Documentary The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant  

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The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant is a complete Netflix streaming list for your perusal. All the best documentary films on Netflix streaming are listed in one convenient place so you can fully utilize your Netflix service. Some of the best movies of all time are now available on Netflix instant so you can catch up on new hit movies and classic film hits right in your living room.

This Netflix streaming list includes the best documentaries on Netflix. New documentaries like Tig are all available on Netflix streaming as are classic documentary films like Man on Wire and the Ken Burns documentary series can be viewed on the Netflix instant service.

What are the best Netflix instant documentary movies? What is available on the Netflix streaming documentary selection? Are there new documentary films on Netflix instant? This Netflix streaming list is here to get you started on the best Netflix streaming documentary movies has to offer. This is in no way a complete list, so if you know your favorite movie isn't on this list of Netflix instant movies, make sure to add it so other Netflix users can find the best documentaries on Netflix instant.
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Freakonomics Adesuwa Addy Iyare, Kahiry Bess, Greg Crowe Freakonomics: The Movie is a 2010 American documentary film based on the book Freakonomics by economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner. The film had its premiere at the Tribeca ...more

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Exit Through the Gift Shop Jay Leno, Rhys Ifans, Shepard Fairey "In the late 1990s, a hybrid form of graffiti began appearing in cities around the world. Enlisting stickers, stencils, posters, and sculpture and spread by the burgeoning Internet, it ...more

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Food, Inc. How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same as ever — a tomato still looks like a tomato — it has been ...more

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Man on Wire Paul McGill, Robert Sciglimpaglia, Jr. Man on Wire is a 2008 British documentary film directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center. It is ...more

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Jesus Camp Becky Fischer, Mike Papantonio Jesus Camp is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing about a charismatic Christian summer camp, where children spend their summers being taught that they have ...more

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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Joe Cross Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 documentary film written and directed by Joe Cross and Kurt Engfehr.

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Touching the Void Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey, Ollie Ryall Touching the Void is a 2003 documentary based on the book of the same name by Joe Simpson about Simpson's and Simon Yates' disastrous and near fatal attempt to climb Siula Grande in the ...more

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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a a 2011 documentary film directed by David Gelb. "An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, ...more

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The Imposter Adam O'Brian, Ken Appledorn, Amparo Fontanet The Imposter is a 2012 biographical documentary film directed by Bart Layton.

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The Thin Blue Line Randall Adams, David Harris The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 American documentary film by Errol Morris, depicting the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. ...more

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An Honest Liar James Randi An Honest Liar is a documentary film directed by Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein.

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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Don Rickles, Kathy Griffin, Joan Rivers Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is a 2010 documentary film about the life and career of comedienne Joan Rivers. It premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival at the Castro Theatre ...more

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Undefeated Montrail 'Money' Brown, O.C. Brown, Bill Courtney Undefeated is a 2011 documentary directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The film documents the struggles of a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, as they attempt a ...more

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Marley Peter Tosh Marley is a 2012 documentary and music film directed by Kevin MacDonald.

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Hot Girls Wanted Farrah Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard 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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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Peter Coyote, Gary Davis, Jeffrey Skilling Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a 2005 documentary film based on the best-selling 2003 book of the same name by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, a study of one of the ...more

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Buck Scarlett Johansson, Sam Neill Buck is a 2010 documentary film directed by Cindy Meehl. "A living legend in the horse world, Buck Brannaman was the inspiration for The Horse Whisperer. For this true cowboy, horses are a ...more

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg "Each and every day, millions of kids tune in to Sesame Street to see one of the world’s most adored and recognizable children’s characters, a furry red monster named Elmo. Yet, with all of ...more

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Weiwei Ai 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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How to Survive a Plague Bill Bahlman, David Barr, Gregg Bordowitz How to Survive a Plague is a 2012 historical news documentary film written by David France, Todd Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk and directed by David France.

