85 best documentaries on Netflix to watch right now – The Sun

85 best documentaries on Netflix to watch right now – The Sun

IF you're looking for a new documentary to binge then look no further.

With some harrowing, some humorous and some downright bizarre, there's a variety for all documentary lovers on Netflix.

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1. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

Thi harrowing new documentary reveals how eight-year-old Gabriel was bound, gagged and made to sleep inside a tiny cabinet before he was murdered by his evil mother and her partner.

The little boy was repeatedly beaten and tortured by mum Pearl and Isauro Aguirre in 2013 because they thought he was gay, and put inside a cabinet they nicknamed the “the box”.

The series doesn't shy away from detailing what poor Gabriel went through during his short life, and it has left many viewers struggling to watch it.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%


2. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

This Netflix seven-part series follows the now-infamous Joe Exotic and his passion for big cats.

He ran his own private zoo in Oklahoma for over 20 years containing the likes of tigers, bears and 1,200 lions.

The docuseries delves into the controversial and eccentric life of the self-professed Tiger King as he spirals out of control.

We see him come face to face with animal activist Carole Baskin and their rivalry escalates when Joe Exotic tries to hire a hitman to kill her.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%


3. Don't F**K With Cats: Hunting an internet killer

This Netflix documentary is about an online manhunt for Luka Magnotta.

It follows a group of internet sleuths as they follow his moves after he shares a graphic video of him killing two kittens.

They follow clues from objects in the room, examining each tiny detail to predict his next move.

Eventually this game of cat and mouse comes to a close as those investigating discover their target has more horrors to come.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%


4. Dark Tourist

Dark tourism follows a journalist on his quest to find the wackiest and darkest tourist attractions.

David Farrier visits old nuclear bomb sites and forests associated with suicide in this series.

He examines the history behind the sites and explores why people would pay money to visit the harrowing places.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70%


5. Reggie Yates: EXTREME

Reggie Yates is back with another award-winning series where he travels the world to explore different social issues.

He examines the climate of homophobia in Russia, what it's like to live as a prisoner, addiction and racism.

The acclaimed film maker sheds light on the ever-shifting global landscape, but don't expect feel good vibes.

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6. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

The docuseries brings the infamously twisted mind of serial killer Ted Bundy into the light for the very first time, with never-before-heard interviews from the “Jack the Ripper of the United States,” himself.

This unique series focuses on a man whose personality, good looks and social graces defied the serial-killer stereotype, allowing him to hide in plain sight as he committed the brutal sex-crime slayings of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978.

While on trial, Bundy received extraordinary adoration from American women, which made his gruesome crimes doubly haunting, even in an era of anything-goes mayhem.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%


7. Making a Murderer

After two Colombia students read Steven Avery's story, they thought it would make a good idea for a documentary.

Little did they realise just how successful it would go on to be.

The film follows Steven Avery, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he maintains he didn't commit, delving into the complexities of the American justice system.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%


8. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

American football player Aaron Hernandez had it all: a multi-million dollar contract for the New England Patriots, a Super Bowl appearance, a fiancée and a daughter.

So how did one of the NFL’s most promising rising stars end up jailed for life for a brutal gangland-style murder – and on trial for two more?

That’s the question posed by this three-part series, and the answers aren’t as simple as one might think.

What starts as a character portrait swiftly turns into an examination of wider issues: masculinity, the college football system and the NFL’s attitude towards player safety.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%


9. Surviving R. Kelly

Me Too ignited a movement that the world wouldn't forget and this documentary traces R. Kelly's history and speaks to the survivors of his allegedly predatory behaviour.

The documentary series exposes the dangers of enabling celebrities and gives the needed voice to his alleged victims.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%


10. Louis Theroux Weird Weekends

Britain's favourite journalist heads Stateside to talking to some of the weirdest, most offensive people imaginable.

From the West-borough Baptist Church to The Tiger King, Theroux explores why these people are liked or hated by the majority of people.

Expect to meet America's most hated family, Nazis, prisoners and all other manner of misfits.

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11. Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce

Homecoming provides an insight into the most accomplished pop star in the world.

Beyonce shows her historical 2018 Coachella performance where she reunites Destiny’s Child and pays homage to America’s black colleges and universities.

The rare candid footage details her journey with creativity and cultural movements.  

