12 Best Documentaries on Hulu

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Documentaries are great films for people of all ages. Nowadays, you have access to hundreds of great docs right at your fingertips. So, if you feel like watching a non-fiction film that’ll leave your mind with even more questions than answers, Hulu has a massive line-up.

Below you’ll find the top 12 best documentaries available on Hulu:

  1. The New York Times Presents
  2. Rebuilding Paradise
  3. Kid 90
  4. Amazing Grace
  5. We Are Freestyle Love Supreme
  6. Once Were Brothers: Robbie and Robertson and The Band
  7. I am Greta
  8. Superpower Dogs
  9. Apollo 11
  10. Honeyland 
  11. Cold Case Hammarskjold 
  12. Fyre Fraud

1. The New York Times Presents

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The New York Times Presents (2020) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
6.8/1093/100Hulu (Subscription), FX (Subscription)

This fascinating and surprising documentary will keep you on the edge of your seat. The sixth episode was a viral sensation, covering the mysterious legal situation involving Britney Spears and her father. 

This documentary is a series of individual documentaries about different viral events worldwide, such as the ‘Free Britney’ movement. Have a front seat to New York Times’ top-notch journalism and see what they uncover. You’ll most likely end up having more questions than you did before.

2. Rebuilding Paradise

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Rebuilding Paradise (2020) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
7.1/1092/100Hulu (Subscription), Itunes (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), Prime Video (rent or buy)

Ron Howard showcases the strengths of humanity amid chaos in this emotional documentary. The film covers the wildfires of 2018 that destroyed Paradise, California. Throughout the film, you’ll see first-hand how the residents try to rebuild their homes and restore their community. 

Reviewers mention how moving the film is and how inspiring it is to watch how the community comes together and perseveres through hardship. 

3. Kid 90

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Kid 90 (2021) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
7.0/1073/100Hulu (Subscription)

Kid 90 is a fun yet emotional ride through the life of a teen celebrity in the 90s. Reviewers comment on the nostalgia kick of the film and mention how bittersweet the documentary is. 

Director Soleil Moon Frye travels back in time to the 90s and takes a deep look at how child celebrities grew up. The film features hours of film that Frye recorded in the 90s. You’re bound to see a few familiar faces. This documentary is relatively light-hearted yet manages to tackle some deeper issues of growing up in the limelight.

4. Amazing Grace

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Amazing Grace (2018) – IMDb

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7.5/1099/100Hulu (Subscription), Itunes (buy or rent), Google Play (buy or rent), Microsoft (buy or rent)

Reviewers say it’s one of the greatest tributes to Aretha Franklin in the world. Grab some popcorn and sit down for a long-buried, long-awaited Aretha Franklin concert. The rare and raw footage is bound to draw some tears as you watch the joy and commitment that Aretha Franklin had to the art. The film is full of archive footage from Aretha Franklin’s choir performance at the New Bethel Baptist Church. 

5. We Are Freestyle Love Supreme

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We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) – IMDb

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6.7/1090/100Hulu (Subscription)

A fun and quirky film, reviewers loved how well it tells a compelling story about freestyle rapping and the group’s talents. The documentary covers Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop group highlights and showcases their 2019 reunion in New York City. Even if you’re not a hardcore fan of the crew, this documentary will keep your toe-tapping. 

6. Once Were Brothers: Robbie and Robertson and The Band

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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) – IMDb

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7.3/1084/100Hulu (Subscription), Itunes (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), Prime Video (rent or buy)

Robbie Robertson tells the story of The Band from his perspective in this riveting documentary. Global audiences loved how the film effectively portrayed the band’s complicated friendships and how their music inspired some unforgettable times. This documentary is perfect for adults who want a nostalgia hit as they watch top-quality archive footage. 

7. I Am Greta

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I Am Greta (2020) – IMDb

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6.7/1079/100Hulu (Subscription)

This family-friendly documentary covers Greta Thunberg’s journey as a teenage climate activist. 

In August of 2018, Greta Thunberg began a school strike. The documentary covers her climate strike journey since that day, including her speech at the United Nations. Audiences worldwide rave about how motivating and inspirational the film is. 

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Superpower Dogs (2019) – IMDb

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7.3/10100/100Hulu (Subscription)

Narrated by Chris Evans, this adorable and inspiring documentary showcases some of the most talented dogs trained to save lives. From avalanche rescue dogs to coastguard pups, you’ll be mesmerized by how cute and skilled these furry friends are. 

This film is the ultimate family documentary; people of all ages will love its powerful and positive message. 

9. Apollo 11 

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Apollo 11 (2019) – IMDb

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8.2/1099/100Hulu (Subscription), Itunes (rent or buy), Google Play (rent or buy), Prime Video (rent or buy)

Not many documentaries can receive a 99% score from critics, but you’ll understand why once you watch Apollo 11. The film includes unseen and restored footage from the event in 1969. You’ll also hear archived audio from when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. This documentary is a must-see. It’s awe-inspiring, epic, and historic. 

10. Honeyland

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Honeyland (2019) – IMDb

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8.0/10100/100Hulu (Subscription), Itunes (buy or rent), Google Play (buy or rent), Microsoft (buy or rent) 

One of the last bee-hunters in all of Europe, Hatidze Muratova, faces a crisis when a crew of nomadic beekeepers take over her land. The documentary follows her as she attempts to save the bees and restore her livelihood. 

The film is beautifully shot and takes place in Macedonia. Viewers of all ages will find the documentary gripping. Audiences mention how moving the story is and can’t help but feel for the resilient beekeeper. 

11. Cold Case Hammarskjold

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Cold Case Hammarskjold (2019) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
7.5/1083/100Hulu (Subscription), Itunes (buy or rent), Google Play (buy or rent), Prime Video (buy or rent) 

This documentary mixes humor with dark truths as it follows Goran Bjorkdahl, a Swedish private investigator, and his search for answers. 

In 1961, Dag Hammarskjold, the former United Nations Secretary-General, died in a plane crash. However, private investigator Goran Bjorkdahl doesn’t believe it was an accident. Follow the riveting story as he uncovers surprising secrets and telling evidence that could change the way the world views the death of Dag Hammarskjold.

12. Fyre Fraud

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Fyre Fraud (2019) – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch
6.8/1080/100Hulu (Subscription)

Fyre Festival was one of the greatest frauds of the social media age. Eager attendees spent thousands of dollars on tickets for an elite festival located in the Bahamas. However, when festival-goers arrived at an island with no electricity or water, they knew something was wrong. 

This intriguing documentary takes a look at what went wrong with the Fyre Festival. The film interviews Billy McFarland, the so-called mastermind behind it all. If you’re in the mood to have your mind blown, stream Fyre Fraud for your next documentary night.