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Atari: Game Over Zak Penn, Joe Lewandowski, Robert Rentschler

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams Charles Fathy Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 2010 3D documentary film by Werner Herzog about the Chauvet Cave in southern France that contains the oldest human-painted images yet discovered. Some of them were ...more

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No No: A Dockumentary No No: A Dockumentary is a 2014 documentary film directed by Jeff Radice.

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First Position Joan Sebastian Zamora, Michaela Deprince, Gaya Bommer Yemini First Position is a 2011 documentary film directed by Bess Kargman.

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The Battered Bastards of Baseball Todd Field, Kurt Russell 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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Beware of Mr. Baker Ginger Baker, John Lydon, Eric Clapton Beware of Mr. Baker is a 2012 documentary film by Jay Bulger about rock drummer Ginger Baker. It won the Grand Jury prize for best documentary at SXSW. The title is a reference to a sign outside ...more

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Particle Fever Savas Dimopoulos, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Fabiola Gianotti Particle Fever is a 2013 documentary film tracking the first round of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. The film follows the experimental physicists at CERN who ...more

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Harmontown Dan Harmon Harmontown is a documentary film directed by Neil Berkeley.

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Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Terence Winter

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Indie Game: The Movie Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish, Edmund McMillen Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 documentary film by Canadian filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot. The film documents the struggles of independent game developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy ...more

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Into the Abyss Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog, Michael Perry Into the Abyss, subtitled A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, is a documentary film written and directed by Werner Herzog about two men convicted of a triple homicide which occurred in Conroe, ...more

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Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Glen Campbell Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me is a 2014 documentary film directed by James Keach.

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Life Itself Roger Ebert Life Itself is a 2014 American biographical documentary film about film critic Roger Ebert, directed by Steve James and produced by Zak Piper, Steve James and Garrett Basch. The film is based on ...more

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Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded is a 2013 documentary crime fiction film directed by Billy Corben.

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Gasland Dick Cheney, Josh Fox Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States ...more

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Pervert Park Pervert Park is a 2014 documentary film directed by Frida and Lasse Barkfors. The documentary follows the everyday lives of the residents in Florida Justice Transitions trailer park, which ...more

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Knuckleball! Tim Wakefield, R.A. Dickey, Charles Hough Knuckleball! is a 2012 documentary film that follows the 2011 seasons of Tim Wakefield and R. A. Dickey, Major League Baseball's only knuckleball pitchers that year. It was released in theaters ...more

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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Billy Corgan, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is a 2010 documentary film directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn. The film offers an in-depth look at the Canadian progressive rock band Rush, chronicling the ...more

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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden is a 2013 documentary biographical crime film directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine.

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Anthony Joseph Salinas Jr. added Soaked in Bleach Daniel Roebuck, August Emerson Soaked in Bleach is an upcoming American docudrama directed by Benjamin Statler, who co-wrote and produced it with Richard Middelton and Donnie Eichar. The film details the events leading up to ...more

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The Queen of Versailles Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Virginia Nebab The Queen of Versailles is a 2012 American documentary film by Lauren Greenfield. The film depicts Jackie Siegel and David Siegel, owners of Westgate Resorts, and their family as they build ...more

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Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview Steve Jobs, Robert X. Cringely Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview is a 2012 documentary film written by Robert X. Cringely and directed by Paul Sen.

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The Square Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour The Square (El Midan) is a 2012 documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim.

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More Than Honey Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, Liane Singer More than Honey is a 2012 Swiss documentary film directed by Markus Imhoof about honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best ...more

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Dust to Glory James Garner, Chad McQueen, Jimmy Vasser Dust to Glory is a documentary about the famous Baja 1000 off-road race. Filming occurred throughout the 2003 event. The film is directed by Dana Brown of Step Into Liquid fame. The film was ...more

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Bridegroom Shane Bitney Crone, Thomas Lee Bridegroom Bridegroom is a 2013 American documentary film about the relationship between two young gay men, produced and directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Bridegroom premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film ...more