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 98%


12. Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story 

In 2004, 16-year-old Cyntoia Denise Brown was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee for murdering a 43-year-old man who picked her up to have sex.

After being tried as an adult and being sentenced she thought that would be the end of the line for her.

However, after 10 years, multiple appeals and new evidence in the form of her own biology and public campaigns she was released.

Now on a new path in life, she looked back at the complexities of her life being a product of three generations of violence against women in her family.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 77%


13. Blackfish 

The emotional story about 8000 pound orcas or ‘killer whales’ as they’re also known.

The story follows the beautiful animals captivity stories and how one orca named Tilikum made international headlines.

After killing several people in captivity, the orca was still kept at SeaWorld despite multiple public pleas to release him back into the wild or improve the squalid conditions for these huge mammals.

The documentary explores SeaWorld’s involvement in orca’s captivity and other organisations that contribute towards this cruel practice. 

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 90%


14. Amanda Knox 

The Netflix Original Documentary questions whether Knox was actually a cold-blooded psychopath who murdered her roommate brutally.

Alternatively, she was just a naive student who was trapped in a nightmare that was not her fault.

The notorious case is explored in depth with interviews from Knox herself talking about her time on trial.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 71%


15. Miss Americana 

A raw and emotional look at the life of one of the most iconic artists or our time.

Taylor Swift gives a rare insight into her album making process and her life as a songwriter and performer.

The documentary is candid when Swift speaks of the year she didn't go out and the shelf life of women in the industry, 

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 92%


16. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

The American miniseries looks at the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

It is based on the 2016 book of the same name, where the survivors of Epstein’s crimes describe how he used power and wealth to get away with his offences.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 70%


17. The Keepers

This docuseries examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse.

Sister Cesnik taught English and drama at Baltimore's Archbishop Keough High School, and her former students' believed that there was a cover-up by authorities after Cesnik suspected that a priest at the school, A. Joseph Maskell, was guilty of sexual abuse of students.

The series was directed by Ryan White and released on Netflix in 2017.

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18. Becoming

Michelle Obama is one of the most inspirational women in the world, and if you didn't know that before, you will after watching Becoming.

The former First Lady turned her life into a best-selling memoir in 2017 and the docu-series follows the mother-of-two on her book tour around the United States.

The series documents moments in Michelle's life including her childhood in Chicago and her time in The White House.

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19. Evil Genius

The four-part series focuses on the death/murder of Brian Wells in 2003.

The pizza delivery man robbed a bank with a bomb strapped to his chest and neck, but evidence later emerged that he may have been forced to commit the crime and wear the device.

Despite the subject matter of the series, viewers were still horrified to see footage of Brian blow up within the first 10 minutes of episode one.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83%


20. Cheer

This documentary follows the story of the Navarro College competitive cheer squad.

The episode follows their emotional highs and lows and dealing with being part of a longstanding legacy.

Even if you're not a fan of cheerleading, it still makes a riveting watch.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 93%


21. Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

This documentary about RuPaul's Drag Race winner Trixie Mattel gives viewers an unprecedented look behind the scenes of what it is to be a world famous drag queen.

Trixie (Brian Firkus) shows the warts and all of life on the road, her rollercoaster friendship with fellow queen Katya and crazed fans.

A must for any Drag Race fans, but for anyone who loves music and human stories about family, survival and comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 89%


22. Paris is Burning

Before Madonna's Vogue and RuPaul's Drag Race there was Paris is Burning

The seminal documentary that brought the Harlem ballroom stream to the mainstream.

If you love Pose or Drag Race then this documentary is for you and a great choice for history lovers.

Telling the story of black and Latinx voguers, this documentary was one of the first to give voice to that community of LGBTI people.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 98%


23. A Secret Love

Make sure you have the tissues ready for this beautiful love story of two women who kept their relationship a secret for seven decades.

Terry Donahue was a professional baseball player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, made famous by the Madonna movie, A League of their Own.

She met fellow baseballer Pat Henschel and the two fell in love, but had to stay hush about their relationship.

Director Chris Bolan made A Secret Love about his great aunts who kept their secret for decades.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 100%


24. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

It takes a super talent to voice and control one of the world's most famous Muppets.

