With a nonstop news cycle and a spin machine set to "sensational," there's never been a more urgent time for documentaries that take their time and lean on extensive research. And it's never been easier to watch such documentaries; nearly every one of the 45 films we named the best documentaries of 2017 are available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime or another instant-watch platform.
Where should you start? With Academy Awards less than a month away, the five films vying for the Oscar is an obvious way into the documentary conversation. This year's batch range from heart-racing, investigative portraits to intimate explorations of family and friends. For your viewing pleasure, here are the nominees, and where to stream them.