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Top 50 best Netflix documentaries according to IMDB

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Planet Earth
8 December 2014 | 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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Ram Dass, Going Home
4 July 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
27 August 2018 | 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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I Dream Of Dance
7 February 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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One Heart: The A.R. Rahman Concert Film
3 November 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
4 July 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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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
12 June 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
2 October 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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Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story
7 February 2020 | Documentaries | 2020 | 105 minutes
This documentary profiles a defiant driver who challenged racial barriers in American auto racing, becoming the first black man to race in the Indy 500.
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Life
9.1 Life
8 December 2014 | 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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Africa
9.0 Africa
8 December 2014 | Documentaries | 2013
This five-part nature series chronicles fascinating stories of survival on the African continent, home to the most diverse animal life on the planet.
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Twinsters
9.0 Twinsters
6 November 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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Calum von Moger: Unbroken
13 August 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
8 December 2014 | Documentaries | 2014 | 100 minutes
The Oscar-nominated true story of the rangers risking their lives to save Africa's most precious national park and its endangered gorillas.
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Frozen Planet
8 December 2014 | 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
8 December 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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Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends
8 December 2014 | Documentaries | 1999
Louis gives viewers a chance to get glimpses of things they wouldn't normally see by diving into obscure or marginalized subcultures.
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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
16 September 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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Senna
9.0 Senna
18 January 2019 | Documentaries | 2010 | 105 minutes
This fast-paced documentary profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native Brazil.
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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
8 December 2014 | Documentaries | 2005
This documentary series tackles one of history's most horrifying subjects: the Holocaust and the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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Walking with Dinosaurs
8 December 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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Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution
8 February 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
3 December 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
20 August 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
2 March 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
12 May 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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Madness in the Desert
28 December 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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Beyond All Boundaries
29 March 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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Last Breath
7 June 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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Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall
22 May 2020 | 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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Sense8: Creating the World
10 August 2015 | Documentaries | 2015 | 25 minutes
Go behind the scenes and around the world with the "Sense8" cast and crew in this in-depth look at how the hit series is made.
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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom
14 August 2015 | Documentaries | 2015 | 98 minutes
Over 93 days in Ukraine, what started as peaceful student demonstrations became a violent revolution and full-fledged civil rights movement.
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Shadow Trade
21 November 2016 | Documentaries | 2014 | 50 minutes
This harrowing documentary sheds light on a largely mysterious practice occurring in the criminal underworld of Thailand: the illegal dog meat trade.
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Beak & Brain: Genius Birds From Down Under
2 March 2017 | Documentaries | 2013 | 52 minutes
Whoever came up with the term "bird brain" never met these feathered thinkers, who use their claws and beaks to solve puzzles, make tools and more.
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Long Time Running
16 November 2017 | Documentaries | 2017 | 95 minutes
This documentary follows the 2016 tour of beloved rock band The Tragically Hip as they make their way across Canada one last time.
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On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace
11 January 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 92 minutes
Based on photographer Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name, this documentary traces the author’s 10-year journey through the landscape of yoga.
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Armed to the Teeth
13 August 2019 | Documentaries | 2018 | 109 minutes
This documentary follows the controversy surrounding the 2010 murders of two students, who were framed as criminals and killed by the Mexican military.
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Wandering Stars
2 January 2020 | Documentaries | 2019 | 94 minutes
Navigating creative pressures and personal upsets, French rapper Nekfeu sets out on a global quest for musical inspiration in this documentary.
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Tickling Giants
13 April 2017 | Documentaries | 2016 | 113 minutes
Watch as the fearless Bassem Youssef, dubbed the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," uses satire to challenge politics and encourage democracy in the Middle East.
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Numero Zero: The Roots of Italian Rap
4 July 2018 | Documentaries | 2015 | 90 minutes
In the '90s, the explosive popularity of hip-hop music in Italy impacts the nation's character while creating a new kind of renegade artist.
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The Last Animals
28 December 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 91 minutes
This sobering documentary highlights the poaching and trafficking of elephants and rhinos, and the activists who will stop at nothing to protect them.
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Get Me Roger Stone
9 March 2017 | Documentaries | 2017 | 101 minutes
Examine the rise, fall and rebirth of political operative Roger Stone, who's been an influential member of Team Trump for decades.
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Valley Uprising
27 April 2016 | Documentaries | 2014 | 98 minutes
The 50-year history of rock climbing in Yosemite Valley is chronicled in this documentary charting the birth and rise of a rebellious counterculture.
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For the Love of a Man
3 August 2016 | Documentaries | 2015 | 82 minutes
The most devoted fans of longtime Tamil superstar Rajinikanth push the boundaries between mere hero worship and unwavering religious fanaticism.
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Famous in Ahmedabad
15 December 2016 | Documentaries | 2015 | 29 minutes
Follow an 11-year-old boy as he goes from ordinary child to colorful competitor in his quest for a big win at India’s biggest kite-flying festival.
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Gun Runners
2 February 2017 | Documentaries | 2015 | 89 minutes
Two roaming Kenyan bandits attempt to change the course of their lives by exchanging their rifles for running shoes.
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Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale
17 March 2017 | Documentaries | 2016 | 90 minutes
Scientists and animal keepers fight to save an orphaned baby elephant at a rescue camp in Botswana while struggling to defend its entire species.
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LA 92
8.2 LA 92
8 March 2018 | Documentaries | 2017 | 114 minutes
Previously unseen footage is shaped into a fresh and timely retelling of the 1992 Rodney King trial -- and the verdict that sparked civil unrest.
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Influx
8.2 Influx
4 July 2018 | Documentaries | 2016 | 89 minutes
Italians in London reveal the ups and downs of immigration and touch upon their uneasiness about leaving behind their crisis-ridden homeland.
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Skydancers
4 July 2018 | Documentaries | 2014 | 49 minutes
Only a few women pilots take part in the sport of aerobatics. Director Fredric Lean captures their powerful spirit at the World Aerobatic Championships.
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