7 of the Best Documentaries on Netflix to Add to Your Watch List

Updated 05/05/19
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By now, you've probably noticed that we're big fans of documentaries here at MyDomaine. They've inspired us to learn how to live with less and sparked our desire to travel to far-flung destinations all over the globe. After scrolling through Netflix's current offerings, we're sharing some of the titles we can't wait to watch this month.

Whether you're interested in art, music, history, nature, or politics, we've found a documentary streaming on Netflix that you're going to want to add to your watch list STAT. Spanning an inspiring documentary about a legendary music icon to a heart-wrenching look at efforts to save Africa's oldest national park, you're going to want to clear your schedule to watch these films tonight. Your other plans can wait till next weekend right?

If you're looking for a watch list–worthy film to stream, keep scrolling. Ahead are seven of the best documentaries on Netflix right now (they're life-changing).

What Happened, Miss Simone?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Featuring never-before-heard recordings and archival footage, this documentary highlights the life and career of legendary music and cultural icon Nina Simone. Music lovers, you won't want to miss this one.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Even if you've never heard of the anonymous artist who goes by the name Banksy, you'll laugh out loud watching his tongue-in-cheek documentary about street art and the phenomenon around the medium.

Virunga

Virunga

In the midst of civil war, a team of rangers risks their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas who dwell in Africa's oldest national park. You might mistake this documentary for a thrilling movie—but it's all true.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This documentary is arguably the most captivating portrait of a professional chef available on Netflix, which is saying a lot given the number of incredible food films streaming on the platform. Jiro Dreams of Sushi examines the life and career of Jiro Ono, a three Michelin–starred chef whose dedication his craft will no doubt inspire you.

The White Helmets

The White Helmets

This Oscar-winning 2016 documentary follows volunteer rescue workers as they risk their lives to save civilians amid airstrikes in Syria—and it has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice

Add the documentary The Washington Post calls "one of the most beautiful and important films ever made" to your watch list if you're interested in the effects global climate change is having on the coldest parts of our planet.

13th

13th

In this eye-opening documentary about America's criminal justice system, Ava DuVernay, the director of the Academy Award–winning film Selma, takes a critical look at the 13th Amendment.

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