15+ Best Celebrity Documentaries you Must See

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With Instagram and gossip sites, we might assume that we have a good insight into the lives of the rich and famous – but they literally just brush the surface!

If you really want to see how your favorite celebs grew up and what their day-to-day lives really look like, these must-see documentaries give you just that.

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From Beyonce’s breathtaking comeback Coachella performance to Chris Brown’s confessional documentary, you’ll have a front seat for the very best celebrity entertainment – all from the comfort of your couch!

So, let’s dive right in and uncover the 19 best celebrity documentaries around.

1. Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce (2019)

Beyonce is one of the few celebs that has managed to keep her private life out of the limelight and rarely shares snippets of what happens behind cameras. That said, this Netflix documentary series shows us how Queen Bey prepared for her comeback after giving birth to her twins, Rumi and Sir with her epic Coachella performance.

This jaw-dropping documentary shows the star’s incredible work ethic, uncovers Beyonce’s controversial diet, her workout routine, and her commitment to leaving a legacy as the first black woman to perform on the main stage at the world’s most iconic music festival.

Watch it on: Netflix

2. Miss Americana – Taylor Swift (2020)

This 90-minute documentary takes us on a personal journey, showing how Taylor Swift has struggled with keeping up her ‘good girl’ persona, battled with eating disorders and spent years beating herself up over bad press.

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Miss Americana shows the making of Taylor’s album Lover, her release of insecurities and her decision to take a stand in politics and actually express her thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, this documentary shows how Swifty stopped being a young girl and blossomed into a strong and powerful woman.

Watch it on: Netflix 

3. Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)

This emotional celebrity documentary shows Lady Gaga in her most vulnerable state. We see the performer working on her most personal album yet – Joanne, and her blossoming relationship with producer, Mark Ronson.

We also get an insight into Gaga’s daily battle with a chronic illness; the star is open and honest about how she’s struggling with fibromyalgia and the daily treatments that she has to try and overcome the pain. A definite must-watch that’ll make you love Gaga, if you’re not already a fan.

Watch it on: Netflix 

4. Simply Complicated – Demi Lovato (2017)

We all know how Demi Lovato struggled with alcohol and drug addiction from their numerous visits to rehab, but we’ve never had a real insight into what drove them to such a low point. Within this YouTube documentary, we see how Demi struggled with childhood stardom, their experience with bullying and addiction and their painful heartbreak.

The brutally honest documentary shows us unseen interviews and recordings of Demi that will make you a fan of the star, if you’re not one already…

Watch it on: YouTube 

5. One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

If you didn’t watch the boys rise to fame on the UK’s X-Factor, then don’t worry! The documentary series ‘This Is Us’ shows how One Direction rose to fame, became a global sensation and stayed true to their roots at such a young age.

Although this doesn’t show struggles, heartbreak and intimate details like some of the other celebrity documentaries on the list, it does let us reminisce on One Direction’s music as the short-film follows 1D on their 2012-2013 tour.

Watch it on: Netflix

6. Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

Amid her breakup with her ex-husband, Russel Brand, we get a unique insight into Katy’s personal life. She shares her strict upbringing, her struggles to fame and shows how she pushes her limits to deliver her lifelong dream of performing to her fans.

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This music documentary follows the singer on her yearlong California Dreams tour, so if you’re a superfan, you get to relive some special moments of Katy Perry’s extravagant concert.

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

7. Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness (2019)

This family documentary shows how The Jonas Brothers grew their relationship from being just siblings to bandmates and how their brotherly bond was tested as they rose to fame. It gives an insight into the band’s breakup and what truly happened that led the brothers to press pause on their band.

We also get to watch their reunion and how the Jonas Brothers pull together to rise once more!

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

8. Amy (2015)

Amy Winehouse was a true musical talent that lived a troubled life. This British documentary gives us a real insight into Amy’s struggles and battle with drugs and alcohol. Showing us never-seen-before home videos and voicemails, we get a small glimpse of how the celebrity was living, how she spiralled and messed up gigs – leading to her death at the young age of 27.

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

9. Travis Scott: Look, Mom, I Can Fly (2019)

You might know Travis Scott as Kylie’s baby daddy, but his documentary “Look Mom I Can Fly” shows Travis’s craftsmanship and dedication to his music.

With never-seen-before home videos, Travis takes us through a journey of his childhood and upbringing in Houston. We see how a small-town rapper made it big, won Grammys and collaborated with his favorite artists while staying humble. We also get to view touching moments of Travis with his daughter Stormi – proving that his greatest achievement in life (beyond his music) is his beautiful daughter.

Watch it on: Netflix 

10. Michael Jackson’s This is It (2009)

This creative music documentary walks us through the months working up to Michael’s comeback ‘This is It’ tour. Sadly, the King of Pop died just a few months before he was supposed to set the stage – but lucky for us – his choreographer directed this insightful documentary, showing us how Michael was preparing for his tour of a lifetime and gives a glimpse of who he really was – despite all the controversy he’s been placed under.

