Top 10 Documentaries on Netflix

Top 10 Documentaries on Netflix

Before the green shoots of Spring show, there is still time to snuggle up and catch up on the best Netflix documentaries. The platform is growing its reputation for Netflix originals and there is plenty of new, captivating and original content to discover. Here’s our top ten Netflix documentaries in reverse order…

10) The Great Hack

Any technology savvy social media user deserves to know more about the Cambridge Analytica scandal that gave rise to both concerns over data privacy and social media’s influence on our political viewpoint. The Great Hack is a two-hour documentary which tells the Cambridge Analytica story through the eyes of the journalist and whistleblower who first revealed the scandal.

9) Catwalk

Everyone knows cat content is the most shareable and equally the most watchable in the world. Whether you’re a cat owner or can’t live with a cat, they are still some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit tells the tale of two cats and their competitive owners.

8) Valley Uprising

A fascinating story of the origins of rock climbing. Did you know how the nail-biting and incredibly dangerous pastime originated? Valley Uprising tells of a group of radicals camping in Yosemite, US, who inspired generations of climbers to return to the park and push its peak’s further.

7) Take Your Pills

A good documentary is usually anything from eye-opening to downright frightening and Take Your Pills certain falls into the latter. The film, often through personal accounts, reveals the stimulant-using craze amongst US college students and young workers. With the hope of even better performance, bright young minds are taking drugs like Adderall and Ritalin to be more productive.

6) White Helmets

After winning an Oscar for best documentary in 2017 White Helmets is still an absolute must-see on Netflix. The production follows a group of volunteer rescue workers in war-torn Syria. It’s both harrowing and inspiring, tell the story of real-world heroes who risk everything to help strangers in need.

5) Amy

The Amy Winehouse story is a tragedy of the modern age. The Netflix Amy documentary uses her lyrics to tell the tale instead of a narrator. If features illustrated audio and a vast array of archive footage detailing her career from teen, to global icon, through to her untimely and tragic death.

4) Rotten

With a growing concern that we just no longer know the origins of the food we eat Rotten gives an insight to the journey of popular foods. Be prepared to learn today’s origins of sugar and chocolate, the ruthless world of chicken farms, the fish crisis, and the shady tactics in the rise of honey production.

3) The Toys That Made Us

Something a little more light-hearted and a great journey back to our childhoods. The Toys That Made Us is a Netflix original that tells the history of some of the largest toy franchises. Including iconic Star Wars toys, now highly sought-after memorabilia. The series is an awesome watch for all ages. Harking back to toys before consoles is also great for our digital youngsters, if you can get their attention!

2) Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

A must watch for any technology buff. Bill Gates hoped that technology could save the planet and its people. Learn about the Microsoft creator’s aspirations, his solutions to the world’s common problems, and his mind and motivations. This Netflix documentary tells his life story in a three-part series.

  1. Blue Planet

With our environment and oceans in greater need of protection than ever before any of David Attenborough’s documentaries should be at the top of a must watch list. Netflix has its exclusive Attenborough documentary Our Planet as well as Blue Planet and Blue Planet II. Both reveal humanity’s impact on earth and the oceans as well as the amazing creatures we are affecting.

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