Original Streaming Documentaries As Ranked by IMDb User Ratings

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 month ago

Check out how streaming documentaries score according to IMDb users (User ratings are as of Sept. 28, 2017)

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David Johnson in All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals (2016)

"All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals" (2016) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 8.8

For the first time in history, Amazon and NFL Films present an unprecedented inside look at the lives of players, coaches and owners of a franchise over the course of an entire NFL season. Witness the real life, behind the scenes journey on the field, off the field, and everything in between.

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2
Steven Avery in Making a Murderer (2015)

"Making a Murderer " (2015) Netflix

User Rating: 8.7

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Viewers are taken inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.

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3
Francis Mallmann in Chef's Table (2015)

"Chef's Table" (2015-17) Netflix

User Rating: 8.7

Goes inside the lives and kitchens of the world's most renowned international chefs.

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4
Morgan Neville in Abstract: The Art of Design (2017)

"Abstract: The Art of Design" (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 8.6

A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.

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5
Five Came Back (2017)

"Five Came Back" (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 8.5 The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.

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6
Brittany Wagner in Last Chance U (2016)

"Last Chance U" (2016-17) Netflix

User Rating: 8.5

Follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL.

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7
Steve Gleason and Michel Varisco-Gleason in Gleason (2016)

'Gleason' (2016) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 8.4

After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.

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8
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015)

'Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 8.4

Oscar-nominated documentary about the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

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9
Sister Cathy Cesnik in The Keepers (2017)

"The Keepers" (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 8.3

A docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

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10
Chasing Coral (2017)

'Chasing Coral' (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 8.2

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

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11
Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, and Jerry Garcia backstage in 1977.

"Long Strange Trip" (2017) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 8.2

The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead.

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12
Angela Davis in 13th (2016)

'13th' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 8.2

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

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13
Cooked (2016)

"Cooked" Netflix

User Rating: 8.2

As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world.

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14
Bryan Fogel in Icarus (2017)

'Icarus' (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 8.1

When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic Gold-exposing the biggest scandal in sports history.

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15
The Square (2013)

'The Square' (2013) Netflix

User Rating: 8.1

This Oscar-nominated documentary centers on a group of Egyptian revolutionaries who battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives in a bid to forge a new society.

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16
The Ivory Game (2016)

'The Ivory Game' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.9

Wildlife activists take on poachers in an effort to end illegal ivory trade in Africa.

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17
Emeril Lagasse and Nancy Silverton in Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse (2016)

"Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse" (2016) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 7.8

Join the adventure as chef, restaurateur and author Emeril Lagasse goes on a food-fueled adventure with the world's most celebrated chefs, from Cuba to South Korea.

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18
James Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

'I Am Not Your Negro' (2016) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 7.7

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, "Remember This House."

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19
Jane Seymour, Jeff Garlin, Josh Lawson, George Lazenby, Jake Johnson, Kassandra Clementi, and Teressa Liane in Becoming Bond (2017)

'Becoming Bond' (2017) Hulu

User Rating: 7.7

The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next seven Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.

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20
City of Ghosts (2017)

'City of Ghosts' (2016) Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 7.6

A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014.

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21
The White Helmets (2016)

'The White Helmets' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.6

Oscar-winning film that follows the daily operations of a group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets.

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22
Nina Simone in What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

'What Happened, Miss Simone?' (2015) Netflix

User Rating: 7.6

Oscar-nominated documentary about the Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

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23
Chelsea Handler in Chelsea Does (2016)

"Chelsea Does" (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.5

Comedienne and writer Chelsea Handler discusses the topics of marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs.

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24
Roger Stone in Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

'Get Me Roger Stone' (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 7.5

Explores the life and career of Republican political strategist and longtime Trump advisor, Roger Stone, who helped create the real-estate mogul's political career.

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25
Mark Webber in Le Mans: Racing Is Everything (2017)

"Le Mans: Racing Is Everything" (2017) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 7.5

Limited series follows the participants of France's 24-hour car race that takes place annually in Le Mans.

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26
RocketJump: The Show (2015)

"RocketJump: The Show" (2015) Hulu

User Rating: 7.4

A behind the scenes look at how short films are produced by the internet sensations from Rocketjump. Shows various aspects of the filming process as well as a new short with each episode.

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27
Hugh Hefner in American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (2017)

"American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story" (2017) Stream Now

User Rating: 7.3 Amazon Prime Video

This docu-drama draws from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal archives, chronicling the life of an American icon and the history of the brand he created.

