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The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix 

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Updated June 2, 2020 474 votes 280 voters 16.8k views 36 items

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. Then, check out the best documentary series on Netflix.

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Released: 2014

Directed by: Greg Whiteley

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rachel Lears

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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Get Me Roger Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort

Released: 2017

Directed by: 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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Cowspiracy
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Trump: An American Dream... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Trump: An American Dream
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Robert Reich

Released: 2017

Directed by: 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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Kenn Medeiros

Released: 2013

Directed by: Errol Morris

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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Dirty Money
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Miss Representation

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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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Released: 2012

Directed by: Alison Klayman

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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Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer, Eduardo Cunha

Released: 2019

Directed by: Petra Costa

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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The Russian Revolution

Released: 1998

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Yan Yu

Before the Flood is a 2005 documentary film directed by Li Yi-Fan and Yan Yu.
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Jacob Kornbluth

Inequality for All is a 2013 documentary film directed by Jacob Kornbluth.
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Jehane Noujaim

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

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Hitler, a Career is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Hitler, a Career

Released: 1977

Directed by: Christian Herrendoerfer, Joachim Fest

Hitler, a Career is a 1977 documentary film written by Joachim Fest and directed by Christian Herrendoerfer and Joachim Fest.
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Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States

Released: 2012

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States, also known as The Untold History of the United States, is a 2012 documentary series directed, produced, and narrated by Oliver Stone.
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E-Team

Released: 2014

Directed by: Ross Kauffman, Katy Chevigny

E-Team is a 2014 documentary film directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman.
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Directed by: Brendan J. Byrne

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. Sup... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Joshua Wong

Released: 2017

Directed by: 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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Nick Denton, Hulk Hogan, Donald J. Trump

Released: 2017

Directed by: 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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The Great Hack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Carole Cadwalladr, David Carroll, Brittany Kaiser

Released: 2019

Directed by: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim

The Great Hack is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim. The Cambridge Analytica scandal is examined through the eyes of several involved persons.
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Crip Camp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Larry Allison, Dennis Billups, HolLynn D'Lil

Released: 2020

Directed by: James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham

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 ...more

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Alt-Right: Age of Rage ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix
Alt-Right: Age of Rage

Released: 2018

Directed by: Adam Bhala Lough

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.