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The Best Documentaries of 2021

The Alpinist
The Beatles: Get Back
The Boy from Medellín
The Human Factor
The Inheritance
The Last Cruise
The Road Up
The Sparks Brothers
The Truffle Hunters
The Velvet Queen
The Velvet Underground
Tina

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.