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The Best Documentary Movies Streaming on Netflix

Updated January 21, 2021 1.4k votes 756 voters 83.8k views42 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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  • Amanda Knox1
    Amanda Knox is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn....  more
  • Icarus2
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    Icarus

    Bryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev

    Released2017

    Directed byBryan Fogel

    Icarus is a 2017 documentary film directed by Bryan Fogel. While exploring the option of...  more
  • Hot Girls Wanted3
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    Hot Girls Wanted

    Farrah Abraham, John Anthony

    Released2015

    Directed byJill Bauer, Ronna Gradus

  • The Fear of 134
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    The Fear of 13

  • Behind the Curve5
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    Behind the Curve

  • Undefeated6
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    Undefeated

    Montrail 'Money' Brown, O.C. Brown

    Released2011

    Directed byDaniel Lindsay, T. J. Martin

    Undefeated is a 2011 documentary directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The film...  more
  • The Game Changers7
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    The Game Changers

    James Wilks, Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Released2019

    Directed byLouie Psihoyos

    The Game Changers is a 2019 American documentary film directed Louie Psihoyos....  more
  • The Battle of Midway8
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    The Battle of Midway

    Henry Fonda, Donald Crisp

    Released1942

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Battle of Midway is a 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a...  more
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry9

    Released2012

    Directed byAlison Klayman

    Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a 2012 documentary film about Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei,...  more
  • Brother's Keeper10
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    Brother's Keeper

    Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward

    Released1992

    Directed byJoe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

    Brother's Keeper is a 1992 documentary directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. The film...  more

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  • 25 to Life11
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    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.

  • Minimalism: A Documentary12
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    Minimalism: A Documentary

    Ryan Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn

    Directed byMatt D'Avella

  • Abducted in Plain Sight13

    Released2017

    Directed bySkye Borgman

    Abducted in Plain Sight is a 2017 documentary. In 1974, 12-year-old Jan Broberg is abducted...  more
  • The Great Hack14
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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....  more
  • 1945: The Savage Peace 15
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    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.

  • Prelude to War16
    Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra’s Why We Fight propaganda film series,...  more
  • Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage17
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    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

    Billy Corgan, Geddy Lee

    Released2010

    Directed bySam Dunn, Scot McFadyen

    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is a 2010 documentary film directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam...  more
  • 20 Feet from Stardom18
  • Amy19
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    Amy

    Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson

    Released2015

    Directed byAsif Kapadia

    Amy is a 2015 British documentary film about the life and death of British singer-songwriter...  more
  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball20
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    The Battered Bastards of Baseball

    Todd Field, Kurt Russell

    Released2014

    Directed byChapman Way, Maclain Way

    The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a 2014 documentary film about the Portland Mavericks, a...  more
  • Miss Americana21
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    Miss Americana

    Taylor Swift

    Released2020

    Directed byLana Wilson

    Miss Americana (a.k.a. Taylor Swift: Miss Americana) is a 2020 American documentary film...  more
  • Jiro Dreams Of Sushi22
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    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

    Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Gelb

    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a a 2011 documentary film directed by David Gelb. "An appetizing...  more
  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey23
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    Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

    Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2011

    Directed byConstance A. Marks

    "Each and every day, millions of kids tune in to Sesame Street to see one of the world’s most...  more
  • The White Helmets24
    The White Helmets is a 2016 British short documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel....  more
  • NOVA: Thai Cave Rescue25
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    NOVA: Thai Cave Rescue