Watch it on: Netflix 

11. Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life (2017)

Chris Brown is a talented musician whose reputation was tainted at a young age because of his altercation with his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. This intimate documentary doesn’t excuse Chris’ controversial behavior or famous offences, but does give us an insight into his troubled relationship, his regrets and the love that he still has for RiRi.

Besides his personal life, we also get to see how Chris rose to fame and how he continues to develop his craft, push boundaries and make legendary music for all of his fans.

Watch it on: Netflix 

12. Justin Bieber: Seasons (2020)

If you’re not a Belieber already, this 10-part documentary series is bound to make you one! A vulnerable Justin shows an in-depth insight into his life whilst talking openly about his mental health, the making of his album, Changes, and his relationship with his beloved wife, Hailey.

The short episodes will have you laughing, dancing and crying as you get to see Hailey and Justin tie the knot and sadly watch Justin Bieber uncover his struggle with a chronic disease and drug addiction.

Watch it on: YouTube

13. The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears (2021)

It doesn’t get more controversial than this celeb documentary. Although this one isn’t from the point of view of the popstar herself, it still gives us a shocking insight into what is going on behind Britney’s closed doors.

Framing Britney Spears will make you nostalgic seeing all of her iconic 90s moments, but it will also give you extreme sadness as you learn about the unfair conservatorship her father has over her. The documentary explores how the media, paparazzi, her family and even Justin Timberlake so poorly treated Britney which led to her publicized downfall.

Watch it on: Hulu

14. Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well-acquainted with the ever-popular Billie Eilish. She’s on repeat on your radios, graced magazine covers, and now, she’s on your Apple TV+.

The World’s a Little Blurry follows Billie’s short yet intense experience of fame at the young age of just 19. From uncovering some intriguing behind-the-scenes moments, to divulging her struggles faced with fame, Billie Eilish’s documentary gives fans a deep insight into her life, far beyond what is normally shown on TV and Instagram.

Watch it on: Apple TV+

15. Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil (2021)

While Demi’s first documentary uncovered their years of alcohol and drug addiction, their most recent one, Dancing With the Devil gave us a shocking insight into their near-fatal overdose in 2018.

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Named after one of Demi Lovato’s biggest tracks, Dancing With the Devil informs viewers of the horrific things that went down including suffering from a heart attack and brain damage. They also make more surprising revelations about the hardships they’ve endured the past few years.

Watch it on: YouTube

16. jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (2022)

Whether you love him or hate him, admit it – you’re fascinated by the life of the controversial Kanye West. Instead of reading about Ye’s infamous feuds or latest rants and raves on Twitter, you can catch up on his biography with the Netflix documentary, jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy.

The eye-opening show reveals unseen archival footage from the past two decades of the rapper’s life including his rise to stardom, the death of his mother and his outrageous 2020 presidential campaign. For the first time ever, you might actually start to understand why Kanye is the way he is. If you’re nosy about his journey, this is your chance to delve into the highs and lows of Kanye West’s life.

Watch it on: Netflix

17. Shawn Mendes: In Wonder (2020)

Evaluating his life as a superstar is Shawn Mendes in his Netflix special In Wonder. This celebrity documentary gives fans an in-depth look at how the singer has handled fame ever since the release of his debut single Life of the Party.

Shawn reveals his battles against depression and anxiety, all the while treating us to concert shots as well as behind-the-scenes moments with his then-girlfriend Camila Cabello. This is a sweet watch if you’re a fan of the star.

Watch it on: Netflix

18. Jennifer Lopez: Halftime (2022)

It’s not everyday we get to take a look into the life of one of the biggest stars in the world. Jennifer Lopez‘s Halftime documentary follows the singer/actress throughout her preparation for the 2020 Halftime show at the Super Bowl.

Other than seeing her work and prepare day in, day out for the show-stopping performance, we also get a peek into Jennifer’s personal life as well as her heartbreak over an Oscar snub.

Watch it on: Netflix

19. Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me (2022)

We all know about Selena Gomez and her struggles with depression, anxiety, and a chronic disease. But this documentary takes a deeper look into those battles and how the singer has endured the hardships of fame and friendships throughout a six-year journey.

Detailing her experiences with music and even body-image struggles, this Apple TV+ documentary is raw, emotional and certainly inspiring for Selena’s loyal fans.

Watch it on: Apple TV+

So, there you have it! The very best celebrity documentaries that have been released to date! Let us know which one is your favorite by dropping a comment in the section below!

There are sections of this article that were written by Angela Stephanou.

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  • Joanna Zambas

    Joanna has a history in the fashion world; having studied lifestyle and fashion journalism at BA and MA level, she then proceeded to work in the hustle and bustle of fashion PR. These days you can find her working in the marketing sphere, content writing and religiously following the ins and outs of the entertainment world. She’s obsessed with celebrity style and the Kardashians – but who isn’t?!

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