20 Netflix Documentaries That I’ve Personally Watched And Actually Recommend

By Guillermo del Palacio

Amanda Knox (2016)

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Amanda Knox (2016)

This Netflix production tells the story of Amanda Knox, the American exchange student who was arrested for the murder of her roommate in Italy. Amongst other things, it dives into the role that media sensationalism played in the case.

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Audrie & Daisy (2016)

Audrie & Daisy (2016)

For a gut-wrenching but important watch about consent and bullying in the digital age, this doc tells the story of two girls who were raped by “friends” and then humiliated for it on social media.

Netflix

Best of Enemies (2015)

Best of Enemies (2015)

While recounting the 1968 rivalry between political intellectuals Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. might sound like anything but fascinating, I recommend it for the sheer depth of debate that takes place — and proof that, well, politics have always been polarizing.

Tremolo Productions

Betting on Zero (2017)

Betting on Zero (2017)

Is the nutritional product company Herbalife for real, or a really intricate scam? Well, it’s complicated…

Zipper Bros Films

Call Me Lucky (2015)

Call Me Lucky (2015)

This doc tells the story of Barry Crimmins, a comedian with a terrible past who begins the film by announcing that he only has two things left to do in order to consider his life complete: overthrowing the United States government and closing down the Catholic church.

Type 55 Films

Chef’s Table (2015-2017)

This documentary series dedicates each episode to profiling a world famous chef — think Massimo Bottura, Niki Nakayama and Gaggan Anand. Plus, it’s basically extremely classy food porn.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

Starring everyone’s fave astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, this is the documentary that will actually help you understand everything ~out there~ without getting overwhelmed.

Cosmos Studios

Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)

Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)

Of the McAfee anti-virus software fame, this is a bizarre tech tycoon profile with a murder allegation and jungle living thrown in for good measure.

Ish Entertainment

Hip-Hop Evolution (2016)

Hip-Hop Evolution (2016)

This is basically The Get Down, but in documentary form covering everything from the the birth of hip-hop birth to the rise of gangsta rap.

Netflix

Holy Hell (2016)

Holy Hell (2016)

A spooky telling of what happens when one Californian decides to leave his cult.

WRA Productions

Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

A tough, heartbreaking dive into the “amateur” porn industry that …read more

Source: Entertainments

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