While Hulu used to be better known for its television shows while Netflix was the go to for movie options, the streaming service has taken big leaps and strides to change that. Today, Hulu is home to an amazing selection of movies, especially documentaries. Providing options for customers of all interests, Hulu has found a way to become a one-stop destination for those seeking incredible non-fiction stories. With so many options now, we’ve determined the best documentaries on Hulu for you, ensuring you’ll be able to settle in and relax with ease.

Looking for more documentaries? Check out our list of the best ones on Netflix and Prime Video, or see our recommendations for the best movies on Hulu.

Editor’s note: This article was updated December 2022 to include Ballet Now.

RELATED: The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now


Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021)

Summer of Soul
Image via Searchlight Pictures

Run Time: 1 hr 58 min | Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

In the summer of 1969, Harlem held a 6-week-long music festival with some of the biggest names in soul music of the day. It was a massive success, hugely popular and recorded. And yet, no one has ever heard of it until now. Maybe because a few hours away there was another festival called Woodstock that would steal all the headlines. Questlove steps out from behind the drum set to direct and produce a fascinating look at this festival that was forgotten by history until the recent discovery of all the footage. He interviews concert attendees, performers, and people who were convinced it was all a dream in the fascinating Oscar nominee. – Jennifer McHugh

Watch on Hulu

Ballet Now (2018)

ballet now documentary
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 14 min | Director: Steven Cantor

Set within the famed program of the same name, Ballet Now reveals the true story of Tiler Peck, a Prima Ballerina for the New York City Ballet, chosen as the first woman to curate the program. Featuring a diverse group of top-tier global dancers, Peck’s vision for the high-profile event includes a cleverly crafted mix of talent, highlighting a variety of styles, like tap, hip-hop, and even clown artistry. Director Steven Cantor captures the raw and unfiltered realities as Peck prepares to execute her unique and groundbreaking objective. Ballet Now chronicles the week leading up to the performance, where Peck serves not only as director and producer but will also dance in multiple pieces. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Hulu

Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

Enron Doc

Run Time: 1 hr 50 min | Director: Alex Gibney

Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room is a flashy documentary revealing the direct connection between Enron’s dealings to high-stakes greed and corruption. Documentarian juggernaut Alex Gibney directs Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room, emphasizing the humanity impacted by the Enron scandal, featuring interviews with several high-powered former Enron executives, as well as employees, stock analysts, and economic experts. Using lively graphics, reenactments, and archive footage to ensure audience comprehension, Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room attempts to simply explain the rise and fall of Enron’s criminal enterprise and how it directly affected the people involved. – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Hulu

Wrinkles the Clown (2019)

Image via Magnet Releasing

Run Time: 1 hr 15 min | Director: Michael Beach Nichols

Between Pennywise from It and Art from Terrifier, clowns are a horror movie staple. In Wrinkles the Clown, however, they get the documentary treatment. The film centers around a Florida man who dresses up as a terrifying clown named Wrinkles who gets hired for everything from pranks and birthday parties to scaring misbehaving children. After going viral, Wrinkles becomes both folklore and a phenomenon. We won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say things get even more complicated as the documentary goes on with wild twists and turns you won’t see coming. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Hulu

Leave No Trace (2022)

leave no trace documentary
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 48 min | Director: Irene Taylor

Leave No Trace is a hard but important watch that explores the epidemic of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts. Told through a combination of interviews with several of the brave survivors and archival footage, the documentary, which was directed by Peabody and Emmy-winning journalist Irene Taylor, meticulously investigates how the organization systematically covered up so much for so long. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Hulu

Untouchable (2019)

untouchable documentary harvey weinstein black and white on the phone
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 38 min | Director: Ursula Macfarlane

A difficult but important watch, Untouchable explores the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein. The documentary features interviews with both former colleagues and some of the brave women who came forward about their sexual misconduct. Untouchable examines the culture that allowed this abuse to happen – and dives into the subsequent #MeToo movement when some of these horrific crimes became public. Director Ursula Macfarlane does a masterful job approaching the subject with empathy, tackling the difficult topic with care, complexity, and clarity. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Hulu

Homeroom (2021)

homeroom documentary cap and gown graduation
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 30 min | Director: Peter Nicks

Homeroom is a timely and touching documentary about the young people in an Oakland, California, high school who use their voices to speak for their community about police presence in schools. Following a group of graduating seniors, Homeroom dives into the issues that matter to the students in Oakland, revealing the inequalities and injustices they face, following the realities of budget cuts and ill-equipped facilities. Ultimately an uplifting story of hope, Homeroom does not shy away from sharing the dramatic tribulations facing young people in Oakland and across the United States. –Yael Tygiel

Watch on Hulu

Dead Asleep (2021)

dead asleep documentary poster
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 26 min | Director: Skye Borgman

