The 17 Best Documentaries on Netflix You Need To Watch

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| LAST UPDATE 01/02/2023

By Conner Goodman
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The weekend is here, and the time has come. We all want to relax with our family, grab the popcorn, turn on the TV and stream something. But what do you want to stream this weekend? Maybe this week you want to try making it meaningful. In that case, you should check out the collection of documentaries on Netflix.

This is easier said than done because you won’t know which Netflix documentaries are best to watch. What’s popular might not suit you, but we’ve got your back. Even though we are sticking to Netflix, we found some juicy gems from the lot, which helped us sort of the best documentaries to watch. Dive in, because you’re sure to find something you like here.

Is That Black Enough for You?!? (2022)

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Elvis Mitchell explores the rise of Black artists in Hollywood over their defining decade, and how it shaped American cinema culture forever. Is That Black Enough for You?!? It could be thought of from another aspect – how the African American community brought to light the stark reality of life in America during those times.

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With world-class artists like Charles Burnett, Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne, Zendaya and others taking their screen time, this documentary should not be missed.

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Capturing the Killer Nurse (2022)

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Capturing the Killer Nurse is the shocking tale of one of America’s most intelligent serial killers, with the number of murders running up to hundreds of people across various medical facilities in Northeast America. Charlie Cullen was the last person anyone would suspect of doing such a horrific deed, and it was only until a fellow nurse caught him in the act that he was finally caught.

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Capturing the Killer Nurse uses real-life recordings and accounts from those closely involved with Cullen, leaving us scared for the next time we visit our healthcare providers.

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The Anthrax Attacks: In the Shadow of 9/11 (2022)

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Just before America could recover from the horrific incident of 9/11, the second wave of terrorist attacks hit – this time by delivering the deadly Anthrax virus by mail. As the epidemic spread and caused wide-scale panic, this soon became to known as one of the deadliest biological warfare attacks on the US.

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The documentary uses recorded interviews and statements to flesh out a story that would seem heroic at first glance but reveals heartbreaking stories when you dive into the matter. What captures you about this documentary is how the FBI closes in on the culprit before it gets entirely out of hand.

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Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King (2022)

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When Gerry Cotton, the CEO of QuadrigaCX, the largest crypto exchange in Canada and one of the biggest in the world was found dead in India, $190 million worth of crypto managed to go with him to the grave. Still, some people are not buying the whole story.

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Suspecting this to be an exit scam, victims who are determined to make things right follow the money and pick up the pieces, before the money vanishes into thin air. Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King keeps everyone on their toes because greed is an inherent threat to human beings.

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Inside the Mind of a Cat (2022)

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Cats are the pets that make you feel like they don’t need you in their life. Haven’t you ever asked for some love from your pet cat and been scorned? But are you being discarded? Inside the Mind of a Cat is a documentary that tries to answer to break your presuppositions about this feline species, by bringing in newly done research on how cats choose their people.

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Yes, it does sound too good to be accurate, but watch this documentary to break all your previously known knowledge about your pet cat.

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Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed (2021)

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Bob Ross is a legend in the world of art and a defining personality in American pop culture. He is famously known for his line, “there are no mistakes – just happy accidents”, and Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed looks into his life and his rise to fame from humble beginnings.

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We come to see that there was more to the man than his talent for landscape art – Bob Ross is the man who made it a point to tell the world to embrace their creativity and to believe in their potential.

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The Last Blockbuster (2020)

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There’s a nostalgic touch to watching The Last Blockbuster that reminds us of when we walked up to the video rental stores when the latest Terminator or the Transformers movie came out. Based on the real-life story of a corporate giant that seemed to have it all until online streaming became the way to go, this documentary is based on the lives of the people who managed the last Blockbuster franchise in America.  

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At the end of the documentary, you’re sure to have tears as you remember the good times and memories associated with your visits to your neighborhood Blockbuster store.

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The Most Hated Man on the Internet (2022)

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The Most Hated Man on the Internet is a reminder that our loved ones can go as far as destroying someone who may do us harm, even if they’re someone who we know only through the internet. This documentary is the story of a mother who decides to take down the “King of Revenge Porn” when he locks his eyes on her daughter and destroys her life on the Internet.

