Top 10 Best Documentaries On HBO Max 2023

Last Updated on February 4, 2023

Best Documentaries On HBO Max

HOB Max is an American subscription video-on-demand service owned by Warner Bros, with its headquarters situated in New York City, New York, US. It was launched on May 27, 2020, and it has over 76.8 million users as of April 1, 2022. Its services are built around the libraries of HBO, Warner Bros, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, and their related brands.

 One of the genres where HBO has succeeded the most is in documentaries, it offers a well-researched and extraordinary selection of movies and documentaries that are thought-provoking, compelling, and also culturally relevant to the time we are living in.

In this article, we shall take a look at the best documentaries on HBO Max, all of which are available for streaming on the HBO Max channel.

10 Best Documentaries On HBO Max

1. 4 Little Girls

Spike Lee, is one of the famous and insightful filmmakers of our time. He most frequently writes and directs movies that requires a hard critical view on the race in America, both in historical and contemporary times, part of which include the “4 Little Girls,” which he produced in 1997, a documentary that’s all about an ugly and tragic event in the US history . Ku Klux Klan operatives in 1963, set off explosive devices at a predominantly Black church in Birmingham, Alabama, whereby four children which where all girls and where between the ages of 11 of 14, died in the attack. This documentary features interviews with the civil rights activists of the era, including the authorities and relatives of the victims that were involved in the bomb attack, which creates a documentary that serves as a memorial, reflection, and a call to action.

2. André the Giant

André René Roussimof is a giant, that’s more than seven fit tall. Wrestling fans regard him as the intimidating André the Giant, the singlet-clad titan of many landmarks WWF wrestling matches in the 1980s. Cinephiles know him to be the sweet kidnapper Fezzik of “The Princess Bride. Oozing charisma and might, he captivated the world. This documentary was directed by Jason Hehir in 2018, which explores the real André, who lived beyond his roles on the screen and in the ring, was co-produced by sports writer and commentator Bill Simmons. His medical condition which dominated his story made him famous and also one of the international triumphs.

3. Banksy Does New York

This documentary was directed by Chris Moukarbel in 2014. “Banksy Does New York” is a documentary about a moment in the career of the notorious and provocative street artist while obeying Banksy’s decrees of anonymity and anarchy. In order words, the eyewitnesses never discover Banksy’s real, long- hidden true identity, nor do they understand why he does what he does. They however, witness the impact of the street artist as his chaotic, button-pushing trip to New York and the outrageous public art he creates there.

4. Beanie Mania

“Beanie Mania” was directed by Yemisi Brookes in 2021. It is a perpetually amused documentary that looks back with fondness and wonders at the most explicable Beanie Baby fad of the late 1990s. The line exploded in the secondary market, when millions of people shelled out to own these tiny bean-stuffed animals. Some of the biggest players from this era, including gift shop proprietors, active traders, major collectors, and devoted fans were tracked down by Beanie Mania. They tried to explain why the world went bonkers for these toys, which they paid hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for. Few made money, however many didn’t. There experience was examined with an entertaining eye by Beanie Mania.

5. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

The Bee Gees were exceptionally famous in the 1970s, as rare vintage footage from the era demonstrated in “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.” This documentary, directed by Frank Marshall in 2020, charts the rise and sustained fame of the group, which is best known for its disco hits and “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, although they also had a string of Beatles-esque pop hits in the ’60s, which became highly in demand songwriters and producers in the ’80s. The film is also a throwback at the life and career of Barry Gibb, the Bee Gees front man and one-time sex symbol who’s sadly and acutely aware that he’s the last surviving Bee Gee and Gibb brother.

6. Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists

A real documentary about the peak of print journalism and the hustle-bustle of creating content for a renowned and influential big-city newspaper, introduced through the lens of two New York City journalists who became celebrities for their writing and reporting is “Breslin and Hamill”. Two major historical events— the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the9/11 terror attacks, and how they were covered bookend Breslin and Hamill. Jimmy Breslin worked for the New York Daily News, while Pete Hamill wrote for the New York Post and Village Voice. They were both scrappy college dropouts who built their skills and reputations with open minds that motivate and informed their populist beat reporting, features, and columns. This documentary was directed in 2018 by Jonathan Alter, John Block, and Steve McCarthy.

7. A Brief History of Time

In 1988, the late Stephen Hawking who was commonly regarded as the smartest man on the planet, published “A Brief History of Time,” which is one of the most popular and widely read science books in existence. He explained the secret of space, universe, the cosmos, and physics in a very simple term. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker by name Errol Morris modifies that curious, patient, and joyous book to the screen, intercutting the cosmology with a view at the life of Hawking himself, particularly his struggles with the effects of ALS, which left him mostly static and confined to a wheelchair, and requiring the use of a speech synthesizer.

8. The Cold Blue

During World War II, William Wyler a three-time Academy Award-winning director moved to European Theater to film combat missions on B-17s as they happened embedded with the Eighth Air Force division. Some of that instinct, harrowing footage was used in 1944 documentary “The Memphis Belle”. Nevertheless, the raw footage was unraveled in the National Archives, and documentarian Erik Nelson brought it back to 4K quality and arranged it into this remarkable film portraying daily life for young, brave, and dreaded American soldiers.

9. George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison was known as “the Quiet Beatle, he was the most mysterious and less understood member of the Fab Four in spite of him being one of the most popular people on the planet for the second half of the 20th century. In this two-part documentary from prominent filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Harrison’s adventurous music and increasing spirituality are given unique attention in a biography that spans the icon’s life from his childhood in Liverpool to Beatlemania and all through to his untimely death in 2001.

10. Grey Gardens

It is one of the grittiest and sorrowful documentaries ever produced. The scope of “Grey Gardens” is small and occurs almost entirely in one house, the titular East Hampton estate which has fallen into severe disrepair, featured just two people, the seriously troubled mother and daughter that lived in abject poverty. However “Grey Gardens” has a lot to say, and the footage, free of narration or any framing device, depicts the darker truth behind the mystique of the extended Kennedy family. “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Beale — the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who spend their days in the crumbling mansion, surrounded by garbage and dirt, remembering their long-gone glory days as members of the upper crust before life and death gave them multiple tragic blows.


The above is a list of the 10 best HOB documentaries which are not just compelling and thought-provoking; they are also culturally relevant and significant for our times and HOB has them all.

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