Best Documentaries on Netflix Instant

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Below you can check out the very best out there on Netflix Instant in terms of documentaries.

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The Best of Netflix Instant 


 

 

  New & Noteworthy

Add to Instant Queue | Pablo
Add to Instant Queue | 20 Feet from Stardom
Add to Instant Queue | 16 Acres
Add to Instant Queue | Earth Made of Glass
Add to Instant Queue | Aerial America
Add to Instant Queue | Let the Fire Burn
Add to Instant Queue | From One Second to the Next
Add to Instant Queue | Nightmare Factory
Add to Instant Queue | The Summit
Add to Instant Queue | Crazy Love
Add to Instant Queue | Milius
Add to Instant Queue | The Heart of the Game
Add to Instant Queue | Red Obsession
Add to Instant Queue | The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall
Add to Instant Queue | Let the Fire Burn

  Must Watch Docs

Add to Instant Queue | Blackfish
Add to Instant Queue | We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
Add to Instant Queue | Mitt
Add to Instant Queue | Dirty Wars
Add to Instant Queue | The Square
Add to Instant Queue | Bully
Add to Instant Queue | Please Vote for Me
Add to Instant Queue | Salinger
Add to Instant Queue | Shepard & Dark (Review)
Add to Instant Queue | Senna
Add to Instant Queue | The Act of Killing
Add to Instant Queue | Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007
Add to Instant Queue | Undefeated
Add to Instant Queue | Cutie and the Boxer
Add to Instant Queue | The Lady in Number Six: How Music Saved My Life

Netflix Originals

Add to Instant Queue | The Short Game
Add to Instant Queue | The Square
Add to Instant Queue | Mitt

  Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Add to Instant Queue | Marlene
Add to Instant Queue | The Thin Blue Line
Add to Instant Queue | Sound and Fury
Add to Instant Queue | Children Underground
Add to Instant Queue | Iraq in Fragments
Add to Instant Queue | Encounters at the End of the World
Add to Instant Queue | Man on Wire
Add to Instant Queue | No End in Sight
Add to Instant Queue | Which Way Home
Add to Instant Queue | Burma VJ
Add to Instant Queue | Waste Land
Add to Instant Queue | GasLand
Add to Instant Queue | Restrepo
Add to Instant Queue | Radio Bikini
Add to Instant Queue | Food, Inc.
Add to Instant Queue | The Eleanor Roosevelt Story
Add to Instant Queue | Pina
Add to Instant Queue | Undefeated
Add to Instant Queue | The Invisible War
Add to Instant Queue | How to Survive a Plague
Add to Instant Queue | 5 Broken Cameras
Add to Instant Queue | Cutie and the Boxer
Add to Instant Queue | The Act of Killing
Add to Instant Queue | Dirty Wars
Add to Instant Queue | The Square
Add to Instant Queue | 20 Feet from Stardom

Biographical

Add to Instant Queue | Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Add to Instant Queue | Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Add to Instant Queue | First Position
Add to Instant Queue | Drew: The Man Behind the Poster
Add to Instant Queue | The Queen of Versailles
Add to Instant Queue | Monica & David
Add to Instant Queue | Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Add to Instant Queue | Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Add to Instant Queue | King George VI: The Man Behind The King's Speech
Add to Instant Queue | With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
Add to Instant Queue | Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
Add to Instant Queue | American: The Bill Hicks Story
Add to Instant Queue | Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
Add to Instant Queue | Salinger
Add to Instant Queue | Buck
Add to Instant Queue | Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon
Add to Instant Queue | Woody Allen: A Documentary
Add to Instant Queue | Fidel
Add to Instant Queue | Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
Add to Instant Queue | Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady
Add to Instant Queue | Shepard & Dark
Add to Instant Queue | Pablo

  Social & Cultural

Add to Instant Queue | Somm
Add to Instant Queue | The American Scream
Add to Instant Queue | The Great Happiness Space
Add to Instant Queue | Please Vote for Me
Add to Instant Queue | Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Add to Instant Queue | From One Second to the Next
Add to Instant Queue | Sherman's March
Add to Instant Queue | Somewhere Between
Add to Instant Queue | Craigslist Joe
Add to Instant Queue | 16 Acres
Add to Instant Queue | Samsara
Add to Instant Queue | Indie Game: The Movie
Add to Instant Queue | Life in a Day
Add to Instant Queue | The World Before Her
Add to Instant Queue | Last Train Home
Add to Instant Queue | How to Die in Oregon
Add to Instant Queue | Louder than a Bomb
Add to Instant Queue | Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Add to Instant Queue | Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Add to Instant Queue | Bully
Add to Instant Queue | The Loving Story
Add to Instant Queue | The Beautiful Truth
Add to Instant Queue | Serving Life
Add to Instant Queue | Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home
Add to Instant Queue | Miss Representation
Add to Instant Queue | Surviving Progress
Add to Instant Queue | This Ain't California