Kevin Clash who is the puppeteer behind Elmo, is that talented as he tours the world with the loveable orange Muppet.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey was one of the most talked about documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered there in 2011.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 96%


25. The Queen

The 1968 documentary has a cult following and opened to mixed reviews at the time.

One of the first films to explore the world of drag, The Queen follows Sabrina, the 'mistress of ceremonies' Miss All-America Camp Beauty Contest in New York.

Contestants in the drag beauty pageant discuss identity, homophobia and other cultural issues which show the world has not changed so much since 1968.

It also stars Crystal LaBeija from the Paris is Burning's House of Beija.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 96


26. Worlds Most Wanted

World's Most Wanted is a thrilling new docuseries which tells the story of international fugitives that have managed to evade the justice system.

Netflix's description of the show says: “Heinous criminals have avoided capture despite massive rewards and global investigations.

"This docuseries profiles five of the world’s most wanted.”

Each episode will deep-dive into the story of the notorious fugitives and examine how they have managed to avoid capture.

Northern Irish terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite, Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, Rwandan businessman Félicien Kabuga, Mexican drug lord Ismael El Mayo Zambada, and Russian crime boss Semion Mogilevich all get their own dedicated episode.


27. Trial of the Chicago 7

Trial of the Chicago 7 – which is released on October 16, 2020 – IS based on real life events.

What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard.

The organisers of the protest were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot.

The trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.


28. Hot Girls Wanted

Hot Girls Wanted lifted the lid on the amateur porn industry and its exploitative nature.

Released in 2015, its shows how a group of 18 and 19 year-olds from across the US have been recruited by agent Riley Reynolds to live in his home in Miami and work in his films.

Hot Girls Wanted was produced by Rashid Jones, who famously played Ann Perkins in Parks and Recreation.


29. Down To Earth with Zac Efron

Zac Efron swapped the glitzy lights of Tinseltown to go travelling around the world in search of solutions to climate change.

The Hollywood star examined healthy and sustainable ways to live in his new travel show Down To Earth.

In this new series Down to Earth the former High School Musical favourite travels to Iceland, Costa Rica, Sardinia, France and Peru, eating food and learning about sustainability.

He experiences first-hand how food and new technologies are being used as alternative sources to provide for towns and cities.


30. The Last Nazis

A landmark documentary series comprised of three compelling stories regarding the hunt for the last remaining Nazi war criminals.

It first aired on the BBC before being snapped up by Netflix.

The first episode follows Dr Efraim Zuroff in his hunt for the Second World War concentration camp doctor Aribert Heim, one of the world's most wanted Nazi war criminals.


31. I Am a Killer: Released

This documentary follows Dale Wayne Sigler, who was convicted of the murder of a Subway employee in Texas in April 1990.

Dale was sentenced to death but this was later changed to life, and was eligible for parole after 30 years.

The documentary follows his release and how he adjusts to life outside of prison, while also looking at the fact his version of events change dramatically once on the outside.


32. The Speed Cubers

A lighthearted entry, this documentary tracks the world of competitive Rubik cubing.

Australian Feliks Zemdegs reigned unchallenged until an unknown challenger called Max Park from California took the gold medal in 2017.

The two trade wins with neither able to fully dominate the field but instead of being bitter rivals, the documentary shows how they have developed a tender yet complicated friendship.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 88%


33. The Last Dance

This 2020 sport documentary tracks the career of basketball legend Michael Jordan.

It particularly focuses on his last season with the Chicago Bulls and features all-access footage to the team as well as interviews with Michael and other NBA stars including Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 95%


34. The Staircase

The Staircase follows a war novelist accused of killing his wife in 2001 and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before it arrived on the streaming giant.

Eight episodes aired in 2004 and the follow-up runs for three installments.

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade was granted access to the case immediately following Kathleen’s death.

De Lestrade captured every moment of the story from arrest to verdict, following in intimate detail Peterson’s home, the family and his defence team as it considered its strategic options.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%


35. Fear City: New York vs The Mafia

Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, the 'Five Families' of the New York mafia – Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese – held a powerful, and seemingly insurmountable, grip on the city.

This three-part docuseries, from the creators of Don’t F**K With Cats, details the incredible story of the history-making organised crime investigation and prosecution case brought against New York’s most formidable mob bosses.

