Best celebrity documentaries: 12 captivating films and TV series to watch now

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Get up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest names with these incredible celebrity documentaries.

Although we may like to think we know everything about our favourite celebrities thanks to social media, that’s just not the case.

While Instagram and Twitter may provide us with a chance to connect with the actors and musicians we love, they don’t paint the whole picture of what life is really like in the limelight.

On the flip side, however, celebrity documentaries give us a chance to get up close and personal with the people behind our most-loved films, music and cultural moments. 

And with so many celeb documentaries now finding a home on our favourite streaming platforms, we’ve got a variety of great content about the rich and famous to watch.

From Beyoncé’s Homecoming to Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana, here’s our pick of the best celebrity documentaries to add to your watch list.

  • Pink: All I Know So Far

    We’re big fans of Pink here at Stylist, so when we heard that she had a new documentary on the way – and that it would provide an insight into her life behind the scenes of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour – it’s safe to say we were excited.

    All I Know So Far, which will be available to watch on Amazon Prime from 21 May, explores how the singer balances her roles as performer, mother, wife and boss as she takes her music to fans around the world. And if the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be just as uplifting and powerful as you would expect.

    Pink: All I Know So Far will be available to watch on Amazon Prime from 21 May

  • Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On

    Amy Winehouse
    Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On will feature never-before-seen footage of the star.

    There have been numerous documentaries made about the iconic Amy Winehouse, but this latest film from the BBC is shaping up to be very different than those that have come before.

    On top of the fact that the documentary is being released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the singer’s tragic death, it will also feature in-depth interviews with Amy’s mum Janis Winehouse, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis and wants to document her memories of Amy before her condition threatens them. The film will also include never-before-seen footage from the family’s archives.

    “I don’t feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up,” Janis said of the documentary’s announcement. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy.”

    A specific release date for the film has yet to be announced, but we’re looking forward to hearing more about what’s set to be a deeply emotional and powerful film.  

  • Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil

    Demi Lovato’s new docuseries focuses on the star’s near-fatal heroin overdose and its aftermath, including how her career has progressed since it happened back in July 2018.

    The series, which features interviews with Lovato and some of her closest friends and family, also reveals how she underwent three strokes and a heart attack as a result of the incident, and how she’s ready to get back to making music.

    Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil is available to stream on YouTube

  • Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

    A must-watch for fans and non-fans alike, Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry is award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler’s take on the singer’s meteoric rise to fame.

    From the success of her first smash hit song Ocean Eyes to the relationship between Eilish and her brother Finneas as they record her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, the new Apple TV+ documentary tracks the singer’s extraordinary coming-of-age journey from when she was 17-years-old to the present day.

    Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry is available to stream on Apple TV+

  • Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears has been all anyone can talk about recently, and for good reason. The documentary, which aired in the UK on 16 February, explores Spears’ meteoric rise to fame in the 1990s and the controversial conservatorship being challenged by the #FreeBritney movement.

    Although Spears does not appear in the documentary (the team behind the documentary said they reached out to her and her family but it was “unclear” whether Britney saw those requests), the film gives an insightful look at Spears’ ongoing court battle with her father and is a must-watch.

    Framing Britney Spears is available to stream on Sky GO and NOW TV

  • Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions

    Taylor Swift’s second foray into the world of documentary films follows the Folklore singer through the process of creating her eighth studio album during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Featuring performances of all 17 songs from the album as well as the anecdotes and stories behind them, this Disney+ special gives fans an exclusive look behind the scenes of Swift’s recording process and provides us all with another intimate glimpse of the woman behind the music. 

    Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions is available to stream on Disney+

  • Becoming

    Based on Michelle Obama’s best-selling memoir, Becoming is an intimate look at the former first lady’s “life, hope and connection with others”. 

    Alongside following Obama on her nationwide book tour, the documentary features footage of Obama’s talks, appearances and work during her time in the White House.

    Becoming is available to stream on Netflix

  • Whitney

    Released six years after her death, Whitney paints an intimate portrait of Whitney Houston and her family which goes beyond the headlines.

    Compiled of interviews with Houston’s closest friends and family as well as private and archival footage, the documentary gives fans of the singer a closer look at the life and death of the iconic star. 

    Whitney is available to stream on Amazon Prime

  • Miss Americana

    In this “raw and emotional” look at the singer’s life, director Lana Wilson follows Taylor Swift as she grapples with the reality of fame and comes to claim her political voice.

    The documentary – which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year – uses both archival and present-day footage to piece together Swift’s life over her 15+ years in the limelight. 

    Miss Americana is available to stream on Netflix

  • Gaga: Five Foot Two

    Gaga: Five Foot Two follows singer-songwriter Lady Gaga in the lead-up to the release of her fifth studio album, Joanne, and her 2017 Superbowl halftime performance.

    Shot in the style of cinema verité, the documentary is designed to give viewers “unfiltered, behind-the-scenes” access to the star at one of the most pivotal moments in her career. 

    Gaga: Five Foot Two is available to stream on Netflix

  • Hillary

    This four-part documentary series gives viewers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the former first lady and presidential hopeful.

    Compiled of exclusive interviews with Hillary Clinton herself and unseen footage from her 2016 presidential campaign, the documentary sees Clinton reveal her feelings on everything from Donald Trump’s election to her husband’s notorious affair.    

    Hillary is available to stream on NOW TV

  • Homecoming: A Film By Beyonce

    Tracing the “emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement,” Homecoming gives fans of Beyoncé a behind-the-scenes look at the star’s 2018 Coachella performance, which paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities.

    Featuring exclusive interviews with Beyoncé herself and candid footage from the rehearsal process, Homecoming is a captivating look at the work that went into creating the iconic performance.

    Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé is available to stream on Netflix

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.