My Five Favorite Documentaries


From environmental horrors to horrific crimes, I’ve seen a lot of documentaries. I compiled my top five to share a dose of my passion of factual film. 

1. Blackfish

My all-time favorite documentary. I’ve seen it about three times- twice on my own and once with my dad. I have already expressed in interest in marine biology and whales through some summer volunteering at an aquarium, so this documentary was right up my ally. The facts of Sea World is chilling. These are beautiful, intelligent animals being separated from their family and forced to dance. I honestly cry every time I watch it, and I totally recommend it. Also recommended: Do not go to Sea World.

2. Before the Flood

I watched this movie for the first time in my Environmental Science class. It’s by Leonardo DiCaprio, and it dives into the horrors of climate change. Like most movies about global warming, it’s disheartening. The worst part to me was the reveal of how corrupt the government is. Oiling corporations bribed government officials in order to vote down laws that would hurt the business, but help the environment. If you don’t believe in climate change, or you want to learn more about it, be sure to check out Before the Flood.

3. Making a Murderer

This series is honestly amazing. There are never-ending plot twists and turns. It starts out describing the life of Steven Avery who was wrongfully jailed for a crime he didn’t commit. However, upon his release, he is accused again. The documentary touches on if he committed the crime and the issues of the justice system.

4. The Hunting Ground

I think everyone entering college should watch this documentary. It’s about the issue of rape on college campuses and how institutions cover these tragedies up. It shines light on an uncomfortable topic that needed to be addressed.

5. Mortified Nation

This is definitely the funniest movie I have ever seen. Ever. I know I said Blackfish was my ultimate favorite documentary, but I actually think this one might take the cake. It is so hilarious I laugh out loud every time I watch it. The film centers on a comedy show where adults read their teenage diaries. The movie hits home because I keep a diary, and I would be horrified if anyone ever saw it. Also, it delves into how important adolescence is in a person’s life. The best part, though, is just how embarrassingly hysterical it is.


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