10 Documentary Movies To Watch on Netflix

  • I am a a big fan of documentaries and with my new Netflix account I have been able to checkout a whole ton of really great ones. A new feature I am going to try and do on a weekly basis is to list the different films I have watched on Netflix recently and really enjoyed.

    For my first installment I am listing the 10 Documentaries I just watched on the Netflix Canada service and think that you to might want to check out. Where possible I have also included the trailer so you can check it out.

    I watched these on my Xbox360 on their Video On Demand service which costs me $8 a month.As much as I like to bitch about the limited films on Netflix Canada in comparison to the American version of Netflix if you hunt you can find some great stuff and hopefully this will help you find some Documentaries that will entertain, make you laugh, shock and move you!

  • Dear Zachary: If you didn’t know better you would think that Dear Zachary was a thriller with its twists, turns and shocking outcome. This is the first documentary that if you didn’t know better you would thin it was fiction… tragic fiction at that.

    Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne’s poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby’s grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby’s pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer.

    Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew’s loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son. Kurt Kuenne delivers a shining documentary tribute to his friend that will move you, enrage you and make you weep. This movie stayed with me for hours after I saw it. Kurt draws you into what should be a simple tribute film to his dead friend and delivers a truly powerful experience.

  • Confessions of a Superhero: I saw this one on Netflix and heard a lot about it on the internet but for whatever reason I dodged it. Last night I finally caved and watched this quirky documentary and it was an absolute treat.

    On Hollywood Boulevard, wannabe movie stars dress up as superheroes and pose for photos with tourists. Matt Ogens’s documentary follows four of these quirky dreamers, who are just killing time until they’re discovered. You’ll get to know a Superman who takes his role to heart, an Incredible Hulk who sold his prized video game system for a ticket to Tinseltown, a Midwestern beauty queen-turned-Wonder Woman and a Batman in need of a little therapy.

    Director Matt Ogen does a fantastic job at showing you the hard life , the trials and small triumphs of the ‘actors’ who call the streets outside the Chinese Mann Theatre their place of employment. A fun, comedic experience that will make you laugh.

  • Biggie & Tupac: I have watched quite a few documentaries on Netflix about the whole Biggie & Tupac murder and bar none Nick Broomfields is the best.  British documentarian Nick Broomfield, famous for appearing in his own investigations, takes a trip to Los Angeles, where he investigates the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalries and Death Row Records boss Suge Knight.

    Turns out Death Row Records employs more than 40 moonlighting LAPD cops as security guards … which might have had something to do with the failure of the investigation!

    After watching this movie it impressed me so much I immediately started looking for other documentaries by Nick Broomfield to watch. A look at the crime with such detail and depth with the key players involved you finish the documentary feeling as if the crime is solved.. and wondering why the LAPD is choosing to not charge anyone or properly investigate.

  • Bush Family Fortunes: I reviewed this movie a few days ago and it is easily one of the most terrifying looks at democracy in the free world you will ever see.

    Its along the lines of Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore only in Bush Family Fortunes Greg Palast who directs and stars takes us to new levels of depth on not just 9/11 but the bush Family, where their fortunes come from, their ties to the middle east and how George W Bush won the 2000 election.

    Shocking details I have never seen before with hard facts this movie has severely altered my outlook on ‘democracy’.

  • Blind Spot: Hitlers Secretary: I am a big World War 2 buff and am constantly watching documentaries on the Nazi party, Hitler and the events leading up to the war. Blind Spot: Hitlers Secretary is in german and is not an easy watch because of its very dry format and the fact its literally a woman talking into the camera the entire film but for history fans it’s a truly poignant tale.

    It’s the first time that 81 year old Traudl Junge who was Adolf Hitlers secretary throughout the war sits down to tell her story. Junge sheds light on life in the Third Reich and the days leading up to Hitler’s death in the famed bunker, where Junge recorded Hitler’s last will and testament.

    A really fascinating story for fans of history but be warned its literally a camera pointed at Traudl Junge throughout the entire documentary.

  • The Rape of Nanking: The Rape of Nanking is an unusual documentary because it is shot with actors playing characters talking into the camera with actual footage from the destruction of Nanking. The dialogue is all from journals and letters home so it’s completely true it’s just an unusual way to tell the story and it actually works quite well.  

    Co-directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman helm this Sundance selection chronicling the story of “the Rape of Nanking,” a World War II-era tragedy in which more than 200,000 Chinese citizens were murdered and tens of thousands were raped at the hands of Japanese soldiers.

    Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway and Stephen Dorff portray some of the Westerners who rose to the occasion with quiet acts of heroism. The Rape of Nanking is a graphic and terrifying tale of human tragedy but within it is the story of great heroism as a group of western workers trapped in Nanking refuse to allow the Japanese to mass murder the entire population. A troubling but moving documentary about an event I had no idea occurred.

  • Kimjongillia:I have always been fascinated by North Korea which is what encouraged me to watch this movie.

    It is definitely not the best documentary I have seen but if you want to have an indepth look at North Korea, the structure of the country and how the leaders of the country gained and have maintained their strangle hold its a fantastic film to watch.

    Fans of foreign policy and world history will definitely enjoy this somewhat dry look at the history of North Korea its leaders and its propaganda.

  • Cropsey: This is easily the scariest documentary I have seen in a very long time. I do not mean scary in the sense of tragic but in the true sense that I never want to visit Staten Island NY anytime soon because the ‘Cropsey’ killer legend came true in Staten Island!

    Directors Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio explore an urban legend that always disturbed them while growing up in Staten Island, N.Y. — a rash of child abductions that struck the area in the 1970s and 80s — in their gripping documentary.

    A true crime documentary that will send chills down your spine.. especially when to this day there is doubt on whether the man they charged was truly the killer!

  • Capturing the Friedmans: A truly unique experience Capturing the Friedmans is told through home videos as a family is turned upside down as a father and son are accused of abusing local children.

    Matters are made worse when it appears they are both innocent and being wrongfully accused, or are they?

    A fantastic documentary told primarily through home videos interlaced with new interviews and one on one interviews its a shocking look at pedophilia and a family torn apart.

  • Radio Bikini: Radio Bikini is another documentary showing the sheer stupidity of science and the military machine in the atomic age. Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary tells the eye-opening story of Bikini Atoll — one of the most terrifying tragedies of the nuclear age.

    The peaceful Pacific island was the unwitting site of atomic bomb tests conducted by the United States in 1946; extraordinary archival footage reveals the stark reality of these tests, which left the island uninhabitable for 40 years and exposed thousands of sailors to heavy doses of radiation.

    A truly unbelievable film that will make you squirm, shake your head and feel sick to your stomach.What documentaries have you recently watched on Netflix and really enjoyed? When you share if you could specify if you are American or Canadian since depending on the answer I may or may not be able to watch it.