What are the best HBO documentaries?

HBO is known to offer many high tier documentaries that are available to stream on their online platforms. Take a look at these best HBO documentaries to stimulate your mind about a wide range of topics and stories.

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    #1Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

    Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

    Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a documentary film which probes reports of pedophilia within the Roman Catholic Chruch, particularly on a group of men abused when they were kids at a Milwaukee school for the deaf. 


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    Ridhi Pawar
    Written on July 17, 2018
    "Huhuhu I just can't believe things like this actually happen in real life. T.T Just can't imagine that things like what happened in this one of the best HBO documentaries actually happened to kids :/ Poor kids. Anyways, the documentary is an eye-opening, that we just can't trust people just because the connotation of their job sounds like they won't commit any crime. We should always take care of kids so it won't happen to them! this is a nightmare!"
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    #2There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane

    There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane

    There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane is a documentary film released in 2011 which investigates the 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash caused by the driver Diane Schuler that has killed her and seven others. 

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    Christina Meyer
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "This was really an eyeopening. Something similar happened to my friend. Nobody suspected her problem except for ones really close to her. Even they were blindsided when she drove up the wrong side of the freeway and killed herself and one of her boys. This is a very vivid and honest documentary on HBO. It hit very close to home for me, but I believe it is an important documentary."
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    #33 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

    3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

    3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets is a documentary film which investigates the aftermath of the fatal encounter of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and his friends with David Dunn who fired 10 bullets at their car that caused his death. 

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    Janice Greene
    Written on October 24, 2017
    "3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets is a disturbing but informative documentary on hbo about the loss of a high school student's life. When I watched this documentary I was able to see the perspective from both sides, which I appreciate. It's unbiased which leaves me to decide for myself what I think and feel. Heart-wrenching though. "
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    #4Capturing The Friedmans

    Capturing The Friedmans

    Capturing The Friedmans is a documentary film released in 2003 which is about the 1980s investigation of Arnold and Jesse Friedman for child molestation. It will take us on the circumstances following the arrest of the two.

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    Mark Moore
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "I was looking on HBO one night when I watched Capturing The Friedmans. It is one of the best and now famous HBO documentaries I've seen. I just found it absurd that kids are worshipping the Dad. The documentary is more of lacking of emotional intellect but the documentary is moving."
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    #5The Jinx

    The Jinx

    The Jinx is a six-part documentary released in 2015 directed by Andrew Jarecki which focuses on real estate heir Robert Durst, who was the main suspect in the disappearance of three people, including his wife. 

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    Olivia Snyder
    Written on October 16, 2017
    "This is an interesting series done in a documentary style format. I love the suspense, cliff-hangers, and drama. I also enjoy the lead character, as I feel he really brings the Robert Durst character alive. The only thing I do not like about this series is that it is on HBO. I have to pay extra to see the show. So I tried to watch other the best HBO documentaries on this list but i think this is the best so far. "
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    #6The Cheshire Murders

    The Cheshire Murders
    The Cheshire Murders is a documentary film which looks deeper on the crime committed by ex-convicts Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky who invaded the family home of Jennifer Hawke-Petit in Cheshire, Connecticut. 
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    Frances Hall
    Written on September 14, 2019
    "The Cheshire Murders is a stunning and compelling documentary that HBO put out on the 2007 home invasion in Cheshire. I watched this documentary hoping to gain some insight on the crimes that took place for my college psychology class and could not be more impressed with the film makers ability to capture such a horrible crime. If you are interested in documentaries or crime in general, you must check out The Cheshire Murders!"
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    #7 Jim: The James Foley Story

     Jim: The James Foley Story

    Jim: The James Foley Story is an HBO documentary which is an in-depth look at the life and work of American photojournalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014. This is an Emmy winning documentary film. 

