Deepwater Horizon documentaries (the best to watch)


The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was one of the worst environmental disasters in history and resulted in the deaths of 11 crewmen and caused untold damage to the area around the rig. Unsurprising, this story of this disaster shocked people around the world and led to many documentaries being made about the incident. There are a few documentaries about Deepwater Horizon, so we thought we'd round up the best. Let's get into the list:

The Great Invisible (2014)

What's really interesting about this documentary is how it tells the story of what happened at Deepwater Horizon through the eyes of people who saw it happen first-hand. The film includes interviews and conversations with oil executives, people who live on the Gulf Coast, and even workers who somehow survived the explosion. The documentary is quite straight down the middle and tries to present the facts rather than place blame on any specific party, which we appreciate and think is an important element of any good documentary. If you have questions about what happened with Deepwater Horizon, then give this documentary a watch. You can stream this documentary via Pluto TV.

The Big Fix (2012)

This documentary was directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, both of whom have been involved in many movies with a social message. Josh directed the film Fuel, which explores alternate energy sources and examines ways in which America could lessen its dependence on foreign oil. So it makes perfect sense that these 2 would be behind the documentary The Big Fix, a film that explores the reasons that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident. Unlike the first documentary in our list, this film definitely has a specific take on what happened. But the evidence presented for the claims made in the film is so damning that it's hard to argue with their viewpoint. If you're looking for a broad look at what happened with Deepwater Horizon then we'd recommend The Great Invisible, but if you want to explore the slightly more conspiratorial claims then The Big Fix is the best movie to watch on the topic. You can stream this movie via Tubi.

Pretty Slick - The BP Deepwater Horizon Exposed (2016)

This is a much lower budget documentary compared to the other 2 in our list, but it is still really insightful and worth a watch if you want to learn more about the disaster. You can rent or buy this documentary to watch via Prime Video here.