As Good As a Thriller, Best Documentaries On Netflix

A selection of some of the best Netflix documentaries. Take the evening to learn about your favourite interests or grim truths about the world.

  • Release Date: 21 March 2023
  • Update Date: 15 March 2024
  • Author: Speaker Agency
Netflix Belgesel 690X460

Finding things to watch on Netflix can be a challenge sometimes, and you may find yourself scrolling through what’s available and brushing it off based on the cover - but there are so many good things you can catch if you know what to look for.

Documentaries are always interesting, and there’s a lot to be learned about the world and specific interests through well-made shows. The problem is, how do you separate these shows from the rest of them, and do you want to waste time trying to find all of that out for yourself?

The great thing about documentaries is that, unlike movies, they always have something to offer. If you’ve invested an hour into a movie and decide you’re not enjoying it - that’s an hour wasted and you’ve learned nothing. A documentary, however, is going to give you something worth watching no matter how long you’re willing to commit to it. On top of that, there are documentaries for people of all interests, so there’s likely going to be something in this list that suits your tastes!

There are many documentaries which are not directly produced by Netflix but they are definitely worth mentioning. Some of these productions are award winning or even Oscar winning works by great directors. Bryan Fogel for example is an Oscar winning documentary director known for his work “Icarus”. 

Also, Stranger Than Fiction is a documentary which looks into the BBV productions “The Terror Game”, “Breach of the Peace” and “Zero Imperative” from a writer’s perspective.

Now let’s take a look at some Netflix documentaries which would take your breath away.

Challenger: The Final Flight

A Netflix documentary about the space shuttle challenger broke apart just 73 seconds into its launch, leading to the deaths of all crew members on board.

Why you should watch it

If you’re interested in the space industry, it’s great to learn about all aspects of it, especially the negative sides. The challenger disaster in 1986 isn’t something that’s often talked about nowadays, and it’s important to remember everything that brought us to where we are today. This accident changed the space industry completely. You’ll learn about everything that went wrong leading up to the disaster itself.


One of the best documentary series on Netflix, this one highlights the truth about how sea animals are treated in captivity - particularly Orcas in this special. The documentary focuses specifically on a famous orca known as Tilikum, which killed 3 humans during its captivity at Sea World, United States.

Why you should watch it

Not everyone knows about the cruel practices of these attractions, and it could help you to re-evaluate how shows like this are produced. The documentary highlights why Tilikum acted the way it did, and why it wasn’t necessarily due to the nature of the sea creature itself. You may find yourself thinking twice about visiting attractions based on animals kept in captivity.


Director Chris Smith comes from advertising but he made documentaries which look into the American Dream in an alternative way. His great work about the music festival and what happened during the infamous organisation, Fyre The Greatest Party tells us the unknown stories.

Why you should watch it

It’s quite important to understand what fun and having a good time cost. Billy McFarland and Jason Bell present us with some amazing footage which is not easy to digest.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

Everyone’s heard his name by now, and most people have heard of his exploits. As a true crime documentary, Filthy Rich goes into deeper detail about the victims of everything that went on. It’s a true story of sex trafficking and how people fall victim to these crimes.

Why you should watch it

It’s incredibly important to learn about how these things can happen, and no matter how maddening stories like these can be - the larger the spotlight on these types of crimes, the more likely there are to be fewer victims and more justice surrounding them. Until you take the time to learn about how awful people can be and how far they’re willing to go to exploit and abuse others, it can be hard to believe it when you see it for yourself.

Harry and Meghan

The documentary about Harry and Meghan and the royal family does a lot to shine the spotlight on certain aspects of the relationship that many journalists miss. The documentary covers more of their real life experiences than you’ve seen or heard of before, ups and downs, as well as Harry’s previous experiences during his childhood.

Why you should watch it

If you’re at all invested in the royal family, you’ve likely heard a lot of criticism over the couple, without knowing all of the details. The documentary helps to clear up a lot of misconceptions involving the two, as well as debunks many theories that “royal family experts” seem to come out with. Don’t expect any new major information about the royal family, but you can expect to learn more about their daily life and marriage.

Killer Sally

Killer Sally is a documentary about once famous female bodybuilder Sally McNeil and a murder which took place during her volatile marriage. The production shows interviews with Sally herself and people around her showing us the world of sports and competition in a different way. 

Why you should watch it

Killer Sally is not only a documentary about a very difficult life of a female athlete trying very hard in a field dominated by male athletes but it is also a crime story with a lot of layers. Sally’s family members and professional staff tell us what happened and give insight from their own perspectives. 

The Tinder Swindler

A documentary about Simon Leviev, an individual who exploited women on Twitter into sending him thousands of dollars. He posed on social media as the son of a Russian-Israeli diamond mogul to cover his identity and used it to emotionally manipulate many women into giving him money.

Why you should watch it

The internet and dating apps have become a very common part of everyday life, and at some point, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter individuals similar to Simon Leviev - looking to exploit you and others they’re interacting with. Understanding how these people think and operate can help you to identify that behaviour in the people you meet in your life.

Our planet

Something on the more upbeat side - at least as far as human nature goes - our planet is a documentary narrated by David Attenborough. An attempt to highlight the nature of our world, as well as the effects of our actions on the environment. This documentary is incredibly interesting to watch, but also will help you to learn how much danger we’re in if we don’t make changes soon.

Why you should watch it

It’s incredibly important to learn more about the planet and what’s going on with nature. How are the animals of the world surviving the effects of climate change and global warming? Is there anything you can do to make a difference? The future of our planet is your future too, and anyone who comes after you.

White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch

Abercrombie and Fitch were the cult brand of the 90s and early noughties as those of us in Gen Y will remember intimately. However despite the sensual intrigue that surrounded their dimly lit and heavily perfumed concept stores, with the absurdly  good looking staff walking around, all didn't work out so well in the end.  The documentary “White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch'' tells us the story of this fall from grace. Questionable hiring and firing practices based on how a candidate looked. 

Refusing to offer a position to an applicant based on their religious headwear. Some deeply disturbing comments made by the CEO on who Abercrombie and Fitch are as well as who their ideal audience is. may have all contributed to the shambles that ensued.

Why you should watch it

 “White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch'' is a case study in what not to do. Providing invaluable lessons around  HR and company culture.  Inevitably, A&F seem to have shunned Diversity Equality and Inclusion principles that provide huge dividends to companies. This is basically cultural harakiri.

Send Plane Contact us
Contact us
Your form has been successfully submitted.