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The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix  

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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.

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Hitler, a Career is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Hitler, a Career
Hitler, a Career is a 1977 documentary film written by Joachim Fest and directed by Christian Herrendoerfer and Joachim Fest.
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Attacking the Devil: Harold Ev... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime
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Secrets of Scotland Yard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Secrets of Scotland Yard is a film directed by George Blair released on Jul 26, 1944.
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Witches: A Century of Murder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Witches: A Century of Murder
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Five Came Back is a melodrama and a precursor of the disaster film genre. The film was directed by John Farrow, photographed by renowned film noir cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca, and written ...more
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The Battered Bastards of Baseb... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a 2014 documentary film about the Portland Mavericks, a defunct Minor League Baseball team which operated from 1973 through 1977. Owned by actor Bing ...more
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Ken Burns: The West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Ken Burns: The West
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The Russian Revolution
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Prosecuting Evil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Prosecuting Evil
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Martin Luther is a 1953 film biography of Martin Luther. It was directed by Irving Pichel, and stars Niall MacGinnis as Luther. It was produced by Louis de Rochemont and RD-DR Corporation in ...more
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First They Killed My Father is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
First They Killed My Father is a 2017 American biographical historical thriller film directed by Angelina Jolie and written by Jolie and Cambodian-born American human-rights activist and ...more
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Mission Control: The Unsung He... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Sto... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
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Genius of the Modern World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Genius of the Modern World
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Patria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
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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Hiroshima: The Real History is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Hiroshima: The Real History
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The Accountant of Auschwitz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
The Accountant of Auschwitz
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Minimalism: A Documentary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Minimalism: A Documentary
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Harry & Snowman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Harry & Snowman
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Twenty Two is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Twenty Two
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The Seven Five is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
The Seven Five
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Ladies First is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best History Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Ladies First
“Ladies First” explores the role of Rwandan women in building bridges between Hutus and Tutsis 10 years after the genocide that killed 800,000 people in 100 days. Director Gini Reticker and ...more