Best Amazon Original Documentary

by MAthePA | created - 3 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Which documentary in this list is your favorite?

(Titles ordered by release year, except the introductory ones)

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1. City of Ghosts (2017)

R | 92 min | Documentary, War

86 Metascore

A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Heineman | Stars: Abdelaziz Alhamza, Mohamad Almusari, Hamoud Almousa, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Votes: 3,052 | Gross: $0.13M

2. Gleason (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.

Director: Clay Tweel | Stars: Steve Gleason, Mike Gleason, Scott Fujita, Mike McKenzie

Votes: 2,249 | Gross: $0.58M

3. Long Strange Trip (2017)

R | 238 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A look at the 30-year career of The Grateful Dead.

Director: Amir Bar-Lev | Stars: John Perry Barlow, Tom Constanten, Sam Cutler, Jerry Garcia

Votes: 1,044

4. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.

Directors: Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Jon Nguyen | Stars: David Lynch, Lula Lynch, Edwina Lynch, Donald Lynch

Votes: 4,372 | Gross: $0.17M

5. American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (2017– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The Amazon Original Series draws from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal archives, chronicling the life of an American icon and the history of the brand he created.

Stars: Matt Whelan, Emmett Skilton, Adam Jonas Segaller, Chelsie Preston Crayford

Votes: 1,383

6. The New Yorker Presents (2015– )

M | 30 min | Documentary

From award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney's Jigsaw Productions, Amazon Prime Video presents a groundbreaking new series that brings America's most award-winning magazine, The New Yorker, to ... See full summary »

Stars: Farley Katz, Roz Chast, Liana Finck, Benjamin Schwartz

Votes: 367

7. Gimme Danger (2016)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Iggy Pop, Jim Jarmusch, Bob Waller, The Stooges

Votes: 4,275 | Gross: $0.44M

8. Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse (2016– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary

Join the adventure as chef, restaurateur and author Emeril Lagasse goes on a food-fueled adventure with the world's most celebrated chefs, from Cuba to South Korea.

Stars: Emeril Lagasse, Albert Adrià, Ferran Adrià, José Andrés

Votes: 164

9. All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Sport

The Los Angeles Rams search for a new identity in their old stomping grounds during one of the most challenging seasons in recent NFL history.

Stars: Rob Boras, Brandon Fisher, Jeff Fisher, Jared Goff

Votes: 496

10. Le Mans: Racing Is Everything (2017– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Documentary

Limited series follows the participants of France's 24-hour car race that takes place annually in Le Mans.

Stars: Shea Adam, John Hindhaugh, André Lotterer, Louis Mellis

Votes: 468

11. Lore (2017– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary, Horror

Our collective nightmare mythologies are rooted in real-life horror stories.

Stars: Aaron Mahnke, Steven Berkoff, Josh Bowman, Paula Malcomson

Votes: 3,954

12. Grand Prix Driver (2018– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary

Grand Prix Driver goes inside the secretive world of Formula 1 by offering never-before-granted access to the inner workings of McLaren. Narrated by Michael Douglas.

Stars: Fernando Alonso, Eric Boullier, Jono Brookes, Michael Douglas

Votes: 746

13. The Gymkhana Files (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary

An eight-episode unscripted series featuring famed motorsports star and entrepreneur Ken Block and the making of Gymkhana 10, the recently-announced tenth installment of his award-winning, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Block, Derek Dauncey, Forest Duplessis, Diego Espana

Votes: 265

14. Six Dreams (2018– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Sport

For the first time ever, Amazon presents an unprecedented journey into the behind the scenes, real life look into the Spanish Football League (La Liga) through the perspective of six ... See full summary »

Stars: Quique Cárcel, Amaia Gorostiza, Andrés Guardado, Pablo Machín

Votes: 181

15. Generation Wealth (2018)

R | 105 min | Documentary

53 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Lauren Greenfield, Portia Antonia Alexis, Limo Bob, George W. Bush

Votes: 2,404 | Gross: $0.24M

16. Chasing Happiness (2019)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A behind-the-scenes look at the life and work of The Jonas Brothers as they prepare their first album in six years.

Director: John Taylor | Stars: Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Sophie Turner

Votes: 1,373

17. This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy (2019– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Documentary

Actor and former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, Kal Penn, takes viewers around the world to meet key players behind some of the more serious and bizarre movements in today's economy.

Stars: Kal Penn, Adam Davidson, Firoozeh Adli, Humberto J. Aguilar

Votes: 407

18. Lorena (2019– )

TV-MA | 254 min | Documentary, Crime

From Executive Producer Jordan Peele, this four-part docuseries re-investigates the events of 1993, where Lorena Bobbitt sliced off her husband's penis after years of abuse.

Stars: Lorena Bobbitt, John Wayne Bobbitt, Paul Ebert, Kim Gandy

Votes: 1,143



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