The 25 Best Documentary Films To Watch On Amazon Prime Instant Video

Catch up on new hits or classic award winners Best Documentary Movies on Amazon Prime

All the best documentary films on Amazon Prime are listed here in one convenient place. We’ve curated 25 best documentaries of all time which are now available on Amazon Prime:

1. Without Charity

Without Charity

Director Paul Lyzun takes you on a journey to rural Indiana in the autumn of 2000. Three construction workers were brutally murdered while working on an upscale home. Looking for answers, the police discover that a young woman named Charity Payne may be a link to the crimes. Was she just a pawn or a criminal mastermind? Would any of this have happened without. Check out here.


2. Prostitution Behind The Veil

Prostitution Behind The Veil

This film unveils the lives of two women in a city in Iran. We explore their everyday life and the way prostitution functions in a country where it is banned and where adultery is persecuted. Watch This movie.

3. Sriracha


Sriracha has earned a cult following, but the story of this spicy sauce is a mystery to most fans. Dedicated to Sriracha lovers, this fast-paced documentary travels around the globe to reveal its origin and the man behind the iconic “rooster sauce.” Click here.


4. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

I Am Big Bird The Caroll Spinney Story

An affectionate portrait of Caroll Spinney, the beloved puppeteer responsible for creating worldwide icons out of Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for the last 45 years. Movie is available here.


5. Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York

Ira Glass Favorite* This beloved doc profiles street photographer Bill Cunningham, editor of the Sunday Times column that every fashion forward New Yorker secretly hopes to end up in. Visit here.

6. Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Nas Time Is Illmatic

Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, Nas: Time is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip hop scene in New York City and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 20. Check out here.


7. The Kill Team

The Kill Team

This provocative, bold, and deeply moving documentary profiles Adam Winfield, a soldier-turned-whistleblower who returns from the battlefield to expose shocking war crimes that the U.S. Army will do anything to cover up. Watch This movie.


8. Kon-tiki


Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching. KON-TIKI tells about the origin of Heyerdahl’s idea and the events surrounding the group’s voyage. Click here.


9. First Peoples

First Peoples

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant. Movie is available here.


10. Through A Dog’s Eyes

Through A Dog's Eyes

Through a Dogs Eyes, will have you seeing dogs in a whole new light. This documentary follows the inspiring stories of people with disabilities as they experience the heartwarming and sometimes challenging process of being matched with and receiving a service dog. Following the life-changing journeys of the service dog recipients, provides powerful new insights into one of lifes most extraordinary relationships: the human/canine bond. Visit here.


11. The Whole Gritty City

The Whole Gritty City

The Whole Gritty City is a unique, fascinating window into the little-known world of New Orleans school marching bands. The documentary is a dramatic, music-filled story of children struggling to reach adulthood in one of America s most impoverished and violent cities. The film follows kids in three bands as the directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture. Check out here.


12. Racing Around The World Alone

Racing Around The World Alone

The story of the 2008/2009 Vendée Globe race. 30 skippers embark on a quest to be the fastest to sail 27000 miles around the world, non stop, without assistance and alone on 60 foot sailboats. The sailors are alone at sea for months and growlers (Icebergs), sea mammals, and massive waves are a constant danger. On any day the forces of nature can bring an end to the best sailor’s well made plans. Watch This movie.


13. Percy Schmeiser: David Vs Monsanto

Percy Schmeiser David Vs Monsanto

Imagine that a storm blows across your garden and that now, genetically-manipulated seeds are in your crops. A multi-national corporation pay you a visit, demand that you surrender your crops – and then sue you for $200 000 for the illegal use of patented. Click here.

14. Super High Me

Super High Me

Determined to find out the true effects of marijuana on the human body, stand-up comedian and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson documents his experience avoiding pot for 30 days and then consuming massive amounts of the drug for 30 days. More than just an amusing story of one man’s quest to get super high, this documentary also examines the hotly contested debate over medical marijuana use. Movie is available here.


15. Art And Craft

Art And Craft

A funny, fascinating, too-good-to-be-true documentary about Mark Landis, one of the world’s most prolific art forgers, who for over 30 years has duped museums across the country–until one determined registrar sets out to stop him. Visit here.


16. Into The Cold

Into The Cold

Two men embark on a dramatic expedition to the North Pole, widely considered the toughest on Earth. They journey 400 plus miles on foot facing harsh temperatures to below 50 degrees F. Into the Cold is a bone-chilling story of true bravery, incredible courage and unrelenting determination. Check out here.


17. Above And Beyond

Above And Beyond

In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a ragtag group of skilled American pilots – both Jewish and non-Jewish, answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and pride. Watch This movie.


18. Jig


JIG is the remarkable story of the fortieth Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. Three thousand dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tan, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds they compete for the coveted world titles. Click here.

19. Dreams From My Real Father: A Story Of Reds And Deception

Dreams From My Real Father A Story Of Reds And Deception

Dreams from My Real Father chronicles Barack Obama’s life journey in socialism starting with evidence that Obama’s real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA propagandist who indoctrinated Obama into a Marxist ideology during his formative years. Was the goat herding Kenyan father only a fairy tale to obscure a Marxist agenda, irreconcilable with American values? Movie is available here.


20. Inequality For All

Inequality For All

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich makes an eloquent and impassioned argument about how the devastating effects of America’s widening income inequality not only threaten the middle class but also the very foundation of democracy itself. Visit here.


21. The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

This new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. Check out here.


22. Meru


In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Watch This movie.


23. Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar(R)-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Click here.


24. Michael Moore Hates America

Michael Moore Hates America

In “Roger & Me”, Michael Moore tried in vain to get an interview with millionaire GM CEO Roger Smith. In “Michael Moore Hates America”, documentarian Michael Wilson searches for the American Dream and sets off on a nationwide quest to interview another millionaire: the “documentary” filmmaker, Michael Moore. Will Wilson land his interview? Will he expose Moore’s hypocrisy? No matter whose side of the fence you’re on, you’ll agree that there’s nothing quite so humbling – or hilarious – as a taste of one’s own medicine. Movie is available here.


25. Gleason


The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife , Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition—utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible. Visit here.


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