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10 BEST DOCUMENTARIES EVERY MAN SHOULD SEE!

Many documentary films are produced every year, but until recently, there were just a handful of good documentary movies that particularly appealed to men. If you are a guy and in the mood for a documentary and looking for something that might help you understand experiences other than your own, or learn something about the world we live in, here’s our list of the 10 best documentaries every man should see.


Whether it’s a documentary film about racing drivers, acclaimed chefs, Paralympic athletes, or the mass incarceration of black Americans, you can learn something new from any documentary movie on our bucket list!


Man on Wire shows the countless challenges Philippe Petit faced in completing his “artistic crime of the century”

1- Man on Wire (2008)

Using real and re-enacted footage, the British–American biographical documentary film tells the extraordinary story of Philippe Petit and his high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York in 1974. The top-rated documentary shows the countless challenges that Petit faced in completing his “artistic crime of the century.” Man on Wire won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009.




2- Senna (2010)

This is one of the top-rated documentaries of all time, depicting the tragic life of the Brazilian racing legend Ayrton Senna. Directed by Asif Kapadia and using only historical footage, the British–French documentary movie Senna is a tribute to the most talented F1 racing driver in the sport's history and the greatest driver ever! The documentary film traces Senna’s Formula-One career, detailing how he won the F1 championship three times, before his tragic death aged only 34 in 1994.


Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an inspiring biographical film about the greatest sushi chef and one of the best documentaries over the past decade

3- Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Directed by David Gelb, Jiro Dreams of Sushi revolves around the acclaimed sushi chef Jiro Ono and the passion that has driven him throughout his career. The 85-year-old master chef owns the Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant—a world-renowned sushi restaurant in Tokyo with 10 seats that has earned three Michelin stars. From Jiro’s humble beginnings and how he mastered the art of sushi to the future of his restaurant, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an inspiring biographical film about the greatest sushi chef and one of the best documentaries over the past decade.




4- I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

Based on James Baldwin’s unpublished manuscript Remember This House and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this social critique film and Oscar-nominated documentary tells the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's eyes, looking at the lives of the civil rights leaders and his three assassinated friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Being an acclaimed novelist and social critic, Baldwin had timeless anger against the American culture that valued white supremacy and black inferiority. I Am Not Your Negro brings Baldwin’s ideas and words vividly back to life.




5- 13th (2016)

This thought-provoking film is one of the best documentaries about the United States prison system. Ava Duvernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary film 13th combines footage with moving interviews with a wide list of scholars, politicians, and activists who have experienced incarceration. These interviewees analyze the criminalization of black Americans in order to prop up the capitalist system.





The awe-inspiring documentary The Dawn Wall follows the American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in their effort to climb the Dawn Wall

6- The Dawn Wall (2017)

If you are a fan of adventure documentaries that get your adrenaline pumping, then The Dawn Wall is what you are looking for. This awe-inspiring documentary follows the American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in their effort to climb the Dawn Wall— a seemingly impossible 3,000-foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. It truly deserves to be on our list of the 10 best documentaries everyone should see!



7- Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is a behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey physically and emotionally embodied the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman for the movie Man on the Moon. Directed by Chris Smith, the American documentary film is a profound and compelling exploration of whatever is happening in Jim Carrey's fantastic brain.




8- Zion (2018)

The short documentary film Ziontells the story of Zion Clark, a high-school wrestler who was born without legs in foster care. The 11-minute film is about an athlete’s incredible resilience and chronicles the inner strength of an elite wheelchair racer.



Tell Me Who I Am is a harrowing documentary that follows the shocking story of the twins Alex and Marcus Lewis

9- Tell Me Who I Am (2019)

Tell Me Who I Am is a harrowing documentary that follows the shocking story of the twins Alex and Marcus Lewis. Waking up from a three-month coma after a motorcycle crash at age 18, Alex Lewis couldn’t remember anything about his past life except for the face of his identical brother, Marcus. The top-rated documentary offers an incredibly intimate portrait of the now middle-aged twins and shows how Alex relied on his twin brother. The Netflix-bound documentary is about memory, traumatic family secrets, and the emotional bonds that allow us to survive.




10- The Rising Phoenix (2020)

The 2020 Netflix-bound documentary film follows the moving backstories of nine Paralympic athletes and the struggles they have faced. The Rising Phoenix is a celebration of the determination and grit of Paralympic athletes, while offering an honest look at their inspirational triumph.


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