Yet the movies on this roster also encompass subjects like race, politics, art, food, the police, the animal kingdom, the environmental crisis, the opioid crisis, and a rescue mission more gripping than any thriller. And the range of movies here is a testament to the vast spectrum of work now being done in the non-fiction arena. When it comes to documentaries, we think you can’t, so we prefer to categorize the best documentaries of 2021 as a pride of riches. We’ve never been too crazy about the phrase "embarrassment of riches." Why the embarrassment? Can you really have too much of a good thing? A number of the films we chose are music docs, but that’s simply because there was so much extraordinary, impossible-to-ignore work in that area. To anyone who doubts that docs rule, our response is simple: get real.” /> We included 20 on this list because we didn’t feel, in our right minds, that we could do without any of them.