Top 50 best Netflix documentaries according to IMDB

1
Planet Earth
April 23, 2015 | Documentaries | 2006
This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.
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Down The Fence
January 18, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 94 minutes
The human-equine bond propels the unique and challenging sport of reined cow horse, in which dedicated trainers compete for the national championship.
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Ram Dass, Going Home
February 8, 2018 | Documentaries | 2018 | 31 minutes
From his home on Maui, pioneering researcher, author and spiritual teacher Ram Dass reflects on love, life and death as his own days draw to a close.
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Saeed Mirza: The Leftist Sufi
May 3, 2017 | Documentaries | 2016 | 61 minutes
This documentary profiles the celebrated Hindi film director known as much for his embrace of leftist politics and social concerns as lyrical cinema.
5
Travis: A Soldier's Story
May 3, 2017 | Documentaries | 2013 | 66 minutes
After Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills loses his limbs while serving in Afghanistan, he begins a courageous battle to rebuild his life at home.
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I Dream Of Dance
February 7, 2019 | Documentaries | 2017 | 106 minutes
Experience the joy and sacrifice of one of the nation's premier dance companies as its members and instructors prepare for a prestigious competition.
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42 Grams
9.2 42 Grams
February 8, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 80 minutes
After launching a successful underground restaurant out of their apartment, an ambitious chef and his wife open an all-consuming upscale eatery.
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Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
May 3, 2017 | Documentaries | 2016 | 95 minutes
Chefs, food critics and historians share stories about pioneering female restaurateur Ella Brennan, who put the New Orleans food scene on the map.
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One Heart: The A.R. Rahman Concert Film
November 2, 2017 | Documentaries | 2017 | 86 minutes
In this concert film, Indian musical maestro A.R. Rahman performs 15 of his most popular songs and reveals himself through interviews and clips.
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Martyrs of Marriage
April 19, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 83 minutes
This documentary reveals the cracks in India's anti-dowry act and gives voice to both women and men who've been victimized by the law's abusers.
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Life
9.1 Life
April 23, 2015 | Documentaries | 2009
Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive.
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Ken Burns: The Civil War
December 7, 2014 | Documentaries | 1990
Ken Burns's documentary depicts the action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of soldiers, generals and a beleaguered president.
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Twinsters
9.0 Twinsters
November 6, 2015 | Documentaries | 2015 | 88 minutes
This documentary chronicles the true story of a French fashion student who discovered via the Internet an identical twin she never knew existed.
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One More Shot
January 18, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 89 minutes
Infertility affects millions. One couple copes with the assisted reproduction process by documenting its pain, disappointment and potential joy.
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The Rebound
March 3, 2019 | Documentaries | 2016 | 76 minutes
This documentary follows three players on the Miami Heat Wheels, who face long odds on the way to the national wheelchair basketball championship.
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Virunga
9.0 Virunga
December 7, 2014 | Documentaries | 2014 | 100 minutes
The Oscar-nominated true story of the rangers risking their lives to save Africa's most precious national park and its endangered gorillas.
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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
December 14, 2014 | Documentaries | 2018
This CNN original series has chef Anthony Bourdain traveling to extraordinary locations around the globe to sample a variety of local cuisines.
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The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
December 7, 2014 | Documentaries | 2001
David Attenborough narrates this definitive exploration of the marine world, from the familiar to the unknown, revealing the sea and its communities.
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Nature's Great Events (2009)
April 23, 2015 | Documentaries | 2009
This series looks at how seasonal changes cause shifting weather patterns and ocean currents, creating the conditions for spectacular wildlife events.
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Brain Games
February 10, 2015 | Documentaries | 2016
This interactive series uses games, illusions and experiments to illustrate how our brains manufacture our reality and often play tricks on us.
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Forensic Files
December 14, 2014 | Documentaries | 2011
Detectives and crime lab technicians use the latest and most fascinating procedures to solve crimes in this documentary-style show.
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Wild China
December 14, 2014 | Documentaries | 2008
This six-part series uncovers some of the most exotic and uncharted natural habitats hidden within the vast and diverse topography of China.
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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
September 16, 2015 | Documentaries | 2014 | 90 minutes
Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet's natural resources -- and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.
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Senna
9.0 Senna
January 3, 2019 | Documentaries | 2010 | 105 minutes
This fast-paced documentary profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native Brazil.
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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
December 7, 2014 | Documentaries | 2005
This documentary series tackles one of history's most horrifying subjects: the Holocaust and the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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Departures
February 10, 2015 | Documentaries | 2010
This travel series follows friends Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach around the world, chronicling their adventures and the challenges they encounter.
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Swimming with Killer Whales
April 23, 2015 | Documentaries | 2011 | 48 minutes
Dr. Ingrid Visser shares the water with killer whales, one of the world's most feared and misunderstood species, for clues to the state of our oceans.
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Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution
February 8, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 86 minutes
Filmmakers explore how pop culture shapes a new generation's beliefs about gender, sexuality and violence on display among students on spring break.
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Roll With Me
December 3, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 90 minutes
Backed by a crew of unlikely allies, newly sober paraplegic Gabriel Cordell teams up with his nephew for a grueling wheelchair trek across America.
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The World's Most Wanted Animal
April 2, 2019 | Documentaries | 2018 | 53 minutes
A conservationist shares her emotional journey in helping save rare, scaly mammals that have been illegally trafficked and now face extinction.
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Be Here Now
March 2, 2017 | Documentaries | 2015 | 109 minutes
Trace the brave journey of actor Andy Whitfield, who received a devastating cancer diagnosis while starring in the series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."
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The Champions
May 12, 2016 | Documentaries | 2015 | 92 minutes
This documentary follows the pit bulls that are rescued from the dogfighting ring of NFL quarterback Michael Vick and given a second chance at life.
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Figures of Speech
August 22, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 92 minutes
In this documentary, passionate high schoolers travel the country and come of age during a turbulent yearlong prep for a national speech competition.
34
Madness in the Desert
December 28, 2017 | Documentaries | 2004 | 141 minutes
The story of making "Lagaan," one of the millennium's seminal Indian films, is told from the point of view of production team member Satyajit Bhatkal.
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Rock in the Red Zone
October 8, 2018 | Documentaries | 2015 | 88 minutes
Documentarian Laura Bialis offers a close look into the lives of rock musicians in Sderot, a city in Israel under constant threat of missile attacks.
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City of Trees
July 15, 2018 | Documentaries | 2015 | 76 minutes
A grassroots nonprofit faces mounting pressure as it aims to create jobs and improve Washington, D.C., parks through a special tree-planting program.
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Residente
8.6 Residente
January 4, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 96 minutes
The results of a DNA test spur Puerto Rican rap icon Residente to set out on a global voyage in search of his roots and fresh musical inspiration.
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Impossible Dreamers
March 9, 2017 | Documentaries | 2016 | 74 minutes
This film follows age-defying pro and amateur senior athletes, including golfer Gary Player and boxer Ann Schranz, as they train for competition.
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The Heart of Man
February 28, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 74 minutes
A retelling of the prodigal son parable interspersed with true stories from people who've dealt with personal shame over perceived moral failings.
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Beyond All Boundaries
April 19, 2018 | Documentaries | 2013 | 97 minutes
As the 2011 Cricket World Cup begins, three Indians demonstrate their passion and the sacrifices they've made for the country's most popular sport.
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Romeo Is Bleeding
November 2, 2017 | Documentaries | 2015 | 93 minutes
This documentary follows poet Donté Clark as he tries to address the violence in his hometown of Richmond, California, by staging "Romeo and Juliet."
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Sense8: Creating the World
August 10, 2015 | Documentaries | 2015 | 25 minutes
Go behind the scenes and around the world with the "Sense8" cast and crew in this in-depth look at how the hit series is made.
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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom
August 14, 2015 | Documentaries | 2015 | 98 minutes
Over 93 days in Ukraine, what started as peaceful student demonstrations became a violent revolution and full-fledged civil rights movement.
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Sons of Ben
December 15, 2016 | Documentaries | 2016 | 73 minutes
Passion is an understatement. Meet the folks who wanted a Major League Soccer club in Philadelphia so badly, they became fans before it even existed.
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Shadow Trade
January 12, 2017 | Documentaries | 2014 | 50 minutes
This harrowing documentary sheds light on a largely mysterious practice occurring in the criminal underworld of Thailand: the illegal dog meat trade.
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Beak & Brain: Genius Birds From Down Under
March 2, 2017 | Documentaries | 2013 | 52 minutes
Whoever came up with the term "bird brain" never met these feathered thinkers, who use their claws and beaks to solve puzzles, make tools and more.
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Long Time Running
November 16, 2017 | Documentaries | 2017 | 95 minutes
This documentary follows the 2016 tour of beloved rock band The Tragically Hip as they make their way across Canada one last time.
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On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace
January 11, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 92 minutes
Based on photographer Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name, this documentary traces the author’s 10-year journey through the landscape of yoga.
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Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
September 21, 2017 | Documentaries | 2011 | 100 minutes
The history of the Foo Fighters comes alive in this documentary, from their demo tapes through the creation of their 2011 album "Wasting Light."
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The Look of Silence
March 2, 2016 | Documentaries | 2014 | 103 minutes
In a society terrorized into silence, the brother of a 1960s Indonesian genocide victim learns the identity of his murderers and confronts them.
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