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The Best Documentaries On Amazon Prime

Updated on May 29, 2016

What are the best documentaries in the Amazon Prime catalog? Undoubtedly, Amazon reigns at the top of the pile when it comes to selling books. But when one thinks of instant video services, what comes to mind? For a long time the only real answer out there was Netflix -- a substantial video-offering service -- but now Amazon is organizing it's resources and setting up shop in the world of instant movies and TV shows with its Prime service.

Sign up for Amazon Prime and not only will you get great deals on shipping all of your goods, but you'll have access to thousands of great flicks and television series. Yet compared with the ergonomic geniuses over at Netflix or Apple, Amazon Prime doesn't exactly have the most user-friendly interface from which to discover things you may actually like. To alleviate this hiccup, and with quite a few Netflix "best of" lists behind us, it's time we move full-force into the territory of collating and ranking the best offerings Amazon has to offer. And we do this for you, free of charge.

Here's a quick little list of powerful docs available on Prime,. Hopefully there are some things on here that you'll find interesting. You can vote in the poll at the bottom or even leave a comment, either of which would be splendid. And so, here we go!

Amy (2015)


A LEGO Brickumentary (2015)


Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Paradise Lost

Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles (2014)

Orson Welles was a renaissance man, an unparalleled visionary of mid-century cinema who transformed Hollywood's landscape and influenced in one way or another every major director since.

Welles was an accomplished stage director, master radio presenter, and director of Citizen Kane, which is often labeled the greatest movie ever made -- all before his 30th birthday.

Welles continued to make great films, but as the decades progressed his stubbornness and singular vision came in direct conflict with studios. By the end of his life, Welles had burned many bridges with Hollywood power-brokers. But his influence has never waned.

For a guy of such mythical stature, it would follow that any documentary made about him needs to reflect his intellectual rigor and artistic talents. And Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles delivers. It's a clever presentation that blends interviews with close friends and excellent cuts from the auteur's many excellent flicks.

A great look down memory lane, and a solid ode to the brilliant game-changer, Magician is a good addition to any movie buff's queue.

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