Through interviews with dozens of law enforcement officials, ex-mafia associates and others, Fear City: New York vs The Mafia sheds light on how the mafia’s control of unions, high-rise construction and other industries netted billions for organised crime.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 73%


36. David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

Everybody's favourite 95-year-old animal lover released his most recent documentary 'David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet to discuss the impact we've created on nature and what steps we can take to help the planet out.

The documentary acts as a "witness statement," where David – who is the narrator – recalls everything that he has seen over the years.

His latest plea with us humans to try and help the planet was released on October 4 2020 and he touches on his hopes for the future of our beloved planet.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 97%


37. 60 Days In

The A&E docuseries follows the journey of volunteers who are incarcerated as undercover prisoners for 60 days.

The first season premiered back in March 2016, followed by a second series which followed in August of the same year and was set in Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Sherrif Jamey Noel decided to get some help from non-criminals who would go into his jail and pretend that they are a real inmate to get information on how he can improve his facility with a proper insiders view.


38. Babies

The 12-part American series, which is divided into two seasons, first hit our screens in February this year and focuses on the science behind having a baby, as well as the emotional side of things that come with it too.

It follows around 15 families in different parts of the world and how their baby develops of the first year of their life over the course of three years and how they develop from a new-born to a growing toddler.

A number of scientists also appear on the show to talk about their knowledge on iron and nutrients and how important they are for growing babies, as well as how key sleep is for tots.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 75%


39. Inside the worlds toughest prisons

The docuseries, which originally hit our screens in 2016 on Channel 5, followed journalist Paul Collony visit some of the world's scariest prisons, including ones in Honduras, Poland, Mexico and the Phillippenes.

Then seasons 2, 3, and 4 were taken over by popular streaming service Netflix.

Journalist Raphael Rowe, who was imprisoned for 12 years for a crime he never committed, also took over as presenter.

The eye-opening documentary shows just how different the criminal justice system is in each country and the resources that certain prisons have.

Raphael has visited a number of places including Brazil, Ukraine, Costa Rica and Germany.

But his most scary visit was to Lesotho, where he had to stay with aggressive cellmates at Maseru prison who had been convicted of rape.

And there's some great news for fans of the series as a 5th season is currently underway and due to hit our screens in July 2021.


40.  [Un] Well

The American docuseries, which was produced by Left/Right Productions and aired on Netflix in August 2020, focuses on the wellness industry.

It highlights the question of if we're just being fed empty promises by various companies in the industry.

A range of different people talk out about their experiences and how they tried certain things to try and improve their health and well-being.

Each episode is an hour long and focus on different things, including: the use of essential oils, engaging in tantric sex, drinking breastmilk, bee sting therapy, fasting and the use of ayahuasca.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%



41.  Gaga: Five Foot Two


The 2017 documentary is a warts and all look into the glam life of pop princess Lady Gaga.

Gaga: Five Foot Two aims to give viewers "unfiltered, behind-the-scenes access" to a year in the life of the music icon.

The cameras follow her as she produces and releases her fifth album Joanne, hanging out with her entourage, meeting her mega fans and her ongoing battle to beat chronic Fibromyalgia pain.

Plus there's gearing up with her for her Super Bowl showcase, a glimpse of everyday Gaga and her home life including her family, friends, team, Madonna rift talk and, of course, Donatella Versace.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 72%


42. The Social Dilemma

The frankly frightening and eye-opening American docudrama explores the rise and obsession with social media and the impact it's having on society, mental health and relationships.

The riveting programme highlights exploitation of its users to make money through surveillance capitalism and data mining. It digs into how it grows our addictions, how it manipulates us involving politics, spreading conspiracy theories and the link with teenage suicides.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 87%


43. Oasis: Supersonic

Definitely, Maybe worth a watch if you're an Oasis fan. The 2016 music documentary focusses on the life and lyrics behind Brit pop music icons Liam and Noel Gallagher. 

The film is a treat for all Oasis obsessives and details the history of the brothers during their early years through to the Supernova height of their success in the 1990s.

Featuring interviews with members of the band and people closest to them, this is a look into their past with old videos of concerts, interviews and backstage footage.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 84%


44. Catfish

This 2010 American documentary centres on a New York photographer called Nev building a relationship with a young girl and her family on Facebook.

