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Top 50 best Netflix documentaries according to IMDB

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Ram Dass, Going Home
February 8, 2018 | Documentaries | 2018 | 31 minutes
From his home on Maui, pioneering researcher, author and spiritual teacher Ram Dass reflects on love, life and death as his own days draw to a close.
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Saeed Mirza: The Leftist Sufi
May 3, 2017 | Documentaries | 2016 | 61 minutes
This documentary profiles the celebrated Hindi film director known as much for his embrace of leftist politics and social concerns as lyrical cinema.
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I Dream Of Dance
February 7, 2019 | Documentaries | 2017 | 106 minutes
Experience the joy and sacrifice of one of the nation's premier dance companies as its members and instructors prepare for a prestigious competition.
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One Heart: The A.R. Rahman Concert Film
November 2, 2017 | Documentaries | 2017 | 86 minutes
In this concert film, Indian musical maestro A.R. Rahman performs 15 of his most popular songs and reveals himself through interviews and clips.
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Martyrs of Marriage
June 20, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 83 minutes
This documentary reveals the cracks in India's anti-dowry act and gives voice to both women and men who've been victimized by the law's abusers.
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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
June 12, 2019 | Documentaries | 2019 | 142 minutes
In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.
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Salam - The First ****** Nobel Laureate
October 3, 2019 | Documentaries | 2018 | 75 minutes
Shunned by his country due to religion, Abdus Salam strives for an achievement that would define modern physics and redefine his place back home.
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Virunga
9.0 Virunga
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2014 | 100 minutes
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. Here, an embattled team of park rangers that includes an ex-child soldier and a Belgian prince, risk their lives to protect this UNESCO World Heritage Site from armed rebels, poachers, and even corporations trying to wrest control of Congo's rich natural resources.
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Forensic Files
January 7, 2015 | Documentaries | 2011
Detectives and crime lab technicians use the latest and most fascinating procedures to solve crimes in this documentary-style show.
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Cowspiracy
September 16, 2015 | Documentaries | 2014 | 90 minutes
Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet's natural resources -- and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.
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Senna
9.0 Senna
June 8, 2022 | Documentaries | 2010 | 105 minutes
This fast-paced documentary profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native Brazil.
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Roll With Me
December 3, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 90 minutes
Backed by a crew of unlikely allies, newly sober paraplegic Gabriel Cordell teams up with his nephew for a grueling wheelchair trek across America.
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Our Planet - Behind The Scenes
August 20, 2019 | Documentaries | 2019 | 63 minutes
Years spent recording footage of creatures from every corner of the globe is bound to produce a bit of drama. Here's a behind-the-scenes look.
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Madness in the Desert
December 28, 2017 | Documentaries | 2004 | 141 minutes
The story of making "Lagaan," one of the millennium's seminal Indian films, is told from the point of view of production team member Satyajit Bhatkal.
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World War II in Colour
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2009
Footage of the most dramatic moments from World War II is restored in color and high definition for this historical documentary series.
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Beyond All Boundaries
April 19, 2018 | Documentaries | 2013 | 97 minutes
As the 2011 Cricket World Cup begins, three Indians demonstrate their passion and the sacrifices they've made for the country's most popular sport.
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Last Breath
May 6, 2019 | Documentaries | 2019 | 85 minutes
A commercial diver becomes trapped on the ocean floor with dwindling oxygen and little hope of a timely rescue, so he tries to save himself.
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Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall
May 22, 2020 | Documentaries | 2020 | 85 minutes
Backed by a full band and a ready wit, actor Ben Platt opens up a very personal songbook onstage — numbers from his debut LP, "Sing to Me Instead.”
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Winter on Fire
August 14, 2015 | Documentaries | 2015 | 98 minutes
Over 93 days in Ukraine, what started as peaceful student demonstrations became a violent revolution and full-fledged civil rights movement.
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Sense8: Creating the World
August 10, 2015 | Documentaries | 2015 | 25 minutes
Go behind the scenes and around the world with the "Sense8" cast and crew in this in-depth look at how the hit series is made.
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Beak & Brain: Genius Birds From Down Under
March 2, 2017 | Documentaries | 2013 | 52 minutes
Whoever came up with the term "bird brain" never met these feathered thinkers, who use their claws and beaks to solve puzzles, make tools and more.
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On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace
January 11, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 92 minutes
Based on photographer Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name, this documentary traces the author’s 10-year journey through the landscape of yoga.
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Armed to the Teeth
August 14, 2019 | Documentaries | 2018 | 109 minutes
This documentary follows the controversy surrounding the 2010 murders of two students, who were framed as criminals and killed by the Mexican military.
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Wandering Stars
December 31, 2019 | Documentaries | 2019 | 94 minutes
Navigating creative pressures and personal upsets, French rapper Nekfeu sets out on a global quest for musical inspiration in this documentary.
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A Secret Love
April 29, 2020 | Documentaries | 2020 | 82 minutes
Amid shifting times, two women kept their decades-long love a secret. But coming out later in life comes with its own set of challenges.
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Before the Flood
March 15, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 96 minutes
Leonardo DiCaprio crisscrosses the globe to investigate the consequences of man-made globe warming and the measures being taken to reverse it.
