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The Best Documentary Films On Amazon Prime

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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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    The Kill Team

    Dan Krauss

    ActorsAdam Winfield, Christopher Winfield, Emma Winfield

    Released2013

    The Kill Team is a 2013 documentary drama film written by Dan Krauss, Lawrence Lerew, Linda Davis and directed by Dan Krauss....  more
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    Super High Me

    Michael Blieden

    ActorsBrian Unger, Gary Cohan, Robert Gore

    Released2007

    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 2004...  more

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    Percy Schmeiser: David vs Monsanto

    Bertram Verhaag

    ActorsPercy Schmeiser

    Released2009

    Percy Schmeiser: David vs Monsanto is a documentary thriller film directed by Bertram Verhaag....
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    Kon-Tiki

    Thor Heyerdahl

    ActorsThor Heyerdahl, Herman Watzinger, Erik Hesselberg

    Released1950

    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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    There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane

    Liz Garbus

    ActorsJesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler, Jay Schuler

    Released2011

    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 Whole Gritty City

    Richard Barber, Andre Lambertson

    ActorsBruce Davenport Jr., Kirk Dugar Jr., Brandon Franklin, Jazz Henry

    Released2013

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    Gleason

    Clay Tweel

    ActorsSteve Gleason

    Released2016

    Gleason is a 2016 American sports documentary film directed by Clay Tweel. The film covers five years in the life of the former New Orleans Saints football defensive back, Steve Gleason, who suffers...  more
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    Racing Around the World Alone

    Ingrid Johansson, Benjamin Rouse

    ActorsDavid Kinsman, Boissieres Arnaud, Unai Basurko, Yannick Bestaven

    Released2010

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    ActorsBill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Annette de la Renta

    Released2010

    Bill Cunningham New York is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Richard Press. Bill Cunningham, one of the mainstays of the New York Times, has been a contributor to the renowned newspaper...  more
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    That Sugar Film

    Damon Gameau

    ActorsDamon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Richard Davies, Skylar Delphinus

    Released2014

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    Sriracha

    Griffin Hammond

    ActorsRandy Clemens, Jordan Crowder, Harold Dieterle

    Released2013

    Sriracha is a 2013 documentary film written and directed by Griffin Hammond....  more
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    Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul

    Sebastian Copeland

    ActorsSebastian Copeland

    Released2010

    "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 advocate...  more
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    Four Horsemen

    Ross Ashcroft

    ActorsDominic Frisby, Gillian Tett, Lawrence Wilkerson

    Released2012

    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 it...  more
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    Without Charity

    Paul G. Lyzun

    ActorsCharity Payne, Mike Grzegorek

    Released2013

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    Michael Moore Hates America

    Mike Wilson

    ActorsPenn Jillette, Andrew Breitbart, Albert Maysles, Peter Damon

    Released2004

    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 Dream...  more
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    Wild Horse, Wild Ride

    Alex Dawson, Greg Gricus

    ActorsCarlos Chee, Nik Kokal, Melissa Kanzelberger

    Released2011

    Wild Horse, Wild Ride is a 2011 documentary film directed by Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus. In the annual Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge in Fort Worth, professional and amateur horsemen try to...  more
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    Released2006

    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 Fall...  more
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    ActorsBruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August, Michael Hynson, Wayne Miyata

    Released1966

    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 of...  more
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    Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure

    Duane Barnhart

    ActorsKirk Cameron

    Released2011

    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 the...  more
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    The Perfect Human Diet

    C.J. Hunt

    ActorsC.J. Hunt, Leslie Aiello, Susan Loraine Anderson, Loren Cordain

    Released2012

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    The Milky Way

    Jon Fitzgerald

    Released2014

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    Nintendo Quest

    Robert McCallum

    ActorsJay Bartlett, Thor Aackerlund, Syd Bolton, Kylie Carmichael

    Released2015

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    The Hornet's Nest

    David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud

    ActorsN/A

    Released2014

    The Hornet's Nest is a 2014 American documentary film about the Afghanistan war, directed by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud. The film follows two journalists, a father and son, embedded with a...  more
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    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.

    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.