Good-to-Great Documentaries That Fewer Than 100 People Have Seen

Pretty much what it says.

You all know that I log tons of documentaries, many of them from public television and educational channels. I kinda pride myself on it, actually.

Anyway, many of these are available somewhere for free. Check out the PBS website, or Kanopy streaming which airs a lot of public television programs, or elsewhere that remains legal.

I'll try to keep this updated, but I wouldn't mind a call-out if there's a film that's more popular than I realized. This list is for the truly underseen and underappreciated. Suggestions welcome, but I won't add them unless I've seen them.

  • If You Build It
  • What Was Ours
  • Vietnam: A Television History
  • 1964
  • Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
  • Limited Partnership
  • I Am MLK Jr.
  • The Killing of Breonna Taylor
  • The Chinese Exclusion Act
  • The Blinding of Isaac Woodard
  • The Vote
  • The Hand That Feeds
  • American Experience: Rachel Carson
  • Jack & Yaya
  • Sisters Rising
  • The Circus
  • East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story
  • Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street
  • Tre Maison Dasan
  • Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America
  • Intelligent Lives
  • My Life in China
  • Conscience Point
  • The Great War
  • About Love
  • The Falconer
  • McCarthy
  • 9-Man
  • August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
  • Ingmar Bergman: Reflections on Life, Death, and Love with Erland Josephson
  • Frontline: Documenting Hate - Charlottesville
  • Exit Music
  • Jaddoland
  • The Last Season
  • Radical Grace
  • Glickman
  • Barge
  • Two Gods
  • Murder of a President
  • Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning
  • George W. Bush
  • Frontline: Poor Kids
  • 20 Years Of Madness
  • Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer
  • Frontline: Documenting Hate - New American Nazis
  • The Area
  • Battle for Hong Kong
  • Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia
  • Nailed It
  • The Way We Get By
  • Pipe Dreams
  • Cambodian Son
  • New Muslim Cool
  • Voice of Freedom
  • Dalya's Other Country
  • Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Mimi and Dona
  • Triangle Fire: The Tragedy That Forever Changed Labor and Industry
  • Blood Memory
  • Romeo Romeo
  • BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
  • Farmsteaders
  • And Then They Came for Us
  • We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân
  • Far East Deep South
  • The Providers
  • Young Lakota
  • Let's See Copia Conforme
  • No Greater Law
  • She's The Best Thing in It
  • Curtain Up!
  • ATTLA
  • Still Dreaming
  • Thank You for Coming
  • Spies of Mississippi
  • Mankiller
  • The People vs. Agent Orange
  • Brakeless
  • Milwaukee 53206
  • Tutwiler
  • Reunification
  • Last Days of Solitary
  • Kivalina
  • Mothers of Bedford
  • The Interpreters
  • Circle Up
  • Into the Amazon
  • Toxic Hot Seat
  • L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later
  • Finding Kukan
  • Unknown Territory
  • The Return
  • By Blood
  • Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story
  • The Virus That Shook the World
  • Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire
  • The Address
  • Ready for War
  • Little Miss Westie
  • The Undocumented