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Numero Zero: The Roots of Italian Rap
June 20, 2018 | Documentaries | 2015 | 90 minutes
In the '90s, the explosive popularity of hip-hop music in Italy impacts the nation's character while creating a new kind of renegade artist.
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The Last Animals
December 28, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 91 minutes
This sobering documentary highlights the poaching and trafficking of elephants and rhinos, and the activists who will stop at nothing to protect them.
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Get Me Roger Stone
March 9, 2017 | Documentaries | 2017 | 100 minutes
Examine the rise, fall and rebirth of political operative Roger Stone, who's been an influential member of Team Trump for decades.
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Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale
March 17, 2017 | Documentaries | 2016 | 90 minutes
Scientists and animal keepers fight to save an orphaned baby elephant at a rescue camp in Botswana while struggling to defend its entire species.
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LA 92
8.2 LA 92
March 8, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 114 minutes
Previously unseen footage is shaped into a fresh and timely retelling of the 1992 Rodney King trial -- and the verdict that sparked civil unrest.
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Influx
8.2 Influx
June 20, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 89 minutes
Italians in London reveal the ups and downs of immigration and touch upon their uneasiness about leaving behind their crisis-ridden homeland.
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Skydancers
June 27, 2018 | Documentaries | 2014 | 49 minutes
Only a few women pilots take part in the sport of aerobatics. Director Fredric Lean captures their powerful spirit at the World Aerobatic Championships.
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Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager
December 3, 2018 | Documentaries | 2018 | 99 minutes
Explore the life and times of legendary soccer manager Bobby Robson, whose keen mind for the game was matched only by his devotion to his teams.
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American Circumcision
December 16, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 100 minutes
With interviews from experts on both sides of the debate, this film questions the routine practice of non-religious infant circumcision in the U.S.
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The Crystal Calls Making the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
September 15, 2019 | Documentaries | 2019 | 82 minutes
Go behind the scenes with stars, puppeteers and creators as they bring Jim Henson's magical world of Thra back to life in a sweeping fantasy series.
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Dancing with the Birds
October 24, 2019 | Documentaries | 2019 | 51 minutes
From ruffling their majestic feathers to nailing im-peck-able courtship routines, birds in paradise flaunt their best moves in hopes of landing a mate.
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Cuba and the Cameraman
November 30, 2017 | Documentaries | 2017 | 113 minutes
Emmy-winning filmmaker Jon Alpert chronicles the fortunes of three Cuban families over the course of four tumultuous decades in the nation's history.
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13TH
8.2 13TH
August 22, 2016 | Documentaries | 2016 | 100 minutes
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
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Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime
May 17, 2016 | Documentaries | 2014 | 101 minutes
Intrepid newspaper editor Harold Evans wages an ongoing battle to expose the truth about a dangerous drug and obtain compensation for its victims.
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Women at War 1914-1918
January 4, 2018 | Documentaries | 2014 | 93 minutes
Trace the overlapping journeys of exceptional women swept up in World War I and hear their tales of bravery on history's front lines.
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Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall
April 19, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 100 minutes
Follow singer and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall as he launches an original musical based on growing up gay in Texas and finding showbiz success.
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Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski
December 23, 2018 | Documentaries | 2018 | 105 minutes
Artists in LA discover the work of forgotten Polish sculptor Stanislav Szukalski, a mad genius whose true story unfolds chapter by astounding chapter.
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Life in the Doghouse
June 1, 2019 | Documentaries | 2018 | 83 minutes
A couple operates a bustling dog rescue out of their own home, vowing to give a safe space to the neediest pups on the planet -- 10,000 and counting.
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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
March 27, 2020 | Documentaries | 2020 | 108 minutes
A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality.
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Chasing Coral
February 9, 2017 | Documentaries | 2017 | 89 minutes
Divers, scientists and photographers around the world mount an epic underwater campaign to document the disappearance of coral reefs.
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Mission Blue
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2014 | 94 minutes
Oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle's urgent mission to expose the dire condition of Earth's oceans is captured in this documentary directed by Fisher Stevens, Academy Award-winning producer of “The Cove,” and Academy Award nominee Bob Nixon. Earle explains that the condition of our oceans, rapidly dying due to pollution, over-fishing, and acidification, is an ecological catastrophe soon to have a devastating impact on all life on Earth.
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The Battered Bastards of Baseball
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2014 | 80 minutes
The jaw-dropping true story of a real-life Bad News Bears, this inspiring documentary recounts the history of the Portland Mavericks, an independent professional baseball team that broke attendance records in 1973 with a roster that included a blacklisted former Yankee pitcher, a left-handed catcher, the sport's first female general manager, and young movie star Kurt Russell, whose actor father Bing was the scrappy team's owner.
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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
October 1, 2018 | Documentaries | 2013 | 89 minutes
With interviews and footage from his television appearances, this documentary chronicles the life and career of outspoken writer Gore Vidal.
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The Square
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2013 | 104 minutes
Winner of three Emmys and nominee for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this powerful film immerses the viewer in the intense emotional drama of young people on the streets of Cairo claiming their right to create a society of freedom and conscience. As two governments topple in quick succession, the personal stories of the freedom fighters unfold in an inspiring tribute to the power of citizenship.
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