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The Best Documentaries of 2021

Own the Room
Paper & Glue
President
Pretend It's a City
Procession
Q: Into the Storm
Rebel Hearts
Respect
Sabaya
Sasquatch
Searching for Mr. Rugoff
Sing Me a Song
Sisters with Transistors
So Late So Soon
State Funeral

The best documentaries of 2021 emerged from all corners of the world, covering a wide range of subjects. Of course, filmmakers started really addressing the pandemic in 2021, but there were also smart bio-docs about major figures from world history and entertaining formal experiments. While a lot of the film world felt down in 2020 and 2021, the best documentaries continued to find new stories to tell. These are the best documentaries of 2021 with links in the reviews to watch them directly.