Netflix documentaries have at all times been nice, however within the final yr or so it seems like they’ve gone to a brand new stage. Regardless of this, it may be tough to search out the finest stuff, so we have made this checklist. 

We’re beginning with the the very best new documentaries launched within the final 12 months. After that we have divided the rest of our picks by style. We’re updated for January.

There’s loads to get by way of. Good luck and pleased watching!

The Finest New Documentaries on Netflix


Break Level is the newest in what seems like a zillion documentaries exploring the each day drama of sports activities. You realize those I imply — All or Nothing, Drive to Survive. Cricket has one, AFL has one — there’s even a golf one approaching Netflix later this yr.

Break Level focuses on Tennis and — fortunately — picks the very best athletes to give attention to. Watch this for the legendary Nick Kyrgios on the very least.


Pepsi, The place’s My Jet? is one in every of my favourite kinds of documentary. It is an offbeat documentary on a weird matter with a solid of actually charismatic and insane folks. 

The premise: Within the mid-’90s Pepsi had a degree system designed to encourage folks to drink extra Pepsi. One advert confirmed off a Harrier Jet you possibly can purchase with 7 million of those factors. John Leonard, a 21-year-old enterprise scholar, discovered a loophole that allowed him to purchase factors for 10 cents and tried to drive Pepsi to make good on their advertising promise. Chaos ensues.


With the Qatar World Cup actually going down proper now, there could not be a greater time to get caught into FIFA’s murky behind-the-scenes conduct. It is a actually stunning documentary. Be warned: The allegations listed below are so wild you may even really feel compelled to cease watching the World Cup.


Untold is the newest from the oldsters behind Wild Wild Nation.

It is a sports activities documentary sequence, with every episode going in-depth on controversial sports activities matters. The primary episode focuses on Malice on the Palace, the infamous basketball match the place Ron Artest waded into the gang and wailed on followers again in 2004.

Untold is now in its second season, and it’s absolute must-watch stuff. The brand new episodes are arguably higher than the stellar first season. Perhaps the very best sports activities documentary sequence on Netflix


Nearly as good as Netflix documentaries are, there’s been a bent to tug out true crime into these bloated multiepisode sequence. Fortunately Our Father is the alternative of that. It is a lean, completely executed documentary targeted on Donald Cline, an Indiana fertility physician who used his personal sperm to inseminate a ridiculous variety of girls towards their will.

That is an unimaginable piece, a type of tales that simply escalates and escalates to the purpose the place your jaw drops in disbelief. 


Hold Candy: Pray and Obey (2022)

There are lots of Netflix documentaries about cults gone mad, however Hold Candy: Pray and Obey is likely to be essentially the most disturbing of the lot. In contrast to Homicide Among the many Mormons, which just about handled its matter like a screwball comedy, Hold Candy is a really grim story a couple of grim human being in Warren Jeffs. It is a unbelievable documentary, and among the many finest Netflix has produced, nevertheless it comes with a really hefty content material warning.


Keep on Board: The Leo Baker Story (2022)

Skateboarding as a sport makes for an awesome documentary matter. Dogtown and Z Boys, All That Mayhem — completely legendary.  Keep on Board: The Leo Baker Story is one other in an extended line of classics.

It focuses on Leo Baker, the skater who got here out as trans and needed to give up competing on the Olympics within the course of. Wonderful, should watch stuff. 

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Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story (2022)

It is virtually inconceivable to overstate how well-known Jimmy Savile was within the UK — significantly within the Nineteen Eighties. He was past a family title, in some ways he felt like an eccentric uncle to the nation.

Which made revelations that he had sexually assaulted a whole lot of underage women and boys all of the extra horrific. This was an individual the entire of Britain had invited into their houses. 

Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story does an awesome job of going by way of the archives, combining footage that’s totally weird in hindsight, and including unbelievable interviews with a few of the main gamers in British TV throughout Savile’s heyday. An enchanting, albeit disturbing documentary. Be warned: It is a tough watch. 


