15 Best Documentaries on Netflix You Can’t Miss

Looking for engaging education? You came to the right place. The best documentaries will stay with you for life, just like a good fiction film. They can make you cry, rethink your like or even change your habits. Netflix has an amazing collection of documentaries. Unfortunately, there are some incredible documentaries that did not make this list but are still worth your attention. Night Will Fall, Requiem for the American Dream, The Sixties, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and What the Health make the honorable mentions. Here is the list of top 15 documentaries on Netflix.


15. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” is the story of humanity’s oldest surviving pieces of artwork located in the Chauvet caves of Southern France. We learn the stories and historical perspective behind the oldest cave paintings, estimated at 32,000 years old. The caves’ walls depict vivid impressions of their surroundings—and maybe their imaginations.

Despite having only a three-person crew that filmed the whole thing because of the restrictions of the French law, Herzog creates a fascinating and intimidating look at the artwork of the beginning of modern humans. Films like this remind you that there is a whole world of beauty and mystery to explore.


14. Cartel Land (2015)

“Cartel Land” is a complex, upsetting documentary about drug gangs in Mexico and the Mexican-American borders and also a portrait of the difficulties of popular revolutionary movements. We follow Dr. José Mireles, who decided to fight back against the cartels by forming a vigilante group, Autodefensas. This group was a response to both the cartels and to the corrupt government.

Director Matthew Heineman’s film is a bold documentary but also a beautiful one because of its cinematography and music score.


13. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Vivian Maier was a nanny whose previously unknown storage of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers. We follow real estate agent John Maloof as he explains how a trip to a local auction house resulted in him bidding and winning a box full of old negatives that belonged to a master of photography.

By trying to make sense of the reasons why this photographer kept her work a secret, Siskel and Maloof create an incredible, suspenseful film. This intriguing and fascinating documentary about a mysterious woman will be a delight for art lovers.


12. Fed Up (2014)

“Fed Up” aims to unearth the secrets of the American food industry, by exploring why we gain weight and how to lose it. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this exposé that uncovers why we eat the way we do and who is behind famous misconceptions about food.

Besides focusing on statistics and interviews, this documentary also shows us real cases of teenagers who have struggled with their weight for many years. Most of all, “Fed Up” does not try to convert our beliefs but asks us to think more about the food industry and the choices we make daily.


11. Life Itself (2014)

“Life Itself” recounts the surprising life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Director Steve James incorporates photographs, interviews, and archival footage to build his story of a flawed man and his love for cinema. The film explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, until his inspiring battles with cancer and the resulting physical disability. A personal, wistful documentary that succeeds on every level.

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