Looking for true crime with a twist? Boy, do we have the movie for you. Dead Asleep explores the case of Randy Herman Jr., who was convinced of murdering his childhood best friend and roommate Brooke Preston. Herman, however, claims that he was sleepwalking when he killed her and thus can’t be held accountable for her death. Spoiler alert: The documentary never answers the question either way, leading the audience to draw our own conclusions, but it does present some compelling – and shocking – evidence. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Hulu

Kid 90 (2021)

Soleil Moon Frye and Breckin Meyer in kid 90
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 11 min | Director: Soleil Moon Frye

Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster) directed and produced this never-before-seen intimate glimpse at Hollywood’s child stars of the 1990s, featuring exclusive clips pulled from Frye’s personal collections of over hundreds of hours of footage she shot growing up in the limelight. Frye unveils a behind-the-scenes look at herself and her friends in the industry through the lens of a camcorder that she carried around for years, capturing their secrets on film. Kid 90 is a fascinating documentary for any pop culture-loving Millennial, as it exposes the realities of childhood stardom, with stories directly from pinnacle 90s kids, likeMark-Paul Gosselaar(Saved By The Bell), as well as readings from Frye’s own private diaries. As both narrator and filmmaker, Frye’s interaction with her interview subjects allows for a comfort that eases into a voyeuristic examination of their childhoods. Other interviews include David Arquette (Scream), Stephen Dorff, and Brian Austin Green (90210), who examine their own journeys as rising stars. –Yael Tygiel

Watch on Hulu

The Orange Years: A Nickelodeon Story (2018)

orange years nickelodeon documentary
Image via Gravitas Ventures

Run Time: 1 hr 42 min | Director: Scott Barber, Adam Sweeney

Nostalgia is king, and 90s kids can’t seem to get enough of it! The Orange Years: A Nickelodeon Story explores the beloved shows that launched a network from humble beginnings to the top of children, and even tween, programming, including Rocco’s Modern Life and the much-beloved duo Kenon & Kel. This documentary shares an illustrative behind-the-scenes look at the Nickelodeon Network during its iconic, slime-covered years, which to this day continues to hold a special place in so many hearts. The Orange Years dives deep with honest stories and candid memories from the household names the network was responsible for producing, including Kenon Thompson (SNL), Larisa Oleynik (Alex Mack), and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants). – Yael Tygiel

Watch on Hulu

MLK/FBI (2021)

Martin Luther King Jr. MLK FBI documentary
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 44 min | Director: Sam Pollard

A documentary that eschews the typical cinematic language of the form to create something far more reflective, director Sam Pollard’s remarkable MLK/FBI uncovers the prolonged surveillance campaign of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. andreveals the lengths to which those at the FBI would go to destroy him. Avoiding the distractions of typical talking head cutaways, the documentary weaves their voices into a tapestry of archival footage that it uses to set the stage for what was going on just off-camera. It engages with history in a way no other film has, showing just how expansive the surveillance of the civil rights activist was and what impact that had on him leading up to his assassination. Whether you think you know everything about the man or feel as though you don’t know anything, this documentary serves as a necessary reexamination of the past that challenges our previously held notions in search of the truth. – Chase Hutchinson

Watch on Hulu

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016)

beatles eight days
Image via Abramorama

Run Time: 2 hr 17 min | Director: Ron Howard

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard brings the frenetic touring years of the Fab Four to the screen in The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years. This documentary is a celebration of The Beatles; Howard is less bothered with the in-fighting, the drug use, and the controversies that followed the band around. Instead, this documentary is about Beatlemania and how the band was worked to the bone during their peak years of touring. The film also brings a different perspective to the band’s touring years—race relations. Howard and writer Mark Monroe include interviews with Whoopi Goldberg and historian Kitty Oliver, who recount their experiences of being fans of the band. This segment in the documentary, particularly, sets The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years apart from the countless other documentaries that have been made about them. And, to capture a semblance of what it may have been like to see the band live on stage, the documentary ends with restored footage of the Shea Stadium concert. This is pure joy for any fan of The Beatles. – Monita Mohan

Watch on Hulu

WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021)

WeWork's co-founder Adam Neumann
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 44 min | Director: Jed Rothstein

Before you watch WeCrashed, the Apple TV series starring Jared Letoand Anne Hathaway, tune into the documentary about the rise and fall of WeWork. This film explores the unprecedented growth of the co-working space company started by Adam Neumann and how his charisma and unorthodox ways of running a business both led to its massive success and ultimate demise. If you enjoy business-focused documentaries with a fascinating figure at the helm like Elizabeth Holmes in The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, this documentary will be right up your alley. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Hulu

Jawline (2019)

austyn tester in jawline documentary
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 39 min | Director: Lisa Mandelup

