Looking to settle down on the sofa and binge a gripping documentary? The past few months have seen some amazing documentaries arrive on Netflix, Apple TV, and more, from true crime stories that’ll leave you gripped to celebrity profiles that’ll leave you inspired. If you’ve watched all of True Detective Season 4 or Master of the Air, then check out our list of the best documentaries you can stream right now.‌

American Nightmare

American Nightmare

American Nightmare is one of the latest docuseries released on Netflix and shot to the top of the charts of most watched TV on the platform when it came out. It’s one of those documentaries that seems to start as one thing, before turning into another: it follows the cast of Denise Huskins, a woman who was believed by police to have faked her disappearance and apparent kidnapping. The case drew comparisons to the Ben Affleck film Gone Girl, with Huskins seemingly copying the plot of Rosamund Pike’s character to accuse her partner of murder. In 2015 she reappeared after her boyfriend alerted police that she had been kidnapped and drugged, but despite their suspicions, it turned out she was telling the truth. The gripping story goes into how police and media sensation made a woman’s life a nightmare.

‌Avaliable on: Netflix

Can I Tell You A Secret?

Can I Tell You A Secret?

Another enthralling and creepy true crime doc on Netflix, Can I Tell You A Secret deals with the harrowing story of a group of women who were harassed by a stalker online. Three of the stalker’s victims are the central focus and interviewees in the series, but the perpetrator, Matthew Hardy, had dozens of victims in total. The docuseries is made in association with The Guardian, which reported on the original case with a podcast, and takes its name from the initial message each woman received: “Can I tell you a secret?”. The terrifying harassment that the victims suffered is explored in detail across three episodes, from their fears for their safety to the fact that Hardy would start manipulating their family and friends.

‌Avaliable on: Netflix

Beckham

Beckham

This highly anticipated documentary about the global sports superstar was released at the end of last year and captured plenty of media coverage for its revelations about the Beckham family. If you’ve not seen it yet, it’s worth a binge even if you’re not a football fan, chronicling the life of David Beckham from his early successes on the pitch, public scrutiny for red cards at the World Cup, and fame for his marriage to Posh Spice. Victoria is here alongside him, explaining her relationship to Becks and how she stood by him in times of difficulty. The dynamic between them is one of the reasons why it is so watchable (like a viral moment of David making jibes about her claims of a humble childhood), as well as how it manages to give more insight into one the most famous people in the world, from his own eyes.

‌Avaliable on: Netflix

John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial

John Lennon

John Lennon’s murder in December 1980 shocked the world, with millions of people mourning the death of the former Beatle. Apple TV+’s John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial takes a close look at the events of the fateful day, how it unfolded and was reported, and the arrest of his killer, Mark David Chapman. It’s narrated by 24 and Designated Survivor star Kiefer Sutherland, and features interviews with those involved in the police investigation, as well as eyewitnesses including a New York taxi driver and a doorman at John Lennon’s apartment building. As well as finding new revelations on what happened before and after that day, it’s a gripping and emotional look at one of the most infamous events in music history.

‌Avaliable on: Apple TV

Still: A Michael J . Fox Movie

Still: A Michael J . Fox Movie

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie released last year and is one of the documentary highlights of 2023. It focuses on the life of Michael J. Fox, the star of the beloved Back to the Future movies as Marty McFly, and how he copes living with Parkinson’s disease. Fox has been one of the most high-profile advocates of the condition since he was diagnosed at just 29 years old, and his public profile shifted from an icon of 80s cinema and pop culture to an advocate for better understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s. For a long time, due to his age and fame, he kept his condition private, feeling that he wasn’t “supposed to get this”. “There was only one reason I took these pills: to hide.” Still follows how he moved past his initial despair to keep on going with his life, despite the disease.

Available on: Apple TV

Stamped from the Beginning

Stamped

A fascinating look at America’s history with racism, Stamped from the Beginning is based on the book by Ibram X. Kendi, who is featured discussing the tropes and ideas that oppressed African Americans for decades. The docufilm combines interviews with leading figures and animation as it explores how racist ideas and attitudes evolved in the US, directed by Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams. The interviewees include influential civil rights leader Angela Davis, and other campaigners for police reform, racial equality, and anti-racist initiatives. It’s particularly focused on the Black women of American history, covering more obscure figures in history- and there’s a lot of history to cover. It’s definitely worth watching if you want something truly thought-provoking.

‌Avaliable on: Netflix

And one to look out for…

Frida

Frida

The upcoming documentary Frida will be released in March and focuses on the life and times of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Like Stamped from the Beginning, it incorporates animation into its hour-and-a-half runtime, as well as looking at Kahlo’s own interviews and writings. It’ll cover events in her life like being injured in a trolley car crash and her painting career, as well as her famous relationship with Diego Rivera. Her hugely influential style and achievements changed the art world, and the film is a celebration of that legacy. All over her different sides and elements of her psyche are explored, and Frida is shaping up to be one of the best documentary films of the year. It’s set to arrive on Amazon on 14th March.

‌Avaliable on: Amazon Prime


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