(Last Updated On: 28 February, 2020)

Documentary films fascinate the audience due to the realistic accounts and their ability to unfold the hidden aspects of a particular issue. The following are some of the top-notch and award-winning documentaries available for streaming on Netflix.

10. What Happened, Miss Simone?

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This Emmy award-winning non-fiction tale focuses on the life of singer and activist Nina Simone. Directed by, Liz Garbus, the documentary hence highlights her journey composing fame, brutality, and melancholy.

9. Making a Murderer:

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This is a Netflix Original documentary featuring Steven Avery. Avery spent 25 years of his life serving a false murder sentence. On his release, he files a suit against the Manitowoc County and all those involved with his arrest. However, things worsen for this man when he is accused of the murder of a 25-year-old photographer. Graduates from Columbia University, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos communicate Avery’s story to the world.

8. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond:

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Chris Smith directed this non-fiction show that received nominations at PrimeTime Emmy awards and parallel events. The plot focusses on notable actor Jim Carry’s transformation into his famous role as Andy Kaufman. Consequently, the documentary is shot on the sets of the movie Man on the Moon.

7. 13th:

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This is an American non-fiction story. It managed to win an award in the category of Best Documentary Feature at the prestigious BAFTA awards. Ava Duvernay talks about the unfortunate aspects of the United States, primarily its racial inequality.

6. Gaga: Five Foot Two:

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Chris Moukarbel directed this documentary featuring focusing on the life of pop sensation Lady Gaga. The film shows the woman’s original identity behind all the glitz and glamour.

5. Salt Fat Acid Heat:

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Samin Nosrat travels around the world to explore the hidden delicacies and what makes them so special. This documentary is based on Nosrat’s book of the same name, which serves as an essential guide for cooking.

4. I Called Him Morgan:

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This Swedish documentary is directed by Kasper Collin. It highlights the accounts of a woman who shot her husband after a physical brawl between the two. The feature film has received nominations at the NAACP Image Award and Empire Award in the category of Outstanding Documentary.

3. The Great Hack:

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The Great Hack is a 2019 documentary that shows how a journalist exposes the dark side of social media following the forgery of a data company amidst the ongoing Presidential Elections of 2016. Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim directed this thrilling feature story.

2. Icarus:

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The most successful documentary of all time by Bryan Fogel, Icarus has been awarded as the Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars. The show involves the journey of a filmmaker who sets out to uncover the doping scandal in sports. However, his encounter with a Russian scientist impacts his story in a massive way.

1. Period. End of Sentence:

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Lastly, we have another award-winning film at the prestigious honor at the 2019 Oscars. An added bonus to this film is the involvement of Indian actors. The story highlights the plight of women from distant parts of India dealing with menstruation being a taboo in their country. Further, they rise above the social stigma attached to this phenomenon of their body and start manufacturing sanitary pads.



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