The Best New Documentaries of 2018

2018 has given us some of the best new documentaries that we’ve ever seen – and there’s still more coming!

With companies like Netflix, HBO, and Hulu jumping in to compete, new documentaries are popping up every few weeks and some of them are just amazing.

We’ve gathered this list of the best new documentaries to be released in 2018 and we’ll keep adding to it as even more come out.

Time to update your queue, sit back, and enjoy!

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Some links on this page many contain affiliate links. For more information, see our disclosure policy.These new documentaries of 2018 will totally blow your mind and leave you wanting more. There's true crime, biographies, inspiration, and of course a few docuseries.


Evil Genius

Just when you think you’ve seen every type of true crime documentary, Netflix comes out with Evil Genius…and once again outdoes itself.

Evil Genius tells the story of the notorious pizza bomber bank heist, where a man robs a bank with a bomb strapped around his neck…and it doesn’t end well.

But that’s only a fraction of the tale and Netflix takes you through each and every twist of the case in a new episode.

This new documentary is diabolical, shocking, and totally captivating.  

If true crime is your sweet spot, you will love Evil Genius!

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Survivors Guide to Prison

There have been a lot of really great new prison documentaries added over the last few years that have completely raised the bar on prison documentaries and Survivors Guide to Prison is no exception.

This new documentary focuses on a long list of prison issues, from incarceration rates and private prison profits to racism, discrimination, and the immense wealth that is required to fight in our current justice system.

The perspective is eery because it’s presented as – well, a guide for how to survive prison.

You may think that won’t apply to you, but what you soon realize is that the majority – yes, the majority – of inmates may actually be innocent of the crimes they supposedly committed.

If you like prison documentaries, this is definitely one to add to your list!

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Wild Wild Country

Wild Wild Country tells the story of Rajneeshpuram, an international cult that built their Utopian community in the Oregonian wilderness.

Unfortunately, their peaceful existence was short-lived and not long after their city had been formed did an epic battle begin with the local townspeople.

The issue?  Well, the neighbors didn’t quite buy into the peaceful existence and the Rajneeshees didn’t exactly want to peacefully assimilate.

What followed can only be described as the most bizarre political dispute that Oregon’s ever faced.

One of the coolest aspects of this new documentary is that it is told primarily from those that were part of the cult, giving it a very unique perspective.

This is a great new docuseries that is well worth moving to the top of your queue!

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

Of the new documentaries released this year, HBO’s film of Robin Williams was eagerly waiting at the top of our watch list.

Watchers beware: Your emotions will go for a ride watching this one!  

Even with some amped up expectations it delivered an incredibly funny and nostalgic view into Robin’s work.

In contrast, it also dealt a sobering blow portraying the dark reality of his environment and his own mind.  

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind wasn’t just fascinating, the film also made it clear he was firmly implanted into the pop culture of the times.  

This was definitely one of the best new documentaries of 2018, especially if you enjoy a little emotional tug-of-war.

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The Staircase

The Staircase isn’t exactly new. Quite the contrary, it is actually one of the first really great docuseries to become mainstream.

But in 2018, Netflix released 3 new follow-up episodes that continue the saga of the Peterson family, and more importantly, brought The Staircase back to the forefront.

For those new to The Staircase, the documentary series chronicles Michael Peterson’s fight to prove that he’s innocent of killing his wife after she was found dead at the bottom of their staircase.

From the very beginning until the very end, there are unexpected twists and turns and you will constantly be going back and forth about what really happened.

One thing is for sure though – you’ll be glued to the screen for each and every episode!

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Believer was a surprisingly inspirational new documentary of 2018 and one that is hard not to enjoy.

Following Imagine Dragons lead man Dan Reynolds, Believer chronicles his mission to change the Mormon Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and the LGTBQ community.

The Mormon Church has notoriously stood firmly against acknowledging LGTBQ rights, undoubtedly contributing to Utah’s status of having the highest teen suicide rate in the country.

Dan’s passion and determination is addicting and interviews from people directly affected by this issue will pull on your heartstrings throughout the entire film.

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Seeing Allred

Seeing Allred chronicles the life and work of famed lawyer, Gloria Allred.

If you don’t know Allred’s past (which I bet you don’t), then you’ll be blown away by the passion and dedication Allred has infused into her entire career, not to mention the adversity she’s had to overcome throughout her life.

And if you can’t quite put your finger on who Gloria Allred is…she’s most well-known for defending women who have had the unfortunate position of defending themselves against men like Bill Cosby and Donald Trump.

What is so amazing about this new documentary, though, is the realization that there is so much behind the high-profile cases and celebrity status.  

Gloria Allred is a true champion of women’s rights and her contributions have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of women today.


Time to once again update your queue and add the best new documentaries of 2018!  Check back to see when other new ones get added (we’ve got a few we’re waiting for! 😉 ).


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These are definitely the best new documentaries of 2018...and there's even more to come! Including true crime, inspirational biographies, and of course some cult action, there's something for everyone!