8 Best Amazing little-known documentaries that will stuck you on the screen

Every now and then we come across some amazing, but mostly secret, documentaries that suddenly appear. Nobody talks about them and they aren’t on anyone’s Best Of list. We’re captivated, but don’t really anticipate much, and after WOW. They end up being fabulous.

It’s those documentaries. The ones that are truly amazing, but you’ve probably never heard of them. They most likely should be on our list of best documentaries, but all things considered, we’re keeping them here!

So turn around and get ready for some compelling, engaging and mind-boggling documentaries that you probably didn’t know about not so long ago.




I’ll be honest – until this documentary, I had never even heard of chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis. But saint moly, I will never forget it now.

Restlessness tells of the frustration, devastation and confusion that comes with this disease which seems to affect many more people than you ever imagined.

Jennifer Brea suffers from the disease herself and does an amazing job creating a documentary that touches your heart, gives you hope and keeps you glued to the screen until the very end.

She not only gives you insight into the struggles she faces on a daily basis, but also portrays others who suffer from this condition as well. Some stories are so devastating that you’ll want to act right away.


Searching for Sugar Man

Amazing music, an ending with a twist, a unique story and a truly talented producer. All of these things make Searching for Sugar Man one of the most amazing documentaries you’ll ever see.

Split between South Africa and Detroit, this documentary tells the story of Rodriguez, a struggling Detroit-based artist who can’t seem to find his big chance. But there’s one really amazing thing about Rodriguez that sets him apart from thousands of other budding artists – he’s actually a huge sensation… all over the world in South Africa.

What makes this story so amazing is that Rodriguez NEVER KNEW he was a sensation… and his South African fans could never find him.


The Fear of 13

Fear of 13 is a gripping, disturbing and thrilling documentary … and it handles all of that while featuring only one person throughout the film: Nick Yarris, a death row inmate who has asked the courts to follow through to his right.

Nick’s storytelling skills are amazing, and the details of his life and case will blow your mind, both in a good way and in a bad way.

Fear of 13 is without a doubt a hidden gem in the documentary world, especially if you have a soft spot for real crime or prison documentaries.

The Barkley Marathons

Deep in the mountains of Tennessee, an annual race takes place. After this documentary … my bet is that there are a lot more runners lined up to try the race!

Based on a famous prison breakout, The Barkley Marathons (the name of the documentary and the race) takes runners on a 20 mile course – 5 times! The rugged, rugged and steep terrain makes the course downright miserable.

The documentary follows the runners throughout the race, but also profiles the founders of the race, which is comical and heartwarming.

The Mask You Live In

If you have a son, nephew or baby boy in your life then you will be glued to the screen every moment of The Mask You Live In.

The documentary takes a long, hard look at how parents and society raise boys… and it’s quite revealing.

From the way sports and video games affect young boys, to the rape and gun culture young men are exposed to, it all comes down to one thing: how they’re raised.

This documentary has been on my mind for days and has certainly changed the way I raise my own son, so if you are another parent then The Mask You Live In must find its place in your queue.


Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop will change your perception of the American Dream – maybe even the way you go about achieving it.

Mr.Brainwash – it helps to be a little eccentric, to have an obsession with filming everything and, ironically, to have the famous British artist Banksy as a mentor.
Directed by Banksy himself, one of the most important yet mysterious figures in the street art scene, Exit Through the Gift Shop offers a stunning and inspiring glimpse into the world of street art counterculture.

Napoleon Hill’s Master Key

Napoleon Hill’s Masterpiece is by far the oldest documentary I have ever seen. Yet the information is so powerful and timeless that it is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

Technically a documentary series, Napoleon Hill’s Master Key spells out exactly what you need to do to be successful… in anything.

Your temper, your state of mind, the way you behave, who you associate with – all of these are things Napoleon discusses in depth so that you can be successful like the abundance of millionaires he spent his life.


The Last Czars

The Last Czars is one of Netflix’s most recent documentaries and it is in a class of its own.

Telling the story of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, it blends dramatic re-enactments with commentary from dedicated historians… so you get the best of both worlds – the awe of true history and the excitement of modern cinema.

Superior production aside, Romanov’s story is amazing and probably a story you just don’t know everything about.

From the infamous Rasputin to the well-hidden genetic condition of the heir to the throne, this landmark documentary has real, shocking twists and turns at every turn.

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