  Sports Docs

Add to Instant Queue | Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
Add to Instant Queue | The Short Game
Add to Instant Queue | GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Add to Instant Queue | Spirit of the Marathon
Add to Instant Queue | Gotta Dance
Add to Instant Queue | The Four Year Plan
Add to Instant Queue | Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive
Add to Instant Queue | Late Rounders
Add to Instant Queue | Senna
Add to Instant Queue | SEC Storied: Lolo James
Add to Instant Queue | Knuckleball!
Add to Instant Queue | Schooled: The Price of College Sports
Add to Instant Queue | Lakey Peterson: Zero to 100
Add to Instant Queue | Venus and Serena
Add to Instant Queue | The Iran Job
Add to Instant Queue | Fathers of the Sport
Add to Instant Queue | Head Games
Add to Instant Queue | Waveriders
Add to Instant Queue | A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Add to Instant Queue | Surfwise
Add to Instant Queue | The Endless Summer
Add to Instant Queue | Art of Flight
Add to Instant Queue | The Last Gladiators
Add to Instant Queue | Fastest
Add to Instant Queue | The Other Dream Team
Add to Instant Queue | Linsanity
Add to Instant Queue | The Heart of the Game

  Crime Docs

Add to Instant Queue | Crime After Crime
Add to Instant Queue | The Trials of Darryl Hunt
Add to Instant Queue | In Prison My Whole Life
Add to Instant Queue | The Central Park Five
Add to Instant Queue | They Killed Sister Dorothy
Add to Instant Queue | The Brandon Teena Story
Add to Instant Queue | The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
Add to Instant Queue | Cocaine Cowboys
Add to Instant Queue | Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Add to Instant Queue | Sins of My Father
Add to Instant Queue | Biggie & Tupac
Add to Instant Queue | The Interrupters
Add to Instant Queue | The Imposter
Add to Instant Queue | The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter
Add to Instant Queue | The Art of Steal

  Military & Historical

Add to Instant Queue | The Invisible War
Add to Instant Queue | Restrepo
Add to Instant Queue | Bulletproof Salesman
Add to Instant Queue | Hell and Back Again
Add to Instant Queue | Where Soldiers Come From
Add to Instant Queue | Death and the Civil War
Add to Instant Queue | The Devil Came on Horseback
Add to Instant Queue | Ken Burns: The Civil War
Add to Instant Queue | Sky Soldier
Add to Instant Queue | Camp Victory, Afghanistan
Add to Instant Queue | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl
Add to Instant Queue | East to West
Add to Instant Queue | 9/11: The Day that Changed the World
Add to Instant Queue | Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story
Add to Instant Queue | Iraq's Guns for Hire
Add to Instant Queue | Sever Clear
Add to Instant Queue | Secrets of the Viking Sword: Nova

  WWII Docs

Add to Instant Queue | Orchestra of Exiles
Add to Instant Queue | Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Add to Instant Queue | No Place on Earth
Add to Instant Queue | Nova: 3D Spies of WWII
Add to Instant Queue | Nova: Bombing Hitler's Dams
Add to Instant Queue | Steal a Pencil for Me
Add to Instant Queue | Garbo: The Spy
Add to Instant Queue | History in HD: The Last Bomb
Add to Instant Queue | Hitler's Children
Add to Instant Queue | Defiant Requiem
Add to Instant Queue | The Rape of Europa
Add to Instant Queue | Day of the Kamikaze
Add to Instant Queue | Nicky's Family
Add to Instant Queue | Mystery Files: Hitler
Add to Instant Queue | Hiroshima: BBC History of WWII
Add to Instant Queue | World War II: Final Days
Add to Instant Queue | Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
Add to Instant Queue | The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Add to Instant Queue | Nazi Medicine

  Travel & Adventure

Add to Instant Queue | Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Add to Instant Queue | Happy
Add to Instant Queue | Alexandria
Add to Instant Queue | The Real Story: Indiana Jones
Add to Instant Queue | Secrets: The Sphinx
Add to Instant Queue | Mystery of Easter Island: Nova
Add to Instant Queue | Arabia: IMAX
Add to Instant Queue | Wild China
Add to Instant Queue | Blindsight
Add to Instant Queue | The Summit
Add to Instant Queue | 180 Degrees South

