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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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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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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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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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Rachel Lears
Knock Down the House is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Rachel Lears. The documentary is about four progressive Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula ...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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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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Theo Love
The Legend of Cocaine Island is a 2018 documentary film, directed and produced by Theo Love. An urban legend about a duffel bag of cocaine buried in the Caribbean leads a misfit band to hatch a ...more
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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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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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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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Alex Gibney
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley is 2019 American documentary film, directed and produced by Alex Gibney. The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder ...more
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Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
Amazing Grace is a 2018 American documentary film, directed by Sydney Pollack, and Alan Elliott. American singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin performs various songs at the New Temple Missionary ...more
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Fab 5 Freddy
Grass is Greener is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Fab 5 Freddy. A documentary about America's relationship with cannabis.
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Joshua Riehl
The Russian Five is a 2019 American, Canadian, and Russian sports documentary film directed by Joshua Riejl. In the late 1980s, The Detroit Red Wings changed the way North American hockey is ...more
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Khalik Allah
Black Mother is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Khalik Allah. From red light districts to lush rain-forests, 'Black Mother' is a loving and lyrical ode to Jamaica and its people, a ...more
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Xavier Burgin
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Xavier Burgin. A look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film ...more
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Antoine Fuqua
What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali is a 2019 documentary film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the life of Muhammad Ali.
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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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Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson
Penguins is a 2019 American nature documentary film directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson. The coming-of-age story follows an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of ...more
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Martin Scorsese
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese. The documentary is made up of outtakes from Dylan's movie Renaldo and ...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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The Silence of Others is listed (or ranked) 25 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