Nothing beats a good documentary, especially when you’re looking for a little inspiration or maybe just a break from trashy TV shows. There’s a ton out there these days, but some just can’t be beaten.  Every documentary on this list is one that you’ve got to see for yourself!  They will change the way you look, think, act, and feel. These are the best documentaries out there:


If you're looking for a good documentary to watch, this is the list to check out!


The True Cost

The True Cost came out of nowhere and totally changed the way I think about spending money on clothes.  

This documentary isn’t about fashion though – it’s about sweat shops, fast fashion, clothing as a consumable product, and what ultimately happens to the clothes we get rid of.

This is one of the most inspirational documentaries I’ve seen and will undoubtedly change your perspective in some way.


Forks over Knives

Of all the documentaries I’ve watched, none have been as impactful as Forks over Knives.  

There are a lot of great ones that will inspire you to start a healthier lifestyle (a few are on this list), but this one is the best.  

It is packed with so many facts you will find it hard to argue with.  

It is also the only one that really examines the impact that dairy has on our bodies and lives.



Blackfish is very sad and depressing, but without a doubt a must-see documentary.  

It takes a look at the treatment of killer whales kept in captivity.

After you watch this, you’ll never go to an aquarium ever again…but that’s probably a good thing.  

This one you definitely have to see.  



Living small is becoming more and more trendy these days and Tiny shows you exactly why.

When done right, it’s a happier, calmer, and more fulfilling lifestyle.  

What you probably won’t believe is how small “tiny” homes actually are – less than 500 sq. ft!  But these homes are beautiful and high tech.  

After this documentary, you’ll definitely be throwing out a lot of your junk!


Fed Up

Fed Up is really interesting (and disturbing) because it focuses on the effects the food industry has on the current generation of children.

You won’t believe the power that food companies have and the unbelievable amount of deceit they are able to get away with.  

This documentary will break your heart and definitely change the way you eat.


The Secret

I know there will be quite a few skeptics with this one, but The Secret is definitely one of my all-time favorite documentaries and by far the one I’ve watched the most.  

Nothing will motivate you to achieve your dreams more than this one.

The documentary focuses mainly on the power of attraction, but in a way that will turn you into a full-fledged believer.

After you’ve watched it once, you can just turn it on in the background when you need a good pick-me-up!


Poverty, Inc.

We think we’re helping the poor by giving them donations and free stuff…but is that what actually happens?  

Poverty, Inc. is a really eye-opening documentary that shows you the long-term (and ultimately devastating) effects of what our helping hand does to third world countries.  

This documentary really shocked me and is one that I will never forget.


Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead focuses on a lot of the same themes that other healthy lifestyle documentaries do, but with one big distinction – it’s all about juicing vegetables.

It is unbelievable to see the impact that this one lifestyle adjustment has.  

I promise, after this documentary, you WILL try out juicing!


I Am

This documentary will totally blow your mind.  

I Am sets out to prove how our happiness and health is connected with the rest of the world – and it has a lot of science backing the theory.  

The idea is that we will never be truly happy until we can ease the suffering and pain of the rest of the world.   


Food, Inc

Food, Inc is the classic must-see documentary that delves into the world of food and healthy (or unhealthy) lifestyles.

You will be shocked, disgusted, and blown away by where your food comes from and the power that big industries have.

This is a documentary that everyone should have to watch.


The Queen of Versailles

The Queen of Versailles is one of my favorite “business-y” documentaries.

It’s a rare riches-to-rags story that profiles a billionaire family during the recession.  

They are an eccentric family to say the least, so it is entertaining as well as informative (maybe a little more on the entertaining side ;-)).  

As an example of what’s in store – one of their goals in the documentary is to build the largest house in the country.  



So there you have it – the best documentaries out there!  Be sure to let me know if there are other great ones that I forgot.

These are definitely the best documentaries that you can find! They are all must-see documentaries that everyone should watch.


If you're looking for a good documentary to watch, this is the list to check out!


If you're looking for the best documentaries to watch, this list is for you! All of these are amazing documentaries.


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6 comments on “The Ultimate List of Best Documentaries to Watch”

  1. Hi Nikki, thanks for taking the time to share your list. I will definitely be watching the few that I have missed. I highly recommend ’13th’ on Netflix. It will definitely change the way you see the world! AND it was made by a woman , yay!

    • Yay!! How exciting, I haven’t even heard of that! Adding that to the top of my list. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. What the…???? Are you in my head or something? Or perhaps sneaking a peak at my Netflix account? I am SO twinsies with you on these. Starting right at number one (life changing! I totally cried) all the way down. I’ve also been really enjoying (can I say that?) Syrian conflict documentaries lately. Like White Helmets, and one whose name I can’t remember, but follows soldiers in the YRG who have travelled from around the world to fight extremist islam.

    • LOL! You are so funny!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one that loves documentaries. I will definitely have to try out White Helmets! I can’t get enough documentary recommendations! Thanks! 🙂

  3. I will have to check out some of these. Black Fish was great and haunting all at the same time. Life Animated is also a wonderful documentary about an adult with Autism who gained his language primarily through watching Disney films.

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