As a huge fan of documentaries, I have found a recurring theme amongst all of the films I’ve watched. That theme is that they are all horrendously depressing. Most documentaries aim to tackle serious issues and with that comes a lot of weight.
Sometimes, I’d like to leave a documentary feeling good. I want to feel like something was accomplished and I can go about my day without crying. These are the best documentaries that will lift your spirits and keep your chin up.
1.) Finding Joe
This documentary aims to explain the concept of the “Hero’s Journey.” This is a journey that everyone must go through that will shape them as a person and how we identify our own journey.
2.) Being Elmo
As the creator of the Elmo Puppet on Sesame Street, Kevin Clash has gone on to have amazing success as a puppeteer and an entertainer for children. This documentary follows Kevin’s journey.
3.) Man On Wire
This thrilling documentary follows Phillippe Petit as he goes on to accomplish his daring tight rope walk between the Twin Towers. This is an awe-inspiring tale of a man who never gave up on his dream to pull off an incredible stunt.
4.) I Am
Tom Shadyac suffered a near death mountain biking accident and had an epiphany, and this documentary is that vision. It aims to answer the big questions like, why is the world the way it is and is there anything we can do anything to better it?
Happy tries to find out what makes people in general happy. Many studies have been conducted about depression and anger, but this flips that all on its head when it tries to discover the meaning and cause of true happiness.
6.) The Century Of The Self
The Century Of The Self shows us how classic philosophers have influenced capitalism, politics, and governments and how we can learn from them so that we aren’t taken advantage of. It aims to educate us about the pitfalls of marketing and advertising and how to become less of a sheep.
7.) Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
Jiro Ono has one of the most successful sushi businesses in the world and this documentary shows his practices and how he became such a smash hit in the sushi world.
8.) Searching For Sugar Man
This documentary is about a failed rock star in the US but was massively successful in South America inexplicably. It follows his fans as they travel to the States to try to find him and what happened to him.
Do you have a couple of hours to kill? I hope you do. Check out these great documentaries and feel better about life. Share this post with your fellow documentary lovers and plan a happy documentary party!