10 of the best documentaries to stream on Netflix right now

10 of the best documentaries to stream on Netflix right now

Staying in tonight?

We all know trying to choose what to watch on Netflix is one of the most difficult challenges for human beings these days.

You'll scroll, watch trailers, add stuff to 'My List' and keep browsing until it's actually too late to watch something.

After all, the streaming service has thousands and thousands of options - it can be tricky to pick what to watch.

But if you're looking for the perfect documentary to curl up and watch this weekend (for both true-crime fans and non-true crime fans), don't worry, we've got you covered.

Abducted in Plain Sight

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The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbour with designs on their 12-year-old daughter.

Our Planet

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Experience our planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

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Homecoming presents an intimate look at Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America's historically black colleges and universities.

Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming traces the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.

The Fear of 13

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After 20 years on Death Row, self-educated inmate Nick petitions the court to be executed, then tells his twisting, turning tale of despair and hope.


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These six intimate stories explore the abiding emotional bonds that form between dogs and their caregivers, no matter the circumstances.


A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.


An American cyclist dives into a massive doping scandal involving a Russian scientist - Putin's most wanted whistleblower.

The American Meme

Social media stars Josh Ostrovsky, Paris Hilton, Kirill Bichutsky and Brittany Furlan hustle to build their online empires and face the pitfalls of fame.

The Keepers

The seven-episode docuseries examines the decades-old unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse.

Wild Wild Country

When the world's most controversial guru builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.

Captive for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story

Snatched at 11 and held captive by a convicted sex offender and his wife for 18 horrifying years, Jaycee Dugald emerged alive - but never the same.