10 Best Documentaries on Amazon Prime

Streaming (plus a burning desire to watch something) is the great equalizer. When you're sifting through zillions of movie options, the best documentaries can go toe to toe with Hollywood blockbusters. Fiction or nonfiction—doesn't really matter. Amazon Prime has a stunning array of documentaries to choose from, but sorting through the fluff can be a challenge.

These are our picks for the 10 most compelling docs for the discerning documentary film fan.

1. The Booksellers

The Booksellers captures that feeling of curling up with a good book—preferably on a brisk autumn day with warm tea in hand—in the form of a documentary. This sweet charmer of a film, executive produced and narrated by Parker Posey, shines a light on a staple but overlooked New York community: rare booksellers. Bringing attention to the colorful sellers, their literary treasures, and insight into the future of the written word, the film at times meanders, but its heartwarming quality will make you feel lost in the pages of a good narrative nevertheless. 

2. One Child Nation

One Child Nation talks about the ramifications of the one-child policy of China that lasted for almost 25 years. It’s a harrowing account of people who emotionally talk about the harsh experiences their families went through as China enforced the policy on all its citizens.

3. The Imposter

Filmmaker Bart Layton chronicles the tale of Frederic Bourdin, a con artist who seemingly tricked a Texas family into believing he was a relative who disappeared years earlier.

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4. Jiro Dream of Sushi

Jiro Ono is the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seater sushi only restaurant in Tokyo. it's the only restaurant of its kind that has a 3-star Michelin rating. But the documentary is more than a simple glorification of the sushi master. It has a deeper message that tells you how if you want to be good at something, devote your entire life to it.


This documentary shows the viewers all they need to know about “one of the most historic” clubs in international soccer – Manchester City. This one is for all the soccer lovers out there and one of the most realistic and inspiring documentaries.

6. That Sugar Film

As Australia’s highest-grossing film documentary, That Sugar Film certainly hit a nerve with society’s fascination on how sugar affects the body. In a similar model to the wildly famous Super Size Me, director and star Damon Gameau decides to consume high-sugar, though commonly thought of as healthy foods for 30 days. His point isn’t to prove how bad items like candy or soda are but, instead, to identify unhealthy amounts of sugar in unexpected places. For anyone feeling run down by sugar but not sure why, this film can be an eye-opener.

7. Human Flow 

Human beings have two legs and can walk around relatively easily wherever they please. Then why are we so damn hard to move.

HumanFlow is all about the moving of human beings from one location to another. It’s about displacement – what happens when a person becomes a refugee?  Wars, famine, and natural disasters have forced upwards of 65 million people to flee their circumstances. Human Flow examines what it’s like to be one of those 65 million in Iraq, France, Germany, and many other locations.

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8. City of Ghosts

Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently is a media activist group that reports on the war and human rights abuses that occur within Syria. In City of Ghosts, these citizen journalists must survive their homeland after it is overtaken by ISIS. The documentary is strikingly shot and difficult to confront. It draws attention to the importance of an open press and shows the horrors people in other parts of the world must go through to use their voices. It serves as a warning just as much as it acts as a reflection.


The film shows extensive interviews with Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong with Glenn Greenwald as the reporter. It’s interesting how Snowden appears to be calm, unemotional, and reasonable despite the bland denials of every exposed official, including President Obama. Well, you wouldn’t want to miss real-time records that shook the world to the core.

10. Gleason

Gleason is an emotional powerhouse or, better yet, a true definition of perseverance.I

It all begins after Steve retired from the NFL in 2008. Later on, he is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease (ALS). Not too long after being diagnosed, his wife Michel realizes she is pregnant. According to doctors, he has two to five years to live, and being the fighter he is, Steve chooses to make memories. The resulting movie is an unabashed tear-jerker that juggles concepts like marital stress, religious faith, and toilet-based indignities from the illness.

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