It focusses on the type of deceptive activity involving a person creating a fake social media profile for other purposes. Nev begins an online relationship with the girl's older sister which results in a road trip to meet her in person.

The gripping documentary was the inspiration behind MTV's Catfish: The TV Show.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 80%


45. Take Your Pills

This 2018 hour-long American documentary explores the positives and negatives of taking stimulant medications, specifically Adderall.

Featuring interviews with students and adults who are prescribed stimulants for ADHD, interviews with parents raising kids with the condition and interviews with professionals and their take on the frequent use of the drugs in today's society.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 62%


46. Minimalism

The 78 minute documentary, which was released in 2016, follows the journey of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus and how they try to live the most minimalistic life that they can.

They talk to many people, including families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists and even scientists who think that it is the best way to live.

The official synopsis describes the programme as: "People dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness are interviewed in this documentary showing the virtues of less is more."

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 52%


47. Icarus

When filmmaker Bryan Fogel met up with the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, little did he know he'd be able to help him take drugs to help enhance his performance at an amateur cycling race.

The scientist manages to find a way for him to take the drugs that won't appear on any tests, to highlight that some athletes manage to get away with it.

As the pair begin to become friends over their experiment, Rodchenkov reveals that Russia have their own state-sponsored Olympic doping program.

All athletes are supposed to perform drug free, but Russia have their own programme that checks it, which is run by the state – therefore it can be open to fraud and misuse.

After forming a rapport with the scientist, when the media began to question what they were up to Fogel went to help him and the documentary follows Rodchenkov's struggles with thee case.

The documentary was awarded the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 94%

48.  Drug Lords

Drug Lords, which was first released back in Janruary 2019, currently consists of two seasons.

It explores the truth behind some of the most famous drug dealers of our time.

Series one follows the stories of Pablo Escobar, Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez, Frank Lucas and the Pettingill clan.

Season two focses on Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Jemeker Thompson, Christopher Coke and Kkaas Bruinsma.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 40%

49. Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World

Journalist Christiane Amanpour decides to investigate one of the most taboo subjects of all time – sex – and what it means to people in different parts of the world.

Christiane jets off to Tokoyo, Dehli, Beirut, Berlin, Accra and Shanghai to find out.

She finds out how different countries views and opinions on getting down and dirty in the sheets – which include whether they find it important to pleasure a woman, their views on sex before marriage, casual sex and even watching porn online.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 80%

50. Attacking The Devil

The documentary follows the former Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans try and expose the truth behind Thalidomide.

It highlights what happened to all babies born with malformation of the limbs and other serious health problems, after their mother's took the drug to help them deal with morning sickness in the 50s.

After being introduced in 1957, four years later it was taken off the market when they realised its damaging side effects.

Thousands of children died around the time of birth because of the drug, and those who survived were born with serious birth defects.

This investigative journalism piece brings to light all the pain and suffering that the disastrous drug has caused.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 88%


51. Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta?

This four-part, Spanish-language docu-series explores the 2002 murder of Argentinian sociologist María Marta García Belsunce, who was found dead in her bathtub.

María, 50, was found at the home she shared with her husband of 31 years, Carlos, who was later arrested for her murder and spent five years in prison before the conviction was overturned.
Carlos and police had initially believed she had accidentally hit her head and drowned, and the official autopsy ruled her death as "non-traumatic cardiac arrest"
However, her family insisted on further investigation and it was discovered she had been shot several times.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: N/A


52. 13th

Selma director Ava DuVernay is behind this powerful documentary about the mass incarceration of minorities following the passage of the 13th amendment.

By systematically going through the decades, the documentary looks at the financial gain that can come from locking people up, as well as the ingrained cultural racism that exists.

It may not be an easy watch, but it's an important watch and will leave you with plenty to think about, whatever country you're from.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 91%


53. My Octopus Teacher

In stark contrast to the above entry, My Octopus Teacher is an uplifting watch as it follows filmmaker Craig Foster as he encounters an octopus while snorkeling off the coast of South Africa.

He decides to follow it every day and learn as much as possible, and the footage that follows really highlights how intelligent the creatures are as it battles to survive.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 96%


54. Senna

This 2010 documentary chronicles the life and shocking death of Brazilian racing champion Ayrton Senna.

Using archive footage alone, the documentary looks at his success on the F1 track as well as his rivalry with fellow driver Alain Prost.

