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The 5 Best Documentaries on Netflix

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

Year: 2016
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

Year: 2016
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

Year: 2014
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

Year: 2016
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

Year: 2017
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.

What is your favorite Netflix documentary? Share with us below!

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62 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenna Urben
    June 14, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I loved watching the Amanda Knox documentary! I’m interested to check out The First Monday In May now.

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 12:29 am

      It is a good one, hope you enjoy it!

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      regg
      June 16, 2017 at 2:53 am

      Im going to watch each of these.

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    Alyona Oborn
    June 14, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    i will have to check these out, thanks for awesome ideas

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 12:29 am

      You’re welcome!

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    Angela Quigley
    June 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I LOVE documentaries and I haven’t seen any of these! Thanks for the list! I run a Documentary Club that meets every other month to discuss them in person. So far we have watched:
    – 13th https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741
    – She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry https://www.netflix.com/title/80023078
    – The Culture High https://www.netflix.com/title/80014718

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 12:30 am

      Love this! Thank you for sharing. That is such a great idea. I’m going to watch your suggestions. I have already seen “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ and I thought it was really well made!

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    RuthAnn Rafiq
    June 14, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Great suggestions… the only one I’ve seen “The First Monday in May” but I LOVE it! I’ll have to check out some others on your list 😀

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 12:30 am

      I hope you like the others as well!

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    Liz
    June 15, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Wow! I’ll be adding some of these to my list! I thought I would have seen most of the things on here when I haven’t seen any!! A really great documentary series that Netflix just came out with is The Keepers, if you haven’t seen that yet!

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 12:31 am

      I tried to pick ones that people may not have already seen, so I’m happy to hear that! I have The Keepers on my list to watch. I have heard great things about it!

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    Amanda Mason
    June 15, 2017 at 1:05 am

    I always search Netflix and never know what to watch! I love documentaries, and hate that I never know what the good ones are. My personal favorite docu on Netflix is Living on One Dollar.

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      I haven’t seen that one! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

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    Rosalie Markovics
    June 15, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Love all your suggestions but will start with Roger Stone. I love your clean layout of your page too.

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you! Hop you enjoy it.

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    lily martin
    June 15, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Great post, been meaning to find some new documentaries to watch! x

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Hope you find one your like form the list!

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    Jessie
    June 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Great post! I love documentaries. The Amanda Knox one was so good.

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Agreed! I really liked that one!

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    Stefanie
    June 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I was watching the Amanda Knox one!!! Now I really want to see the one about Vogue 🙂

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      It is a good one!

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    Taylor M. Harrison
    June 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I watched Remote Area Medical and it was so good! Granted, I am in school pursuing a public health degree.

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      I haven’t seen that one yet! I’ll check it out.

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    Nadalie
    June 15, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Elizabeth,

    I actually haven’t seen any of these! In theory, I love documentaries but always seem to get sucked into watching a series. I’ve been working my way through everything HBO I haven’t seen as yet. But so bookmarking and checking these out soon.

    And yes, Keepers is on my list too!! More of a docu-series, just how I like them.

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      I totally know what you mean! I liked Making A Murder because I was split into a series, so I think I’ll like The Keepers also.

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    Gabby
    June 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I think I’m going to have to watch the Amanda Knox Documentary… I was hesitate because I watched the movie and it was all TOO much but now I’m intrigued! Thanks for the post!

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      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Yes, it is very interesting!

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    Haute and Comely
    June 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Where have I been? Now that I’ve finished my exams. Netflix would be my best friend.thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Congrats on finishing your exams. Time for some much needed Netflix time 🙂

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    Kalah McLaughlin
    June 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Get Me Roger Stone looks interesting. I always have trouble picking shows on Netflix lol. I’ve really been getting into documentaries lately, so this post was exactly what I needed!

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      I know, they have so many options, I often end up scrolling for waaaay too long!

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    Laura Beth Brown
    June 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I love a good documentary, so I’ll definitely be checking these out! Thanks for sharing a variety of options!

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Me as well! Hope you enjoy!

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    Allyvieg
    June 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Great list!! I will totally check these out. Thanks for suggestions 🙂

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Hope you enjoy!

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    Danielle Fairhurst
    June 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Great list! I’ve already watched the Barkley Marathon documentary and it’s amazing! The others are on my watch list 🙂

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 15, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      I thought so too! Hope you enjoy the others!

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    Victoria with one sharp mama
    June 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    My husband and I are always looking for new things to watch on Netflix. I will have to show him this list and see if anything sparks his interest. Thanks for sharing!

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Hope you find one you both want to watch! 🙂

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    Michelle Paige
    June 15, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Great suggestions! I haven’t seen any of these so I’m pretty excited to have some new Netflix options.

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Great! Hope you enjoy them!

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    Christopher Denaro
    June 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    That Roger Stone documentary was nuts. Definitely one of the most sinister and soulless dudes of our time. An evil genius. Making a Murderer was another Netflix documentary that made my head spin. Good read!

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Agreed! The Roger Stone doc was very eye–opening for me. I also loved Making a Murderer. The Keeper is next on my list – heard it is similar to Making a Murderer.

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    Lisa
    June 16, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Thanks for your recommendation! Once again, a great post to read and I will definitely be checking out some of these shows. For taking the effort to always provide your readers with interesting and informative information and for the prettiest blog ever, I have nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award. Check out my post at https://lisadesignslife.com/blogger-recognition-award/ to see the award. Congrats!

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

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    Lacee
    June 16, 2017 at 3:29 am

    My husband loves documentaries! I will tell him about these for sure.
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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Hope you both enjoy them!

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    Zineb
    June 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I watched the Amanda Knox documentary many times just to understand the different layers of this story and this all American girl who turned into this so called murderer or victim. Will be checking out the other ones.

    Love always,

    zineb

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      So many layers to that story! I’m still not sure what I think about it all!

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    Neelie
    June 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I like this idea for a post. Definitely agree with the Amanda Knox one, such a good documentary (still unsure whether she did it or not…)

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Yes, me too!! So many different perspectives in that doc, it’s hard to know for sure!

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    Paula
    June 16, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I’m a big fan of documentaries. Nothing is more interesting than real life. I look forward to seeing some of the ones you’ve suggested! Thanks. 🌷

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Agreed! I love watching documentaries, they are so inspiring!

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    Lauren Binley
    June 17, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I think I will definitely have to give some of these a watch, they look so good! The Amanda Knox one will probably the first one I give a watch though as it’s something I’ve always been quite curious about. Thanks for the list!

    Lauren 🙂 x

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      The Amanda Knox one is one of my faves on the list! Hope you enjoy it as well 🙂

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    Ellie
    June 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Ooh I love documentaries! I enjoyed one on Netflix about how clothes are made but can’t remember the name! I really want to watch these all now especially the marathon one ❤

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      The marathon one is so inspiring! 🙂

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    Flunkingmonkey
    June 19, 2017 at 11:53 am

    The Amanda Knox documentary was amazing! I remember it was all over the news as I was growing up and being able to relive it with more insight through this documentary was fantastic, I can see why it’s 1.

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      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      I thought it provided a lot of insight that I didn’t know previously from the news and other documentaries I have watched about Amanda Knox!

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    ohmummymia
    June 19, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Need to check that Amanda Knox documentary! love netflix they have awesome tv series as well

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      June 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Me too! Netflix and Hulu are my favorite places to watch TV.

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