Our Nice Nationwide Parks (2022)

Barack Obama is making a beeline for David Attenborough’s job. And we do not hate the thought!

Our Nice Nationwide Parks is a world-class nature documentary within the type of nice BBC reveals like Planet Earth. They’ve nailed it right here. When you’re a fan of that kind of present, that is fully unmissable.


The Most Hated Man on the Web (2022)

Netflix has been on hearth with its documentaries recently, and The Most Hated Man on the Web is the newest. From the producers of Tinder Swindler and Dont F**ok with Cats, it is a three-part documentary that tells the story of Hunter Moore, some of the infamous purveyors of “revenge porn.” Undoubtedly value watching this one. 


The Lady within the Image (2022)

The Lady within the Image is the newest true crime documentary from Netflix. It is up there with the service’s best possible work.

It seems like, after a interval of needlessly bloated multiepisode documentaries, Netflix has began trimming the fats, releasing lean, extremely compelling documentaries once more. First Hold Candy: Pray and Obey and Our Father, now this.

The Lady within the Image tells the story of a younger lady, murdered at age 20. To say an excessive amount of would spoil the affect, however this can be a layered, brutal documentary with limitless twists. It must be seen to be believed.


The Tinder Swindler (2022)

A documentary targeted on Shimon Hayut, aka the “Tinder Swindler,” a conman who used courting apps to defraud a number of girls throughout Europe to fund a lavish life-style.

A barely completely different matter in comparison with most true crime documentaries on Netflix. Undoubtedly value a gander.

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I’ve watched loads of true crime documentaries on Netflix, however nothing has come near The Keepers. A staggering story, informed throughout generations, that is respectful of the victims, but compelling all through.

It is a story in regards to the unsolved homicide of Catherine Cesnik, a nun who taught at a Catholic faculty in Baltimore, however The Keepers goes additional than you may anticipate and exposes a possible coverup of intercourse abuse allegations.


The true crime documentary style is totally saturated at this level, however The Staircase stands out. 

Specializing in Michael Peterson and the demise of his spouse Kathleen, The Staircase is greater than only a homicide thriller. It is a drawn-out epic that takes place over literal a long time, a documentary that follows Peterson and examines his each transfer, however in some way nonetheless stays goal. 

It is a good time to look at or revisit this one, since HBO Max has simply launched a drama miniseries based mostly on it.


Home of Secrets and techniques: The Burari Deaths (2021)

One of many more moderen true crime documentaries from Netflix, this can be a good one.

Specializing in the weird deaths of 11 members of the family in a single home in Burari, Delhi, India in 2018, Home of Secrets and techniques delves into the theories behind of the strangest suicide/homicide instances in current reminiscence. Unmissable stuff. 


This Is a Theft is about Netflix because it will get. A four-part sequence specializing in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, that is basically a documentary about an artwork heist. Keep in mind Evil Genius? (Which can also be on this checklist.) This Is a Theft could be very a lot in that type. The primary episode takes some time to get going, however be affected person — this one has a payoff.


Homicide Among the many Mormons (2021)

A few of Netflix’s more moderen true crime documentaries have been a bit bloated and… sorta dangerous?

Fortunately Homicide Among the many Mormons is a return to type. Undoubtedly watch this one. 


Who Killed Little Gregory (2019)

Who Killed Little Gregory is a documentary targeted on the horrific homicide of Grégory Villemin. It is arguably the very best true crime documentary on Netflix. It is a couple of homicide, and makes an attempt to unravel that homicide, nevertheless it’s additionally a lesson in media illustration and the horrific sexism Grégory’s mom needed to face within the wake of her son’s homicide. 


American Homicide: The Household Subsequent Door (2020)

There are lots of true crime documentaries on the market (and on this checklist) however American Homicide: The Household Subsequent Door stands proud. 

