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Netflix Documentaries List To Docu-Nerd Geek Out Over

Netflix Documentaries List To Docu-Nerd Geek Out Over
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Netflix Documentaries:

If you are looking for a list of some of the documentaries currently available on Netflix, you are in the right place! Your docu-fix is only a few clicks away! (*review to follow)

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT DOCUMENTARIES

  • *The Wrecking Crew – These studio musicians played on some of the biggest hits of the 60s. Learn why they were called the Wrecking Crew. A must watch for any music lover! (review to follow)
  • *Muscle Shoals – This doc follows the musical legacy of Muscle Shoals Alabama, home to Fame Studios. It was *the* place to record. The history is fascinating and the music is amazing! (review to follow)
  • Beware of Mr. Baker – Legendary and indestructible drummer, Ginger Baker, is the focus of this documentary, which recaps his turbulent history and many influences.
  • Marley – This documentary explores the music, life and legacy of reggae icon, Bob Marley, from his birth in 1945 to his death from cancer at the age of 36.
  • Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child – Vintage concert footage, personal artifacts and his intimate musings reveal the private side of the life and career of rock-guitar god Jimi Hendrix.
  • Keith Richards: Under the Influence – In a documentary with unparalleled access, discover the people and sounds that inspired rock and roll legend Keith Richards from childhood to today.
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream – Theirs is the great American rock and roll success story. Here’s all of it…right down to the last classic song.
  • History of the Eagles – Stories from band members and music industry insiders paint a vivid picture of the Eagles, one of America’s most successful bands.
  • Janis Little Girl Blue – In this portait of 1960s rock legend, Janis Joplin, private letters and interviews with family, friends and fellow musicians reveal a fragile soul.
  • Young@Heart – Old folks, eternal spirits. If the Rolling Stones can still rock and roll, who says these cats can’t too!
  • Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – This poignant film chronicles the country music icon’s remarkable career, his 2011 Alzheimer’s diagnosis, final tour and his farewell to fans. (Also watch Wrecking Crew if you are a Glen Campbell fan.)
  • The Art of Organized Noize – This documentary charts the rise of Organized Noize, the influential producers behind megahits from Outkast, Goodie Mob, TLC and more.
  • The Winding Stream – Legacy of the Carter Family and Johnny Cash – This documentary chronicles the history and legacy of the Carter Family, a Virginia folk band that made a seismic impact on the music of America.
  • Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation – This documentary blends interviews and archival footage to profile the folk music legends who transformed the New York neighborhood in the 1960s.
  • The Zen of Tony Bennett – On the eve of his 85th birthday, iconic crooner, Tony Bennett, shares his thoughts on music, art and the crazy rhythm of life.
  • Ain’t in It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm – This eye-opening documentary examines what happened after Levon Helm’s The Band dissolved, and the demons that haunted Helm until his solo comeback.
  • Revenge of the Mekons – This rock documentary tells the true story of adventurous punk band the Mekons, one of the most innovative and prolific groups of their era.
  • What Happened to Miss Simone – Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.
  • The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir – This chronicle of Bob Weir highlights his brotherhood with Jerry Garcia and his success as a member of one of the world’s most influential bands.
  • CBGB – Renewing the legend of one of New York’s most storied nightclubs, this raucous drama features the punk and rock legends who made CBGB famous.

ENTERTAINMENT DOCUMENTARIES

  • *Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – This all-access documentary chronicles a year in the life of legendary comedian, Joan Rivers, while revisiting the dramatic highs and lows of her past. (review to follow)

NATURE & SCIENCE DOCUMENTARIES

  • Planet Earth – This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.
  • The Blue Planet – David Attenborough narrates this definitive exploration of the marine world from the familiar to the unknown, revealing the sea and its communities.
  • Africa – This five-part nature series chronicles fascinating stories of survival on the African continent, home to the most diverse animal life on the planet.
  • Human Planet – This series travels the globe to explore the connection between humans and the natural world, in myriad climates and environments.
  • Mysteries of the Unseen World – Everyday wonders are unveiled in a glimpse at the microscopic universe of events, creatures and processes that are invisible to the naked eye.
  • Particle Fever – The creation of the Higgs boson particle, an elusive key to unlocking secrets of the universe, unfolds on camera in this landmark documentary.
  • Hungry for Change – This documentary exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries use to keep consumers coming back for more.
  • *Food, Inc. – Director Robert Kenner’s provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the food industries harmful effects on human health and the environment.

ANIMAL DOCUMENTARIES

  • *Buck – Buck Brannaman, inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, shows how our communication with animals can teach us lessons on how we relate to our fellow man. This is an excellent watch for all horse lovers. (review to follow)
  • Blackfish – This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale, Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.

