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Just 21 Of The Best Documentaries You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the best documentaries they've watched on Netflix. Here are their recommendations...

1. The Keepers (2017)

Netflix

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"How the church covers all the signs of sexual abuse towards children baffles me. Seeing the survivors find out that the church knew their issues all along just breaks my heart." – deniiiiiisse

"This has thrown the Baltimore-area Catholic community for a total loop. Everyone I talk to has some tie to someone in this documentary (including me). The degrees of separation from these events are few and astonishing. I hope it inspires others to come forward about abuses they've suffered at the hands of the church." –  amygardnert

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2. Dreams of a Life (2011)

Dogwoof Pictures

Watch on: Netflix UK and Ireland

"It's about a young woman whose body was found in her flat three years after she died. It shows a mix of how she would have behaved in her flat the day of her death and friends and family speaking about her. What saddens me is that no one reported her missing for three years. The only reason she was discovered was because her rent had not been paid and debt collectors went in. Why did no one notice she disappeared?" – epalmer08

3. What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

Oscilloscope

Watch on: Netflix US, Canada, Australia, and more

"A man interviews the children of two high-ranking Nazi officials. They were in the centre of the war and its decisions and didn't know it. The two men had very different journeys." – Chantal Monette, Facebook

4. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015)

Netflix

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It was nominated for best Documentary Feature at the Oscars a couple of years ago. The strength of the human spirit and the fight for what you believe in with unlikely allies, despite horrible winter conditions in the Ukraine, is amazing. It actually has a happy ending and was beautiful, heartbreaking, and totally blew my mind wide open." – kates488ca3679

5. Under the Sun (2015)

Icarus Films

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's a truly eye-opening documentary about North Korea and what the lives of the people there are really like. The final interview with the little girl, Zin-Mi, made me weep." – Beci Kijko, Facebook

6. I Am Jane Doe (2017)

50 Eggs Films

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, and more

"It chronicles the battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle school-aged daughters, who were victims of online sex trafficking. Sex trafficking – and more specifically child sex trafficking – is happening in your city, or at least a lot closer than you think. Watch the documentary, but be prepared to get angry." – tawnym2

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8. Paris is Burning (1990)

Miramax Films

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It tells the history of the '80s NYC African American/Latino queer ball scene, and also shows how balls were the origin of so many phrases that gay – and now straight – people use daily. Vogue, werk, yas queen, etc." – benjamint470c5e8f3

9. Food, Inc. (2008)

Magnolia Pictures

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, and Japan

"Even if you do eat meat (I do), it's an eye-opening look at how corporations are run, their power over government and society, and the inhumane treatment of animals. It's stuck with me for years and it changed the way I look at big business and food in general." – kellykreuscher

10. The Human Experiment (2013)

FilmBuff

Watch on: Netflix Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and more

"It's about the lack of safety testing and regulation of chemicals used in consumer products in the US, and is truly shocking. Many third world countries have stricter regulations than the US!" – marycatherineh3

11. Casting JonBenet (2017)

Netflix

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's an interesting concept: The story is told through people auditioning to play different people in the Ramsay family. Part of their casting calls were questions of their opinions on the character they were auditioning for. It was cool to see the thoughts of people who really studied their role. It brought up some emotions and questions about the case that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. It was intelligently made." – barriv

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12. Tower (2016)

Kino Lorber

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's a great documentary about the shootings at the University of Texas in 1966. It uses animation and eye witness testimonies of survivors to reenact the events and really invoke the emotion of the viewer. It tells some really beautiful stories of people coming together in times of terror and tragedy." – riptitanic

13. Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

Drafthouse Films

Watch on: Netflix Australia, France, Japan, and more

"It's about kids in the '80s attempting to make a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and subsequently coming together 30 years later to finish the film. It captures the wonderment of being a child, when nothing was impossible. If you've ever needed the encouragement to follow your dreams, this is the documentary for you." – shaneg47cb563a2

14. Living On One Dollar (2013)

Gravitas Ventures

Watch on: Netflix UK, Canada, Australia, and more

"Four guys from the States travel to rural Guatemala and live on a dollar a day. There is no time out or break from hunger or sickness as the documentary stays true to the everyday lives and hardships of native Guatemalan people. This documentary really put kindness and friendship in perspective for me." – sparklinggargee20

15. The Seven Five (2014)

Sony Pictures

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, and Canada

"Former NYPD officer Michael Dowd tells how he and his partner committed a long list of crimes, including running their own cocaine ring, while on the job in the 1980s and early '90s." – elisandrac2

16. Valley Uprising (2014)

Sender Films

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It gives people an inside view of rock climbing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Yosemite National Park. Rock climbing isn't the most widely known sport out there, but it is one that helps protect nature and gives thrill seekers and adventures alike an amazing opportunity to discover natural architecture." – hannahg4cec17079

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17. Finding Traction (2014)

Netflix

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, and more

"It's about a truly inspirational woman trying to beat the odds. She runs this crazy trail in Vermont and honestly made me want to make my dreams come true. Honestly amazing." – taylorlt15

18. Abstract: The Art of Design (2017)

Netflix

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"Each episode follows a designer as they take on a project while telling you their experiences in their area of design. You get to learn what goes on in their head when they design something, what inspires them, where they grew up, and how they became who they are now. Each episode is different, because of how the designer works with the crew to give you a unique view into their own lives." – firesparksdm

19. Human Planet (2011)

BBC

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Canada, and more

"The visuals are absolutely breathtaking and I learned so much about cultures I never even knew existed. My jaw was practically on the floor the entire time!" – oliviap442af5447

20. Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

Magnolia Pictures

Watch on: Netflix US, Canada, India, and more

"The cocaine wars in Miami were so violent that the cops were overwhelmed and encouraged regular citizens to protect themselves with a gun. The most mindblowing part of it all was a woman by the name of Griselda Blanco was all behind it. She was one of the most powerful drug lords of all time." – tabethap

21. The Champions (2015)

Netflix

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It follows the stories of the dogs that were rescued from dog fighting from the Michael Vick compound. These dogs were messed up, and with love they were rehabilitated and now have the most amazing homes. Have Kleenex ready." – Ona Botha, Facebook

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