Best Documentary Movies of 2019 (So Far)




He promised supermodels and yachts, but delivered tents and cheese sandwiches. How one man engineered a music festival disaster.

Starring: Billy McFarland, Ja Rule, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng
Directed by: Chris Smith
Release date: 2019-01-18

Apollo 11


A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Starring: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Walter Cronkite
Directed by: Todd Douglas Miller
Release date: 2019-03-01

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch


Post-finale feature-length documentary about the making-of the hit HBO TV show.

Starring: Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Dinklage
Directed by: Jeanie Finlay
Release date: 2019-05-26

Diego Maradona


Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centers on the career of celebrated football player Diego Maradona who played for SSC Napoli in the 1980s.

Starring: Diego Maradona
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Release date: 2019-06-14

Minding the Gap


Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

Starring: Keire Johnson, Zack Mulligan, Bing Liu, Nina Bowgren, Mengyue Bolen
Directed by: Bing Liu
Release date: 2019-01-17

Amazing Grace


The late director Sydney Pollack's behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of Aretha Franklin's best-selling album Amazing Grace finally sees the light of day more than four decades after the original footage was shot.

Starring: Aretha Franklin, Sydney Pollack, James Cleveland, Reverand James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin
Directed by: Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott
Release date: 2019-04-05

Aziz Ansari: Right Now


In a comedy special directed by Spike Jonze, Aziz Ansari shares deep personal insights and hilarious takes on wokeness, family and the social climate.

Starring: Aziz Ansari
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Release date: 2019-07-09

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese


Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, this film captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year.

Starring: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, Scarlet Rivera, Patti Smith
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2019-06-11

Last Breath


A commercial diver is stranded on the seabed with only five minutes of oxygen supply, but with no chance of rescue for more than 30 minutes. With access to amazing archive, this is the true story of one man’s impossible fight for survival.

Starring: Duncan Allcock, Kjetil Ove Alvestad, Stuart Anderson, Glenn Brunskill, Michal Cichorski
Directed by: Alex Parkinson, Richard Da Costa
Release date: 2019-04-05

Climate Change: The Facts

Climate Change: The Facts
After one of the hottest years on record, Sir David Attenborough looks at the science of climate change and potential solutions to this global threat. Interviews with some of the world’s leading climate scientists explore recent extreme weather conditions such as unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires. They also reveal what dangerous levels of climate change could mean for both human populations and the natural world in the future.
Starring: David Attenborough, Naomi Oreskes, Richard Lazarus, Mark Maslin, Michael E. Mann
Directed by: Serena Davies
Release date: 2019-04-18

TIMELAPSE OF THE FUTURE: A Journey to the End of Time

TIMELAPSE OF THE FUTURE: A Journey to the End of Time
This experience takes us on a journey to the end of time, trillions of years into the future, to discover what the fate of our planet and our universe may ultimately be.
Directed by: John D. Boswell
Release date: 2019-03-20

Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

Trixie charmed audiences and judges as winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. But the grind of performing and the pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara.
Starring: Trixie Mattel, Willam Belli, Katya, RuPaul, Jinkx Monsoon
Directed by: Nicholas Zeig-Owens
Release date: 2019-04-27

Meeting Gorbachev


Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, sits down with filmmaker Werner Herzog to discuss his many achievements. Topics include the talks to reduce nuclear weapons, the reunification of Germany and the dissolution of his country.

Starring: Mikhail Gorbachev, Werner Herzog, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, James A. Baker
Directed by: Werner Herzog, André Singer
Release date: 2019-05-03

Devil's Pie: D'Angelo


D'Angelo had it all: two platinum selling albums, a sold out world tour and a body chiselled to perfection. However, one day at the height of his career in 2000 the soul singer vanished. For 12 years he descended into darkness. Out of nowhere, in December 2014, his third album Black Messiah was suddenly released: soundtrack of the lost years.

Starring: D'Angelo
Directed by: Carine Bijlsma
Release date: 2019-05-16

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley


With a magical new invention that promised to revolutionize blood testing, Elizabeth Holmes became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, heralded as the next Steve Jobs. Then, overnight, her 10-billion-dollar company dissolved. The rise and fall of Theranos is a window into the psychology of fraud.

Starring: Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, Errol Morris, Dan Ariely, Tyler Shultz
Directed by: Alex Gibney
Release date: 2019-01-24

ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads


Robert Johnson was one of the most influential blues guitarists ever. Even before his early death, fans wondered if he'd made a pact with the Devil.

Starring: Keith Richards, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton
Directed by: Brian Oakes
Release date: 2019-04-26

Knock Down the House


In 2018, a young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada and a registered nurse in Missouri join a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Without political experience or corporate money, these four women are attempting to do what many consider impossible.

Starring: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Joe Crowley, Paula Jean Swearingen, Amy Vilela
Directed by: Rachel Lears
Release date: 2019-01-27

The Great Hack


Data—arguably the world’s most valuable asset—is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. The dark world of data exploitation is uncovered through the unpredictable, personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data story.

Starring: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik, Julian Wheatland
Directed by: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim
Release date: 2019-01-26

Cold Case Hammarskjöld


Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (currently Zambia), September 18th, 1961. Swedish Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary-General, mysteriously dies in a plane crash. Decades later, Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger and Swedish researcher Göran Björkdahl investigate the case looking for a definitive closure.

Starring: Mads Brügger, Clarinah Mfengu, Saphir Wenzi Mabanza, Göran Björkdahl, Hilding Björkdahl
Directed by: Mads Brügger
Release date: 2019-02-07

Game Changers: Inside the Video Game Wars

Game Changers: Inside the Video Game Wars
This is the untold story of the personal battles that gave rise to the multi-billion dollar video game industry. Brought to life by Academy Award® winning director Daniel Junge, this documentary is a tale of brilliant innovations, colossal failures, and ego-driven rivalries on a massive scale. It is a 50-year-long, multi-generation epic featuring corporate coups, industrial espionage and the promise of unimaginable riches being just one cartridge away. Told in chronological order and featuring the sons of the brilliant inventor of the first video game console, Ralph Baer, the co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, and many more experts in the gaming industry, this documentary highlights the programmers, engineers, management and business practices they followed to compete against each other and become the gaming tycoons we know today.
Directed by: Daniel Junge
Release date: 2019-06-16

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