The 15 Best Documentaries on Netflix You Need To Watch

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| LAST UPDATE 08/31/2022

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 some 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.

Now, this is easier said than done because you won’t know which Netflix documentaries are best to watch. What’s popular might not be right for 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.

Inside the Mind of a Cat

YEAR: 2022

IMDB: 7.0

WATCH ON NETFLIX

Cats – they’re 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 really 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. Yes, it does sound too good to be true, 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

YEAR: 2021

IMDB: 6.9

WATCH ON NETFLIX

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

YEAR: 2020

IMDB: 6.7

WATCH ON NETFLIX

There’s a nostalgic touch to watching The Last Blockbuster that reminds us of a time 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 manage the last Blockbuster franchise in America.  At the end of the documentary, you’re sure to have tears in your eyes 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

YEAR: 2022

IMDB: 6.8

WATCH ON NETFLIX

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. 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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Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King

YEAR: 2022

IMDB: 6.3

WATCH ON NETFLIX

When the founder of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange mysteriously dies and $250 million worth of bitcoin suddenly vanishes, the victims involved need to get down to the bottom of this occurrence. Questions arise as to whether he is really dead, whether his wife is in on it and whether the whole exchange was a build-up to one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency scams. Throughout the length of Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King, we’re constantly reminded about this one rule – trust no one. A highly engaging watch about a widely discussed topic worldwide, this is for those seeking a thrill from their watch time.

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High Score

YEAR: 2020

IMDB: 7.4

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Based on the true story about 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. Their efforts paved the way for this pastime hobby to grow into a full-blown industry, almost by accident. 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.

YEAR: 2022

IMDB: 5.8

WATCH ON NETFLIX

Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. 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”. Bringing to us the story of one of the strangest cases in history, this documentary is a reminder for us to be careful what we wish for.

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The Tinder Swindler

YEAR: 2022

IMDB: 7.1

WATCH ON NETFLIX

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. 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

YEAR: 2022

IMDB: 8.0

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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 – the struggles in trying to break through in an industry where he wasn’t welcome, losing all his money to build it all up back 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

YEAR: 2021

IMDB: 6.3

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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 to be too wild to be tamed – but the cat owners portrayed in this documentary will show you otherwise. Ask these owners what they think – they’ll probably tell you that their life wouldn’t be as beautiful as it is now without their cats. And in some sense, it is the cats that 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

YEAR: 2020

IMDB: 7.4

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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 it can be, while also reminding us to cherish the loved ones who inhabit our lives every day. Because the truth is – things can happen much faster than we would anticipate, and it's important 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

YEAR: 2019

IMDB: 8.0

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Cat videos are the most watched thing on the Internet, and those who do watch it every day 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. But encouraged by the rage of this mob, the man continues to push the limits until he finally comes to murder. Now 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

YEAR: 2017

IMDB: 7.6

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The art of method-acting is one that is claimed to be done by all, but real performance only comes from a few perfectionists. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond is a look into 100 hours of footage shot during the making of the “Man on the Moon” to piece together the bits of Jim Carrey’s legendary performance. We really have no words to describe this documentary – it is a piece of art made about an excellent performance, fueled by pain and the desire to truly transform. Jim Carrey will go down as one of the world’s most favorite actors to watch on screen - it can seem almost scary how good he is.

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Cheer

YEAR: 2020

IMDB: 8.1

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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. 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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