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Here are the best Netflix original documentary movies currently streaming online on Netflix, ranked from the most popular to the least by the Ranker community. This list shows every Netflix original documentary on Netflix Instant. Also check out the funniest Netflix original stand up comedy specials and the best Netflix original movies.

The latest and newest Netflix original documentaries feature some of the biggest issues in politics, news, entertainment, drugs, and history. From critically acclaimed Hollywood directors like Werner Herzog, Ava DuVernay, and more, must-watch Netflix original docs include Into the Inferno, 13th, My Beautiful Broken Brain, Extremis, and Tig.

Netflix is quickly becoming a successful independent movie studio by producing quality documentaries. Most anticipated Netflix documentary films include Strong Island.

Sometimes there's nothing better than to just binge watch Netflix originals and chill. Which Netflix original documentary is the best? From Hot Girls Wanted to What Happened, Miss Simone?, they're all here for the Ranker community to vote on. If there's a Netflix original documentary that you don't see, feel free to add it to the list, but make sure that it's currently streaming on Netflix. Vote up your favorites and vote down the ones you don't think are so good.

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Wild Wild Country is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Movies
Wild Wild Country (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series directed by Maclain and Chapman Way. When Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh AKA Osho, the world's most controversial guru, builds a utopian city ...more
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13th is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Movies
Ava DuVerna
13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
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Bryan Fogel
Icarus is a 2017 documentary film directed by Bryan Fogel. While exploring the option of doping to win an amateur cycling race, Fogel happens upon a major international doping scandal when he ...more
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Evgeny Afineevsky
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom is a 2015 documentary film directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations ...more
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Richard Ladkani
The Ivory Game is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. The filmmakers spend 16 months undercover to examine the ivory trade, which has become a global ...more
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Audrie & Daisy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Movies
Bonni Cohen
Audrie & Daisy is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community, ...more
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Chapman Way, Maclain Way
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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Jeff Orlowski
Chasing Coral is a 2017 documentary film directed by Jeff Orlowski. As coral reefs around the world vanish at an unprecedented rate, a team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a ...more
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Orlando von Einsiedel
The White Helmets is a 2016 British short documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. The film follows the daily operations of a group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil ...more
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Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Heroin(e) is a 2017 documentary short film directed by Elaine McMillion. Three women fight to break the cycle one life at a time.
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Orlando von Einsiedel
Virunga is a 2014 British documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel; it focuses on the conservation work of rangers within Virunga National Park, and the activity of a British company, ...more
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Yance Ford
Strong Island is a 2017 documentary film directed by Yance Ford. Examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this ...more
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David France
The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson is a 2017 documentary film directed by David France. This documentary uses never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews in a search for the truth ...more
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Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
One of Us is a 2017 documentary feature film directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Centering on the lives of three ex-members of Brooklyn's Hasidic community, the film explores their ...more
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Jacob LaMendola
Long Shot is a 2017 documentary short film directed by Jacob LaMendola. When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he insists he didn't commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw ...more
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Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme
Get Me Roger Stone is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme. Inspired by a New Yorker article by writer Jeffrey Toobin, the filmmakers embarked ...more
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What Happened, Miss Simone? is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Netflix Original Documentary Movies
Liz Garbus
What Happened, Miss Simone? is a 2015 biographical documentary film directed by Liz Garbus. Exploring the life of Nina Simone, the documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and ...more
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Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones
Quincy is a 2018 documentary filmed directed by Alan Hicks and Rashida Jones. An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones, a unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years who ...more
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Werner Herzog
Into the Inferno is a 2016 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog. An exploration of active volcanoes in Indonesia, Iceland, North Korea, and Ethiopia, Herzog follows volcanologist and ...more
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Kitty Green
Casting JonBenet is a 2017 documentary film directed by Kitty Green. During a casting process for a fictional film, various Colorado-area actors are interviewed and tested for the roles of real ...more
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Chris Smith
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Chris Smith. Alternating between contemporary interviews with Jim Carrey and first-hand footage of the making of ...more
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Myles Kane, Josh Koury
Voyeur is a 2017 documentary film directed by Myles Kane and Josh Koury. Journalism icon Gay Talese reports on Gerald Foos, the Colorado motel who allegedly secretly watched his guests with the ...more
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Brian Knappenberger
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press is a 2017 Netflix documentary directed by Brian Knappenberger. Themed around the effects of big money on American journalism, the documentary focuses on ...more
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Theo Love
The Legend of Cocaine Island is a 2018 documentary film, directed and produced by Theo Love. An urban legend about a duffel bag of cocaine buried in the Caribbean leads a misfit band to hatch a ...more
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Chris Moukarbel
Gaga: Five Foot Two is a 2017 documentary film directed by Chris Moukarbel. In addition to covering the production of Lady Gaga's fifth studio album, Joanne, and her halftime performance at ...more