Documentary 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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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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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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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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The Ivory Game 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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Icarus 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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Audrie & Daisy 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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Get Me Roger Stone 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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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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Casting JonBenet 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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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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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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Chasing Coral 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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Heroin(e) 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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The White Helmets 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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Greg Whiteley Mitt is a 2014 documentary and biographical family-drama film written and directed by Greg Whiteley.

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Jehane Noujaim The Square (El Midan) is a 2012 documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim.

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Gaga: Five Foot Two 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

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The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson 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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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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Unjoo Moon The Zen of Bennett is a 2012 documentary film directed by Unjoo Moon.

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond 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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The Mars Generation Michael Barnett The Mars Generation is a 2017 documentary film directed by Michael Barnett. Aspiring teenage astronauts reveal that a journey to Mars is closer than you think.

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Into the Inferno 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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Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower Joe Piscatella Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower is a 2017 documentary film directed by Joe Piscatella. When the Chinese Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong ...more

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Long Shot 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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Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press 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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Extremis Dan Krauss Extremis is a 2016 American short documentary film directed by Dan Krauss. Witness the wrenching emotions that accompany end-of-life decisions as doctors, patients and families in a hospital ICU ...more

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Voyeur 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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Strong Island 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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My Beautiful Broken Brain Sophie Robinson, Lotje Sodderland My Beautiful Broken Brain is a 2014 documentary film directed by Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland. After suffering a hemorrhagic stroke , 34-year-old Lotje Sodderland begins losing her ...more

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Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus Hot Girls Wanted is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus that follows the lives of several 18- and 19-year-old pornographic actresses, while several woman are ...more

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One of Us 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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Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold Griffin Dunne Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold is a 2017 documentary film directed by Griffin Dunne. Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate ...more

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Resurface Joshua Izenberg, Wynn Padula Resurface is a 2017 documentary film directed by Joshua Izenberg and Wynn Padula. After years of nightmares, depression, and seizures, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane meets big wave surfer Van ...more

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Keith Richards: Under the Influence Morgan Neville

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Kingdom of Us Lucy Cohen Kingdom of Us is a 2017 documentary film directed by Lucy Cohen. A documentary showcasing the struggles of one family going through tragedy.

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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Justin Krook I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is a 2016 documentary film directed by Justin Krook. Diving into the life of DJ Steve Aoki, the documentary also examines his relationship with his father and includes ...more

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Saving Capitalism Jacob Kornbluth, Sari Gilman Saving Capitalism is a 2017 documentary film directed by Jacob Kornbluth and Sari Gilman. Former Secretary of Labor and Professor, Robert Reich, takes his book and his views to the heart of ...more

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Cuba and the Cameraman Jon Alpert Cuba and the Cameraman is a 2017 documentary film directed by Jon Alpert. Life in Cuba for three struggling families over the course of 45 years, from the cautious optimism of the early 1970s to ...more

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Josh Greenbaum The Short Game is a 2013 documentary film about 7- and 8-year-old golfers. Directed by Josh Greenbaum, it presents eight entrants in the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. The movie ...more

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Print the Legend Luis Lopez, J. Clay Tweel Print the Legend is a 2014 documentary film and Netflix Original focused on the 3D printing revolution. It delves into the growth of the 3D printing industry, with focus on companies MakerBot, ...more

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CounterPunch Jay Bulger CounterPunch is a 2017 documentary film directed by Jay Bulger. The seasoned pro. The Olympic hopeful. As boxing's popularity wanes, three fighters at different stages of their career make ...more

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Richie Smyth The Siege of Jadotville is a 2016 historical drama war film directed by Richie Smyth, based on Declan Power's book. Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) leads a stand off with troops ...more

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E-Team Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman E-Team is a 2014 documentary film directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman.