The Best Foreign Documentary Films

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What is the best foreign documentary? The best foreign documentary movies offer strong stories, memorable characters, and emotional payoffs that stick with you long after they're over. They focus on a variety of subjects and share a view of the world not experienced in America. They come from big studios and independent distributors. So, what is the best foreign doc? What foreign docs should you watch first?

The best foreign documentary movies, like The Act of KillingHuman Flow, Collective, and This Is Not a Film, have even found themselves nominated for and winning awards. In every way, these are some of the most important movies of our time. A lot of these foreign docus are available on streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Vote up the best foreign documentary films to make sure they make it to the top of the list. Be sure to check back for new foreign docs as they are added to the list upon release.

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  • Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids is a 2004 Indian-American documentary film about the children of prostitutes in Sonagachi, Kolkata's red light district. The widely acclaimed film, ...more
  • 20,000 Days on Earth
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    20,000 Days on Earth

    Darian Leader
    12 votes
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
    A therapist's questions and a visit to a voluminous archive propel a dramatization of a day in the life of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave.

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  • Amy
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    Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett
    12 votes
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Asif Kapadia
    Amy is a 2015 British documentary film about the life and death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Directed by Asif Kapadia, it covers Winehouse's life and her struggle with substance abuse, ...more
  • Searching for Sugar Man
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    Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore
    11 votes
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
    Though he faded into obscurity in the U.S., an early '70s musician known as Rodriguez became a huge hit in South Africa and was widely rumored to have died. Two obsessed fans set out to learn the ...more

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  • The Truffle Hunters
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    Carlo, Aurelio, Sergio
    11 votes
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
    A handful of men search for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.

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  • Pelé
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    Pelé, Mario Zagallo, Jairzinho
    11 votes
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Ben Nicholas, David Tryhorn
    Pelé is a 2021 British sports documentary film directed by David Tryhorn & Ben Nicholas. Mixing rare archival footage and exclusive interviews, this documentary celebrates the soccer legend who ...more

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