Nonfics.com's Necessary Documentaries

(Last updated: 29 November 2020)

In my [Christopher Campbell's] related post at Film School Rejects, I claimed that I could quickly recommend at least 50 worthwhile docs on Netflix Watch Instantly. But while perusing the more than 1200 titles I realized that there’s a lot more of value than that. I’d personally vouch for hundreds of films in their streaming catalog at any given time. To make it seem less daunting to you all, though, I’ve limited my picks of the most necessary docs on Netflix to a mere 100 titles. And yes, I consider these all to be must-sees for anyone who enjoys nonfiction cinema.

Since the original list was published in June 2014, the Nonfics.com list of recommended…

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part
  • (T)ERROR
  • 11/8/16
  • 12 O’Clock Boys
  • 13th
  • 1428
  • 1971
  • 20 Feet from Stardom
  • 20,000 Days on Earth
  • 21 Up
  • 28 Up
  • 35 Up
  • 4 Little Girls
  • 42 Grams
  • 42 Up
  • 49 Up
  • 56 Up
  • 7 Plus Seven
  • Seven Up!
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Abducted in Plain Sight
  • Acadia Acadia?!?
  • The Act of Killing
  • Active Measures
  • Actress
  • After Tiller
  • Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  • Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
  • Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
  • All American High: Revisited
  • All In This Tea
  • All These Sleepless Nights
  • All This Panic
  • Almost There
  • Altman
  • Amanda Knox
  • Amazing Grace
  • The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
  • The Ambassador
  • American Commune
  • American Factory
  • American Promise
  • Amy
  • Anvil! The Story of Anvil
  • Apollo 11
  • Approaching the Elephant
  • Araya
  • The Arbor
  • Armadillo
  • Art and Craft
  • The Art of the Steal
  • Athlete A
  • Audrie & Daisy
  • Author: The JT LeRoy Story
  • The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
  • The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
  • Ballet 422
  • A Band Called Death
  • Baseball
  • Bathtubs Over Broadway
  • Batkid Begins
  • The Battle of Midway
  • The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks
  • The Battle of the Somme
  • The Beaches of Agnès
  • Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
  • Behemoth
  • Berkeley in the Sixties
  • Best of Enemies
  • Best Worst Movie
  • Bestiary
  • Better This World
  • Beware of Mr. Baker
  • Beyond the Mat
  • Bigger Stronger Faster*
  • The Biggest Little Farm
  • Biggie & Tupac
  • Bill Cunningham New York
  • Billy the Kid
  • Bisbee '17
  • The Black Panther
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
  • Black Sheep
  • Blackfish
  • Blacksmith Scene
  • Bobbi Jene
  • Bobby Kennedy for President
  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Bright Leaves
  • Brimstone & Glory
  • The Brink
  • Brooklyn Castle
  • Brother's Keeper
  • Bully
  • Burt's Buzz
  • The Cage Fighter