50 Must-Watch Amazon Prime Documentaries to Stream Right Now

Here are 50 must watch Amazon Prime documentaries to stream right now. Newsweek
“4 Little Girls” (1997). Spike Lee’s look at the bombing of an African American church in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. The film was nominated for Best Documentary-Feature. Thomas O'Halloran

Documentaries are finding new life thanks to the streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu. Because of their accessible nature, no longer are documentaries relegated to small art house movie theaters and HBO.

Although it’s hard to top the impressive work Netflix has done with acquiring addictive documentaries, Amazon has more than held their own. Films like Author: The JT LeRoy Story, about the literary sensation JT LeRoy and the con that followed; I Am Not Your Negro, about the life or writer and activist James Baldwin; and City of Ghosts, about the group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently and their work to cover the Syrian war.

As far as television docu-series, Amazon seems to excel in sports-related documentaries. The Grand Tour, a British program about cars and racing; and the All or Nothing series, which focuses on specific football teams, offering a look behind the scenes of their highs and lows. Besides sports, Amazon also featured the Long Strange Trip, about the band the Grateful Dead, and The New York Presents, a television show based on stories from the magazine The New Yorker.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, said there are currently 100 million Prime subscribers. Considering that every Prime subscriber gets access to Amazon Prime Video (in addition to that free shipping), it’s certainly possible that Amazon could someday compete competitively with Netflix, which currently has 118 million subscribers worldwide.

But never mind the numbers, what you really want to know is what should you watch. Well, if you’re in the market for a gritty documentary, we’ve got you covered. From originals to acquired content, Amazon has a ton of options in the way of documentary films and television series. Here are 50 must watch Amazon Prime documentaries to stream right now.

“City of Ghosts” (2017). A group of citizen journalists band together after their homeland is taken over by ISIS. The film was nominated for many awards, including the BAFTA for Best Documentary. Our Time Projects
“Cameraperson” (2016). A look at the work of Kirsten Johnson. “Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera,” IMDb describes.Big Mouth Productions
“The Kill Team” (2013). A documentary about the impact war has on soldiers’ psyches. The film focuses on, “...the riveting story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. Tragically, his father's pleas for help went unheeded,” IMDb describes.Tribeca Films
“Prince: Sign O’ the Times” (1987). A Prince concert film, capturing the singer at the height of his name, in the 1980’s, shortly after the release of “Purple Rain.”Cineplex Films
“Gimme Danger” (2016). Jim Jarmusch’s look at the punk band, The Stooges. Iggy Pop, the lead singer of The Stooges, is featured prominently throughout the film. New Element Media
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” (2017). A look at Abacus, the only company criminally charged after the U.S. mortgage crisis. The film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary-Feature. Blue Ice Films
“Dior and I” (2015). A look behind the walls of Christian Dior. The film, “...the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as its new artistic director-a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators,” IMDb describes. CIM Productions
“Ken Burns: The Central Park Five” (2013). The 1989 case against five black and Latino teenagers falsely convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. They spent 6 to 13 years in prison before a serial rapist in prison confessed to the crime. New York Daily News
“The September Issue” (2009). The curation of the iconic September issue of Vogue is examined. A&E IndieFilms
“The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” (2014). A computer programmer explores the rise of Bitcoin. A Spike Lee documentary (or joint, as he calls them) looking at the U.S. government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Locals impacted by the hurricane are interviewed. 44th Floor Productions
“Long Strange Trip” (2017). A look at the band, Grateful Dead. Clips of the late Jerry Garcia and other members of the band are examined. Amazon Studios
“Art and Craft” (2014). An art forger’s 30-year con is exposed. “When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con,” IMDb describes.Motto Pictures