9 Documentaries You Need to Watch on Netflix


In my old age, I feel like all I do is drink wine, complain and watch Netflix. Bascically, I’m like a Netflix expert. So I felt I should share some of my awesome finds. Just click the button below, and thank me later.

1. Fed Up


This documentary is incredible…let me rephrase that; incredibly scary. This doc proves to us that you really are what you eat, and if we don’t choose better eating habits, then we will continue to kill ourselves slowly…with the government’s help.

2.For the Bible Tells Me So


Whenever people talk about religion, things can get uncomfortable. But this documentary is very necessary, and definitely eye-opening. It explores the inner-workings of religion, and reveals how some families were forced to re-examine their beliefs when faced with real life issues…including death threats to their loved ones and suicide.



You know, I have to admit…I never really cared all that much about “Killer Whales” up until now. The only time I ever thought of a “Killer Whale” as a friendly animal was back in 1993 when they released “Free Willy.” But this documentary really helped change my perspective, and forced me to care about those big, water lovin’ mammals who often spend much of their lives in captivity.

4.What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She is an icon. This documentary revisits HER and all of her glory.

“To me, American society is nothing but a cancer and it must be exposed before it can be cured,” Simone says, over a montage of National Guard soldiers firing on demonstrators. “I am not the doctor to cure it. All I can do is expose the sickness.”


5.Queen of Versailles


Mo’ money. Mo’ money. Mo! Money CAN buy you love, but it doesn’t always make you happy. This documentary takes a look at the lives of one of the richest families in the U.S. You certainly will never forget the Queen on Versailles.

6.Paris Is Burning


Talk about a piece that’s ahead of its time. This 1991 documentary about drag culture among the African-American and Latino communities in 1980s New York City is amazing!

Directed by Jennie Livingston, the film chronicles the struggle of the transgendered individuals living in the poverty-stricken areas of New York at the height of the AIDS crisis. You will fall in love with ALL of them.

7.The Invisible War


This country has a dirty little secret, and it’s finally being exposed. These stories need to be told. Men and women, eager to serve their country, end up being sexually harassed and raped by their superiors as well as their peers. These soldiers are bold enough to tell their stories, and many of them are still suffering the consequences.

8.Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father


Can we say TEAR JERKER? Oh my God! This is the saddest story I’ve seen in a while. This is a tale about a funny, ambitious young man who falls in love with a woman who is absolutely no good. She turns out to be the opposite of who she says she is, completely destroying everyone’s lives in the process. There will be not a dry eye in the house.

9.Lost Angles:Skid Row is My Home


This compelling documentary is both heartbreaking and heart-warming. Within the Skid Row community exists Olympic athletes, Harvard attorneys, accomplished musicians, scholars. There is also poverty, drugs and mental illness. Most importantly, there are human beings. All very dynamic and incredibly interesting.

You’ll enjoy them all!


One thought on “9 Documentaries You Need to Watch on Netflix

  1. Thank you very much for taking the time to conemmt but more importantly thank you for making this film and for putting so much love and craft into it. Documentaries like this do make a difference, as does the work being done by the National Film Preservation Board.

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