Whether you are in the mood to watch a fashion event in the making, listen to a serial killer tell his story or watch an athlete accomplish an almost impossible feat, Netflix has something for you. It may be better known for its wide–array of TV shows and films, but Netflix also has an astonishing number of documentaries that are sure to give you all kinds of feels. Heartbreak. Anger. Joy. Compassion. Motivation. Peace. You name it, Netflix has it.
As I’m sure you know, it’s easy to get lost scrolling through the endless options Netflix provide, trying to find what you want to watch, so to make it easier for you, I put together a list of the 5 best (in MHO) documentaries on Netflix right now. Grab a snack and cuddle in for one of these riveting documentaries:
1.) Amanda Knox
Length: 1 hour 32 minutes
Directors: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn
You have likely heard of Amanda Knox, and might even have some pre–conceived notions about her innocence or guilt – I did – but after watching this documentary you might find your opinions are different. This is the first documentary that features the real Amanda Knox and a description of the events that lead to her conviction and later acquittal, in her own voice. It sheds light on the prosecutor’s questionable approach to the case and touches on her journal entries, relationship with her boyfriend (whom she had known only 5 days before the murder) and even the media’s treatment of the case.
2.) The First Monday In May
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Director: Andrew Rossi
The first Monday in May is a documentary that goes behind–the–scenes of the one of the world’s greatest fashion events, the annual Met Gala. The Met Gala is always on the first Monday in May, hence the title. This particular documentary follows the 2015 China–themed Met Gala and it is equal parts fascinating and inspiring. If you love fashion, planning (on a massive scale) and art, this documentary will not disappoint. You will get an inside look at all of the intertwined elements that need to fall into place seamlessly to execute an event like this. Everything from the accurate representation of a culture to the seating arrangement for the event to Rihanna’s performance is touched on and each aspect is equally awe–inspiring.
3.) The Barkley Marathons
Length: 1 hour 29 minutes
Directors: Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane
Wanna be inspired beyond your comfort zone? This one is a must–watch then! If you have never heard of the Barkley Marathons, don’t worry, most people haven’t. The Barkley Marathons is an annual event (inspired by a historic prison break) that tests the mental and physical endurance of its athletes for 100–miles through tough terrain and conditions. In fact, the race is so grueling, that only one athlete was able to finish it in 2016 – which is typical. The documentary follows the athletes as they try to complete the race under the time requirement (60–hours) and it will leave you wanting to attack your dreams head–on. To be honest, it is one of the most motivational documentaries I have watched!
4.) Fittest On Earth
Length: 1 hour 44 minutes
Directors: Herber Cannon, Marston Sawyers, Ian Wittenber
Fittest On Earth is a documentary featuring devotees of the workout regime CrossFit as they come together to compete for the title Fittest On Earth (world’s fittest athlete) at the 2015 CrossFit Games. Even if CrossFit isn’t your thing, I’d still give this one a shot. You will get to meet some of the fittest athletes in the world and watch as they compete in a competition of tests that will make you sweat just watching them. If you were needing that extra push to get to the gym this year, you’ll only need 15 minutes of this documentary to get you there.
5.) Get Me Roger Stone
Length: 1 hour 41 minutes
Directors: Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme
Still wondering how Donald Trump got elected? This documentary chronicles the life path of the political operative that has been behind Team Trump for years, (before he ran for President, in fact) Roger Stone. It spells out the truths about some of the things you suspect happen in the world of politics and shows how influential outsiders really can be. You’ll watch the rise and fall of Roger Stone, all the while wondering why you hadn’t heard of him before. Rest assured, you’ll leave this documentary knowing, that for one Roger Stone, there is another. And another. And another.
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