Whether you're a fan of Formula 1 or not, this documentary is such a good character profile it's worth watching.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 95%


55. Crip Camp

This documentary is the second offering from executive producers Michelle and Barack Obama and looks at individuals who spent most of their adult lives fighting for basic human rights.

It features archive footage from Camp Jened, where people with disabilities would go in the 1970s, and then it follows individuals from there to the present day and how they fought hard to make the world accessible for those with disabilities.

Crip Camp is inspiring and infuriating in terms of having to witness how hard these people had to fight for change.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 92%


56. The Story of God

Presented by legendary actor Morgan Freeman has he travels the world to explore different belief systems.

The Academy Award winner explores the meaning of life, God, and many big questions in between in an effort to understand how religion has evolved and shaped society.

"In some places I found answers, and others led to more questions. The constant through it all is that we're all looking to be part of something bigger than us. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that we certainly are," Freeman says.

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57. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

One of the most unbelievable stories in recent years of how rich people scammed other rich people out of money while trying to host the world's greatest music festival.

This fascinating film slickly tells the danger of wealth, the lengths people will go to for status and how at the end of it all, it's still the average Jo who pays the price.

It truly has to be seen to be believed.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 92%


58. 20 Feet From Stardom

Some of those closest to fame, but never get their own taste of major celebrity are the backup singers of some of the most iconic musicians in history, but we've never known who they are, until now.

20 Feet From Stardom tells their interesting, and sometimes tragic stories of supporting huge artists while trying to achieve success for themselves.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 99%


59. The Story of Diana

The story of one of the most famous people in the world who made headlines again recently after it was alleged she was tricked into giving her infamous Panorama interview.

The fascinating documentary features interviews with people who knew her best and royal experts, which serve as a reminder of her harrowing life in the spotlight.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 80%


60. Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer

This limited docu-series tells the true story of how one of the most notorious serial killers in American history was hunted down and brought to justice.

Richard Ramirez also known as the Night Stalker terrified Los Angeles and then gripped the nation's attention during his subsequent style.

The killer with rock star looks and penchant for Satan worshipping amassed a cult like following, but was one of the country's worst killers.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 69%


61. Murder Among the Mormons

This three-part documentary is about the Mark Hofmann forgeries and his two Salt Lake City murders which took place on October 15 1985.

Hoffman murdered Steve Christensen and Kathy Sheets after a bomb went off and their deaths were linked to a cover up of documents Hoffman had faked about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hoffman, who is currently serving a life sentence for his crimes, is regarded as one of most accomplished forgers in history.

He was injured a day after the deaths of Steve and Kathy when a third bomb accidentally went off in his car.

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62. Under Suspicion: Uncovering the Wesphael Case

This six-part documentary uses archive news footage, interviews and reconstructions to try and get to the bottom of the Véronique Pirotton case.

Pirotton was found dead in a hotel room in 2013 and her husband Bernard Wesphael was accused of her murder.

The series gives Bernard chance to share his version of events, twisting the narrative in the process.

If you liked the series structure of The Staircase and Making a Murderer, this is right up your street.

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63. Connected

This 2020 series journalist Latif Nasser investigate ways in which we are connected to the universe, and each other.

His findings are surprising and intricate and the first episode looks at surveillance, while other episodes focus on 'Digits', 'Clouds' and 'Nukes'.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83%


64. Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell

This new documentary tells the story of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G, also known as Biggie Smalls.

Real name Christopher Wallace, the documentary features rare footage of the musician, who was shot dead in 1997 at the age of just 24.

The footage was filmed by his best friend, Damion "D-Roc" Butler and shows a side of Biggie that the world never knew.

The archive footage also includes appearances from fellow musicians including Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur.

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65. Nevenka: Breaking the Silence

Nevenka Fernández is the protagonist in this series and discusses Spain's first sexual harrassment case.

Nevenka was the plaintiff in the country's first successful lawsuit against a politician for sexual harassment.

After a 20-year silence, she finally opens up about the scandal that rocked a nation.

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66. Who Killed Little Gregory?

The case of Little Gregory is often referred to as "the French equivalent of the Madeleine McCann case" – based around the death of a four-year-old boy.

Grégory Villemin was abducted from his family home in 1984 and found dead in a river hours later.

