10 Shocking Celebrity Documentaries To Watch Right Now (& Where To Watch Them)


Celebrities can at times seem mysterious and untouchable, even in today’s age of having more access to them than ever via social media. There are many secrets and stories that celebrities don’t tell, or at least don’t explain much about, and celebrity gossip is of huge interest to many fans. Recently, more and more documentaries about shocking celebrity scandals, experiences, and about the industry, in general, have been released.

Framing Britney Spears, for example, had a huge impact on many people as it shed light on the conservatorship Britney was under that many people knew little about. There are many of this kind of documentary available to stream right now. Please note, some of these documentaries discuss heavy themes.

10 Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil – Available to Stream On YouTube

Demi Lovato Dancing Devil Documetary

This documentary was released and created by YouTube and takes a close look at Demi Lovato’s trajectory throughout her life and Hollywood career.

Lovato has been very open over the years, especially about how being a young person growing up in Hollywood isn’t easy. This latest documentary is four parts and focused specifically on her mental health journey and details of her personal life. It really offers an in-depth look at her story and has her speaking candidly about issues she has dealt with throughout her time in the limelight.

9 Amy – Available to Stream On Hulu

Amy Winehouse documentary

Amy Winehouse is still considered one of the most tragic figures in pop culture because of her untimely death at such a young age. The documentary is a rather rough one to watch as it pulls together old interviews as well as fans’ reactions to Amy’s death.

It also covers some rather heavy topics such as addiction and self-harm, so it’s worth noting that this story might not be suitable for all viewers. However, it is an eye-opening look into the artist’s life.

8 Tiger – Available to Stream On HBO Max

HBOS tiger woods documentary

Tiger Woods is well-known for being a part of one of the most talked-about scandals in all of celebrity history.

While he was previously famous as one of the best athletes in the world, his cheating scandal had a huge impact on his career. This recent documentary is available on HBO Max, and it chronicles his rise, fall, and re-entry into the world of golf and celebrity.

7 Kid 90 – Available to Stream On Hulu

Jonathan Brandis with group of teen friends in Kid 90

While all decades had child stars, the ’90s was a decade that many people today will recognize for producing so many of their well-loved celebrities and bringing them into the public eye when they were kids.

This documentary was created by Soleil Moon Frye who interviews many of her old friends and fellow child stars, such as Brian Austin Green and David Arquette, about their experiences. It’s a rather intimate and realistic look into the industry and the experience for so many young actors.

6 What Happened, Miss Simone? Available to Stream On Netflix

What Happened, Miss Simone? directed by Liz Garbus

Nina Simone was a legendary singer and activist, and her story is incredible. This documentary on Netflix seeks to share some parts of her life with a new generation of viewers eager to learn her story.

The film uses details such as interviews with Simone’s family as well as recordings and rare footage to flesh out Nina’s life. The information about the Civil Rights movement and her role in it is also particularly fascinating.

5 Gaga: Five Foot Two – Available to Stream On Netflix

While many celebrity documentaries try to make their subjects look good or sympathetic, they can often veer too much into feeling unrealistic.

In some ways, this documentary about Lady Gaga stands apart because it shows Lady Gaga’s authentic reactions to some of the most difficult things about fame. She is open about her mental and physical health and shares many blunt truths about her life.

4 Allen v. Farrow – Available to Stream On HBO Max

Mia Farrow and Woody Allen in Allen v. Farrow

Of all the documentaries on this list, this one is one of the most difficult to watch. The story and allegations of abuse by Mia Farrow against Woody Allen have been known for some time, but this documentary dives deeper into the story than ever before.

It’s a piece of investigative filmmaking that interviews Mia Farrow and many others about what happened. It deals with some very heavy subjects that are difficult to watch and talk about, but they are more timely than ever especially in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

3 Surviving R. Kelly – Available to Stream On fuboTV

Just like the Allen v. Farrow documentary, Surviving R. Kelly is a harrowing watch. So, for those especially sensitive to issues of assault and abuse, it might be best to skip this one.

However, it’s an important story where victims of R. Kelly are interviewed and get to tell their stories first-hand. More and more documentaries like this are being made that shed light on the secrets of abuse in Hollywood, and hopefully, this will make it easier for victims to get the help and support they need.

2 This Is Paris – Available to Stream On YouTube

This Is Paris is a documentary that might defy expectations. The socialite is known for her iconic fashion sense and coining the phrase “that’s hot,” but there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.

She talks about traumatic experiences, including her time at a reform school in Utah where she alleges going through a lot of abusive things. It’s a new look into Paris Hilton and helps tell her story in a more nuanced way than ever before.

1 Framing Britney Spears – Available to Stream On Hulu

Framing Britney Spears New York Times Presents

Of course, no other documentary could be on the top of this list than Framing Britney Spears. While it’s been talked about all over the internet, it’s worth the hype for anyone that was ever a fan, or even a critic, of one of the most well-known pop stars of all time.

This documentary goes into detail about the way Spears was treated by the media and how at such a young age she was sexualized by the media and stalked by paparazzi. This doc is also important because it already has brought tremendous awareness to Britney’s situation.

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