Who says entertainment should be strictly entertaining? Each year, directors and producers from around the world with unique passions, experiences, and cultural backgrounds help us see the world through a different lens for just a moment.

Their documentaries open up our eyes to the beauties and realities of the world around us, captivating and educating audiences by revealing real-life stories that can inspire and instruct.

Our team of entertainment junkies scoured the big streaming services in search of the best documentaries and compiled their list of favorites for your enjoyment. Check out our top picks by category and then commentary on some of the best.

Our Top Documentary Picks:

Team Reviews and Commentary:

The Beastie Boys Story | Apple TV+The Beastie Boys Story is a live documentary hosted by Mike Diamond (a.k.a. Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock) from the infamous Beastie Boys group. The documentary shows the pair discussing their 40 years of friendship and what it was like becoming famous overnight during the 80’s and 90’s. It’s nostalgic and full of funny, never-before-seen footage, and they also pay touching tribute to the third member, Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA), who passed away of parotid gland cancer in 2012. Directed, written, and produced by Spike Jonze, The Beastie Boys Story is fascinating for any fan of 90’s music culture.
— Toby Stone, Senior Content Coordinator

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann | Netflix — A great true crime docuseries that unravels the tragic disappearance of Madeleine McCann while her family was on vacation in Portugal. The case is still unsolved to this day.
— Arielle Chiarelli, Content Coordinator

Minding the Gap | Hulu — First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and adolescence.
— Mae Rodriguez, Senior Manager of Brand Integration

Jiro Dreams of Sushi | Netflix & Hulu — A look into the life of sushi master Jiro Ono, the owner and head chef of world-renowned, three-star Michelin restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. The quiet and unassuming Jiro shies away from the spotlight; he is driven solely by his work ethic. His two sons hope to follow in their father’s footsteps eventually. This inspiring documentary is a must-watch for anyone who wants to see a master at work.
— Kendra Menard, Manager of Brand Integration

Amanda Knox | Netflix — A docuseries that tells the story of American college student Amanda Knox studying abroad in Italy, when her English roommate is suddenly murdered. For years, Knox was accused of the crime, and now she finally has a platform to tell her side of the story. Is she innocent?
— Arielle Chiarelli, Content Coordinator

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children | HBO — This five-part documentary series offers an unprecedented look at the abduction and murder of at least 30 African-American children and young adults in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. Forty years later, with the official re-opening of the case by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the series tells the inside story of this shocking tragedy, shedding new light on the horrific killings through exclusive archival material, as well as interviews with those closest to the children and investigation.
— Mae Rodriguez, Senior Manager of Brand Integration