It tells the story of Chris Watts, a seemingly common man who murdered his spouse and kids. The entry to footage is staggering and it is edited and produced in a singular manner, utilizing textual content messages and social media posts to inform the story. It is a horrific reminder of the banal, extremely frequent existence of home violence.


Making a Assassin (2015-2018)

With the swath of true crime documentaries and podcasts that got here in its wake, it is simple to overlook that the world as soon as misplaced its collective thoughts over Making a Assassin. In lots of methods it created the template that many Netflix documentaries now comply with. An actual authentic.

Sports activities 


In 2020, within the midst of a pandemic, Netflix dropped this piece of sports activities doc perfection. 

The Final Dance focuses on the Chicago Bulls throughout their ’97-’98 NBA title-winning season, however actually it is a leaping off level for a documentary that tells the life story of its central star, Michael Jordan. 

In consequence, many criticized it for being a bit of too Jordan-focused, however The Final Dance was an occasion documentary that lived as much as the hype. 


This Oscar-winning documentary is an absolute belter. 

Icarus begins out as an expose on the affect performance-enhancing medication have on sports activities efficiency, however a sequence of occasions drags director Bryan Fogel into an internet of geopolitics and conspiracies. To say extra would spoil it, however Fogel in the end has created a documentary that had a really actual affect on our notion of sports activities as an entire. In that respect, Icarus is a literal sport changer.


Method 1: Drive to Survive (2019)

Absolutely the gold commonplace for long-running sports activities documentaries. Drive to Survive is so good, and so fashionable, that it is impressed an entire new stage of curiosity in Method 1, particularly within the US. This present is nice at elevating the characters that occupy the game. Extra reveals like this, please.


Athlete A is a superb function size expose on Larry Nassar, the group physician of USA Gymnastics, who had been sexually abusing feminine athletes for many years.

Be warned: This one is harrowing.


14 Peaks tells the story of the Nepalese mountaineer Nimsdai Purja and his aim of climbing all 14 mountains above the peak of 8,000 meters (26,000 toes) in a single yr. It is unimaginable. Should-watch stuff.


Netflix might need burned the true crime documentary into the bottom, nevertheless it’s on hearth relating to sports activities. Unhealthy Sport is the newest entry into this burgeoning subcategory, and it is superior. Specializing in unusual controversies in sports activities historical past, Unhealthy Sport is much less about main gamers doing main issues, it is about what occurs when sport goes dangerous, will get down within the dust. All of those episodes are nice. Hoping for a season 2. 


The River Runner is sorta like Free Solo for kayaking. Contemplate {that a} praise.

Specializing in Scott Lindgren, a kayaking legend who was a pioneer of the game, this can be a conventional story of an excessive sports activities star overcoming odds, nevertheless it runs a bit of deeper than that. Preventing towards a mind tumor and his personal private demons, Lindgren is a compelling case examine. Should watch stuff.


Naomi Osaka has change into some of the well-known and talked-about athletes on the planet. This fascinating documentary explores completely different phases of her profession and presents unimaginable entry into the lifetime of a younger lady scuffling with the pressures of sport and fame. A must-watch.


When you’re in search of a barely extra uplifting documentary, you possibly can do far worse than The Pace Cubers, a have a look at the world of aggressive… Rubik’s Cubers? It is brief, however packs an unimaginable emotional punch. Put together your self, this one may break you.



Seaspiracy follows within the footsteps of a number of documentaries targeted on the affect of meat consuming on the setting. This time the worldwide fishing business is within the crosshairs. As anticipated this one has stirred up a little bit of controversy from all stakeholders — PETA, Greenpeace and conservation teams can not seem to agree if Seaspiracy is correct or honest. Watch it and make up your individual thoughts.