Political

Add to Instant Queue | Code of the West
Add to Instant Queue | Kimjongilia
Add to Instant Queue | Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Add to Instant Queue | A Place at the Table
Add to Instant Queue | Patriocracy
Add to Instant Queue | Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Add to Instant Queue | We Were Here
Add to Instant Queue | The House I Live In
Add to Instant Queue | Camp 14: Total Control Zone
Add to Instant Queue | Crossing the Line
Add to Instant Queue | War on Whistleblowers
Add to Instant Queue | Hank: Five Years from the Brink
Add to Instant Queue | Our Nixon
Add to Instant Queue | Ken Burns: Prohibition
Add to Instant Queue | We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
Add to Instant Queue | Bhutto
Add to Instant Queue | Earth Made of Glass
Add to Instant Queue | Loose Change: 9/11 An American Coup

  Faith, Spirituality and Religion

Add to Instant Queue | Into Great Silence
Add to Instant Queue | Constantine's Sword
Add to Instant Queue | The Gospel of Judas
Add to Instant Queue | Mystery Files: Birth of Christ
Add to Instant Queue | Mystery Files: Joan of Arc
Add to Instant Queue | Kumare
Add to Instant Queue | 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
Add to Instant Queue | Sons of Perdition
Add to Instant Queue | Mystery Files: Pope Joan
Add to Instant Queue | Jesus Camp
Add to Instant Queue | Waiting for Armageddon
Add to Instant Queue | For the Bible Tells Me So

  Music Docs

Add to Instant Queue | Marley
Add to Instant Queue | Don't Stop Believin': Every Man's Journey
Add to Instant Queue | Katy Perry: Part of Me
Add to Instant Queue | John Lennon: Love is All You Need
Add to Instant Queue | Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Add to Instant Queue | Elvis - Summer of '56
Add to Instant Queue | Reincarnated
Add to Instant Queue | Fame High
Add to Instant Queue | I Think We're Alone Now
Add to Instant Queue | The Other F Word
Add to Instant Queue | Tegan and Sara: Get Along
Add to Instant Queue | Charles Bradley: Soul of America
Add to Instant Queue | The Zen of Bennett
Add to Instant Queue | How to Grow a Band
Add to Instant Queue | I Am
Add to Instant Queue | Hecho en Mexico
Add to Instant Queue | Young @ Heart
Add to Instant Queue | Last Days Here
Add to Instant Queue | Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Add to Instant Queue | Chops
Add to Instant Queue | Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon
Add to Instant Queue | Chely Wright: Wish Me Away
Add to Instant Queue | Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends
Add to Instant Queue | Shut Up and Play the Hits
Add to Instant Queue | Good Ol' Freda
Add to Instant Queue | Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation
Add to Instant Queue | Eminem AKA
Add to Instant Queue | A Band Called Death

  Film Docs

Add to Instant Queue | Tales from the Script
Add to Instant Queue | The People vs. George Lucas
Add to Instant Queue | Room 237
Add to Instant Queue | Nightmare Factory
Add to Instant Queue | Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
Add to Instant Queue | Best Worst Movie
Add to Instant Queue | America in Primetime
Add to Instant Queue | Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
Add to Instant Queue | The Imrov: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall
Add to Instant Queue | Great Directors
Add to Instant Queue | These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America
Add to Instant Queue | Side by Side
Add to Instant Queue | Trumbo
Add to Instant Queue | Inside: Pixar
Add to Instant Queue | Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007
Add to Instant Queue | Two in the Wave
Add to Instant Queue | Marilyn in Manhattan
Add to Instant Queue | Milius

  All About Food

Add to Instant Queue | Farmageddon
Add to Instant Queue | Sushi: The Global Catch
Add to Instant Queue | Last Call at the Oasis
Add to Instant Queue | Hot Coffee
Add to Instant Queue | How Beer Saved the World
Add to Instant Queue | Inside: Chipotle
Add to Instant Queue | Best Food Ever
Add to Instant Queue | Food Matters
Add to Instant Queue | Vegucated
Add to Instant Queue | Forks Over Knives
Add to Instant Queue | Food Fight

  Health & Lifestyle

Add to Instant Queue | American Addict
Add to Instant Queue | Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Add to Instant Queue | Bridegroom
Add to Instant Queue | Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale 
Add to Instant Queue | The Secret
Add to Instant Queue | Money and Medicine
Add to Instant Queue | Burn
Add to Instant Queue | Living Downstream

