Audiences are used to being excited by action, adventure, and horror movies. Fans of non-fiction films can get the same kind of excitement. The old saying “truth is stranger than fiction” certainly applies to these movies. Rather than stunts and special effects, they provide suspense through true stories that take wild twists or show real people going through extraordinary circumstances.
Topics in these sometimes-funny, sometimes-scary documentaries range from a fight over the Donkey Kong world championship, to a political campaign that goes completely off the rails, to the efforts to rescue a group of children from a flooded cave. Documentary films have often been unfairly given the label “dry," but none of the following examples are anything close to that. They're guaranteed to have you biting your nails or leaning forward in your seat, eagerly waiting to see what unbelievable thing is going to happen next. They are as exciting, if not more so, than any carefully scripted Hollywood blockbuster.