Fan theories are super fun, but it takes a very special kind of mind to come up with one. Room 237 is the best insight most of us well ever get into one of those minds. The film explores multiple conflicting theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, which range from kinda weird to absolutely bonkers. Told entirely through voice over interviews, 237 creates an unnervingly intimate relationship between the viewer and the films subjects. By the end of it, you probably still won't buy into the conspiracies they're pedalling, but you will have a much better understanding of the brains that created them.
Some of the best documentaries focus on topics you might not have initially assumed were big enough to sustain a full documentry. In the case of Do I Sound Gay, that topic is the "Gay voice." It may sound silly, but the film makes the most of it seemingly small subject matter, using it as a jumping off point to discuss internalized homophobia. If you've ever assumed someone's sexual orientation based on their voice (which is all of you) this film will be surprisingly eye opening.
When it came out, Jesus Camp was a terrifying look at religion in the Bush era. Rewatching it now, it manages to feel both like a relic of a time past, and a creepy predictor of things to come. Following a trio of kids as they attend an evangelical summer camp, the documentary manages to make you terrified of the films subjects without ever actually hating them (They are children after all). It'll occasionally make you want to cringe, but if you can power through, Jesus Camp is a rewarding experience that will stick with you well into the next election.
You might think that a movie about an old lady who dresses good would be boring as hell, but you'd be surprised. The titular character is a woman who's made a name for herself just by being really, really, really, stylish. If that sounds silly, I suggest you watch the movie, because by the time the credits roll you'll totally understand why Iris is a star. It's probably the airiest entry on this list, but if you're in the mood for some lighter fare, Iris is a fun and insightful diversion, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
When the stock market crashed in 2008, billionaires David and Jackie Siegel had to stop construction on their dream home: a mansion called Versailles that, if completed, would be one of the largest in the world. Thankfully, someone was around to record it because it's good as hell. Based on that description, you'd think that the fun of Queen of Versailles would be to enjoy watching rich people suffer, and that's mostly true. What makes the film special, though, is the amount of empathy it has for its subjects. By the end of the movie, you'll be both happy to watch these people fail and hopeful that they'll get it together.