It is said that films are a mirror of society. They show the characters and the things that are/were a part of the world. And to a good extent, this is quite true. But if films are the mirrors, then the documentaries are the crude, unbiased truth. They are more real than films because they don’t sugar-coat anything or fantasise some idealistic, dreamy endings. They show what is truly out there in the world. Once every while, especially in times like these, we need eye-openers to hook us to the reality.
Historically, documentaries have never made money at the box office (except Michael Moore films). That’s why, when you look back, the number of documentaries produced were significantly less in 80s and 90s than they are now. But with the emergence of online streaming services, nowadays, documentaries have found a new breathing ground. Netflix, of course, is leading the way, but Amazon Prime is not far behind. Today, we are going to list down the top documentaries movies on Amazon Prime that you can watch right now. This list consists of all kinds of documentary films: from true crime documentaries to biographical documentaries. I would suggest not to miss any of these really good documentaries on Amazon Prime. All of them are worth your time.
15. Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)
A serial killer was loose on the streets of Los Angeles for about two and a half decades. He got the name The Grim Sleeper because he took more than a decade-long hiatus before he continued with his killings. When he was finally arrested, nine women and a teenage girl had become his victims. Two years ago, a sentence was passed on his crimes and he was charged with the death penalty. Even though his case has been closed now, the question remains: has justice been served? And, if it has, is it still justice if it could have been stopped in the first place? This is what Nick Broomfield tries to find out in his documentary. The filmmaker goes back to where the Grim Sleeper used to live, trying to understand his surroundings and his thought process. But, what comes out in this film is something entirely different than the case study of a serial criminal. It features the interviews of the neighbors and the people who knew, and suspected the man, but couldn’t do anything because they doubted the justice system. And for a very good reason.
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14. Sound City (2013)