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The Best HBO Documentaries Of The Last Few Years

List RulesVote for the best HBO original documentaries released since January 1, 2019.

Over the years, a series of innovative and informative HBO documentary movies have left viewers captivated and curious. The best HBO documentaries feature topics such as true crime, animal cruelty, iconic historical figures, and political issues. What are the best recent HBO documentary films? This list will help decide. 

Which original HBO documentaries will you find here? If you're interested in true crime, you can check out Mommy Dead and Dearest. To explore topical political issues, try An Apology to Elephants or Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison Belief. For films about iconic figures, check out Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds or Love, Marilyn.

This list of new HBO docs shows all the most acclaimed documentaries released by HBO since 2019. Which new HBO documentaries do you think stand out? Vote for the best documentaries below. 

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  • Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown
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    Released2019

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali is a 2019 documentary film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the life of Muhammad Ali. One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali's incredible  ...more
  • Wade Robson, James Safechuck
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    Released2019

    Directed byDan 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 fans,  ...more

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  • Released2019

    Directed byErin Lee Carr

    At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Erin Lee Carr. In 2016 USA Gymnastics was rocked by the revelation that national team doctor  ...more
  • Carson Daly, Black Thought
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    Released2021

    Directed byGarret Price

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Garret Price. Woodstock 99, a three-day music festival promoted to echo unity and counterculture idealism of the  ...more

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  • Alanis Morissette, Glen Ballard
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    Released2021

    Directed byAlison Klayman

    Jagged is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Alison Klayman. Centers on the life and work of Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette while making her breakout album 'Jagged Little  ...more
  • Errol Morris, Elizabeth Holmes
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    Released2019

    Directed byAlex 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
  • Andy Señor Jr.
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    Released2021

    Directed byAndy Señor Jr., Victor Patrick Alvarez

    Revolution Rent is an 2021 American documentary film, directed by Andy Señor Jr. and Victor Patrick Alvarez. It follows Andy Señor Jr., as he prepares an adaption of Rent in Cuba, exploring his  ...more

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  • Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle
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    Released2019

    Directed byRoger Ross Williams

    The Apollo is a 2019 American documentary directed by Roger Ross Williams. An in-depth look at the history of New York City's Apollo Theater in Harlem.  ...more
  • Angela Bassett, Tina Turner
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    Released2021

    Directed byDaniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin

    Tina is an 2021 American-British music documentary film, directed by Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin. A revealing and intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner, charting her  ...more
  • Quincy Fortier, Wendi Babst
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    Released2020

    Directed byHannah Olson

    Baby God is an 2020 American documentary film directed by Hannah Olson. A shocking examination into Las Vegas fertility specialist, Dr. Quincy Fortier, who assisted hundreds of couples struggling  ...more
  • Monica Lewinsky, Max Joseph
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    Released2021

    Directed byMax Joseph

    15 Minutes of Shame is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Max Joseph. A timely, eye-opening roller-coaster ride through the world of public shaming. Examine social behavior by embedding  ...more
  • Christopher Bailey, Dominique Druckman
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    Released2021

    Directed byNick Bilton

    Fake Famous is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Nick Bilton. It is a social experiment involving three non-famous people who attempt to become social media influencers by "faking" fame.  ...more
  • Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington
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    Released2019

    Directed byJeanie Finlay

    Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Jeanie Finlay. Chronicling the creation of Game of Thrones (2011)'s final season, its most ambitious and complicated  ...more
  • Maxim Lapunov, Zelim Bakaev
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    Released2020

    Directed byDavid France

    Welcome to Chechnya is a 2020 American documentary film directed by David France. The film centres on the anti-gay purges in Chechnya of the late 2010s, filming LGBT Chechen refugees using hidden  ...more
  • David Byrne, Chris Giarmo
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    Released2020

    Directed bySpike Lee

    American Utopia is a 2020 American concert film directed by Spike Lee. The film is a live recording of a Broadway performance of a modified version of the album American Utopia, including several  ...more
  • Dorothy Otnow Lewis, Laura Dern
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    Released2020

    Directed byAlex Gibney

    Crazy, Not Insane is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. Fascinated by the human brain and its capacity for ruthlessness, psychiatrist Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis has spent her life  ...more
  • Oprah Winfrey, Phylicia Rashad
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    Released2020

    Directed byKamilah Forbes

    Between the World and Me is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Kamilah Forbes. Based on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ #1 New York Times bestseller and originally adapted and staged by the Apollo  ...more
  • Released2020

    Directed byAndrew Rossi

    After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News is a 2020 documentary television film directed by Andrew Rossi. An investigation into the ongoing threat caused by the phenomenon of “fake news”  ...more
  • Matt Gaetz, Thomas Massie
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    Released2020

    Directed byDaniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme

    The Swamp is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme. A look behind the curtain of Washington politics following three "renegade" Republican Congressmen as they  ...more
  • Rebecca Frasure, Kent Frasure
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    Released2021

    Directed byHannah Olson

    The Last Cruise is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Hannah Olson. Using intimate footage recorded by passengers and crew, The Last Cruise is a first-person account of the nightmare that  ...more
  • John Stimac, Seth Rogen
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    Released2020

    Directed byJohn Maggio

    The Perfect Weapon is a 2020 American documentary film directed by John Maggio. Based on the book of the same name by David E. Sanger, the film details the rise of cyberwarfare and cyber spying on an  ...more
  • Juan José Gerardi Conedera
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    Released2020

    Directed byPaul Taylor

    The Art of Political Murder is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Paul Taylor, based on the book by Francisco Goldman. It follows the murder of Juan José Gerardi Conedera, a human rights  ...more
  • Deborah Fallows, James Fallows
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    Released2021

    Directed bySteven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan

    Our Towns is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan. A documentary that paints a remarkable picture of America and how the rise of civic and economic reinvention  ...more
  • James Brown, Denrele Edun
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    Released2021

    Directed byGiselle Bailey, Nneka Onuorah

    The Legend of the Underground is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Nneka Onuorah and Giselle Bailey. Several non-conformist youth in Nigeria fight rampant discrimination as they decide  ...more
  • In The Same Breath

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    In the Same Breath is a 2021 American-Chinese documentary film directed by Nanfu Wang. It follows how the Chinese and American governments reacted to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  ...more