HUMAN INTEREST DOCUMENTARIES

  • *Happy – This documentary takes you all over the world to find what really makes people happy. It is enlightening and uplifting. (review to follow)
  • Love Me! – Western men travel to Ukraine to meet women they found on “mail-order bride” date websites – both sides hoping the encounter will end in marriage.
  • (Dis)Honesty – Professor, Dan Ariely, examines the truth behind lying: why we do it, when we do it and how society suffers from whoppers and little white lies alike.
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father – Kurt Kuenne’s tribute to his murdered friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle won by Bagby’s ex-girlfriend and accused killer.
  • The Queen of Versailles – A wealthy American family aims to build the nation’s largest, gaudiest home only to be hit by the 2008 financial collapse before it can be completed.
  • Autism in Love – A sensitive look at adults with autism spectrum disorders depicts the complications, strains and rewards of finding and managing deep romantic bonds.
  • *The Wolfpack – Seven siblings reared in near isolation in New York have been molded by the films they obsessively re-create, although they yearn from greater freedom.
  • The True Cost – The links between consumer pressure for low-cost high fashion and the meager existences of the sweatshop workers who produce those goods are explored.
  • Twinsers – This documentary chronicles the true story of a French fashion student who discovered via the Internet an identical twin she never new existed.
  • Man on Wire  This documentary explores Philippe Petit’s preparations for historically walking across a high wire between New York’s Twin Towers.
  • Undefeated – An inspirational profile of an inner-city high school football team’s valiant effort to reach the school’s first-ever playoff game.
  • Iris – Albert Maysles focuses on a fashion legend, who at 93 is still at the top of her game, choosing dresses, advising models and haggling with buyers.
  • Bound By Flesh – This absorbing documentary follows the unique life of the conjoined Hilton twins, who became vaudeville stars while being financially exploited.
  • Queen Mimi – This heartwarming documentary profiles Marie Haist, a formerly homeless Los Angeles woman who lives in a laundromat and has befriended celebrities.
  • Very British Problems – Comedians and other celebrities offer sardonic observations of Britain’s peculiar, self-deprecating and often preposterous social customs. 

HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES

  • Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny – Ben Kingsley narrates this portrait of Winston Churchill that explores his impact on the course of world events and his influence on modern diplomacy.
  • China’s Forbidden City – Discover the rich symbolism and groundbreaking design of the largest palace in the world, which plated home to centuries of imperial intrigue.
  • Hindenburg: The Untold Story – Eyewitness testimony and dramatic recreations shed light on the tragic destruction of the Hindenburg, which killed 35 passengers and crew members.
  • Titanic’s Final Mystery – This documentary presents new scientific evidence that blows apart the myths and may forever change the way you look at the Titanic tragedy.
  • Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots – This documentary recounts the history of women patriots fighting for the U.S. with profiles of today’s high-ranking female officers.
  • Inside Job – Learn in comprehensive, cogent detail about the pervasive and deep-rooted Wall Street corruption that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008.
  • Warrior Women – Lucy Lawless host this five-episode documentary series about history’s fiercest female fighters, from Joan of Arc to Apache combat tactician, Lozen.
  • Witches A Century of Murder – Historian, Suzannah Lipscomb, investigates the witch hunts that plagued Britain in the 17th century, examining common myths about there origin.
  • *The Sixties (1 season) – Television, music and historic events that shape the sixties
  • *The Seventies (1 season) – Television, music and historic events that shaped the seventies.
  • The Eighties (1 season) – Television, music and historic events of the eighties.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTARIES

  • The Irish Pub – This film takes a loving look at traditional Irish pubs and the people who run them, highlighting the friendships they share with loyal customers. (review to follow)
  • Secrets of Great British Castles (2 seasons) – Join historian Dan Jones on a journey back in time to the zenith of Britain’s most iconic structures and their infamous inhabitants.

CRIME DOCUMENTARIES

  • Killer Legends – The origins of four terrifying urban legends are examined on a spine-chilling journey into the true crimes that may have inspired them.
  • Aileen – Documentarian, Nick Broomfield, trains his lens on infamous serial killer, Aileen Wuormos, who began her murder spree in 1989.
  • Cartel Land – This documentary offers an up-close look at two vigilante groups that have formed in Mexico in response to the increasing dominance of drug cartels.
  • Amanda Knox – She was twice convicted and acquitted of murder. Amanda Knox and the people closest to her case speak out in this illuminating documentary.
  • Sour Grapes – A dizzying chronicle of excess and deception dissects a fascinating case of fine-wine fraud and the con man who cheated investors out of millions.

HEALTH & MEDICAL DOCUMENTARIES

  • Fed Up – This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes of childhood obesity, which has become an increasingly serious medical issue in America.
  • Vegucated – This documentary follows three meat and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks in an effort to get healthier.
  • Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory – This moving documentary follows social worker, Dan Cohen, as he uses music to unlock memory in nursing-home patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.

MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS

  • Crafting a Nation – Across the country, craftsmen are brewing a quiet revolution by following their passion, boosting local economies and making some tasty beer.
  • *Exit Through the Gift Shop – Filmmaker Thierry Guetta’s project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets stencil artist, Banksy.

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Comments (2)

  • I loved Muscle Shoals, and really need to watch it again. Another to add to your list is Hip-Hop Evolution. It’s a short series, single season, but I really hope Shad makes another season. I learned so much!
    Thanks for the list!

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    Thanks for the heads-up! I’ll have to add that to my watch list. If you haven’t already watched it, The Wrecking Crew is a fantastic doc! Carol Kay is my hero <3

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