Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is FREEBIE WEEK — topic of your choice. This week, my topic is:
Top 10 Documentaries I’ve watched in the past year.
I LOVE documentaries, especially documentaries about true crime (which you’ll see below). I’ve watched many more than this, but below are the ten best of the best.
10. Hot Girls Wanted (Netflix). This documentary follows a group of young girls who are lured into the amateur porn industry. This was a tough film to watch, due to the abuse the girls suffer and the overall nature, but I had no idea this was even a thing, and now I’m informed (and thankful I have sons).
9. There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (Amazon). This story follows a woman named Diane Schuler, a woman who was driving with her two kids and three nieces and got on the freeway going the wrong way, killing all but one of the people in her car, plus those in the car she hit head on. Diane was later accused of having drugs and alcohol in her system – which her husband vehemently denied. An incredibly sad story.
8. The Central Park Five (Netflix). The CPF is the story of five teenagers from Harlem who were accused (and convicted) of raping a woman running in Central Park. DNA later proved their innocence, but this was a real interesting story to watch unfold.
7. Paradise Lost (Amazon). Paradise Lost was one I started and had to go back to, mostly due to the graphic crime scene photos shown. Three young men (The West Memphis Three) were accused of the brutal murders and sexual mutilations of three 8 year old boys. DNA later exonerated them, but their lives were changed forever. As I said, very graphic photos and discussion in this one.
6. Twinsters (Netflix). Two young women, who are identical twins, are given up for adoption at birth and discover each other through interesting circumstances in their twenties. One sister grew up in a family with siblings in the US and the other was an only child who grew up in France. The girls were both incredibly likable and the story was interesting to watch.
5. The Staircase (Sundance). I got a free 30-day subscription for Sundance so I could watch this documentary. A man is accused of pushing his wife down a staircase to her death. He also was indirectly involved in another staircase related incident years earlier. The doc takes you through his pre-trial meetings with attorneys, and his actual trial.
4. The Jinx (HBO). This was an incredible piece of filmmaking. This story follows Robert Durst, who comes from a very wealthy New York real estate family. Durst is accused of murdering his wife and two other people over the course of 20 years. Durst himself is interviewed during the show, and he is a sociopath. Absolutely must watch if you like true crime.
3. Making a Murderer (Netflix). I’m sure you’ve heard of (or watched yourself) the phenomenon that is Making a Murder. The story of Steven Avery has captivated America, and rightly so. In my opinion, the filmmakers proved that at best, Avery’s conviction was sketchy. This is a fantastic documentary that I would highly recommend.
2. OJ Simpson – Made In America (ESPN). I just finished this last night, but this was an incredible piece of storytelling. A lot of the information was stuff you already knew, and some was not (they showed the crime scene photos of both Nicole and Ron, which were VERY graphic). The 5th installment featured a lot of information I didn’t know, but the story was so well told. A must watch.
1. Dear Zachary (Netflix). This is the best documentary I’ve ever seen, hands down. I can’t tell you much about it, because I don’t want to spoil it, but this is not a film you can go into lightly, and you will walk away a different person. This film gutted me, enraged me and made me smile within it’s 90+ minutes. You will need the tissues and I would recommend NOT watching this in public. I made that mistake.
What documentaries have you liked? I’m always looking for something new. Leave in the comments.