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

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé


This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé's celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.

Starring: Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Solange Knowles
Directed by: Beyoncé Knowles
Release date: 2019-04-17

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

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

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

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

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

How to See a Black Hole: The Universe's Greatest Mystery

Documentary following researchers as they try to take the first-ever picture of a black hole. They must travel the globe to build a revolutionary telescope that spans planet Earth.
Starring: Peter Capaldi
Directed by: Duncan Bulling, Henry Fraser
Release date: 2019-04-10

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

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

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

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



Featuring never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews, filmmaker Ron Howard examines the life and career of famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

Starring: Luciano Pavarotti
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2019-06-04

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



Dramatic, moving and deeply human, ARMSTRONG offers the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong: from his childhood in Ohio to his first steps on the Moon, and beyond.

Starring: Neil Armstrong, Harrison Ford, Dave Scott, Christopher Kraft, Gerry Griffin
Directed by: David Fairhead
Release date: 2019-07-12

Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party

Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party
The true story of the seven weeks that changed China forever. On June 4, 1989, pro-democracy demonstrations were violently and bloodily repressed. Thousands of people died, but the basis for China's future was definitely planted.
Starring: Corey Johnson, Howard Zhang, Shen Tong, Jean-Philippe Béja, Wu'er Kaixi
Directed by: Ian MacMillan
Release date: 2019-06-02

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

Fyre Fraud


A true-crime comedy exploring a failed music festival turned internet meme at the nexus of social media influence, late-stage capitalism, and morality in the post-truth era.

Starring: Billy McFarland, Seth Crossino, Jia Tolentino, Vickie Seger, Diallo Osoria
Directed by: Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason
Release date: 2019-01-14

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality
An intimate portrait of Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who for more than three decades has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
Starring: Bryan Stevenson
Directed by: George Kunhardt, Peter W. Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt
Release date: 2019-06-19

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

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