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The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

Updated January 7, 2020 0 votes 620 voters 74.8k views22 items

For those eager to see history come to life, here are the best history documentaries on Netflix, as ranked by history buffs. Netflix is the perfect place to catch up on the latest and greatest historical documentaries. This list of Netflix historical documentaries is full of movies and miniseries about politics, science, and even sports. Many of the best history documentaries streaming on Netflix are about World War II, but there are plenty of others chronicling diverse eras and historical figures.

Ken Burns is considered one of the best documentary filmmakers of all time. His documentaries The War, Prohibition, and The Civil War are all available on Netflix. Netflix released an original documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, in 2014. Errol Morris's The Unknown Known is another great historical documentary that looks at more recent history.

Several great Netflix documentaries are about presidents. JFK: A President Betrayed and Our Nixon are two informative films. On a very different note, The Decent One takes an in depth look at Nazi Leader Heinrich Himmler through diary entries, letters, and memos.

Vote up the best Netflix history documentaries below. If there's an excellent Netflix historical documentary that's not included, add it to the list of documentaries before it's history. Then check out our list of Netflix documentary series to watch.

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    Hitler, a Career

    Hitler, a Career is a 1977 documentary film written by Joachim Fest and directed by Christian...
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    Ken Burns: The West

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    Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime

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    Witches: A Century of Murder

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    Minimalism: A Documentary

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    Martin Luther is a 1953 film biography of Martin Luther. It was directed by Irving Pichel, and...  more
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    Ladies First

    “Ladies First” explores the role of Rwandan women in building bridges between Hutus and Tutsis...
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    The Russian Revolution

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    Harry & Snowman

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    Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

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    Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

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    Genius of the Modern World

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    Patria

    Paco Ignacio Taibo II brings his book trilogy to life, highlighting Mexico's history in 1854-1867, a period he considers foundational to the country.

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    Prosecuting Evil

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    Hiroshima: The Real History

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    The Accountant of Auschwitz

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    Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski