Best Documentaries on Netflix

Last updated: December 4, 2022

If you love Documentaries and are looking for your next favorite, then you're in luck. We've compiled a list of the best Documentaries available to watch now on Netflix. Scroll through and find the perfect one for your family. And check back often -- we're updating regularly with new additions. See more best-of lists like this.

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Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich

age 15+

Chilling primer on sex-trafficking socialite; violence.

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I Am Vanessa Guillen

age 15+

Tragic docu shows U.S. military corruption, sexual violence.

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In Her Hands

age 14+

Poignant political docu about Afghan activist; violence.

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Is That Black Enough for You?!?

age 15+

In-depth docu about African American cinema; language, sex.

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Capturing the Killer Nurse Movie
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Capturing the Killer Nurse

age 15+

Nurse murders covered-up for years; language, violence.

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State of Alabama vs. Brittany Smith

age 15+

Intense docu about woman who killed rapist in self-defense.

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Stutz

age 15+

Heavy themes, language in tender, experimental therapy docu.

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Orgasm Inc: The Story of OneTaste
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Orgasm Inc: The Story of OneTaste

age 17+

Start-up exposed as dangerous scam; sexual images, violence.

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Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn Movie
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Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn

age 13+

Jailed auto CEO escapes after fraud charge; language.

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Descendant

age 10+

Ancestors aid search for African slave ship; violence.

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The Redeem Team

age 14+

Basketball docu about the 2008 Olympics; language, violence.

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The Joys and Sorrows of Young Yuguo

age 10+

Sweet, moving docu of unusual teen is emotionally intense.

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Get Smart with Money

age 10+

Families seek budget advice from finance experts; language.

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Untold: The Race of the Century

age 13+

Docu about historic sea competition has some language.

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Inside the Mind of a Cat

age 8+

Experts examine feline behavior in kid-friendly docu.

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Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story

age 14+

Skater seeks true self in gender-identity docu; language.

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Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist

age 14+

Docu about 2006 bank heist has language, violence.

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Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl

age 13+

Docu about county singer has positive messages, language.

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Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres

age 13+

Inspired Israeli leader's rise through the ranks; violence.

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My Daughter's Killer Movie
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My Daughter's Killer

age 15+

Father seeks justice for murdered daughter; sexual violence.

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Girl in the Picture

age 15+

Child abduction docu reveals dangers and secrets; violence.

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Civil: Ben Crump

age 13+

Black lawyer seeks fair justice for all; language; violence.

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The Martha Mitchell Effect

age 10+

White House Cabinet wife seeks truth; language; violence.

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Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki Featuring Toma Ikuta

age 8+

Japanese film star seeks career challenge on theater stage.

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Halftime

age 15+

Engaging docu has strong messages, resilient star, swearing.

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