The murder comes after his parents, Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin, had received dozens of death threats and letter from an assailant wanting 'revenge' on Jean-Marie.

Grégory's death sent shockwaves through all of France, with the detectives coming under fire for failing to capture the killer.

This documentary series tracks the heartbreaking story.


67. The Sons Of Sam

The Son Of Sam shootings shook New York throughout 1976 and 1977 before killer David Berkowitz was finally arrested for his crimes.

However, investigative reporter Maury Terry became obsessed with the idea that he didn't act alone, and was actually part of a sadistic, countrywide cult that orchestrated the killings in order to start a class war.

Over the course of four episodes, using extracts from Terry's diary, we see how the reporter becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth – often at the expense of his own wellbeing as it became his life's



68. Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers tracks the devastating story of three triplets – Edward ‘Eddy’ Galland, David Kellman, and Robert ‘Bobby’ Shafran – who are reunited by chance when they are in their teens.

Separated at birth, it soon emerges they were unwittingly placed in a social ‘nature vs’ nurture’ experiment, and were tracked for years without their knowledge to test how different socio-economic backgrounds effect their growth.

While it initially works out for them, with the trio forming a bond almost immediately, things soon take a dark turn as the truth begins to reveal itself.


69. Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel

The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel is the first part of the Crime Scene collection, and tracks the downtown LA hotel that was home to a series of grisly murders.

Coming majorly into the spotlight in 2013, the story revolves largely around the case of Elisa Lam, a backpacker from Canada who was found dead in the water tank on the roof days after being reported missing.

It’s made even more bizarre by a video tape of her in the elevator shortly before she disappeared, where she was behaving erratically and seemingly talking to someone who wasn’t there.

Was there something sinister behind her death? Or does mental health play a more tragic role than some want to note to?


70. How To Fix A Drug Scandal

How To Fix A Drug Scandal follows how two women managed to cause the largest mass dismissal in criminal history.

Launching in April 2020, the documentary tracks Sonja Farak, a crime lab chemist, and Annie Dookhan, who tampered with evidence in order to achieve the desired results and forging reports.

Tens of thousands of drug cases were thrown out after the scandal was revealed, with Martha Coakley, the Attorney General of Massachusetts, being accused of a political cover-up.


71. 7 yards: The Chris Norton Story

The story of man's determined journey to walk down the aisle for his wedding after a devastating accident left him paralysed from the neck down.

Former sportsman Chris Norton was 18 when he suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury during a college football game.

Doctors gave him just a three percent chance to ever move again, but he defied the odds when he successfully walked across the college graduation stage with the help of his fiancée Emily.

Then Chris and Emily set an ambitious goal – walk seven yards side-by-side down their wedding aisle.

The documentary follows the couple as they work towards this goal and the adoption of FIVE children.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 93%


72. Kitty Love: An Homage to Cats

This without doubt a documentary for all the cat lovers out there.

The piece is a 60 minute catalogue of feline videos narrated by Abatutu – described as the most famous cat in the Netherlands.

In Dutch with English subtitles, Abatutu comments as a bunch of Dutch cats go about their daily routines and adventures.


73. Penguin Town

Each year, Simon's Town in South Africa is invaded by thousands of endangered penguins.

As the group take over the picturesque town, holding up traffic and building nests in public places, the docuseries follows as they try to find mates and raise families while mixing with the locals.

American actor and comedian Patton Oswalt narrates the feature.


74. Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet

Everyone's favourite natural historian, David Attenborough, returns to narrate as he joins scientist Johan Rockström to examine habitat destruction and the collapse of Earth's biodiversity.

Most importantly there is also a focus on what can still be done to avert the crisis.

The 75 minute documentary is directed by Jon Clay.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 60%


75. Sisters on Track

Sisters on Track chronicles the coming-of-age story of the Sheppard sisters: Tai, Rainn, and Brooke
who were propelled into the national spotlight in 2016 with their first-time wins at the Junior Olympics.

The resulting media storm landed the trio on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids as 'SportsKids of the
Year' and they were able to move from shelters into their very own home.

The Brooklyn family aim to beat the odds, dream big and aspire to higher education as they are finding their voices as athletes and students
– all while processing the growing pains of adolescence.


76. Athlete A

This documentary follows a team of investigative journalists from The Indianapolis Star as they broke the story of doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulting young female gymnasts.

