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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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    Ava DuVerna

    ActorsMelina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker


    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
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    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

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    Bryan Fogel

    ActorsBryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev, Grigory Rodchenkov


    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
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    Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

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    Hot Girls Wanted

    Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus

    ActorsFarrah Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard, Levi Cash


    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
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    ActorsDavid Attenborough, Johan Rockström


    Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Jon Clay. David Attenborough and scientist Johan Rockström examine Earth's biodiversity collapse and how...  more
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    ActorsBilly McFarland, Ja Rule


    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
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    Murder by the Coast

    Tània Balló

    ActorsRocío Wanninkhof, Dolores Vázquez, Sònia Carabantes


    Murder by the Coast (aka El caso Wanninkhof-Carabantes) is a 2021 Spanish crime documentary film directed by Tània Balló. In 1999, teen Rocío Wanninkhof is murdered. Her mother's ex-partner, Dolores...  more
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    ActorsBo Butterworth


    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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    ActorsJames Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite, Stanley Crouch


    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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    ActorsMatthew Modine, Sarah Chaney, Leroy Edwards III


    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
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    The Ivory Game

    Richard Ladkani

    ActorsAndrea Crosta, Ian Stevenson, Prince William


    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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    Get Me Roger Stone

    Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro

    ActorsRoger Stone


    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
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    Audrie & Daisy

    Bonni Cohen

    ActorsAudrie Pott, Daisy Coleman, Paige Parkhurst, Melinda Coleman


    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
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    Take Your Pills

    Alison Klayman

    ActorsEben Britton, Wendy Brown, Anjan Chatterjee


    Take Your Pills is a 2018 documentary film directed by Alison Klayman. The film explores the rise of Adderall use among students, athletes, and working professionals. ...  more
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    ActorsDolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves


    Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute is a 2021 American concert documentary film directed by Laura Segura. In a star-studded evening of music and memories, a community of iconic performers honor Dolly...  more
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    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

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    Crip Camp

    James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham

    ActorsLarry Allison, Dennis Billups, HolLynn D'Lil


    Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht. The documentary offers and intimate look at Camp Jened, a summer camp that for...  more
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    The Battered Bastards of Baseball

    Chapman Way, Maclain Way

    ActorsKurt Russell, Todd Field, Rob Nelson


    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
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    Amanda Knox

    Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn

    ActorsAmanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito


    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
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    Nadia Hallgren

    ActorsMichelle Obama, Phoebe Robinson, Barack Obama


    Becoming (Netflix, 2020) is an American documentary film directed by Nadia Hallgren. Former first lady Michelle Obama stars in this intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with...  more
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    Ali Tabrizi

    ActorsAlistair Allan, Tamara Arenovich, Jonathan Balcombe


    Seaspiracy is a 2021 American nature documentary film directed by Ali Tabrizi. Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species - and uncovers...  more
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    ActorsMitch Credle, Koe Rodriguez


    Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Stanley Nelson. In the early 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a tsunami,...  more
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    ActorsSean 'Diddy' Combs, Dr. Dre, Faith Evans


    Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell is a 2021 American biographical music documentary film directed by Emmett Malloy. Featuring rare footage filmed by Christopher Wallace's best friend, Damion "D-Roc"...  more
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