY's Taconic Parkway. See our list to find out more about the story behind There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane.

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The Kill Team is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Dan Krauss

Actors: Adam Winfield, Christopher Winfield, Emma Winfield

Released: 2013

The Kill Team is a 2013 documentary drama film written by Dan Krauss, Lawrence Lerew, Linda Davis and directed by Dan Krauss.
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Bill Cunningham New York... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Richard Press

Actors: Bill Cunningham

Released: 2010

"Rarely has anyone embodied contradictions as happily and harmoniously as octogenarian New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. Obsessed with how people dress, he unfailingly dons the ...more
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Kon-Tiki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Thor Heyerdahl

Actors: Thor Heyerdahl, Herman Watzinger, Erik Hesselberg

Released: 1950

The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named ...more
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The Whole Gritty City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
rxbb added The Whole Gritty City Richard Barber, Andre Lambertson

Actors: Bruce Davenport Jr., Kirk Dugar Jr., Brandon Franklin, Jazz Henry

Released: 2013

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Percy Schmeiser: David v... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Percy Schmeiser: David vs Monsanto Bertram Verhaag

Actors: Percy Schmeiser

Released: 2009

Percy Schmeiser: David vs Monsanto is a documentary thriller film directed by Bertram Verhaag.
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Super High Me is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Michael Blieden

Actors: Brian Unger, Gary Cohan, Robert Gore

Released: 2007

Super High Me is a 2007 documentary film about the effects of smoking cannabis for 30 days. The documentary stars comedian Doug Benson. The documentary's name and its poster are plays on the ...more

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Racing Around the World ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Racing Around the World Alone Ingrid Johansson, Benjamin Rouse

Actors: David Kinsman, Boissieres Arnaud, Unai Basurko, Yannick Bestaven

Released: 2010

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That Sugar Film is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Damon Gameau

Actors: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Richard Davies, Skylar Delphinus

Released: 2014

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Into the Cold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul Sebastian Copeland

Actors: Sebastian Copeland

Released: 2010

"The absolute top of the earth is a place few try to reach on foot. Even fewer succeed. With the vast arctic ice vanishing rapidly, photographer, extreme adventurer, and environmental ...more
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Four Horsemen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Four Horsemen Ross Ashcroft

Actors: Dominic Frisby, Gillian Tett, Lawrence Wilkerson

Released: 2012

Four Horsemen is a 2012 British film pamphlet directed by Ross Ashcroft. The film criticises the system of fractional reserve banking, debt-based economy and political lobbying by banks, which ...more
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Michael Moore Hates Amer... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Michael Moore Hates America Mike Wilson

Actors: Penn Jillette, Andrew Breitbart, Albert Maysles, Peter Damon

Released: 2004

In 'Roger and Me', Michael Moore tried in vain to get an interview with millionaire GM CEO Roger Smith. In Michael Moore Hates America, documentarian Michael Wilson searches for the American ...more
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Wild Horse, Wild Ride is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Alex Dawson, Greg Gricus

Released: 2011

Wild Horse, Wild Ride is a 2011 documentary film directed by Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus.
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Who Is Harry Nilsson (An... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
John Scheinfeld

Released: 2006

Who is Harry Nilsson... is a documentary about the musician Harry Nilsson that premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2006. It was released to theatres and on DVD in the ...more
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The Endless Summer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Bruce Brown

Actors: Bruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August, Michael Hynson, Wayne Miyata, + more

Released: 1966

The Endless Summer is a seminal 1966 surf movie. Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate ...more

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Gleason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Clay Tweel

Actors: Steve Gleason

Released: 2016

Gleason is an American documentary film released in 2016, covering five years in the life of the former New Orleans Saints football defensive back, Steve Gleason, who suffers from Amyotrophic ...more
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Monumental: In Search of... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure Duane Barnhart

Actors: Kirk Cameron

Released: 2011

Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure is an American documentary film hosted by Kirk Cameron. Directed by Duane Barnhart and written by Kevin Miller, Cameron's mission in making ...more
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The Milky Way is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
The Milky Way Jon Fitzgerald

Released: 2014

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The Perfect Human Diet ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
The Perfect Human Diet C.J. Hunt

Actors: C.J. Hunt, Leslie Aiello, Susan Loraine Anderson, Loren Cordain

Released: 2012

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Children of Shame is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Children of Shame

Tuam, a name that traumatised the whole of Ireland in the spring of 2014, when an unimaginable story was revealed. A hidden mass grave containing the remains of some 800 children was discovered on the former grounds of a home for single mothers, a hell on earth where children died from ill treatment, and were shamefully buried in secret and forgotten.

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Poverty, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Poverty, Inc.

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry - the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

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I Remember Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
I Remember Me Kim Snyder

Actors: Blake Edwards, Kim Snyder

Released: 2000

I Remember Me is a biographical documentary about chronic fatigue syndrome, filmed in the United States by Kim A. Snyder. The film attempts to show just how devastating the illness can be to ...more
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Sunshine Hotel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime
Sunshine Hotel