My Octopus Trainer (2020)

My Octopus Trainer follows Craig Foster, a filmmaker who spent a yr snorkeling and interacting with an octopus off the coast of South Africa. It is a nature movie, positive, nevertheless it’s concurrently a documentary designed to encourage awe within the viewer. Briefly, octopuses are unimaginable. Little aliens on Earth, basically. That is the story of a relationship between people and nature, nevertheless it’s additionally an inspiring name to motion: Do not ignore the surprise that exists throughout you.


David Attenborough nature documentaries are so pervasive, they’re susceptible to self parody, however Our Planet is — I imagine — the excessive watermark. Solely Planet Earth, one other Attenborough doc, comes shut. However I want this one.


Time could uninteresting its affect, however when Tiger King was first launched on Netflix, your entire world could not cease speaking about it. 

Tiger King explores the unusual underbelly of huge cat breeding, specializing in a solid of unforgettable (and in the end harmful) characters. It drags its viewers to bizarre locations. Season 2 is now obtainable and whereas the present has misplaced lots of its chunk, it is intriguing to meet up with this solid of untamed human beings doing wild, fully outlandish issues. 

Politics/historical past 


thirteenth by Ava Duvernay is a staggering documentary that tells the story of American slavery and its long-lasting impacts, lots of which nonetheless resonate right now. 

Within the wake of the Black Lives Matter motion, this needs to be obligatory viewing.


Within the wake of the Capitol siege, the Fb/Cambridge Analytica controversy virtually seems like historical historical past, however that does not make this documentary any much less essential. If you have not seen it, then watch it.


Operation Varsity Blues: The Faculty Admissions Scandal (2021)

Lately launched, Operations Varsity Blues: The Faculty Admissions Scandal has a reputation so long as a few of Netflix’s current documentaries. Fortunately, this is not as bloated as, say, the recent Cecil Hotel doc, nevertheless it may nonetheless use some trimming. 

Operation Varsity Blues targeted on the FBI investigation into faculty admissions that put actress Felicity Huffman into jail. Its director, Chris Smith, beforehand labored on the Fyre Competition documentary. This is not fairly as compelling, however remains to be properly value watching. 


Knock Down the Home (2019)

No matter your views on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Knock Down the Home is an unimaginable underdog story that can not be missed. Specializing in progressive feminine candidates throughout the 2018 congressional main campaigns, it is an insightful have a look at the democratic course of. It is an inspiring reminder that we have to struggle with a view to make the voices of unusual folks rely.


What Occurred, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not gonna say a lot right here. Nina Simone is a legend and that is perhaps top-of-the-line documentaries I’ve ever seen. 


Overlong and bloated, Wild Wild Nation is nonetheless some of the fascinating documentaries I’ve ever watched on Netflix. 

It tells the story of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who tried to construct a huge sprawling commune, for what was basically a intercourse cult, in america. It is a unusual story that in some way turns into stranger with age. Very similar to Tiger King, the story plumbs depths you will not imagine. At instances it is a slog, however Wild Wild Nation is totally worthwhile.


I completely adore this documentary. 5 present acclaimed administrators (together with Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola) assist inform the story of 5 well-known film administrators from the ’30s and ’40s who did frontline work throughout the Second World Warfare. It wraps their legacies alongside the affect of the conflict itself into a really compelling story of Hollywood’s golden age.


An Oscar winner for Netflix, this documentary is the primary produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s Greater Floor Productions group. 

American Manufacturing unit tells the story of Fuyao, a Chinese language firm that constructed a manufacturing unit in Ohio that inhabits a now-closed Basic Motors plant. It’s a must to watch this film.


Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Wealthy (2020)

By this level all of us have some form of understanding of Jeffrey Epstein’s story however Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Wealthy does itself an awesome service by specializing in the tales of the survivors of his abuse. 

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Fyre: The Best Celebration That By no means Occurred (2019)

Hulu also has a great Fyre festival documentary, however I want this Netflix one. In contrast to many Netflix documentaries, that are stretched and bloated into multipart episodes, this documentary is sharp, direct and stable gold your entire manner by way of.

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