With TikTok dominating pop culture right now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more relevant documentary than Jawline, which examines influencer culture and the rise of the social media celebrity. Following the journey of 16-year-old Austyn Tester as he attempts to leave behind his life in small-town Tennessee to become a famous content creator, the film is a fascinating look at the realities of social media stardom. Mandelup’s direction combines unflinching rawness with refreshing compassion, painting a compelling portrait of Tester as well as the countless others out there with similar ambitions. – Taylor Gates

Watch on Hulu

Spaceship Earth (2020)

spaceship earth documentary
Image via Neon

Run Time: 1 hr 53 min | Director: Matt Wolf

This is the story of 1991 experiment about 8 people who lived inside “Biosphere 2.” It was an ecosystem mimicking Earth’s atmosphere and climate to see if Earth was replicable. The 8 people lived there for 2 years and things got a little crazy. There were environmental issues, many a conflict between residents, and even some dabblings in cult-like behaviors. The documentary uses archived footage and present day interviews to tell a story so wild that at some point you wonder if this is a spoof. And when it’s revealed who is one of the financiers behind the project, let’s just say you won’t be surprised. — Jennifer McHugh

Watch on Hulu

Flee (2021)

Flee movie animated documentary
Image via Neon

Run Time: 1 hr 30 min | Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

A 2022 nominee for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, this is the story of Amin who and his haunting escape from Afghanistan to Denmark. His story is animated into a narrative as Amin’s voice, much of the time very emotional, recounts this ordeal. Amin now lives happily in Denmark with his husband. But even many years later, he is fraught with trauma as he tells this the story of his escape through multiple countries and seeing many horrors along the way. Flee is a stunning piece of documentary cinema that is not to be missed. – Jennifer McHugh

Watch on Hulu

Batman & Bill (2017)

batman and bill animation documentary
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 33 min | Director: Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce

Batman & Bill is a must see documentary for fans of superheroes, comic books, and the titular caped crusader. This doc follows author Marc Tyler Nobleman and his quest to get Batman co-creator Bill Finger posthumous credit for his work alongside Bob Kane. Kane has long been seen as the sole creator of Batman and his comic book world, despite evidence of Finger’s early creative contributions to the character. Batman & Bill features reenactments that are animated to match comic-style artwork and interviews with well-known creators in the industry – offering a glimpse into the early days of comic creation through Finger’s life story and the impact his work had on others. It’s a fascinating journey that highlights the importance of giving writers, artists, and creators the credit they deserve for their work. – Brynna Arens

Watch on Hulu

Framing Britney Spears (2021)

Framing Britney Spears documentary
Image Via FX/Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 14 min | Director: Samantha Stark

Framing Britney Spears isn’t a traditional feature-length documentary – it’s part of an ongoing series of TV documentaries presented by The New York Times — but it’s a must-watch nonetheless. Forget what you think you know about Britney Spears or her situation – through investigative reporting and interviews, Framing Britney Spears shines a light on the pop star’s fast rise to superstardom, but also the misogyny and prejudice with which the media covered Spears as she entered into adulthood. The documentary is ostensibly about the Free Britney movement, as it covers the ins and outs of how Spears first came under a conservatorship controlled by her father, and why the situation is unique and may very well be harmful to Spears and her well-being. It’s an eye-opening look at a celebrity who, until now, has been framed in our minds through paparazzi and gossip magazine/TV coverage, and the documentary does a tremendous job of forcing you to rethink the way the media presents celebrities and their “downfalls.” – Adam Chitwood

Watch on Hulu

Too Funny to Fail (2017)

Too Funny to Fail Dana Carvey
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 35 min | Director: Josh Greenbaum

The writing staff of The Dana Carvey Show is the stuff of legend, and the refreshingly candid documentary Too Funny to Fail takes an in-depth look at the short-lived sketch show’s highly anticipated launch and impossibly quick failure. Interviews with Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Robert Smigel illuminate the pressure that Carvey was under coming off of SNL, the confidence with which they launched The Dana Carvey Show, and how they dealt with the negative press and plummeting ratings. This documentary doesn’t try to sugar-coat anything or paint the failed series with rose-colored glasses, which makes it all the more insightful. – Adam Chitwood

Watch on Hulu

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019)

Amazing Jonathan Documentary headband and mirror
Image via Hulu

Run Time: 1 hr 34 min | Director: Benjamin Berman

The less you know about The Amazing Johnathan Documentary the better, as this is a story filled with insane twists and turns. But briefly, the film follows the documentarian Benjamin Berman’s quest to track down iconic comedian/magician John Szeles aka The Amazing Johnathan. Berman wants to make a film about The Amazing Johnanthan and what he’s been up to in the years since he was headlining shows in Las Vegas, but twist after twist after twist ensue to make for a hilarious and emotional “stranger than fiction” story. – Adam Chitwood

Watch on Hulu

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WP Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com