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    Alan Garcia
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "Jim: The James Foley Story is almost unbearably sad but this film, made by a childhood friend, does not focus on the gruesome death, but is rather a celebration of the life lived before that moment in the desert. The story of Jim's life is told by his parents and brothers and sisters from their family home in New Hampshire but the fellow hostages that came home alive reveal the inspiring moments given to them by Jim before his untimely death. The movie, though heart-wrenching, does show Jim's family growing closer, albeit through shared agony. Indeed this should be on the top five of the best HBO documentaries."
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    #8Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills tells the story of the West Memphis Three - three teenage boys accused of murder and mutilation of three children in 1993. This documentary became a series of some sort because the case is so difficult. 

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    #9Mommy Dead and Dearest

    Mommy Dead and Dearest

    Mommy Dead and Dearest is a documentary film released in 2017 about the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard committed by her daughter Gypsey Rose. It examines the circumstances which led to the murder. 

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    Vicky Zhong
    Written on January 9, 2019
    "Aside from watching almost all the best documentaries on HBO i am also a true-crime docu fan. I basically have watched everything that was popular and made the news. But this tale is def a one of a kind story that is full of twists and turns "
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    #10Going Clear

    Going Clear

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a documentary film which looks deeper into the inner workings of the church of Scientology. It shines a light into the shocking revelations about the church from the abuse and betrayal.

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    Joshua Peters
    Written on January 9, 2019
    "I have watched tons of documentaries made by Alex Gibney. So I had high expectations when i found out that Gibney is the brain of this docu. I have always been curious of Scientology which is we all know is a controversial subject matter. Through this i discovered chilling facts about that church. Who would have thought that right? So yeah i am going to add this to my long list of the best hbo documentaries"
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    #11Andre the Giant

    Andre the Giant

    Andre the Giant is a sports documentary that revolves around the wrestler André Roussimoff who goes by the name Andre the Giant. The documentary on HBO is directed by Jason Hehir and stars  Cary Elwes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Robin Wright.

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    #12When the Levees Broke

    When the Levees Broke

    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is an award-winning documentary series on HBO. The documentary about how the US government responded to Hurricane Katrina stars Darleen and Jay Asevedo, and Shelton Shakespear Alexander.

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    #13Arthur Miller: Writer

    Arthur Miller: Writer

    Arthur Miller: Writer is a documentary directed by Arthur Miller's very own daughter Rebecca Miller. The documentary highlights the life of Arthur Miller through his insights and interviews that were filmed throughout the years.

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    #14Thought Crimes: The Case Of The Cannibal Cop

    Thought Crimes: The Case Of The Cannibal Cop
    Filmmaker Erin Lee Carr examines the case of Gilberto Valle, a New York police officer accused of conspiring to kidnap and cannibalize women. The HBO documentary features Gary Allen, Violet Blue, and James A. Cohen.
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    #15Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

    Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

    Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland is a documentary from HBO. The documentary covers the investigation behind what occurred to then 28-year-old activist Sandra Bland who was arrested and three days later, found dead on her cell.

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    #16Beware the Slenderman

    Beware the Slenderman

    Beware the Slenderman is a documentary film which talks about the incident wherein two 12-years-old girls attempted to murder their friend in an attempt to satisfy a fictional monster called Slenderman. 

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    Linda Rios
    Written on July 17, 2018
    "I was having goosebumps the moment I watched this documentary from HBO. I have an 11-year-old daughter and no parent would ever want their child to be harmed or do something brutal to other people :( I just wished it never happened. Though mental illness should also be taken into consideration since it's a diff story."

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Best What are the best HBO documentaries
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of GodMovies 13 Paid
2There's Something Wrong with Aunt DianeMovies 11 Free
33 1/2 Minutes, Ten BulletsMovies 6 Paid
4Capturing The FriedmansMovies 6 Paid
5The JinxTV Shows 6 Paid
6The Cheshire MurdersMovies 5 Paid
7 Jim: The James Foley StoryMovies 3 Paid
8Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood HillsMovies 3 Paid
9Mommy Dead and DearestMovies 1 Paid
10Going ClearMovies 1 Paid
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