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The Best Documentary Movies of 2019  

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The best documentary movies this year exemplified what the genre does best. They highlighted a unique aspect of culture or human experience through a nuanced lens. If you're in need of suggestions for some informative and often surprising films, browse this list of 2019 documentary movies.

Fyre: The Greatest Part That Never Happened is a documentary from Netflix that explores what went wrong at a luxury music festival that was indefinitely postponed. Apollo 11 takes audiences through the first spaceflight mission to land men on the moon using archived footage that was previously unreleased to the public without narration or interviews. Look for other new and upcoming documentaries on this as the year continues. 

These 2019 documentary films explore a wide array of topics. Vote up the best new documentaries of 2019, and feel free to add your favorite documentary films released this year missing from the list.

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Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason
Fyre Fraud is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason that premiered on Hulu on January 14, 2019. A look at the whistleblowers, victims, and the lack ...more
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David Modigliani
Running with Beto is a 2019 American documentary directed by David Modigliani. The film follows Beto O'Rourke's campaign in the 2018 United States Senate election in Texas.
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Ice on Fire Leila Conners
Ice on Fire is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Leila Conners. The film explores potential ways to reverse climate change and the possible extinction-level event caused by arctic ...more
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Moonlight Sonata is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentary Movies of 2019
Moonlight Sonata Irene Taylor Brodsky
Moonlight Sonata (a.k.a. Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements) is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky. The documentary interweaves the story of a deaf boy ...more
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Hassan Fazili
Midnight Traveler is a 2019 international documentary film directed by Hassan Fazili. The Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili's head forcing him to flee the county with his ...more
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Morgan Spurlock
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! is a 2017 American documentary film (2019 US theatrical release) directed by Morgan Spurlock, a sequel to the 2004 film Super Size Me. The film explores the ways ...more
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Benjamin Berman
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary is a 2019 American documentary directed by Benjamin Berman. A documentary about the final tour of a dying magician turns into a journey that blurs the line ...more
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Victor Kossakovsky
Aquarela is a 2019 multi-national documentary film directed by Victor Kossakovsky. The film depicts water at its most beautiful and terrifying extremes.
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Avi Belkin
Mike Wallace Is Here is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Avi Belkin. The documentary chronicles the career of American journalist, Mike Wallace.
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Chris Smith
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Chris Smith, released on Netflix on January 18, 2019. An exclusive behind the scenes look at the ...more
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Todd Douglas Miller
Apollo 11 is a 2019 American documentary film edited, produced, and directed by Todd Douglas Miller. It focuses on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first spaceflight to land people on the moon.
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Josh Howard
The Lavender Scare is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Josh Howard.
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Garret Price
Love, Antosha is a 2019 American documentary film directed and produced by Garret Price. The documentary focuses on the life and career of the late actor Anton Yelchin, narrated by Nicolas
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Ursula Macfarlane
Untouchable is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Ursula Macfarlane. The film focuses on the abuse allegations that involve Harvey Weinstein and features interviews with Weinstein’s ...more
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Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce
Framing John DeLorean is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. A recounting of the life and career of the conterversial automaker through archival footage ...more
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Hail Satan? Penny Lane
Hail Satan? is a 2019 American documentary directed by Penny Lane. An examination of The Satanic Temple, including its origins and grassroots political activism.
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Dan Reed
Leaving Neverland is a 2019 documentary film directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed. Leaving Neverland describes how Michael Jackson allegedly began relationships with two young ...more
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The Silence of Others is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentary Movies of 2019
Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo
The Silence of Others is a 2019 International documentary film directed by Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo. This documentary reveals the epic struggle of Spanish victims that suffered under ...more
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Jill Magid
The Proposal is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Jill Magid. The Proposal is the story of an artist that fights to make the archives of Mexico's most famous architect available to ...more
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Ron Howard
Pavarotti is a 2019 documentary film directed by Ron Howard. An examination of the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti.
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Oliver Murray
The Quiet One is a 2019 British documentary film directed by Oliver Murray. The documentary offers a behind the scenes look at the life and career of Bill Wyman, former founding member of the ...more
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Petra Costa
The Edge of Democracy (a.k.a. Democracia em Vertigem) is a 2019 Brazilian documentary film directed by Petra Costa. Both a documentary and a memoir, The Edge of Democracy documents the ...more
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Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
One Child Nation is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang. After becoming a mother, a filmmaker (Nanfu Wang) uncovers the untold history of China's one-child ...more
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Liza Mandelup
Jawline is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Liza Mandelup. The documentary shows the trial and tribulations of Austyn Tester, a 16-year-old who attempts to become internet famous.