To find some of the best-hidden treasure troves of world class documentaries and art movies, there is no better place than Hulu. For all the art seeking cine lovers, Hulu is a one stop destination to quench your niche artistic thirst. Already known to host a plethora of films, Hulu’s massive database of selected movies ranging from music to the world of arts and covering almost all the genres in between, Hulu is every filmmaker’s first choice.
We have presented here a list of top 10 must watch world class documentaries in Hulu, comprising of top quality hidden gems ranging from politics to sports to drug wars.
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They are ranked based on their quality, content, and number of viewers. The highlights of the documentaries are mentioned below.
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He Named Me Malala
The documentary He Named Me Malala was released in the year 2015 and was directed by Davis Guggenheim. This documentary chronicles the story about the young Pakistani woman Malala, the youngest Nobel Prize winner till date. The film documents the way she survived after being shot by the Taliban in the Swat valley in Pakistan.
This film has scored more than 71% and had received an average rating of 6.6 out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes.
Having won the Annie Award under the category “Best Animated Special Production”, this movie has also won the golden trailer award for “Best Documentary” as well.
More Than A Game
This American documentary movie is all about NBA star LeBron James and his four teammates. Presenting the journey of LeBron James through a series of basketball matches was a rightful approach in this genre. Directed by Kristopher Belman, this is regarded as one of the must watch a documentary on sports.
The documentary tracks the growth of five players(LeBron James, Dru Joyce III, Romeo Travis, Willie McGee, Sian Cotton) right from their high school to the highest level in basketball along with their coach Dru Joyce II.
The music was scored by A.J.Mighton and John Colwill and prominent faces have contributed to the album including the likes of Kanye West, Chris Brown and Eminem to name a few.
420: The Documentary
420: The Documentary, produced by Harm Reduction Productions was written and directed by Amy Povah. The film talks about the prevailing judiciary system and the drug laws.
In this documentary film, Amy shows how the government tried to exhibit marijuana as a drug and explains it as a most dangerous drug in the world. The film presents recorded interviews with many politicians and police officers who oppose the use of marijuana.
A Game of Honor
A Game of Honor is about the rivalry between Army and Navy. The movie was co-produced by Pete Radovich, Jr. and Steve Karasik. This documentary shows the off-field details about the Academy of U.S military and U.S Naval.
This documentary is known for its deft execution. The writing department has also done a very good. The film starts with the introduction of new students, Chicago’s Terry Baggett(Army) and Philadelphia’s Maika Polamalu (Navy).The exciting moment of the film comes when the new army cadets arrive with their families at Registration Day in Eisenhower Hall.
As the movie progresses, the story shifts to the upper-class men in the military who were moving to the next higher position in their career. People tend to compare this film with the John Feinstein’s “A Civil War” which was published in the year 1997.
American Drug War: The Last White Hope
In the history of American drug crimes, the war on drugs is still considered as the most expensive war they have faced so far. Texas film maker Kevin Booth was personally affected by the death of four members and this made him brood over the complex issue of the drug war.
American Drug War shows how greed, money, and power have corrupted the entire government. It also shows how corruptions can be rectified.
The film was awarded the Best Feature in 2007 at the Artivist Film Festival. The film also won the Best Documentary award in the year 2006 at the Evil City awards. A must see documentary for its clean, clear and crisp handling of a complex subject.
O.J.: Made in America
O.J.: Made in America is an American documentary which was produced and directed by Ezra Edelman for ESPN films. It shows how O.J.Simpson who was a football player at the University of Southern California, murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman.
This is an eight-hour documentary. The movie won many awards such as Academy awards under the category of Best Documentary Feature, ACE Eddie Awards under Best Edited Documentary feature, and also a special award from the American Film Institute.
Directed and produced by Dave Grohl, Sound City is about the history of recording studio Sound City which was located in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. The film talks about the recording studio from its humble beginnings in 1969 till it was closed in 2011.
The film was first played on January 18, 2013, in the Sundance Film Festival. The film was also released in theaters and on video-on-demand on February 1, 2013.
The official sound track of the documentary was released on March 12, 2013. The film got a satellite award under the Best Documentary film category in the 18th edition. The film also got Cinema Eye Honor 2014 Audience Choice prize.
The Last Reef
This 4 K IMAX movie not only looks great but also sounds fantastic. The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea, movie explores the coral reefs and the animals which live in and around the reefs. The visuals look most attractive and impressive. The film starts with the atomic bomb test on Bikini Atoll and explores the world beneath the sea.
As the film progresses, it discusses how the reef fits into the world’s ecosystem today. Like the rainforests of Amazon, due to massive pollution, this coral reef is also shown to face nature’s fury. The cinematography of underwater cities is not only gorgeous but informative as well.
This documentary was recorded in the latest Dolby Atmos format. A beautiful and excellent film on eco-system, best viewed on Ultra High Definition.
Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine
This documentary features the little known “Dumb” magazine which is known for its skateboarding subjects. This movie starts from the year 1992, and Steve Rocco was the founding man behind this magazine. This pioneering documentary is not only easy to watch but also features the success story of this magazine. More than just talking about skateboarding as a culture, this movie is pretty straightforward with its approach and how it happened structure.
If you are a big skateboard loving person, then this documentary is a must watch to remember the key moments of skateboard culture in the nineties.
This documentary speaks about one of the most tragic and historic riots in the United States of America, infamously known as the “Rodney King riots” which took place in the year 1992.
The background score by Saunder Jurrians and Danny Bensi perfectly supported by top class editing, LA 92 is easily one of the best documentaries to be made by the academy award winning duo comprising of T.J Martin -“Undefeated” fame and Daniel Lindsay. The story is really engaging and needs no further introspection.