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Is your American flag lapel pin in place? Here are the best political documentaries on Netflix, ranked from best to worst by savvy Ranker users. The top political documentaries streaming on Netflix cover topics ranging from civil rights and marijuana legalization to corporate greed. Politics are personal, and some of the most fascinating movies on this list of Netflix political documentaries are actually about specific politicians.

Mitt Romney gives viewers an inside look into his 2012 presidential campaign with the documentary Mitt and Donald Rumsfeld defends his choices as Secretary of Defense in The Unknown Known.

There are several Oscar-nominated political documentaries on Netflix Instant, including The Act of Killing, Gasland, and Food, Inc. Other good movies that you will find on this list of the top political documentaries on Netflix include Citizen Koch, E-Team, and After Tiller.

Whether you're intrigued by modern Washington, social movements, policy issues, or the personal lives of politicians, you'll find a political documentary on this list. Which Netflix political documentaries are the best? Exercise your democratic rights by voting up your favorites. And demand a recount by adding any political documentaries we may have missed.
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Food, Inc. How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same as ever — a tomato still looks like a tomato — it has been radically transformed. In the Academy ...more

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Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve Liev Schreiber, Janet Yellen, Paul Volcker Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a 2013 historical documentary film directed by Jim Bruce.

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Gasland Dick Cheney, Josh Fox Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States affected by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a ...more

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After Tiller After Tiller is a 2013 documentary film directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson that follows the only four remaining doctors in the United States who openly perform late-term abortions. The title refers to George Tiller, a doctor who performed ...more

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 The Black Power Mixtape examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. The film combines music, startling 16mm footage (lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for 30 ...more

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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a 2008 documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. It details Hunter S. Thompson's landmark writings on music and politics. Friends and family provide interviews to help describe the mythos of ...more

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The Act of Killing The Act of Killing is a 2012 documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous and Christine Cynn.

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Mitt Mitt is a 2014 documentary and biographical family-drama film written and directed by Greg Whiteley.

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The Unknown Known Kenn Medeiros The Unknown Known is a 2013 American documentary film about the life of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, directed by filmmaker Errol Morris. It premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29, 2013. The film was screened ...more

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The Big One The Big One is a movie filmed in 1996—and released in 1998 by Miramax Films—by Michael Moore during his promotion tour around the United States for his book Downsize This!. Through the 47 towns he visits, Moore discovers and describes American ...more

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a 2013 documentary, biography, sport, war film directed by Bill Siegel.

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Citizen Koch Citizen Koch is a 2013 documentary film directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal concerning the political influence of American plutocrats following the Citizens United ruling, and of the titular Koch brothers in particular. The film also focuses ...more

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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is a 2013 biographical documentary film written and directed by Nicholas Wrathall.

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How to Survive a Plague How to Survive a Plague is a 2012 historical news documentary film written by David France, Todd Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk and directed by David France.

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Cowspiracy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Documentaries on Netflix Instant

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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Kim Allen, Laura Somma, Michael Schwendeman Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer is a documentary directed by Alex Gibney about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and the sex scandal that derailed his political career. It premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival on April ...more

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The House I Live In The House I Live In is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.

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We Were Here We Were Here is a 2011 documentary film about the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. The film, produced and directed by David Weissman with editor/ co-director and Bill Weber, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011, The Berlin Film ...more

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A Place at the Table A Place at the Table is a film directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman released on March 20, 1988.

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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Figh... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Documentaries on Netflix Instant

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Control Room Josh Rushing Control Room is a 2004 documentary film about Al Jazeera and its relations with the US Central Command, as well as the other news organizations that covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Made by Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, the film ...more

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Let's Make Money Let’s Make Money is an Austrian documentary by Erwin Wagenhofer released in 2008. It is about aspects of the development of the world wide financial system, claiming that elitists economically exploit the rest of society, especially in the ...more

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Chevolution The documentary film Chevolution examines the history and legacy of the photo Guerrillero Heroico taken by famous Cuban photographer Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez. This image has thrived for the decades since Che Guevara's death and has ...more

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Surviving Progress Surviving Progress is a 2011 documentary written and directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks.

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The Island President The Island President is a 2011 documentary film about the efforts of then-President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed to tackle rising sea levels resulting from climate change. Produced by Actual Films, an Oscar- and Emmy-winning American ...more

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Churchill's First World War is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Documentaries on Netflix Instant
Churchill's First World War Drama-documentary about Winston Churchill's extraordinary experiences during the Great War, with intimate letters to his wife Clementine allowing the story to be told largely in his own words. Just 39 and at the peak of his powers running the ...more

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Watchers of the Sky Watchers of the Sky is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Edet Belzberg. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014 in the U.S. Documentary Competition. It won the two awards at the festival. It went on ...more

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Berkeley in the Sixties Bobby Seale, Barry Melton, Michael Miller Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialBerkeley in the Sixties is a 1990 documentary film by Mark Kitchell. The film highlights the origins of the Free Speech Movement beginning with the May 1960 House Un-American Activities Committee hearings at San Francisco City Hall, the ...more

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Hating Breitbart Hating Breitbart is a 2012 political documentary concerning conservative and new media icon Andrew Breitbart and his efforts to expose purported media bias in the United States. The documentary was released on October 19, 2012, just seven ...more

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Bidder 70 Bidder 70 is a 2012 documentary film written by Beth Gage and directed by Beth Gage and George Gage.

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The Day the '60s Died is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Documentaries on Netflix Instant
The Day the '60s Died Gregory Antoine, Terry Braun, Pat Buchanan

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a 2012 documentary film about Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, directed by American filmmaker Alison Klayman. Director Klayman received a special jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for the film, which ...more

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Let the Fire Burn Let the Fire Burn is a 2013 historical drama thriller documentary film directed by Jason Osder.

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Zeitgeist: Addendum Zeitgeist: Addendum is a 2008 documentary film produced and directed by Peter Joseph, and a sequel to the 2007 film Zeitgeist: The Movie. Zeitgeist: Addendum is itself followed by the 2011 film Zeitgeist: Moving Forward. ...more

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Our Nixon Our Nixon is an all-archival documentary providing a view of the Nixon presidency through the use of home movies filmed by top Nixon aides combined with other historical material.

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Zapata, Lives is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Documentaries on Netflix Instant

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Temporada de Zopilotes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Documentaries on Netflix Instant

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Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Documentaries on Netflix Instant
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Revolucion Mexicana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Documentaries on Netflix Instant

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Above All Else Above All Else is a documentary film directed by John Fiege.

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#chicagogirl -- The Social Network Takes On A Dictator #chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes on a Dictator is a 2013 documentary, action, drama film written and directed by Joe Piscatella.

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We Are The Giant We Are The Giant is a documentary film directed by Greg Barker.