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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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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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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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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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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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Prelude to War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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
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1945: The Savage Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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.

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25 to Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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.

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The Battle of Midway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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
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Icarus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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
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Minimalism: A Documentary is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
Minimalism: A Documentary Ryan Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn
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The White Helmets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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
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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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Amy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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
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Period. End of Sentence. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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.

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20 Feet from Stardom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant
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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
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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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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
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Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour
The Square (El Midan) is a 2012 documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim.
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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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Stephanie Allynne, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman
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Mitt Romney
Mitt is a 2014 documentary and biographical family-drama film written and directed by Greg Whiteley.
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Virunga is a 2014 British documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel; it focuses on the conservation work of rangers within Virunga National Park, and the activity of a British company, ...more
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Gordon Moore, Nolan Bushnell, Mike Markkula
Something Ventured is a 2011 documentary film directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine. "Apple. Intel. Genentech. Atari. Cisco. Behind these revolutionary technology companies are a ...more