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31 Netflix Documentaries You HAVE to Watch! 31 Netflix Documentaries You HAVE to Watch!
Get ready for some serious Netflix couch-potato time!  I have compiled a list of 31 Netflix documentaries all available on Netflix Canada that came HIGHLY... 31 Netflix Documentaries You HAVE to Watch!

Get ready for some serious Netflix couch-potato time!  I have compiled a list of 31 Netflix documentaries all available on Netflix Canada that came HIGHLY recommended to me by family and friends!

I find that when I have time to cue up a Netflix show, I am gravitating toward documentaries these days, so I polled my Facebook friends to see what I absolutely must watch. I got an overwhelming response and decided I needed to share with you all as well! I have already seen a few of the titles listed and cannot wait to launch into the others.   HAPPY STREAMING!

1- Chef’s Table

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Gifted. Eccentric. Visionary. When these chefs from around the globe cook, they don’t see rules. They see possibilities.  (And newer to Netflix… Chef’s Table France).

2- SlingShot

SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world’s water crisis.

3- Burt’s Buzz

Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees, maintains a reclusive, low-key life in rural Maine — and a complex relationship with his famous company.

4- Touch The Wall

Touch the Wall follows two Olympic swimmers – the then 14 year-old Missy Franklin, and 2-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce – as they prepare for swimming’s highest stage – the 2012 London Olympics. Young phenom (Missy Franklin) is just beginning her career and is saddled with mile-high expectations; the veteran (Kara Lynn Joyce) is trying to rediscover the juice that earned her four Silver medals.

5- Making A Murderer

He served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s on the line again, and some want to see him put away for good.

6- Blackfish

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This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.

7- Print The Legend

3D printing: a technology that could change the world. Visionaries compete to make fortunes, but who will take the lead?

8- Cosmos

A documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time

9- Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

Average people with extraordinary problems are hoping he can change their lives. And he’ll do it in just six days.

10- Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

11- 20 Feet From Stardom


Award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

12- Chelsea Does

In this new four-part documentary series, Handler is asking the questions that we all have, but are too afraid to ask. Delving into topics that fascinate her: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs– she goes after answers, all with her wry and unique sense of humor.

13- Where to Invade Next

Where to Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places.

14- The Barkley Marathons

A famous prison escape sparks the idea for a cult-like race that has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years.


How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back?

16- Champions

The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked it all to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society to euthanize the dogs.

17- Iris


More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

18- I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, directed by Justin Krook, is a heart-pumping yet heart-wrenching documentary about one of the most eminent DJs working today: Steve Aoki.

19- The True Cost

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

20- Twinsters

In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After discovering they were born on the same day in Busan, Korea and both put up for adoption, Anaïs reached out to Samantha via Facebook. In Twinsters, we follow Samantha and Anaïs’ journey into sisterhood, witnessing everything from their first meeting, to their first trip back to Korea where their separation took place.

21- Searching For Sugar Man

Decades after Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez disappeared following the commercial failure of his albums, two fans try to track down their idol.

22- The Queen of Versailles


A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

23- Jesus Camp

This documentary follows three kids at a controversial summer camp that grooms the next generation of conservative Christian political activists.

24- Banksy Does New York

British street artist Banksy spends a month in New York, where he creates one new work a day while remaining characteristically invisible.

25- Bully

This eye-opening documentary tracks the stories of five different families whose children are struggling to defend themselves from school bullies.

26- Autism In Love


Autism in Love follows the story of four adults with autism spectrum disorders as they search for and manage romantic relationships.

27- Salam Neighbor

Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Immerse into the life of a Syrian refugee through the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp.

28- The Human Experiment

The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us.

29- Poverty Inc.

Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

30- Kumaré

Kumaré is a feature documentary film about the time filmmaker Vikram Gandhi impersonated a fake guru and built a following of real people.

31- Human Planet

Human Planet is an 8-part British television documentary series. It is produced by the BBC with co-production from Discovery and BBC Worldwide. It describes the human species and its relationship with the natural world by showing the remarkable ways humans have adapted to life in every environment on Earth.


Do you have any great Netflix documentaries to add to the list?

I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below!

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • melissa

    November 20, 2016 #1 Author

    Conspiracies, Food Inc, Fed Up, Mission Blue


  • Robbin

    November 28, 2016 #2 Author

    This is great! I’m obsessed with documentaries, so thank you for the new ideas :)


  • Emilia

    November 28, 2016 #3 Author

    I have watched a few of them. They are all really good to watch and learn from


  • Leanne S

    November 30, 2016 #4 Author

    Some good ideas on here for sure.


  • Mike Gismondi

    December 1, 2016 #5 Author

    These are some great suggestions!


  • Chantal Branson Contorines

    December 2, 2016 #6 Author

    Great post! And timely too, as I just finished my last episode and was looking for new suggestions.


  • Raque Love

    December 2, 2016 #7 Author

    Chef’s Table is fantastic! Next up is The Human Experiment :)


  • tracy k

    December 3, 2016 #8 Author

    valley uprising is an inspiring one.


  • Lynn

    December 3, 2016 #9 Author

    Yes! Needed some good suggestions :)


  • Katy Waldegrave

    December 3, 2016 #10 Author

    Some great ideas, thank you!


  • Kam

    December 9, 2016 #11 Author

    Thanks for the list….time to start watching!!!


  • jan

    December 29, 2016 #12 Author

    White Helmets!


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