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28
Team Foxcatcher (2016)

'Team Foxcatcher' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.3

Chronicles the downfall of wealthy wrestling benefactor John du Pont, who opened a training facility for the U.S. Olympic wrestling team at his estate, Foxcatcher Farm.

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29
Extremis (2016)

'Extremis' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.3

Explores the wrenching emotions that accompany end-of-life decisions as doctors, patients and families in a hospital ICU face harrowing choices.

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30
Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Mike Watt, James Williamson, The Stooges, and Scott Asheton in Gimme Danger (2016)

'Gimme Danger' (2016) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 7.2

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges.

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31
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

'Author: The JT LeRoy Story' (2016) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 7.2

The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

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32
Behind the Mask (2013)

"Behind the Mask" (2013-15) Hulu

User Rating: 7.2

This docuseries explored the colorful, unusual world of sports mascots, following the lives of seven mascots at different levels, both inside and outside the suit.

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33
Werner Herzog in Into the Inferno (2016)

'Into the Inferno' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.2

An exploration of active volcanoes around the world, written and directed by Werner Herzog.

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34
Daisy Coleman in Audrie & Daisy (2016)

'Audrie & Daisy' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.2

A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community.

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35
Captive (2016)

"Captive" (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.2

Documentary series that depicts hostage negotiations, the stories of which are told by the victims themselves.

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36
Kelly Evans in Kelly is for Warrior (2016)

'My Beautiful Broken Brain' (2014) Netflix

User Rating: 7.1

This film follows 34-year-old Lotje Sodderland's personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of her own brain following a life changing hemorrhagic stroke.

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37
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017)

'Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower' (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 7.0

When the Chinese Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong decides to save his city. Rallying thousands of kids to skip school and occupy the streets, Joshua becomes an unlikely leader in Hong Kong and one of China's most notorious dissidents.

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38
Amanda Knox in Amanda Knox (2016)

'Amanda Knox' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.0

Follows American exchange student Amanda Knox, who was convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

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39
Grant Imahara in White Rabbit Project (2016)

"White Rabbit Project" (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 7.0

Scientists investigate unusual events from pop culture, science and history.

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40
CounterPunch (2017)

'Counterpunch' (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 6.9

Three fighters at different stages of their career make sacrifices to pursue their dreams of becoming champions.

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41
Fearless (2016)

"Fearless" Netflix

User Rating: 6.9

On a journey from Brazil to the Las Vegas championships, Professional Bull Riders risk it all to earn money, respect and titles.

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42
Steve Aoki in I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2016)

'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 6.7

Follows one of the most eminent DJs working today, Steve Aoki, in the lead-up to the biggest show of his career

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43
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (2017)

"Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On" (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 6.7

This exploration of the intersection of sex and technology is told through the stories of the people whose lives are defined by the current explosion of internet porn-whether they're creating it, consuming it, or both.

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44
Aaron Jakubenko and Genevieve Aitken in Roman Empire: Reign of Blood (2016)

"Roman Empire: Reign of Blood" (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 6.7

Chronicles the reign of Commodus, the emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome's fall. Narrated by Sean Bean.

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45
Tony Robbins during his annual Date With Destiny Seminar.

'Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru' (2016) Netflix

User Rating: 6.7

A look at life and business strategist Tony Robbins, which goes behind the scenes of his mammoth seminar "Date With Destiny," attended annually by more than 2,500 people in Florida.

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46
Niko Blanks, Josh Rich, and Brittany Jones in The Mars Generation (2017)

'The Mars Generation' (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 6.6

Aspiring teenage astronauts reveal that a journey to Mars is closer than you think.

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47
Hulk Hogan in Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017)

'Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press' (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 6.5

The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an examination of the perils and duties of the free press in an age of inequality.

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48
Paul Giamatti in The New Yorker Presents (2015)

"The New Yorker Presents" (2016) Stream Now Amazon Prime Video

User Rating: 6.3

Documentaries, short narrative films, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons from the hands of acclaimed filmmakers and artists.

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49
Casting JonBenet (2017)

'Casting JonBenet' (2017) Netflix

User Rating: 6.2

The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. In this film, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey's Colorado hometown community, exploring the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

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A Day in the Life (2011)

"A Day in the Life" (2011-12) Hulu

User Rating: 6.1

Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) turned the camera on a series of pop culture individuals, allowing the audience to be "a fly on the wall" during the course of a typical day for the likes of Richard Branson, Will.i.am, and Marc Maron.

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