7 Documentaries like “Three Identical Strangers”

I see a lot of people search for “documentaries like Three Identical Strangers” (the amazing doc about triplets separated at birth…who then randomly find each other).

So, I found 7 docs similar to Three Identical Strangers.

Namely, these docs share the same themes of identity and family secrets.

In case you haven’t watched 3 Identical Strangers yet, below is a trailer and a link to a more in-depth page that has ways to watch it.

Enjoy!

Here’s my full review: “Three Identical Strangers Review” (including options to watch it).

Documentaries Like ‘Three Identical Strangers’

1) The Impostor

“The Imposter” is a mind-bender, like “Three Identical Strangers” with a con twist.

It hit the screens in 2012, a 99-minute deep dive into identity and deception.

Meet Frédéric Bourdin, a real-life chameleon.

He’s not just playing Nicholas Barclay, a kid missing for three years; he becomes him.

Bourdin, 23, French, spins a web that even the missing boy’s Texas family falls into.

Now, here’s the twist. The family, they take him in.

Blue-eyed Nicholas, now brown-eyed Bourdin.

Why? The doc teases out family secrets, echoing “Three Identical Strangers'” own family mystery.

Bart Layton, the director, he’s a maestro here.

The reenactments? They’re not just for show. They blur the lines between fact and fiction, just like the triplets’ tale.

You get interviews, raw and unfiltered. Bourdin, the family, they lay it all out. It’s not just a con story.

It’s a look at grief, identity, and our need to believe in something, anything.

“The Imposter” and “Three Identical Strangers” share this: they’re both about the stories families tell themselves. About the truth, lies, and the gray space in between.

Watch “The Imposter” for free on Kanopy (with library/student ID) or free (with ads) on Freevee, Plex, Pluto and Roku. Or rent it on Amazon, Apple TV, etc. Check here for all streaming options.

2) Tell Me Who I Am

“Tell Me Who I Am” echoes “Three Identical Strangers” in its exploration of sibling bonds and hidden truths.

It hit the screens in 2019, an intense 85-minute journey into the heart of memory and identity.

Picture this: Alex, 18, wakes up.

His past? Gone, wiped out by an accident. His twin, Marcus, is all he’s got.

But Marcus, he’s holding back a dark secret.

Their connection? It’s deep, it’s complex. Alex trusts Marcus, completely.

But when the truth hits, it’s like a punch to the gut. It’s a moment that shakes you.

Director Ed Perkins weaves this tale with a delicate hand.

It’s about trauma, the power of twins, and the maze of memory. It’s a narrative that grabs you, doesn’t let go.

Watching “Tell Me Who I Am,” you’re more than a spectator. You’re right there with them.

It’s got shades of “Three Identical Strangers”: the mystery of family, the quest for identity, the shock of the unknown.

This doc probes what makes us who we are, much like the story of the triplets separated at birth.

It’s a deep dive into the power and complexity of sibling relationships and the truths they can hide.

Watch “Tell Me Who I Am” on Netflix at https://www.netflix.com/title/80214706

3) Stories We Tell

“Stories We Tell” and “Three Identical Strangers” share a compelling theme: the elusive nature of family secrets, identity and truth.

Released in 2012, “Stories We Tell” is 108 minutes of family mysteries.

Director Sarah Polley turns the lens on her own family. She unravels secrets about her mother, Diane. It’s personal, yet universally relatable.

This doc uses home movies, interviews, and reenactments. It blends storytelling and reality.

The line between them blurs. You’re not just watching a family’s history.

You’re exploring the nature of stories themselves.

Polley’s quest to understand her mother is heart-touching. The family’s different perspectives add depth.

Each version of Diane’s story is different. It shows how subjective memory can be.

“Stories We Tell” is more than a family portrait. It’s a meditation on memory, truth, and how we narrate our lives.

It’s thoughtful, beautifully crafted. A standout in the world of documentaries.

