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Top 50 best Netflix documentaries according to IMDB

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Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall
January 7, 2022 | 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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A Secret Love
January 7, 2022 | 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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Tsunami Killed My Bandmates
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 97 minutes
Interviews and behind-the-scenes footage recount a deadly tsunami that caused the deaths of members of the Indonesian band Seventeen.
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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
January 7, 2022 | 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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Blackfish
8.0 Blackfish
May 9, 2022 | Documentaries | 2013 | 83 minutes
This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.
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Miss Americana
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 85 minutes
In this revealing documentary, Taylor Swift embraces her role as a songwriter and performer — and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.
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Puff: Wonders of the Reef
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2021 | 59 minutes
A baby pufferfish travels through a wondrous microworld full of fantastical creatures as he searches for a home on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Lift Like a Girl
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2021 | 92 minutes
With the guidance of her relentless coach, a teen weightlifter emerges from a scrappy training camp in Egypt to compete at the championship level.
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The Ivory Game
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2016 | 112 minutes
Filmmakers infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, exposing poachers and dealers as African elephants edge closer to extinction.
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Unrest
7.8 Unrest
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2017 | 97 minutes
In this heart-wrenching documentary, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student turns the camera on herself to capture her struggles with chronic fatigue syndrome.
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The Songs We Sang
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2015 | 128 minutes
In the 1980s, Xinyao music captured the essence of everyday life and birthed a powerful artistic movement in Singapore, as seen in this documentary.
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Wanton Mee
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2016 | 70 minutes
As a cynical food critic resists the changes at his newspaper, a video camera enables him to collect the untold stories of several food stall owners.
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The Legend of Cocaine Island
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2019 | 87 minutes
An urban legend about a duffel bag of cocaine buried in the Caribbean leads a misfit band to hatch a nutball plan to find it in this comic documentary.
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After the Wave
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2015 | 45 minutes
Five survivors share their stories of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, one of history's deadliest natural disasters.
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Downfall: The Case Against Boeing
February 19, 2022 | Documentaries | 2022 | 89 minutes
Investigators reveal how Boeing’s alleged priority of profit over safety could have contributed to two catastrophic crashes within months of each other.
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Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2017 | 124 minutes
This music-driven documentary charts Clive Davis' 50-year career as one of the world's most influential record moguls.
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Hondros
7.4 Hondros
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2017 | 92 minutes
Photographer Chris Hondros put his life on the line to cover world conflicts. His best friend explores the stories behind his most impactful images.
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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2019 | 115 minutes
Unpack the mythology of Miles Davis and learn the true story of a jazz legend with never-before-seen footage and celebrity interviews.
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Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2019 | 100 minutes
This documentary follows the rising tide of Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm as a teen before making waves in pro surfing and her personal life.
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3 Logical Exits
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 14 minutes
Three years after his documentary "A Man Returned," filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel returns to Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp to visit a dear friend.
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Three Songs for Benazir
January 25, 2022 | Documentaries | 2022 | 22 minutes
Newly married and living in a displacement camp, an Afghan man struggles to balance his dream of joining the national army with family responsibilities.
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Django & Django
February 2, 2022 | Documentaries | 2021 | 77 minutes
Through interviews with filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Ruggero Deodato, this documentary explores the legacy of Sergio Corbucci's spaghetti Westerns.
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Into the Inferno
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2016 | 107 minutes
With stunning views of eruptions and lava flows, Werner Herzog captures the raw power of volcanoes and their ties to indigenous spiritual practices.
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Circus of Books
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 86 minutes
For decades, a nice Jewish couple ran Circus of Books, a porn shop and epicenter for gay LA. Their director daughter documents their life and times.
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Ghost Hunting
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2017 | 93 minutes
Formerly detained in an Israeli interrogation center, a group of Palestinian men address trauma by reenacting their stories of capture and torture.
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Heritages
7.0 Heritages
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2014 | 96 minutes
After being forced to leave his country three times, a Lebanese film director traces his roots and analyzes key moments of the nation's history.
