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Truth is stranger than fiction – which is why documentaries are so fascinating to watch.

Even some fictional movies are stories derived from real-life events or people, past or present.

In my humble opinion, Michael Moore makes excellent documentaries about social injustices and he fearlessly reveals the cracks and corruption within our government.

But some topics are meant to be explored beyond the two-hour-plus running time in movies. Which is why Netflix brought Tiger King as a docuseries, and it left audiences completely dumbfounded.

Wanting to find out about compelling documentaries Redditor cryosyske asked:

"What is the most insane documentary you've ever seen?"

People with unstable minds do the unthinkable, and our eyes are glued to the screen.

The Tragedy Of Timothy Treadwell

"Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog. It's a documentary about Timothy Treadwell, an environmentalist who spent 13 summers in Alaska camping out with grizzly bears and eventually gets eaten along with his girlfriend. And it was caught on tape, because he filmed everything. Dude was clearly not all there, just a sad story, but fascinating."


Devils In Our Midst

"Evil Genius. It's about the aftermath of a bank robbery in which the bank robber was a captive who had a bomb collar strapped to their neck. It's definitely one hell of a watch."


Crazy Investigation

"There's an excellent documentary on an incident during the Troubles in Northern Ireland called 'No Stone Unturned'. It's an investigative journalism piece about British forces' collusion and coverup of the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre, when six people in a bar watching Ireland play in the World Cup were murdered by masked paramilitary gunmen with assault rifles."

"The methodical, step-by-step investigation and laying out of the (very incriminating!) evidence makes for a truly fascinating watch. Two of the filmmakers were later arrested by the PSNI and then released."

"Not an easy watch, but highly recommend it."


The Unthinkable

"The Trials of Gabriel Fernández on Netflix. This precious little boy was tortured to death by his mom and her boyfriend. His mom recently tried to have her conviction overturned."


These are apparently psychologically riveting.

Leaving The Past In The Past

"Tell me who I am was the most heartbreaking documentary I've ever seen. It's about these twin brothers and one of them gets into a bad motorcycle accident when he was 18 and doesn't remember anything from before. His brother has to decide whether to tell him everything or let him live in ignorant bliss."


Master Manipulator


"It's the story of this kid who went missing when he was 12 or 13 and then reappeared something like 10 years later. It documents him getting back to and reuniting with his family. But get this: it wasn't the actual missing kid, but instead a French scam artist who did this sh*t serially."

"Now what makes the doc crazy is the story is told with interviews from the family and the f'king scam artist. He obviously a sociopath so he just calmy explains his motives and justifications for getting this poor family's hopes up. There's footage of all this as well as reenactments with the guy. It's super creepy."


Cinematic Scrapbook

"I haven't seen too many but so far Dear Zachary."

"On top of being one of the saddest movies I've ever seen, that reveal was immensely f'ked up. Not to mention f'king terrifying with all that red light and screaming sounds."


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A Father Looking For Answers

"The Pharmacist. A guy who goes searching for his sons murderer and winds up uncovering the beginnings of the opioid addiction in New Orleans."


And these films are considered completely wackadoodle.

Kink Takes A Turn

"Tickled. Thought it was going to be just a fun and weird look at a goofy sport but it was so disturbing and wild."


Deadly Amusement Park

"Class Action Park. It's about this old amusement park in New Jersey called Action Park that had an insane number of injuries. Former employees and guests talk about each ride and what made it fun and unsafe. There are animations of people getting hurt so those parts aren't too hard to watch. It also includes interviews about a specific fatality so I do want to make that clear as a trigger warning. But mostly it's a fascinating look at how kids grew up in the 80's and 90's and whether that was the best thing. There's a lot of nostalgia but I don't think anyone wants their kid to be the one who's fatally electrocuted on a kayak ride."


McScam Scandal

"The McDonald's monopoly scam documentary, McMillion$. I'd never heard of it before, so it was really interesting and pretty insane."


Good Time Country

"The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia! Produced by Johnny Knoxville, it's about backwoods toe-dancer Jeaco White and his hillbilly family. Wildly entertaining - seen it 4 times."


Festival Con

"I watched one about fyre festival."

"The sh*t that went down was insane."

"Internet historian does a good take on things."


Scaling New Heights

"Free Solo."


"The Dawn Wall is another climbing doc that is absolutely riveting."


Insane Competition

"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters."

"About the man whose goal was to set the world record on Donkey Kong, and the record holder he sought to dethrone trying to stop him."

"The people in this flick are bonkers."


"Operation Odessa"

"It's a documentary about this group of guys who managed to obtain and sell military equipment from the collapsed USSR to Cuba from Florida among other things. It's fascinating and hilarious, but also shockingly all true. The name actually comes from the name of the DEA operation that brought them down. One of them managed to get away, but they secured an interview with him in an undisclosed location on the documentary."


Honorable Mentions

"Man on Wire was pretty interesting, especially for a guy like me who is afraid of heights."

"I'd also go with Who the #{replace2}amp;% is Jackson Pollock is brilliant who buys a suspected real Pollock painting at a yard sale, potentially worth millions."


One docuseries that stayed with me was Don't F**k With Cats.

It was a Netflix doc about how amateur sleuths of the internet managed to lead a manhunt looking for Canadian pornographic actor, Luka Magnotta – whose penchant for torturing cute kittens for fun and posting his cruel acts on social media led him to murder Chinese international student, Jun Lin.

At the end of the series, I didn't know what I just saw and it took a while to process the absolutely bonkers turn of events.

And it's not for the faint of heart to watch.

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