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Top 50 best Netflix documentaries according to IMDB

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Planet Earth
April 23, 2015 | Documentaries | 2006
This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.
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Down The Fence
July 13, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 94 minutes
The human-equine bond propels the unique and challenging sport of reined cow horse, in which dedicated trainers compete for the national championship.
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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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Travis: A Soldier's Story
July 13, 2018 | Documentaries | 2013 | 66 minutes
After Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills loses his limbs while serving in Afghanistan, he begins a courageous battle to rebuild his life at home.
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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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42 Grams
9.2 42 Grams
February 8, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 80 minutes
After launching a successful underground restaurant out of their apartment, an ambitious chef and his wife open an all-consuming upscale eatery.
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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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Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
July 13, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 95 minutes
Chefs, food critics and historians share stories about pioneering female restaurateur Ella Brennan, who put the New Orleans food scene on the map.
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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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Life
9.1 Life
April 23, 2015 | Documentaries | 2009
Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive.
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Ken Burns: The Civil War
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 1990
Ken Burns's documentary depicts the action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of soldiers, generals and a beleaguered president.
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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2014
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson presents new revelations about time and space in this reboot of the original "Cosmos" documentary series.
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Twinsters
9.0 Twinsters
November 6, 2015 | Documentaries | 2015 | 88 minutes
This documentary chronicles the true story of a French fashion student who discovered via the Internet an identical twin she never knew existed.
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Cut from a Different Cloth
February 2, 2017 | Documentaries | 2015 | 54 minutes
This firsthand look at a unique collaboration follows fashion empire Superdry's founders as they work with actor Idris Elba to launch a clothing line.
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One More Shot
January 18, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 89 minutes
Infertility affects millions. One couple copes with the assisted reproduction process by documenting its pain, disappointment and potential joy.
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The Rebound
March 3, 2019 | Documentaries | 2016 | 76 minutes
This documentary follows three players on the Miami Heat Wheels, who face long odds on the way to the national wheelchair basketball championship.
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Calum von Moger: Unbroken
August 14, 2019 | Documentaries | 2019 | 93 minutes
Bodybuilder and two-time Mr. Universe, Calum von Moger, reflects on his rise to fame and battle to come back from a debilitating injury.
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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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Frozen Planet
April 23, 2015 | Documentaries | 2011
Go on a journey through the Arctic and Antarctic with this visually stunning program that explores these wildernesses and their inhabitants.
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The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2001
David Attenborough narrates this definitive exploration of the marine world, from the familiar to the unknown, revealing the sea and its communities.
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Nature's Great Events (2009)
April 23, 2015 | Documentaries | 2009
This series looks at how seasonal changes cause shifting weather patterns and ocean currents, creating the conditions for spectacular wildlife events.
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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: The Sustainability Secret
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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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2005
This documentary series tackles one of history's most disquieting subjects: the Holocaust and the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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Departures
February 2, 2015 | Documentaries | 2010
This travel series follows friends Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach around the world, chronicling their adventures and the challenges they encounter.
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Walking with Dinosaurs
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 1999
The Cretaceous, Triassic and Jurassic periods come to life in this Emmy-winning series that shows the Earth through the eyes of individual dinosaurs.
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Seven Wonders of the Industrial World
December 10, 2014 | Documentaries | 2003
This program digs into the most ambitious man-made achievements of the industrial age, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Panama Canal and more.
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Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution
February 8, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 86 minutes
Filmmakers explore how pop culture shapes a new generation's beliefs about gender, sexuality and violence on display among students on spring break.
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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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Be Here Now
March 2, 2017 | Documentaries | 2015 | 109 minutes
Trace the brave journey of actor Andy Whitfield, who received a devastating cancer diagnosis while starring in the series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."
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The Champions
May 12, 2016 | Documentaries | 2015 | 92 minutes
This documentary follows the pit bulls that are rescued from the dogfighting ring of NFL quarterback Michael Vick and given a second chance at life.
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Big Voice
8.7 Big Voice
November 8, 2016 | Documentaries | 2015 | 82 minutes
This film follows an intense but caring teacher who aims to unify a high school choir into a singular whole, the undisputed best among the rest.
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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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Figures of Speech
August 15, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 92 minutes
In this documentary, passionate high schoolers travel the country and come of age during a turbulent yearlong prep for a national speech competition.
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Rock in the Red Zone
October 11, 2018 | Documentaries | 2015 | 88 minutes
Documentarian Laura Bialis offers a close look into the lives of rock musicians in Sderot, a city in Israel under constant threat of missile attacks.
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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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Residente
8.6 Residente
July 13, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 96 minutes
The results of a DNA test spur Puerto Rican rap icon Residente to set out on a global voyage in search of his roots and fresh musical inspiration.
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City of Trees
July 13, 2018 | Documentaries | 2015 | 76 minutes
A grassroots nonprofit faces mounting pressure as it aims to create jobs and improve Washington, D.C., parks through a special tree-planting program.
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Roger Waters The Wall
July 4, 2016 | Documentaries | 2014 | 132 minutes
This film blends footage of ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters’ extravagant “The Wall Live” tour with scenes of Waters at European war memorials.
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Touch the Wall
August 2, 2016 | Documentaries | 2014 | 101 minutes
This documentary profiles Olympian Missy Franklin, focusing on her gold-medal swimming as well as her rivalry with good friend Kara Lynn Joyce.
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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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In Search of Balance
July 13, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 73 minutes
Physician Daphne Miller explores the complex web of nature and how its interconnections can offer humans a path to a better, longer life.
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The Heart of Man
July 13, 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 74 minutes
A retelling of the prodigal son parable interspersed with true stories from people who've dealt with personal shame over perceived moral failings.
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Impossible Dreamers
July 13, 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 74 minutes
This film follows age-defying pro and amateur senior athletes, including golfer Gary Player and boxer Ann Schranz, as they train for competition.
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Won't You Be My Neighbor?
February 7, 2019 | Documentaries | 2018 | 94 minutes
When Fred Rogers found his calling in television, his unassuming children's show was beloved by generations for his kindness, empathy and understanding.
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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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