Maybe you want something a little different in your movie viewing and want to try out an independent documentary film; if so, you can learn about 5 best independent documentary films and see which might interest you. Here, learn about the 5 best independent documentary films.

  1. "Bowling For Columbine" Released in 2002, this documentary by Michael Moore focuses on the issues of gun violence. The title is in reference to the Columbine school shootings. Whether you believe in gun control or believe in the right to bear arms, it is an interesting documentary and won an Oscar award for best documentary in 2003.

  2. "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" This documentary takes us into the investigation and trial of the Robin Hood Hills murders and showcases how three teens are railroaded into being found guilty for a crime that many believe they did not commit. It was released in 1996 and spawned a sequel in 2000 that focused on new information and evidence. The West Memphis Three have since obtained new trials due to new evidence.

  3. "The Cove" This 2009 documentary shows a group of activists and their infiltration of a cove in Japan to expose the abuse to dolphins and human health. It won an Oscar and many may find it hard to watch due to the disturbing content involved.

  4. "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts"  This 2006 documentary was written by Spike Lee and showcased the atrocities that happened during and after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. It examined the role of the government and its response to the people and conditions after this devastating hurricane that broke the levees that caused the flooding.

  5. "Sicko" Regardless of your stance on medical care in the United States, this 2007 independent documentary by Michael Moore showed the medical care from other countries as well as our own. It was filmed in various countries such as France and even Cuba.

Now you have 5 best independent documentary films that you can watch if you haven't already seen them. There are many documentaries out there but these are 5 of the best documentary films you can find.