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Movies are meant to make us feel things.

What those things are is intimate to each individual.

Art shines a light on the here and now.

And no art or film is better at that than documentaries.

Thanks to the golden age of television we are inundated with documentaries.

They give us a glimpse into real life.

And real life... is horrible.

Some documentaries leave more nighrtmares than Michale Myers.

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Movies are one of the greatest things in the world. I honestly believe that. And I think a lot of people will agree.

However, when talking about movies, a lot of people aren't thinking about documentaries.

Documentaries are movies about the real world, where the cameras capture candid moments, experts are consulted on the subject matter, and the end result is the viewers always learn something new.

My favorite is the documentary series Wild Wild Country, which never ceases to entertain me, no matter how many times I rewatch it. I’m not the only one who loves them, of course.

My best friend found her whole worldview had changed after she saw Blackfish for the first time. My brother pulled up his entire GPA after doing a report on Jon Cartwright’s Lighting Up the World, and of course, no health class was complete without a viewing of Supersize Me.

Redditors love documentaries too and were ready to share their favorites.

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People Break Down The Best Documentaries They've Ever Seen
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Documentaries can give the average person valuable information about issues they might otherwise not be exposed to. They are essential if you want to challenge your perspective.

Thankfully, there are so many wonderful ones out there. Documentarians are filmmakers too and a great documentary can inform you and move you while providing you with a profound cinematic experience.

I recently rewatched Hoop Dreams. Even if you don't like or care about basketball, it says a lot about the film that it manages to be so engrossing. I loved it! Highly recommended.

But we haven't even scratched the surface here, just so you know. There are so many documentaries of equal value out there, just waiting for you to discover them!

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I recently sat down and rewatched Capturing the Friedmans, about a family whose life is rocked after finding themselves in the crosshairs of a child abuse investigation. It's a searing documentary, achingly personal, and yes... utterly disturbing. It's also one of the most affecting documentaries that I've had the pleasure of seeing. It's just not for everyone, of course.

A good documentary series can be quite riveting, too. I've seen Wild Wild Country at least twice over the last few years–for those of you who don't know, it's about the circumstances that led to the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack–and every time I do, I wonder why Netflix can't make more documentaries that are as well-made and self-contained as this one.

If you're looking for some recommendations, you've come to the right place. People shared their opinions with us after Redditor tandyman234 asked the online community,

"What documentary would you rate a 10/10?"
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People Share The Best Must-Watch Documentaries They've Ever Seen
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Documentaries are at the bottom of the priority list for many moviegoers.

And who can blame them?

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