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The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix  

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Is your American flag lapel pin in place? Here are the best political documentaries on Netflix, ranked from best to worst by savvy Ranker users. The top political documentaries streaming on Netflix cover topics ranging from civil rights and marijuana legalization to corporate greed. Politics are personal, and some of the most fascinating movies on this list of Netflix political documentaries are actually about specific politicians.

Mitt Romney gives viewers an inside look into his 2012 presidential campaign with the documentary Mitt and Donald Rumsfeld defends his choices as Secretary of Defense in The Unknown Known.

There are several Oscar-nominated political documentaries on Netflix, including The Act of Killing, Gasland, and Food, Inc. Other good movies that you will find on this list of the top political documentaries on Netflix include Citizen Koch, E-Team, and After Tiller.

Whether you're intrigued by modern Washington, social movements, policy issues, or the personal lives of politicians, you'll find a political documentary on this list. Which Netflix political documentaries are the best? Exercise your democratic rights by voting up your favorites. And demand a recount by adding any political documentaries we may have missed.

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Mitt is a 2014 documentary and biographical family-drama film written and directed by Greg Whiteley.
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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom
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Knock Down the House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush
Knock Down the House is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Rachel Lears. The documentary is about four progressive Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula ...more
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The Unknown Known is a 2013 American documentary film about the life of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, directed by filmmaker Errol Morris. It premiered at the Telluride Film ...more
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Get Me Roger Stone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort
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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Robert Reich
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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Trump: An American Dream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Trump: An American Dream
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Miss Representation
Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of ...more
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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a 2012 documentary film about Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, directed by American filmmaker Alison Klayman. Director Klayman received a special jury prize at ...more
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Cowspiracy
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Before the Flood is a 2005 documentary film directed by Li Yi-Fan and Yan Yu.
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Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer, Eduardo Cunha
The Edge of Democracy (a.k.a. Democracia em Vertigem) is a 2019 Brazilian documentary film directed by Petra Costa. Both a documentary and a memoir, The Edge of Democracy documents the ...more
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Dirty Money
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Bobby Sands: 66 Days is a 2016 Irish documentary film about Bobby Sands and the 1981 Irish hunger strike.
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Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpowe... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Joshua Wong
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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How to Win the US Presidency is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
How to Win the US Presidency

This whimsical look at rough-and-tumble American politics examines the influence of money, religion and even ancient Rome on presidential campaigns.

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How to Stage a Coup is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
How to Stage a Coup

Explore how Caesar, Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler and modern-day dictators consolidated their considerable power through bold and brazen coups.

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The Square (El Midan) is a 2012 documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim.
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Alt-Right: Age of Rage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Alt-Right: Age of Rage

This 2018 political documentary follows a white power leader and an Antifa activist leading up to the Charlottesville riots in the first year of Trump's presidency.

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Reversing Roe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Reversing Roe

Through interviews with abortion rights supporters and opponents, this film lifts the lid on a decades-long political campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Democrats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Democrats

After Zimbabwe's disputed 2008 election results, political enemies are asked to write a new constitution and save their country from a bleak future.

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Two Catalonias is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Two Catalonias
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Nick Denton, Hulk Hogan, Donald J. Trump
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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El Che is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
El Che

Spanish-Mexican writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II hits the road to trace the footsteps of Ernesto "Che" Guevara and sheds new light on the revolutionary.