As the popular phrase goes, “knowledge is power.” And isn’t that why we all watch documentaries? To gain a little bit of knowledge or insight and then apply it towards our life in some way? Even if said application is unintentional, after watching something with a profound message, your subconscious will more than likely take over and before you know it you’re implementing changes you never thought would fit into your lifestyle. It’s documentaries that have effects like this that we want a little bit more of in our lives, so we gathered up some of our favorites that really inspire and motivate.


Blackfish” has been out for about five years now and it’s still making waves. Documentaries like this have helped put into perspective the lives of animals whose purpose is, historically, for entertainment and entertainment alone. And not just the whales at SeaWorld spotlighted in Blackfish, but circus animals as well. One viewing of this and you’ll be second guessing the treatment of animals in general and be left wondering what you can do to help.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

As the minimalism and living tiny movement continues to sweep the nation (and the world), it’s documentaries like “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” that really laid the foundation. The documentary touches on consumerism and the idea of living with less and how that could exponentially affect your life and that of future generations. Definitely a concept worth pondering, and this film will leave you doing just that.

Food, Inc.

There are tons of documentaries out there on the topic of food right now, but “Food, Inc.” stands out as something a little different. It’s not trying to convince you to go vegan or claim to have scientific information, it simply informs. At its core, it explains how food is being marketed to the people that consume it, and that it is usually a far cry from how it’s actually being made. It can almost be difficult to watch, but again, knowledge is power.

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

Tony Robbins has long been a name in the the self improvement and motivational speaking space. In fact, he’s probably one of the most recognizable faces/names in the business. His 2016 Netflix Original documentary, “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” definitely lives up to the hype you might feel is associated with his brand. It’ll leave you questioning everything, but in the best way possible.


Maidentrip” is a little different than the others on this list, but that’s precisely why it’s included. This documentary follows a young Dutch girl as she sets out to sail around the world solo at only 14 years old. If that’s not inspiring, what is? The places she sees and people she meets along the way are just as enchanting, but it’s the will the girl has to do the impossible that makes this documentary a must-watch.

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