In the dawn of the superhero movie, it seems like the art of documentary filmmaking has gotten lost in the hustle and bustle of fictitiously saving the world. Despite breaking into the movie-genre realm back in 1922 with Nanook of the North, documentaries have often been cast aside by pop culture fanatics and movie critics as dramas, comedies, and action films constantly come out on top at the box office.
Luckily, in the age of social media hype and video streaming, documentaries are finally having the moment they’ve long deserved. With countless docuseries and original films made by TV giants like Netflix and HBO, the documentary genre has expanded into a phenomenon covering everything from tales of true crime to the most recent exposé, Leaving Neverland, covering the abuse allegedly suffered by young men at the hands of Michael Jackson.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to choosing a documentary subject, but nothing gets our motors running like learning about our favorite celebrities through the eye of a filmmaker. Whether we watch for education or entertainment, whether we’re left crying or smiling, there’s always something to take from the well-made profile of an icon. Here’s a list of the best celebrity documentaries.