Watch it for free on Kanopy or (with ads) on Freevee and Roku It’s also available to rent on Amazon, Apple TV and other streamers. See here for all streaming options.

4) Twinsters

Twinsters and Three Identical Strangers share a surreal premise: long-lost siblings reunited.

“Twinsters,” released in 2015, runs for a heartwarming 89 minutes.

It starts with a YouTube discovery.

Samantha, an American actor, finds Anaïs, a French fashion student.

They look identical. Turns out, they’re twins, adopted separately. Their reunion? It’s like watching a fairytale come to life.

Like “Three Identical Strangers,” “Twinsters” dives into the nature versus nurture debate.

Samantha and Anaïs, though raised worlds apart, share startling similarities.

Their mannerisms, their laughs, even their tastes. It’s uncanny.

The doc captures their journey with warmth and honesty.

You’re not just watching a reunion; you’re part of their discovery.

“Twinsters” isn’t just about finding a twin. It’s about finding yourself in someone else.

A delightful, uplifting watch.

You can watch “Twinsters” by renting it on Amazon, Apple TV and most major paid streamers. Check here for options.

5) Little White Lie

“Little White Lie,” like “Three Identical Strangers,” uncovers a family’s hidden truth.

Released in 2014, it’s a 66-minute journey into identity and family secrets.

The documentary follows Lacey Schwartz.

Raised in a white Jewish family, she uncovers her African-American heritage.

It’s a personal quest, revealing deep family secrets.

Both docs reveal shocking family truths.

In “Three Identical Strangers,” it’s about triplets separated at birth.

In “Little White Lie,” it’s about Lacey’s true parentage and identity. Both movies explore the impact of these revelations on their lives.

Lacey’s story is intimate, probing into themes of race and identity. It questions how family narratives shape us.

Like the triplets in “Three Identical Strangers,” Lacey confronts her past to understand her present.

Watch “Little White Lie” for free on Kanopy (with library card/school ID) or on Amazon Prime. Check here for streaming options.

6) I Am Another You

“I Am Another You” kicks off like a road trip, with a twist. Think “Three Identical Strangers” meets wanderlust.

Released in 2017, this 80-minute doc packs a punch.

Nanfu Wang, a Chinese filmmaker, meets Dylan, a magnetic drifter. His world?

A stark contrast to her own. Just like “Three Identical Strangers,” it’s a dive into the unknown.

Dylan’s life is freedom personified.

No rules, no expectations. It’s captivating, a bit wild. Wang’s journey with him?

It’s like peeling an onion. Every layer reveals something new.

Both docs get you thinking. “Three Identical Strangers” is about discovering roots. “I Am Another You”? It’s about choosing your own path.

They’re two sides of the same coin.

Wang’s movie isn’t just a story. It’s a question. What does freedom really mean? It’s a head-scratcher, a conversation starter.

Watch “I Am Another You” for free on Kanopy or for free (with ads) on Roku, Plex and Vudu. Or you can rent it for $ on the major streamers. Check here for full streaming options.

7) A Family Affair

“A Family Affair” is a family riddle, wrapped in a mystery.

It’s got the same ‘can-this-be-real’ vibe as “Three Identical Strangers.”

Think family secrets with a twist.

Tom Fassaert points his camera at his grandmother, Marianne.

She’s a character, full of charm and secrets. Like “Three Identical Strangers,” you start thinking it’s one thing.

Then, bam, it’s another.

This 110-minute doc from 2015 is a rollercoaster.

You’ve got love, betrayal, and a family puzzle.

Fassaert’s journey to understand Marianne is like unwrapping a surprise gift. You’re never sure what’s next.

Both docs? They’re about digging up the past. “Three Identical Strangers” has long-lost brothers.

“A Family Affair” has long-hidden truths.

They both show how family stories can be more twisted than fiction.

Fassaert’s doc isn’t just a family album. It’s a detective story, a look into how families tick. It’s captivating, sometimes uncomfortable, always fascinating.

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Rob Kelly, Chief Maniac of Daily Doc