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33 Mindblowing Documentaries You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Stop skipping over these amazing Netflix documentaries.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community about the best documentaries they've found on Netflix. Here's what they said.

1. The Propaganda Game (2015)

Memento Films

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

"You think that maybe what you know about North Korea is a lie and that it’s not as odd as it’s made out to be, but then little things creep in that make you wonder how much of what we see is controlled…"

Submitted by aprill4d94b39a9.

2. My Beautiful Broken Brain (2014)


Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It really opens your eyes on reality and how relative it is. And Lotje is just such a positive individual. She’s an inspiration."

Submitted by kraigj.

3. I Know That Voice (2013)


Watch on: Netflix US and Canada

"It's about the craft of voice acting, produced by John DiMaggio. It's informative, hilarious, and very well done."

Submitted by Laura Catherine, Facebook.

4. Twinsters (2015)


Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"Twinsters is very cute and well done. Its like if an uplifting beach read was made into a documentary, but it’s a bit more emotional."

Submitted by xodancerxo312.

5. Blackfish (2013)

Magnolia Pictures

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

"It made me cry so badly at one point I had to take a break from watching. It changed the opinion of millions regarding the captivity of killer whales and resulted in SeaWorld stopping their breeding programme."

Submitted by jessicaf54.

6. West of Memphis (2013)

Sony Pictures Classics

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

"It's really interesting to hear the story and try to decide whether you think they’re guilty or not. Even better, there is a conclusive ending so you won't be left guessing! Really highlighted the Alford plea issues for me."

Submitted by melissal85.

7. Stories We Tell (2012)

Roadside Attractions

Watch on: Netflix Germany, Austria, and more

"It’s a heartbreakingly beautiful consideration of Sarah Polley’s enchanting mother, the late Diane Polley, and of the secret at the heart of the family. It’s Sarah’s journey and her attempts to come to terms with who she is. No villains – just a family doing its best. I wanted to be friends with all of them!"

Submitted by harriettel2.

8. She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014)

Diana Davies

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"Such a compelling introduction to the women’s movement throughout the 1960s and 1970s. It touches on topics beyond gender inequality like racism, classism, and homophobia (both in the country and within women’s organisations), along with confronting powerful topics through personal interviews."

Submitted by ameliaponds.

9. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

First Spark Media

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's a must-see for anyone who cares about our planet. This enlightening documentary will reveal shocking truths about how our food consumption effects the environment. Not only is it educational, but well done and entertaining."

Submitted by clarek4a7ab3394.

10. The Hunting Ground (2015)

The Weinstein Company

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's absolutely amazing and eye-opening for all college students and non-college students. If you were angered by the Brock Turner case, you’re going to experience a whole new kind of anger with this documentary."

Submitted by amandaw4180287f1.

11. Particle Fever (2013)


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

"Even if you couldn't care less about particle physics, the excitement and enthusiasm of every single person involved in the project is infectious and enthralling. I actually cried at the ending, and had to watch it again. Love love love it."

Submitted by mehganr.

12. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Oscilloscope Laboratories

Watch on: Netflix US and Canada

"Hands down the most incredible, emotionally heart-wrenching documentary I've ever seen. Full of twists and turns you would not see coming. I had to pause in the middle just to sit on my couch and cry for a bit."

Submitted by Jessica Leone, Facebook.

13. Team Foxcatcher (2016)


Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"The REAL story of John DuPont and the murder of Olympic gold medalist wrestler Dave Schultz in ‘96. The family hated the movie staring Channing Tatum and Steve Carrell, but had nothing but praise for this documentary. Look it up right now."

Submitted by littlethadd1019.

14. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Magnolia Pictures

Watch on: Netflix US, Brazil, Japan, and more

"About a sushi master and his son running their restaurant. It’s a simple documentary, but their work ethic is incredible. It’s a good lesson on staying humble, trying your hardest in life and doing what you love no matter what. It’s something I try to take with me every day and I actually think about Jiro when I am struggling with something difficult or feel like giving up."

Submitted by shannonvictoria.

15. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)


Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"The stories of these normal girls doing porn to make money to make their lives better is truly inspiring. They are teaching others to pick the right path in life or you can lose it all. Truly inspiring to me and all other girls for sure!"

Submitted by amandatotaldiva.

16. Fed Up (2014)


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

"It's very eye-opening and changed the way I look at food. Basically it made me want to avoid any food made by a big commercial company."

Submitted by Chelsea Spurgeon, Facebook.

17. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011)

First Run Features

Watch on: Netflix Canada

"A film about how companies utilise the pink ribbon campaigns to 'find a cure' for breast cancer to increase sales and improve their image, but hardly any of the money goes to the cause. It’s so interesting and important, given the seriousness of the topic and how it affects women."

Submitted by JessNo.

18. Vito (2011)


Watch on: Netflix US

"It’s an amazing documentary about gay rights activist Vito Russo and the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. You won’t finish this movie without feeling moved and/or crying."

Submitted by madisone44e8aea01.

19. The Imposter (2012)

Picturehouse Entertainment

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

"It was literally one of the best movies I had ever seen and I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. I told ALL of my friends to watch it and they all couldn't believe it either; it genuinely kept me enthralled the entire time."

Submitted by Riley Stowers, Facebook.

20. Requiem for the American Dream (2015)

Gravitas Ventures

Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It gives Noam Chomsky’s view of what happened to the American dream, and how the political left and right seem to have the American people fooled regarding our pursuit of what was once the American dream."

Submitted by gatog.

21. Whores' Glory (2011)

The Match Factory

Watch on: Netflix US

"Follows girls in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico. The differences between the ones that seem to enjoy their job, to the depressing state of poverty and those having prostitution as their only means of income, to the more stereotypical view of drugs and sex. The entire film is captivating and opens your mind to new ways of viewing prostitution."

Submitted by allysonyeatts.

22. Cooked (2016)


Watch on: Netflix Worldwide

"It's a four-part documentary exploring cooking from a variety of angles: historical, scientific, cultural, etc. It really opens your eyes to what goes into food, where it comes from, and how it all works together."

Submitted by Martha van Bakel, Facebook.

23. Poverty, Inc. (2014)


Watch on: Netflix US and Canada

"It opened my eyes to how Westerners go into third-world regions, patronise the poor, and create a system of dependence, therefore making it difficult for these regions to rise above their circumstances."

Submitted by jaimemiranp.

24. Miss Representation (2011)

Girls' Club Entertainment

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

"I've always considered myself a feminist, and this movie enlightened my already extremely curious mind. The movie discusses the intensely invasive sexism in US society and media. It's so so good."

Submitted by Emma Gat, Facebook.

25. The Winding Stream (2014)

Argot Pictures

Watch on: Netflix US

"It's about the Carter and Cash families’ impact on American music. Even if you aren’t a country music fan, you’ll find it a quaint family history with interesting characters."

Submitted by christineantoinetter.

26. The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2014)


Watch on: Netflix US and Canada

"I am not an outdoorsy/adventure-loving person by any means, but this documentary blew my mind. What you need to know: Hillbillies put together an insanely demanding and elaborate marathon in the Tennessee hillside. Very quirky and fascinating!"

Submitted by emmas402346abd.

27. Girl Rising (2013)


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

"It is heartbreaking then empowering, and it shows the power girls have that so often goes unnoticed."

Submitted by Sami Rackman, Facebook.

28. Shenandoah (2012)

Epic Match Media

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

"It’s about four high school football players in a small, poor town in Pennsylvania who brutally beat and kill an Mexican immigrant. It does a great job of giving both sides of the story and showing the attempted cover-up by the police."

Submitted by aliciap4aa3dbcb6.

29. Welcome to Leith (2015)

First Run Features

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

"It's about a Neo-Nazi who attempts take over the town of Leith, North Dakota, and make it a safe haven for white supremacy. The town fights back and trouble ensues. I just watched it last night and it was amazing."

Submitted by Molly Jane Sisson, Facebook.

30. First Position (2011)

First Position Films

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

"First Position is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s about ballet, but even my friends who aren’t involved in dance loved it."

Submitted by alexl46dd21db2.

31. Soaked in Bleach (2015)

Montani Productions

Watch on: Netflix US

"Soaked in Bleach is the best documentary I've ever seen. I've never been into grunge rock or Nirvana, but the information and the way they tell the story will have you on the edge of your seat. It's a must-watch and I recommend it to everyone."

Submitted by Desiree Ayers, Facebook.

32. Tabloid (2010)

Sundance Selects

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, and more

"The story of a young woman so crazy in love with a Mormon that she kidnapped him from his mission and tied him up in a cottage for days. He said rape, she said mutual S&M, and the story only gets weirder as it plays out in the press. Unexpectedly funny. I still don’t know what exactly I believe."

Submitted by Lizzielindenwood.

33. Maidentrip (2013)

First Run Features

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

"It follows a girl who became the youngest person ever to sail ALONE around the world. I’m pretty sure she was 14 or 15! It’s awesome because she films almost everything herself."

Submitted by geneviever458c8f373.

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