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BEST DOCUMENTARIES THAT JUST SHOULDN’T MISS [2020]7 min read

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The genre of the documentary is just so fantastic for its first and foremost originality, a take and opinion on the society, and most of all a very personal touch whether it is crime, biography, expose, or honesty. The documentary genre is most regularly labeled as boring and long and often ignored but what we fail to understand is it the miniature representation of the real world which needs and demands to be known. We today have 10 Best Documentaries that you just should not miss.

1. BAD BOY BILLIONAIRES


IMdb Rating: 8.1/10

Streaming on: NETFLIX, Click here to watch

THE TELEGRAPH ABOUT BAD BOY BILLIONAIRE

Bad Boy Billionaires is a 2020 Indian Netflix original documentary web series that concentrates on the biographies of four leading business tycoons of India, including Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Subrata Roy, and Ramalinga Raju, who gained powerful profits in their businesses during their lifetime before being indicted of corruption.

Although this documentary was set to be released in early September, the series was delayed due to legal issues and a case filed against it after it trailer release in the Bihar state of India, This critically acclaimed expose documentary is bold, honest, and most of all completely uncensored and raw making it a must-watch and one of the best documentaries of 2020.

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2. THE IRISHMAN


IMdb Rating: 7.9/10

Streaming on: NETFLIX, Click here to watch

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The Irishman is 2019 released American classic crime cinema directed and produced by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the 2004 non-fiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt. The movie tracks the lead Frank Sheeran played by Robert De Niro life who is a truck driver turned hitman getting in bed with a mafia boss Russell Bufalino played by Pesci and his crime family.

 This epic crime drama received universal critical acclaim, with a special appreciation for Scorsese’s direction and the performances of De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci along with being nominated for several awards under several categories including 73rd British Academy Film Awards,  77th Golden Globe Awards, and the 92nd Academy Awards.

If you’re a crime genre fan, the this documentary is definitely for you!

3. BECOMING


IMdb Rating: 6.5/10

Streaming on: DISNEY+ HOTSTAR, Click here to watch

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Becoming is an Original Series featuring some of our favorite stars’ journeys to success including LeBron James and Maverick Carter touching and inspiring stories. This documentary takes us through the star’s origin to showcase their simple beginnings. The series focuses on showing various athletes, entertainers, or musicians in significant sections that were a part of their individual journey to success.

This series is both inspiring and knowledgeable which makes it a perfect documentary to watch when in need of motivation!

4. AMERICAN MURDER-THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR


IMdb Rating: 7.2/10

Streaming on: NETFLIX, Click here to watch

AMERICAN MURDER-THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR TRAILER

American Murder: The Family Next Door is an American crime documentary movie inspired by true events directed by Jenny Popplewell. The movie narrates the story of the Watts family murders in 2018, which took place in Frederick, Colorado. This documentary includes archival footage of relevant social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages, and home video footage to depict the events that occurred in attempts of making it as real as possible.

This crime documentary inspired by true events is a spine-chilling story, mind-blowing screenplay, and refined direction making it one of the best documentaries released in 2020. This crime-documentary is highly appreciated both by the audience and critics for its rawness.

5. Unsolved Mysteries


IMdb Rating: 7.4/10

Streaming on: NETFLIX, Click here to watch

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES TRAILER

Unsolved Mysteries is an American mystery documentary television series by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, documenting unsolved cases and paranormal phenomena involving crime and mystery. This show broadcasted 103 episodes before finishing on September 20, 2002, an end that coincided with Stack’s sickness and eventual demise.

On January 18, 2019, Netflix announced a reboot of the series leaving its fans and audience with high expectations for a shoe rebooting after 18 years. The reboot premiered on July 1, 2020, and reached its expectations keeping all the stories interesting and also at times scary even. This show is a perfect blend of crime and horror so if you haven’t watched it yet you definitely should!

6. DAVID ATTENBOROUGH-A LIFE ON OUR PLANET


IMdb Rating: 9.2/10

Streaming on: NETFLIX, click here to watch

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David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet is October 2020 released a British documentary movie by David Attenborough. The movie serves as a “witness statement”, through which Attenborough shares his first-hand concern for the prevailing position of the planet due to humanity’s influence on nature and his concerns for the future. 

From Pripyat, an area abandoned following a nuclear disaster, Attenborough presents a summary of his life. Distributed with moments of his career and of a broad diversity of ecosystems, he describes key moments in his career and pointers of how our planet has shifted over his lifetime.

This is an extremely insightful and much-needed documentary regarding our future and the future of our planet that all of us must watch.

7. SOCIAL DILEMMA


IMdb Rating: 7.7/10

Streaming on: NETFLIX, Click here to watch

MAHESH BABU, TOLLYWOOD ACTOR ABOUT SOCIAL DILEMMA

The social dilemma is a 2020 released documentary drama Netflix captures the essence of the dark side of social media and how technology is not just connecting us but also controlling us. This documentary directed by Jeff Orlowski and written by himself and both Davis Coombe and Vickie Curtisis is a very interesting and awakening documentary that all of us need to watch.

The social dilemma shows the emphasis on how privacy is completely evaded in today’s technological world. Not only are they aware of your nook and corner of your social presence and search history but also dig into your relative behavioral components, which to be honest is really scary, spine-chilling and most of all annoying as hell. Isn’t it?

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8. BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT


IMdb Rating: 7.6/10

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Becoming Warren Buffett is a 2017 documentary about Warren Buffett and his life and journey toward who he has become today, an American investor, business magnate, benefactor, and the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

Not only that but he is deemed to be one of the most prosperous investors in the world with a net value of US$78.9 billion as of August 2020, earning him the position 7 of the world’s wealthiest people. His story is inspiring, motivating, insightful, and a bit touchy too.

The New York Times transcribed the documentary told Buffett’s biography as “in a relatively new way”. The column also commented that, though the overall portrayal of the man was positive, it also described Buffett, “as something of a remarkable human-computer, gifted with numbers and less so with interpersonal relationships.”

The New York Times

9. DIANA: IN HER OWN WORDS


IMdb Rating: 7.9/10

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DIANA IN HER OWN WORDS- A SNEAK PEAK

Diana: In Her Own Words is a TV documentary that was aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 6 August 2017 as a tribute to her 20th death anniversary. This documentary was produced by Kaboom Film and Television of the United Kingdom.

The documentary included the footage of late Diana, Princess of Wales addressing viewpoints in regards to her personal life, including her marriage to Prince Charles which was recorded during conversations she had with a voice coach back in 1992 and 1993. Although this documentary was more criticized than appreciated, it is definitely worth a watch.

A markedly, deliberately one-sided piece, constructed entirely from Diana’s own voice over.

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10. THIS IS NOT A FILM


IMdb Rating: 7.4/10

Streaming on: DISNET+ HOTSTAR, Click here to watch

THIS IS NOT A FILM TRAILER

This Is Not a Film is an Iranian documentary film by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. This documentary was released on 28 September 2011 in France, distributed by Kanibal Films Distribution. The film had to be smuggled from Iran to Cannes on a flash drive hidden inside a birthday cake due to the opposition it was facing at the time. It was specially screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and later at the New York Film Festival, and many others.

Notably shot on an iPhone, this documentary showcases Jafar Panahi’s day-to-day life while kept under house arrest in his apartment trying to describe the deprivations hovering over the modern Iranian cinema.

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