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The Best Social Media Documentaries

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What are the best social media documentaries? Documentaries about social media explore how we interact with technology everyday. Whether it's how we connect with friends, how we express ourselves in a myriad of forms, or how we learn about the world, social media docs often feature themes of society's evolution. Many of these films are Netflix documentaries about social media, which often have a lot to say about how the future will play out. So, what is the best social media documentary? What social media docs really make you think?

Great social media documentaries such as The American Meme, Social Animals, and Jawline explore how people use social media to pursue hobbies and become famous. While docs like Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World and Catfish try to understand how social media might be changing society. Then there's The Great Hack, a Netflix documentary about how social media companies exploit personal data for profit. The range of topics covered in social media documentary films is vast.

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  • 1
    Paris Hilton, Hailey Bieber
    40
    4

    Released2018

    Directed byBert Marcus

    The American Meme is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Bert Marcus. It explores the online footprint and behind the scenes stories of four social media celebrities who have each utilised  ...more
  • 2
    Christopher Bailey, Dominique Druckman
    31
    4

    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
  • 3

    Social Animals

    Kaylyn Slevin, Humza Deas
    31
    9

    Released2018

    Directed byJonathan Ignatius Green

    Social Animals is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Jonathan Ignatius Green. A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a midwest girl next door are all looking for the same  ...more
  • 4
    Nick Champa, Austyn Tester
    24
    1

    Released2019

    Directed byLiza 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.  ...more
  • 5

    Released2021

    Directed byMark Lewis

    Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Netflix, 2019) is an American true crime documentary series. The limited series follows a group of internet sleuths who launched a manhunt for Luka  ...more

    #32 of 607 The Best New Netflix Originals of the Last Few Years#21 of 631 The Best Original Streaming Shows Of The Last Few Years#24 of 31 The Best True Crime Documentaries To Watch

  • 6
    Bella Hadid, Ja Rule
    23
    4

    Released2019

    Directed byJenner 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 of  ...more
  • 7
    Carole Cadwalladr, David Carroll
    27
    10

    Released2019

    Directed byKarim Amer, Jehane Noujaim

    The Great Hack is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim. The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the eyes of several involved persons.  ...more
  • 8

    Released2019

    Directed byChris 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 infamous  ...more
  • 9
    Josh Harris, Tom Harris
    27
    14

    Released2009

    Directed byOndi Timoner

    In 1999, Internet entrepreneur Josh Harris recruits dozens of young men and women who agree to live in underground apartments for weeks at a time while their every movement is broadcast online. Soon,  ...more
  • 10
    Skyler Gisondo, Kara Hayward
    17
    3

    Released2020

    Directed byJeff Orlowski

    The Social Dilemma is a 2020 docudrama directed by Jeff Orlowski. the rise of social media and the damage it has caused to society, focusing on its exploitation of its users for financial gain  ...more
  • 11

    Catfish

    Wendy Whelan, Tiler Peck
    23
    10

    Released2010

    Directed byAriel Schulman, Henry Joost

    When Nev Shulman, a New York photographer, receives a Facebook request from a child named Abby, he cannot guess the unusual odyssey on which he will soon embark. Abby sends Nev an unusually skilled

    How 'Catfish' Changed Eight People's Lives And Rewired Our Understanding Of Online Existence#26 of 502 The Greatest Documentaries of All Time#12 of 19 These Documentaries Took A Hard Left Turn And Left Audiences Shocked And Confused

  • 12

    Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

    Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss
    21
    9

    Released2016

    Directed byWerner Herzog

    Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Werner Herzog. In it, Herzog ponders the existential impact of the Internet, robotics, AI, the Internet  ...more
  • 13
    Robert Barnes, Samantha Bee
    14
    0

    Released2020

    Directed byArthur Jones

    Feels Good Man is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Arthur Jones. The creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, Matt Furie, attempts to take back his iconic cartoon from groups that  ...more

    #102 of 128 Life-Changing Documentaries You've Got to See#308 of 330 The Best Movies Of 2020#43 of 94 The Best Comedy Movies Of 2020

  • 14

    InRealLife

    Jimmy Wales, Sherry Turkle
    17
    4

    Released2013

    Directed byBeeban Kidron

    InRealLife is a 2013 documentary film directed by Beeban Kidron. A journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, to find out what exactly the internet is doing to our  ...more
  • 15

    The Cleaners

    Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump
    21
    13

    Released2018

    Directed byHans Block, Moritz Riesewieck

    The Cleaners is a 2018 German-American documentary film directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck. Five content moderators in Manila, Philippines, monitor and delete offensive, pornographic and  ...more
  • 16

    Terms and Conditions May Apply

    Mark Zuckerberg, Moby
    21
    13

    Released2013

    Directed byCullen Hoback

    Terms and Conditions May Apply is a 2013 American documentary film directed by Cullen Hoback. It discusses how corporations and the government utilize the information that users provide when agreeing  ...more
  • 17

    Life 2.0

    Teasa Copprue, Jason Spingarn-Koff
    17
    10

    Released2010

    Directed byJason Spingarn-Koff

    "Every day, across all corners of the globe, hundreds of thousands of users log onto Second Life, a virtual online world not entirely unlike our own. They enter a new reality, whose inhabitants  ...more
  • 18
    Asri Bendacha
    13
    6

    Released2018

    Directed byAsri Bendacha

    Follow Me is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Asri Bendacha. After hearing that some people get paid $5000 for posting a picture on Instagram, broke and out of work director, Asri  ...more
  • 19

    TFW NO GF

    Kantbot, Viddy
    13
    6

    Released2020

    Directed byAlex Lee Moyer

    TFW NO GF is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Alex Lee Moyer. A generation of disaffected young men searches for meaning in the dark corners of the internet through the metaphor of an  ...more
  • 20

    24 Hours on Craigslist

    Rachel Berney, Mike Curits
    11
    6

    Released2005

    Directed byMichael Ferris Gibson

    24 Hours on Craigslist is a 2005 American feature-length documentary that captures the people and stories behind a single day's posts on the classified ad website Craigslist. The film, made with the  ...more
  • 21
    How the success of livestreaming entertainment has affected China's youth.  ...more
  • 22
    Mark Cole, Anthony Craig
    7
    0

    Released2018

    Directed byNancy Schwartzman

    Roll Red Roll is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Nancy Schwartzman. At a 2012 pre-season high-school football party in Steubenville, Ohio, a young woman was raped by members of the  ...more
  • 23
    Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish
    9
    4

    Released2012

    Directed byLisanne Pajot, James Swirsky

    Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 documentary film by Canadian filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot. The film documents the struggles of independent game developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy  ...more
  • 24
    Audrie Pott, Daisy Coleman
    9
    4

    Released2016

    Directed byBonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

    Audrie & Daisy is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community, including the  ...more
  • 25

    Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network

    Roger McNamee, Krishnan Guru-Murthy
    11
    9

    Released2018

    Directed byToby Paton

    Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Toby Paton. Dispatches goes undercover in the secretive world of the people who decide what can and  ...more