As much as we want to think that we know everything about our favorite actors, musicians, and athletes just from the work they do in their fields, the truth is that they are real, complex humans just like us, who have full lives that we can never really understand. We often want to put celebrities in boxes and categories and then just leave them there all nicely sorted and clearly defined. But that can be damaging, and it's to no one's benefit. And when you get to watch documentaries about your favorite celebrities, you can simultaneously feel like you understand them better while also learning that it's impossible to completely connect with them.
Whether they're about famous singers, athletes, actors, comedians, or writers, successful documentaries about the biggest celebrities in the world allow them to come across more truthfully and allow fans to understand the more complicated aspects of these incredible talents. Oftentimes, these documentaries address the social, political, and historic contexts that our famous idols exist in, which allows these films to be not only just biographies about the people themselves, but also portraits of the world at large. Some of the docs on the list are quite a bit more light-hearted than others, but they're all completely engrossing and allow you to look at the concept of celebrity in new ways.