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The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix 

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Updated June 2, 2020 4.6k votes 740 voters 82.9k views 39 items

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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.

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Released: 2016

Directed by: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn

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
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Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Gelb

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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Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 2011

Directed by: Constance A. Marks

"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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Farrah Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard

Released: 2015

Directed by: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus

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Montrail 'Money' Brown, O.C. Brown, Bill Courtney

Released: 2011

Directed by: Daniel Lindsay, T. J. Martin

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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The Fear of 13 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
The Fear of 13
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Weiwei Ai

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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Icarus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Bryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev, Grigory Rodchenkov

Released: 2017

Directed by: Bryan Fogel

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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Behind the Curve is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Behind the Curve
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25 to Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
25 to Life

Released: 2014

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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Abducted in Plain Sight ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Jan Broberg

Released: 2017

Directed by: Skye Borgman

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

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The Battle of Midway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp, Jane Darwell

Released: 1942

Directed by: John Ford

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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The Great Hack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentary Movies 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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Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward

Released: 1992

Directed by: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen

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

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jennie Livingston

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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Prelude to War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix

Released: 1943

Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak

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) 18 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.

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Minimalism: A Documentar... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Minimalism: A Documentary Ryan Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn

Directed by: Matt D'Avella

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The Game Changers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Lily Marie added James Wilks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrik Baboumian

Released: 2019

Directed by: Louie Psihoyos

The Game Changers is a 2019 American documentary film directed Louie Psihoyos.
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20 Feet from Stardom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
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Story of God is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Story of God
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Taylor Swift

Released: 2020

Directed by: Lana Wilson

Miss Americana (a.k.a. Taylor Swift: Miss Americana) is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Lana Wilson. An in depth look at American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
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The White Helmets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix

Released: 2016

Directed by: Orlando von Einsiedel

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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Amy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix
Amy Winehouse

Directed by: Asif Kapadia

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