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She tracks him down with the help of friends made along the way and puts an end to his evil reign on the Internet. Based on a real story, this show is thrilling and horrifying at the same time, because it shows how low people can go to deliver entertainment.

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High Score (2020)

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Based on the true story of the golden age of video games which brought to us iconic games like Pacman and Doom, High Score is a documentary that showcases the geniuses behind the revolutionary development of games with video graphics and the work that went into doing something the world has never seen before.

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Their efforts paved the way for this pastime hobby to grow into a full-blown industry, almost accidentally. It’s a show for everyone who has ever dabbled with video games across any generation – there’s something here for everyone.

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Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. (2022)

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Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. It is a story of the rise and fall of Sarma Melngailis, the raw vegan queen of New York City and the owner of Pure Food and Wine, which was soon to become a cornerstone of the city. But her relationship with a mysterious man on the Internet raises questions from the people around her, and she is soon caught in various scandals that rip her fame to shreds, even earning her the tabloid title of “Vegan Fugitive”.

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Bringing to us the story of one of the strangest cases in history, this documentary is a reminder for us to be careful about what we wish for.

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The Tinder Swindler (2022)

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From the people who brought you, the iconic docuseries Don’t Fuck With Cats, comes any true crime story that dives into the world of online dating and the dangers of dabbling with it carelessly. The Tinder Swindler is the story of a man who faked a personality and swindled young women for millions all around the world.

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But now the victims want payback and will do anything to hunt this man down. The buildup of the show is fantastic, and the overall method of storytelling maintains a pace that is just right for raising your anticipation without overdoing it.

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jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (2022)

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Kanye West is a man who is synonymous with the American Dream – he grew up in uncertain times and rose to the top of the world with his musical prowess. jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy pulls back the curtain on his life to show us how this man got to where he is today.

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He struggled to break through in an industry where he wasn’t welcome, losing all his money to build it up again and his life today as a global brand. There’s nothing you will not like about this documentary – it’s as real as it gets.

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Cat People (2021)

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There’s a certain stereotype associated with people who own cats – and Cat People is out to change what the world thinks. We all know that cats can be mysterious creatures that appear too wild to be tamed – but the cat owners portrayed in this documentary will show you otherwise.

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Ask these owners what they think – they’ll probably tell you their life wouldn’t be as beautiful as it is now without their cats. And in some sense, the cats really saved their lives. Maybe it’s time we move from the dogs and take a look at these feline creatures.

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Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020)

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What is the best way to stay sane during the eventual demise of your favorite parent (sorry, moms)? Make a movie about the various ways they can die and celebrate it. A unique idea from the award-winning filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, she and her dad set out to make this movie as fun as possible while reminding us to cherish the loved ones who inhabit our daily lives.

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Because the truth is that things can happen much faster than we would anticipate, it's essential to stay in the present and cherish each moment with them.

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Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

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Cat videos are the most watched on the Internet, and those who watch them daily cannot be blamed. But when a video of a mysterious man killing two kittens makes its round on the Internet, the online tribe band together to hunt down this man and punish him for his impunity.

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But encouraged by the rage of this mob, the man continues to push the limits until he finally comes to murder. It is up to the online community to find this man and have him tried for his crimes before it becomes too late.  

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Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

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The art of method-acting is claimed to be done by all, but actual performance only comes from a few perfectionists. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond is a look into 100 hours of footage shot while making the “Man on the Moon” to piece together the bits of Jim Carrey’s legendary performance.

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We have no words to describe this documentary – it is a piece of art about an excellent performance, fueled by pain and the desire to transform truly. Jim Carrey will go down as one of the world’s favorite actors to watch on screen - it can seem almost scary how good he is.

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Cheer (2020)

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Cheer is an inspirational true story of how people perfect their art for a mere number of seconds, and how it can propel them to a lifetime of fame. Team members of the Navarro cheerleading team take us through the workouts, sacrifices, and pain their coach Monica Aldama puts them through to triumph in the world of cheerleading. The show brings us closer to the perfection this team of athletes aims to achieve.

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Coming from the small town of Corsicana, this series is tense enough for you to bite your nails as you binge through it.

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