Entertainment

The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix  

Ranker Streaming
4.5k votes 690 voters 79k views 35 items

List Rules Must be documentaries available on Netflix streaming

The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix 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 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 Netflix.

What are the best Netflix documentary movies? What is available on the Netflix streaming documentary selection? Are there new documentary films on Netflix? Are there documentaries without narraition on Netflix? 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 movies, make sure to add it so other Netflix users can find the best documentaries on Netflix.

list ordered by
1
Ranker Video
dreapress added
Amanda Knox is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn. Featuring interviews with Amanda Knox, her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor ...more
2
Ranker Video
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
3
Ranker Video
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
4
Ranker Video
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
5
Behind the Curve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Behind the Curve
6
Abducted in Plain Sight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Jan Broberg
Abducted in Plain Sight is a 2017 documentary. In 1974, 12-year-old Jan Broberg is abducted from a small church-going community in Idaho by trusted neighbour and close family friend Joe
7
Ranker Video
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
8
Ranker Video
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
9
Ranker Video
Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward
Brother's Keeper is a 1992 documentary directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. The film is about an alleged 1990 murder in the village of Munnsville, New York. The film is in the ...more
10
The Battle of Midway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp, Jane Darwell
The Battle of Midway is a 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a montage of color footage of the Battle of Midway with voice overs of various narrators, including ...more
11
Icarus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Bryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev, Grigory Rodchenkov
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
12
Ranker Video
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
13
Story of God is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Story of God
14
1945: The Savage Peace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
1945: The Savage Peace

This unflinching documentary reveals the scale and savagery of reprisals against ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe after the end of World War II.

15
Prelude to War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra’s Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Office of War Information and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American ...more
16
25 to Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
25 to Life

A young black man who has kept his HIV status secret for 25 years encounters heartache and joy as he reveals the hard truth to family and friends.

17
NOVA: Thai Cave Rescue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
NOVA: Thai Cave Rescue
18
The White Helmets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
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
19
The Fear of 13 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
The Fear of 13
20
The Great Hack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Carole Cadwalladr, David Carroll, Brittany Kaiser
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.
21
Ranker Video
Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Venus Xtravaganza
Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, ...more
22
Amy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Amy Winehouse
Amy is a 2015 British documentary film about the life and death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Directed by Asif Kapadia, it covers Winehouse's life and her struggle with substance ...more
23
Terra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Terra
24
Minimalism: A Documentary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Minimalism: A Documentary Ryan Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn
25
Period. End of Sentence. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Period. End of Sentence.

In rural India, where the stigma of menstruation persists, women make low-cost sanitary pads on a new machine and stride toward financial independence.