  Animals

Add to Instant Queue | Blackfish
Add to Instant Queue | The Whale
Add to Instant Queue | Nature: Animal Odd Couples
Add to Instant Queue | The Elephant in the Living Room
Add to Instant Queue | More Than Honey
Add to Instant Queue | Nature: Fortress of the Bears
Add to Instant Queue | Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest
Add to Instant Queue | Ultimate Cat
Add to Instant Queue | The Great White Odyssey
Add to Instant Queue | Ultimate Crocodile
Add to Instant Queue | I, Predator

  Science & Nature

Add to Instant Queue | Ethos
Add to Instant Queue | Climbing Redwood Giants
Add to Instant Queue | Nova: Cracking Your Genetic Code
Add to Instant Queue | Shuttle Discovery's Last Mission
Add to Instant Queue | The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
Add to Instant Queue | National Geographic: Most Amazing Moments
Add to Instant Queue | Asteroid Trackers
Add to Instant Queue | When Fish Attack
Add to Instant Queue | Secrets of the Sun: Nova
Add to Instant Queue | Stonehenge Decoded
Add to Instant Queue | Nova: Hunting the Elements
Add to Instant Queue | Chasing Ice

  National Geographic

Add to Instant Queue | Stress: Portrait of a Killer
Add to Instant Queue | Inside Guantanamo
Add to Instant Queue | Camp Leatherneck
Add to Instant Queue | The FBI
Add to Instant Queue | Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites
Add to Instant Queue | Shark Superhighway
Add to Instant Queue | Tornado Intercept
Add to Instant Queue | Super Chopper
Add to Instant Queue | Appalachian Trail
Add to Instant Queue | Inside Mecca
Add to Instant Queue | Solitary Confinement
Add to Instant Queue | Inside North Korea
Add to Instant Queue | Bear Island
Add to Instant Queue | Science of Evil
Add to Instant Queue | Inside the Vatican
Add to Instant Queue | Herod's Lost Tomb
Add to Instant Queue | Predators at War
Add to Instant Queue | Civil War Gold
Add to Instant Queue | Inside Special Forces
Add to Instant Queue | Big Sur: Wild California

  Discovery Channel

Add to Instant Queue | Pompeii: Back from the Dead
Add to Instant Queue | Secrets of SEAL Team 6
Add to Instant Queue | Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Add to Instant Queue | Track Me If You Can
Add to Instant Queue | Arctic Roughnecks
Add to Instant Queue | Surviving Katrina
Add to Instant Queue | FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Add to Instant Queue | How the Universe Works
Add to Instant Queue | Alaska: Most Extreme
Add to Instant Queue | Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Condordia
Add to Instant Queue | Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story
Add to Instant Queue | Extreme Drug Smuggling

30 for 30

Add to Instant Queue | Roll Tide/War Eagle
Add to Instant Queue | The Price of Gold
Add to Instant Queue | The U
Add to Instant Queue | Broke
Add to Instant Queue | You Don't Know Bo
Add to Instant Queue | 9.79
Add to Instant Queue | Jordan Rides the Bus
Add to Instant Queue | Four Days in October
Add to Instant Queue | Run Ricky Run
Add to Instant Queue | Guru of Go
Add to Instant Queue | Ghosts of Ole Miss
Add to Instant Queue | Into the Wind
Add to Instant Queue | Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
Add to Instant Queue | June 17, 1994

TED Talks

Add to Instant Queue | Crime & Punishment
Add to Instant Queue | Life Hack
Add to Instant Queue | Chew on This
Add to Instant Queue | Icons
Add to Instant Queue | From Poverty to Progress
Add to Instant Queue | Faith, Fate or Fear
Add to Instant Queue | Defying Disease
Add to Instant Queue | Building Wonder
Add to Instant Queue | For All of Womankind
Add to Instant Queue | Robotic Machinations
Add to Instant Queue | Rad Invention

  PBS: Secrets of the Dead

Add to Instant Queue | Deadliest Battle
Add to Instant Queue | China's Terracotta Warriors
Add to Instant Queue | Silver Pharaoh
Add to Instant Queue | World's Biggest Bomb
Add to Instant Queue | Slave Ship Mutiny
Add to Instant Queue | Churchill's Deadly Decision
Add to Instant Queue | Lost in the Amazon
Add to Instant Queue | Lost Ships of Rome