There are various top documentaries available on Netflix that fill your weekend with fun and enjoyment. From Oscar-winning work of journalism to emotional and thrilling biographies, from rock and pop-culture to some classic society based and from environment related to personal, Netflix has a huge collection of good and best documentaries so far.

Whether you are a hardcore fan or a newcomer in this field, there is something for everyone in our list of best documentaries on Netflix right now. So, what are you waiting to spend your weekend watching Netflix documentaries with your family and friends.

Knock Down the House (2019)

20. Knock Down the House (2019)

Watch Time: 1h 26 min                                                  

Movie Type:  Documentary      

Knock down the house is an inspiring documentary for who are fed up with the business as usual politicians who have forgotten their constituents. It is among the top documentaries on Netflix that focus on liberal political figure Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Rachel Lears. It is about insurgent, grassroots politicians fighting the entrenched establishment power.

The best part of the must-watch documentary is the gritty, unglamorous work of campaigning and building a movement.

Homecoming- A film by Beyonce

19. Homecoming- A film by Beyonce (2019)

Watch Time: 2h 17 min                                                  

Movie Type:  Documentary, Music       

Homecoming- A film by Beyonce is the best new documentary of 2019. It was written and directed by Beyonce herself. It is an interesting documentary that shows a behind-the-scenes look at Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance.


18. Fyre (2019)

Watch Time: 1h 37 min                                                  

Movie Type:  Documentary, Music                                            

We all heard about music festivals and some of us also attending them. But few of us know the hard-work behind the festival. Fyre is also a documentary movie about the infamous music festival named “Fyre music festival”. It is one of the top family movies of Netflix shows exclusively behind the scene look at the infamous Fyre music festival.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

17. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)

Watch Time: 2h 22 min                                                  

Movie Type:  Documentary, Music          

There are several top-rated documentary releases in 2019; one of them is Rolling Thunder Revue. It is an alchemic mix of fantasy and fact. It is the story of Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and looks back at Bob Dylan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

16. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Watch Time: 1h 50 min                                                  

Movie Type: Biography, Crime, Drama

Directed by Joe Berlinger, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is the best crime documentaries on Netflix.  It is based on the book “The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy”. The story shows courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother meets Ted Bundy.

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15. Shirkers (2018)

Watch Time: 1h 27 min                                                  

Movie Type:  Documentary

It is among the top documentaries on Netflix that shows a woman who explores the surrounding film events which she and her friends began making with a mysterious person. It is directed by Sandi Tan.

14. Mercury 13 (2018)

Watch Time: 1h 18 min                                               

Movie type:  Documentary

Space is one of the fields that gained people attention. Mercury 13 is among the best documentary of 2018 that shows the reality of being a woman astronaut in the 1960s. The film explores profiles women who were tested in 1961 for spaceflight but had their dreams dashed when only men were chosen to become astronauts.

The Bleeding Edge

13. The Bleeding Edge (2018)

Watch Time: 1h 39 min                                               

Movie type:  Documentary

The Bleeding Edge is among the 2018 best original documentary of Netflix. This must watch documentary is directed and written by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. It shows the unforeseen consequences of advanced technological devices used in the medical field.

12. Quincy (2018)

Watch Time: 2h 4 min                                               

Movie type:  Documentary

Quincy is an interesting top documentary of 2018 that based on the life of icon Quincy Jones. He is a unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years. The story shows how Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.

11. Period. End of Sentence. (2018)

Watch Time: 26min                                               

Movie type:  Documentary, Short

Rayka Zehtabchi in his short documentary covers one of the important and biggest issues of society “Menstruation”. The story shows how Indian woman fights the stigma surrounding menstruation and begins manufacturing sanitary pads.

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

10. They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (2018)

Watch Time: 1h 38min                                               

Movie type:  Documentary

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead is the best documentaries of all time. The story is based on Orson Welles’s, one of the best Hollywood directors. When he was filming his final movie in 1970 “The Other Side of the Wind” but by the time of his death in 1985, the film is not released. It was finally released by Netflix in 2018. This documentary details the making of the movie and the problems Welles had in completing and releasing it.

Wild Wild Country

9. Wild Wild Country (2018)

Watch Time: 6h 43 min                                        

Movie type:  Documentary, Crime

Wild Wild Country is top Netflix documentaries that look at the Rajneeshpuram community that was started in the Oregon desert by Guru Bhagwan Shree and his right-hand Ma Anand Sheela. After the death of Bhagwan Shree in 1990, Sheela sits for riveting interviews with the filmmakers.

8. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

Watch Time: 1h 31min                                               

Movie type:  Documentary, Crime

Watch the true top crime documentary of 2017 “Abducted in Plain Sight” directed by Skye Borgman. The story shows the twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Broberg family, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor Robert Berchtold and kidnapped daughter Jan not only once but twice.

7. Five Came Back (2017)

Watch Time: 1h                                                   

Movie type:  Documentary, Biography, History

Five Came Back is a historical documentary released on 31st March 2017. It is based on Mark Harris’ non-fiction book of the same name. The story looks at World War II through the eyes of five filmmakers who helped the war effort in different ways: William Wyler (presented by Steven Spielberg), Frank Capra (Guillermo del Toro), George Stevens (Laurence Kasdan), John Ford (Paul Greengrass) and John Huston (Francis Ford Coppola).

6. Faces Places (2017)

Watch Time: 1h 34 min                                                           

Movie type:  Documentary

If you are in a mood to watch interesting top-rated documentaries then watch Faces Places. It is about the friendship of director Agnes Varda’s and photographer/ muralist J.R, during their rural France journey.

5. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

Watch Time: 1h 45 min                                        

Movie type:  Documentary

Most people like to watch investigation documentary and The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is one of the best investigation documentaries of 2018. The story shows how the investigation of Marsha P. Johnson mysterious case by Victoria Cruz. Marsha P. Johnson was a New York City fixture whose life was cut tragically short in 1992 when her body was discovered in the Hudson River. Although police consider her death a suicide, this outstanding documentary following Anti-Violence Project activist Victoria Cruz, as she reopens Johnson’s cold case.

4. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

Watch Time: 1h 34 min                                        

Movie type:  Documentary

Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond is one of the best documentaries of 2017 that shows the behind the scene look at Milos Forman’s 1999 biopic man of the moon for which Jim Carrey won a Golden Globe for playing celebrated entertainer Andy Kaufman. Directed by Chris Smith, the interesting documentary looks at Carrey’s process, a sometimes laborious Method Acting effort to capture Kaufman’s spirit in his performance.

13th movie

3. 13th (2016)

Watch Time: 1h 40 min                                        

Movie type:  Documentary, Crime, History

13th is among the best crime-history documentary of 2016. It looks at the mass incarceration of minorities following the passage of the 13th amendment. As the documentary point of view, 13th systematically goes through the decades following the passage of the 13th amendment to show how black people were targeted by the media, by the government, and by businesses to create a new form of slavery.

2. Holy Hell (2016)

Watch Time: 1h 40 min                                        

Movie type:  Documentary

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Directed by Will Allen, Holy Hell is among the top documentaries of 2016. It gives the inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher (also known as Andreas, Michel, and Jaime Gomez)in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

1.Amy (2015)

Watch Time: 2h 8min                                        

Movie type:  Documentary, Biography, Music

Amy is an Oscar-winning musical documentary that focuses on the short life and career of Amy Winehouse. Its emotional depiction of the singer-songwriter’s talents, told by her family and friends who watched as her life spun out of control in the face of addiction.

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Last Update: July 8, 2019