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What are the Best Documentaries Netflix?

In the modern world, streaming often gets a bad reputation as a way of switching off the brain, which is a little unfair when you consider the wonderful world of documentaries. Netflix is once again leading the way when it comes to this forward thinking genre, with documentaries that cover just about everything, from crime and sports to lifestyle and science.

Check out the best documentaries exclusive to Netflix.

  • We Are The Brooklyn Saints
  • Athlete A
  • American Factory
  • The Edge Of Democracy
  • The Social Dilemma
  • Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
  • Room 2806 – The Accusation
  • Davis Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
  • Fear City – New York v The Mafia
  • The White Helmets

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The White Helmets

Documentary | War – Short

Director – Orlando von Einsiedel
Stars – Khalid Farah, Mohammed Farah, Abu Omar
Av Episode Time – 41 minutes

  • IMDb: 7.5/10

As the violence intensifies in Syria and Turkey, The White Helmets volunteer rescue workers put everything on the line to save civilians affected by war.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

Documentary | Biography – Wildlife

Directors – Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes
Stars – David Attenborough, Max Hughes
Running Time – 93 minutes

  • IMDb: 9.0/10

During a career spanning 90 years, Sir David Attenborough has visited every continent on the planet, exploring wild and wonderful places to document the living world in all its beauty. 

The Social Dilemma

Documentary | Commentary – Drama

Director – Jeff Orlowski
Stars – Tristan Harris, Jeff Seibert, Bailey Richardson
Running Time – 94 minutes

  • IMDb: 7.7/10

As digital platforms become a human lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization, and how they are scared of the beast they have created.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

TV Mini-Series | Documentary – Crime

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

Creators – Netflix
Stars – Michael Reiter, Annie Farmer and Shawna Rivera
Av Episode Time – 50 minutes

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

Jeffrey Epstein created a sex trafficking ring that targeted young and vulnerable girls until he was imprisoned in 2019.

Fear City – New York v The Mafia

TV Mini-Series | Documentary – Crime

Fear City - New York v The Mafia

Creators – Netflix
Av Episode Time – 50 minutes

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

A group of Federal Agents make a move on New York’s five mafia families in the 70s and 80s in this enthralling docuseries.

Athlete A

Movie | Documentary – Crime

Athlete A

Directors – Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Stars – Maggie Nichols, Gina Nichols and John Nichols
Running Time – 103 minutes

  • IMDb: 7.7/10

The Indianapolis Star broke a story in 2016 that would rock the US gymnast team to its very foundations.

American Factory

Movie | Documentary

American Factory

Directors – Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Stars – Junming ‘Jimmy’ Wang, Robert Allen and Sherrod Brown
Running time – 110 minutes

  • IMDb: 7.4/10

A Chinese company takes over an old General Motors factory to create thousands of jobs for working-class Americans.

The Edge Of Democracy

Movie | Documentary – History

The Edge Of Democracy

Director – Petra Costa
Stars – Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva
Running Time – 121 minutes

  • IMDb: 7.1/10

This political documentary/memoir explores the complex truth behind the fall of two Brazillian presidencies.

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Best Health & Lifestyle Documentaries

From self-help docos to discovering the truth about the food you eat, as well as realising the things that actually spark joy in your life, these health and lifestyle documentaries are true eye-openers for the open-minded. You’re sure to find nuggets of wisdom in each of these docos that are bound to change your perspective one way or another. Check out our top picks for the best health and lifestyle documentaries that you can stream on Netflix today.

Best Music Documentaries

From celebrating their rise to stardom and the tragic fall of some, music docos detail the most critical points in the life and career of music’s biggest idols. These Netflix music documentaries shed a light on the behind the scenes of the most iconised names in music and humanise them to the point of unravelling their greatest struggles behind their greatest hits. Start streaming the best music documentaries now on Netflix.

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Best Sport Documentaries

Just like music, the sports scene from all over the world is also known for having the most loved idols — and the most infamous names that ever played the game. Our picks for the top sport shows and docos feature inspiring stories of resilience, will, dedication, and discipline, as well as an in-depth look into the biggest scandals that ever graced the sporting industry. Be sure to catch these sport documentaries, now available for streaming on Netflix.

Best True Crime Documentaries

It’s not every day that we, the normal ones, get to have an insider’s look into what goes on inside a murderer’s mind and behaviour before and after the crime. As a result, more and more people are drawn towards true crime documentaries and it’s not hard to see why. From getting to the bottom of unsolved mysteries, to trace back to how it all happened — not to mention, hearing it straight from the criminal’s mouth — these true crime docos on Netflix have an appeal that tends to fascinate, intrigue, horrify, and trouble people all at the same time.

Best Wildlife & Nature Documentaries

What humans know of the planet we all live in does not even measure up to what’s truly out there. We’re but one tiny part of a massive planet that’s home to several other lifeforms — a lot of which, we haven’t even fully discovered just yet. There’s a lot more to learn and unravel not just from the planet itself, but also from the other living animals that we co-exist with. Check out our top picks for the best wildlife and nature documentaries on Netflix that will truly wow, amaze, and move you to your core.

Best Social & Cultural Documentaries

Seeing things in a whole new light takes on a more profound form with these social and cultural documentaries. From taking a tour all over the world and immersing in different cultures, to diving deep into a whole new way of living, these top social and cultural docos are bound to take you on a ride around the world and back — leaving you with a much wider and deeper understanding of the society you exist in. Don’t miss these highly acclaimed docos, exclusively on Netflix.

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While Netflix is mostly known for several of their original drama series and movies, they also happen to have an extensive range of thought-provoking and captivating docos across a range of genres. You’ll be surprised to discover hidden gems that will leave you wanting for more once you start taking a look at the options they have under documentaries.

We’ve made it easy for you to kick your docos binge off with this list of the best documentaries you can find on Netflix Australia. Sign up now to get your own Netflix account, and start streaming away!

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