Best Documentaries on Netflix in 2020

Top 20 Documentaries on Netflix

# Title Release IMDb Rating
20. Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour 2018 8.3
19. Five Came Back 2017 8.3
18. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret 2014 8.3
17. 13TH 2016 8.3
16. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2010 8.4
15. Abstract: The Art of Design 2017 8.4
14. Hip-Hop Evolution 2016 8.4
13. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom 2015 8.4
12. Last Chance U 2016 8.5
11. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 2005 8.5

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Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour 8.3

20. Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour (2018)

Music Documentary

Taylor Swift takes the stage in Dallas for the reputation Stadium Tour and celebrates a monumental night of music, memories and visual magic.

Starring: Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, Camila Cabello
Director: Paul Dugdale
Five Came Back 8.3

19. Five Came Back (2017)

Documentary War & Politics

Five acclaimed contemporary directors tell the story of five legendary Hollywood filmmakers who enlisted in the armed forces to document World War II.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan
Director: Laurent Bouzereau
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret 8.3

18. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet's natural resources -- and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.

Starring: Kip Andersen
Director: Keegan Kuhn, Kip Andersen
13TH 8.3

17. 13TH (2016)

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

Starring: Jelani Cobb, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Director: Ava DuVernay
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 8.4

16. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)

Documentary Music

Celebrate the remarkable 40-year career of influential Canadian rockers Rush with this documentary, which details the band's formation and evolution.

Starring: Sebastian Bach, Jack Black, Jimmy Chamberlin
Director: Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
Abstract: The Art of Design 8.4

15. Abstract: The Art of Design (2017)

Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

Hip-Hop Evolution 8.4

14. Hip-Hop Evolution (2016)

Interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace the genre's dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the '00s in this documentary series.

Starring: Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Ice Cube
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom 8.4

13. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015)

Over 93 days in Ukraine, what started as peaceful student demonstrations became a violent revolution and full-fledged civil rights movement.

Starring: Cissy Jones, Bishop Agapit, Catherine Ashton
Director: Evgeny Afineevsky
Last Chance U 8.5

12. Last Chance U (2016)

Elite athletes with difficult pasts turn to junior college football for a last shot at turning their lives around and achieving their dreams.

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 8.5

11. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Documentary Music

Featuring rare concert footage and interviews with legendary musicians, this documentary traces Bob Dylan's life story and extraordinary career.

Starring: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez
Director: Martin Scorsese
Senna 8.5

10. Senna (2010)

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.

Starring: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams
Director: Asif Kapadia
Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States 8.6

9. Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States (2012)

This documentary series offers an alternative take on modern American history, focusing on underreported events that shaped the nation's character.

Starring: Oliver Stone
Creators: Oliver Stone
Formula 1: Drive to Survive 8.6

8. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019)

Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track — during each cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.

Starring: Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen
Director: Nick Hardie, James Routh, Nonuk Walter
Chef's Table 8.6

7. Chef's Table (2015)

In this Emmy-nominated series, meet culinary stars around the world who are redefining gourmet food with innovative dishes and tantalizing desserts.

Creators: David Gelb
Making a Murderer 8.6

6. Making a Murderer (2015)

Filmed over 13 years, this real-life thriller follows the unprecedented story of two men accused of a grisly crime they may not have committed.

Starring: Kathleen Zellner
Greatest Events of WWII in Colour 8.7

5. Greatest Events of WWII in Colour (2019)

From the attack on Pearl Harbor to D-Day, the most pivotal events of World War II come to life in this vivid docuseries featuring colorized footage.

Starring: Derek Jacobi
World War II in Colour 8.7

4. World War II in Colour (2009)

Documentary Reality War & Politics

Footage of the most dramatic moments from World War II is restored in color and high definition for this historical documentary series.

Starring: Adolf Hitler, Robert Powell, Winston Churchill
Forensic Files 8.8

3. Forensic Files (1996)

Detectives and crime lab technicians use the latest and most fascinating procedures to solve crimes in this documentary-style show.

Starring: Peter Thomas
Creators: Paul Dowling
The Universe 8.8

2. The Universe (2007)

Discover the secrets of the universe in this series that pairs animation with insights on distant planets, black holes and other celestial marvels.

Our Planet 9.3

1. Our Planet (2019)

Experience our planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.

Starring: David Attenborough

Popular Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

Here is the list of most popular documentaries currently streaming on Netflix in the United States:

  1. Ancient Aliens
  2. Athlete A
  3. 13TH
  4. Money Heist: The Phenomenon
  5. Blackfish
  6. After Porn Ends 3
  7. What Happened, Miss Simone?
  8. Hot Girls Wanted
  9. Senna
  10. The Game Changers

1. Ancient Aliens (2010)

Were ancient humans really behind some of the most important technological advances in civilized history, or did they have extraterrestrial help?

Starring: Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Robert Clotworthy

2. Athlete A (2020)

This documentary focuses on the gymnasts who survived USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's abuse and the reporters who exposed USAG's toxic culture.

Starring: Maggie Nichols
Director: Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen

3. 13TH (2016)

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

Starring: Jelani Cobb, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Director: Ava DuVernay

4. Money Heist: The Phenomenon (2020)

A documentary on why and how "Money Heist" sparked a wave of enthusiasm around the world for a lovable group of thieves and their professor.

Starring: Úrsula Corberó, Miguel Herrán, Álvaro Morte
Director: Luis Alfaro, Pablo Lejarreta

5. Blackfish (2013)

This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.

Starring: Dean Gomersall, Samantha Berg, John Jett
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

6. After Porn Ends 3 (2018)

This third installment in a documentary series examines the lives of the adult film genre's biggest stars after their industry careers have ended.

Starring: Christy Canyon, Jenteal, Tera Patrick
Director: Brittany Andrews

7. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

Starring: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone, Dick Gregory
Director: Liz Garbus

8. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

This 2015 Sundance Film Festival breakout documentary from producer Rashida Jones spotlights the "amateur" porn industry and the women it exploits.

Starring: Ava Taylor, Alli Rae, Lucy Tyler
Director: Ronna Gradus, Jill Bauer

9. Senna (2010)

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.

Starring: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams
Director: Asif Kapadia

10. The Game Changers (2019)

Meeting visionary scientists and top athletes, a UFC fighter embarks on a quest to find the optimal diet for human performance and health.

Starring: James Wilks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrik Baboumian
Director: Louie Psihoyos