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The Best Political Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

Updated May 7, 2021 476 votes 287 voters 17.3k views37 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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    Mitt is a 2014 documentary and biographical family-drama film written and directed by Greg Whiteley....  more
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    Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

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    Trump: An American Dream

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    Saving Capitalism

    Robert Reich

    Released2017

    Directed byJacob 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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    Knock Down the House

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela

    Released2019

    Directed byRachel 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 Jean...  more
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    Cowspiracy

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    Get Me Roger Stone

    Roger Stone, Donald Trump

    Released2017

    Directed byDylan 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 on a...  more
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    The Unknown Known

    Kenn Medeiros

    Released2013

    Directed byErrol 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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    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 women in...  more
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    Dirty Money

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    The Edge of Democracy

    Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer

    Released2019

    Directed byPetra 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 unraveling 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 the...  more
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    The Russian Revolution

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    Before the Flood is a 2005 documentary film directed by Li Yi-Fan and Yan Yu....  more
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    Inequality for All

    Robert Reich, Dolly Parton

    Released2013

    Directed byJacob Kornbluth

    Inequality for All is a 2013 documentary film directed by Jacob Kornbluth. In his Wealth and Poverty class at U.C.- Berkeley, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses the grave economic and...  more
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    The Square

    Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla

    Released2013

    Directed byJehane Noujaim

    The Square (El Midan) is a 2013 documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim. A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience....  more
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    Hitler, a Career

    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

    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....  more
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    E-Team

    E-Team is a 2014 documentary film directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman....  more
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    Bobby Sands: 66 Days is a 2016 Irish documentary film about Bobby Sands and the 1981 Irish hunger strike....  more
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    Released2017

    Directed byJoe 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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    Released2017

    Directed byBrian 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 two...  more
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    The Great Hack

    Carole Cadwalladr, David Carroll

    Released2019

    Directed byKarim 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....  more
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    Crip Camp

    Larry Allison, Dennis Billups

    Released2020

    Directed byJames 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 for...  more
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    State Funeral

    Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev

    Released2020

    Directed bySergei Loznitsa

    State Funeral is a 2020 Russian documentary film directed by Sergei Loznitsa. Mourners flock to Moscow's Red Square to attend Josef Stalin's funeral....  more