A documentary is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. Given the rise of motion pictures in the media industry, the popularity of theatres has decreased drastically. Video streaming is probably the best thing that has happened to the world of documentaries and Netflix has taken up an initiative to popularise documentaries amongst its viewers.
Here is a list of the 10 best documentaries offered by Netflix
1) 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice (2016)
The U.S. Government broke up Indian Reservations and allotted millions of acres of land to 300,000 Native Americans. The government promised to manage their land, establishing the Indian Trust Fund to disburse revenues generated by mining, oil, gas, and timber leases. This 2016 documentary chronicles the fight of one woman against the federal government filing a massive class-action lawsuit consisting of Native American tribes who’ve seen their land, money, and dignity stripped away for a century. This should definitely be a part of your to watch documentaries list.
Run Time: 76 minutes
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
2) The Look of Silence (2014)
Oppenheimer’s follow-up to The Act of Killing is a straightforward account of an eye doctor who meets with the men who killed his brother during the genocides and under the pretext of an eye exam and in a society dominated by murderers, he relentlessly grills his patients about their role in the killings, forcing them to see past their own experiences.
Run Time: 103 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
3) India’s Daughter (2015)
Calling Leslee Udwin’s searing account of the gang rape and murder of a Delhi medical student true crime is really an understatement! This highlights crimes perpetrated not just by the brutes on the bus but also by the culture of India itself against its vulnerable female population.
Run Time: 63 minutes
IMDb rating: 8.2/10
4) 13th (2016)
The film explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery, with the exception of slavery as punishment for a crime. DuVernay boldly explores how prisons and detention centers are making a profit off of free prison labor, most of it done by black men. Is slavery really dead?
Run Time: 100 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
5) Chasing Coral (2017)
Directed by Jeff Orlowski, Chasing Coral highlights the environmental crisis of vanishing coral reefs. The doc rounds up a team of scientists, photographers, and divers from around the world to draw attention to the vanishing of the world’s coral reefs. It gives us an underwater adventure that attempts to shed light on the mysteries of the deep.
Run Time: 93 minutes
6) Blackfish (2013)
In telling the story of Tillikum, the psychologically damaged orca who spent his life in captivity and was involved in the deaths of three people, the movie is an elegy for the freedoms that marine creatures like him were once able to enjoy.
Run Time: 83 minutes
7) The Bleeding Edge (2018)
The film is a deep dive into the medical device industry and the dangers that lurk there for unassuming patients. Like the pharmaceutical industry, there are few laws regulating the creation and implementation of medical devices and the doc shows how this is negatively affecting millions of Americans every year from the women unknowingly sterilized by an IUD device to a doctor whose own ortho-device slowly poisoned him.
Run Time: 99 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8/10
8) Icarus (2017)
When the filmmaker decided to test his mettle by competing in one of the toughest cycling competitions in the world and he chose to dope to help his chances. He ended up meeting Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory. The documentary chronicles Russia’s extensive history with doping and Rodchenkov’s fight for his life after he blows the whistle on the country’s bad practices.
9) The Thin Blue Line (1988)
The true crime documentary famously helped overturn the death row conviction of Randall Dale Adams, with the director’s habit of staging re-enactments of Adams’ alleged crime to see if they squared with the available evidence and its influence has been absorbed to the point where it’s virtually invisible but it provides several palpable shocks.
Run Time: 103 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8/10
10) Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)
This is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Chris Smith. The film follows actor Jim Carrey as he remains in character as Andy Kaufman during the production of the 1999 film “Man on the Moon”. The film alternates between contemporary interviews with Carrey and firsthand footage of the making of Man on the Moon almost 20 years earlier. There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes drama and also includes Carrey’s backstage antics while shooting the movie but what’s really interesting is watching the actor’s thorough process and how he’s approached his colorful careers.
Run Time: 94 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
These are the documentaries we could think of at this moment. Do you have anything that is worth being included in the list of documentaries? Mention in the comments and we’ll have a look at it.