The first couple of months of the New Year can be quite boring, that is why we recommend that you watch some great documentaries on Netflix, eat popcorn and drink hot tea. Today, we’re going to take a look at the 10 best Netflix documentaries that you can watch right now. We cannot recommend these 10 documentaries enough!
10. The Source Family (2012)
What IMDb Says About It: A feature documentary film set in Hollywood, examining a radical experiment in ’70s utopian living. The Source Family were the darlings of the Sunset Strip until their communal living, outsider ideals and spiritual leader Father Yod’s 13 wives became an issue with local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise.
Directors: Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos
If you’ve ever been fascinated or interested in cults, then you will certainly find this documentary captivating. The movie also has a wonderful score which is made up of authentic recordings from the cult’s rock band.
9. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
What IMDb Says About It: A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend’s ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.
Director: Kurt Kuenne
This one is so beautifully done and so intense and tragic, that by the end of the movie you will be dehydrated from all the tear shedding.
8. The Queen of Versailles (2012)
What IMDb Says About It: A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.
Director: Lauren Greenfield
An exceptional insight into the life of a wealthy husband and wife who are trying to build the biggest home in the country. What were they thinking?! Watch this and you might begin to understand.
7. Into the Abyss (2011)
What IMDb Says About It: Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people – and the state – kill.
Director: Werner Herzog
Into the Abyss is a very intense documentary that will haunt you. The interviews with Perry took place just eight days before he was executed.
6. The Invisible War (2012)
What IMDb Says About It: An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
Director: Kirby Dick
It’s a subject that you don’t hear talking about quite as often as you should. You will be angered, horrified and appalled, and you should be.
5. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
What IMDb Says About It: The story of two coalitions — ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) — whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
Director: David France
The early days of the AIDS epidemic are covered by this exceptional documentary. It was way back when people thought AIDS was punishment for being a homosexual. Wait, people still think that today! Watch this documentary!
4. The Act of Killing (2012)
What IMDb Says About It: A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn
You never wear white pants when you kill someone is a line uttered by one of the mass killers. The entire documentary is as bone-chilling as this statement.
3. Cutie and the Boxer (2013)
What IMDb Says About It: This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.
Director: Zachary Heinzerling
This couple is probably the coolest couple in the world. The way they interact, love, create art together and apart and the way they express themselves is absolutely incredible.
2. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)
What IMDb Says About It: A documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.
Host: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Curious about the Universe, time, stars and aliens? Then you should definitely watch this documentary. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an excellent host!
1. Blackfish (2013)
What IMDb Says About It: A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
The Orcas are dangerous creatures, but so are humans. In this documentary we learn about how Orcas behave in captivity, about Sea World and why animals performing tricks should be a thing of our shameful past.
Have you see any of these documentaries?