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The Making of a King
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2021 | 114 minutes
Kemi Adetiba and other creatives behind "King of Boys" discuss the franchise's challenging and inspiring journey toward making Nollywood history.
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Skin
6.9 Skin
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2019 | 76 minutes
On a quest to find beauty in all complexions, actress Beverly Naya travels to her home country of Nigeria and explores colorism's impact on society.
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China Love
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2018 | 86 minutes
This thought-provoking documentary explores contemporary China by delving into the imaginative billion-dollar industry of pre-wedding photography.
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One Take
6.8 One Take
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 85 minutes
Members of Thai girl group BNK48 share the ups and downs of preparing for the 6th Single Senbatsu General Election.
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David Foster: Off the Record
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2019 | 106 minutes
From child prodigy to iconic music producer, David Foster shares the stories behind his success with rare footage and interviews with his collaborators.
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Misha and the Wolves
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2021 | 89 minutes
As a little girl, she escaped the Holocaust and lived among wolves. Or did she? An extraordinary story elicits sympathy — then draws scrutiny.
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The Most Unknown
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2018 | 92 minutes
Traversing disciplines from physics to psychology, nine scientists share ideas and seek common ground by delving into deep existential questions.
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I'm Leaving Now
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2019 | 75 minutes
In this evocative documentary, an undocumented immigrant plans to return to Mexico after 16 years but his family tells him he needs to stay in the US.
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I'm Glad I Did
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 114 minutes
Glimpse into the life and decades-long career of Turkish performer Metin Akpınar through personal interviews with him and his contemporaries.
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City of God: 10 Years Later
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2013 | 68 minutes
A decade after the seminal Brazilian film "City of God," this documentary reunites some of the cast and crew to find out what paths their lives took.
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Singapore Gaga
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2005 | 53 minutes
This documentary explores Singapore's multilayered aural landscape, colored by street busking, train announcements, cheerleading hymns and more.
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Panoptic
6.1 Panoptic
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2017 | 69 minutes
This documentary dissects Lebanon's present-day paradoxes stemming from years of conflict as the director attempts to reconcile with her nation's past.
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We Are All For The Fatherland
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 1979 | 74 minutes
After the 1978 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, children try to sing the national anthem as citizens search for hope in the war-torn South.
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Whispers
4.3 Whispers
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 1980 | 92 minutes
With her home devastated by war, a Lebanese poet takes a cross-country road trip, looking for glimmers of hope through nostalgic memories and verse.
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Marked
3.5 Marked
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2021 | 20 minutes
This documentary explores Nigeria’s cultural practice of marking, including its origins and meaning as a symbol of identity, beauty and spirituality.
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The Beginning of Life
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2016 | 96 minutes
Scientists, advocates and parents around the world explore how carefully tending to kids' earliest needs can shape the course of human society.
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Human Nature
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2019 | 94 minutes
From breakthrough science to the boundaries of morality, this documentary spotlights a revelation in genetic modification research known as CRISPR.
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Becoming
0.0 Becoming
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 89 minutes
Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with "Becoming."
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Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 97 minutes
After 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown is sentenced to life in prison, questions about her past, physiology and the law itself call her guilt into question.
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Pelé
0.0 Pelé
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2021 | 108 minutes
Against the backdrop of a turbulent era in Brazil, this documentary captures Pelé’s extraordinary path from breakthrough talent to national hero.
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Pray Away
0.0 Pray Away
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2021 | 101 minutes
Ex-leaders and a survivor of the so-called "conversion therapy" movement speak out about its harm to the LGBTQ+ community and its devastating persistence.
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Anelka: Misunderstood
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 94 minutes
Inscrutable, incomparable or both? Famed French footballer Nicolas Anelka’s controversial legacy is explored in this in-depth documentary.
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Father Soldier Son
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 100 minutes
After a single father is severely wounded in Afghanistan, he and his sons embark on a journey of sacrifice and a search for redemption.
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The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo
January 7, 2022 | Documentaries | 2020 | 109 minutes
This documentary examines a mother's tireless crusade to jail her daughter's murderer after Mexico's justice system failed to do so.
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