This subsequently led to allegations engulfing USA Gymnastics and its then-CEO Steve Penny.

The documentary also hears from Maggie Nichols, a talented gymnast who devoted her entire childhood to competing at an elite level.

Aged 15, she was the first gymnast to file a complaint against Larry Nassar to Steve Penny, but the following year during Olympic trials, she was not chosen for the team, even as an alternate.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 92%


77. Pray Away

This highly emotional 100-minute documentary follows ex-leaders and a survivor of the so-called "conversion therapy" movement in America.

The feature-length documentary examines the rise of the horrific practice across the world from the people who used to preach it, and those affected.

It centres around five men in the 1970s struggling with their sexuality who started a Bible study group in order to move away from homosexuality.

It became the largest conversion therapy organisation in the world, promising to 'cure' members of their homosexual desires in an intensive course.

But behind the scenes – the leaders had a terrible secret, they had never stopped feeling attracted to the same sex, and struggled with shame that even led some of them to suicide.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 80%


78. Sophie: A Murder in West Cork

Sophie Toscan du Plantier was a French filmmaker who was murdered in West Cork in 1996.

Her murder is explored in this three-part documentary series, as is English journalist Ian Bailey, who was the prime suspect in the case.

Ian, now 64, was found guilty of the murder in his absence by a French court in 2019 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

However, he has always maintained his innocence and has successfully fought multiple extradition demands from the French Government to remain in Cork.

Ian has never been charged in Ireland because there was no forensic evidence found linking him to the site.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 69%


79. How to Become a Tyrant

This series is narrated by Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, who tells viewers that everybody wants absolute power to transform society to their liking, before proceeding to explain how such power can be obtained and sustained.

Each episode looks at a different tyrant, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Joseph Stalin, Muammar Gaddafi and Kim Il-sung.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 68%

80. Shiny Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord

Shiny Flakes is known for being a teen drug lord, but by the age of 19, the German teenager – whose real name is Maximilian Schmidt – was running a £3.8million narcotics empire from his childhood bedroom.

Schmidt sold hundreds of kilos of cocaine, meth and marijuana through his website – he used the national postal service to deliver them and had punters pay in Bitcoins.

In the new documentary, Schmidt speaks for the first time about the Amazon-style business that led to his 2015 arrest.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 87%


81. Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art

The Knoedler and Comany were making million-dollar turnovers on stunning works of art coming through their doors – that was, until they turned out to be fakes.

When an unassuming couple floods the art market with a collection of art worth millions of pounds, eyebrows naturally begin to raise.

Wealthy art collector Knoedler had managed to commit the largest art fraud in history – but had they known what they were doing all along?

Director Barry Avrich draws audiences along in this captivating con-artist documentary looking at both sides of the story, the ones conning and those who were conned.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 86%


82. The Bleeding Edge

Filmmaker Kirby Dick looks into the huge $400 billion medical device industry in America.

He investigated the profit-driven mindset across the country that rushes devices into the market without proper clinical trials – especially those being implanted into patients.

Scary and eye-opening, the documentary is set to spook anyone into ensuring they ask more questions of their doctor before their next invasive medical procedure.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 100%


83. Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

Even now, Bob Ross painting tutorials are used all over the world to help beginner artists refine their skills.

But where did the star begin? And what happened in his life behind the cameras?

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed looks into untold story of the landscape artist and The Joy of Painting series – seeing the man behind the canvas for the first time.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 70%


84. Murder Among the Mormons

What comes to mind when you think of the Mormon church? Probably not bombs, murder and secrets.

Murder Among the Mormoms looks at the shocking bombings across the Mormon community after the 'discovery' of a series of historical documents threatening the Latter Day Saints.

Twisting and turning, the documentary looks into archival footage as well as fresh interviews from those involved to tell the explosive story of deceit and death.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 88%


85. John of God: The Crimes of a Spiritual Healer

Idolised medium João Teixeira de Faria rose to fame a spiritual healer in the 1990s – curing everything from brain cancers to mental health issues.

He was hailed a hero by thousands – but that could not be further from the truth for those who he abused in secret behing closed doors.

John of God: The Crimes of a Spiritual Healer investigates his crimes, with survivers telling their stories to camera for the first time.

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Rating: 83%


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