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The Best Netflix Original Documentary Movies

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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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  • 1
    Ava DuVerna
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    25

    ActorsMelina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker

    Released2016

    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.  ...more
  • 2
    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 deep in  ...more
  • 3
    Bryan Fogel
    39
    16

    ActorsBryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev, Grigory Rodchenkov

    Released2017

    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 asks  ...more
  • 4

    Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

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    1
  • 5
    Bonni Cohen
    31
    11

    ActorsAudrie Pott, Daisy Coleman, Paige Parkhurst, Melinda Coleman

    Released2016

    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, including the  ...more
  • 6
    Richard Ladkani
    25
    6

    ActorsAndrea Crosta, Ian Stevenson, Prince William

    Released2016

    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
  • 7

    ActorsBilly McFarland, Ja Rule

    Released2019

    Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Chris Smith, released on Netflix on January 18, 2019. An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous  ...more
  • 8

    ActorsBishop Agapit, Catherine Ashton, Serhii Averchenko

    Released2015

    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 supporting  ...more
  • 9

    ActorsBo Butterworth

    Released2019

    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
  • 10
    Kitty Green
    31
    15

    ActorsHannah Cagwin, Aeona Cruz, Liv Bagley

    Released2017

    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
  • 11
    Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus
    31
    18

    ActorsFarrah Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Levi Cash

    Released2015

    Hot Girls Wanted is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus. The film follows the lives of several 18- and 19-year-old pornographic actresses.  ...more
  • 12
    Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn
    24
    10

    ActorsAmanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito

    Released2016

    Amanda Knox is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn. Featuring interviews with Amanda Knox, her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano  ...more
  • 13

    ActorsJames Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite, Stanley Crouch

    Released2015

    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
  • 14
    Chapman Way, Maclain Way
    20
    8

    ActorsKurt Russell, Todd Field, Rob Nelson

    Released2014

    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 Russell, the  ...more
  • 15

    ActorsMatthew Modine, Sarah Chaney, Leroy Edwards III

    Released2021

    Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal is a 2021 American crime documentary film directed by Chris Smith. Reenactments drive this documentary investigating the mastermind behind a  ...more
  • 16
    Orlando von Einsiedel
    24
    14

    ActorsAndré Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby

    Released2014

    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, Soco  ...more
  • 17
    Werner Herzog
    18
    7

    ActorsWerner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, Katia Krafft

    Released2016

    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
  • 18
    Jacob LaMendola
    17
    6

    ActorsTasha Boggs, Juan Catalan, Melissa Catalan, Larry David

    Released2017

    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 footage  ...more
  • 19
    Chris Moukarbel
    22
    12

    ActorsLady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Donatalla Versace, Mark Ronson, Florence Welch

    Released2017

    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 Super  ...more
  • 20
    Jeff Orlowski
    18
    8

    ActorsAndrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin

    Released2017

    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
  • 21
    Orlando von Einsiedel
    16
    7

    ActorsKhalid Farah, Mohammed Farah, Abu Omar

    Released2016

    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 Defense,  ...more
  • 22
    Evil Genius is a 2018 crime docuseries directed by Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder. The baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza man who robs a bank with a bomb around  ...more
  • 23

    ActorsJim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman

    Released2017

    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 Man on  ...more
  • 24
    Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro
    18
    11

    ActorsRoger Stone

    Released2017

    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 on a  ...more
  • 25
    Tone Grøttjord-Glenne, Corinne van der Borch
    13
    4

    ActorsTai Sheppard, Rainn Sheppard, Brooke Sheppard

    Released2021

    Sister on Track is a 2021 Norwegian-American sports documentary film directed by Tone Grøttjord-Glenne and Corinne van der Borch. A coming of age story about hope, belonging, and the metaphorical and  ...more

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