Who doesn’t love a good documentary? 2022 was great year for filmmaking, with there being many rock-solid documentaries throughout the year. As a result, below will discuss some of the best documentaries of 2022. It’s challenging to keep track of every release, hence why lists like this are great for highlighting what’s worth watching.
Nevertheless, this list won’t cover every notable documentary of the year; these are just some of the best to consider. We’ll mention the logline and about section from IMDb and a quick discussion on the film. After reading, consider checking these documentaries out or search for similar articles for more recommendations!
Fire of Love
Logline – Intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing the most explosive imagery ever recorded.
Lava is such a captivating subject to highlight since it’s so unfamiliar to the average person. Fire of Love holds that interest in a truly tragic story, sharing the lives of Katia and Maurice with the audience. The two’s work and memories will live on for years to come, especially thanks to Fire of Love.
Say Hey, Willie Mays!
Logline – Archival footage, contemporary interviews, and reflection on Willie Mays and his trailblazing influence in and outside baseball.
Are you missing baseball yet? Say hey, Willie Mays! is yet another high-quality sports documentary worth checking out. Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Say Hey, Willie Mays! dives deep into the man, including his life outside the game.
Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues
Logline – Follow the life and legacy of the master and so-called founding father of jazz, America’s first pop star, and cultural ambassador.
No matter who you are, pretty much every person in the world knows who Louis Armstrong is. The genius elevated jazz and music to another degree not many musicians have. This documentary covers all the critical aspects of Armstrong’s life and legacy, discussing America’s first pop star in the best way.
We Need to Talk About Cosby
Logline – Writer/director W. Kamau Bell’s exploration of Bill Cosby’s descent from “America’s Dad” to a convicted sexual predator. Comedians, journalists, and survivors have a candid, first-of-its-kind conversation about the man, his career, and his crimes.
We Need to Talk About Cosby is a powerful documentary detailing Bill Cosby and his horrible crimes. It gives first-hand knowledge of Cosby, causing a discomfiting conversation and examination of the entertainer and the culture that enabled his terrible actions.
The Tinder Swindler
Logline – Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, he wooed women online, then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback.
The Tinder Swindler was all anyone could talk about way back in February, and it makes sense why. The documentary highlights the impossible of someone pretending to be someone else, conning many out millions with some semblance of redemption by the end.
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song
Logline – This feature-length documentary explores the life of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, Hallelujah.
Leonard Cohen is one of the best singer-songwriters of the 20th century. Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is the best lens to analyze and appreciate the incredible musician.
Logline – A cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey. From visionary filmmaker Brett Morgen and sanctioned by the Bowie estate.
Moonage Daydream is a must-watch for any Bowie fan, exploring the artist’s creative and musical journey, featuring never-before-seen footage and performances. Even if you’re not a fan of Bowie, no one can deny the brilliance of this documentary.