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10 Best Documentaries on Netflix

Truth is stranger than fiction. Add these great documentaries to your queue today!

The story of a music legend, a steroid scandal, an American factory under Chinese ownership, and a daring climb up a sheer rock wall are just some of the great true stories Netflix is bringing your way.

  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    September 28, 2020

    The story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other. In more than 90 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Addressing the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, the film offers a powerful message of hope for future generations.

  • The Dawn Wall

    November 1, 2017

    In the middle of Yosemite National Park towers El Capitan, a huge block of granite whose smoothest side, the Dawn Wall, is said to be the most difficult rock climb in the world. Tommy Caldwell didn’t see inhospitable terrain, but rather a puzzle almost a kilometer tall. In The Dawn Wall, we follow him and Kevin Jorgeson in their historic ascent to the summit.

  • Icarus

    June 3, 2017

    While investigating the furtive world of illegal doping in sports, director Bryan Fogel connects with renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.

  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    March 25, 2020

    Down the road from Woodstock in the early 1970s, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers, transforming their young lives and igniting a landmark movement.

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

    September 5, 2017

    Offbeat documentarian Chris Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon.

  • Quincy

    September 21, 2018

    An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.

  • American Factory

    August 21, 2019

    In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

  • Fyre

    January 18, 2019

    He promised supermodels and yachts, but delivered tents and cheese sandwiches. How one man engineered a music festival disaster.

  • 13th

    October 7, 2016

    An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

  • My Octopus Teacher

    September 4, 2020

    After years of swimming every day in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end he eventually wins the animal’s trust and they develop a never-before-seen bond between human and wild animal.

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