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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 Instant. 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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Battle of Britain: The Real St... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
Battle of Britain: The Real Story James Holland presents a fresh analysis into the Battle of Britain, exploring the lesser-told German point of view, and highlighting the role of those who supported the Few during the summer of ...more

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The First World War from Above is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
The First World War from Above

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Hiroshima: BBC History of Worl... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II Hiroshima is a BBC docudrama that premiered as a television special on 5 August 2005, marking the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The program was aired on the ...more

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Churchill's First World War is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best History 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. ...more

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Attacking the Devil: Harold Ev... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime

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The Battered Bastards of Baseb... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
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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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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Secrets of Scotland Yard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
Secrets of Scotland Yard Secrets of Scotland Yard is a film directed by George Blair released on Jul 26, 1944.

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Hitler, a Career is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
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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Inside the Hunt for the Boston... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bomber

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American Revolutionary: The Ev... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs is a 2013 American biographical documentary film directed by Grace Lee.

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The Russian Revolution

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Killer Legends is a historical documentary film directed by Joshua Zeman.

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The Seven Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
The Seven Five

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Minimalism: A Documentary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
Minimalism: A Documentary

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Harry & Snowman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
Harry & Snowman

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Ladies First is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best History Documentaries on Netflix Instant
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